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post #1 of 10 Old 04-21-2017, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Project Sasha Grey.

This jeeps name comes from the fact that every time I pull her out she takes a POUNDING.

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I got this jeep about 3 years ago. I bought 3 jeeps, 1 was running 2 werent, one had a lift and some other stuff. I got all 3 running and swapped parts between all of them to make this one. Then sold the other 2 for $1000 more then I bought all 3 for and got to keep this one. I had to make the bumpers, skids, rock slidders, Fender flairs, frame viagra (because apparently xj frames cant get stiff on their own) and some other misc stuff. In the past 3 years ive put this jeep through alot more then it should have gone through. When u own a fully armored, lifted, Ratcheting lockers f/r (Which are Terrifying on a front axle without hubs, on the highway at 70mph), and geared jeep that actually made u $1000 u really don't care what happens to it. I've POUNDED on this thing in the rocks of colorado and moab. Most of the time I let go of the steering wheel and just let it choose its own path just to see what happens and just leave the throttle at 2k rpms.

I've gotten to the point where I have to upgrade the steering on my D30, I also Ripped my steering box off the frame in a weird obstacle at the beginning of Metal Masher. I don't mean I kinda stretched a bolt and the box had a little bit of play off the frame. I mean I F#%K#ng ripped the box off the frame and ripped the steering shaft slip joint out from when the box twisted and slammed into the hood. I had to jam a bolt back through the frame and box, then battery weld it in place. Then I chain boomered the other end of the box to the driver fender/frame. I had to remove the air box and put a rag over the intake to be able to drive it out without the box jumping around and breaking more.

So Im at the point where I have to figure out what to do and where to go from here. Luckily I got these for free. 77.5 Ford 3/4 ton, leaf sprung, High Pinion 44. The holey grail of Full width 44s. For free, and a Full float D60 rear but so what, u can find those under plastic electric barbie cars. So now Im going full widths.... For about 400 total into the project.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-21-2017, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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I got a ram from surplus center, bought a new box and tapped it myself. I also bought a TNT truss for the HP 44 for the factory jeep bracket setting. I got the rear shackle relocation brackets, and u bolt eliminator kit for the D60. Shout out to TNT customs, they got my truss together welded and shipped to me the next day. They also make snazzy stuff. I found out why my front D30 would shift back and forth when I would turn the steering wheel.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-21-2017, 10:16 PM
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Clicked for the title, following because I like your writing and the jeep

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There's things that should bother me that don't, and then there's things that shouldn't bother me and do. This is in the DOES bother me category. While trying to cut off the 2-3/8"s from the driver side spring perch, I had to cut a little deeper on the diff side then I wanted to, to make the first cut. Its about 1/2 an inch towards the diff and goes down about 1/4 of an inch and slopes up as it gets towards the diff. (so 1/4 of an inch deep towards the knuckle, but fastly shallows as it slopes up, its a cutting wheel cut) Its about 1/16 of and inch thick. Im worried about the cast part. The tube part Im not worried about at all, its only 32nd deep and runs along the tube, plus I can easily weld mild steel, cast steel but its the cast iron I'm not set up to weld. Theres about an 1/8th of an inch of meat left at the skinniest part.

Does anyone know if this is of concern to me, or am I making way too big of a deal about this?
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donít have much comments on how to go about from how far you've already come, but I'm just in here commenting how I love that there are so many Jeeps that are labours of love in here. Seems like a lot of people have their hands elbow-deep into sprucing up and refurbishing their rides. I for one am very happy to sit back and watch the cars all take shape as they come along! Perhaps inspiration for myself to take on a similar hobby in the future... maybe...
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-14-2017, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Got the old axles out and sold. Someone got a great deal on these. Got the HP 44 truss all welded up, as well as the housing to the tubes. Just gotta start connecting stuff. Also have to cut off the driver side flat top studs. Im gonna go for a crossover style steering instead of high steer. Id rather it be two single sheers, then one dual sheer.
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Passenger side knuckle is getting milled, drilled, and tapped today. Going to put new ball joints, a high steer arm and studs on the pass side. Also got the coil bases in place. Just need to get an OTK trac bar mount made. Got the 37s on it. Also made a back plate to my truss and then painted the tnt back setting. I like it. Gonna take this stock diff I got for 5 bucks and reinforce that crap outta it. Just gotta tighten some stuff up and itll be sitting on its own weight front and rear. Still need to do steering, brake lines, and Trac bar mount.
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Moving forward. Got my knuckle machined, got my shackle relocation brackets on. Got my truss on, new crossover trac bar mount on, knuckle/spindle/brakes/hubs on, Got my steering and trac bar made up. Made my own spring perch 2" blocks. Still need to tighten everything up, shave the front frame side trac bar mount, bleed the brakes, and do the shock mounts.
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Jeep now sits at 105" wheelbase x 80 wide. The trac bar and drag link both sit right at 4.5 degrees and are on the same plane and are the same height off the axle. Steering geometry is dead nuts.

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Moving forward. Did an OTK track bar mount to help correct the steering geometry. Put some 37s on. Made a $3 steering box brace. Swapped in some new ujoints in the 44 and wheeled. She be flexy. 40"s of travel at the tire.
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