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CheapThrillB2 September 9th, 2018 10:29 AM

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nice work!



Have you test fitted a wheel onto the knuckle yet with the high steer arm on? On mine I ended up having to clearance the arms to miss the wheel...Its tight. We're you gonna tie into the tie rod hole? I couldn't tell from the pics.

JeepHeap September 9th, 2018 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by CheapThrillB2 (Post 6380038)
nice work!







Have you test fitted a wheel onto the knuckle yet with the high steer arm on? On mine I ended up having to clearance the arms to miss the wheel...Its tight. We're you gonna tie into the tie rod hole? I couldn't tell from the pics.



We arenít going to tie into the tie rod hole. Definitely going to check next time I am out in the garage.


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JeepHeap September 9th, 2018 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by CheapThrillB2 (Post 6380038)
nice work!







Have you test fitted a wheel onto the knuckle yet with the high steer arm on? On mine I ended up having to clearance the arms to miss the wheel...Its tight. We're you gonna tie into the tie rod hole? I couldn't tell from the pics.



You had me a little worried, so I just went out and checked. Clears fine.

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CheapThrillB2 September 9th, 2018 08:37 PM

Looks like it's a good thing your not tieing into the tie rod hole :thumb:.

JeepHeap October 5th, 2018 09:55 PM

The Taz
 
Well, tonight, I won. We started out by moving the front axle back 3 inches to get a 7 inch stretch, as apposed to the 10 it was, and more for it to look a little less absurd.

After we shortened it, we made a trackbar and then got her on all fours. First time in a little less that a year and 3 months.

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Sheís very low. And since we have the tires and the rollers, ride height will be about 1-2Ē shorter than what is pictured.

Took some measurements too. 74 1/2Ē to the top of the windshield, 26Ē to the bottom of the tub, and 19Ē to the bottom of the frame. And then soon to be at least 1Ē farther down than that.

As of right now, with 37s, it is sitting at about 4 inches higher than stock. Not bad if you ask me.


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Cpyonker October 10th, 2018 07:36 PM

Looks beast


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JeepHeap November 24th, 2018 06:54 PM

The Taz
 
Well, Iím pretty excited about todayís update. Last weekend we got the new tub all stripped down and ready for the swap.

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Today started with tying the knuckles together so the wheels wouldnít flop around everywhere. After we got done with that, I got the urge to flex it out a little to check clearances. I think I have a picture of it flexed out from every possible angle.

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I was really surprised that nothing hit and everything worked out first try. The leaf springs in the rear exceeded our expectations and would probably do better if the tires werenít hitting the body. We were considering 4-linking the rear since the leafs are just about flat at ride height, but since they work better than we thought, and it would save me a lot of time and money, weíre keeping them for now.

With the availability of more man power, we took the opportunity to switch the tubs around.

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Snapped a few photos while the tub was off. The frame is really beefy!


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JohnnyJ November 24th, 2018 07:00 PM

great update? Nice to see some progress.

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JeepHeap December 8th, 2018 03:29 PM

The Taz
 
Since we first put the drivetrain in, the transfer case hanging below the bottom of the frame has worried me. With this on my mind, the uncut body didnít last very long...

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Another thing that has been on my mind is how we were going to make the trackbar work. Anything near full bump, the trackbar was making contact with the diff and the frame. So we fixed it.

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Itís not straight, but itís square with the body and the rest of the frame so itíll work. With this new front section, I should get 6 up and 8 down which isnít bad. Of course nothing can go perfect, so we ran into a few problems. With the frame higher, Iím wondering about the motor mount. The pass side is 2į above the top of the frame and the driver side is 2į below the top of the frame (basically even with the frame). Does the motor mount need to be higher?

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CheapThrillB2 December 9th, 2018 10:25 AM

Lots of progress , keep up the work.

I hate modifying floors.

JeepHeap December 24th, 2018 10:07 PM

After thinking for a while, we decided to make a cradle to mount the engine. It turned out better than we expected and we are very happy with it. It also provides a point to mount the front of the engine skid plate to.

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Once the engine was mounted, we focused on shock hoops. This time, we focused on making them even and straighter than the last ones. Iíd say we succeeded with that.

Recently my dad found a copy of Bendtech EZ that he had laying around so I decided to begin playing with it. Even though it is just the cheep 2D version on Bendtech, itís a real game changer. I made up a shock hoop crossbar and it turned out amazing.

After we made the crossbar, I began creating the back of the engine cage and once again was blown away by how helpful Bendtech was.

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And apparently my dad is the king of tube notching with a grinder.

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extremerc4x4 December 24th, 2018 10:10 PM

Looking good jack! Now get that engine running before break is over like you said you would!


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JeepHeap December 27th, 2018 11:31 PM

A couple of days ago my dad couldnít work on my jeep with me and I wanted to do something so I decided to go out to the barn and practice welding on some scrap. The welds arenít the best, but Iím proud of them considering my experience.

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JeepHeap December 27th, 2018 11:34 PM

In between working on other projects, I was able to make up a few more bars for the engine cage. Now all thatís left to do is add some gussets and itíll be done.

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extremerc4x4 December 27th, 2018 11:36 PM

Looks like the new technology is really helping you out jack. Great work!


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whiterhino December 28th, 2018 05:29 AM

Can you get the engine out?

JeepHeap December 28th, 2018 08:24 AM

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Can you get the engine out?


We just ordered a hand full of these.

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whiterhino December 28th, 2018 09:38 AM

That doesn't answer my question about getting the engine out between the tubing.

green50gt December 28th, 2018 11:09 AM

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That doesn't answer my question about getting the engine out between the tubing.

and/or is there enough room to get the oil pan out without removing the engine mount(s)?

JeepHeap December 28th, 2018 02:41 PM

The Taz
 
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That doesn't answer my question about getting the engine out between the tubing.


The opening is 2 inches wider than the engine with manifolds installed.


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and/or is there enough room to get the oil pan out without removing the engine mount(s)?


It should be okay, thereís plenty of room.

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