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Old August 3rd, 2013, 09:43 AM   #121
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Yeah, I priced out building my own arms but cost was almost as high and if I'm going to that amount I work its going to turn into a custom double Tri long arm...the currie arms were the best solution for my goals
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Old August 19th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #122
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Here she sits on the 37's, still have a bit if work to do, broke a front brake line at rocks and valleys last weekend, steering is completely F'd, I managed to Afro engineer it to get it driving for the Crawl readers ride. Need to fab some front coil retainers, reason for my slow ass run in the bump and hustle was fear of popping a coil off the perch. Need to weld in sway bar links and install the currie anti rock, bumpstops need dialing in as well. Lots to do.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #123
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Didn't lose rig in that tornado did you?
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Old November 20th, 2013, 03:39 PM   #124
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Nope, all is well. About to drop the tank to install a new fuel pump assembly, repair the frame, and install a new UCF gas tank skid, which should gain me at least another inch of clearance. My stock skid was pretty rusty and beat from my last trip to twisted.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 01:42 PM   #125
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So...its time for some updates on how all this has worked out. i've been very happy with the currie short arms, they give awesome flex, and at my current lift actually run close to parallel to the ground. I have the currie antirock installed, currently have the stock rear sway bar on, thinking I'll remove this when I get the rear trimmed up. I did have a little rubbing up front, but nothing bad, finally got some bump stops installed, which helped, once I get the steering dialed in, I'll adjust steering stops and I should be all set.

I ended up having Robert at RockSolid make up DOM tierod and draglink tapped for Chevy TRE's, this has worked out fine so far. One thing I discovered this past summer was in my hurry to get this back together, I never measured to make sure my front axle was centered, we just eyeballed it and set the trackbar and left it. I was off a bit. Once this was corrected, my steering was affected, and it turns out I can't turn as far left as right. This wasn't a problem daily driving, but once I got on the trails at Rocks and Valleys, it quickly became a pain. I set out to fix this a few weeks ago, only to find that my drag link is too short to adjust things properly. Going to have Robert build me a new one quick. I also installed 1" wheel spacers to help with clearance, both front and rear. The waggy rear axle is a tad narrower than the the stock TJ axle, so I actually trimmed my upper coil buckets to avoid rubbing my sidewalls on them when flexed. the spacers help immensely here. I would have bought rims with less backspacing if I could have found some reasonably priced (and known this would be an issue).

Finally, not sure if I mentioned this previously, I did install a tummy tuck.

UCF (UnderCoverFab) high clearance skid, LoPro tranny mount
MORE 1" motor mount lift
Advanced Adapters SYE (while I had the case apart I installed a wide chain as well)
XJ front driveshaft cut down for the rear (D&R driveline in Jenison)
They also cut down my front shaft to the proper lenght

This belly up skid has been the single best mod for the jeep yet. Getting rid of the stock shovel was long overdue. Only thing I would change is upgrading to the 1/4" thick skid, I've already bent the 3/16" one.

When I installed the OME springs and the axles, I just bought cheap rusty's shocks, planning to upgrade later. The rear shocks (listed on their site for 2-3" lifts) only gave me about 2" of uptravel in the rear. I ended up buying some gabriel's from autozone in a hurry, stock for the rear of a TJ and these fit much better.

I also purchased a UCF gas tank skid, I believe this gains another 1" of clearance, and is much stonger than the stock one, which had started to rust out and show signs of abuse anyway.

I think this brings me up to date...I'll post a few pics and then post future/current upgradeds in progress.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 01:46 PM   #126
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Here's one someone got of me running the bump and hustle at rocks and valleys the day after I finished the axle install...things were definitely not dialed in at this point.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 01:50 PM   #127
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Here's a little bit of tech...WJ pitman arm next to stock TJ arm. Same amount of drop, but same length as a waggy pitman. Should result in keeping my turning radius close to stock. Filed the alignment spline so I can clock it however I need to.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 01:56 PM   #128
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First carnage: tire dropped into a hole going downhill at twisted trails last January, instantly snapped the ujoint. Recover resulted in the damage to the shafts. Time and location dictated that we had to get it down the hill before I could do any repairs, by that time the ears were ruined, if they weren't initially. Unlocked the hubs and drove it home.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 01:59 PM   #129
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Got bored at work one afternoon this summer...
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So, as far as build goes, that brings me up to date I believe. Here's a few impressions:

Tummy Tuck: anyone with a TJ should do this as soon as possible, huge clearance gains.

Currie Short Arms: definitely worth the investment. They flex great, and at the lift height I'm at (2-2.5" spring) I feel that they are the best option. I don't have long arm brackets hanging up on things in the middle of my rig. No harsh ride from having JJ's on both ends either, lots of companies will try to sell you on a bushing on one end...bullshit. These ride fine.

The OME springs ride great as well, although when I'm loaded with tools and spares in the back, I almost wish I had an even heavier spring (went with the heaviest OME offers).

Up Next:

I purchased a boatside rocker kit from Dave's Custom's Unlimited. I added a few dings at rocks and valleys this summer, but rather than just going the standard rocker guard route, I found these. Cut a few inches of rust out of my tub and gain some clearance and protection. Hope to have them on by Dog Party

Rust Repair:

Torque boxes on the tub are shot, tub is actually sagging on the driver's side noticeably since last weekend at R&V. Also have holes in the floor on the driver's side, have patch pans for that. There are a few other area's I'd like to address, but not as high priority.

Trim rear fender openings, I get a bit of rubbing here, doesn't help that the tub is settling also. still have almost stock opening.

Replace Clutch: stock still feels fine, but at 160k miles, and with the wheeling I've been doing, I'm sure I'm on borrowed time. I have a LUK HD one sitting on the shelf

Cage: probably just add on to the stock for now, but I know I should have a better cage

Seats: I have some ready to install, may wait for the cage before I bother

Hand Throttle: I don't know why I keep putting this off, it would come in handy all the time, rock crawling, winching, running my on board air...

Diff covers: I'm sure I'm on borrowed time here.

Future Plans:

Rear corner guards: either some cheap smittybilt's, or I may try making my own. I want to do this for protection, as well as a place to mount a rear tire carrier. I want to get the carrier off the bumper, then remove the bumper and just install a rear plate with recovery points. There have been a few times where the JCR bumper hits at extreme angels or on departure. I think it sticks about 4" back from the rear frame plate.

Highline the front fenders: I think i can do this by modifying the genright fenders, hopefully this will give me the ability to lower the jeep a little in the future (less body lift)

Outboard rear shocks, should give me more shock options and better flex in the rear, may also do coil spring correction in the rear as well (move upper spring perches back)

The last thing I'm considering is going to a mid arm triangulated rear suspension. At this point I have no complaints, but I'd love to remove the trackbar, maybe push the axle back just a little. I'm not sure how far I can go with the stock gas tank though.
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Old January 29th, 2015, 03:28 PM   #131
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Here's a little bit of tech...WJ pitman arm next to stock TJ arm. Same amount of drop, but same length as a waggy pitman. Should result in keeping my turning radius close to stock. Filed the alignment spline so I can clock it however I need to.

You said you filed the alignment teeth but did you need to
Would it of been clocked to the factory position?
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I don't believe it would have...I still have to get things dialed in, had it pretty close, but when I corrected the trackbar adjustment i discovered my draglink was too short to adjust things and have enough threads engaged...once I get things back in place I'll let you know, but I want to say no, it would not have been clocked right.
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Ok thanks
I did a bunch of pitman arm research when I did my waggy axles but I don't remember
I keep bending my clock Cj one which is flat
I just need to get a waggy one
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Old January 30th, 2015, 12:24 PM   #134
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First carnage: tire dropped into a hole going downhill at twisted trails last January, instantly snapped the ujoint. Recover resulted in the damage to the shafts. Time and location dictated that we had to get it down the hill before I could do any repairs, by that time the ears were ruined, if they weren't initially. Unlocked the hubs and drove it home.
We were sitting at the top of the hill and watched you go down.... I wasn't going down there... A LOT of snow that day...
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I only went down to go over to the hill on the blue trail... Bad idea, snow was drifted, had no idea that hole was there
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Old March 7th, 2015, 02:29 PM   #137
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I hate rust! I hate crap falling on me while I'm on my back with the grinder, I hate welding sheet metal upside down! My next jeep will not be from Michigan unless it is spotless. Anyone have a clean TJ Tub?
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Played on the obstacle course between events at the extreme truck challenge...crawled this with 25lbs in the tires fairly easily...watching the video, i do need a hand throttle though, and lower gears or a rubi case would really help in the rocks.
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