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Unread 07-21-2010, 07:34 PM   #16
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got the new rock hard cage painted rustoleum hammered black today..looks nice but looks more like charcoal to me..
installing it at 8 am when the help shows up..

also ordered 6 jj,s from currie and a set of rear springs..no back order thankfully



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Unread 07-27-2010, 06:34 PM   #17
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got my rear sb src fender flairs in today,and the currie order soon after..time for some qaulity time with me and the jeep soon..hopefull have the front long arm in by the weekend..maybe

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Unread 08-02-2010, 06:34 PM   #18
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got everything done today except the bracket for the upper to bolt to.will do that tomorrow..install will be fri or sat..

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Unread 08-02-2010, 07:16 PM   #19
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Looks great man! You definitely have some fab skills

I'm looking forward to seeing how your long arm setup turns out.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 07:00 PM   #20
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hey thanks mo2500 worked on the heep for 5 hrs today and got more done than i thought i would.most of the time measuring 99 times and getting thing straight before welding.
cut off some scrap from the frame.

used a round bar to line up the brackets..

then welded them on after a lot more measuring.

tomorrow am i will mock up the uppers and get things buttoned up hopefully.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 08:21 PM   #21
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Looks good Are you going with a radius arm setup? just doing the front or long arms in the rear too?
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Unread 08-05-2010, 08:24 PM   #22
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yes on the radius arms..just for the ease of it all. in a few months or when the money tree gets bigger i will triangulate the rear with 6 johnny joints and 2 summit machine joints..kinda a test of the 2 joints lol
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Unread 08-06-2010, 03:35 PM   #23
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man is my back had it for today..at least its over with for a while.
got the brackets mocked up and welded to the lower.






thank goodness its over till time to do the rear..
i can say,like everyone says,it rides very good and on the bumps i useually feel bad are like a big cushion compared to short arms..
when the front hits a bump you dont feel much till the rear hits..cant wait to get the rear done this yr..after the fl sunshine lets up a bit.
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Unread 08-07-2010, 06:38 PM   #24
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well today i painted the front bumper,all the frame and fender wells,corners and sliders with krylon satin black.



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Unread 08-07-2010, 06:55 PM   #25
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Really nice build! Love everything but the snorkel, but appreciate the hard work and effort that went into making it and everything else you've done. Wish I could do half as much!
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Unread 08-07-2010, 07:56 PM   #26
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the new style snorkel ive made is much shorter and looks better..i personally dont like them on the pass side,i wheel tight wooded sand pit trails mostly and have a better judgement with it on the drivers side.
the new style just sitting there,not bolted up.


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your front control arms look awesome. i think that is something i need to look into doing. i like the clearance of my short arms, but i need a better ride.

how do you figure out what angle to mount the "upper" mount on the lower?
how do you figure out where to mount the "uppers" on the lowers?
how long are your "uppers"? how long are your lowers?
why did you put the frame mount more inboard than stock?
how come you didnt offset the axle mount on the lowers?
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1-2 after installing the lower i had everything to the upper,including the brackets made and bolted on to the axle,then had everything the same length for both sides and it falls into where the brackets need welded,tac it up and remove for welding,,i did one side at a time and took many measurements from front to rear and side to side.it took a while lining it all up for me to be satisfied..
3-my uppers are 32 inches eye to eye,some people make them 36 and some diffrent,i made mine to flow into my skid i made.
the lowers i made from someone elses measurments from there thread,17 3/4 eye to eye..wish i wouldnt have welded them as then i could have fudged them a lil like i needed to but it is fine.
4-i clamped it many diff ways till i found where i liked it best..i wish i would have done it my way in the first place..i should have mounted them on the inside of the frame up higher is what i wanted to do but didnt,,the ones that come in a kit with a skid usually bolt to the skid right..so me putting them on the inside at a slight angle would have worked also but better imho.
5-when you buy a la kit they dont have you move the axle bracket? but they mount inline with the t.case skid bolts and some are built into the skid plate,and that moves them to the inside some also i think.

im just a 30 yr welder and fabricator,built many motors an such,and a few axles,but this is my first time doing arms on anything so its a learning experiance for me too..im sure it may get re done a few times in the end also,but as of now the front end rides very nice,and still articulates very well..i will keep an eye on my mounts and stuff also.
i will be changing the front and rear axle in the near future also.
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Unread 08-12-2010, 01:01 PM   #29
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Johnny, the arms came out great and the Jeep looks very nice!! Good job! And yeah, it looks like you're quite a capable fabricator. I'm guessing you have a TIG, judging by your aluminum work? Very nice!
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Unread 08-12-2010, 01:19 PM   #30
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no tig here? just 25 yrs with a miller spool gun and lincoln 255 welder,,tig is something ive never tried before.thanks for the compliment tho

well today i made some axle skids from some old u bolt brackets from a golf cart i built a couple yrs ago. they measured 3 1/4 wide and 4 inches long,and was a perfect fit.

i drilled a 13/16ths hole under the center hole and trimmed with a torch so i could grease my lower bushing easy also.hopefully it wont rip the fitting off when the axle is at full droop.


not a great weld but welded the tubes.

a pic of how far in i put the front frame brackets.wish i would have inboarded them completly now,oh well,they match my skid nice.still have to brace the inside someday soon.
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