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post #31 of 107 Old 08-25-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Still haven't had much time to work on the Jeep, but I'm starting to make a parts list for the 3 link front. Can't decide on what ends to use on the control arms. Looking at Johnny Joints on both ends, Ruff Stuff heims on both ends or JJ/or Heim on frame end and a regular bushing on the axle end. I've read where having the flex joint on the axle will promote death wobble, but Clayton uses that set up on their kits and everybody seems to love them. I like Ruff Stuff's heim joints, but with the mud here in the Southeast I'm thinking the Johnny Joints may last longer.

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post #32 of 107 Old 08-28-2011, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up some front springs and shackles today. The coils were suppose to be Rusty's 4.5" but they ended up being 3" HDs. My fault for not checking them when I bought them, but in the end I think the stance is just about right. Might end up adding a .75" spacer once it gets a winch and bumpers.











And the rear jacked up to approximate ride height. I'm guessing the front is about 5.5-6" lift. It doesn't sit as tall as I thought it would, 71" to the drip rail, 29" bottom of the door and 23" to the bottom of the frame at the tranny crossmember.

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post #33 of 107 Old 08-28-2011, 10:13 PM
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It looks mean, those front tires made me think of another thread on here .. has picture of an xj with a nice fender conversion .. they look like highline sort of for a wrangler.
not sure if the link will show up properly or not, but it was under the fabrication set up and titles vista roof, and it's the first reply.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/vista-roof-1252231/

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post #34 of 107 Old 08-29-2011, 12:04 AM
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I wouldn't use heims on your suspension. JJ's from Clayton would be much more appropriate for the CA's. Now heims on your steering is another story, perfectly acceptable and recommended.

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post #35 of 107 Old 08-30-2011, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't use heims on your suspension. JJ's from Clayton would be much more appropriate for the CA's. Now heims on your steering is another story, perfectly acceptable and recommended.
Yeah, probably going to do JJs on both ends
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post #36 of 107 Old 09-03-2011, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Today I trimmed some more on the front fenders and pulled most of the dent from the drivers door. Just a small area left at the lock that i'll have to work from inside the door panel.











The other day I got the drag link on. It's pretty close to the oil pan so it looks like it needs more lift, replace the waggy pitman arm with one with more drop or maybe both.

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post #37 of 107 Old 09-04-2011, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ripped out the rear carpet and pulled the rear bumper

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post #38 of 107 Old 09-06-2011, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Approximate rear axle location, more fender hacking Yeah!






Might build the inner fenders and raise the tank like this





Think I might be able to use the corner gaurds from the scrambler and modify them to fit on the cherokee. More to come on that later......
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post #39 of 107 Old 09-06-2011, 09:44 PM
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Cool to see you trying to stay low.

I'm in no mood to deal with that so unfortunately I'll be a little higher than I'd like with my set-up, but good for you! Subscribed.

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post #40 of 107 Old 09-07-2011, 10:18 PM
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Sweet build man i like how its different. Not to hijack but do you have the url to this guys thread?

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post #41 of 107 Old 09-08-2011, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Sweet build man i like how its different. Not to hijack but do you have the url to this guys thread?
Thanks and yes

http://pirate4x4.com/forum/showthrea...&highlight=111
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post #42 of 107 Old 09-09-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Should be picking up some 52" Chevy leaf springs tomorrow


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I've been following this one. Can't wait to see it done
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post #43 of 107 Old 09-10-2011, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up the 52" Chevy springs this morning, so out with the old




And in with the new to me, going to remove the overload spring later




The exhaust tailpipe was interfering with the pass side shackle so off it came




I'll address the shackle angle later




Swaping out the 33's




A little cut and fold for just enough clearance




4Ds on all four corners

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post #44 of 107 Old 09-10-2011, 06:27 PM
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Great start, i like the thought of the 231-300 doubler, For your arms, my opinion is to use Jhonny joints frame end and poly bushings on the axle end a bit surprised with all the welding you didnt go with a 4 link in the rear..

I like the plan on keeping the 4.0, too many people are quick to swap for the v-8, but i agree a stroker kit is a great mod, lots of low end torque and your keeping the reliability of the good ol 4.0, but plan on changing motor mounts, brown dogs are great, i changed mine out for a set of them

Anyway I like the work, and ill stop n periodically and check up on it. Consider a comp cut in the rear!

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post #45 of 107 Old 09-12-2011, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Today's progress.....folded the rear lower quarter panel.



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