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Old May 12th, 2012, 11:11 AM   #101
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Old May 12th, 2012, 01:52 PM   #102
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 07:18 AM   #103
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It wasn't in the plan for another couple years until the next upgrade in tire size, but this fell into my lap this week and I couldn't pass it up. It's an 86-88 Ford kingpin HP60 - originally a DRW and it came with the SRW hubs.

The plan is shorten the long side a few inches, convert it to 5x5.5, spool and 35 spline inners/outers with lock-outs. I guess I have a new project now

Anyone need caliper brackets and/or calipers? I need a spindle if anyone has one they want to sell.

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Old July 6th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #104
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I was at Rock Solid Performance last week talking with BJ and he was looking my Jeep over. When we were under the hood I was showing him that my air cleaner was crappy and was sucking in all the hot air off my radiator causing my IAT to always be high and often be in the red. I told him my plans were to use some tubing to bring the air cleaner to the rear away from the radiator, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. He walk back in the shop and handed me a piece of tube he used on his XJ with the V8. I will check the IAT his weekend to see how much better it is. Thanks BJ, you rock!

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Old July 8th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #105
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I was at Rock Solid Performance last week talking with BJ and he was looking my Jeep over. When we were under the hood I was showing him that my air cleaner was crappy and was sucking in all the hot air off my radiator causing my IAT to always be high and often be in the red. I told him my plans were to use some tubing to bring the air cleaner to the rear away from the radiator, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. He walk back in the shop and handed me a piece of tube he used on his XJ with the V8. I will check the IAT his weekend to see how much better it is. Thanks BJ, you rock!

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NP, glad to see you put it to use.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 05:46 PM   #106
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I took my SRW D60 hubs over to Rock Solid Performance and had them turned down and re-drilled to 5x5.5. I'm planning to stay with the rear 9" and keep the 15" wheels/tires for a while. The hubs turned out really nice.

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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #107
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Hey John its Ross, Mitch's buddy(from rocks and valleys) and I finally found your "build" thread lol...
I also uploaded those videos i took when we were there and you can watch a couple of em on my youtube channel. Here's the link:
Great build and record keeping :)
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Old August 21st, 2012, 11:42 AM   #108
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I was at Rock Solid Performance last week talking with BJ and he was looking my Jeep over. When we were under the hood I was showing him that my air cleaner was crappy and was sucking in all the hot air off my radiator causing my IAT to always be high and often be in the red. I told him my plans were to use some tubing to bring the air cleaner to the rear away from the radiator, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. He walk back in the shop and handed me a piece of tube he used on his XJ with the V8. I will check the IAT his weekend to see how much better it is. Thanks BJ, you rock!

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I'd still add some shielding to that, maybe fab some kind of airbox. Instead of drawing hot air off the radiator you'll now be getting it off the exhaust manifold, and the hot engine comparment in general.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 06:50 PM   #109
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Hey John its Ross, Mitch's buddy(from rocks and valleys) and I finally found your "build" thread lol...
I also uploaded those videos i took when we were there and you can watch a couple of em on my youtube channel. Here's the link:
Great build and record keeping :)
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Thanks Ross! Bummer my day ended there...


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I'd still add some shielding to that, maybe fab some kind of airbox. Instead of drawing hot air off the radiator you'll now be getting it off the exhaust manifold, and the hot engine comparment in general.
I plan to make some sort of shield, but it does work a lot better already.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:30 AM   #110
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I finally got around to doing the Dodge master cylinder upgrade. I actually have had the master lying around since last winter. If I knew how easy it was I would have done it a long time ago. I used a 99 Dodge 2500/3500 master cylinder. Total time was less than three hours and I think it could be done in close to two hours. The brakes are now nothing short of amazing; pedal feel is stiff and all the way up. It feels like stopping a car even with the heavy 38 SXs. I am using Chevy -3/4 ton calipers front and rear.

Total parts for the upgrade:
Master cylinder from Advance $63.00
Brake fluid $ 7.00
x 20 x 2 bolt $ .30
Total ~$70.00

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Jeep XJ master on the bottom, Dodge on the top.



Cut the head off the x 20 bolt and round it off. Removed the Jeep pedal pushrod bolt and installed my bolt. Made couple quick adjustments to get the length right.




Heres where the Jeep lines ended up.



A little tweaking and the jeep lines are still usable.




Old vs. new. When the hood is closed it just barely clears the cap on the new master.


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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:37 AM   #111
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Aren't those hood struts a godsend? I have those on mine, total nirvana. I also want to do the booster/master upgrade on mine. Keep picking at it.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #112
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Very nice, John. I did the 1500 M/C (mY be the same as yours) upgrade on my LJ, and the braking was excellent. Like you said...very way upgrade, and well worth the time & money.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:58 AM   #113
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Looks good. Kinda bummed, doesn't look like it will fit with my C/O hoops.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 02:09 PM   #114
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Aren't those hood struts a godsend? I have those on mine, total nirvana. I also want to do the booster/master upgrade on mine. Keep picking at it.
They are and you won't be sorry you spent the 70 bucks on this upgrade.

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Very nice, John. I did the 1500 M/C (mY be the same as yours) upgrade on my LJ, and the braking was excellent. Like you said...very way upgrade, and well worth the time & money.
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Looks good. Kinda bummed, doesn't look like it will fit with my C/O hoops.
Thanks. I'd be happy to take measurements or pics for you if it helps.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #115
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Sweet, I have one waiting to go on mine. I am going from a yj mc though. I'm hoping the lines will still work, like yours did. Good to know I need this = x 20 x 2 bolt THANKS!!
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Old November 26th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #116
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Sweet, I have one waiting to go on mine. I am going from a yj mc though. I'm hoping the lines will still work, like yours did. Good to know I need this = ¼ x 20 x 2 ½ bolt THANKS!!
Your going to use a yj master cylinder?
Why? Mine just barely moved enough fluid for the zj discs in the back
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Your going to use a yj master cylinder?
Why? Mine just barely moved enough fluid for the zj discs in the back
No, I am going "from" a yj mc to a dodge 2500 mc... My rear axle has mid 80's s-10 front calipers = not enough fluid either.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 04:37 PM   #118
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I had a pretty good day out in my shop today. I managed to get the front passenger side frame built and welded in. I am very happy with how it turned out. I still need to do the drivers side but I need to think about it a little more. I want to move my steering box forward about 2. I used 3/16 which some say is overkill, but I want something I can build off in the future.

Pattern I started with - one for each side



Drilled a bunch of holes and squeezed it into shape



Cut the bottom pieces and tacked it together





Filled the holes and stitched the edges



A little paint and its done

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Very nice! I wish I would have done that before putting the coil-overs in. Looks like your building a bumper out of them too?
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Very nice! I wish I would have done that before putting the coil-overs in. Looks like your building a bumper out of them too?
Thanks, hopefully someday I will be able to do the CO's too. I am also doing a bumper this winter.
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