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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Cbandit's build

I have been on here for awhile now and have been meaning to make a build thread for awhile now... so I'm going to condense it in a few posts and add to it as it continues to progress.

Stage 1: purchased the Jeep in June of 2009

Specs-
-97 Jeep Wrangler sport
-4.0/ax-15
-d44 rear/d30 front with 4.56's and Detroit trutrac's
-76,xxx miles
-33x12.5x15 big o x-terrains iirc on 15x10 wheels
-4 inch Tuff Country lift
-Smittybilt src rear bumper with tire carrier
-Fabtech front bumper
-custom sliders

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first time off the pavement/tire lift(made me really uneasy not sure why now...) -


The Jeep stayed this way for roughly a year untouched other than adding wider fender flares to make it legal to pass inspection. The first major modification I made was adding 35x12.5x17 Km2's on DC2 wheels. I decided to step up after blowing the P.O.S. Big O's on a dirt road doing nothing but driving.

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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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Stage 2:

Wheels and tires as stated above are the main mod along with ten chromoly rear shafts(30 spline) after I bent one on Pritchett during this stage. However I actually began to wheel the Jeep more regularly so after this stage it seems to have gotten a lot better in my opinion...



First real off-road experience- Moab, Ut July 2010
Pitchett Canyon and Hells Revenge




On Pritchett canyon - Rock Pile's bypass, I ripped off my passenger front lower control arm. I was pulled up that obstacle and drove the rest of the way out with a strap holding the axle in place. It worked decent... also I noticed I had bent and twisted my rear passenger axle shaft (on axle hill when all four wheels came off the ground). The strap snapped in Moab 4x4 Outposts parking lot. I got it all welded back up and back on the road a few hours later.
During a later wheeling trip I had the rear passenger lower control arm snap in half. Needless to say I was done with the Tuff Country lift, which leads to Stage 3.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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Stage 3:
-Teraflex 4 inch LCG Pro long arm lift
included in the lift: belly-up, 4 link rear(single triangulated) with truss eliminating my rear trac bar, steering gear armor, new brackets and all 8 control arms/joints.
-Teraflex Short Shaft sye
-Teraflex rear driveline / six states rear driveline (after the Teraflex one took a crap after approx a month)
-Currie anti-rock front sway bar
-full exaust (magnaflow)
-PSC HD steering gear

I got a killer deal on the install of everything ($900) which I jumped on from a shop that builds custom off-road vehicles on a regular basis. I chose this because I didn't know how to weld at the time. This was a mistake I later learned. It took them months to install the lift, once I got the Jeep back I had to fight for my old parts back (plastic jeep cover for the front bumper and other things similar), and they failed to tighten the rear upper control arms allowing my rear pinion angle to move and kill a driveline. Also on the way home the rear transmission seal went out, so that night I tore the Jeep apart and replaced it (finishing at 4 am and having to work at 7 am). I then spent another few hundred getting the jeep to where it should have been leaving their shop (Thunder Mountain Truck Outfitters). I learned a valuable lesson at this point... NEVER trust anyone else to do something and do it yourself so you know its done right.
I also installed a PSC HD steering gear during this stage after I had mine start to leak on a obstacle.

On the way to get the lift installed:



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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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Stage 4: Current
-G2 d44 front axle (Detroit, chromoly's & 4.56's)
-rear 5.5 inch stretch with custom aluminum arms (99 inch wheel base)
-Fox 2.0 (7/8 shaft) 14 inch remote res. coilovers in the rear (200/250 spring rate)
-outboard rear shocks
-Genright COMP gas tank
-Genright stretch corners and 4 inch flare
-Genright mini boatside rockers
-Smittybilt XRC suspension seats ($50 for the pair so I couldn't pass them up)
-8 inch sub in the rear
-Summit machine winch plate
-new set of 35x12.5x17 Km2's
-Detroit locker (rear axle)
-Flo-Kooler Hi-Flow water pump
-1.25 inch front wheel spacers/2 inch rear (to clear the coils)
-rebuilt and shortened front driveline and lengthened the rear

This stage was planned but not quite to the extent it ended up being. I blew up my ring gear and trutrac in the front d30 on new years eve night wheeling so I decided to go with a d44 instead since I couldn't find a kingpin 60 for a decent price (under a grand). I got this stage built on the side of my house and in a friends garage but ill just jump to the pictures since words are boring...

removing the 30-

most of the parts... this was like Christmas day!-

pre-stretch d44 installed-

Where I had to cut to install the Genright Comp tank-
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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Stage 4 Continued:


cutting (round 2)-

dana 44 removed-

out with the old (only some of it)-

doing some painting (primed, color, and clear) for under the new armor-

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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:51 PM   #6
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Stage 4 Continued:





All tacked in/first time holding it's own weight again-

loading it on a trailer to finish welding with a better welder-
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:20 PM   #7
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Stage 4 Continued:


First trip to test it out... Moab-

XRC seats installed-

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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:25 PM   #8
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Sheered off 4 of 5 wheel studs... one way road, tire fell off and right by a cliff... bad night! Always check wheel spacers being tightened down... even with red lock tight at least every oil change...-
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:30 PM   #9
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Your Jeep looks sick. Do the rear tires rub the back of the rear wells at full stuff with the stretch kit?
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:32 PM   #10
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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Basically old vs. current setup-


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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:41 PM   #12
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Your Jeep looks sick. Do the rear tires rub the back of the rear wells at full stuff with the stretch kit?
Thanks Yes they rub just barely on the coil at full stuff (will be fixed once I go wider axles) but they just kiss the fender at full stuff but don't even rub the paint off. I plan on cutting more out of the rear in a month or so so that I can clear a 37 or possibly a 40 no issues.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:46 PM   #13
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Getting an idea what 40's will look like...
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:53 PM   #14
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Future Plans:

-Stretch the front
-front coilovers
-rear full float 60 or shaved 14 bolt
-37's
-highlines (custom ot poison spider defender 3 inch tapered)
-full cage
-4 point harness'
-raceline monster beadlocks
-TNT or ORFAB rear tire carrier
-PSC hydro assist
-Atlas t-case
-.......
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Unread 01-31-2013, 11:33 PM   #15
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Well hot diggity damn. I love your St.G pics!
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