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post #1 of 15 Old 06-30-2015, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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RX Recon YJ

Hi all!

I bought this 1995 YJ 2011 and back then it was pretty stock. Been rebuilding and modifying it ever since. Joined JF to expand my knowledge and to get input regarding the upcoming mods.

I decided to start racing in Sweden Offroad Challenge 1 year ago and thatīs when I decided to replace the leafs and go with links. The main rule in these competitions is that the rig has to be street legal.

The specs today is:
- 2.5L+AX5+NP231 w. SYE
- Dana 44 front and Ford 8.8 rear
- Front susp. 3-link w panhard and Metalcloak springs, FOA shocks & bumps
- Maxxis creepy crawler 38s
- Flat belly
- High cut fenders
- Warn 8274 front winch

Some pics of the rig:



















The mods Iīm doing the following weeks are 4-link rear and move the gas tank up in the trunk to stretch the rear. I want as much input and feedback as possible, so write whatever you feel to!

You can see more pics of our team Recon on Instagram and Facebook @ReconExpedition

Best regards Robin
Team Recon
Sweden


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post #2 of 15 Old 06-30-2015, 08:17 AM
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Thats a bad *** YJ man. I like it.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-30-2015, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! It will get even better with rear linked suspension

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-06-2015, 10:14 AM
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Been following you and watching your build on instagram, great to see you moved your build here!!

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-03-2015, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by AZdEvilYJ View Post
Been following you and watching your build on instagram, great to see you moved your build here!!
Hi! Nice to see your thread too! How is the v8 swap going?

/Robin

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-03-2015, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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I have begun with the rear 4-link conversion. I have used 3 weeks of my vacation but I didnt finish. Its a couple days work left, but I think its gonna rock.

Summit Machines large flexjoints. Love them!


Rancho RS9000XL shocks with 14" stroke, FOA 2.5" bump stops with 4" travel, Summit Machine flexjoints and Chassis Unlimited 1.25" weld on threads.


I have stretched the rear 8" and therefore I re-located the fuel tank in the trunk.




Cleaned the 8.8 from mounts.


Fabing the truss.




Figuring out where the upper frame mounts should be.


Checking clearence.




Fabed a crossmember with the lower frame mounts.


Love the laser!


Grinding the mounts to get the correct angle and checking clearence for the flexjoints.


Things getting ligned up and ready to be burned in.






The new crossmember welded to the frame.




Flexjoints, bunges, jam nuts, weld threads and links.


Welding the threads to the flexjonts.




Links mocked up.


Fabing the upper mounts.





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post #7 of 15 Old 08-03-2015, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Cut the links.


Got help from Mahlin Advanced Mechanics with his lathe to pressfit the bunges.




Welded the threaded bunges into the links.


Got some help from my cousin and my girlfriend.


Reinforced the frame.




Put the axle under the jeep with the coils standing on it.


Notched the frame to clear the shocks.


Fabed shock towers.








Fabed bump stop cans.


Welded the cans to the frame.




Checking clearence. Fully compressed.


Fully drooped.


New crossmember and a frame for the fuel tank.




New fuel filling position.










The floor will line up with the wheelhousings. I will build a hatch in the floor where the winch rope (will replace the wire) will get up and have a fairlead in the roof cage.


There will be a plate covering the hole and a hatch above the winch.





As it looks right now. There are still things to do, but the chassis getting ready for paint!

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-03-2015, 09:59 AM
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I like the idea of the deck lid a lot. Looks good.

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-03-2015, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-10-2015, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Time for an update!

Everything is fully welded. Time to remove everything, wirrebrush, base coat and top coat.



Ford 8.8 and links.


Some weld pics.








Flexjoints ready for paint.


Wirebrush.


Ready for base coat.


Protection!




Top coat.


Base coated rear axle.


Done.




Mounted the wheels.


Mounting the flexjoints.


Links.


Fairlead that will be mounted above the rear winch in the cage.


Gave the coils some fresh paint.


Top coated frame.


Top coated and mounted the fuel tank.


Team Recon having a coffee break


Brake and fuel lines mounted to the frame.


Then we mounted the rear axle, links, bump stops, shocks, drive shaft and so on. Time to drive out of the tent and bleed the brakes.


My co-driver posing.


We took a shorter test ride and it felt very tight and handled great. We have video from the test drive on our Facebook account, ReconExpedition. Go and check it out!




Next up is to fab a new exhaust system and do the sheet metal work in the rear.

//Robin

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post #11 of 15 Old 08-17-2015, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Time for an update again.

Exhaust system is finished.




Reinforced the pnahard mount on the axle.


A little flextest with the CurrieEnterprises AntiRock connected. Need a bigger rock!












Then I washed the rig inside and outside and installed rear fenders.






It is 2 weeks to the Sweden Offroad race and we still have alot of details to finish. But it runs great and we are loaded for this race!

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post #12 of 15 Old 08-24-2015, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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Where is the response? There must be something you think looks wrong??

An update from the past week.

My rig outside of Offroad Worx shop waiting for the inspection guy. Step 1 of 3 to make it street legal.


On the lift.


The inspection went very well. No problem at all, soon the rig will be street legal again. I drove 3 hours on pavement after the inspection. It handles well. I got a little dead play in the steering wheel. I'll adjust the screw on the steering box 1/8 turn and see if it helps. All links, uniballs and such are really tight. But I can see a little play on the axle that the pitman arm is mounted on...


Picked up my GF and we drove to the pizza place. Pizza-crawler?


Installed a new winch rope, 100 ft.


No beer, sorry. But a really ice cold pimms! It was really hot this weekend!


I installed a power steering cooler I got from Offroad Worx. Thanks!


Sleeved the tie rod.




Skidslopes on the skidplate to protect the flexjoints from direct impacts.




High lift mount in the rear. I used hood pins for fast and easy access.




Recon is now race-ready! Next weekend itīs time for our first offroad challenge for this season. Its a 12h non-stop race and it will be interesting to evaluate everything.

/Robin
Team Recon

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post #13 of 15 Old 08-24-2015, 02:54 PM
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beautiful. props.
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-24-2015, 08:34 PM
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Awesome work!

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post #15 of 15 Old 08-31-2015, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Status from this weekends Sweden Offroad challenge-competition in Stockholm, Sweden.

It began really good for us. We had a good flow and everthing worked great. Both the team and the rig. But after 6 hours of racing (half time) we bent the drag link. I knew this was a weak spot on the rig and I have planned to buy a ram-assist... Now I just have to!

We took the drag link to the depot to cut and weld it but in the same time my co-driver got ill and sick. So we had to end the race. Really sad but nothing we could do about it. Its race day in the end of September, we will reload and get back til then!

We ended up on 8th place of 12 rigs.

But Im very pleased how the rig performed. The extended wheelbase (103") is a huge advantage from before and the Creepy Crawlers works good as heel in this kind of terrain. Rocks, mud and so on. And the CurrieEnterprises Anti Rock... I just love it! It saved us a couple of times from roll overs but still gives us all the flex we need!

Pictures of us I found from people on Facebook from the race.











In this test, the Anti Rock sway bar was worth every buck. The rig after us didnīt have any sway bar and rolled over, smashed the rig and had to quit the race.






Bent draglink!


Hit the highway on our way home, no trailer queens!


/Team Recon

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