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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:15 AM   #1
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For about a year I have been gathering parts etc.. to re-start this project =
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I hope to finish it this time .
Anyways, Scott was a good guy to deal with and I hope he and everyone else here will help me keep from screwing this up. I am working on pictures and know I need to get them to really get good input.

I currently have:
Mounted the 5.3, 4L60E, NP231 in the frame.
Installed 35" BFG M/T's.
Removed the tub.

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Biggest problems to work through right now are suspension questions. The rear 4-link needs to be moved forward aprox. 4-5" to allow an under frame fuel tank. I can not have the tank in the tub (to much other stuff I need to carry in there).

Next step = move rear axle forward.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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Another question? How do I attach a 4-link calculator to the thread?

CURRENT REAR =


SHRINK 4" REAR =
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Old October 15th, 2009, 08:50 AM   #3
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The rear 4-link needs to be moved forward aprox. 4-5" to allow an under frame fuel tank. I can not have the tank in the tub (to much other stuff I need to carry in there).

have you checked out some different tank shapes or configs ? maybe splitting the difference and moving it up just enough to clear - eg. a partial hump in the tub so you still have space for your junk

just thinking . . . . it looks good the way it sits
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #4
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Sometimes it's the easy things that get overlooked
Thread here:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...k+modification

Fookie, just saw that you posted in that Pirate thread I'll go away now
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Old October 15th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #5
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Another question? How do I attach a 4-link calculator to the thread?


Make the calculator the current window with what you want captured visible on the screen, press Alt+Print Scrn. Open up MS Paint and press Ctrl+V. Save as a .jpg or your favorite suffix and then attach as an image here.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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Make the calculator the current window with what you want captured visible on the screen, press Alt+Print Scrn. Open up MS Paint and press Ctrl+V. Save as a .jpg or your favorite suffix and then attach as an image here.
Well, I tried doing it above, but the image sucks??? I will try againg tomorow.


Also, I know about modifying the fuel skid and tank. I will have to do that as well. Right now the rear is stretched ~ 7" and I hope to keep it stretched ~ 3"????

Thanks for the comments.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #7
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if you need a custom fuel cell built to clear everything let me know. i am a fully certified pipe welder and can weld aluminum, stainless steel, or black steel.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 06:49 AM   #8
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I "think" this is better? I have shown where it is now and aprox. where it would be if I just shortened all of the links 4".

Hope to cut them down this weekend and would greatly appreciate any input I could get before hand.

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I'd try to get a couple more inches of vertical frame seperation by moving the upper link frame mounts up if it's possible. $0.02
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Old October 16th, 2009, 09:38 AM   #10
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I'd try to get a couple more inches of vertical frame seperation by moving the upper link frame mounts up if it's possible. $0.02
Thanks!!!! It was in the lowest hole so this is ~ where it would be if I went to the top hole. Thanks ALOT for your time and input .




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Old October 19th, 2009, 11:06 AM   #11
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Look a big stupid mud jeep.=] just kiddin keep up the good work.
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Old October 19th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #12
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i had the same problem with my jeep. i cut a hole in my floor and put the tank half way through, the pig dosent even come close to hitting it, i built a small box around it to enclose it. the back seat still fits in its stock location.and i could still put stuff behind the seat.
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Chopped 4" from each of the rear links, re-tapped etc.. Now the tank and skid plate will fit with some "minor" modification. I was unfortunately not willing to cut the inside of the tub and would rather work around it.

Next = Try to allign it a little and start working on driveshafts, exhaust, fuel & brake lines etc.... Also need to do bump stops, spring retainers and limiting straps. Might only need limiting straps in the front?

Will try to get pictures soon. Exhaust is going to be tight. Not alot of spare time to work on it though.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 08:18 AM   #17
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Fuel tanks are overrated. I owned that jeep for a couple years and never needed one. Post pics of your changes!
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Old October 30th, 2009, 11:08 AM   #18
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Any bets on when the Part-out starts
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He will part it when hes gotta the next great idea for a rig.
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