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Unread 05-30-2012, 08:56 PM   #46
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haven't painted them yet. trying to decide if i'm going to move the axle back now or later.

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Unread 05-30-2012, 09:34 PM   #47
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haven't painted them yet. trying to decide if i'm going to move the axle back now or later.
Go ahead and slap them on. When you stretch the rear you can drill another hole and take care of it then.
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Unread 06-24-2012, 06:17 PM   #48
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just an update, i've been moving my fiance in, and haven't had much time to post or work on the jeep. not to mention that my jeep has been parked at my parents place while i've been borrowing a truck. I did however, use the truck to haul a d30 from a 98 cherokee from pull-a-part. pulled it last week plan to build up and have a good project. Also have purchased a set of boomerang shackles for the front, since last time i went to Morris mountain i inverted my driver side front spring. purchased a gen right EXT tank with skid, so I'll be installing that. I've also accumulated some parts to make a home-made license relocation setup, as well as a tailgate flip kit. more to come.

what do you guys think, should a create a separate thread on any of these? there is already a thread on the license plate relocation, as well as the tailgate flip, so I'll just add to those. I haven't seen one on the gen right tank install....so either i can create a separate thread or put it all in my build.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:47 PM   #49
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so i decided i'm going to test my axle building and fabrication skills. here is the test subject. A hp d30 from a 98 cherokee xj.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:53 PM   #50
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so i don't ever plan on going past 35's cause i like to drive mine around on the weekends and drive it back and forth to the trails. couple that with the fact that i don't feel like dealing with changing wheels due to bolt patterns with a d44 from some other vehicle along with my bad habit of wanting to go all out if i go with d44's meaning, build up some dynatrac or currie axles. I've also seen my friend Lou bang the crap out of his d30 w/ disco, and it still has been performing. the only problem i've had is that one of my u-joint caps flew out of my shaft and ended up wobbling out the hole. otherwise, i haven't had a problem with mine on 33" MT MTZ's. I've been reading others comments around the forum, so don't comment about building a d44. this is just for fun and learning anyways. In a few years, i plan on going all out with some nice axles front and rear. so more to come on this.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:57 PM   #51
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so onto other things, i decided to make my own tag relocation kit. instead of paying $40-50 on one like one of my friends did, i decided to spend $15 and make my own.
$5 for 2" exhaust pipe with 1 flaired end - 18" long - autozone
$5 for hitch pin - autozone
$5 for some sheetmetal - autozone
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:58 PM   #52
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i removed the powdercoat from the inner part of the tire carrier with a 4.5" flap disc
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Unread 07-18-2012, 08:01 PM   #53
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next i measured and cut the 2" exhaust pipe to the length needed. I basically just did some rough guesstimating on length by playing around with the spare tire.
I also drilled all the way through the pipe to get a nice aligned path for the hitch pin. i found that sliding the pipes together worked well for this, but getting them apart with all the burs was a pain.
I also traced and cut the sheet metal to fit the tag.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 08:04 PM   #54
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I spot welded the flared piece of exhaust to the tire carrier and put the wheel on to see how everything looked
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Unread 07-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #55
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i finished welding the exhaust pipe to the carrier and put a layer of primer and semi gloss black paint to protect from rust.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 08:09 PM   #56
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so i thought this would work, but it didn't. I had my welder set on the lowest voltage and it still burnt through the thin sheet metal. not happy, so i decided to go to homedepot again.
$6 later, a had a 48" piece of 1-1/2" x 1/8" of steel. i have a new idea.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 08:12 PM   #57
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so this is my new plan and it is much more sturdy than the thin sheet metal. i cut the 48" piece into 3 - 12" pieces and 2 - 6" pieces, and welded it together. i then drilled the holes to mount the tag. after that i welded the other piece of the exhaust pipe to it and painted it with a coat of primer and semi gloss black. picture of final product coming tomorrow, paint needs to dry.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 08:43 AM   #58
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Looks great. I see you were able to get some time in the garage huh? Hey, whenever your "done" with those axles you're building let me know. I always like the hand-me-downs you and Nacho so graciously donate.
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Unread 07-19-2012, 10:44 AM   #59
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Looks great. I see you were able to get some time in the garage huh? Hey, whenever your "done" with those axles you're building let me know. I always like the hand-me-downs you and Nacho so graciously donate.
Yeah, finally got some time and now I'm very motivated. I'm actually selling my old front axle to Stacy. But you can have the shafts out of the Cherokee d30. I've already got my gears and rebuild kit in. Ordered the g2 shafts but they havent come in yet. My goal right now is to get the gas tank replaced and the 8.8 moved back 1" before the trip.
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Unread 07-20-2012, 09:34 AM   #60
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here are some pics of the final product on the tag relocation.
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