Just an initial heads up, this is phase I: accumulating parts and ideas. I am beginning this thread just so that I have a place to post, maybe post some tech and info for you and myself for reference, and hash out problems with help from the community. Insofar I have not done any disassembly yet. So stay tuned and be very patient. It will start slow because of money, but once it's ready it's going to be a weekend bolt-in deal.
I am starting out with my 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 2-door, 4.0L/AX-15/NP231. I am attempting to retain my current long arm set up with this build until I have money for the DOM, tube adapters, joints, etc for a 4-link rear, 3-link w/ panhard front. Unfortunately this way costs more in total, but less in its initial phases. Sort of like paying loans and ending up paying a lot of interest in the end.
October 11, 2011:
plans have changed a lot. scroll down to other posts to see a more updated list.
What is being built:
- Dodge Dana 60 and Dana 70
, 67.5" WMS, 8-on-6.5", 4.10:1, locking hubs... shaved for clearance
(will take picture tomorrow)
- obviously conversion u-joints
- H2 rims
, 5.5" backspacing, 17" dia, 8-bolt
- rock rings for rims if possible, maybe custom cut, TIG'd by friend.
- complete replacement custom tube fenders (akin to EricsXJ)
- cheap hydro assist using either tapped stock pump or Durango pump
- 37"x12.5"x17" of either Kevlar MTR, Mickey Thompson MtZ, or radial Pitbull Rocker flavour
- using stock axleshafts for now, pictures will tell you how beefy these things are.
- "frame" reinforcement
- drop pitman arm reamed for Chevy TRE (1.5" inch / ft tapered reamer)
- Ballistic Fabrications:
--- offset panhard bracket
--- coil/link/shock combo buckets
--- high steer passenger arm for high crossover steering
--- upper link tower
--- axle link tabs for upper link (onto truss for D60)
With being fullwidth using the H2 rims I'm hoping for an overall width of 82" MAX. The tires may go wider depending on how uncomfortable I am with the amount of hub sticking out from the wheels. If I have time I'll also go disc brake in the rear, these drums are stupid big. Will post pics later.
(the calendar is a 2010, my girlfriend put it up and I never took it down, so shh.
will get axle pics later.
Comments, concerns, questions and even flames are appreciated and honestly excitedly awaited.