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Old August 14th, 2011, 07:53 PM   #141
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hey craig if u need some welding done you know where i live :-)
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Old August 14th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #142
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Guess what showed up on the door step today? All of this Eastwood product, compliments of Matt at Eastwood. Thanks for the sponsorship, Matt. Mira & I both appreciate it greatly!

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Outstanding!!!
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 08:24 PM   #143
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Mira & I would like to thank BJ at RockSolid Performance here in Cedar Springs, Michigan for the project sponsorship via custom machine work on Mira's rear Dana 44 truss. Much appreciated, BJ! The issue was due to the slight difference of placement of the axle vent fitting on an XJ vs. an LJ. The truss is an XJ truss, while the donor Dana 44 axle was pulled from my 2005 LJ.

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Newly-machined hole:
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 08:38 PM   #144
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It's great to see all of these companies chipping in! The build is looking good.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 08:38 AM   #145
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I'm just throwing this out there, but school's coming up quick (or has it already started?) - but I kinda expected a big push during the last few days of summer...
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Old September 4th, 2011, 07:18 PM   #146
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It's great to see all of these companies chipping in! The build is looking good.
We're very thankful for both the company and individual sponsorship support.


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I'm just throwing this out there, but school's coming up quick (or has it already started?) - but I kinda expected a big push during the last few days of summer...
I know, I know. With young kids, there's always something going on, and the Jeep is just one of them. We did work some today on getting the Dana 30 pulled from my '05 LJ, which will be painted and installed as-is (with the exception of getting some LCA skids welded on) in Mira's XJ. Here are a few pics from today's work.

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Here's Mira working on the front D30 shock removal.


A dusty hood is irresistible for an 11-year-old kid.


Mira strikin' a pose in my LJ.


And a close-up. She has a potential for a promising future career in used car sales.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #147
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We ordered, and just received our H.D. Offroad Engineering XJ Shackle Relocation Kit a couple days ago. I stumbled across this set-up over on NAXJA. Because we need a little additional height in the rear (the front will have 2" BB spacers, and this kit adds ~1-1.5"), and to get a better shackle angle and better articulation, I ordered up the kit from Brian over at H.D. Offroad Engineering. There are some offerings from other companies, but this looked the most stout and heavy-duty to me.

Here's what the pre-installed set-up looks like:


Just because I'm a perfectionist , I rounded off all the corners with a grinder & sander, and prepped the shackle relocation kit and the T&T Dana 44 truss for paint. I primed all but the bottom 1/2" of the truss, which will get 3M Weld-Thru primer. I wanted the inside of the truss to be well-protected from the elements.


After the first coat of Eastwood primer...
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Old September 11th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #148
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Old September 11th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #149
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Craig, I wish I was your Daughter. Im jealous.

Nice Jeep Mira, you and your dad do great work.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 10:02 PM   #150
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Old September 11th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #151
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Old September 13th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #152
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Craig do you plan on also running a longer shackle I had a friend who ran a shackle relocation believe it was hd and couldnt use stock shackls bc they bottomed out on the bracke he need to use a lift shackle to get the wider end of the shackle further away from the bracket on compression
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Old September 13th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #153
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Craig do you plan on also running a longer shackle I had a friend who ran a shackle relocation believe it was hd and couldnt use stock shackls bc they bottomed out on the bracke he need to use a lift shackle to get the wider end of the shackle further away from the bracket on compression
My assumption is that you can use a stock, or aftermarket, shackle set-up based on the install photos posted on NAXJA by the guy who builds these (see photo below). I'll have to see where things fall height-wise in the rear before deciding for sure, but I suspect we'll use an aftermarket shackle with a slight amount of lift.

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Old September 13th, 2011, 08:25 PM   #154
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Craig, I wish I was your Daughter. Im jealous.

Nice Jeep Mira, you and your dad do great work.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 08:50 PM   #155
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I concur looks like it'll come out awesome
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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #156
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The HD Offroad Engineering install continues...


Mira is a little apprehensive about using the MAPP Gas torch...can you tell? She's heating the upper shackle bolt to help free it up for removal.


Because I'm a nice dad, and because Mira would have gotten completely bent trying to break the bolt free , I loosened (slightly) the upper shackle bolt, and then turned Mira loose with the 1/2" ratchet.


I mentioned previously that this Jeep build would be full of teaching moments. This is one of them. Teaching moment = Rusty Jeep bolts are a PITB (pain in the butt). Even after I broke it free, and after Mira added heat, the bolt was still somewhat tough to remove. Note the look on Mira's face. After spouting off a few comments in a seriously annoyed tone, I explained to Mira that this WAS a teaching moment, and this is one of the things that us "Jeep folk" deal with on a regular basis. I then became "Mr. Nice Guy" again and removed the bolt the rest of the way for her.


Shackle removed from the mount.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #157
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Here's the upper portion of the HD Offroad Engineering kit in place. It's a tight fit. NOTE: Any high-dollar paint you use on this upper insert portion will be scraped up/off when pressing it in place. Tolerances are tight...nice fit.


Here's the actual multi-position shackle mount bolted in place.


Mira reinstalling the original upper shackle bolt, which now holds the shackle relocation kit in place.



The install is still in-progress, as Mira had to get ready for bed (school night). Also, the stock shackle is a tight fit in the multi-position mount. I'll work on getting it finished up later this week.

Craig
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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:34 PM   #158
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That's a look we all know.

You didn't have a cheater bar for her to lean on? I usually need my 3 foot bar along with my 2 foot ratchet to get those out.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:52 PM   #159
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That's a look we all know.

You didn't have a cheater bar for her to lean on? I usually need my 3 foot bar along with my 2 foot ratchet to get those out.
You know it, Jeff! We didn't have enough clearance underneath for any real length of cheater bar, but I did explain the concept to her with a shorter piece of pipe. She'll have plenty of other opportunities to use one (for example, on the passenger-size install ).

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Old September 20th, 2011, 09:38 PM   #160
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My assumption is that you can use a stock, or aftermarket, shackle set-up based on the install photos posted on NAXJA by the guy who builds these (see photo below). I'll have to see where things fall height-wise in the rear before deciding for sure, but I suspect we'll use an aftermarket shackle with a slight amount of lift.

Craig

i would like to see after all of it is installed thinking about running these but i think i will have to go back to a stock shackle to maintain ride height
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