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Unread 05-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #151
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Made a call to Novak first thing this morning. They had a set of the Sanderson headers in stock. They are in Utah, so a quick two days via UPS unless a meteor hits a train, or a truck bursts into flames somewhere. With the holiday I should see it on Wednesday.

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Unread 05-24-2013, 03:35 PM   #152
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It's north of me, so it shouldn't affect delivery. But for a mini-vacation I'm going to be driving RIGHT by there so I'm going to try to sneak down there and take a picture if I can get anywhere close.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #153
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Made a call to Novak first thing this morning. They had a set of the Sanderson headers in stock. They are in Utah, so a quick two days via UPS unless a meteor hits a train, or a truck bursts into flames somewhere. With the holiday I should see it on Wednesday.

Getting closer!
Nice. I was going to pick up a set from them when I get around to the 5.3 swap.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 06:48 PM   #154
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Nice. I was going to pick up a set from them when I get around to the 5.3 swap.
I'll be sure to take a couple pictures. I have my fingers crossed that this will fix my clearance issues.

More work this weekend... Used my $40 reamer from Amazon to ream my knuckle and pitman arm. Was pretty easy. Just went very slow and used cutting fluid.



Hit a nice milestone today. First day with the Jeep's suspension supporting it's own weight!

Here's a picture of my drag link with Poly Performance's cool double adjuster sleeve. All you have to do is turn the center nut and the whole contraption gets longer or shorter. Very easy.



Made a track bar out of 1.5" .25" wall DOM. I used Currie's 1.6" narrow JJ's with a 5/8" mounting hole. This should save me some space. There is a lot of things competing for very little space.



Here is my drag link and track bar at ride height. They are perfectly parallel. I made the track bar as long as I could without getting into the spring. It ended up being around 29" long and the drag link is 38" long, so that's not terrible.



Here's a shot of half of the track bar bracket.



I'm getting close to being done with the major fab. Pretty exciting, since if I breath too much more grinding dust I'll probably stop breathing.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 09:49 PM   #155
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Headers came in today. Very nice quality and made in the USA. Here's the money shot.



Plenty of room everywhere, fits perfect with the Novak mounts - as they should, these are the ones they sell for them. Lots of room for my upper link too. They hug the block nice and tight.

Here's the underneath with a piece of square tube simulating my drive shaft. This is at full bump. It's tight, but should be very do-able. The collector flanges are 2.25" outlet so this will give me a little more room too as my old ones were 2.5".



Here's the other side. No issues here.



Very happy with the fit and quality. Ordered my front shocks today too.

A few steps closer!
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A little more progress tonight. Finished my upper frame mount. Not very fun welding out of position like that. Had a spark fly into my ear - not good. Reminded me why you should wear ear plugs when you weld!



Also final welded my lower frame mounts in.



The goal is to have the front end knocked out this weekend and move onto the body work.
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A little more progress tonight...
Those welds are almost as pretty as another picture I've seen, recently.
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Unread 05-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #158
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Those welds are almost as pretty as another picture I've seen, recently.
I see no one really liked my comments in that thread. I'm of the mind if I pay premium price for a product, I want premium craftsmanship. If I want a hack job, I'll do it myself!
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I see no one really liked my comments in that thread. I'm of the mind if I pay premium price for a product, I want premium craftsmanship. If I want a hack job, I'll do it myself!
I was referencing another picture. It had a girl in it.
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Oh, right. I'm a little dense sometimes. You must mean this girl?

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Oh, right. I'm a little dense sometimes. You must mean this girl?
Yep. Now I want French toast.
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Yep. Now I want French toast.
It's been far too long since I've made that... Yummy!
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The fab work looks great , but those headers are amazing looking .
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The headers are great, and the best thing is they actually fit! It's a shame I had to paint them, but I just couldn't swing the extra money to have them coated.

I should have bought them in the first place. Sometimes it doesn't pay to try to save a buck.
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Here is a picture of the driver side header painted. Fits perfectly around the spark plugs and steering joint.



Spent a lot of time on the front end. Every little change required around 15 other changes. As of tonight, all I have to do is make some sway bar brackets and finish weld the drag link and track bar. Then the front is DONE.

Here it is at full droop.



And full stuff.







Everything is pretty tight at full stuff. I have a finger's width between the upper link mount at my power steering pump and about that close in two other places. If I moved my power steering pump up and my upper link over, I may be able to get another inch to inch and a half out of it. As it sits, I have around 4 inches between the bump pads. This is with 3 inch Savvy coils sitting at around 14.5" from top to bottom of the coil. Not great, because that means I'm only getting 2.5" out of the springs with no winch, bumper, or interior in it. I took a measurement of 14" before tear down - so only a 2" lift.

So, long story short, I need around 4-5" of REAL lift over stock spring with full weight. Not sure which direction to go now since I'm not too excited with how little the 3" spring got me so I'm not sure the Savvy 4" spring is the solution. Maybe the 4" spring and a 1" spacer?

Here's the front with a tire bolted up. Full stuff and turned to lock. Very little clearance between the anti-rock and tire, but enough.





I had to put a bend in my anti-rock links to clear the track bar bracket. Love the swag press brake.

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