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Old December 21st, 2013, 11:56 AM   #181
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Been working on a way to plate the rear frame. I wanted to do it like the front where I wrapped around the underside and made a subframe. Raising the gas tank up to the frame rails allowed it to be flat behind the rear axle. I incorporated the tank skid into the frame rails and came up with this. Overkill by anyone's standards I'm sure, but it weighs less than 50 pounds. I just need to weld it to the unibody now.







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Old December 21st, 2013, 10:45 PM   #182
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that looks like alot of work!
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 03:22 PM   #183
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Lol. I kept thinking, man this is a lot of work!
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 12:38 PM   #184
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Finally finished up the tank cover, I'm happy with the way it turned out.




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Old February 2nd, 2014, 12:46 PM   #185
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Also started to put the cage back together. I had to cut the "C" pillar out when I redid my wheel openings. Here is what I had before.



That wasn't going to work for the tank relocation or the wheel well mounts. I am also planning to run a 16" shock into the cargo area and the spare tire on top of the tank so there's lots of work to do here.



Frame tie-in.



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Old February 2nd, 2014, 12:54 PM   #186
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going to swapping in a ls in mine, im sure i will have questions lol
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 01:07 PM   #187
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No problem, glad to help if I can.
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Old February 14th, 2014, 03:27 PM   #188
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Got a little done on the cage today.





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Old February 21st, 2014, 05:36 PM   #189
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Whipped up some front upper shock mounts and a little more plating.





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Old February 21st, 2014, 05:39 PM   #190
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head pads for rear seat occupants? Looks like a concussion waiting to happen, depending on how you drive

Looks awesome
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 07:38 PM   #191
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I thought of that too. Padding at a minimum, but I think I may look for three matching headrests at the JY when it warms up. It would be cool to come up with a height adjustable setup.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 07:48 PM   #192
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You do nice work, keep it up!
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 08:28 PM   #193
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I like this xj. good work
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 08:40 PM   #194
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I thought of that too. Padding at a minimum, but I think I may look for three matching headrests at the JY when it warms up. It would be cool to come up with a height adjustable setup.
You could put it on a rail too. Use lynch pins or clevis pins with hair clips to adjust up and down.

Probably an equal amount of work. Lol
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Old February 24th, 2014, 04:55 PM   #196
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Thanks for the comments.

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You could put it on a rail too. Use lynch pins or clevis pins with hair clips to adjust up and down.

Probably an equal amount of work. Lol
Similar ideas to what I was thinking, I will figure something out that looks good and works well. Just need some friggin warmup to go scouting...
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Oh yeah, parts were waiting for me when I got home
I ordered the shocks thru alljeep.com and the price they gave me was $10 cheaper with shipping included than the FOAs website without shipping.

The FOA reviews I found online were both good and bad. The bad ones pointed to slow shipping, damaged during shipping, oil leaking and poor finish/machining. Everything looks really good to me and I received them less than 10 days after ordering. Chris at FOA answered every one of my stupid questions very quickly. He even emailed me back during the Super Bowl. I will order my fronts from FOA also.

Got the mount tabs from RuffStuff.




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I've had great luck with my FOA's. Not one complaint.
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More cool parts showed up today, I've read lots of good things about these Prothane progressive bumps. Can't wait to get out in the shop this week.

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Old March 4th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #200
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fancy! i need to look into those.

on a side note...
any reason you didnt order the shocks threaded john? i know youve at least shown interest in maybe, one day, possibly, sometime, eventually linking the rear...

and hows the 60 coming along?
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