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Unread 01-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #61
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This was a last minute idea on the final day. It gets better at 30 seconds. Plan on making better version in march but for now this works.



In other news, After 4 washes I finally had 90% of the mud cleaned off. Taking the jeep for a drying drive and the hood came up. Bend the hinges and hood and cracked the windshield. I was able to bend the hood back and will use pins to hold it down. I wanted to remove the window anyway to build dash and repaint so now I can do that and put in a new window.

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Unread 01-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #62
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Lookin good. We really need to setup a trip to Mojave... I'm gonna start prepping the jeep.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 07:54 PM   #63
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Lookin good. We really need to setup a trip to Mojave... I'm gonna start prepping the jeep.
I am in for a trip. As long as there isn't too much on road. There are a lot of things I want to do with the window out so that might slow completion but it does sound fun to go good distance. I can cover things out here in a few hours.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 08:00 PM   #64
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Yea your gonna want a windshield. 2.5 hours just to get to the starting point lol. I'll start on the jeep and see how it goes. Def doing Death Valley to Vegas first or second weekend in april
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Unread 01-06-2013, 09:12 PM   #65
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My biggest issue is I need round trip trails. Obviously a ttb wj isn't. Good for long freeway miles.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 12:18 AM   #66
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im in the same boat. 4.56s 3 speed auto... loud as hell.. half doors... lol any access to towing it out? i leave my truck and trailer at slash X then drive the jeep a few miles. for death valley i need to figure it out still
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Unread 01-10-2013, 01:23 PM   #67
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Laughlin to barstow tomorrow.... i just got the invite. Im in.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 01:46 PM   #68
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That sounds like fun. Have a great time. I'm currently repainting everything so i cannot make it.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 12:08 PM   #69
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Put the vid up on my thread. Awesome run.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 03:29 PM   #70
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Looks good man! I have been thinking about Ibeams for a while now but not set on it yet..I get alot of dust in my ZJ with the rear hatch removed too, it acts like a suction and everything comes in; I dont use it as a DD but it gets a little annoying on those long dusty trails out at superstition.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #71
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Heading out to ocotillo wells this weekend. Anyone else going to be out there?
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:45 PM   #72
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Started into my rear end tonight. Got the housing stripped down. Tomorrow ill cut everything off and begin to prep it for a truss. Here is the housing now.

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In other news, the only damage from the front end swap came when I got home. I was washing all the mud off and took off to dry everything off. That's where the problem started. But first a little background. Years ago when I put the front clip on I didn't see a reason for the safety catch on the hood. That way I could just pull the latch and the hood would open. Well if when closing your hood the latch doesn't catch, you hood will fly up. Ask me how I know. So there I was driving up the road and bam. Hood flys up, cracks the window and scares the s... Out of me. Below is the damage.

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The hood didn't bend too bad, the hinges were toast. I hit the hood with a hammer and welded in some all thread for hood pins problem solved. Haha. Now my hood is bolted down. I'll post more pics of the 8.8 as I build it. Hoping to have it and my drive shafts done for tierra del sol in march.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #73
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Gonna be tough trussing that 8.8 with the cast center section
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Unread 02-01-2013, 07:27 PM   #74
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Gonna be tough trussing that 8.8 with the cast center section
8.8 is cast steel, not cast iron. the best way to weld something like that is with an arc welder and high nickel rod. however, MIG with pre and Post Heat should be good enough.

this is how mine sits, I plan on welding it with MIG.



and really, the truss doesn't need to be tied into the center section that well, you are trying to prevent the tubes from bending, that can be done without tying into the center if you must.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 08:00 PM   #75
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A true truss goes hub to hub. Everything else I would consider a bridge. The goal is to disperse the stress as much as possible Incorperating the center section. A prerunner axle sees a ton of different stress then a rock crawler. Best route is a 9" since the center section is not cast.
My last truss front axle we built.
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