Well the new junk is coming along. Mostly thanks to dumpster diving, horse trading, freebies, and favors that can't be discussed.
I started with this
It was put together decently for a general purpose trail rig. Super 35 with a Detroit, True track up front. 4.88's & 35's, a beefier belly and tank skids. Not bad, just not my taste.
What is my taste is it's a 2.5, 5spd
with a tub that's "experienced"
First trip out I spun the rear driveshaft out of it.
well getting off the trail with a truetrack in front and no rear drive sux.
Out came the LP30, and the build began.....
My philosophy is build as minimally as I think I need, but to the W.E. Rock rules for Modifed Stock class. WE Rock rules
I'm shooting to have the rig weigh 2600 lbs when it's done.
A friend did a 30 to 44 swap in the front of his JK UNL. I happily removed the 30 from his garage
The JK isn't much of an upgrade from any other HP30. It uses the same crappy 2.5" x .250 wall tubes. It's just their a few inches longer on a JK set up.
2.5" ID sch 40 HREW pipe ($1 a pound scrap) and a plasma cutter
Left is the new sleeved tube, right is the stock tube in all it's whimpy nakedness.
Now the front tubes are 2.9" x .450 wall
short side plugged and seam welded
long side seam welded
Johnny Joint's set.
waiting on the lower brackets, track bar mounts. The mounts came in. We haven't had a chance to get them done an make progress.
I got a chance to fondle the new Reid JK knuckles. They have made some seriously nice pieces. Lots of reinforcement where it's needed. I just don't think the steering changes will be of benefit to justify using them. I'm going to make a tie rod and draglink using heim joints. The way Reid moved the mounts up for the stock tie rod will cause my contraption to bind.
THE SUPER 35 IS LEAVING THE RIG
thought you'd never hear me say that did ya?
well, one of those little advantages to the JK30 is 5.13 gears. I fully intend to take advantage of this
This is the start of the rear.
It's a 1979 F250, 3" x .500 wall leaf spring high pinion 44. (what's the name of my build?)
This is another one of those trade junk for junk prizes. It's been laying around for a year or so....so.....why not cut it up and make a rear.
After surgery it will be a centered rear, semi float HP44 with 30 spline Rubicon shafts at TJ width.
After having an Atlas and a STaK in the old rig. The 231 in this gutless wonder wasn't going to cut it for me.
Sold the 231 and the front LP30, bought a used 300 with a 4:1 kit and clocking ring. I found a used 21 spline input from a CalRocks guy for next to nothing. Yeah, I'll get pics when I get around to it.
Gotta give a thanks to Blaine and Gerald at Savvy
hopefully they'll get the belly skid done soon. I kinda need it to hang everything back up in there.
more to come later....got a few more dumpsters to hit this week