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Old October 4th, 2009, 01:32 PM   #241
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looking good the crossover came out nice, and that mount right there ^ isnt going A N Y W H E R E.
Thanks I went murderous overkill with it but I'm going to have some coin relying on that mount It would really bring the suck if it gave way.
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Old October 21st, 2009, 08:06 AM   #242
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So last night I'm getting ready to build bump stop mounts decide to put the shocks in just to make sure everything is going to work out at full bump. So I get to full bump height and I'm not even close to bottoming the shocks out . I double check my 23.5" compressed thats written on my bumper, yeah not so much. It's 21.05" from SAW's website, 23.5" is for the shocks I sold off . So now I have to redo my shock mounts on my coilover hoops How I missed that, I haven't a clue.

So on the passenger side I can get 5.5-6" of uptravel, on the drivers side I can only get 4-4.5" of uptravel before running into my track bar bracket. I took it off and modified it once already to get another 1/2" of travel. Tonight I'm going to cut it another 1/4" which may get me to 5"(not 1:1 ). If I can't get there, is there any reason I shouldn't run my bump stops at different heights on the drivers side and passenger side? The only thing that holds me up on the drivers sides is steering hard to the drivers side. The tie rod contacts the bracket. If the wheels are straight it clears no issues. You can see what I'm dealing with here, this is with the wheel turned until contact, wheels straight, it clears:

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1/2" of shock until bottoming out on the passenger side, shock brackets need to move a little, nothing major on that side:

Tucks up pretty well but the exhaust/front driveshaft is going to bring the suck:


Progress in the wrong direction
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:17 PM   #243
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Tonight I moved the track bar mount up 3/8" and back 1/8". That allowed me to get to full lock to the drivers side at full stuff with 5 1/4" uptravel.


The track bar actually rubs on the diff cover now so I'll have grind a chamfer on the edge of the diff cover, not a big deal

The stock TJ pitman arm limits out just about perfect. The large lug of the ltb is not shown and tires aren't aired down. They might rub but it'll only be a touch if they do.

Redid my coilover tabs and tacked them back on both sides with the shocks actually at full compression this time.



I have to find an upper kingpin cap, the steering side cap is too tall and contacts the C/O spring when flexed. I knew this was going to be an issue so no surprise on that one.
Bumpstops are up next now that I have the shocks in the right spot.
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:44 PM   #244
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just wondering, are you planning on running the stock core support? , i just noticed how far forward your hoops are, the front legs of mine just cover up the whole that on top of the frame...

either way, lookin good
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 12:29 PM   #245
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I've been able to set the grill in with the rad attached without issues(other than the pitman arm wanting to hit the radiator, moving rad up to clear.) but I'm going to have to cut it down about an inch to get the hood to close straight. I straightened the front frame out so the lengths can be decieving when looking at the holes. Hope that kinda answers your question.



Edit: I'm not running the factory core support. Sorry, I read that wrong the first time.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #246
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Last night I made up my bump stop mounts and put them into place. I was able to get to 5" of uptravel at ride height so I'm pretty happy about that. I just started using a different welding helmet.......The HF model is officially retired to upside down or dirty duty. Unbelieveable how much more I can see through a decent helmet .



I ground the weld out from around my fishplate from the beginning of this project and rewelded it. I feel alot better about it taking a load now vs. before.

FINALLY, pictures of the heep sitting on all 4's without assistance




I put the grill/rad/winch and stacked some other weight on the front to get a corner weight for the front. I went from 13.75" to 12" on 350lb springs which puts me at 612lbs per corner in the front. I can call and get upper springs on the way now. Feels good to finally see some progress..........

IR retarded, 14" springs are 12" tall with weight on the springs, 700lb/corner in the front
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:04 PM   #247
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Good to see you making some progress.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:24 PM   #248
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #249
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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #250
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looks sweet on all 4s and those coilovers are beautiful. hahah
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Old October 24th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #251
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Looks good!

Just an FYI, that steering setup chucks back and forth... if you do decide to run it get the polyeurothane spacer from JCR to keep that stuff from moving back and forth when you go left and right.
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Old October 25th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #252
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Just an FYI, that steering setup chucks back and forth... if you do decide to run it get the polyeurothane spacer from JCR to keep that stuff from moving back and forth when you go left and right.
x2 the spacers from jcr make a huge difference. for such a low tech upgrade they have a good solution to help with the twist of the tie rods
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Old October 25th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #253
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Thanks for the tip guys
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Old November 1st, 2009, 07:23 PM   #254
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Winch holes drilled and slotted, grill clearanced for steering box:

Grill secured in position:


Progress going on hold until the ceiling is up to hold the heat in for the winter. 1 up, 21 to go. :
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Little update: My final day of work at my former employer was Friday. I no longer make parts for Jeeps . I recieved a call monday with a job offer for the position I interviewed for 3 times in the prior 3 weeks. I accepted that offer and will start working again monday. I'm happy to find an opportunity in today's job market. I was officially unemployed for 4hrs and 30 minutes The build will continue now that I have the important bills covered.

Last weekend I worked on fixing my mistakes on the rear suspension. Turns out I hit my gas tank crossmember about 1" before full stuff in the rear with the standard 14B diff cover. That sucks because I have a ruffstuff cover that has to go on there. I pulled the suspension down and shortened the arms up about 1/2" and I took the grinder to the crossmember. It clears for now but I have to move my spring perches to be on center again at full bump for the bumpstops. I had to turn down my chevy bumpstops and modify my stock TJ front springs so that the bumpstops will fit in the springs and allow them to "sag out" when crossed up in the rear. I'm going to have to run a limit strap in the center to keep the driveshaft from binding when the rear unloads on both sides. I hope to get the rear bumpstops and springs back in today and have the rear suspension complete. I think I'm done going backwards for now. Hopefully I can make some headway today and thursday/friday.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #256
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Ceiling is done in the shop, I'm going to work on pulling the rear axle out tomorrow to finish the spring perches. I have to weld the shock mounts to the frame and the rear suspension should be ready to go. Not looking forward to the smell from the 14B.......I think it's been sitting for 10+ years

Ordered my radiator today from Summit. Griffin 1-25201-X. It's only 24 wide and 16 tall.
I also had S.Hembree order the fittings needed to plumb my fuel cell in. I'm going to try to get the TJ pump situated in the cell and ready for hookup tomorrow as well. Not much, but it's progress.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:47 PM   #257
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looks tough, i like the low stance, nice work
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looks tough, i like the low stance, nice work
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Old November 13th, 2009, 02:12 AM   #259
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when do you want me to pick it up ?
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Old November 30th, 2009, 01:26 PM   #260
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I haven't check this in a few months due to the new baby. Glad to see you are still making progress. Congrats on the new job.
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