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Old October 15th, 2011, 08:02 PM   #121
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You need to put that axle in a glass-topped table in the family room........just sayin'
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Old October 15th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #122
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Craig, did I mention how much I hate you?

But I love that axle. Saw it a while ago when I was up there. I wish I would have done something like this instead of rebuilding one.


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Old October 15th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #123
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I just got the pics of this axle setup all sticky.
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Craig, did I mention how much I hate you?

But I love that axle. Saw it a while ago when I was up there. I wish I would have done something like this instead of rebuilding one.


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It is purdy!
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Old November 6th, 2011, 06:26 AM   #124
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Nice work as always.
Love every project you do, well planned, thought out, oh and money spent-LOL
Keep it going, dont give up or I will come and get your pieces.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 08:22 AM   #125
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Nice work as always.
Love every project you do, well planned, thought out, oh and money spent-LOL
Keep it going, dont give up or I will come and get your pieces.
Thanks man!


Project update...

I have nuts. These are the new 9/16" acorn-style lug nuts for the D60/D70 axles (1 box of 2).




I also have some suspension parts en route...update to come soon. Waiting several months for the suspension stuff to be worked out with the manufacturer has just short of driven me crazy, but I think I'm on the home stretch.

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Old November 12th, 2011, 09:29 AM   #126
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I have nuts.
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I think there are other boards for these types of projects.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 07:46 PM   #127
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Finally...

Here's my combined birthday & Christmas gifts to myself...for the next 2-3 years. Full-Traction long-arm suspension kit. Packaging was a bit shoddy, but Full Traction is sending me touch-up paint for a considerable amount of powdercoat damage during shipping.

One apparent downside to the Full traction skid (vs. the AEV Tummy Tucker I returned) is that it looks like the Full Traction skid doesn't gain any real clearance over the stock LJ skid plate. Trade-offs...

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Old November 17th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #128
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I love my FT 6" long Arm lift on my 2006 LJ. As far as clerance it is not as good as a tummy tuck but you will gain about 2-3" over the standard skid plate. I also was not impressed with their customer service. I put the reccomended Bilstien Shocks on her and she rides like a cloud!
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Old November 17th, 2011, 01:57 PM   #129
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Touchup for the control arms and skid?? Your kidding right?
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Old November 17th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #130
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I really dont think the full traction stuff is powder coated it think its painted. It sands to easy and the way it comes off seems like paint to me.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #131
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No he is not

Craig, you done yet? Let's take the rigs down by Don and use them!
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Old November 17th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #132
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I reserve the right to have it look pretty before I take it out wheeling. Look at itchy's build...same situation. I'm a detail guy. Always have been. Always will be.

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Old November 17th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #133
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I reserve the right to have it look pretty before I take it out wheeling. Look at itchy's build...same situation. I'm a detail guy. Always have been. Always will be.

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I think that is a conservative description

Looking good Craig
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Old December 7th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #134
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Because of my HUGE satisfaction with my Blair Rotabroach & Spot Weld Remover kits, and because my LJ needs some holes drilled in the frame to install the Full-Traction long arm kit, I picked up this "Large Diameter Hole Cutter Kit". I cannot speak highly enough of these Blair tools. They are far superior to any hole saw or drill bits I have used before, and they're made right here in Michigan! Highly recommended tools...once you use 'em, you'll wonder why you didn't buy them years before.

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Old December 28th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #135
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Disassembly begins for the Full Traction long-arm install. Drive shafts, track bar, front control arms & auto trans skid are all pulled, and the Jeep is up on jack stands. Install to begin this weekend. Woot!

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Old December 28th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #136
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when we going to put it back together?
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Old December 31st, 2011, 06:20 PM   #137
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Hey Craig the build is looking good, we'll have to try it out when you get it all finished. (By the way that's a sexy scratch you got their on the drivers door) have a good New Year.
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Old December 31st, 2011, 06:38 PM   #138
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Thanks for your help today, Jesse. It was good catching up with you.


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Hey Craig the build is looking good, we'll have to try it out when you get it all finished. (By the way that's a sexy scratch you got their on the drivers door) have a good New Year.
Thanks Steve. I'm shooting for Summer of next year. I was just telling a couple fellow Jeepers today about our Rocks & Valleys trip. Happy New Year, man!

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Old January 1st, 2012, 04:58 PM   #139
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First of all, I had a very good discussion with Steve, the owner of Full-Traction, last week about some of my customer service experience. Steve offered some good feedback, and I think there were just some miscommunications along the way that previously left a bad taste in my mouth. Having talked with Steve, I feel much better about things, and am excited to get my LJ rolling on the Full-Traction long-arm set-up.

So I got started on the install this weekend (it'll be in-process for a few weeks, I suspect). Spudy came over yesterday and we visited RockSolid Performance for a bit (he hadn't been to the shop before), then got to work on the LJ. I'm 99% certain that Spudy was a bit frustrated with the slow pace, but in all fairness, I warned him that's how I work before he ever came out.

We got the transmission/t-case supported, and dropped the factory tranny skid. The bolts came out like butter...love it! I also cringed slightly, then cut off the factory exhaust up by the 4.0L oil pan (required for the long-arm install).

These are the side brackets that also have the front/rear lower control arm mounts. and rear UCA mounts. I'm going to test fit everything before drilling the holes in the side of the frame to further support these brackets.


Here are the fuel/brake line relocators, which changes them from a vertical mounting to horizontal one above the side brackets. The fuel line will just need some very minor tweaking so that it doesn't rub the underside of the tub.


Here's another shot of the fuel/brake line relocators (changes them from a vertical mounting to horizontal above the side brackets), and rear UCA/LCA mounts.


Spudy also helped me lift the Currie Dana 60 out of my military trailer, and on to a creeper to get it positioned underneath. It's a heavy SOB!!! Of course it didn't help that my trailer is pretty high off the ground, too. Here's the Currie Iron Jock positioned under the LJ. I'll be talking to RockSolid Performance about steering soon, too. After a brief discussion with them already, I'll likely go wtih 7075 aluminum tie rod & drag link. I suspect that we'll also use a custom-built RockSolid High-Steer Arm (passenger side only), as well. They told me to hold off until everything is mounted under the Jeep to decide on the final set-up. I also plan on having them build me an adjustable track bar.


If you had told me 6 1/2 years ago that I'd be cutting bracketry off my LJ frame, I would have insisted (emphatically) that you were insane. Today, I did just that, and got one of the lower OEM control arm brackets removed, and the outside of the frame ground/sanded. Pretty!


Here's how it looks as of this evening. It's coming along slowly. The Full-Traction install instructions estimate 12-15 hours for the install of the long-arm kit. I'll probably have that just in cutting/grinding/sanding off the OEM frame brackets (they'll look like they were never there, though!).
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Old January 1st, 2012, 05:10 PM   #140
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love the attention to detail that u put into all of your builds. Although 10 hours of grinding brackets off is not my cup of tea lol
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