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Old November 25th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #201
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Back half is stock, added a complete front section and spreaders. The front is also tied into the frame. I've had the steel a couple different times to redo the entire cage but always used it for other (paying) projects. Also want to do new seats and cage at the same time.
O ok because the places you go the front better be strong

That would be nice I need to start with a cage! What size joints and bolts does everyone use for their upper and lower control arms when linking it?
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Old November 26th, 2012, 06:38 PM   #202
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Johnny joints and 1.75x.375 wall DOM. I have one inch shank joints and if I was to do it again I would get the inch and a quarter. I've never broke one but have bent a few shanks.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #203
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Ok thought so. Ya im thinking I want to do 1" shanks on the uppers and 1.25" lowers when I link mine
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Old November 26th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #204
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Ok thought so. Ya im thinking I want to do 1" shanks on the uppers and 1.25" lowers when I link mine
do them all the same so you only need to carry one spare joint and not 2
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #205
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My four lowers and my one front upper are all the same material and length. My rear uppers are 1.5x.25 wall DOM with 3/4 rod ends.
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Good point but the uppers wont see as much stress will they?
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The front one does because its a three link. The rears no. And I'm sure it's overkill on the front even since it doesn't see the impacts the lowers do.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #208
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Good point but the uppers wont see as much stress will they?
If you only have one size joint you only need 1 spare. Just something to think about.

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The front one does because its a three link. The rears no. And I'm sure it's overkill on the front even since it doesn't see the impacts the lowers do.
That's what I was thinking.

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If you only have one size joint you only need 1 spare. Just something to think about.

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Ya I understand that and its good thinking thanks
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Old November 26th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #210
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I bent one of my rear uppers on my very first outing after my build. I got a rock jammed up inside and carried whole weight of the jeep on it.

My next upper links will be the same material as my lowers. I'm tired of repairs where I can avoid it.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #211
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Now I see how they can get bent
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