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Unread 07-31-2012, 09:26 AM   #811
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can't wait to see your rig with that tummy tuck! its going to look nice! do you think you will need a lopro tranny mount? you are going to love that extra belly clearance, but you'll still bang it on everything haha i honestly think i may hit mine more cause i get in tighter situations!

we gotta go wheelin some day though dude, maybe i'll make it outwest in the next 3 years!

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Unread 07-31-2012, 11:15 PM   #812
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So I got the Hack and Tap SYE done tonight and I also got the UCF skid in place. I all went together pretty smoothly. I'll have to modify the exhaust to get rid of some of the vibration. It needs a new muffler anyway so I think I'll be killing two birds at once. I'll be getting the new 1350 rear pinion yoke on and having a drive shaft built asap...3 weeks until I drive it back out to Colorado.
A couple of notes about the install:
-Hack and Taps are a *****. I think pulling the case and doing it with it out from under the vehicle would have been less of a headache.
-The extra clearance underneath is awesome. Amazing how 3" can look like so much.
-The drive train sure is noisy with it so close to the floor.
-Between the MML and belly up, having the transmission shifter up 3-4" higher feels great while behind the wheel!

***Aside from that, I can't seem to get the vehicle into 4 low. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to correct this without purchasing an aftermarket t case shifter??***

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softtop came out great.
I dont remember reading that you purchased the ultra high clearance skid. Your going to love it man, great upgrade.
My first time wheelin after installing mine I cruised over rocks I thought I would have definitely hit with no issues
Thanks man! I'm happy with how it came out. I'm still going to spend some more time on it and see if I can get it any better.

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Wow that top came out great! How do you like running the soft top in the winter? Stay pretty warm?
It was warm enough until I removed the carpet...now it's a touch too drafty and chilly with the cold steel floor.

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can't wait to see your rig with that tummy tuck! its going to look nice! do you think you will need a lopro tranny mount? you are going to love that extra belly clearance, but you'll still bang it on everything haha i honestly think i may hit mine more cause i get in tighter situations!
we gotta go wheelin some day though dude, maybe i'll make it outwest in the next 3 years!
Thus far I don't see a need for the lo-pro mount...we'll see. And as far as getting out there and wheeling you should!

Pictures to come guys...it got dark out.
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Unread 07-31-2012, 11:22 PM   #813
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Did you try adjusting the cable? If not, get the novak cable
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Unread 08-01-2012, 07:44 AM   #814
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Id recommend the novak but if you dont have it in the budget check out this thread

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ad...54/index3.html

They have different brackets to help you adjust it for less $$ then the novak
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Unread 08-01-2012, 08:22 PM   #815
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Here are some pictures of the new setup:

Hack N' Tap


Clearance measured before:


Clearance measured afterward
Edit: Given that my garage floor is slanted, the measurements aren't right on. Once on flat ground it measured around 18". Regardless, I gained around 3":




I got the new 1350 pinion yoke in tonight...I also went ahead and replaced the pinion seal while I was down there.


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Did you try adjusting the cable? If not, get the novak cable
I'll be taking the skid off to modify the exhaust...I'll see how much I can adjust it when I do that. I will do the Novak if I have to but it'd be nice to save the $160 if possible.

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Id recommend the novak but if you dont have it in the budget check out this thread
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They have different brackets to help you adjust it for less $$ then the novak
Thanks for the link!!
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Unread 08-01-2012, 08:49 PM   #816
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Still reading through all of the build, but its pretty inspiring since I've got a 4 banger as well. Nice job, I'm sure I'll be asking questions eventually!
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Unread 08-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #817
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hell yeah looks good! i got 1 more inch of clearance its funny though cause i think our rigs have just about the exact same stance, wheelbase and all.
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Unread 08-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #818
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So this morning I ordered up a Tattons rear double cardan shaft and some longer anti wrap leaf spring perches. It should all be here by the end of next week. Now the fun part...waiting!

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Still reading through all of the build, but its pretty inspiring since I've got a 4 banger as well. Nice job, I'm sure I'll be asking questions eventually!
Good to hear! The little 2.5L is no power house but it does just plain work.

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hell yeah looks good! i got 1 more inch of clearance its funny though cause i think our rigs have just about the exact same stance, wheelbase and all.
Very similar indeed! That extra inch would have been nice, but the ease of installation with the selling point for my skid. Plus I got it used for CHEAP!
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Unread 08-02-2012, 12:24 PM   #819
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jeep looks good bud. Haven't checked in a while


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3. Get on it. I need someone to be a nerd and crawl with me.
dont be ashamed - I love my my rc crawlers
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Unread 08-11-2012, 09:25 PM   #820
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My new drive shaft showed up. I ordered it through Curtis at Tatton's driveline. It's a CV shaft with .120 wall tubing, balanced at 100 mph with a 1350 end yoke and a 7" slip spline and all Spicer brand U joints. It was $300 shipped which I felt was a fair deal. I'm pretty satisfied with the shaft and the service. It took exactly one week for it to show up at my door. I also picked up some anti-wrap leaf perches to dial in the pinion angle with the new set up. It'll be nice to drive around in rear wheel drive again!



Extended


1350 end yoke



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jeep looks good bud. Haven't checked in a while

dont be ashamed - I love my my rc crawlers
Thanks man! It's getting there. So since we're running a similar setup I'm curious. What leaf perches are you running? Are you still running the stock XJ leafs w/ the extra leaf? Any axle wrap? And the RC crawling is a damn good time!



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The Jeep has been on the back burner this summer as I've been spending most of my time working/riding/having fun. But I'm happy to be wrapping up this portion of the project and doing some fall wheeling out in Colorado. I figure in the next couple years it will be close to being (dare i say) done.
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Unread 08-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #821
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I fiddled with the Jeep a little tonight. I've been driving it back and forth from work in front wheel drive for almost two weeks now. Tonight I put the rear drive shaft in (which I am very happy with). I also puttsed with the transfer case shifter, adjusted it to use two high through four low, and added a couple of springs to one of the cross-linkages to keep it from popping out. It isn't quite as smooth as before but it works well. The pinion angle is low a few degrees but it doesn't have any vibrations up to 50 mph. I'll have to open it up on the freeway and make sure it's vibration free before my voyage out west. I'll be replacing the muffler with a new one to quiet things down a bit and it should be rocking out. I'm pretty excited to have this little segment of the Jeep project wrapped up!
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Unread 08-15-2012, 02:53 PM   #822
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How far west are you coming and when???
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Unread 08-15-2012, 06:28 PM   #823
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And since a thread is no good without pictures...


I also gave the ole whore a thorough cleaning...so I might as well post some pictures of it.









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How far west are you coming and when???
Well I have been at home in Minnesota for the last few months. Next week I'll be heading back out to Colorado for another year of school. Some day I'll make it out and run the Rubicon though!

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Unread 08-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #824
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Love your Jeep dude, just as it is.
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Unread 08-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #825
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Lookin good! Do you have bolts going through the bottom of your sliders through the floor, or just the ones in the side of the tub? I'm thinking of making some for my YJ and i like how clean yours look.
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