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Unread 02-16-2014, 06:29 PM   #35641
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Got the sleeves welded into the frame today for the bolts I added to the crossmember. Used 3/4 outer diameter / 1/2 inner diameter tubing. I'm not sure if a soaking wet dish towel is the standard welding practice for protecting gas lines but it seamed to work out well for me.

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Unread 02-16-2014, 06:30 PM   #35642
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Pic 2, the page forum will only let me upload one pic at a time from my cellphone for some reason.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 06:32 PM   #35643
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These are the best welds I could get so far. Welding under the vehicle is challenging, at least for me
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Unread 02-16-2014, 08:54 PM   #35644
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The welds look good a trick to make it easier next time is bevel the outside of the bushing and the bevel the frame for a grove for penetration kinda like pipe welding
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Unread 02-16-2014, 11:53 PM   #35645
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So I borrowed my buddy's 5.9 ZJ this weekend, and I now want a ZJ. looks like as soon as I get all the crap I need to pay for taken care of, I will be buying a 5.2 ZJ. I don't want a 5.9 due to it needing premium fuel, and how hard it would be to find a nice one stock and unmolested. My wife has said how much she liked the ZJ, and I told her I would be buying one, she didn't say no to the idea.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #35646
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These are the best welds I could get so far. Welding under the vehicle is challenging, at least for me
Bolts and attachments need a flat surface under the head to achieve the proper clamping force. When you try to do a flush weld like that, you have to grind it all back off to make the surface flat.

You're better off doing an upside down body mount on the inside of the frame and bolting up to it.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 09:08 AM   #35647
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Bolts and attachments need a flat surface under the head to achieve the proper clamping force. When you try to do a flush weld like that, you have to grind it all back off to make the surface flat.

You're better off doing an upside down body mount on the inside of the frame and bolting up to it.
I was just showing how I did it and my short bus welding. Plus I was hoping that if it looked like it wasnít going to hold the guys who are good at welding would comment on what I did wrong. The next thing I did was grind them flat and throw some paint on them. When I ground them down I only saw an outline of the tube in a couple small spots so I think I got decent penetration around most of the tube.

I had contemplated a mount to the inside of the frame rail but I was concerned that it would not be as strong as the bolt through it since I knew how poor my welding skills are. If it will work better Iíll try that next time. I still need to do something for the back brace and that would be a lot easier.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 09:57 AM   #35648
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If any of you guys have a decent car amp that would do a good job pushing a single 10" sub that you want to let go for a good price let me know. Figured I'd ask here before just picking up a cheap used one off craigslist here in the next week or two. Would prefer a name brand like kicker, fosgate, sony, kenwood, mtx, etc... Not really looking for crunch or boss or the swapmeet type brands.

I need something to help crank my ice cream truck music while driving the van around near the local schools! (Too far? Whoops, my bad...)

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Unread 02-17-2014, 10:37 AM   #35649
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So I borrowed my buddy's 5.9 ZJ this weekend, and I now want a ZJ. looks like as soon as I get all the crap I need to pay for taken care of, I will be buying a 5.2 ZJ. I don't want a 5.9 due to it needing premium fuel, and how hard it would be to find a nice one stock and unmolested. My wife has said how much she liked the ZJ, and I told her I would be buying one, she didn't say no to the idea.
My coworker has an 06 with the 5.7 hemi and has mixed feelings about it. Lots of gremlins but lots of power.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 10:50 AM   #35650
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Unread 02-17-2014, 10:52 AM   #35651
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My coworker has an 06 with the 5.7 hemi and has mixed feelings about it. Lots of gremlins but lots of power.
I've heard the same on the 05-08 or 9 whenever they made the change to the current platform. Lots of electrical problems and kinda ugly. I loved my zj fairly comfortable the 5.2 is barely better then the 4.0.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:22 AM   #35652
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Doesn't the 5.2 make like 230 horsepower and the 5.9 also makes 230 horse power?

I'm not sure about issues with the actual jeep vehicle platform but as far as the motor goes, the 5.7 Hemi I had in the magnum was fantastic. I think it had like. 130,000 on it when I sold it and it never had a single problem with the engine. The hemis are pretty bulletproof
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:26 AM   #35653
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I think the 5.2 was 220 and the 5.9 was 250 ish. Isn't the 4.0 like 190. I've never had a "hemi" 5.7 but it seems most people are pretty happy with them. I always laugh to myself when 250hp is described as fast.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:40 AM   #35654
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Anyone with no life interested in being an extra set of eyeballs and turning a wrench on a race truck for a night or two this week? Sooner the better? Looking for a 2nd person to run thru my prep checklist before I load it back up on the trailer and park it hopefully later this week all setup and ready to go. Would LOVE if someone was available tonight and tomorrow night. I can probably all be done in a single night to be honest but I'm saying two just in case...

I'll be out in the garage starting around 4:30ish. I'll buy pizza or something and can promise some seat time in the truck post race.

Doesn't even actually have to be the same person both nights. I have a list printed and literally just mark it off as I go. Would love to have every box checked with two marks. You can just work your way down it picking and choosing what you want to knock out. It's everything from checking tightness on nuts and bolts to just flipping on switches to make sure lights and stuff work. It'll also give me a chance to check intercom and race radio and that stuff since it's kinda hard to do solo. LOL
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Unread 02-17-2014, 12:24 PM   #35655
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Sounds like I've gotta a taker on the race truck stuff but the more the merrier. It's pretty easy stuff for the most part.
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