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Ruffstuff XJ Unirail Channel Reinforcement....Even Better Heim Pricing! From RuffstuffUSA Standard Chromoly Front Axle Shaft Kits with Dana 30 4

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Unread 03-20-2008, 06:20 AM   #91
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No, I'm doing the rear, too, but not for another couple weeks. I only have time to get the front done before the Jeep Jamboree next week so the rear has to wait for now.

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Unread 03-20-2008, 10:38 AM   #92
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Excellent build thread! I'd love to try building my own kit too. I just put on the RE 5.5 LA tri-link kit 2 weeks ago and I ran into the same problem with the tie rod end hitting the stabilizer bolt. I was able to improve it slightly by shortening the uppers to lean the axle back a bit but it still contacts the bolt head. I was thinking of using a cutoff disc to cut the two welds at the bottom of the factory bracket, heating the bracket and bending it in towards the spring some, and then rewelding it. And for the disconnect getting hit I was able to avoid that by using clips that were just large enough instead of the huge ones that come with the RE discos. Let me what you come up with to solve the bolt head issue!
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Unread 03-20-2008, 10:38 PM   #93
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Got the arms all welded up tonight and primed and applied a quick coat of satin black. It could use a better paint job, but I don't really care about that right now.









Tomorrow after work I hope to get things wrapped up.

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Unread 03-21-2008, 12:25 AM   #94
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i'm going with the la set-up myself. i have eveything i need to do the job except the adj. rear trackbar. i'm doing the front first so i'm gonna need it till i do rear. how hard is it to fab yourself? i've been thinking about letting someone who has done this before do it for me. just curious.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 01:17 PM   #95
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It's a lot of labor, but that's not really the hard part to me. It's the most time consuming, but the hardest part is determining where/what/how much/how to cut/weld/tweak/etc. Lots of double and triple measuring going on before cutting and I'm still having issues pop up here and there. Having the right tools in an organized and roomy garage would REALLY help out.

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Unread 03-22-2008, 11:40 AM   #96
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Driveshaft and skid plate back on...


Everything torqued down and sitting on it's wheels again!


Time to come up with a solution for the sway bar mount and drag link ball joint interference.... So I cut off and ground down the culprits and then started mocking up a replacement:


It's not pretty, but it should work. I'll make some prettier when I have more time:


It's at the shop getting an alignment right now and then it's off to 4 Wheel Parts for a trip up their RTI ramp so I can check for clearances.

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Unread 03-22-2008, 04:19 PM   #97
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Success!! Well, success so far. I drove it to NTB to get an alignment and everything was in spec except for the toe (of course). The camber was unchanged, but the big thing is that the caster was nearly spot on at 6.5 and 6.7 degrees. I would've preferred 6, but that's good enough for me. I can always lengthen the uppers to reduce the caster a bit. Easy cheesy. And best as they could tell with their equipment the axle was square relative to the chassis! I'm really excited. After all this work, it's scary to get that first alignment. You don't know if the specs are way off or if you'll have all the adjustment range you'll need, etc. This was a huge milestone for me.

It drives great! Granted, I've only done the front suspension so far, but it rides so much nicer than before. I'm really encouraged that after the rear is done this thing is going to feel like a Cadillac compared to the way it was. I also managed to hit some really big, ugly speed bumps and everything felt (and still looks) very, very solid.

I don't know if I'll get chance to test it on the RTI ramp or offroad before the Jeep Jamboree next weekend, but so far things are falling into place nicely.

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Unread 03-25-2008, 11:48 AM   #98
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VERY nice Tommy

I need to get over there to see it in person one of these days; if you could use a gofer one weekend let me know; I'd be happy to help.

Where is the Jamboree this weekend?
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Unread 03-25-2008, 12:26 PM   #99
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Thanks! The JJ is in Llano at Inks Ranch. Great venue!! I'll be starting on the rear suspension in about two weeks or so. You're always more than welcome to come by. I'm in NW Austin now near 183/McNeil.

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Unread 03-30-2008, 03:44 PM   #100
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Just got back from the Texas Spring Spur Jeep Jamboree (say that five times real fast) in Llano, Texas. This was my first time wheelin' the Jeep with the new front long arm setup.

Thursday we headed out. I borrowed a trailer from a friend and towed the Jeep behind my Suburban. It also doubled as my tent. We grilled some dinner and enjoyed some beer and some Crown at camp.


Friday we got up early and assembled with the rest of the pack:


My new co-pilot was ready for a great day of wheelin':


In line on one of the trails about to head up to "Balancing Rock":




My buddy broke a track bar mount on the front of his TJ. This got him back to camp where he found someone with a welder to fix it. He wheeled the next day without any issues:


Strapping a friend after his diff hung him up on this rock:


Cool scenary. This is a lake on the mountain where the ranch owners have their house. It's very low right now:
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Unread 03-30-2008, 03:50 PM   #101
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Staturday we woke up after a really hard rain to everything in our campsite being SOAKED. And despite my Jeep having doors, a bikini top, and a windjammer UNDERNEATH a trail cover, I was treated to this when I opened the door:


I pulled the plugs and let it drain out. I think I'll be removing the carpet and bedlining the interior sooner than expected. And here I am on a trail called "Moab":




And Sunday morning we packed up and headed home:


Overall, it was a great weekend. The trip on Moab was really slow 'cause we had too many rigs with us, but we still had a great time. I've got friends who've also taken lots of pics. I'll get them uploaded when I can. In the meantime, here's a link to all my pictures.

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Unread 03-30-2008, 04:51 PM   #102
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How was the ride on the 4.5" re lift? Nice jeep. Lovin the yellow.
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Unread 03-30-2008, 05:44 PM   #103
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With the short arms it's not so great. Better than a lifted YJ, IMO, but no where near as nice as it is now even with just the front long arm done.
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Unread 03-30-2008, 05:54 PM   #104
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I'm thinking about that lift and if I want it. What shocks are on it? re?
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Unread 03-30-2008, 07:39 PM   #105
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Nope. It's currently got Skyjackers which are grossly underdamped and I don't recommend. I picked up some Rancho RS9000s and installed the rears prior to the Jamboree, but will not get around to installing the fronts until later this week.

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