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Old November 13th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Project Tiny TJ *37 krawlers-5.13's-Dana 60-14 bolt* *5.3 th400 np205*

Since it seems like everyone likes pictures ill just start and go along from there

98' TJ 4 cylinder 5 speed I picked up stock- doing all the work myself- not because I'm too cheap to have someone else do it, but because I really enjoy working on my stuff myself so I'll know how to fix it, how much abuse it'll take, and just being able to say hey i did made that.

Few days after i picked it up


Picked up a skyjacker 4 inch lift for a decent price (I'll save you the pictures of bolting on a 4 inch short arm lift, but I put it on myself in about 6 hours) what it looked like after with the 31x10.50's





Went pretty good after that- had a little bit of vibration even with the t-case drop installed, and I didn't like the the idea of dropping it in the first place. While looking at some chop and tap kits seen this deal for some stuff they had on display, but brand new never used 350 for both shipped to my house couldn't pass it up. terra flex ss kit and pro comp driveshaft



This was the only thing I was really scared about doing, never really dove into something this serious. Came out really good, installed it with the t case in jeep- easier than I thought it would be



Picked up a set of 32x10.50r15's for it (used). I'm happy with the stance and performance- I'd have to regear to get any larger tires and still dd it.



Picked up a set of swaybar quick disconnects off another user on here really lets you stuff the tires alot better even with the short arms/bushings...





Ok at this point I got sick of buying stuff to bolt on it... and really wanted to make a stinger style bumper.. I seen some really good designs and decided to get out the welder and burn something together and see if i could save a few bucks at the same time....


Started with some 3/16 plate for the basic shell
got a peice of 1 1/4 schedule 80 pipe for the stinger 7 feet long all together



Wheeling it at the twisted trails pumkin run before completion of bumper








Welded all the way around the d ring mount and put a gusset on each side to help hold it on, and they are hidden when done









Bumper when basically done, need to grind it and clean it up and paint it yet
spent roughly $150 including a spool of welding wire and some griding/cutting disks- alot better than 400-900 for some kind of aftermarket bumper. I didnt design a winch plate into it, but i could have easily made the top plate 1/4 and been would have able to add that if i ditched the sway bar.



Never welded a day in my life before this



And the final jeep/bumper as of 11/13




forgot to add i put an aussie locker in the rear.. works amazing



Got a few things on the list to do...

-Finding a hp d30 with 4.10's
-Making a custom long arm setup for it.
-Making a belly plate up skid and doing a 1 or 2 inch body lift (however much it takes to keep tcase linkage ok) and motor lift at same time
-some kind of electric fan upgrade so i can shut it on/off manually and gain a little hp/mileage (id do it to run automatically)
-4.0l throttle body
-led taillights
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-4.88's and 35's????

Always open for input-hints-idea's.

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Old November 13th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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Looks good. A CJ tailgate looks pretty cool on a lifted Jeep along with some round LED's for the tail lights
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Old November 13th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #3
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those shut up/down instead of swing out?
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Old November 13th, 2010, 08:37 PM   #4
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Yup. Plan on doing one to mine when i find one.
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Old November 14th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #5
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I like how the disconnects worked out for ya man, nice to see the jeep looking good. We ended up going to east jordan and wheeling was an awesome time, besides on the way home I blow the motor up in my tow vehicle. We might be planning a trip to my buddy franks this december sometime so i'll keep you informed
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Old November 16th, 2010, 11:47 AM   #6
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Yea they work great- they make a ton of difference.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #7
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My girlfriends dad got me a sweet vintage high lift jack. I was thinking of getting one, and this is what they got me for a surprise Christmas present ( I think her dad is a keeper )





Gonna try to return it to its former glory.. I used it and it worked remarkably well for appearing to be an older style of jack.





And my jeep is holding up the winter great. Its really not bad with an aussie locker in the back- I've not had near as much trouble as everyone keeps telling me ill have with a jeep and a rear locker as most people say.

My bumper is holding up good to pulling and being pulled
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Old December 28th, 2010, 05:46 PM   #8
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Looks good
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Old December 30th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #9
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I taped off the original writing just to give it some character
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Old December 30th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #10
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did a good job on the hi-lift
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Old December 30th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #11
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I did a flat belly on mine with no body lift. I just had to make a new mounting point for the linkage, it was very easy. I believe aa makes a kit for the linkage also. I did a 1" motor lift and everything worked out great.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #12
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just cleaned it up, wiped it down and spray bombed/clear coated it. gonna have to try it out soon
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Old January 4th, 2011, 01:16 PM   #13
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OK I'm really close to pulling the trigger on getting some flex joints and doing something with them.. just wanted your guys take on them (the basic large size for everything)

Summit machine flex joint 44.99
http://www.summitmachine.com/store/i...int-large.html

Balistic Joint 36.99
http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/...nt_p_1226.html

Or the RE flex joints?

They basically all look the same, all have the same misalignment numbers, is one better than the other? I'm leaning toward the ballistic joint- how do they hold up- how long would last for me (33-35 tires max in the future primary off road/dd vehicle) they all look easily/cheaply rebuildable.

How would these ride on the road with flex joints on both ends of a control arm? or would the gain be negligible for how big my jeep is and id be better off with flex joint/bushing combos.


Also thoughts on suspension design- Im talking about the front only at this time
Should I
A. Buy 4 flex joints and put them on my aftermarket controls arms i already have for the front. Basically short arms with bushings and flex joints

B. Buy either 4 flex joints or 4 busings and 4 flex joints with threaded ends (http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/...nt_p_1636.html) and make a mid/long arm 3 link for the front with the upper link on the passenger side

(Ive been researching it, and have a pretty good idea of all the brackets, parts, and beefing up i would have to do)

Plan B would be nice, but would i see a big enough gain over plan A to justify it for how big my jeep is?

Thanks for any input, and please feel free to tell me any ideas, and why or why not my ideas sound good/bad..
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Some input on my previous post would be appreciated..

But I did get these from a guy in grand rapids, all the cool kids have them..

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i didn't see them mounted at the xmas tree burn. you looked damn funny with the tree's strapped to the front and back. was going to say hi but we took off back into picker valley. i didn't see you around the rest of the day.
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did that guy you got the tires from have a XJ? blue and black?

those might be my old tires.
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How long did the tera-flex SS kit take you to do. I want to do one, but I'm a little hesitant to it my self as well.
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i didn't see them mounted at the xmas tree burn. you looked damn funny with the tree's strapped to the front and back. was going to say hi but we took off back into picker valley. i didn't see you around the rest of the day.
Haha! that was half the fun. getting them to the place like that.. And just got them on Monday..hopefully have them on some rims for the dog party.. then i can get in way over my head following you guys around

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did that guy you got the tires from have a XJ? blue and black?

those might be my old tires.
He had a bronco, was right down town grand rapids maybe 10 mins off alpine/west river drive
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oh maybe not my old ones then.
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How long did the tera-flex SS kit take you to do. I want to do one, but I'm a little hesitant to it my self as well.
This was the first time I did something like this,kept the t case in the jeep, pulled the d shafts, took the skid plate off. T case came apart pretty easy, had a little issue with a snap ring hiding behind the rear seal.. But it only took about 3 hours

-Make sure to hose off under your jeep
-Get everything you need (snap ring pliers, rtv, fluid's)

I really was kinda scared going into it, looking back it was nothing to be worried about if you are mechanically inclined.
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