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Unread 01-26-2013, 08:34 AM   #16
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Axle end track bar bolt.



Old shocks



That's not the result of hitting it with that hammer. It was bent that bad when I found it.

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Unread 01-26-2013, 08:39 AM   #17
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Durango box, WJ pitman arm.



18" ruler. $40 lower control arms (if you don't count the cost of parts I had laying around)



$20 upper control arms from a fiend. I had a pair of JJs that threaded into the skycrapper arms, which was a good thing, cause the heims were toast.





Then, I started playing with PVC.
For details on the steering, read the thread I linked above. MisfitSeven drops some knowledge.

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Unread 01-26-2013, 08:42 AM   #18
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I ended up with a track bar that's 35" and a drag link that's 34".
They're parallel enough that you can't see the TB in this pic.



Using the mount to the inner C method.





So I set it back on the ground. The new axle end coil brackets effectively lowered it. So I need to buy springs. And shocks.
This is about 1.5" from the bumpstops.
It turns lock to lock without the tires rubbing.
The wheelbase is 95.5"



and now this thread is up to date.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 12:08 PM   #19
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How cool. Looks like the Pond Scum is getting a lot of love. I've got a ton of respect for the fabbing you've done, looks to be quality work. I like the design of the shock mounts - that's something I should do on my 8.8 to ditch the low-hanging factory brackets.

Looking forward to more
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 02-19-2013, 10:56 AM   #20
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I guess I never posted the final pictures in here.
Got the Antirock, the Currie 3" springs, and a pair of 10" travel edelbrocks bnib from a friend.
I've got 4.5" up, and 5" down.
The shock stops the axle right as the spring starts to get loose.



tried to get the same angle as the one above, but I sold the hardtop so it's not exact...
This is with both my toolboxes in the back.
The only weight not in it is a cooler of beverages and 190lbs of dude.

24.5" = front bumper
11.5" = front diff
16.5" = belly
14" = gas tank
10.5" = rear diff
23" = rockers
n/a = rear bumper
95.5" = wheelbase
22" = front hub-fender
21.5" = rear hub-fender



The steering wheel is a hair off, but I've got a buddy who can get it on a rack and tell me if my alignment is spot on or not. "close enough" for now.



Did a little higher speed testing down one of our local washed out gravel roads.
It seems that it doesn't return to center as good as it once was, which made me realize I didn't do a final check on caster at ride height.

But I did test the flex, I'm very happy with my (only) 10" travel shocks.
This was light enough in the left rear that with a little push I could lift the tire off the ground.





The right rear just barely touches the back of the flare, but that bumpstop was more compressed than the front right shown.





Went upstate on Friday. Blew the cap I had on the waterpump where the heater core line goes. So I sat here while a buddy went to Autozone.
Good time for pictures I guess...
We got it fixed in no time, and got back on the trail.
I'm quite pleased with the Spartan up front.





Another stop along the way...

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Unread 02-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #21
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Also.
Got a dual axle trailer, so I can drag it wherever now!

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Unread 04-06-2013, 02:55 AM   #22
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Any updates!!
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Unread 04-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #23
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Any updates!!
Not much.

I trailered it to Rausch Creek a couple weekends ago.



It did well.








At the end of the day I smashed the rear corner in, so I'm saving up for some armor.
Also, considering hydro assist.

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Unread 04-14-2013, 09:56 AM   #24
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This Jeep has a lot of character. Nice work man!
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Unread 04-15-2013, 08:52 AM   #25
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This Jeep has a lot of character. Nice work man!
Thanks man, hopefully it's just getting started. I got big dreams of a small block.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 07:47 AM   #26
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did some of this kinda stuff yesterday.





which resulted in this.



but I had a spare so I replaced it on the trail and drove home.

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Unread 05-06-2013, 09:19 AM   #27
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the jeeps looking great man. i saw in you profile it says you are in malvern pa. im not too far from you. im in jenkintown. how are those homemade control arms working?
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Unread 05-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #28
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Thanks.
The control arms are working great, no issues from the home built driveshaft, and at 70mph on the highway it tracks great for a TJ with no rear sway bar and no steering stabalizer.
Overall I'm pretty content, just gotta hoss up the driveline a bit. A rear bumper would be nice too...

I do have an issue with the track bar, it's just too tight to the spring on the front right corner. The coil bucket allows the spring a little bit of movement, and in the just right situation, the coil will hit the track bar. Also, the heims are noisy as hell, squeaking everywhere I go. I'm going to change out the 7/8" heim (2" mounting width with misalignment) to a 2" narrown johnny joint (1.6" mounting width) at each end. I'll have to get new burn in bungs since the threads are different, so I just got a whole other piece of DOM and I'm just going to remake the whole TB. That way I have a spare too. Of all the things I re-did under this thing over the winter though, having to remake the front track bar ain't the end of the world.



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Unread 05-07-2013, 08:46 AM   #29
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Looking good man. Stock shaft break?
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Unread 05-07-2013, 09:04 AM   #30
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Looking good man. Stock shaft break?
Yea, the ear ripped off. I didn't even really feel it when it happened, but I stopped to wait for a friend to come through the same section, and I cut the wheel hard to roll back sidways on the trail out of the center of it, and heard the clunk clunk clunk.
The 760x joint wasn't broke, but 2 caps were missing.
The lower ball joint moved about 1/8", but I had a press with me so I slid it right back up.
Luckily a friend had a long side shaft with a joint already in it and it only took an hour or so to switch it out.
The 12pt 13mm bolts got a little tore up, gonna need new ones of those.
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