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Old December 1st, 2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default Exploder SAS - waggy 44 & isuzu 12 bolt

Got two builds going on at once. I've been working on both solely by myself with absolutely no help....mostly because I have no friends
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Anyways, this one is going to be my grocery getter It's a 94 X Limited that was a $300 craigslist special. Had been flopped over in the snow however.....



Proceeded to frankenstein the top together from my first exploder, which was roached out. Also have a door, hood and fender I'll put on from the first one eventually.



Next was mocking in a corp 12 bolt rear axle from a trooper. 6 lug, 3rd member, and 4.56's stock. Generally regarded as a very stout axle. Was a royal PITA dealing with the rusted bushings at the shackles. Finally said screw it and torched away until the rubber was gone. Sat like this for a few months as I was busy moving 3 hrs away.



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Fast forward to the past week..... I finally moved the pile to my new place over turkey day, and more importantly the shop I teach in. Looked like the last pic as of Friday 11/26 afternoon. Only got a few hours in Friday which was mostly getting it situated and the 44 unloaded. Speaking of the 44, got that this summer for $200. Not great, but it was at a local yard and they pulled it by unbolting and not torching. Will have to be regeared and 100% rebuilt.

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Adjustable leaf hanger



Getting close to installed with the pinion angle set. Obviously caster will have to be brought negative with a cut/rotate. Shackle angle is goofy on the drivers side because I changed my mind where to put the mounts. Rear mounts were just tacked in and not braced yet.



Sunday, 11/28/10

Sitting on all 4 again. 42" to the front fender. Rear is bulldog'n a little. Rear perches aren't burned in so I'll make slightly taller ones. 33's will be going away once I spend the money to rebuild the axles. Shooting for 36's, maybe 37's....just depends what I find cheap.



Got abunch of bracing to do still and then stuff like brake lines, shocks and steering. Not sure which way I want to go on steering yet.
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Old December 1st, 2010, 09:09 AM   #3
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Oh and then this was the only issue I've run into with the rear axle...connecting it to a driveshaft. The isuzu uses some stupid ujoint size/specs that nothing else has. Parts guy found a conversion one he thought would work....sure as hell didn't. Ended up taking the 8.8 mounting flange and machining it to fit the isuzu input. Faced the 8.8 piece leaving a flange at the center which resembled how the isuzu piece was. Was tired at this point so I just welded the crap together. Whatever, it'll work



Had to machine the hell out of the center so a 36mm socket would fit though

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Old December 1st, 2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Flexed it out tonight after I got the new rear leaf spring bushings in. How flat should the front shackle be? Contemplating moving the rear mount forward one hole.

The rear shackles I robbed from the first explorer but I think I made them too long...they don't move much and the spring is flat and then starts to invert. Any advantage with going longer then stock? Was thinking going back to close to stock.



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Old December 2nd, 2010, 06:06 PM   #5
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Pretty interesting, not sure Ive seen one of these ran like this before.

and with the rear shackles length probably just gives you lift (and probably messes with pinion angle at same time) probably doesn't hurt the spring to go inverted either i would'nt think
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Yea the long rears add height but at the cost of not much uptravel. They don't move back much, which means they don't move upward much, before the springs are flat. I'll shorten them and put +2" spring perches on. Just have the stock perches sandwiched in there right now. Don't even have a rear driveshaft as I need to get around to putting new u joints in....it's a front wheel drive wonder
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cant wait to see the grand cherokee done
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