I finally figured out how to start a build thread so here it is. Hopefully someone can take somethin from it.
This was the 'ol slut when I bought it for $900. It had a bad waterpump and rear axle. Tires were bad. Shocks were a GD joke. The passenger side fender was smashed in. I found it on craigslist, drove down to Colorado Springs and towed it back home.
In the first pic you can see the corner of my old bumper off my old jeep. I got into an accident about 3 days after finishing that bumper and totalled my jeep. It was the same design as the one one pictured here. The way the winch is settled in the bumper protected it in the accident and only the electrical box was damaged which saved my *** like $300.
I used 5/16 plate for the winch mount.
2"x3" rectangle tubing to mount into the unitard body.
-The drivers side had to be notched in order to get everything in far enough to bolt. (Pic 2) I welded in all my nuts into those tubes prior to putting it on my jeep.
3"x1.5" rectangle tube for the front parts
Then misc. plate to fill in and finish it off
I threw a Smittybuilt XRC8 in it once it was done.
Rear bumpers I found, are kinda a PITA. You have a lot of area to cover up but you dont want it looking super big and stupid. Everything was cut with a band saw and a hand grinder so some of its a bit rough. I think it came out looking great and im really happy with it.
I used the same rectangle tubing to go into the body as i used on the front.
Then 3/16 plate for the rest of it.
I found a badass tow loop for it and put in a spot for a ball.
The steps work out well on the side of it too.
The last two pictures are a bottle opener. ESSENTIAL to the build.
I got a Rough Country Long Arm Kit that im pretty happy with. Im at about 5" on my baby tires. (31's) I dont have many pics of the instal but it took about a day and a half to instal everything. I Got an IRO front track bar instead of using the Rough Country one. It was a bit chinsy in my opinion. Rugh Country ****ed up when they sent me my lift and I ended up with an extra set of front arms which was pretty sweet. I ran Bilstiens that im very pleased with and I got the pin hole eliminators for the fronts. I extended all my spring "stubs" as well to keep them babys from flopping out. Im not running a rear trackbar and intend on getting an addco front eventually. I had to modify my "Y" pipe because my passenger side upper front CA was hitting the pipe (1st picture). After the LA installed and the 8.8 swap, it was a tight fit to get my muffler in w/o hitting my upper arms or the driveshaft (2nd picture).
I pulled an 8.8 from a '97 Exploder, it had 3.73's, LSD, and disks. Only 140k on it too. I stripped her down, welded in my tubes and got an Artec truss for it. The truss is awesome, REALLY happy with it. It installed easily and all the instructions made sense. If you can read, you can install this truss easily.
I re-used my old brake lines, (just re-flared and bent them) and purchased an extension for my soft line to make sure I wasnt pulling on my brake lines when I flexed.
ALL of the brake components were interchangeable; pads, rotors, calipers, e-brake components, everything. I was able to use the existing e-brake cables from my ZJ as well.
With the amount of lift I was running I didnt have to resize my driveshafts. I used the stock Exploder flange and bought U-joints that adapted from the 8.8 axle to my ZJ driveshaft.
I set my pinion angle to about 13 degrees for my 5" of lift
Topped it all off with a Solid dif cover, filled her up, and that was that.
Hey thanks man, I appreciate it. I bought it. Its an awesome truss, really easy to install. All your mounting locations are pretty much measured for you. You kinda pre build the truss, throw it on the axle and its done. Here's a link.
I used 3/4'' electrical conduit for the frame and some expanded iron for the top part. I added another aluminum rail for some more support as well. It works damn good. Its super light and strong and it costs next to nothing to build. The two posts on the side are for a shovel.