After much contemplation, flipping back and forth, reviewing finances, getting the blessings from the boss, checking my psyche, i have decided to go ahead with implanting the HEMI into the Yellow TJ that i bought Sept 2012. After selling O.D.
in October 2010, i have been unable to sleep. Nightmares routinely ruin my nights and i randomly break out in sweats. At least that's the story i am going with....... I have decided that to ensure that the rest of the TJ will match up with the ponies i am adding to the 2004 Rubi i bought in Sept 2012:
- An ATLAS 3.8.1
- Triangulated rear, stretched about 4-5", ORI's
- Hylined front and rear
- Drop down tailgate
- 40's on beadlocks
- Hydro Assist
My first concern were the axles. I did not want to go full width as i still want to fly under the radar on the roads with this and still make it through the narrow trails around here without having to climb up the sides of every tree. I kept my eyes open on most boards on a very regular basis. There was always something missing (Either the gearing, steering or width or carrier). I then pondered the notion of getting a set cut down (Not having the skills / tools to do it myself) and I even went so far as to buy a set of early '80's but as i researched more and more i found that to be too expensive and tedious. I considered buying new already built but once i started seeing the $$$, i said fakk that. I had pretty much given up, even had the custom frame and HEMI setup up for sale and then bam.... Found the axles off Pirates. 13hrs of driving later after less than 48hrs of coming across them online (As I had to re-act as the seller had a lineup to buy them), I had them in my possession.
- 1979 D60 Snowfighter, cut down to 65"WMS, dutchman 35 splines, detroit, 5.13's, setup for XJ, coils and hydro assist.
- Mid-80's CC 14 Bolt, disc's, detroit and 5.13's, setup for triangulated rear and coils
Still fit in the garage.... This is key. I had taken some measurements on Yello with the 35's and i had about 1/2" or clearance
I gotta say, at first i hated the yellow color but now after wheeling for a year, it's actually not that bad.