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Old January 6th, 2011, 10:47 PM   #81
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So then what is the truck itself? You listed alot of parts and said sold both eb's......
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Old January 6th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #82
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Old January 7th, 2011, 08:29 AM   #83
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Didn't realize you still had it .

Look forward to seeing some build shots.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #84
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Not much of an update, but I got to spend a few hours in the garage. I spent the majority of that time cleaning, but did layout out the front fender cuts. I bought some cheap 40's for the time being, and used them to get an idea of the stance and clearance I'll need. I'm planning on pushing the front axle 3-4" forward, and using minimal lift. The core support will get trimmed along the bottom, and I'm thinking I'll be trimming the grill just below the headlights and using headlights with intigrated turn signals. Something like these....

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You'll see in the last couple pics, I didn't trim the bottom below the grill yet. I'll remove the bumper next time i'm out there and figure out how I want to finish the front. For now, I just cut the front straight down. I think the ride height will be close to where it is in the pics, maybe an inch or two higher. I think I'm going to bring the top front a little farther forward and tighten up the radius... maybe I'm being picky...









I'm planning on spending at least a few hours a week out there to keep this thing moving, it's been sitting way too long. After I cut the other side, I'll clean up the front 60 and get it mocked in with the duff radius arms and figure out where my spring buckets need to go.

That's it.... pretty lame, but it's something.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:45 PM   #85
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Those headlights are sweet!
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Old February 12th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #86
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woohoo... two weeks in a row.

More trimming, and playing with the front. Decided to trim down the front bumper, can't afford to buy one and don't have the tools to build one, so I trimmed it down to match the cut on the grill. Plus, by keeping the front bumper, I get to keep the sweet license plate

Here are some before and after shots of the front mod.

















Also trimmed the rear. Had to cut it a little smaller than the front to miss the gas door on the drivers side.

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I'm really thinking it's sitting at about ride height. Maybe an inch or two low in the rear right now, we'll see.

I pulled the front axle back out to clean it up and remove all the brackets. That will be next on the list and then moving the spring buckets and mounting up the Duff radius arms.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 08:08 AM   #88
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Thanks Rich.

I'm swapping to a different set of axles, so I'm holding off on any cutting or grinding for now. The new axles will basically bolt in... saving me the work of going through them, and adding on the wedges.

I'm going to be out of town alot over the next few weeks, so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do, but I'm hoping to get the drivers side cut to match, and then swap out my rear springs and do a shackle flip. I'll hopefully have the axles by that time and be able to locate the front and get it bolted in. Then it's steering, brakes, driveshafts and shocks.... I have a full family cage that needs to be welded in too. plus the dozens of other little details that will pop up as I go. This could be the year!

Also, need someone around GR to blast some aluminum wheels for me. Anyone have contact or the resources in the area please let me know.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 03:14 PM   #89
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Looking good.


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Old March 5th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #90
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Not much to update. I pulled the spring bucket off the frame on the passenger side as well as the shock mounts, flapped wheeled it quick and threw some new paint on it. even though this thing has been in michigan for 10 years, I can tell it was from California. So far all the fasteners have come out easily. I'm moving the spring buckets 3" forward. Looks like I can use the front shock mount holes, and drill two new ones. Should be pretty straight forward. I was hoping to have the duff arms mounted this weekend and the front axle in place, but I have an issue with the wedges on my new axle. They are too wide to fit correctly with the c-bushings. The way I see it, I have four options.

1) build a 3/4" spacer to allow the c-bushings to seat properly. Simple machined part, but I would have to find someone else to make it.

2) Cut off the wedges and grind them down and weld them back on at the proper width. Lot of tedious work to end up back at a sub par design.

3) Cut off the wedges and build a new mount to attach the duff arms. Would eliminate the need for c-bushings, simplifying the mount and eliminating a wear item.

4) sell the duff arms and build a three link. The most expensive, but probably the best performing the same amount of work as 3, plus a third frame mount.

I'm tempted to do the simple spacer to get the damn thing together, but at the same time, it's been sitting for about two years, should I take the extra time and do it right.....

Here are a couple of pictures, nothing special. Mounts removed from the frame, now nice and clean....



and I picked up a set of mickey thompson classic 2's. They're a bit rough and I didn't want polished wheels, so I tried a quick coat of semi flat black to see if I'll like them black.


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actually back on this thing.... picked up a miller pro mig 180, and I've got the front steering coming back together. A guy at work is helping me build some new front axle mounts for the duff radius arms. I need to drill out my pitman arm and trim the drag link and trac bar now that the axles is centered up. Then on to the rear. I'm building new spring hangers and shackle mounts to inboard the rears. Then on to the fun stuff... breaks and drive shafts.

I'll post some pics later this week.

I'm pushing to support the big guy on 6/11....
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 11:50 PM   #92
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Sweet. If there is anything i can do let me know. Im not working and have alot of free time.
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Sweet. If there is anything i can do let me know. Im not working and have alot of free time.
Thanks Collin.... but seams kind of backwards.... we're all supposed to be helping you.

Actually, one thing I did forget about, is front shock hoops. I have an idea of what I think they need to look like, but need to get the axle set and at ride height to figure out actual dimensions.

I have gotten some more done, but nothing real picture worthy. I spent a couple of hours today doing the rear spring mounts and shackle mounts. Turned out pretty good I think.





The goal is cheap and simple. Everything is 1/4" wall, shackle mountes are 2x4, and the front spring mount is 4x4 tube.



My welds are getting better, not the prettiest, but good penetration... part of the issue with these was just positioning right so I wasn't at an akward angle. Still VERY happy with the new welder. Can't imagine needing anything more.

Next fab project will be the front axle mounts. I have my cardboard template drawn up, but I'm thinking there will be a couple of changes, and I need another short piece of 1 3/4"x 1/4" wall DOM for the bushings. Hoping to cut the tricky parts tomorrow with the plasma at work, then finish up the bracket and spring mount this weekend.

It's amazing how quickly things can come together just having the right tools.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #95
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Thanks Jim

Got my front mounts cut last friday but haven't had any time in the garage since. Planning on getting back out there tomorrow evening. Need to finish cleaning up the axle, then I can weld up the front monts and get the axle in place.
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dissapointing night. The front brackets I was working on are not going to work. At this point, I think I would be better off putting my time into a three link instead of trying to cobble up a bracket to work with the Duff arms. soooo.... they are up for sale. Great for a sas or upgrade for your ford.

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Next chapter. simple clean and nothing custom.

07 JKU Sahara. 35" KM2's on 17" soft 8's and 2.5" Rock Krawler. Done..........For now.

















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that looks sweet!

i've been tossing around the idea of getting soft 8's for our 4 door jk but wasnt sure how much i'd like them.

what is the back space on them?
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that looks sweet!

i've been tossing around the idea of getting soft 8's for our 4 door jk but wasnt sure how much i'd like them.

what is the back space on them?
Thanks, I'm happy with how it turned out.

Either 4 or 4.5", but I'm still running 1.5" spacers that I had installed to run the stock wheels, so they're sticking out a little further. I'm not sure If I'll keep them or not.
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