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post #631 of 1985 Old 09-27-2011, 03:23 PM
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Very nice thread man!! I have a Cherokee now but when I leave for basic in febuary I'm giving it to my brother. Atthe first chance I get I'm going to buy a tj and start my build.

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post #632 of 1985 Old 09-27-2011, 04:02 PM
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I must say it looks good without a spare on the back. Looking forward to seeing your tire carrier build

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post #633 of 1985 Old 09-27-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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I must say it looks good without a spare on the back. Looking forward to seeing your tire carrier build
It's funny you say that, as it's kind of growing on me to not have the spare back there


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The tire carrier begins. Big shout out to BESRK for his famed write up and many PMs that have assisted me in pre-production. This will be made out of 2x2 3/16th inch steel, which I purchased from a local metal supply company in Wilmington, MA. The guys there are great, and are extremely helpful. I ordered 24 feet of this steel, with 12 feet being enough for a swing out arms and A-frame. I'm going to try and sell the other half of the steel, but we'll see.

Anyway, I started by trailering it home. I then hooked up a metal cut off disc to my 10" chop saw in order to make more precise cuts than I had been able to with the angle grinder, and to have it take less time than when I was cutting sheets of 3/16th with a jig saw. Needless to say the chop saw went right to work on the tubing and had the straight cuts done in no time. It did have a problem with the 45 degree angle cuts however, but patience worked in my favor and it eventually completed the 3 cuts at an angle.

At that point, I assembled it in a mock position just to get an idea as to what I was working with. I did some staging on the bumper, as well as on the driveway and did some trimming to make sure everything would be nice and tight against each beam of steel. After figuring out which arrangement was best for the angled pieces of the A-frame, I tack welded each piece one by one. This will hold the pieces together in the right position and allow me to lay a thicker bead tomorrow.

The measurements are as follows:
Swing Arm - 37" long
Vertical Post - 16" long
Horizontal Posts - 23" long
Tire Mount Post - 9" long
Latch Mount Post - 3" long






















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post #636 of 1985 Old 09-28-2011, 07:17 AM
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It's funny you say that, as it's kind of growing on me to not have the spare back there
It gives it a finished look I always thought about taking the spare off

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Today I was able to wire brush and grind down the welds from yesterday, as well as cap the necessary open ends of the tubing. Also made the small mount for the latch to tie into.

I was looking at the bumper, and realized that I'll need to cut off the backing plate before welding in the spindle. This should work to my advantage, as it will give me a lot of room for additional support. I was thinking that the typical weld joints of the spindle will be a good start (keep in mind the Comp 4x4 spindle has the additional steel tubing for the spindle itself to fit in, so there's more welding) and then I will add gussets throughout to hold it in, as well as potentially some base plates tied into the frame mount/crossmember ties.

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Looks awesome.

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post #639 of 1985 Old 09-30-2011, 11:23 AM
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Hey man, great build so far! I'll probably be using your blueprints with a few changes for my own custom Smittybilt tire carrier when I get the chance. I have probably read over this thread multiple times, esp. when I'm stalling having to write my english papers

Also, I noticed in one of your pictures that you may have a Mac? If you do, what application have you been using to draw up all your plans? I have been looking for something like it to get some ideas down but I haven't had any luck...

And one more thing, I would like to commend you for commenting on others threads like you do. I have been on many forums and members who are courteous to others and not quick to flame someone are very few and far between. Kudos man!

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post #640 of 1985 Old 09-30-2011, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Kudos man!
Thanks buddy. Your comments mean a lot. I've been irked more than once by the "Holy Jeeper" comments that some guys post on threads. Life's too short to fight with people on a silly Jeep forum. As far as designing plans on Mac - check out Google's Sketch-Up software. It's free, and is a basic CAD (computer aided design) software that will allow you to design things, color them as you wish, and render them out to still photos and even video. It will also do everything to exact scale, however you want.

This build is coming along, I must say. Sometimes when I'm walking back to the TJ when in a parking lot or something I'll just stop and marvel at how far it's come since day 1. I ran into the guy I bought it from a few years back and even he didn't recognize it.

Keep reading! Glad to have you here. Feel free to comment more, it's usually just the same few of us that hang around


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Now.... for today's work. The Currie TJJ Adjustable Track Bar. The Official, JeepForum Approved, Best-Money-Can-Buy Track Bar. Another Savvy Idea.

As with every Jeep project, I can only say so many times how important PB Blaster is to getting things done. I soaked this stupid stock track bar 5 times today (with an hour to penetrate between sprays). Probably wouldn't have been able to do this without it. SaxMan showed up and we got to work, putting the front end of the Jeep up on jacks and drop the front axle as low as it would hang. A few minutes later and the whole thing was hanging like an Elephant's junk.

The problem with TJs is the incredible use of cotter pins and castle nuts. These aren't really that big of a problem, until you add in 10 years of New England rust. A few months back Clay and I had a problem with his track bar removal, so we were extremely cautious this time to not get in over our heads and to take the slow approach and get things done right. The cotter pin wasn't in on this, and decided to be a pain in the ***. It took about an hour to get the cotter pin out, at which point the castle nut was free and clear (thanks PB!)

I ended up bending the crap out of my pickle fork/tie rod end puller/pitman arm puller that I had just bought this morning. Had to use a pry bar to get the Track Bar out of the frame side, but once it was out things were smooth sailing. Drill out the frame side to a MASSIVE 5/8" hole ($17 bit at Home Depot) and drill out the axle to a 1/2" from the 3/8" that it already was. Install the track bar, adjust it to the right length, and bolt everything up.

Voila, axle is centered. Time to quickly install my new (to me) quick discos. Took about half an hour to get everything done, and the Jeep is all back together again. Big thanks to Clay for his endless help. And now for the photos! Off-centered tires (pre adjustable bar), and the processes of the day.


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Any clearance issues with the tb?

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None as of now! I guess we'll find out when she's at full flex. disco'd.


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I have a question about your tires being uneven before you did the install. My driver side tire is tucked in further than the passenger side, and my jeep pulls to the right a slight bit. Did yours pull to the left at all since that tire was sticking out more? I got an alignment and im not sure if the adjustable track bar would fix my problem.

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I have a question about your tires being uneven before you did the install. My driver side tire is tucked in further than the passenger side, and my jeep pulls to the right a slight bit. Did yours pull to the left at all since that tire was sticking out more? I got an alignment and im not sure if the adjustable track bar would fix my problem.
I had absolutely no pull to one side or the other. AFAIK, the track bar is solely responsible for centering the axle under the vehicle and KEEPING it centered around turns. If you're pulling to one side or the other, I'd go back and get the alignment re-done. It also wouldn't hurt to get the adjustable front track bar to fix the off-centered axle as it will damage your tread wear of the tires among other things


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