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Unread 01-13-2016, 05:22 PM   #1
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Project White Squid --- one ton YJ

Welcome to project White Squid. Why White Squid? Well for starters my rig is white and the squid part is because I’ve spent the last 10 years on active duty in the Navy. Squid is a nickname for Navy Sailors (sometimes meant in a derogatory way but I don’t care). This build thread is a continuation of my previous thread I had but lost all the pictures to. I recently returned from my 4th deployment and while I was gone Photobucket decided to delete my account with ALL of my build pictures. It is too much of a hassle for me to re-upload all my pictures and fill in the blanks on my thread. Also most of the pictures were backed up on a computer that crashed 2 weeks ago.

So a little background. I’ve had my ’92 YJ since I was 16 years old, so about 12 yrs now. Current setup is as follows

Engine/trans: 4.0l/AX15
Transfer case: NP231 with true neutral plate and Teralow 4:1
Axles: front-vacuum delete/trussed D30 with MORE high steer, Spartan locker and 4.56 gears
Rear- 8.8 w/ welded spiders and 4.56 gears
Suspension: bastard leafs SOA with a 3” front stretch and 1” rear stretch
Armor: poison spyder rear crusher corners, some random rocker guards that used to be on the Redbull jeep and some custom tube fenders that I built. I have some cheap Smittybuilt rear bumper and a procomp front bumper that I chopped up and welded back together to make a stubby
Safety: 6 point cage that I build a couple years ago with Mastercraft suspension seats
Wheels/tires: cheap Crager steel wheels with 35” Goodyear MTR’s

There is a lot more little things done to the Jeep just too much to list. This build will start from about 2 weeks ago and go forward. If you have any questions about my old setup feel free to ask.

To start off here are some pictures that I have showing some of the various stages from the old setup. If I find more I will post some up.


















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Unread 01-13-2016, 05:25 PM   #2
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So I've been chipping away on the Jeep. The Dave's brackets I am using ended up taking me longer to get the 60 under the rig than if I had just built them myself. They needed a lot of work to fit right. The crummy thing is I spent $400 on this kit to "save myself some time". I could've built everything for free with what I have laying around my garage. Oh well, lesson learned. Dont buy things when you can make them yourself. You'll end up spending more money and more time trying to make it work.

Anyway here are some basic pics from the last week. I haven't been taking a lot of pictures but you get the idea.












I still have more work to do. I have a J20 pitman arm on the way, I need to redo my lower shock mounts and maybe move the upper hoops a bit, need new longer brake lines, finish welding frame mounts, build final steering links, notch frame for drag link, bump stops ect.....



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Unread 01-13-2016, 05:26 PM   #3
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So I literally spent ALL day working on my shock mounts. Originally I just planned on using some standard shock tabs off the rear of the axle tube. That didn't work though because my hi steer arm on the drivers side would contact the shock before it reached full lock steering left.

You can see how I originally tried to mount them in this picture




The only other way to mount them would be on top of the axle tubes. The only problem with that is it really doesnt give me much up travel with the way my current hoops are set up. So that meant I had to do new lower and upper mounts.

First thing I did was make some new lower mounts. I chose to integrate the tube and the inner C.


Here is the initial trim work




Then I trimmed it some more and came up with this. All of this is being done in 1/4" steel.




Then it was time for the upper mounts. To get the amount of travel I want I had 3 options. Either cut the hoops off and move them forward and up some(still wouldnt gain that much more travel), cut them off and build all new hoops, or cut the shock tabs off the current hoops and raise them to allow sufficient travel. I chose the 3rd option for now. We'll see how it works out.


Here's how the current tabs come off of the hoops.




I then came up with these.




Upper and lowers tac'd in.







I plan to run some bracing along the top and some gussets off the side to help support it.


Cardboard bracing





Thats it for now. Again I spent all day cutting and measuring for these tabs. I did everything you see with a 4 1/2" grinder with a cutting wheel and flap disk. Tomorrow I need to put the tires on and do some flexing and turning lock to lock and cross my fingers and hope everything clears.



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Unread 01-13-2016, 05:26 PM   #4
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Got the upper shock mounts finished today. I used 3/16" plate for the top.


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Unread 01-13-2016, 06:22 PM   #5
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Sub'd can't wait to see wheeling pics.
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Unread 01-13-2016, 06:24 PM   #6
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Same here!
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Unread 01-13-2016, 06:27 PM   #7
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Same here hahaha. It's gonna be a while though. Once I finish the front I still need to work on the rear.
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Unread 01-13-2016, 08:14 PM   #8
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Sweet build. I am building tons my self. The stance is nice what is the back spacing?
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Unread 01-13-2016, 08:48 PM   #9
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Looking forward to this thread too Chris. Sucks about photobucket.
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Unread 01-14-2016, 08:18 AM   #10
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Unread 01-14-2016, 08:28 AM   #11
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Unread 01-14-2016, 03:41 PM   #12
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Thank you everyone. Should be a little more progress this weekend hopefully. Gotta spend some time with the family as well.


In the meantime. I received my J20 pitman arm yesterday. Its got a little bit longer throw plus isn't near as much of a drop. With the current YJ drop pitman arm I only have about 1-2" of uptravel before my pitman arm hits my D60. My front axle is pushed about 2" forward from stock right now.



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Unread 01-14-2016, 04:25 PM   #13
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I ran into that clearance issue as well when I installed the d60. I used an Astro van pitman arm to fix it.

I didn't realize you had your Jeep for that long. We are on about the same schedule. Once you hit 15-16years you'll be ready to make it a buggy. LOL
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Unread 01-18-2016, 07:43 PM   #14
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Just found the new one! I know what im doing for the next hour or so.....
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Unread 01-18-2016, 07:51 PM   #15
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So is VA where you call home now??? Is there much for wheeling there??
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