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Unread 11-20-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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New Guy Unlimited build progression.

New to the site, seen a few build threads here for the 2004-2006 Unlimiteds. I figured I'd throw mine up.

I'll be showing the progression from build 1 through current status.

Build 1:
Skyjacker 4" suspension, 2" body
35x14.50.15 S/S SSR's on 15x12 M/T classic II wheels.



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Unread 11-21-2009, 06:50 AM   #2
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OK, now onto build 2.
Poison spyder tube fenders, crusher corners, 4.88 gears, loc-rite locker fr/powertrax rear, alloy usa shafts and rear, 37" Boggers and 10" wide soft 8 rims.

At this point I wheeled it a few times, and every time I took it out I would break a U-Joint.



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Unread 11-21-2009, 07:14 AM   #3
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OK, hopefully this goes in the right order.

Build 3:

So after MANY broken U-joints, I decided it was time to go all out!!!!!!! I pulled the suspension lift, wheel, tires, and axles out and went to posting on the internet. I had EVERYTHING sold from it within 3 days. (Back when the economy was good)

So with a bunch of cash in hand, I set on a search for a 78-79 Ford HP60 front and a 14 bolt for the rear. I was stationed in Va Beach at the time and found a smoking deal on a complete stock housing in NJ. Luckily my wife had just given birth to our daughter so I was on baby leave. ROAD TRIP

Got the axle back home, did a complete rebuild including kingpins, bearings, seals, races, and loaded it with 5.13:1 YUKON gears and welded up the spider gears.

Order all the coil buckets and link brackets from Ballistic Fabrication and Ruff Stuff specialties, then went to welding.

Found a cheap 14 bolt that someone bought 5.13's for, along with a Detroit locker and install kit, picked it up and started linking it also. Decided to shed a few pounds from it and did a disk brake swap using cadi callipers and 3/4 ton chevy rotors.

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Unread 11-21-2009, 07:27 AM   #4
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Soooo, I made three rides like this. Tellico, Raush Creek, and Big dogs in Gore, VA. Decided I really wanted/needed beadlocks...



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Unread 11-21-2009, 07:44 AM   #5
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Well, things happen for a reason right????? The U.S. NAVY decided they wanted my a$$ in Bahrain for a year. I went wheeling 1 time with the new wheels and tires, Crozet VA.



I made a decision to take it down to Essentially Offroad in Murfreesboro, TN.

It really needed a full cage, and the four links redone the "right way"

Jimmy did a great job with it, triangulated 4 links front and rear using 7075 solid bar, full cage through the dash and tied to frame, and most importantly removed the god awful body lift.



So that pretty much brings it up to date. Really haven't had the chance to go wheeling much, although I did take it to Disney, OK. No pictures of that though. What ya think??????
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Unread 11-21-2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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New to the site, seen a few build threads here for the 2004-2006 Unlimiteds. I figured I'd throw mine up.

I'll be showing the progression from build 1 through current status.

Build 1:
Skyjacker 4" suspension, 2" body
35x14.50.15 S/S SSR's on 15x12 M/T classic II wheels.

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Unread 11-21-2009, 05:56 PM   #7
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OK, now onto build 2.
Poison spyder tube fenders, crusher corners, 4.88 gears, loc-rite locker fr/powertrax rear, alloy usa shafts and rear, 37" Boggers and 10" wide soft 8 rims.

At this point I wheeled it a few times, and every time I took it out I would break a U-Joint.



Click Free #2
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Unread 11-21-2009, 05:56 PM   #8
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OK, hopefully this goes in the right order.

Build 3:

So after MANY broken U-joints, I decided it was time to go all out!!!!!!! I pulled the suspension lift, wheel, tires, and axles out and went to posting on the internet. I had EVERYTHING sold from it within 3 days. (Back when the economy was good)

So with a bunch of cash in hand, I set on a search for a 78-79 Ford HP60 front and a 14 bolt for the rear. I was stationed in Va Beach at the time and found a smoking deal on a complete stock housing in NJ. Luckily my wife had just given birth to our daughter so I was on baby leave. ROAD TRIP

Got the axle back home, did a complete rebuild including kingpins, bearings, seals, races, and loaded it with 5.13:1 YUKON gears and welded up the spider gears.

Order all the coil buckets and link brackets from Ballistic Fabrication and Ruff Stuff specialties, then went to welding.

Found a cheap 14 bolt that someone bought 5.13's for, along with a Detroit locker and install kit, picked it up and started linking it also. Decided to shed a few pounds from it and did a disk brake swap using cadi callipers and 3/4 ton chevy rotors.

Click Free #3
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Unread 11-21-2009, 05:56 PM   #9
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Soooo, I made three rides like this. Tellico, Raush Creek, and Big dogs in Gore, VA. Decided I really wanted/needed beadlocks...



Click Free #4
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Unread 11-21-2009, 05:57 PM   #10
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Well, things happen for a reason right????? The U.S. NAVY decided they wanted my a$$ in Bahrain for a year. I went wheeling 1 time with the new wheels and tires, Crozet VA.



I made a decision to take it down to Essentially Offroad in Murfreesboro, TN.

It really needed a full cage, and the four links redone the "right way"

Jimmy did a great job with it, triangulated 4 links front and rear using 7075 solid bar, full cage through the dash and tied to frame, and most importantly removed the god awful body lift.



So that pretty much brings it up to date. Really haven't had the chance to go wheeling much, although I did take it to Disney, OK. No pictures of that though. What ya think??????
Click Free #5
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Unread 11-21-2009, 05:59 PM   #11
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Now For my response.. WOW!!! thats jeep is huge and built awesome!!

All i can think of is , hmm im shocked you dont have Rocker guards and still stock tranny skid..,
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Unread 11-22-2009, 12:14 AM   #12
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Now For my response.. WOW!!! thats jeep is huge and built awesome!!

All i can think of is , hmm im shocked you dont have Rocker guards and still stock tranny skid..,
Yeahhhhh, I know. my brother and all my friends run buggys, and their always b!tch!n about how pretty it is and how I need to do this and this & that. The BIGGEST problem is, I'm now married, 2 kiddos, and life is taking its toll. I really haven't had the money to finish it how I want to.

The way I look at it is, I am having WAY more fun with the babies the way it is, vs. me spending more money we really don't have right now and letting it sit. Ya know what I mean????

I have it for sale, (not trying to pimp it here), so I can build a cheap rock buggy we can do the same thing in. (for cheaper)
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Unread 11-22-2009, 12:28 PM   #13
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Damn, thats a ****ing sick *** LJ dude, keep up the work.
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Unread 11-22-2009, 05:11 PM   #14
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That thing is freakin sick!
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Unread 11-22-2009, 05:26 PM   #15
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Keep it. You'll regret selling it.
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