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Unread 05-22-2013, 01:45 PM   #5071
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Shifting isn't the problem. I've verified it's the transmission but it's so minor and the thing has been loud for so long, I don't think it will ever die. I'm not gonna worry about it for a while.

So, there have been some changes in plans. I'm no longer going to be building a pair of 9's for this Jeep. The cost was going to be way too high for me to justify and it would've taken much longer than I care for. It's staying on 37's and will be getting some axles that more closely fit the bill. First, I'll be building a JK Rubicon 44 front axle. I'm getting the housing from Hendrix. It needs everything aside from the housing but I'd rather start fresh than cut off someone else's work. It needs a differential and the only one that will work aside from the OEM e-locker is ARB RD157, so that's what it will be getting. RD157 is only available in 35 spline so it will be getting 35 spline RCV's. I've already purchased the brakes--Centric rotors, Black Magic pads, and TRW calipers. Before doing anything, I'll be cutting the tube a few inches inboard of the C's so that I can rotate them 4-6*. Inner sleeves will aid in keeping the two halves aligned during assembly and will then be welded.

This axle will give me exactly what I need--more width, more strength, bigger brakes, a chance to build some very nice steering, and it fits the bill. It may seem expensive but from project to rolling, it will cost me less than half to build that axle with top-shelf parts than it would to build the 9". I'm getting some pretty good deals on many of the components and that really helps. I'll be able to run 4.5" backspacing and will still be 1" wider per side, which is perfect. I'll worry about the rear later but since it's stout and will only be 1" narrower per side, I'm not in a hurry to send it packing. I should have all parts for this axle by the end of summer and will need to build a drag link and tie rod. I'd like to keep downtime to less than 2 weeks during the process and I think it's very doable.

As for the rear Ruffstuff 9" housing that I've already bought, I will sell it for $800 to someone that's interested. It's got Ruffstuff's chromolly 14 bolt spindles welded on and would make a killer full float rear axle for some big tires. Otherwise, I have no problem using it as a wonderfully sexy paperweight/garage ornament.....or for a future project

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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:21 PM   #5072
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When I saw Hendrix list that axle for sale I about ***t myself and would have snatched it up but just shelled out all of the money to build my Rubi 44. I searched around trying to find a JK front 44 but no joy, well congrats that sounds like a solid plan. I hear you on building the 9's up, by the time I had the spidertrax housing, carrier and everything else added up it was hard to justify the expense.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:41 PM   #5073
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I think the switch is a smart move. F9's are beast, but the JK 44's can handle 37's pretty well for less cash. So you're keeping the rear for awhile then?
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:47 PM   #5074
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The rear doesn't have to go immediately.....but I'd like to find a rear JK Rubi or non-Rubi 44 to start building soon so that I can take advantage of the 5.38 gears ASAP. Until they match, I obviously can't use 4wd or the 5.38's.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #5075
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I think this direction will be much more appealing to the masses following your thread. Not that it matters what we think, lol!
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Unread 05-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #5076
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The rear doesn't have to go immediately.....but I'd like to find a rear JK Rubi or non-Rubi 44 to start building soon so that I can take advantage of the 5.38 gears ASAP. Until they match, I obviously can't use 4wd or the 5.38's.
I'm interested to see the wider stance after the swap. Those 37's already stick ou pretty far. Are you going to change around the suspension at all during the swap?
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Unread 05-22-2013, 03:02 PM   #5077
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I'm interested to see the wider stance after the swap. Those 37's already stick ou pretty far. Are you going to change around the suspension at all during the swap?
Remember, I've got wheels with 4.5" backspacing and 1.5" spacers, ultimately resulting in 3" of backspacing. It looks very wide because 1) it kind of is and 2) not having flares just accentuates it. When the JK axles are slung under, I will no longer need wheel spacers at all, will stick to 4.5" backspacing (will need 5x5 wheels) and will be 1" wider per corner. It won't look much wider but it will be noticeable.

As for the suspension, there will be a change or two, mainly minor stuff....no frame modifications. I'm going to dial in a bit more anti-dive in up front and will make a couple very small changes in the rear. I'll make sure to document it all.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #5078
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Will you be keeping the Duroflex joints on the new setup?
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Unread 05-22-2013, 03:11 PM   #5079
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Remember, I've got wheels with 4.5" backspacing and 1.5" spacers, ultimately resulting in 3" of backspacing. I'll make sure to document it all.
Gotcha. Looking forward to it.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 03:16 PM   #5080
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Will you be keeping the Duroflex joints on the new setup?
Yes, that won't be changing.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 06:55 PM   #5081
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I'd like to see which part of the thread shows the front frame side 3 link mounts. Any idea how far in it is?
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Unread 05-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #5082
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I'd like to see which part of the thread shows the front frame side 3 link mounts. Any idea how far in it is?
He'll have to re upload the pics. Sadly most of the pics in this thread are dead
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Unread 05-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #5083
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No idea, but it would've been last summer or fall. Most of those should be fixed, I've been doing a lot of them here and there.
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Unread 05-22-2013, 09:53 PM   #5084
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Have you ever just thought about picking up a pair of D60s and building them? Relatively cheap compared to some of your other plans; proven reliability; readily available.....
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Unread 05-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #5085
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Damn boy you got a bad case of builders fever. Will be an awesome rig when you finally get it where you really want it though Connor.
Don't forget to have fun with your Jeep though. In the end that is what it's all about, having a good time with it, be it wheeling or building or both
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