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Unread 07-21-2013, 12:01 AM   #76
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Thanks it's been a lot of work. But I am now able to take pride in that work. I have been doing things right and a little over the top. But I feel that I will thank myself down the road.

Good luck on yours, its hard work but worth the effort
Thanks. I hear ya, definitely proud of what's been done with mine so far.

and just remember, If it's worth doing, it's worth OVER doing! haha



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Unread 07-21-2013, 07:31 AM   #77
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Just read from start to finish, great build!!
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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:21 AM   #78
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awesome right up and great pics!
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Unread 09-13-2013, 12:49 AM   #79
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I gotta say, this is my new favorite build thread. So much good information here, very inspirational write-up

I admire your drive and hard work. This is exactly what this hobby is all about, thanks for inspiring me to get back to work on my YJ.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 03:55 PM   #80
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where did you get the square led taillights?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 12:48 PM   #81
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Google "Raney's truck center". Nice huh? Thought it'd match the front nicely.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 01:26 PM   #82
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It's been a while since I've updated this thing. So here it goes. Got the ARB compressor for the front end hooked up. Works pretty good.




Got the Taurus fan installed:




Added an AUX fuse box/block:




Scored an AX-15 and my new 231 from the You Pull and Pay for $200. Cleaned er up.




Clearanced the old sway bar mount. The drag link still hit's the frame on full stuff. Guess I have to notch it a bit.




The VERY first test run. Flexes pretty good:




On this initial test run I broke a u bolt on the rear drive shaft. Turns out I stripped it putting it on.




Since then I've abused it quite a bit more and it's held up.

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Unread 09-17-2013, 04:49 PM   #83
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killer build man, really dig your steering setup
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build thread:
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1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/alternator-welder-write-up-1301614/[/url]
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/tj-uppers-yj-half-doors-hard-top-installation-1417686/[/url]
RC vs BDS
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/rough-country-vs-bds-1461555/[/url]
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Unread 09-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #84
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Thank You. So far so good with the steering linkage. I feared bumpsteer because of the drag link angle I needed to run. But it is perfectly fine even without a stabilizer. Which is good because I like the clean look it has without it.

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Unread 09-27-2013, 10:48 AM   #85
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Got some more time to add to this bad boy.

As stated by Ripper. I built my steering linkage. Having a welder and semi knowing how to use it is truly a gift.




Having 3" of stretch in the front caused me to have some problems with with linage clearance issues. My pitman arm was hitting my diff when going over bumps. Looks like I'll need those bump stops sooner rather than later. I am running a waggy pitman arm. This is because it is flat and longer than the stock YJ one. This gives me more clearance, as good of a drag link angle as I can get, and my turning radius back . Because the Ford D44 steering arms are longer than the D30. Someday I may build another linkage to get a better drag link angle.




Quick shot after test drive #2.

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Unread 09-27-2013, 11:12 AM   #86
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Next up. Ford towers. I was hoping I would be able to outboard my rear shocks with Ford towers. No such luck. I was going to hit the shocks by about 2". I'm not crazy about frenching the frame for the towers for two main reasons. It is a bad idea to weld vertically across a frame (cutting makes this worse), and overtime something that is constantly torquing on a frame (aka shock tower) may rip right off no matter how good the weld is. NOW I'm not saying you shouldn't use this approach, just that this is what I've found through research. Which happened to steer me away from this approach. So I needed a plan B. Here's what I came up with:

You take your ford tower ans cut off about this much:






Weld some reinforcing plates on it and another on the front side and you end up with this:






This eliminates the need to cut the frame up. Gets you plenty of clearance for the shock. AND you can brag about it to everyone who asks.


Now for the bolts. With this technique you need a way to secure the mount to the frame. You could weld it on there with short beads to prevent the top to bottom weld bead. BUT again I was told the best thing to do is use the through bolt technique. For this you need some basic supplies. A hole in the frame big enough to slide a piece of round tubing through and a bolt to go inside of that. I got a little lax with the picture taking here but you can use your imagination.

First drill the holes in the frame where you need them. Then put the tubing through and weld both sides to the frame. This adds lateral stability that you don't have when simply welding the tower to the frame. Because it ties both sides of the frame together rather than having one side flexing around when the tower applies force. Again I don't know if these issues really apply to anything. But it all makes sense to me as something that could happen.

Here's the round tubing welded to the frame:




Grind the welds smooth on both sides.



Then simply bolt the tower assembly to the frame. You can go nuts here crank ti down because the tubing will support the stress.


The front was easier because I had the necessary clearances up there:



All I did here was use the same through bolting technique but added a 1/4" plate on the back side to more evenly distribute the pressure on the frame.

Overall I the towers came out better than I expected. Especially the rears. I was kind of experimenting and things happened to just kind of work out. Finally I caught a break.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 07:29 PM   #87
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you could push your steering box forward, thats what i did. cut out front crossmember, welded on 2x4 steel bumper on front, then slid the mounting bracket for the steering box forward. i had the same issues you're having
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1994 yj stretched, locked and loaded - 6.0l vortec lq4, 4l60e, np231, Dana 44s 37" interco trxus m/t, 3.5" bds front leafs, double triangulated 4 link rear on xj front coils.
1997 ZJ limited - BONE stock
2003 tj - 4in skyjacker, 33" mickey thompsons
my on board alternator/welder write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/alternator-welder-write-up-1301614/[/url]
my tj 1/2 doors on a yj write up
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/tj-uppers-yj-half-doors-hard-top-installation-1417686/[/url]
RC vs BDS
[url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/rough-country-vs-bds-1461555/[/url]
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Unread 10-03-2013, 08:12 AM   #88
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Yea I haven't given it much thought lately. Due to actually being able to drive it. But will be taking another look at it. Problem with cutting the current cross member out is it goes through the frame supporting it while steering. What I would like to do if possible is notch the cross member and slide it forward. I only need 2" or so.

Also I'm going to be looking at a Durango box here shortly cuz mine is on its way out. So I will likely wait until I get that before I start fabbing things and nothing lines up.

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Unread 10-26-2013, 10:37 PM   #89
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Gotta start at page 1.
I got some catching up to do. Looks like a great build and I'm REALLY excited to read through it.

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Unread 11-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #90
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Damn Tyler, I can't believe this is the first time i have read through your build. Awesome work on the axles man, I am jealous. When do you think you can make it up my way for some wheelin? Me and Maertz were planning on Thanksgiving weekend but half of the guys bailed, so i dont know if I will go now.
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