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post #1561 of 4892 Old 07-09-2013, 09:55 AM
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I'll just leave this right here... Adding 15" to my TJ
I did the same thing. Build is in the signature.



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post #1562 of 4892 Old 07-09-2013, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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How big of a stretch are you going for? Personally I think if you are going to do this thing go big or go home. Redo that entire rear suspension and push that axle out there.
I'm planning on 6", Right now I've got it as far back as you can go with a stock tank and I'm at 94.5. Getting to 100" is pretty worthwhile I think. After that I'd like to see the front moved out 3".... I think 103", flat belly, and 35's would make a hell of a climber with great approach and departure angles.

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I had it in my head you had a SYE with your 4 to 1
I've never needed it Kyle, never any vibes. I'm sorta glad I never did now because I would be buying the driveshaft all over again. It would be nice if the SYE was already done though, that will just be an annoyance.

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Just cut the Jeep in half and stretch it 15" to unlimited length. No need to mess with the rear suspension, no need to run a fuel cell or stretch tank, plus gain a bunch of room.
You did a great job on yours, I plan to stretch my frame in a similar fashion, but I'm going to cut off the end of the frame the same amount I stretch, re work the rear crossmember and NOT stretch the tub. I love what you did, but it's not for me.

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I'll just leave this right here... Adding 15" to my TJ
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Don't bother cutting the frame up. It's not worth it. The stock frame is more than fine for anything less than a 7 or 8 inch stretch. Everyone I know who back halved their tj regretted it until it was done and most will say its not worth the hassle. Worry more about getting decent numbers on the calculator. The calc ain't perfect though so don't spend all day trying to get the perfect squat.

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Don't bother cutting the frame up. It's not worth it. The stock frame is more than fine for anything less than a 7 or 8 inch stretch. Everyone I know who back halved their tj regretted it until it was done and most will say its not worth the hassle. Worry more about getting decent numbers on the calculator. The calc ain't perfect though so don't spend all day trying to get the perfect squat.
I'm not back halving though, just cutting the frame, doing an insert, cutting off the back and retaining the rest. I guess it will make more sense once I start, but its relatively simple. Especially if I keep my rear suspension as it is now.


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Took the first step in my stretch project...... refilled my gas cylinder for my welder!!! Haha.... I'm also eyeing a piece of frame section from a TJ on Ebay.

I also refilled my 10lb. CO2 tank. I got 6 fills from 7 to 20 at Moab, and I filled my rear truck tires from 10 to 40 once at the Hammers. Pretty good! I love the speed of CO2.

Looking through my photos I thought this one was cool that I hadn't posted yet.

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So this "stretch" craze is the latest hole to dump money into? You might as well have a boat! LOL!

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So this "stretch" craze is the latest hole to dump money into? You might as well have a boat! LOL!
Tell me about it! I blame Art, Mike and Lu.... oh and everyone with an LJ.

I sold my boat two years ago, and my motorcycle last year, this damn Jeep is just taking over.


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You've wheel'd so many cool places already with the setup you have now. Do you think doing a stretch will broaden your horizens that much more to make it worth the $$ and labor? I ask this for the simple reason that I've followed threads like Lu's and others, and it just seems like a ton of work AND downtime for the benefits it may give back. Just thinking outloud here. It's your rig brother, not diss'n the process.

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Took the first step in my stretch project...... refilled my gas cylinder for my welder!!! Haha.... I'm also eyeing a piece of frame section from a TJ on Ebay.

I also refilled my 10lb. CO2 tank. I got 6 fills from 7 to 20 at Moab, and I filled my rear truck tires from 10 to 40 once at the Hammers. Pretty good! I love the speed of CO2.

Looking through my photos I thought this one was cool that I hadn't posted yet.

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Thats my favorite pic of yours, Nice. I really should head out there one of these days.

I love my CO2 as well! I highly reccomend those monster valves for the CO2, they are twice as fast. People are amazed at how fast I air up/down. It would hurt to drill a hole in those purty racelines though!
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You've wheel'd so many cool places already with the setup you have now. Do you think doing a stretch will broaden your horizens that much more to make it worth the $$ and labor? I ask this for the simple reason that I've followed threads like Lu's and others, and it just seems like a ton of work AND downtime for the benefits it may give back. Just thinking outloud here. It's your rig brother, not diss'n the process.
It's really all about stability while doing steep climbs. As my wheeling progresses I'm getting myself into more and more difficult terrain and really the only time I feel sketchy is on the steep stuff. Getting the wheelbase to 100" should make for a more confidence inspiring experience.

You are 100% correct in that it's a lot of work, and my Jeep takes me some amazing places just as it sits. I like the wrenching almost as much as the wheeling though and the thought of taking on this project and doing it my way really sounds like fun. I think the end result will be well worth the effort, even if my Jeep is still a runt, the time spent in the garage is the best therapy I know of. It's not having the money to buy everything without using credit cards, or pissing off the wife that is worst part.


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Thats my favorite pic of yours, Nice. I really should head out there one of these days.

I love my CO2 as well! I highly reccomend those monster valves for the CO2, they are twice as fast. People are amazed at how fast I air up/down. It would hurt to drill a hole in those purty racelines though!
Thanks man! Yeah those monster valves would be sweet!


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It's really all about stability while doing steep climbs. As my wheeling progresses I'm getting myself into more and more difficult terrain and really the only time I feel sketchy is on the steep stuff. Getting the wheelbase to 100" should make for a more confidence inspiring experience.

You are 100% correct in that it's a lot of work, and my Jeep takes me some amazing places just as it sits. I like the wrenching almost as much as the wheeling though and the thought of taking on this project and doing it my way really sounds like fun. I think the end result will be well worth the effort, even if my Jeep is still a runt, the time spent in the garage is the best therapy I know of. It's not having the money to buy everything without using credit cards, or pissing off the wife that is worst part.
Actually, that makes a lot of sense! I enjoy working on my heep as well, and like you said, the project would be fun for you, so stretch on my friend!

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You've wheel'd so many cool places already with the setup you have now. Do you think doing a stretch will broaden your horizens that much more to make it worth the $$ and labor? I ask this for the simple reason that I've followed threads like Lu's and others, and it just seems like a ton of work AND downtime for the benefits it may give back. Just thinking outloud here. It's your rig brother, not diss'n the process.
I did my 5.5 inch stretch, 4 link, flat skid, SYE, and outboarding shocks in 4.5 days. I'd say that's not a whole ton of down time I also drive it every day atleast 40 miles. So i had to move quick. So polnt is it isn't alot of downtime on your jeep unless you make it.

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So far hes been great with giving me all the things I've asked of him. I love how hes able to show you adjustments so you can get a real picture of how things will look.

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