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Unread 07-31-2008, 08:41 AM   #136
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well, i have been thinkin about buying a press....I guess I'll either do that or see if a shop will do it on the cheap...Thanks again

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Unread 08-01-2008, 12:59 AM   #137
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However, on my first trip out, I "boomerang'd" my tie rod. We straightened it and sleeved it with some pipe so I could keep wheeling. The next trip out ended up bending the sleeved tie rod, twisting my driveshaft, and breaking a front u-joint. So now I'm building a really heavy duty crossover/high steer setup (well, "high" compared to the stock setup). I've also got to install replacement parts for the shaft and u-joint.

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love the design of your long arm kit... probably going to emulate it myself... curious if you've started the project of the "highsteer" kit? let me know any information if you have done it already
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Unread 08-01-2008, 08:21 AM   #138
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Sure enough. The progress is in my "Tommy's Build Journal" thread.... And thanks!!

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Unread 10-28-2008, 12:08 PM   #139
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what was the total cost here in just materials?
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Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 10-28-2008, 01:20 PM   #140
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what was the total cost here in just materials?
$slick, check out post #115 in this thread. Maybe add some bucks for misc. hardware, etc.

I should also point out that I had a change of heart regarding the radius arm setup up front. It seemed to be working well, but in my build thread on pirate it was pointed out how much stress is applied to the linkage hardware as the suspension articulates to its outer limits. I gave it a bit more thought and it was clear that when a radius arm setup articulates it tries to twist the axle like a torsion bar. This can cause bind, but also apparently has been known to snap Grade 8 hardware. Granted, I've got some rubber bushings in my setup so maybe it wouldn't be that big a deal, but I decided to try a modified three link. I basically just removed the upper from the passenger side radius arm and left the driver side radius arm intact.

On the trail this past weekend it actually seemed to flex easier than before. Not by a lot, but for the first time I was able to fully compress my shocks front and rear simultaneously when I took this poseur shot. Now I need longer bumpstops.



I haven't driven it on the street yet. I'd like to get some longer hardware for the front upper and double nut it and Locktite it, too. I don't want that thing coming loose. I'll also make sure all the others are torqued and Locktited. But so far I'm not seeing any real reason not to leave it as-is. Of course, if anyone has a differing viewpoint, I'm always willing listen.

BTW, this thing still climbs like mad and performs FANTASTIC on the rocks! Couldn't be happier!

Tommy
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Unread 10-28-2008, 05:20 PM   #141
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Nice to hear how it's working for you. I've really enjoyed your build-up. Great work I'm curious how the rad arm/ LCA modded setup will work out in the long run.
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Unread 10-28-2008, 05:52 PM   #142
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what do you mean when you say radius arm?
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Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 10-28-2008, 06:09 PM   #143
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what do you mean when you say radius arm?
Instead of an upper and lower control arm on each side of the Jeep connecting to the axle, the lower control arm is shaped like a y (instead of // ), where the shorter arm is connected to the lower control arm and then to the axle. Instead of 4 separate control arms, its basically 2, mounting to 4 points on the axle. Scroll through his pics and you can probably find an example.

Look at some of the pictures of the front of the Jeep on this page: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...=532320&page=5
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Unread 10-29-2008, 08:59 PM   #144
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do you have the upper 3 link bar on the passenger side or drivers side?
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Unread 10-29-2008, 09:07 PM   #145
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I removed the upper from the passenger side.
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Unread 10-29-2008, 09:14 PM   #146
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I removed the upper from the passenger side.
cool. got any pics? Does your jeep pull real bad when you slam on the brakes?
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Unread 10-30-2008, 08:19 AM   #147
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No pics, but there's really not much to see. I haven't driven it on the street yet, but it peformed exceptionally well on the trails this past weekend.

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Unread 10-30-2008, 09:08 AM   #148
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No pics, but there's really not much to see. I haven't driven it on the street yet, but it peformed exceptionally well on the trails this past weekend.

Tommy
did you brace the crap out of the upper mount on the axle?
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Unread 10-30-2008, 09:28 AM   #149
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No, I just used the casted mount on the diff.
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Unread 11-03-2008, 07:00 PM   #150
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amazing build, ive started mine on my XJ because of this!!!

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