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Old May 20th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #61
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I sooooooo want to highline my rig. Love that AEV kit.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 06:55 AM   #62
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Looking nice. I'm glad to see you going with something more stout in the front than the Rubi D44. I went down the path of "I don't need no 60 with 37" tires" myself. Ummmm....... let's just say there's a reason I now have a 60 up front.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 09:14 PM   #63
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I sooooooo want to highline my rig. Love that AEV kit.
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Looking nice. I'm glad to see you going with something more stout in the front than the Rubi D44. I went down the path of "I don't need no 60 with 37" tires" myself. Ummmm....... let's just say there's a reason I now have a 60 up front.
Thanks guys.


Well, I don't have much of an update except to mention that teardown for the AEV Highline install is underway. If anyone is interested in a NICE set of rust-free OEM fenders or the hood, PM me. I'll be listing them for sale in the Marketplace shortly.

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EDIT: Both fenders are now removed.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 01:45 PM   #64
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Firstly, I updated my original post with updated plans for the entire project.

Got highline?

I'm still in the process of installing the kit, but ran into a small issue with the battery/ABS tray brackets from AEV. They're calling me back on Monday with a follow-up. I did get the highline hood mounted. "Sexy" is an understatement, IMO.




I also got a coat of Eastwood Satin Extreme Chassis Black sprayed on the AEV 4.0L oil pan skid. It's a shame they come all shiny gloss black from the factory. I still have to repaint the Tummy Tucker and Auto Trans skids in Satin yet.




That's all for now. Back out in the garage to get more work done...

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Old June 15th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #65
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Dana 70U axle narrowing is underway courtesy of Chop...appropriate.

Jared at UORC sent me this photo last night. Chop's original plan was to weld in aftermarket spindles, but they were able to reuse the stock spindles (which were in great shape) and save me $$$ in the process by having them machined down. This worked well due to the way the axle originally necked down at the ends.

P.S. - I'm not sure who to thank for being the hand model.




Note the way the axle tubes necked down at the ends prior to being cut.
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Old June 15th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #66
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More Dana 70U axle pics from UORC...

Sinister Fabworks coil brackets.


I'll have to double-check...I think these are GLO disc brackets.


Close-up of welds...very nice work, Chop.
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Old June 15th, 2011, 09:01 PM   #67
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looking good man
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Old June 15th, 2011, 09:30 PM   #68
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LOoking sweet!
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Old June 16th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #69
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looking good! why narrow the axles tho?
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looking good! why narrow the axles tho?
Thanks guys. In regards to the axle narrowing question, the Dana 70 was originally 75" wide...WAYYYY too wide for pretty much anything. The rear will end up at 65" when it's done, and the front will most likely be 66" wide.

I'm going for a "modified stock" look moreso than a full-width crawler look. The stance should end up similiar to the white LJ below, and maybe just a bit wider than the red LJ. Overall, though, that's the look I'm shooting for.

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Old June 17th, 2011, 06:08 PM   #71
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ooo ok. I have a TJ dana 44 in mine and wanna do a full width d60 or d44 up front. What should I do to match the rear to it? I wanna run 35 spline shafts in it
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Old June 18th, 2011, 12:33 AM   #72
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Love the look of that highline kit if it wasn't for the side of the hood looking "short" you would never be able to tell.

But one question tho, If you'r going tons and 37s chances are you are going to lean on those nice fenders, so why not tube fenders and crush corners?
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Love the look of that highline kit if it wasn't for the side of the hood looking "short" you would never be able to tell.
Agreed...love the look!


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But one question tho, If you'r going tons and 37s chances are you are going to lean on those nice fenders, so why not tube fenders and crush corners?
The kit's designed to squeeze 35-37" tires. The flares are 6" wide, and you gain 3" of additional clearance up top. I'll definitely make sure bump stops limit the up travel so I don't get into the sheet metal, though. All in time. The AEV install instructions show how to trim the rear wheel opening to fit 35" and 37" tires respectively. I'll have 2" of lift, but will gain another 1-1.5" due to the increased axle tube diameters front & rear.

On the rear, I plan on adding some quarter protection further down in the build, but am doing this as I can afford it, which takes a while (hence the "'Slow Roast' build" title).

Again, I didn't personally want the tube fender look. I can appreciate it, and like the look on a lot of the rigs I have seen, but it wasn't what I was going for aesthetically.

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Old June 18th, 2011, 08:23 AM   #74
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startin to look great craig. cant wait to go wheeling with you next year when mine should be done.
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Again, I didn't personally want the tube fender look. I can appreciate it, and like the look on a lot of the rigs I have seen, but it wasn't what I was going for aesthetically.

Craig

Yeah I could see why you wouldn't want tube fenders. With the AEV kit it will almost look like a sleeper jeep

Any updates?
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startin to look great craig. cant wait to go wheeling with you next year when mine should be done.
Thanks Rob.

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Why yes...

These pics just in from UORC. It's complete minus the shafts, which should arrive tomorrow. Upon their recommendation, I'm holding off on shock mounts and sway bar mounts until it's installed in the Jeep.





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Old July 1st, 2011, 08:17 PM   #77
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On my way over to UORC tomorrow to pick up my D70 rear axle.

37" KM2s are also now on order thanks to a July 4th rebate deal at Discount Tire, and a crazy low price matching deal. Mira's Jeep XJ will get my old 31" KM2s (a great deal for her!).

Craig

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Old July 2nd, 2011, 10:36 AM   #78
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From what i hear, the km2's when measured come out small. I believe the 37's measure out to be 35's. could be wrong though.
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From what i hear, the km2's when measured come out small. I believe the 37's measure out to be 35's. could be wrong though.
36.8" actually.
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From what i hear, the km2's when measured come out small. I believe the 37's measure out to be 35's. could be wrong though.
My 35's are 34.5" mounted on a 8" wide rim
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