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Unread 09-05-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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Well, I've been talking about it for a year. Thinking about it for 6 months. Studying it for 3 weeks. I think it's time!

A little background for ya. Here is what I started with 2 years ago.

Then started doing a little bit of changing. Took the "jugs" off.

Tires and lift, Had to test it!

And on and on. So here is where I ended up about 6 months ago.


NOW IT'S TIME TO GO BIG!!!

Plans are one tons front and rear from a '05 F350 Super Duty Diesel.
Picked up a matching set with only 40,000 miles for $600.
Gonna stretch it a bit, total of 17" Not lift it any more 4" total. make my own links front and rear, shoot for 4" up travel and 16" down. Full cage, modified frame and body.

Keep in mind that this is a work in progress (including the plans) so any advise would be great and though it may not always be heeded, it will be considered.
thanks for checking my thread and enjoy, I will. OH Yeah, this will be slow going, but steady. I will try to update twice a week or more. Working on this every night after work in the garage, by myself with nothing more than a 4" grinder, a 110 Miller Cricket, and hand tools.

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Unread 09-05-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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16" down travel? WHAT?

Transmission, t-case, tires?

110v? Not sure how you're going to like that.

I'll be watching this, though.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 12:24 AM   #3
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110v should be OK if I don't try to rush things, I do have access to a 220v, just not at my home. Intentions are to fab everything up at home, then after the fact, take it to my buddies at Addictive Desert Design's in Apache Junction, AZ to have Jared do a bunch of finish welding for me.

Stock 5 speed tranny and a 231 tcase (241 or better later) and gonna run 38's or 40's and regear to 5.38.

A look at her just before the rear let go.




OOPS!




Broke it mudding in the Desert , of all places.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 12:32 AM   #4
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Accomplished a few thing's this weekend, but first a shot of her before she goes under the knife.

Axle, tank, and bumper out of the way to make things a little more roomy under there.







Any comments would be awesome.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 12:48 AM   #5
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you got a little body damage buddy looking good though! i cant wait to see it done.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 12:57 AM   #6
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Then out came the KNIFE (read as 4 1/2" grinder)

Let's get that body up and outa the way too!



All the body mount brackets are coming off too. Making new ones for a 2" body lift, (to make room for a flat bottom skid) all link brackets as well.



They say the first cut is always the hardest, I studied this thing for 3 hours before the first one, and was still terrified.







Note that the body mount bracket is all gone as well as all others on the back half



Anyone need 1/2 a frame, haha



Ain't that purdy!



Better not rearend me, you also see how I rough cut the body to make room for the new frame to stick out. I may drill and sleeve the end for a shackle point, no pun intended.




That's it for now. Going to pick up the new rear axle tomorrow and start making link brackets. Doing the link with chromoly, so will probably do some mock up with PVC. Till then, happy wheeling.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 01:03 AM   #7
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you got a little body damage buddy looking good though! i cant wait to see it done.
Sorry, not body damage, Badge's of honor. I can remember every one.
Thanks for the complement's.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 01:06 AM   #8
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Sorry, not body damage, Badge's of honor. I can remember every one.
Thanks for the complement's.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 01:12 AM   #9
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You ever get up Mesa way, spretzel23? Maybe go wheeling down (for me) around Florence?
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Unread 09-06-2010, 01:18 AM   #10
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not that often, im broke like no other right now so i stick with local stuff. (college student) i use to live right on the edge of mesa and gilbert on lindsay and baseline though. Some buddies and i are planning, or trying to, a camping trip to florence in december-january though.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 01:25 AM   #11
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Nice, should be nice and cool by then.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 06:44 PM   #12
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No axles today! ARGH Holidays suck!

Looks like it's gonna have to wait til Wed. cause I'm on call tomorrow.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 07:01 PM   #13
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I like the transformation of your Jeep from tame to aggressive machine. Nice job!
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Unread 09-06-2010, 07:34 PM   #14
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I like the transformation of your Jeep from tame to aggressive machine. Nice job!
Thanks, I hope it just keeps getting more aggressive. Most of what I did previously was done on a budget that included no job for 9 months, made me get creative if I wanted something done. I would look at other rigs and if something really caught my eye I would figure out to do it. Only thing I actually bought for her was the tires. everything else was either donated or made by me.

So very proud of her!

The Jeep used to belong to my Father. Thus the name dadstjaz. Plate even say's DADS TJ

He pass 2 years ago and the way I see it I am doing to the Jeep what he could never bring himself to do. His experience with wheeling was very limited, but he loved the idea of it.

So this will always be DADS TJ

I guess I will and should dedicate this build to him.



Love ya Dad!
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Unread 09-06-2010, 08:00 PM   #15
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Very cool... I'll be watching this thread...

But I gotta ask WTF are you thinking 16" downtravel with 4" up? You will be hard-pressed to find any u-joints that can deal with that kind of angle... Did you mean 16" coilovers?

Travel isn't everything... my leafs in the rear are quite limited(due to how I clamped them) and I am incredibly happy with how they work... very stable but more importantly, predictable.

If you have a locker, lifting a tire won't matter
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