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post #226 of 717 Old 08-30-2013, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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post #227 of 717 Old 08-30-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Got the axle out, frame side brackets burned in, bridge welded to axle, sway bar mounts cut down and rewelded, and started mounting the axle side link mounts.

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Came home to meet the UPS driver with the correct track bar from metalcloak.

Need to find a shock bushing tonight to be able to mount the shocks to the existing coil over mounts.
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post #228 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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post #229 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Got the links made and hung, steering installed and drivers side flipped, trac bar mount fabbed and installed, steering stabilizer mount fabbed.

Trac bar and will require roughly 1.25" of Bumpstops before it hits he diff cover. I could clearance the cover if I need to. Shock placement will determine if I can get any more up travel.
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post #230 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 04:03 PM
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Nice work man, looks like it's coming together quickly. Is that an Artec front 3 link bracket?
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post #231 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 04:14 PM
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Nice work man, looks like it's coming together quickly. Is that an Artec front 3 link bracket?
Looks like genright or poly brackets with a custom upper frame mount

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post #232 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Nice work man, looks like it's coming together quickly. Is that an Artec front 3 link bracket?
No. That's a poly performance 3link bracket with a vertical link mount added and gusseted. Ill add more pictures later. I posted a picture of it a whole back just mocked up

Should button it up tomorrow.
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post #233 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 04:33 PM
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That's hot!

What are your plans for the lower shock mounts?

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post #234 of 717 Old 08-31-2013, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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That's hot!

What are your plans for the lower shock mounts?
Shocks will go either on top or on the side of the lower link mount.

Probably have to replace the bushings. We dicked the bushing up trying to remove the bar pin.
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post #235 of 717 Old 09-02-2013, 07:32 AM
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Looks good buddy. Get it back on the road yet?

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post #236 of 717 Old 09-02-2013, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Got it back on the road today. Had a few items to button up in the am.

Found out that the axle lock sensor was misaligned when they reinstalled my carrier. So we had to pull the carrier out a bit to get it re aligned. Of course we found this out right after re assembling the axle completely. Luckily I hadn't put fluid in the diff yet.

Other than that everything went about as smoothly as it could for undertaking such a large project in one weekend.

Need to shorten my driveshaft or get a new one and probably clearance the upper link mount when I get it installed.

Also need to make a new support arm for the front of the engine skid.
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post #237 of 717 Old 09-04-2013, 12:57 PM
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Probably my favorite build. Keep it up

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post #238 of 717 Old 09-04-2013, 02:02 PM
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So how's it ride?

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post #239 of 717 Old 09-04-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Probably my favorite build. Keep it up
thanks. these axles and links should work well for me for many years to come. plan to focus on other aspects of the jeep now.

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So how's it ride?
as far as the ride goes...

small cracks in the road are all but non existent. the joints soak up most of the small stuff pretty well. they are great

large cracks or dips in the road are still there, but controlled.

My jeep is still on the light side, so the HD OME springs/shocks are a bit stiff. so the ride is not as smooth as it could be. hopefully the ride will smooth out as i add some weight to the jeep. ie. putting my skid plates back on, tub mounted tire carrier, corner and rocker armor, full cage, etc.

might also be tempted to go ORI's. right now the suuspension is just about set up for some serious travel, but my limitation at the moment is the current springs and shocks.

going to cut and shorten the front driveshaft tonight. the upper link mount might have to change. I think it looks good and sure does provide the proper function, but it sticks out a little too far. i might be able to cut the bottom corner off, but i might also have to redesign the entire upper link. cheating the axle to the passenger side will help to. probably end up doing a combination.
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post #240 of 717 Old 09-04-2013, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Got the driveshaft cut down. Drove it up to 50mph with no noticeable vibrations. Ill keep an eye on it over the next few days.

Next up is to clearance the link mount and / or push the axle over to the passenger side to gain clearance. Probably both.

Also noticed that the passenger side of the axle might be bent a little... Ill have to do some more investigating on that, but the axle shaft has more space between the tube and shaft on the bottom than it does on the top (I might have that backwards)
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