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post #76 of 178 Old 12-14-2011, 09:08 AM
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Thanks bud... So you gonna get that rear truss fixed up in time for EJS?


She'll be fixed up by Friday, just in time for wheeling on Sunday perhaps.


OlllllllO

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post #77 of 178 Old 12-14-2011, 12:28 PM
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Nice build so far, I have drooled over pic's of the complete setup so I can't wait to see more.
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post #78 of 178 Old 12-14-2011, 01:00 PM
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Very astute question newbie, and welcome to Jeepforum btw, you need to update your profile to include your Lightning discos as well!
I would have included the discos in my profile but there isn't a section for "most awesome piece of equipment installed on your jeep".

oh, and they are Lighning ROD discos...
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post #79 of 178 Old 01-05-2012, 07:36 PM
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What trans did you use? This is an awesome build bro.
Could you get some pics of the transmission? Thanks

01 Tj, RE long arm, 35s, Locked ft/rear, D44 rear, building HP D44 front
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post #80 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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What trans did you use? This is an awesome build bro.
Could you get some pics of the transmission? Thanks
I used an NSG370 from an '06 LJ, but any 4.0L transmission would bolt up to the adapter. What kind of transmission pics you looking for?

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post #81 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got a little time that I can throw some more pics up...


Not necessarily a fan of the imitation carbon fiber but it's washable and fits in the allotted space. I'll probably be building a custom airbox this winter to get away from the open element style:


Front shocks finally in. 4" Uptravel:

7" downtravel...which is currently unseating the stock springs (note: went with AEV 3" springs in the end)


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post #82 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Final assembly pictures with the custom power steering pump meant for a old Mopar. It's a standard Saginaw pump used on a lot of older trucks, with this particular application being a Dodge D150 with the 318ci.





2007 WK CRD: DD @ 27mpg, tuned by Keith at GDE
1997 100" TJ: Cummins/NSG370/TeraNomore/37's and leaf springs - Gone!

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post #83 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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And amongst the engine swapping, tried to finish up some chassis stuff. AEV 3" springs and JKS discos (which are for sale now btw as I changed over to Antirock):





And last but not least, I'm relying on this little gem (electric vacuum pump) to prevent the making of another Lion's Back youtube:

2007 WK CRD: DD @ 27mpg, tuned by Keith at GDE
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post #84 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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And we have a test run... still in her bare steel glory!


2007 WK CRD: DD @ 27mpg, tuned by Keith at GDE
1997 100" TJ: Cummins/NSG370/TeraNomore/37's and leaf springs - Gone!

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post #85 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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The test run went just as planned and found a couple minor issues to be corrected (rear wheel well trim, added rear bump stops). As soon as we left the Badlands, I headed straight for the paint shop to get the new steel sealed and painted. If you've seen my previous builds, you'll recognize the two-tone silver paint. I love a silver bottom... doesn't show scratches as bad as a dark color, and adds a little bling. Here's my last build:


And ta-da... the new improved Green Bean!




In these pics I haven't added the rear tire carrier yet and it's still sitting on the old dana 30 front, but she's close! Btw, I don't have a lot of pics of the rear tire carrier fabwork, but it's the late style S10 Blazer tubular frame, which I modified to match the body lines of the TJ and of course the right bolt pattern. It's held up well for a year now!

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post #86 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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And I'm spent....

Complete Jeep ready to hit the trails of Moab:




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post #87 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:28 AM
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Dude, everything turned out sooo nice. The two-tone was a bit of a shocker, but it works.

My build:
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post #88 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Figured while I was on a roll with these pictures, I might as well post up the true torture test from the new build. Moab, UT Easter Jeep Safari:







2007 WK CRD: DD @ 27mpg, tuned by Keith at GDE
1997 100" TJ: Cummins/NSG370/TeraNomore/37's and leaf springs - Gone!

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post #89 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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And I'm sure there's more than one of you out there, that wonders what it sounds like so here's a couple vids:

Hell's Gate:

Escalator:

Golden Crack:

Waterfall on Poison Spyder:

2007 WK CRD: DD @ 27mpg, tuned by Keith at GDE
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post #90 of 178 Old 01-06-2012, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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I wanted to finish off the "build" portion of this thread with some final thoughts...

This build is by far my favorite of all of them I've done. My wife and I routinely take it out for summer cruises and I even daily-drove it for a couple months in the summer. With the low center of gravity, leaf springs, and not-to-aggressive tires, it's a dream to cruise down the interstate at 70mph. Off-road it's extremely predictable and capable. The low first ratio and good overdrive in the NSG are a perfect fit for this engine, with the only thing I would change being the final drive ratio. First is actually too low with a 4:1 tcase and the 4.10 gears are almost too high with the diesel engine on the interstate. In hindsight, I would probably go with 3.73 gears and the 4:1 case. I've gone back and forth on tcases since the Teralow crapped out (typical) and currently have the stock 2.72 case back in. I actually use first/second gear most of the time on the trail while the 4:1 case was third/fourth/fifth. I have an NV241OR to go in but honestly doesn't need it except for true boulder crawling.

Durability has been outstanding for such an off-the-wall build. Other than an occasional axle shaft when I ran the Dana30, and some leaf spring learning curves, I've driven this thing unchanged for the last two years. It flat out works and I see no major changes in the future (unless I upgrade to a new electronic common rail engine).

Between "nardharv" and myself, there are currently four of these diesel 3.3L TJ's running around or in process, and I'm currently working on a JK with a friend at the moment.

A word of caution though, don't do this conversion for the fuel economy savings. These engines aren't cheap and it would take 100k miles to pay back. On the other hand, if want something cool, or just plain love diesel engines (like myself), then go for it. Maybe nardharv can chime in on his thoughts here also.

Again, here's the final specs:
Here's the final specs:
1997 Wrangler 2.5L/AX5 base vehicle
Cummins B3.3T 4cyl diesel
NSG370 6spd
NV241OR Tcase / NV231 (back and forth)
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

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1997 100" TJ: Cummins/NSG370/TeraNomore/37's and leaf springs - Gone!

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