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post #121 of 563 Old 05-11-2013, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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I assumed you were running them before. I'm interested in how they do at speed and how they deal with fading, etc.
Me too. I'll let everyone know. I was going to go with Bilstein's, but I've read that these are better, so I figured I'd give them a shot.
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Excuse me if you've already covered this, but did you make those control arms?
The project is looking great!
Yes I did make them and thanks! I heard you are thinking about selling your Jeep? What's up with that?

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post #122 of 563 Old 05-12-2013, 01:35 PM
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Well, I got the wife a brand new Subaru Forester and then work decided to cut overtime to almost nothing. Go figure. I could never ask her to sell it. In fact, I enjoy driving it. The only other two big items we could sell are the trailer and my jeep. We can't give up camping and, in my wife's eyes, tent camping isn't camping, it's torture. Poor defenseless jeep.

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post #123 of 563 Old 05-12-2013, 01:46 PM
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That sucks


A rule of thumb I use is

A. Never base what you can afford off overtime

B. Always count overtime as extra money that can be taken away at anytime

Still sucks to hear. Hope you don't have to sell the jeep

SAVVY,CURRIE,GOODYEAR

Nuff said...
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post #124 of 563 Old 05-12-2013, 09:43 PM
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The rear end fab work is durned impressive .

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post #125 of 563 Old 05-12-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I got the wife a brand new Subaru Forester and then work decided to cut overtime to almost nothing. Go figure. I could never ask her to sell it. In fact, I enjoy driving it. The only other two big items we could sell are the trailer and my jeep. We can't give up camping and, in my wife's eyes, tent camping isn't camping, it's torture. Poor defenseless jeep.
If you do sell it it's not like you can't get another. You could sell it and buy a cheaper one and have money left over. There are deals to be had for the patient.

Like this YJ I just scored for $1500. Looks like it just rolled out of the showroom.




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The rear end fab work is durned impressive .
Thanks. I hope the front goes a little quicker, but I know with all the steering crap to deal with it probably won't. Such is fab work.
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post #126 of 563 Old 05-12-2013, 11:20 PM
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Congrats on the score. I'd have a hard time selling such a clean YJ.
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post #127 of 563 Old 05-13-2013, 10:07 AM
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put a 4 inch lift on it sell it for 4000

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Hehehe...SoccerLockers. That's what I'm calling Obvious Moms in Rubicons from now on.
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post #128 of 563 Old 05-13-2013, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Congrats on the score. I'd have a hard time selling such a clean YJ.
Every time I walk by it I think about putting a small lift on it, a 350 V8 with a 700R4, some 31" tires and make it a street / fire road cruiser....
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put a 4 inch lift on it sell it for 4000
I could probably get 4500 for it how it sits (once I fix the rod knock). Good wranglers with hard tops go for crazy money around here.
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post #129 of 563 Old 05-13-2013, 03:13 PM
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If you do sell it it's not like you can't get another. You could sell it and buy a cheaper one and have money left over. There are deals to be had for the patient.

Like this YJ I just scored for $1500. Looks like it just rolled out of the showroom.






Thanks. I hope the front goes a little quicker, but I know with all the steering crap to deal with it probably won't. Such is fab work.
Yeah, I do really like the CJ-7's. I could get one with no engine and put a 5.3 in it.

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post #130 of 563 Old 05-13-2013, 08:08 PM
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Minus the wheels I would rock that YJ , nice score .

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post #131 of 563 Old 05-14-2013, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I do really like the CJ-7's. I could get one with no engine and put a 5.3 in it.
If you did that, you would be spending quite a bit more than you would get for your TJ, although it would be awesome.

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Minus the wheels I would rock that YJ , nice score .
Thanks. Yup, those wheels are straight out of the 80's. It would look much better on 31's and some Moabs or Canyons.
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post #132 of 563 Old 05-15-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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I played with the front axle a little last night. It didn't go exactly as I was picturing in my mind. I was hoping for 4-5" of travel for the front with my 3" savvy springs but that looks like it's going to be a no go. Everything wants to be in the same place. My exhaust, front drive shaft, track bar mount, and upper link mount. The switch to a high pinon front really moves things around.







On a positive note, I ordered my wheel spacers and also called Tom Woods up and got my pinon yokes.
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post #133 of 563 Old 05-15-2013, 01:14 PM
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I think its beautiful the way you had it.
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post #134 of 563 Old 05-15-2013, 01:35 PM
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Looking good so far, looking for to more progress.
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post #135 of 563 Old 05-18-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Looking good so far, looking for to more progress.
Thanks!

I did manage to get a little more done. Played around with my new skid plate. Added a transmission mount with some C channel and made some cutouts for my transfer case and transmission.



Then I fixed a broken nutsert and bolted the skid in place.





Then I started work on the front end. Finished fabbing the control arms and tacked everything in place. I also bent a truss for the front.







As luck would have it, my upper link sits exactly where the exhaust manifold outlet is. Looks like I'm going to have to order up some center dump block huggers and hope for the best. There is really no other place to put it, so I have my fingers crossed.



I'm going to order these up. I think they will do the trick.


They are only $200 so I can't really complain too much about that.

A few road blocks:

I tried to mount my wheel spacers that came today. The back ones are great. The front ones don't seat all the way because of a slight lip on the unit bearing next to the face. I'm not excited about dealing with this, as it was supposed to be just an easy bold on deal.

Also, I tried to bolt the JK drag link to my stock pitman. That was a no go. The JK taper is quite a bit larger than the TJ, and I sold my TJ stuff so I can't cut / weld the two together. Looks like I'm going to have to go with some poly performance stuff for that.

Tomorrow I'm going to check clearances and see where I'm going to be at for maximum uptravel and maybe fab some spring plates up.
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