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Old October 2nd, 2011, 10:22 PM   #81
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Well..... hows the progress comin?
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 02:21 PM   #82
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Nothing really, got that welder plasma cutter and I've been building a stand for it and the argon tank for the tig welder. I got the johnny joints for the front so once I get the fox shocks from a guy on pirate I'll be able to get the front in, I'm cutting the right side of the housing so I can get my lower control arm mount on there.
Once I sell my boat here this week I hope I'll order rear air shocks and get that all put together. I'll have more updates prolly this weekend.
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Old October 4th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #83
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Well the big brown xmas truck came again today with me lightly used 2.0 14in travel fox air shocks, I did some work today with the lower control arm mounts on the axle. I need to get a piece bent up to build my front truss then I'll be able to get the front all in. Then need to find another set of 14in travel air shocks for the rear and that'll go in pretty easy.
Heres a pix of the shocks. They look to be in good working order I just need to get em fill with nitrogen
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Old October 6th, 2011, 12:46 PM   #84
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So a stock TJ's wheelbase is something like 93inchs I got both the axle centered under the jeep where I want em to sit and I'm looking at 98 to 99inch wheelbase. I didn't really plan for a stretch but I figured a little can't hurt. I would like the front out a little more and since I'm going with air shocks I'll be able to play with that a little. I'm wondering why ppl want to stretch it so far, I think around 99in to 100in would be just fine. I'll take a pix with the axle sittin under there.
I still need to make my upper frame mounts for the rear. I'm going to do shock hoops in the front and boxes in the rear for the rear. Which I'll make. I'm almost thinking bout buy trusses front and rear from poly performance, they have some nice ones. The front one looks perfect for what I need and the rear one would work out great for me too so I'm thinking just spend some more money and buy that stuff. If I did buy it I think I'd get it done alot faster. So I might end u doing that.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 04:56 PM   #85
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The extra wheelbase helps a bunch for steep climbs. I did 98" for awhile and now I am at 104" and its night and day differance. But I really want to be 110". It becomes so much more stable when you need to mash the skinny pedal on those near vertical climbs.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #86
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Well looks like I might have to plan on a little stretch then, I would like to push the front out to where my tires stick out in front of my bumper. So I guess I'll be cutting my rear frame for the stretch soon then. Man this just made a lot more work
This is gunna turn out nice tho I'm gunna do shit right
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Old October 7th, 2011, 10:32 AM   #87
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I'm going to shoot for 103in wheelbase, I'm going to have to lengthen both my front and rear arms which should be to hard I can get tubing to do that. With not having my gas tank in the rear that will work good for clearance there I'm going to have to move my front track bar out a little bit which I expected that anyways. Lot of shit to get done damn, its gunna take awhile.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 10:56 AM   #88
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Would it be easier to move the arm mount on the frame?
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:27 AM   #89
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The mounts I have are the rough county mount that came with the long arm so it spans the whole length of my skid plate. So I'd have to take that out cut both ends and weld it to the frame. Not sure if thats easier. My rear uppers need to be lengthened anyways to mount em even with my lower arms on the frame.

Ok so I went out and got it sitting where I want the axles its gunna be at 101 to 102inches. The rear is going back 3 to 4 inchs and the front is moving bout 4 1/2inches. I already had to lengthen my rear arms but now I'm just going to do the front lowers since the uppers bolt to them. Prolly push lengthen them 4 to 5 inches so I can have the joints screwed in bout 4 to 5 inches into the arm. So once I sell my boat I'll order up the front truss and get them arms lengthened and get the rears done too. Just waiting on the extra cash, gotta pay a mortgage and the bills too so. That guys is supposed to get here within a week so I'll be ordering stuff soon after

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Old October 8th, 2011, 06:30 AM   #90
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So what are you doing with your steering? Moving your front axle foward that far might create an issue.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 06:31 AM   #91
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Full hydrolic I already have the orbital valve just need the ramp and a new pump
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Old October 12th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #92
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So I went and checked how my hubs were coming along, Oh man these are gunna look good. They cut off the outer wheel mounting surface, then are machining that down to fit in the rim, then they are going to clean up the outer WMS and weld it to the inner part of the hub that bolts to the rotor. I will then drill the holes in the inner hub where it once bolted to the rotor and make em so the studs go right thru and I have SRW hubs now.
Its gunna be so nice damn. I'm paying 150 bucks for them to do all that work. They looked good when I saw em today. So I think they are going to turn out real nice.
I'll be ordering up some trusses hopefully after this weekend so that'll get things moving, get my joints for the rear and lengthen my arms. Should come together nicely.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 07:52 PM   #93
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Glad to hear its coming along nicely
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #94
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What is the benefit of changing the drw hubs to srw hubs the way you are doing it, seems like you have more money into them rather than just getting some d50 ttb hubs or some d 60 ones. Just wondering.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 09:29 PM   #95
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Just really that I'm taking what I have and making it work, with the way the new wheel mounting surface is gunna be mounted on there I just think it'll be cool to say that I had that done instead of just buying new. New SRW hubs are over 300 bucks for a set. So I dont wanna do that, this works for me.

I'm going to pick up a motor for my truck 2moro but soon I'll be cutting my arms and getting the tube to lengthen them, rear 5in so I still have alot of thread in the joint, and the front about 6in again so I have more thread in the joint. I'll get the tube to go inside then the tube to go over it and complete my lengthened arms.
Sounds good to me.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 12:46 AM   #96
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Well haven't done much, been working on getting my plow truck running. Replaced the motor and am just getting all the little stuff done now so once that's done I'll start back up on the jeep.
Gotta lengthen all the arms which should be too hard
Buy a front truss to mount upper arm joints
Front shock hoops and rear shock towers
Make a rear truss
Then steering pump and getting that all plumbed together
Also install gears in both axles, have fronts and spool for rear just need gears for rear axle
That's about it and I'll be back wheeling
sounds like a lot but if i break it down into little tasks I think I can get it done before Dog party, Not that I'm going just to have it done by then. Its a mad house out there that day so screw that.
I'll be updating soon hopefully in gears installed once plow truck is done.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #97
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i miss this jeep. looks like your having fun with it.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #98
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Its been good to me, once I finish my driving truck I'll get back to work on this. Still have the 2.5L in it tho
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Old October 9th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #99
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I would imagine it has been good to you it was well cared for.
I figured the 2.5 was still in it it was brand new lol
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Old October 9th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #100
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I would imagine it has been good to you it was well cared for.
I figured the 2.5 was still in it it was brand new lol
Holy crap! How you been!
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