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post #16 of 107 Old 07-07-2011, 07:22 PM
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The right gearing take the stress off the engine and transmission.
Not necessarily true. You have extreme amount of negative resistance with the added diameter and wt with the tires and rims, and also the nearly double the wt with the 1 tons, and that is what I am referring to. Gears are only allowing less rpm effort with the higher gear ratio and less strain on the trans from having to shift up and down constantly, along with fuel economy.

But, as they say, if it ain't broken, no need fixin. So we will see, and indeed it will be a tuff SOB to break in the mud, axle wise that is.



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post #17 of 107 Old 07-10-2011, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Trimmed the front fenders yesterday, still need to do the cut and fold on the pinch seam. May have to end up cutting more but will wait till I can get the tires on to check the clearance. Probably will end up cutting the front side horizontally just below the side marker lght. Also removed the front bumper, thinking about recessing a winch below the radiator to help the approach angle like this http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...cpZZ1QQtppZZ20

Ordered some leaf spring pearches from Ruff Stuff Specialties this morning. If they arrive by this weekend I may have the rearend sitting under the Jeep Sunday.

Before




Scratched a line following the mark left by the fender flare and then cut it off with a cutoff wheel and the cleaned it up with a flap disc.




After, when its all said and done going to cover the edge with door trim.




Bumper off




Getting there!

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post #18 of 107 Old 07-12-2011, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ordered some coil buckets/lca mounts from Ballistic Fabrication today. Hopefully I won't be reporting a horror story about them soon like some people have.
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post #19 of 107 Old 07-14-2011, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Perches arrived yesterday, the plan is to get them tacked on tomorrow and slide the rearend under the jeep.




Got an email from Ballistic Fab today saying my brackets were backordered (imagine that ) Called them up, talked to 2 different people and changed brackets so hopefully I'll see those soon. Changed from the 3" diameter to 3.25" The Dana 60 housing is like 3 1/8" so I don't think it should be a big deal.
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post #20 of 107 Old 07-15-2011, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Out with the old




In with the new!








33's and no lift, better not hit any bumps





Just put a tack weld on the perches to keep them from moving until I figure out the exact pinion angle.
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post #21 of 107 Old 07-17-2011, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Today I got the brake lines hooked back up and bled. Had to switch the axle lines to the opposite sides due to the cherokee frame lines exit from a different location than the CJ did. Hopefully this evening I can get the Jeep turned around so I can start pulling the front axle.
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post #22 of 107 Old 07-18-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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The Ballistic Fab coil/lca brackets arrived today!

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post #23 of 107 Old 07-19-2011, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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you gota get him out in the garage with you!

He loves to work on the Jeeps!




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post #24 of 107 Old 07-24-2011, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Guess now it can offically be a 1 ton XJ I had to change my orignal plan of attack as some of my orginal measurements were off. After some remeasuring and planing I got it figured out, I think lol. I'll get some better pics and show what I'm going to do later.

Now I need to decide if I want to fab up my own 3 link and save some cash or buy the Clayton or Poly Performance kit and save time



Orignal Chevy brackets cut off



No more Dana Turdy



Ballistic brackets tacked on



Sittin on factory springs and 33s all the way around. And yes I know that the driver side is sticking waaay out. It was hot, I was tired and after all my hard work of centering the axle I set it down on it's on weight, forgot I had no trac bar and the body shifted to the pass side





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post #25 of 107 Old 07-24-2011, 05:42 PM
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Why not use a ford axle so the pumpkin is on the drivers side? Plan to go Dana 300?
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post #26 of 107 Old 07-24-2011, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Why not use a ford axle so the pumpkin is on the drivers side? Plan to go Dana 300?
Cause I like to be different, but mainly cause I already had the Chevy. Yes Dana 300 but maybe a 231/300 doubler.
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post #27 of 107 Old 08-07-2011, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't had to much time to work on the Jeep lately. Have next weekend off but were going camping, I may end up burning some vacation time to get some work done. Today I cut some pipe and made some spring retainers. My plan was to pull the 4.5" springs out of my LJ and put them in the XJ to get and idea on tire clearance so I can order some springs, but I got busy and only had time to make these. Once I get eveything fitted I'll cap them off.

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post #28 of 107 Old 08-07-2011, 05:44 PM
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Id make a bigger plate to weld to the tabs on the axle. Gusset it under the side that sits over the housing also. I wouldnt be to comfortable with that as a final design. Unless thats just a temp thing to use just to figure out ride height? Either way i cant wait to see this beast done!
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post #29 of 107 Old 08-08-2011, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Id make a bigger plate to weld to the tabs on the axle. Gusset it under the side that sits over the housing also. I wouldnt be to comfortable with that as a final design. Unless thats just a temp thing to use just to figure out ride height? Either way i cant wait to see this beast done!
I am going to gusset it better once I make sure eveything is going to fit right. I knew the top plates were going to be offset a little , but somehow my measurements got screwed up and thats how the top plates ended up. Hopefully it will all work out in the end.
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post #30 of 107 Old 08-08-2011, 03:59 PM
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Maybe use a square plate? Id want as much welded to the axle brackets as possible.
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