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post #511 of 746 Old 04-08-2013, 06:17 PM
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Took the jeep out today for the first time since the swap. I still have have a huge grin. I think i need a SYE even with the 2"BB, i have vibs like crazy. I used the stock dodge tranny mount and it pushes my drive line into a pretty steep angle. I am going to modify it tonight. I don't really want a SYE till I know which axles are going under it. I think I will be stuck using the HP 44 as a 60 seems to be too hard to find... lots of mud boggers in the area so most are spoken for. As for the rear hmmm 60, 70 or 14bolt... i'm getting to the point that there are too many options and it's starting to take the fun out of it. Long story short, thanks for the thread I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done it t otherwise, and I am sure happy with the results. Cheers.

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Hey thanks. Glad you found it useful. I appreciate the update because I've been a bit sidetracked lately from my project and have had none myself.

My drivetrain ended up only shortening my DS by 1", so no SYE for now, but I'm also on zero lift.

I think the 3/4 ton HP44 is a reasonable option. D60s are expensive and hard to find. Have you looked into ECGS? They might have some options, but I don't know if shipping is a challenge for you in the frosty north?

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post #513 of 746 Old 04-28-2013, 02:41 PM
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How have I never clicked on this thread before, Good work and I totally feel ya on keeping one for good and one for fun..

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I thought this build was dead
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How have I never clicked on this thread before, Good work and I totally feel ya on keeping one for good and one for fun..
I haven't updated in a while because I got caught up with some other projects and work on this Jeep has slowed down. I have been driving it on occasion, and it's performed just fine. No real issues to report, except the gas tank spits gas out from underneath when I fill it.

In addition to being stupid busy with my 9-5, I've been working on my own on off-hours and weekends, which has basically amounted to another job. Not complaining because money is nice, but my personal projects have taken a back seat to customer projects. It's starting to warm up around here (finally) and I have a few projects around the house to catch up on as well.

After all that, I do like to go out an wheel a little. I got my 2005 out yesterday and ran some two-tracks, which was necessary for my mental health. It's hard to keep building if you don't get an occasional reminder of the end result.

I've been stripping down the donor Ram, and admittedly the parts are not selling as fast as I would like them to. I basically gutted the interior and posted on my local boards and CL. If I don't get more sold soon, it's off to Ebay with the parts. I'm going to scrap the skeleton truck very soon because I need the parking in my driveway.

I did begin some work on Betty today. I'll post updates as appropriate, but I've cleared out my backlog enough that I can start working on the ol' girl again. Don't expect fast and furious updates like during the winter, but there should be some new and mildly entertaining things coming soon.

This is the start of Ugly Betty Phase 2, where I get into slapping some big tires on, making the clearance for them, and making all the pieces work in concert together.

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I missed you by about an hour yesterday, I went out to Jakes for a bit.
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I missed you by about an hour yesterday, I went out to Jakes for a bit.
We had a good time. I tried to get Sarah to come out to Jake's to hang out for a bit, but she wouldn't so I headed home.

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There will be plenty of time this summer to do it again, I'm sure we can arrange another meet-up.
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After this LONG winter, I'm so ****ing game. I have that big fire pit in my back yard.

We are going to do some camping this summer up north. I scouted a few spots while we were out at Yankee too.

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After this LONG winter, I'm so ****ing game. I have that big fire pit in my back yard.

We are going to do some camping this summer up north. I scouted a few spots while we were out at Yankee too.
You guys should look at Wooded Acres Campground in Houghton Lake. Thats where my fifth wheel is parked year round. Should take a weekend and camp there and we can hit up Rocks and Valleys.
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We can do that. Looks a little fancier than we usually do.

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There are a lot of seasonal people up there, including us. Quiet campground. The owner makes sure that it isn't a "party" campground. There are rustic spots all around.
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My aunt has a 5th wheel in a spot like that. Mostly seasonal people at her park. Not sure I've ever seen rustic campers there?

What's good wheeling over there? How far away is R&V?

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R&V is about 25 mins(give or take) south of there. As for other trails, they are all over, the whole Leota area has trails, and so does Denton. All seasonal roads and legal. ORV sticker required. You can pretty much drive 10 mins in either direction from the campground and find a seasonal road to tool around on.
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Sounds good.

I'm looking at truck campers again. I want one to slide in the truck, or a gooseneck trailer that I can pull a pop up on with the Jeep so I can carry both. Not sure which way I want to go yet.

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