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Old August 26th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #101
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Old August 29th, 2011, 09:03 PM   #102
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The Dana 70U is now in, and it's sitting on it's own weight again. Ride height is right at 1.5" higher in the rear than in the pic below, when it was on blocks. It looks like the width (right at 65" wide) matched with the H2 wheels will be perfect once the extended AEV flares are installed.

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Old August 29th, 2011, 09:52 PM   #103
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(teaser pic)
Nice! If it doesn't have it already do yourself a favor and drill/tap a drain plug, with the diff cover being rotated like it does it absolutely SUCKS to change diff fluid (I've got those F&R in my rig). Make sure you don't tap too deep because it'll be right under the Ring gear and obviously you don't want the plug to hit the gear, there are 2 different styles of drain plugs that I'm aware of, can't remember the name of them but one is deeper than the other, get the less-deep one.

Nice build, wish my TJ was an LJ, I need a station wagon now with the family.

Edit - also if you ever need a new pinion seal contact Applied Tech, part #CR18926....WAY cheaper than autoparts or Currie

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Old September 27th, 2011, 05:04 PM   #104
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So how long till you loose interest in this project and I can buy it at fire sale price?
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Old September 27th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #105
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Wow, I just posted and saw how old my profile pic is. I haven't been around for a while...
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Old September 27th, 2011, 06:13 PM   #106
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there...that's better! :)
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Old September 27th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #107
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Nice! If it doesn't have it already do yourself a favor and drill/tap a drain plug, with the diff cover being rotated like it does it absolutely SUCKS to change diff fluid (I've got those F&R in my rig).
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Nice, Joel. Not this one. Only new vehicle EVER = Keeper.


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Old September 27th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #108
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BTW, here's an updated photo with the rear axle installed, and at actual ride height (along with Mira being a cheeseball).

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Old September 27th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #109
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I didn't realize jack stands were so expensive until lately.
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Seriously, buy a set!


Heck, I could probably loan you a set or two for a few months...just let me know.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #111
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Front axle teaser shots courtesy of beejers at RockSolid Performance.

I want to give a big thanks to Jared at Unlimited Offroad, as he spent a good amount of time helping me figure out the specs on the Currie Iron Jock III front axle housing, and guiding me on my build plans. Thanks man!!! I purchased just the bare housing/knuckles/1-ton brakes/Ford unit bearings from UORC, as I didn't have cash to buy all the "guts" up front.

Fast forward a few months (back on the \/\/est side of the state). Big thanks to BJ and Gordon at RockSolid Performance for helping me with the gears, locker & shaft purchases, and also for powdercoating and assembling the axle. The axle is getting 4.88 gears, a Grizzly Locker, and 35-spline axle shafts.

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Old September 29th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #112
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BLING!!! Awesome build
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Old October 13th, 2011, 09:21 PM   #113
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Old October 14th, 2011, 06:33 AM   #114
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Heck, I could probably loan you a set or two for a few months...just let me know.
Got some (2 sets). Thanks Joel. Thanks for the home-brew & steak last night, too. It was great catching up with you & Rob.


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Yes, the update is that my bank account is drained.

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I planned on running a Full-Traction 3-link rear (short arm), but lucky for me (note sarcasm), the wishbone bar was a bit narrow for my frame (~3/8-1/2"). It's actually within spec according to Full-Traction, so I'm guessing it's just due to slight variances in manufacturing when my Jeep was built. Given that I ordered it in mid-May and waited several months to get it, and also this fittment issue, Jared at UORC has worked with Full-Traction to get me a great deal on a 4" long arm upgrade. We're still working out the fine details and timing. I'll run the Full-Traction skid plate & long arms (the AEV skid will be returned), and keep my existing springs.

The only thing I should need to address with the FTS long-arm set-up is an adjustable track bar. I'll probably have RockSolid Performance make me one locally.

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Old October 14th, 2011, 06:50 AM   #115
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If all goes well you will have a front axle to install this weekend.
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Old October 14th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #116
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If all goes well you will have a front axle to install this weekend.
Don't kill yourself to get it wrapped up...without control arms to attach it to, it'll just sit and look pretty. I may even ask Amy if it can be a living room centerpiece until the Full-Traction parts get to me. Thanks again, BJ.

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Old October 15th, 2011, 12:30 PM   #117
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Assembled axle pics just in from RockSolid Performance. they just need to finish up the brakes.

Specs:
  • Currie Iron Jock III housing (66" WMS-to-WMS)
  • 4.25" axle tube diameter
  • 4.88 gearing
  • Yukon Grizzly locker
  • 35-spline shafts
  • Warn lock-outs
  • 1-ton brakes (GM rotors, Dodge calipers)









Again, big thanks to both Unlimited Offroad Centers and RockSolid Performance on their respective roles in making this axle a reality. Thanks guys!

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Old October 15th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #118
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I need to stop and see this thing one of these days in person. Looks awesome.
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Old October 15th, 2011, 06:52 PM   #119
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Pics in Post 117 above should be visible now.
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Old October 15th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #120
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I just got the pics of this axle setup all sticky.
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