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monsonman 01-10-2013 07:26 PM

Monsonman's '98 Cajun Crawfish Build
 
ok i guess it time to start a build thread. my name is Vohn and im from Lafayette, La. ive had a couple of CJs but eventually made my way to a 98 TJ a few months back by trading a 1 ton CJ5 i had. the jeep was mostly stock when i got it with a some kind of 4-5" franken lift using disgusting drop brackets :nono:.

here is what it looked like when i got it, im sure some of you will laugh because as some of you know, my twin brother (bmosing) also has a chili pepper red TJ. :laugh:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8...347d6cb2_b.jpg
Unfortunately, the PO removed the "Hillbilly" sticker before i got it!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8...0198e2e4_b.jpg

i really hated the huge flares so after it being at my shop for 15 minutes i cut them.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8335/8...9192d24b_b.jpg

So a couple of months after acquiring the TJ, i threw an aussie in the front and some 33" km2s my brother had lying round and went wheeling.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8221/8...957f91af_b.jpg

i found some weaknesses pretty quickly...my passenger side lower CA as it turns out had worn out the threads connecting the 2 halves and after one good bump it slipped right out which led to noodling my driver side upper:rolleyes:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8...0189da90_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8191/8...917e2fa1_b.jpg


also, my power steering pump was destroyed so the first thing i did when i got back home was order a high performance pump from PSC and some new upper control arms. im going to use some non adjustable lower CA's my brother had lying around for now. as you can see its nice having 2 TJs in the family :laugh:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8...fe272009_b.jpg

monsonman 01-10-2013 07:33 PM

so after getting the new pump in and adding a cooler, i filled up the PS reservoir and the next day found all the fluid dumped out on the shop floor. found it was leaking out the back of the steering box. i figured that either the steering box is what ruined the pump or vise versa so i decided the box had to go too. and knowing that i eventually want hydro assist i got back on the phone with PSC and got the extreme steering box.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8473/8...67abd256_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8461/8...44c38695_b.jpg

monsonman 01-10-2013 07:40 PM

next step was to address the ticking time bomb known as my rear axle.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8...4aa22d27_b.jpg

G2 built 44 rear w/ 4.88s, arb, and disc brakes.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8072/8...76b37c3a_b.jpg

during the swap, i hacked off the drop brackets and went back to the factory locations with new uppers and lowers from IRO.

i found a LP30 front locally that has 4.88 gears and a spartan that im going to run for now until i can figure out what my final front axle solution will be.

that puts us to about where i currently am. ive got the old 30 out and have the passenger side brackets cut off (do you have any idea how much i hate those drop brackets?!)

dayriesw 01-10-2013 08:05 PM

About time you put a thread together.

monsonman 01-10-2013 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 14769521)
About time you put a thread together.

i know i know. figured you drop in to harass me about it!!

bmosing 01-14-2013 01:24 PM

Let's finish up that front end, eh? :highfive:

dayriesw 01-23-2013 01:13 PM

So what is wrong with this sick puppy that your bro was referring to?

monsonman 01-23-2013 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 14840157)
So what is wrong with this sick puppy that your bro was referring to?

we went to install the front axle last night and the control arms were too wide for the factory brackets. if you remember it had those ghey drop brackets and im thinking they pinched the factory ones :rolleyes:

Did i mention I HATE those drop brackets? they are off the jeep and they are still rustling my jimmies.

dayriesw 01-23-2013 02:54 PM

This is the 30 from Ron right? I don't know if I ever saw it, just it's replacement.

monsonman 01-23-2013 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 14840749)
This is the 30 from Ron right? I don't know if I ever saw it, just it's replacement.

yeah but im talking about the brackets on the frame. i ordered a set of IRO adjustables because they are less wide than the others by about a 1/2". should do the trick

monsonman 03-04-2013 07:51 PM

alright, so after quite some time away from the jeep, i finally found the time last weekend to get the front axle in.

i still have a few bugs to work out, death wobble being one of them :eek:
im going to start with alignment and check the steering stabilizer.

also i was trying to get a hold of gerald at savvy today. i was inquiring on the when-abouts that the ultimate steering kit will be back in stock. he said 2-3 weeks so i guess i will wait it out unless someone can convince me that the difference between the ultimate and the currectlync is not enough to wait it out.

dayriesw 03-05-2013 07:27 AM

Start with a dry steering test for the death wobble. It was rarely steered me wrong... sorry for the pun. I run the correctlync with not problems at all. I have no clue about the other.

speedracer1305 03-05-2013 01:49 PM

Have you looked into ruff stuff's steering? Great setup and great price.

monsonman 03-06-2013 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 15081101)
Start with a dry steering test for the death wobble. It was rarely steered me wrong... sorry for the pun. I run the correctlync with not problems at all. I have no clue about the other.

thanks for the tip i went back through all the control arms and noticed the passenger upper bolt was quite loose. after an alignment, no more death wobble :nono:.

heres a picture showing its first time being back at home since last august after the wheeling trip. :D
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8...ae45ac0c_c.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by speedracer1305 (Post 15083549)
Have you looked into ruff stuff's steering? Great setup and great price.

although i have considered it (i do like the price), i want to stick with currie. its what everyone i ride with is running with no issues and i have no problem following the crowd on a proven system. ive heard mixed reviews on ruffstuffs inverted "T" as well

dayriesw 03-06-2013 09:29 AM

About time....

What did you do with hat g2 rear dif cover?


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