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Unread 03-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #61
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I can't wait to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing your build w us.

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Unread 03-16-2013, 09:25 PM   #62
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Unread 03-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #63
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Lookie what brown Santa showed up with today!



35 Spline Nitro Chromo shafts. Complete with bearings, retainers, and ABS rings, pressed on ready to go.

Matching ARB should be here Wednesday.

Thanks Northridge!
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Unread 03-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #64
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Unread 03-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #65
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Starting to look pretty good! I like those shafts!
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Unread 03-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #66
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Thanks guys! Can't wait to go out and beat on it. I figure 35 spline should be pretty anything proof on 35's.
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Unread 03-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #67
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Thanks guys! Can't wait to go out and beat on it. I figure 35 spline should be pretty anything proof on 35's.
I'm hoping I can stay anything-proof with my stock lockers, alloy stuff and 35's...but I won't be surprised if that doesn't turn out to be the case.
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Unread 03-19-2013, 09:15 AM   #68
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I'm hoping I can stay anything-proof with my stock lockers, alloy stuff and 35's...but I won't be surprised if that doesn't turn out to be the case.
The stock rubicon locker in mine did fine with 35's. I also had stock shafts with my 5.3. I made sure to keep the rear locker engaged whenever I was wheeling since the weak point is the limited slip gears. I didn't do too many rocks with this setup though.
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The stock rubicon locker in mine did fine with 35's. I also had stock shafts with my 5.3. I made sure to keep the rear locker engaged whenever I was wheeling since the weak point is the limited slip gears. I didn't do too many rocks with this setup though.
If I could automate my rear locker to come on when the t-case goes into four-wheel-drive, I would. I'm hoping that some basic beefing in the axles and remembering to punch the "Axle Lock" switch will let everything deal with the 5.3 nicely, when it happens...and I'm not going after a ton of power, either.
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Unread 03-19-2013, 09:34 AM   #70
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You could wire the locker in with the 4wd light. It would be pretty easy to do.
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You could wire the locker in with the 4wd light. It would be pretty easy to do.
Huh...I guess it's just a signal to a relay, then...I hadn't considered that. Thanks! See, this is why I 1) stay active on this forum, and 2) have started to learn about 12-volt wiring...

Okay, derail over. Proceed.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:56 AM   #72
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Huh...I guess it's just a signal to a relay, then...I hadn't considered that. Thanks! See, this is why I 1) stay active on this forum, and 2) have started to learn about 12-volt wiring...

Okay, derail over. Proceed.
This thread can use a lot more derailing!


More stuff showed up so I suppose I should get back to work...



I'm not sure what's in this box, but it sure is expensive!



Picked up a H3 oil pan kit. Mine has a slow leak where I JB welded a hole from when it fell on the ground when my engine crane tipped over. Whoops. The H3 pan also has around 1" more clearance.



Ford shock towers for outboarding the rear shocks.



Blue torch fab DIY rear diff covers. The D30 cover was a pain to get aligned, but it looks like it will work. Will probably have to get allen head bolts since the isn't much clearance around the bolt holes.



Here are both covers completed.



I realized that my rear bumper design would make it impossible to install after the gas tank, so I started fabbing that up. I threw a hitch receiver in it mainly for extraction and moving a trailer around my yard a little easier.



I'll be back at it today. Hopefully get the coil buckets done and the rear shocks installed. I'm also going to see if I can reuse the JK rear antisway bar. It mounts opposite of the TJ one, so I may have to go with an anti-rock setup.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 04:59 PM   #73
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Made some lower coil mounts. Used my plasma cutter and a piece of scrap to make a nice little circle cutter.



Used my press brake and bent some 1/4" strap for the axle side of the mount.



Tacked everything up and mocked a shock up to see what I was dealing with.



At this point I was getting tired and the garage was a mess so I called it a day and cleaned up. If nothing else, I have learned that it's much easier to work in a clean, organized space. It also looks like I'm going to have to order an anti-rock for the back as the stock JK anti-sway bar is a no-go.
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I like what you did with the hitch... keepin that in my notes. Any reason you chose the BTF covers over others?
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Unread 03-25-2013, 09:00 AM   #75
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I like what you did with the hitch... keepin that in my notes. Any reason you chose the BTF covers over others?
Thanks. I stole the design from one I saw on here. I choose the BTF covers because they were cheaper. No other reason really.
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