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Old May 9th, 2014, 11:14 AM   #461
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I just bought the 24x16 instead of the 24x18 and didn't worry about it.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #462
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If there were space I would have, but I wasn't able to angle it much. I tried. Leaning the top back put it into the fan and leaning the bottom forward interfered with the grill, steering shaft collar/bolt, and lines. In other words, I wasn't able to tilt it enough to make a difference. I'm much happier with it this way.
That's all that matters. I know I'd be kicking myself if I put something through my radiator after making it custom.

Keep on 'er. I love this build

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Old May 9th, 2014, 11:21 AM   #463
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I just bought the 24x16 instead of the 24x18 and didn't worry about it.
Yeah that probably would've worked better. My initial rough measurements told me it'd work, but it ended up tighter than I'd like.

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That's all that matters. I know I'd be kicking myself if I put something through my radiator after making it custom.

Keep on 'er. I love this build

I'm ready to start a new build... once I get into a house.
Yeah hopefully that won't be an issue. I haven't damaged a radiator before, so hopefully it stays that way. Not like I can't do the same mod on a new one again if need be.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 11:30 AM   #464
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That's all that matters. I know I'd be kicking myself if I put something through my radiator after making it custom.
It sucks either way. Lol
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Old May 9th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #465
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It sucks either way. Lol
Good point, I don't typically carry a tig with me wheeling though
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Old May 9th, 2014, 01:09 PM   #466
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Good point, I don't typically carry a tig with me wheeling though
I also don't usually wheel next to a summit racing, so I'd be SOL either way.
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Old May 10th, 2014, 10:00 AM   #467
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Made the upper radiator mount last night:

The angle iron piece will get trimmed down more I think, but I left it like that for now so I have options for mounting the fan shroud.
Functionally I think the setup will work fine but I'm not a big fan of the look. Haven't come up with any better ideas yet that wouldn't be a pain in the ass...anybody else have any ideas?

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Old May 10th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #468
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How about upright mounts on each side of the radiator coming up from the frame rails?

Just as another option, but that should work as well.
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Old May 10th, 2014, 09:22 PM   #469
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Did you get a TIG?
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How about upright mounts on each side of the radiator coming up from the frame rails?

Just as another option, but that should work as well.
Yep that could work too. I also considered off the coilover hoops. Every other option seemed like more trouble than it's worth. This setup should work fine and is growing on me, so hopefully I can just leave it alone.

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Sadly, no. We just got a really nice one at work though. A coworker who does a lot of custom cars and motorcycles welded it for me. I badly need to get some time in on that thing so I can get proficient at it. This is the first time somebody else has welded on one of my rigs since I had the XJ. I'm probably gonna modify my fuel cell so I can run full exhaust, so I better hurry up and learn.
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Old May 20th, 2014, 08:28 AM   #471
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Front cage tie-ins are in place:


They're not the most insanely high clearance ones ever, but the strength is there.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 08:15 AM   #472
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Slow going as usual, but cage tie-ins are done.

More things are getting crossed off the list, and most of what's left are smaller and easier things.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #473
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Made some good progress the past few days.

Grill mount:


Front tow points:


Bumper almost done, gotta weld some more and add the removable winch plate and braces:

I was thinking about adding a grill hoop and small light bar, but I think I'll hold off for now. I can always add them later without much trouble.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 10:49 PM   #475
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Done yet?
I wish Currently trying to have it ready for a shakedown run at Scott's pig roast. Gonna be tough, but I'm trying. As much as I hate the heat I worked on it again tonight:


Not sure yet how much additional bracing I'm gonna add to it. It's pretty stout as it is, and the winch plate will have some bracing added too, but the whole thing can obviously see lots of stress. I seem to remember @benny87 twisting his up pretty good, but I don't plan to get into the situations he does either.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 06:11 AM   #477
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I was thinking about adding a grill hoop and small light bar, but I think I'll hold off for now. I can always add them later without much trouble.
Just add the hoop the day before you flop it- that's what I would do.
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Just add the hoop the day before you flop it- that's what I would do.

I'm not worried about flops or even light rolls, just going over hard onto the roof. I'm not even convinced I'm gonna wheel it hard enough to worry about it.....if I start heading down that path I'll add one hopefully before I need it.
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After way too much time spent and a brief vacation the bumper and winch mount are finally done. As usual, nowhere near on schedule....

Bumper skin is all 3/16", winch plate is all 1/4", and lots of gussets and support were added throughout.


With my wheelbase stretch and relocated steering box I still managed to keep the bumper only about 1" further forward than stock. I'm pretty happy with that, I didn't want a duck bill hanging off the front.
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