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post #466 of 487 Old 03-01-2019, 02:45 PM
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Hey Chris, did you run your measurements up front through the link calculator or just put the brackets where they fit and made sense?

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Awesome build!! You have definitely put a lot of time into it but the nice thing is, You built it and that makes it even better.
I agree. I get a lot of satisfaction by building almost everything myself. Sometimes the quality isn't the best but who cares.

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A little bit of both. I first ran my numbers base off where I thought everything would go. Then I put everything where it would fit/ where I wanted it then ran numbers again. The numbers I got were surprisingly good so I welded everything up. I haven't ran any finished up numbers but then again I never did for the rear either. Just wheel it and change something if it needs to be changed by the way it reacts offroad.
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Rebuilt my exhaust yesterday to clear my links but didn't get any pictures.

Today I started the day off by checking the fitment of my oil pan skid. After looking it over it looks like I would need to do some minor modifications to get it to work with the new links and exhaust. I decided that my current skid has seen better days and I might as well start off just building a new one.

Whipped out some random 1/4" plate I picked up for cheap a couple years ago. I measured the width and its only about 1/2 wider than my current skid and will fit perfect. Hit it up with a wire wheel and cut it to length.






Then I drilled the mounting holes to mount it to my belly skid and mocked it up




It was right at this time that I decided I don't want to spend my only day off fabricating a skid. I have work tomorrow and most of next weekend then I go underway on my ship for a week. I decided I'd just finish up the things that need to be done to drive it and work on the trail rated stuff later.


So the only thing I needed to do to get it road worthy again was to finish up my air intake. All I needed to do was plug the TJ PCV inlet because it was in a bad spot then drill and install a fitting in a better place for my PCV and vacuum hose.






Now it was time to take it on a long cruise. I drove it around on the highway and surface streets to see if I have any negative characteristics. She drives like a one ton rig on 42" Pitbulls

Good news is I can't induce any bump steer or death wobble at all so that's good.

After about an hour of driving I stopped to take these pictures and do another bolt check. I noticed I did have a jam nut come loose on my track bar. I will verify the axle is still center and re-torque it.








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Got a few things done on the Jeep last weekend and today.

Got the engine skid finished up and mounted. I was able to re-use my old mount on the drivers side but had to build a new mount on the passenger side to clear the upper link. I threw a couple nutserts in the bottom of my engine mount and used some 1x1 square tubing.


Old skid next to the new




nutsert in engine mount




and mounted






I wanted some protection for the steering box since I no longer have leafs but was not really in the mood to build one from scratch so I ordered a PS YJ box skid.


Of course it didn't fit and I had to modify it to sit correctly. Isn't supposed to sit all wonky like this I don't believe.






I was able to get it modified and mounted




I don't understand why it sits offset though? I wish it actually covered the whole box and was centered. You can see how far off center it is. Oh well just annoying to look at.




One other thing I needed to knock out was to brace my rear truss. I am using an Artec truss built for a ford 9" that I had to modify to fit my Eaton. The top is ony 1/4" and the side pieces are 10G. I noticed that the top where my upper link mounts are had started to twist so I cut out a piece of 3/16" and tied it into the rest of the housing for more strength.


Not sure if you can see the top plate starting to warp/twist




Made a cardboard template and cut out some 3/16" plate.




Quick weld job and some paint.







And now some humor. Last weekend I went to rotate the tires on my truck and was curious what the Jeep drives like with normal tires. So I pulled the Pitbulls and mounted up my 32" Cooper ATPs. Went for a cruise and I was extremely surprised at how she handled. Drove straight, no shimmies or vibrations and I hit 74mph in 5th gear and still had some left to give. Drove like a regular Jeep





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I'd leave those wheels and just cruise da mall!!! I can't believe the twisting on your truss from the link mounts... nice catch...

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Been knocking out some small things. I have a trip planned for the weekend of the 26th.

I got tired of bending my tub and rockers when things get rough in the rocks. I have bent in both sides so far so I decided to add some tube to the rockers to stiffen them up. I used 1.75x.188 DOM. I chose a little thicker wall thickness to hopefully make them last a little longer.

Bent them up then cut the to size and got them welded in. Having the air/hydraulic conversion on the bender is a lifesaver when it comes to thicker tube, in fact I guarantee I wouldn't even be able to bend the .188 wall by hand.


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Nice addition...

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Looks good. One of these days I will buy some tube and do the same.... and build some fenders... and a cage. When I do mine I was going to weld some expanded metal to the top for a step. I'm sure that tube will get a little slick with muddy boots.


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Looks good. One of these days I will buy some tube and do the same.... and build some fenders... and a cage. When I do mine I was going to weld some expanded metal to the top for a step. I'm sure that tube will get a little slick with muddy boots.
I have some perforated sheet that I was going to weld in but I think it looks better without it. I also don't plan to use it as a step as much as I do for more body protection.
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Looking forward to wheeling pics!

Quick question, how long is your upper link vs your lowers up front? Pic of your frameside bracket?

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Looking forward to wheeling pics!

Quick question, how long is your upper link vs your lowers up front? Pic of your frameside bracket?

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All 3 of my links are the same length up front. I dont remember the measurements. I can grab those for you in a bit when I get some pics of the frame side brackets for you.

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Went to Icebreakers at Big dogs.
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Just got back from Icebreakers. Had a problem with my ARB so I was 3 wheeling it all weekend. I think when I had the axle removed for the 3 link something maybe when into the hole in the top of the housing and is causing a clog in the copper ail line inside. I get air all the way to the axle bulkhead fitting but I cant get it to lock. I need to tear open the axle and trouble shoot.

Besides 3 wheeling the Jeep performed great. The front 3 link was flawless and had no ill side effects. It didn't bounce at all or cause any unloading that I can see or feel yet. Even though I didn't have a front locker I still ran all the hard trails with my one ton buddies and only needed to pull cable twice to get past a section that kept denying me. Everyone including myself was surprised I kept up all weekend and didn't break anything in the process.

As always I only got a couple pictures to prove I actually took it out. Threw it on the ramp real quick to check clearances.









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