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Unread 04-28-2014, 08:26 PM   #16
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Here's a teaser shot just show you guys what I have brewing!!!

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Unread 05-02-2014, 10:12 PM   #17
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On to Phase 2 of my build (current phase). Originally I started my axle swap with a Dana 60 rear and Dana 44 Front that I got a killer deal on. After I got them home and upon further inspection there were a lot of things that I did not want to deal with while swapping the D60/D44 under my TJ so I decided to sell them and do something that had a little less wear and tear.

Some may wonder why I did not stick with the D60 for the rear... the real reason is the axle I purchase was just cut to narrow. it only measured 56" WMS to WMS. I did not realize this at the time that I bought it or I never would have picked it up. The guys I bought it from gave me a really good deal on the 44 and the 60 so I felt good about snagging them regardless if I was going to use them or not. I knew I could sell them again if I ended up not going this direction.

Anyways, I called around to all the shops in Utah to see what they had laying around, and I ended up finding a brand new set of Rubicon 44s that Dixie 4 Wheel Drive in St George, UT had just take out of a 2014 JKU Rubi (200 Mi)! After a lot of thought and consideration I decided this was the best route for my build and the way I use my Jeep. Plus, I love the fact that they are 65" WMS to WMS!!!
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Unread 05-02-2014, 10:15 PM   #18
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Once I got them home, I went ahead and removed my axles out of my Jeep and started cutting off the brackets from my new JK axles.
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Unread 05-02-2014, 10:23 PM   #19
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Once I got them all stripped down and cleaned up (pain in the *** BTW) I moved on to mocking them up under the Jeep. In doing this, I set my Jeep on stands as close to ride height as I could get it to set the pinion angles.

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Unread 05-06-2014, 10:07 PM   #20
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I got the axle centered under the Jeep and set the pinion angle.

Once I had the correct angle, I went ahead and centered my lower spring perches on the axle and set them at 0 degrees.

From here everything was very simple to align and tack in place. I basically set the LCA Mounts at 0 degrees as well and centered them on the axle. Listed below are a couple references that I found online for TJ axle bracket set up.

Front - http://www.claytonoffroad.com/documents/AB-FABK.pdf
Rear - http://www.claytonoffroad.com/docume...rawing_000.pdf
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Unread 05-06-2014, 10:23 PM   #21
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Here are a couple pics of it after I got everything tacked in place

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I decided to go with the Artec truss. This thing was a perfect fit, I am very happy with the way that it turned out.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:28 PM   #22
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I basically repeated this process on the front and got everything tacked in place
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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:32 PM   #23
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With the front 44 from the JK, the only mounts you can re-use are the UCA mounts, everything else is new. I am using the Teraflex Brackets front and rear and they worked out really well.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #24
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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:41 PM   #25
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once I got everything tacked in place a double checked that everything was going to work, it was time to burn them home. Here is the finished product on the rear.


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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:51 PM   #26
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here are a few teaser shots while I was mocking up the 37s on approximately 2" of lift.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:09 PM   #27
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here are a few teaser shots while I was mocking up the 37s on approximately 2" of lift.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:40 PM   #28
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Looking hoss man!
Thanks man! Question for ya... how much did you have to move your rear axle back to fit the 37s? were you able to make it work with the stock tank and skid?
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:45 PM   #29
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Thanks man! Question for ya... how much did you have to move your rear axle back to fit the 37s? were you able to make it work with the stock tank and skid?
I only moved it back about .5". It didn't fit with the stock GTS. But I got the rokmen gts instead. I trimmed a lot of the upper and sides of the wheel well. The stock tank worked just fine.


When I go 40s and stretch I'm going to mold the tank, and cut and weld to allow for the diff to have room. That may be a good option if you plan on keeping the stock skid.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:58 PM   #30
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I only moved it back about .5". It didn't fit with the stock GTS. But I got the rokmen gts instead. I trimmed a lot of the upper and sides of the wheel well. The stock tank worked just fine.


When I go 40s and stretch I'm going to mold the tank, and cut and weld to allow for the diff to have room. That may be a good option if you plan on keeping the stock skid.
Thats good info, I really appreciate the input.

Funds are running low and I am trying to avoid buying a new skid due to the fact that I do have plans in the future to stretch it and I was going to purchase the Genright stretch tank and skid.
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