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Unread 09-20-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
mike948
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Location: anaheim
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HigherGround Fab One Ton TJ Build

After spending the past year planning this build I realized that I do not have enough hours in the day to do this myself.
I decided to send it to Jim Cox of HigherGround Fab, after seeing the work that is being done on a friendís jeep. HigherGround Fab & Off-Road has a shop in Sylmar, California, and it was formerly known as JC Fab & Design.

this is where we are at with the build
sitting at 108

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This is my jeep currently, a 1998 TJ with 6 inches of lift and 35 inch MTRís and lots of other parts that are for sale below.

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The plan is to build a one ton TJ on 41.5 Pit-Bull Rockers with a wheel base of 105 to 108 and keep the jeep as low as possible.



Work to be done

Change the 3 speed automatic to an AW-4 transmission
Atlas 4-speed transfer case 11.7 low gear
Shortened 78-79 ford snow fighter Dana 60 front axle 65'' WMS

Shaved 14 bolt rear axle 65 to 66 WMS final width 63" WMS
5.38ís and air lockers and locking hubs on all wheels
Five Raceline Aluminum Monster bead lock rims
17x9.5, 8x6.5 bolt pattern

GenRight 15-gallon comp tank, rear frame cross member removed to allow maximum stretch
added a Higher Ground 20 gallon bed tank
Artec TJ back half kit
Artec Industries 14-bolt Truss, Pinion Guard, and Bridge Kit
Artec Industries long arm 4-link kit
Artec Industries Dana 60 Truss Kit (shortened)
hydro assist steering
Vanco hydro assist brakes
4 wheel disk brakes
Currie front antirock sway bar
Genright rear antirock sway bar
Fox coil overs and by-pass shocks
Modified metal cloak fenders
HigherGround Fab low profile transmission mounts and skid plate
HigherGround Fab roll bar kit and harnesses
HigherGround Fab spare tire, jack mounts
HigherGround Fab stretch kit, this is the proto type build

Just to put this build into perspective - new tires to the right!!!

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With all the new parts coming in I have lots of parts for sale

Super Dana 30 front Diff: 4.56 Gears, ARB Locker, 30 Spline Alloy Axels, Sleeved, C Gussets, Truss, LCA Skids, AEV Diff Skid, 1.25 Wheel Spacer, HD Steel Diff Cover, New Synergy Ball Joints, New Axel Seals, and Unit Bearings

Dynatrac 44 rear: 4.56 Gears, ARB Locker, 33 Spline Alloy Axels, AEV Diff Skid, 1.25 Wheel Spacer, HD Steel Diff Cover

Rubicon Express 5.5 inch lift includes springs, 8 Currie Jonny Joint Control arms, new rear spring relocation kit, HD track bars, 4 Fox Gas Shocks

5 M/T aluminum rims, 35 inch MTRís 4 75 % thread, spare is new Monster valves in all 5 rims

3 speed auto transmission and np231 transfer case just serviced with new slip yoke eliminator

Poisen Spyder gas tank skid and stock factory tank

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Unread 09-20-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Removing all factory mounts
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Unread 09-20-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Here are the latest up dates:
We are doing some preventative maintained and a few engine upgrades
Flowkooler water pump
Rukse High Flow Thermostat Housing
Mishimoto Silicone Radiator Hose Kit
Drake aluminum radiator
Dual cooler for aw-4 tranny and power steering
Ported intake manifold and throttle body spacer
JBA Stainless steel header
Higher Ground 130 amp alternator and high torque starter
Higher Ground power steering pump and steering box

AW 4 Tranny

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custom wire harness

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Artec back half kit

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shaved 14 bolt

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grinding the ring gear (BUY THE SHAVED GEAR)

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