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post #16 of 185 Old 03-13-2019, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Not much happened today. Re-installed driveshaft, brake lines, and tailgate hardware. Looks like my factory rear driveshaft is going to work with my 350, ax15, D300 setup. It wasn't going to bind anywhere that I could see, but that may change a little when the Jeep is sitting under its own weight. I fear that the front shaft may still be a couple of inches too short. Also removed some shoddy exhaust work done by the PO.

My progress got slowed by FedEx's major screw up of my new U bolt delivery, not to mention, I still don't have the brake drums back from being turned. No pics today, but I will be buttoning up the rear completely tomorrow. The rest of my parts to finish the suspension should be here tomorrow, and I am going to make an attempt to test drive this thing Saturday.

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Got the Rubicon Express u bolts installed today. No pics though. Looks the same as it did in the last set of pictures. I am still being held up by my brake drums. I took them to be turned, and it turns out that one was warped beyond repair. Probably the one that had pieces of brake hardware free inside it. Had to order up two new brake drums from Advance Auto Parts, and they will be here in the morning. Maybe I can finally get the rear end back assembled, and get started on the front suspension.
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Looking good. The floor came out great. Once the suspension is fixed you won't want to get out if it. Hope the video gives you some insight on the harness.

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post #19 of 185 Old 03-15-2019, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, the video was great help.

It sits on all 4 wheels now. The new brake drums were a royal pain. Took over 2 hours just to get them to fit correctly with the new pads and all new hardware. The last time I did brake drums, I don't remember it being this difficult. Anyways, it now has 2.5" of lift in the back and the front is still SOA. It doesn't look too much lower, but it did drop about 4inches from where it was. My springs, drag link, and some other odds and ends came in today, so I will be pulling the front tomorrow. Progress may slow as I am working a different shift for the next two weeks.

I've got to find someone to trade tires with. The 35s are just too big for the lift that I am running. They may do for a little while, but I would like to find some 33s
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Glad the video helped. Just on more source. Seems like you got plenty of good advice on that thread. Jeep rear looks good lowered, it should handle better when your done. I can see where those 35's might rub a little in the back as it sits now. The tires look good, you should be able to sell them easily enough to put toward the 33's. Your engine bay looks awesome. How is that Deka battery been for you? Curious because I need a new battery for the spring.

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post #21 of 185 Old 03-16-2019, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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The deka battery isn't bad. It was in there when I got the jeep and cranks everytime I turn the key. So until it let's me down, it is a great battery...lol
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post #22 of 185 Old 03-17-2019, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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So I've pulled the front axle. When the pinion is level, and my angle finder on the top of the nut on the knuckle, I get right at +5deg. When I make the POs welded on perches level, by rotating the pinion up, I get -3deg. Is that why this thing drove so horribly? I need +6deg castor when I weld on my new perches right?
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Yesterday, I spent some time pulling the front axle. It wasn't that bad. I discovered why the Jeep rode so bad (See post above). I've stripped the axle down, and only have to remove the PO's spring perches that he had welded on for his SOA setup. I've got to figure out my new pinon angle/castor on the knuckles. to do that that, I am going to reassembly everything loosely, roll the axle under the jeep and hang it in place with the leaf springs, then rotate the axle until my angle finder reads 6deg when it is placed on top of the knuckle (Is that correct?). Once i have the correct angle, I will tack the perches in place and then pull the axle out again so that I can permanently burn them in.
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Once I got to a stopping point with the axle (Need another set of hands to bolt it all back up), I got to work fixing my shifter hole. I forgot to order a new trans cover tunnel, so I just made one out of the PO's terrible attempt. It isn't perfect, but will do for a temporary fix until I order the actual trans tunnel cover and new boots. I also got the roll cage back in. It is starting to resemble a Jeep again. Quick question. The seat belt bolts on the roll cage, should screw out, correct? Mine are cut off and I need to replace them.
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I began to mock the front up yesterday. I ran into two issues. I think the spring perches that I ordered from Barns4WD are too large. They fit the axle tube fine, but they are little too wide. I am pretty sure I can cut them down and make them work though. Also, I found out that my front shackles are too short. Ordered some Rough Country 1 3/8" shackles to fix this problem. It is a pain assembling the leafs to the axles outside the jeeps and having to get it all to fit up while it is loose. I have not welded anything yet, as I am waiting on the shackles so that I know my pinion angle will be correct. I am also not so sure that rear springs I got are actually 2.5" lift springs. Just from the quick mock up I did yesterday, the rear looks like it is going to be way taller than the front. I'm thinking the rear springs were actually 4" springs. If they were I will have to change them out.

I ordered the boomerang shackles, but have never put them on any of my other jeeps. Which way do they go? Does the angle point to the front of the jeep or to the rear? Short side up or down?
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We didn't like the way everything was fitting together with the larger spring perches that I purchased, so we pulled everything back out from under the Jeep. I am still waiting on shackles, so this isn't a huge deal. I removed the spring perches and cut them down smaller. They were too long. I think they would work great in a SOA setup, but I am going SUA. I also removed the shock mount bolt from the U bolt plate. I am going to mount the shocks to the axle. When all this is said and done, I will be running a sort hybrid suspension on the front of this Jeep. Everything went back together way smoother with the perches cut down. I am will be putting the boomerang shackles on this afternoon, and setting the pinion angle then tacking it. I will pull it all back out and should have it welded permanently in by tonight. Paint it all and reassemble, and I will be done with the suspension.
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The boomerang shackles worked great and and put everything in alignment just like it should be. Got it set down off the Jack stands today under it's own weight. I adjusted the castor to 6deg by jacking up the yoke of the pioion with my Jack. I will say this, it looks amazing with 2.5" of lift and 35s, but I dont think I have enough clearance to even run the 35s on the road. After we set the angle, we tacked the spring perches in place and pulled the axle out for the final time. Welding is almost complete, and I am going to remove the perches that were used for the SOA and paint it all tomorrow and reinstall. Pics below...I love how good it came out.
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Made some progress over the weekend. Completed the front end suspension. went to install the MORE steering box mount, and could not get a bolt out of my old box to remove the bracket. Ended up unhooking the lines, and removing the old steering box. When I got it on the bench, I realized that it was leaking badly out of the input shaft. I've never rebuilt a power steering box, so I decided to just spend the 161 bucks and get a new one. Picked up the new one yesterday, and returned my old one as a core. I will be installing the steering box this afternoon, and then all that is left to make it drivable is to refill the diffs with new fluid, bleed the brakes, and do a quick tape measure alignment.

Also picked up some new skins for it. Got a steal of a deal on some 33x12.50s (Brand New BFG Mud Terrain KM2s - $700) so that I can get rid of the 35s.

Last pictures are of how it sits with 35s and 2.5" of lift all the way around.
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Got the MORE steering mount installed today with new steering gear box. Got all the lines installed, the mount installed, and the new box in place. Hooked up the steering shaft. Fired the jeep up...no leaks. When I started to cycle the steering, the bell coupling on the end of the shaft came apart. I may rebuild this one or just get a new shaft. At this rate, this jeep will be totally new by the time I am finished. Pics below. All that's left to do after I fix the shaft to put it on the road is bleed brakes and throw a seat in it.
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