Old build thread covers from my trade of the jeep current. I feel like it's time to start a new chapter in the jeep build. OLD THREAD: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/t...-fund-1321144/
The jeep has slowly transformed into my jeep from the place the previous owner left off. Feel free to read through old thread if you like or even search college fund for original owners build thread if you want to see all the way back to the beginning. A lot of the basics are still close to the way I got it. Suspension is the same but 3" higher and many heim joints replaced. Axles are pretty much the same 4.88 gears HPD30 out front 8.8 in back I added a Detroit locker to. From this point forward the build is about keeping this thing a jeep but making it utterly bulletproof on 35-37" tires. I already have an ATLAS installed and heavy wall driveshafts, skid plates front to back although my gas tank skid took a beating last trip out and needs a bit of a refurb and reinforcement.
Front axle build is going to be a round housing 609 with all 35 spline internals. I have the round ford 9" hosing and third member and I'm working on sourcing the kingpin outers. Sticking with try jeep fashion it'll be a 5 lug setup with some what period correct to 1998 alloy wheels. The housing will be shaved for max clearance and trussed of course.
EDIT FOR FRONT AXLE BUILD: Going with HD Dana44 parts from the Cees out. 31 spline chromo inners and 19 spline chromo outers with super joints. Later down the road ill get a 35 spline 9" 3rd member and convert over to RCVs. 1 ton stuff and 35" tires on 15" wheels just wasnt working. Something had to give.
The rear axle is already in process of being built. I'm doing it myself and learning as I go. It's a semi float 35 spline Dana 60. I'm building it first because the axles are dual drilled and will allow me to continue I the wheels I he's until the front axle is done also. End of the day goal will be shaved 1 ton running gear and 35" tires.
I'm adding in a weld in sport cage and rear cage pieces from BTF and poison spider. The jeep sits about 3" over stock suspension wise and 1" of body lift. I've got new 12" Bilstein 5125 shocks coming next week. The suspension has travel for days but I have the current shocks. They are doetch tech 8000 and unless the jeep is air born they ride like bricks. Any how here's how the jeep sits and my number 1 hand running the jack.
There won't be any drastic appearance changes or stretched out insane LCG 170" rock bouncer suspension just a bomb proof TJ that works in the rocks and drives great down the road.