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post #1 of 61 Old 06-09-2020, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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The build that was never going to happen

Swore up and down I was never going to tons. Too much money. Too close to retirement. Too lazy. But, here we are. Got a swinging deal on super duty axles with tires and bead locks and can sell my existing set up to recover some of that cost.


Started Thursday after work.

About ten years ago I repaired a rust hole in the frame by the steering box. It has held up well but I don't want to weld my outboard spring hangers to the repair so I cut off the end of the frame. No plans to stretch the front but added a couple inches because, why not.

By the end of the weekend I rolled the front axle under to start measuring and mocking and that's where it sits right now.

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post #2 of 61 Old 06-09-2020, 09:49 PM
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Looking forward to it Jeff. Whats up with the Spam?

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post #3 of 61 Old 06-10-2020, 03:23 AM
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Bet he keeps mystery nuts and bolts in there, after grilling and eating the Spam, of course....


Also like the non-adjustable, perfectly sized support stand, pic 4...


Looking forward to watching this progress...

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Great. Usually the story is 'I'm gonna build this' but never happens.

[BTW my wife loves cooking elaborate dishes with Spam the universal meat. ]

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Im sub'd to this. No current plans for tons but i always like to see a good build. Is the plan for leafs or coilovers? Did you get a Dana 60 for the front and 10.25 for the rear?


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Looking forward to it Jeff. Whats up with the Spam?

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was trying to catch the brake fluid in that but fumbled it, hence the cat litter.

spam and eggs couple times a week

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Bet he keeps mystery nuts and bolts in there, after grilling and eating the Spam, of course....


Also like the non-adjustable, perfectly sized support stand, pic 4...


Looking forward to watching this progress...
that's sitting on the floor jack. just by dumb luck that spot in the driveway is dead level so lining up the extensions was cake

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Im sub'd to this. No current plans for tons but i always like to see a good build. Is the plan for leafs or coilovers? Did you get a Dana 60 for the front and 10.25 for the rear?
right, 60 + sterling. doubt I'll ever find one but there is a unicorn electric locker factory option for the sterling.

leaf, don't forget I'm a cheapskate.

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right, 60 + sterling. doubt I'll ever find one but there is a unicorn electric locker factory option for the sterling.

leaf, don't forget I'm a cheapskate.
Its a YJ, it should have some leafs on it, right?! Besides keeping leafs isnt being cheap, i prefer to use the word efficient! An e-locker for the sterling would be nice.
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one more from last night, prepping the front shackle hangers. Obviously need to outboard the front springs because of the width. Will leave the rears as is. If I have the motivation might outboard the rear shocks.
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BAHAHAHAHA. Sub'd. And I was never going to do a LS swap and radius arms either...

If your not going to stretch, whats the point of the extra frame extension... wont that just act like big lower lip and get in the way on approach angle?

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Haha, it happens to a lot of us Jeff.

So, are you going to hand-fab some outboard brackets similar to the way I did mine?

If so, and you want to keep it low, I built mine so that I lowered the front of my YJ by ~5/8" from stock by raising the upper shackle and spring hanger mounting holes higher by ~5/8".

Also, if you don't want to run ubolts, I have an easy way to do that as well.
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Haha, it happens to a lot of us Jeff.

So, are you going to hand-fab some outboard brackets similar to the way I did mine?

If so, and you want to keep it low, I built mine so that I lowered the front of my YJ by ~5/8" from stock by raising the upper shackle and spring hanger mounting holes higher by ~5/8".

Also, if you don't want to run ubolts, I have an easy way to do that as well.
I'm moving the whole thing 2" forward. The rear hangers are on the part of the frame the slopes up so it will raise that end of the spring about 1/5".

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It appears the day has come for Jeff to start a build
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didn't have time to do much last night, just finish welded the front shackle hangers. Hope to get that all mocked up tonight, tack in and make sure the axle will end up in the right place.

don't think I'm going to put the tire carrier back on. The tires I have are 37 but my friend might want to swap with his 40s. Either way don't think I want that weight hanging off the back. Most of us just leave our spares back at camp anyway.

Will prob cut this up and just use the bumper or maybe pass on the whole thing to someone else as is.
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