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Old April 2nd, 2011, 12:02 PM   #41
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Craig, my last two antirocks I simply cut like 2" off each end of the threaded rod to solve that problem. There is still some adjustability left after you cut them down, but only if you go with more lift.

Can't find any good pics with the first Jeep, but here is the second.. (2" of lift)


Be watchful of the lowest point of your front fender as with lots of stuffage the arm could potentially get into your fender.. (my only example of the words I speak)
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 06:16 PM   #42
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Craig, my last two antirocks I simply cut like 2" off each end of the threaded rod to solve that problem. There is still some adjustability left after you cut them down, but only if you go with more lift.
Thanks for the input. Even trimming down the one I have wouldn't give me a short enough link to keep the arms parallel to the ground. I'll keep the ones I have in case I go bigger down the road (but I have no intentions of doing so). I'll order the shorter links tomorrow.


Project update...
Thanks to a tip from a new Jeep buddy (and selling a few things on craigslist this weekend for the funds), I picked up a set of pretty nice H2 wheels located just about 15 minutes from my house. I will have to have the centers machined out to fit over the D70U hubs, though. If anyone has suggestions as to where I could have this done around Grand Rapids, I'm all ears. I'll ask the guys at Rocksolid Performance, as well.




I'm currently getting information on getting the rear axle narrowed, and pricing on a narrowed D60 front, as well.

Jared at Unlimited Offroad Centers is also working up a price for an AEV Highline kit for me. I'm really digging the profile of the Jeep below (featured in AEV's website gallery), which uses the Highline body kit, and sits on 37s. Jared actually mentioned that he had the chance to ride in this very Jeep one year at Easter Jeep Safari.




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Old April 3rd, 2011, 06:56 PM   #43
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Craig, what diameter are they now and what do they need to be opened up to?

most likely, I'll be able to bore them on my mill.
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Old April 4th, 2011, 08:15 PM   #44
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Craig, what diameter are they now and what do they need to be opened up to?

most likely, I'll be able to bore them on my mill.
Thanks for the offer, Harry. I'll keep it in mind. I think I may have also lined up a place locally (in Cedar Springs) to do it.

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Old April 4th, 2011, 11:00 PM   #45
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So I guess I'll ask it: Why do you need a D60/D70??
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So I guess I'll ask it: Why do you need a D60/D70??
Don't try to get inside my head, Travis - it's a scary place.

From everything I have read, 37" tires are the outer fringe of D44 territory. On the rear, I planned on a D60, but happened to find a '10a D70U that has the same clearance as a D60, is geared right (4.88), etc. On the front, I'm open to other ideas (e.g. 8-lug HD D44), but want to only spend the money on an axle once.

I can use both of my stock, low-mileage LJ axles for Mira's Jeep, rather than having to spend money on rebuilding a D30/D44 for hers.

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Old April 5th, 2011, 09:34 AM   #47
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Don't try to get inside my head, Travis - it's a scary place.

From everything I have read, 37" tires are the outer fringe of D44 territory. On the rear, I planned on a D60, but happened to find a '10a D70U that has the same clearance as a D60, is geared right (4.88), etc. On the front, I'm open to other ideas (e.g. 8-lug HD D44), but want to only spend the money on an axle once.

I can use both of my stock, low-mileage LJ axles for Mira's Jeep, rather than having to spend money on rebuilding a D30/D44 for hers.

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Old April 8th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #48
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Currie Antirock finally installed. I was able to use the existing links, and didn't need to buy new ones.




Test flex on our rock named "Hugh". The driver front wheel started spinning, and I couldn't climb any higher (there was also just a small ledge on the rock, and I was a little worried about slipping off). The stock shocks may be limiting me, too. I'll have to find another place to test it out soon.

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Old April 8th, 2011, 03:43 PM   #49
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Old May 1st, 2011, 09:05 PM   #50
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I picked up a budget-conscious base for my front axle build today. This is an '08 JK Rubicon Dana 44 housing (still has gears and OEM e-locker installed). It'll be a custom build, though, that'll eventually end up sporting 4.88 gears, and 8-lug Dana 44 outers. More to come, but it'll be a slow build-up as cash becomes available.

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Old May 2nd, 2011, 08:20 AM   #51
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Seen that on cl and thought, wow great deal. Looks good.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #52
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A big thanks to Harry (itselliott) for machining the centers of my H2 wheels so they'll fit over the Dana 70 hubs. They fit perfectly! Here's a pic he sent me of the first one jigged up in the mill ready for machining. Thanks again, Harry.

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Old May 9th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #53
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I remember a sweet LJ with a highline kit. . . that guy and his Jeep were/are awesome!
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Old May 17th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #54
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The Dana 70U rear axle is now naked ...all of the bracketry has been removed, and ground smooth. The axle will be narrowed later this week. Updates and photos to come this weekend.

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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:55 PM   #55
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Old May 18th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #56
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I picked up a budget-conscious base for my front axle build today. This is an '08 JK Rubicon Dana 44 housing (still has gears and OEM e-locker installed). It'll be a custom build, though, that'll eventually end up sporting 4.88 gears, and 8-lug Dana 44 outers. More to come, but it'll be a slow build-up as cash becomes available.

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while that axle is out i would strengthen up that upper control arm mount on the passenger side. i was surprised how bad it folded when i bent mine the front open part just pinched and folded forward. i just welded and boxed a new one on there, so far so good. you lj is looking sweet. look forward to seeing more. keep it up.
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looks good keep it up
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while that axle is out i would strengthen up that upper control arm mount on the passenger side. i was surprised how bad it folded when i bent mine the front open part just pinched and folded forward. i just welded and boxed a new one on there, so far so good. you lj is looking sweet. look forward to seeing more. keep it up.
Thanks for the heads-up/warning, 87mopar. I'll definitely keep that in mind.


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I spent the day today with the guys from Unlimited Offroad Centers - mainly Jared and Jason (Chop). I can't thank you guys enough for your time, talking through my Jeep build plans, and for turning me on to a great Mexican restaurant. They have some INCREDIBLE Jeeps there...impressive work.

After talking with them, I ended up doing this with the JK Rubicon front axle housing...






I ended up selling the JK housing/gears/locker, and am investigating stronger front axle options. More to come...


I originally planned on working today with Chop to cut/slug the rear Dana 70U axle tubes (~5" out of each side), but upon looking over the axle, he suggested a different approach - ordering replacement, weld-in spindles (Solid) and eliminating the neck-down portion of the tubes. That's the route we're going, but he needed to order the parts in, so I left the axle at the shop. Meanwhile, we got the hubs removed, and I got the tubes cleaned up all pretty-like to get it ready to go under Chop's knife. I LOVE working with a nice, clean axle housing (thanks again for selling me the axle, Nate!).



I also picked up my AEV Highline kit today. The workmanship looks impressive...very "OEM"-looking, but with some nice styling touches, and thicker sheet metal.

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looking good man.. Let me know when you working on this so i can help...
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