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Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 02:56 PM

Lil Green Bean
Having received so many PM's about my setup, I figured it is time to put some documentation out there. I'll continue to add to this as I have time.

FAQ section:
#1 Where did you get the B3.3 engine?
Ebay! I bought two from an equipment salvage place in NC. They come in a variety of industrial equipment, including skid steers, excavators, power units, water pumps, gensets, etc.
#2 What kind of mileage?
Highest I've calculated is 27mpg on 37" mud terrains at 70mph. Typical is 20-25mpg depending on setup.
#3 What's the horsepower/torque?
My engine was rated at 85hp/220 ft-lb stock. I've since added a different turbo, injector and pump work. 300ftlb is not difficult to achieve.
More to be added at a later date.

Here's how it all started...

This is actually my 5th Jeep build, and going into it I knew what I wanted: LCG, 37's, street friendly, and fuel efficient.

Here's the final specs:
1997 Wrangler 2.5L/AX5 base vehicle
Cummins B3.3T 4cyl diesel
NSG370 6spd
NV241OR Tcase
Ford 8.8 Rear/Detroit/4.10
Rubi 44 front/tube seals/TEN shafts
Rear BTF leaf spring kit with OME Medium XJ springs + one
Front radius arm setup - RE arms, Poly bracketry
Bilstein 5125 12" 255/70 all four corners
Genright armor... everywhere
37" KM2 on WE locks
Poison Spyder Comp cage
Sniper Fab front bumper
BTF rear bumper
Warn 9.5Ti
Custom rear swing-away, body mounted

And so it began... and the pile of parts started to grow:

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 02:58 PM

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 03:01 PM

Enough of the bolt-on crap. On to the fabrication! For the rear suspension I'm using a Blue Torch rear crossmember with RuffStuff 8.8 swap kit components. The leaf spring swap accomplishes a couple things:
1.) Adjustable 6-9" WB stretch
2.) Easy ride height and spring rate adjustments (add a leaf, lose a leaf)
3.) Side hill stability

And no, I'm not going to argue with anyone about leaf vs. 4-link vs. tri-link vs. your grandma's best buddie's trailing arm setup. This works for me and I like it....

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 03:05 PM

For the shackle angle, I ended up targeting 45. Steeper angles cause a rough ride (spring rate increases) and lesser angles cause a mushy feeling in the corners due to the associated decrease in spring rate.

Billy 11-18-2011 03:05 PM

very nice. subscribed. :)

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 03:06 PM

So you get antsy on your diesel project and tear the freakin thing apart with a full tank of gas?

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 03:08 PM

A quick trip to the junkyard yielded the perfect intercooler for the diesel swap. This is a Volvo 740i station wagon IC. Dimension-wise it's near perfect for the stack up in the TJ grill.

Yep, those are the new HD Genright shackles

yeah, she's gonna have a little grocery getter in her

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 03:11 PM
Just had to bolt the new meat on and look at the stance. Remember the tubes will actually be 3" higher than the lower hood line, but to get a level stance I used 3" AEV springs in the front.

homeboy1991 11-18-2011 05:09 PM

Subscribed! Looking good!

Mazdarx 11-18-2011 05:44 PM

This should be a awesome Jeep when done, I like where this is going.

Bennettj13 11-18-2011 05:47 PM

About time smoke.

Hendrix 11-18-2011 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by Bennettj13 (Post 12529230)
About time smoke.

X2 One of my Favorite builds of all time. :drool:

Now I am just going to creep your build.

Edit: Ok Buddy :kiss:


LilSteve97TJ 11-18-2011 07:08 PM

Glad i could be the straw that broke the camels back :D Interested to see you finish the content. I'm sure it will answer some of my questions about that smoker you got.

Sgt.Fuzz 11-18-2011 07:58 PM

Leafs. Right on.

Red_Smoke 11-18-2011 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by Bennettj13 (Post 12529230)
About time smoke.


Originally Posted by Hendrix (Post 12529344)
X2 One of my Favorite builds of all time. :drool:

Now I am just going to creep your build.


You punks can read this anytime on the club site. Keep your useless banter outta my build :kiss:

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