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Unread 01-16-2005, 01:16 PM   #1
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Big Lime is growing!!

Yeah.. got two wheels made and 42" TSLs mounted. Not sure whether to run fenders or not (hence one fender missing). Next up, is the rear 4 link. Had to booty fab a steering linkage so I could turn the Jeep around and get to the rear. I'll post the rear 4 link writeup in the "Fabrication" section.


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Unread 01-16-2005, 06:11 PM   #2
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Wow! That thing is gonna be a beast! Ever since I started checkin out this forum, I've admired your Jeep and it just keeps getting better! You seem to know a lot about Jeeps and such so I just have a quick question if I could... Unfortunately, I have a 79 with the narrow trac axles. I've only got 32's on it now, but definitely want some bigger tires later. I found a set of wheel spacers made by Spydertrax which add about 2.5 inches of width for about $120 per axle. My question is... have you heard anything about these/are they a good thing to get? I'm not looking to have really wide tires, but I'm concerned about the height of the Jeep when I get bigger tires. It already has the 4 inch susp and 3 inch body, so I'm thinking that if I go any taller on tires, I also need to go wider. Well, just wondering if you had any advice. Hope your project works well for you, and have fun with it!
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Unread 01-16-2005, 06:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the kind words. You know it's kinda funny looking back over the past 3-4 years with this Jeep. I've learned so much from it. Stuff I would've never dreamed about a few years ago (regarding fabrication) I do on a regular basis now.. great boards like this one definately help too I ran 2" wheelspacers on the rear of Big Lime for about the last year with no problems. They definately helped me gain some affordable width with the narrowtrac rear (50.5" to 54.5"). I say run 'em. Just make sure to periodically check the torque on the mounting nuts. As far as bigger tires lifting the Jeep.. remember that few tires truly measure out at the height stamped on their sides. Most 33s are closer to 31s. Most 35s are closer to 33-34s. My 42" TSLs measured out at 40" aired up with no vehicle weight on them. Plus, you only raise the vehicle by half the actual size difference. If you go from 32s (probably about 30") to say 35s (probably 33"), you'll actually only raise the Jeep 1.5" (half of the 3" or so difference in actual tire height). So you go up 1.5" in height and the wheelspacers will push you out 4-5" in width.. that should work out fine
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Unread 01-16-2005, 08:15 PM   #4
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Very awesome!! I was sooo wanting pics of your setup since that is exactly what I want to do with my new CJ.

Now, I'll have to get my butt in gear and find me a D60 front (already have a D60 rear) and get to work.

Damn, I am sooo jealous right now...ohh as for fender's or not...split the difference and go flat fender, best of both world's and looks the best IMO. Good luck with the 4 link, I cant wait to see pics!!
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Unread 01-17-2005, 07:24 PM   #5
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Love it... what did the front axle come out of? I have a D60 full width that I was looking into useing but i would have to re-locate my leaf springs outboard. Yours look like there in the stock mounts. What was the donor? My pumpkin seems to sit further to the right than yours does. Oh yea, flatfenders would look awesome on your rig.
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Unread 01-17-2005, 08:36 PM   #6
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I'm just wondering what its going to look like when you install those Bushwacker extra wide Extend-a-flares on it so you can drive it on the street! LoL JK. Looks Nice It should go just about anywhere you would want to thats for sure.
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Unread 01-18-2005, 05:07 AM   #7
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The axles came out of an 84 Chevy one ton military truck (M1008). It's a 35 spline Dana 60 front axle and a GM 14 Bolt rear both with 4.56 gears. The rear also came with a Detroit Locker. I've got the 35 spline outer shafts for the front and I still need to pickup a front Detroit or ARB. I had to outboard the front springs for that Dana 60 as the spring perches are about 31.5" center to center. I am going to flat fender it (I've already dovetailed the rear too). As for fender flares... it won't be seeing too much street duty anymore.. now I have a 80 CJ5 with an AMC 360/T176 combo to prowl around on the street. It's pretty quick even with the 3.54s. I'm getting ready to swap in a pair of locked 3.73 geared Dana 44 soon (donated from the green CJ). Thanks
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Unread 01-18-2005, 05:16 AM   #8
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Damn!!

Looks GOOD!! Have you got rocks down that way? Once in a while I have to visit the yard but I've never talked to anybody about wheeling. Everybody either fishs or plays golf
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