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Old March 23rd, 2014, 10:20 PM   #421
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You can rotate the TRE's on the tie rod in opposite directions, that helps a little bit with slop. Also could make some sort of poly or delrin "bushing" that goes between the knuckle and rubber boot to take up any slop. I just rotated mine, seems to work ok.
I had good luck with just rotating the tre's.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 07:05 AM   #422
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I haven't had any issues with that steering setup but I only hit soft things and cruise to the mall so that's probably the reason. No loose jam nuts either.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 07:35 AM   #423
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I had jam nuts loosen up even with the TRE's rotated. But a quick tack weld solved that problem.
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I take it a high steer arm would interfere with stuff... even if you. Had it bolt to the underside of an angled one
Correct. It would've had a snowball effect on geometry changes and made packaging everything much more difficult. I have extremely tight clearances as it is and that would have made several of them even worse; primarily the track bar.

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Old March 25th, 2014, 08:06 AM   #425
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Added some A-to-B and B spreader bars last night in preparation for my seat mounts.


I'm keeping the seats fairly low compared to stock. Partly for head room to the cage, partly cuz the factory ones sit obnoxiously high to begin with. Visibility will still be good, I'm not putting them on the floor or anything.
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Old March 25th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #426
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Old April 9th, 2014, 07:40 AM   #427
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Had a bit of a delay due to being sent to Cali for work, but I'm back at it now. Seats are in. I did fixed mounts, I don't see the need for sliders since I'll be the only one driving it. Not like it's hard to drill a few more holes if need be.

Rear seat bar is shown in previous post, here's the front seat bar:

Actual seat mounts are angle iron notched to fit the tubes. Simple, easy, and effective.

I debated how to do the bar(s) for shoulder belts. A simple horizontal bar works for many people, but I personally hate the look. I like multiple tubes to intersect at the same node, I hate having a random tube end in the middle of another, which is exactly what horizontal harness mounts typically do on the B pillar. Running it to the node at the top of the tub would've placed it too low. I thought of a few other ways to do it, but nothing I was very happy with..... Soooo I did it another way. I didn't really need more triangulation, but it can't hurt, looks good, adds strength, and ends up running right between the harness cutouts in the seats so will be perfect for mounting the shoulder belts to:


Bent to maximize clearance:


Headroom is pretty good, that was my biggest concern. If I contort my neck enough I can make contact with it, which offroad or in a hard roll I'm sure means I'd hit my head. I'll put a pad on it and call it good.


Typical joint at the bottom:


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Old April 9th, 2014, 07:44 AM   #428
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Looks nice Sean.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:17 AM   #429
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I like how that cage looks.
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How does your 5 points mount? Is it by tab or loop through the cage? Are you still going to have horizontal tubes to tie into B pillar for them to mount to?
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How does your 5 points mount? Is it by tab or loop through the cage? Are you still going to have horizontal tubes to tie into B pillar for them to mount to?
They mount with tabs. I'm not running horizontal tubes for mounting, I'm gonna integrate something into the diagonal bars I just added, but I haven't decided exactly how I'm gonna do it yet. I'll probably either add some tabs to the bar(1 on each side of the bar), or I was thinking about maybe running a 1/2" ID sleeve through the diagonal tube running horizontally front-to-rear, with a 1/2" bolt through that with the harness tabs mounting to the back side of the sleeve. They'd be sharing the same mount, but I don't see the force being an issue, especially in that configuration.
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Looks nice!

Love the selfie, too!
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Old April 9th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #433
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Looks nice!

Love the selfie, too!
Thanks! I expected more comments on the selfie to be honest.....the gl4x4 crew must be slacking
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Old April 10th, 2014, 12:15 AM   #434
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Serous selfie

Seriously I like it though
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More progress. The cage is pretty much DONE! Added harness and seat belt mounts(I'll run factory belts for street and cruising, and have 5 point cam lock harnesses for "extreme" stuff), windshield bars, etc.

Simple shoulder harness mount


Seat mounts and lap/submarine belt mounts








Next up: install the fuel cell, cradle, and cover.
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Old April 14th, 2014, 07:04 AM   #438
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Old April 14th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #439
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Old April 17th, 2014, 07:35 AM   #440
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Thanks guys.

I've been lazy and unmotivated this week, but worked on it last night anyway. Started getting the fuel cell situated.

It should sit just about here:




It's an RCI 2162, not the 2161 that most Jeep guys put back there. Instead of 12" tall and 9" wide, it's 9" tall and 12" wide.....I wanted to sink it down and minimize intrusion into the already small cargo area.
I'm glad I decided to drop it through the tub. Very little clearance loss, and in an area that shouldn't be an issue since it's forward of the tires. Still, it'll be surrounded/suspended by a 1/4" angle iron frame and will have a 3/16" skidplate underneath just to be safe.
The tub lost a surprising amount of structure by cutting that section out, but I'll be building new wheelwells and a cover for the fuel cell and will make sure to add the necessary support back in at that point. Most of the problem is probably that the C pillar mounts are also acting as body mounts, rather than the original floor crossmembers....I may add something down there too.

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