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Unread 10-20-2010, 05:31 PM   #16
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you can see the old shifter that I threw together for my first trip


Bent and cut it and got this:




Welded it up where I had cut it and it came out great. Painted it up, and it's ready to go. It's just a simple push/pull shifter, not much. I have a new boot to go over the shifter opening and it just slips over the lever on the case. I'll crimp the end once it's on the case.



Picture of the nutsert. My camera makes everything look 10 times worse than it really is!!!


Another shot of the rear corner, came out great!


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Unread 10-20-2010, 05:32 PM   #17
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After this I wanted to wheel it a little bit, so I did that


Entrance to BusyWild. I won't be doing this trail until I get a winch and more armor. I also want it to be a little less wet, haha. It swallowed a CJ on 38s, a stretched YJ on 36s, and even tore up a Toyota front axle to the point where the 4 studs holding on the steering arm sheared off.





This had RCV axles in front....nice Rubi



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Unread 10-20-2010, 05:33 PM   #18
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and some video from evan's creek-

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YouTube - Jeep TJ on 35 MTRs crawling on the way to Evans Creek

I'll post more later, I have a lot of wheelin pics and some more updates to do but this is quite a bit so I'll let it soak in
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Unread 10-20-2010, 09:48 PM   #19
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Nice like were you are going with it good choice on the 8.8 also.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #20
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Thanks I got a good deal on the 8.8.

Big update soon.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 01:41 PM   #21
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Looking great so far! Did I see your build on Pirate??
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Unread 10-21-2010, 09:44 PM   #22
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Thanks. Yeah I'm on pirate too.
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Unread 10-22-2010, 08:47 PM   #24
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nice YJ




another group shot in the rock bowl, my TJ in the middle front




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Unread 10-22-2010, 08:49 PM   #25
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Current stuff:

Got some new goodies for the TJ...starting with some new shoes.




Thanks to Larry at...


I've also been wondering what I wanted to do with my front end. I could go with a custom HP44 I found for about the same price as RCV shafts. It had been narrowed, new 4.10s and Auburn LSD, new BJs, brakes, etc. However, it had been sitting so it needed work, plus TJ brackets. I would have had a one-off stock 3/4 ton axle and would need to get some new shafts in the 8.8 to match the 5 on 5.5 pattern. After thinking about it and actually looking at the axle, I decided it would be a much better investment to buy the RCV Ultimate shafts for the HP30 since they can be sold for close to what I paid for them, are "unbreakable" with lifetime warranty, and are smoother and stronger than alloys and CTMs. Plus, with a HP30, it's a throw-away housing if I ever bend it or strip a gear set. I run 4.10s, so the gears are stronger than 4.88s and are found in factory housings easily for anywhere from free to $200. Decision made.

I do need to change my overall crawl and drive ratio, meaning if I'm not regearing I'll have to go a 4speed transmission with the granny low or a NV4500. Still deciding on that one. I don't use 5th gear as it is so I think a np435, sm420, or T18 is in order. Reading builds like Alxj64's 7/8 ton TJ has given me a lot of info and guidance so I'm thinking I'll go with a np435 later down the road. If I find a nv4500 for a good price I may go that route but I'll have to give the TJ a stretch. All this will happen mid-next year around May when I finally get done with training. Until then, I'm just gonna wheel
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Unread 10-22-2010, 09:05 PM   #26
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On one of my many trips out wheelin this year, I bent one of the body mounts. I tried to bend it back best I can but it needs to be cut off and a new one welded on.


Body lift removal....1" vs the 3" that came off. Yes, I just cut the pucks


Jack up the body with a block of wood, cut each mount individually and put the long bolts back in. Like this-






Don't forget the front puck, it matters!

Then let it down slowly, one side at a time. Remember to check the gas tank extension, steering shaft, both shifters, and other parts that come down the body but are connected to the chassis. I had no problems and everything works better than it did before.

All down-


Replace with the new, 2 inch shorter bolts. It will sit real low, like this-
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Unread 10-22-2010, 09:11 PM   #27
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One reason to replace the bolts, even if you're just bolting them back up, if they look like this-


That was my worst one, looks like that body lift has been on there a long time.

RCV shafts showed up while I was working-




most blingin parts on the jeep!


Almost forgot, 8.8 got some armor too-
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Unread 10-22-2010, 09:21 PM   #28
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Obviously this is too low to be useful, so we need to do something


take out the battery and battery mount


next, the fender


gives you a blank slate



Move it up a lil bit, where you want the hood line to be now

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Unread 10-22-2010, 09:24 PM   #29
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A high line hood and fenders also means either modifying the hood latches or mounting hood pins...guess which one I chose


Those are billet so they're heavy and I don't think I'll be messing with them again...however I like the Jeep feel when you unlatch the hood so I might find a way to keep them.
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Unread 10-22-2010, 09:30 PM   #30
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Killer build man. I like the cut off fenders in front and the rear corners came out great, keep up the good work
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