Made a little progress today with passenger side frame modifications.
Made a notch in the arch to accomodate the stretch. I decided to make the cut essentially flush with the cross member. This was a bit of a learning experience but I got it done.
After the notch, I put some 0.25" plate.
There is about 0.25" of overhang to accomodate the plate I will place on the frame:
The only thing about this is that it moves the outside edge of the spring bucket 0.25" further which makes it a little more likely to get into a tire. I flexed the axle out and it didn't seem like it was going to be a problem but I think I'm going to look into it a little more before I call it good.
I didn't get a picture of just the plate but you can easily imagine what it looked like. I also should note that in the last picture, is as what will be full bump. The johnny joints are pressed against the cross member. I may try to create some more room for additional suspension travel when I get some bigger tires and know it will be usable.
Here is another angle of everything (sorry for the lousy photo):
Then I threw a spring in just to make it almost look like an actual, usable jeep again.
That is a 4 inch lift spring which is about 16" in the picture. It will compress to about 12" when the jeep sits on it's own weight. I'm not sure if I will need to reduce the spring height or not. I'm going to wait until I get the front done to decide.
For now I am working on making modifications to the drivers side. The difficult part will be making sure that both sides are cut identically. After I get the spring mounts done, I will fully weld the axle brackets and then start working on shocks. Not real sure how I'm going to deal with those just yet.
If anyone has any thoughts, I'd like to hear them.