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Unread 09-09-2011, 12:15 PM   #586
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As far as the camber, the negative camber drives me nuts. It's going to unevenly wear my tires (again) and bother me to no end because it looks terrible and is improper. Those ball joints are brand new though, so this concerns me.
Your tires will last longer if you remember to rotate them every 3000K.

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Unread 09-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #587
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Your tires will last longer if you remember to rotate them every 3000K.
Also true! At the rate I drive it, I'll rotate them once a year haha
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 09-10-2011, 09:36 AM   #588
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Finally ordered an adjustable front track bar. Figured I might as well spend the money, get the best, and get it new. That being said, for $265 (using discount codes I found on the interwebs!) I got the Currie HD Adjustable Front Track Bar. My axle is ridiculously off centered, as noticed by even Steph this morning. It's easily 1 1/2-2" further out the drivers side. As Geoff said, it's time to let the rest of the Jeep catch up.

Also have started welding a steering box skid. Pics to come



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Unread 09-10-2011, 09:18 PM   #589
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Kept working on my steering box skid today. First welding project ever, so I'm pretty happy with it so far. It's 3/16th inch steel. Tomorrow I'm going to cut and work on the sides and the front for mounting. Then gotta drill the holes. Also put up a picture of my first welds with the new Hobart welder... not that bad considering it's been a few months (almost half a year) since the last time I welded. I also touched up the outer side's welds with the grinder. Still not as smooth as I want, but it's not that bad.

*This is flux core, as I haven't bought a tank or the C02/Argon mix yet to use solid wire*



















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Unread 09-11-2011, 08:49 AM   #590
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From 2008: I also wanted to come back and add photos of the CB/Scanner mount that I made for the TJ the winter that I bought it. This is simply 1" flat bar steel that I bent and drilled to match the screw holes in the driver side compartment of the Jeep. It nicely holds both radios and allows the antennas to go right back down through the back. Took about 10 minutes, 1 rivet, and no thought. One of these days I'll take it off and paint it black so that it isn't so ugly. In the mean time, it has done it's job and cost about $5 from Home Depot.

I once had a guy say it was disgustingly ugly. Who cares. It works flawlessly.

Edit: I painted it, it's less hideous.






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Last edited by djflyy; 10-06-2011 at 11:54 AM.. Reason: New photo- it's painted!
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Unread 09-11-2011, 09:05 AM   #591
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could be worse.
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Unread 09-11-2011, 10:08 AM   #592
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could be worse.
Serves it's purpose well. Just wanted to post it on here as I never did all those years ago and I've been trying to clean up the thread and keep all of my "mods" no matter how small listed.


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More to come on the steering box skid, I cut out the wall sections for it and tacked that into place this morning!
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Unread 09-11-2011, 10:17 AM   #593
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How did you set up your CB? Like where is the power routed to and all that, because I was thinking about putting mine there but I don't know how I should hook everything up.
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Unread 09-11-2011, 12:04 PM   #594
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How did you set up your CB? Like where is the power routed to and all that, because I was thinking about putting mine there but I don't know how I should hook everything up.
CB and scanner are wired with 14-2 wire (14 gauge, 2-strand) shared line back to my main electrical fuse block located in the engine compartment. It was really easy, and if you're not into electrical don't sweat it, most guys just wire it straight to the battery with a 5 amp fuse in-line.

Hope that helps, if you'd like more information or anything let me know!
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Unread 09-11-2011, 04:58 PM   #595
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Looks AWESOME Ryan. I'm glad to see you finally got that welder. You can practice on my Jeep if you have to.
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Unread 09-11-2011, 08:56 PM   #596
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Looks AWESOME Ryan. I'm glad to see you finally got that welder. You can practice on my Jeep if you have to.
Thanks Clay


I worked some more on it today, but not for long as I ended up re-wiring all of the electrical in Steph's house to grounded outlets and all new switches, as well as started running the wiring for ceiling lighting that she hasn't ever had. It's been a VERY long weekend, as we were also painting some rooms in the house. Anyway, apparently my electrical expertise goes far beyond 12v vehicle auxiliary lighting.

That being said.... I cut out the sides for the steering box skid. A few easy tack welds - 2 on each plane) allowed me to position it before laying down the real bead. I then took the grinder to it and tried to smooth out all the surface welds as best as I could. It's by no means beautiful, but I couldn't be happier with myself considering this is my first actual welding project.

Tomorrow after work I'll weld in the other side.












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Unread 09-12-2011, 06:32 PM   #597
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Long day, into Boston at 6 AM, worked till 4, then while driving home got a call from my girlfriend saying that a DPW truck backed into her brand new F350 super duty and actually put a hole through the passenger door. She's fine, and her dad (potentially about to be the new Chief of Police in Woburn) reamed the DPW guy who apparently has a horrific driving record.

Came home, went straight to welding. I had to cut the 2nd wall of the skid, and the new metal bits on the jig saw do quite a number on this steel. Set it up, tacked it into place, and laid out the final beads on the inside. What I did realize is that I'm going to need to cut down the inside wall (on the edge of the steering box) cause I don't think this is wide enough to get all the way around it, so I'll trim it down a little. Then I have to drill a hole for the frame side, paint it, and call it a day!








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Unread 09-13-2011, 08:07 AM   #598
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Looking real good.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 08:24 AM   #599
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when you get a bottle of 75/25, you will never want to go back to flux core.

keep up the fabbing.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 05:29 PM   #600
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So I finished the welding today, just in time to run out of flux core wire. I had to cut out some sections to fit around extrusions of the steering box as well as my bumper bolt, and drilled the hole to go into the frame. I did a mock-up fit, and I'm really happy with it. Only thing left is to grind down a bit on the back so that the pitman arm can rotate appropriately, and drill a hole into the bumper itself for the front tab mount.

Not bad for a first welding project, huh?







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