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Old March 14th, 2015, 08:22 PM   #81
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hmmm looks like something ive seen before... lol Its looking good!
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Old March 15th, 2015, 07:56 AM   #82
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hmmm looks like something ive seen before... lol Its looking good!
Thanks! Prolly should have said I got the idea from you haha. I looked online at the other kits and how they move the steering box but this is a way easier and more efficient way to do it. I'm not worried at all about the strength of it either
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Old March 20th, 2015, 07:08 PM   #83
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Got the wheels and tires mounted and balanced and couldn't resist throwing them on the jeep.


Definitely wider than before!



Here is a picture of how the cross member turned out after I welded it back in place
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Old March 20th, 2015, 07:45 PM   #84
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Looks good man!!
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 08:16 PM   #85
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Nice looking rig man.
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 11:21 PM   #86
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Thanks guys
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Old March 30th, 2015, 10:32 AM   #87
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The axle is in, fully welded and painted. I just have to get little things like alignment done and get my new oil pain installed. I also have to get a new hub cause it looks like a piece of metal got into one of mine and completely tore up the seal surface. Something doesn't quite seem right with the calipers either, they do not fit in there very tight and I feel like the spring piece can easily fall out and the caliper fall back.

Drivers side full bump



With both side at full bump the tie and drag link come about an 1/8" from eachother.



A little hard to see but the limiting factor is the pumpkin hitting the power steering bracket. The passenger side the limiting factor is the track bar on the frame rail. If I can find a way to relocate that bracket I will notch the frame. Until then I will leave it like this. I was able to get 3.5" up travel.



The other clearance issue was the track bar bolt on the drag link on a full passenger side turn. I was able to cut 1/2" off the bracket for it to clear and still have clearance on the diff cover.



Here is how I decided to gusset my track bar mount. I was planning on making it go down to the axle tube but my coil bucket is in the way.

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Old April 3rd, 2015, 06:27 PM   #88
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Planning on a test drive sometime this weekend. My old bumper is no longer able to be used because it hits the steering box, so I decided I would just use this as a plate between the frame rails and call it good.

@mike_jones those are your brackets fresh off the laser cutter
And thanks to @Kyle M. ill now have a CB radio in the jeep.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 07:38 PM   #89
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 09:34 PM   #90
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Planning on a test drive sometime this weekend. My old bumper is no longer able to be used because it hits the steering box, so I decided I would just use this as a plate between the frame rails and call it good.


@mike_jones those are your brackets fresh off the laser cutter

And thanks to @Kyle M. ill now have a CB radio in the jeep.

Very nice!


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The other clearance issue was the track bar bolt on the drag link on a full passenger side turn. I was able to cut 1/2" off the bracket for it to clear and still have clearance on the diff cover.

Are these both the final design? I'd seriously reconsider that.....like change it before you drive it. That frame side track bar mount doesn't have nearly enough contact area to the frame, especially with the sketchy looking welds. I'd highly recommend going to something like this, where it wraps around the side and bottom:

There are quite a few companies that make brackets like that for cheap.

I'd also make the axle end mount double shear if at all possible. Looks like there's plenty of room between the bar and axle where you could suck the mount back another 1/4" and add a plate and box it on on the front side.
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Those are just tack welds on the bracket. I fully welded it then put a 1/4" plate that goes 3" up the frame rail inside and out just like the picture your posted. I'll get a picture of it tomorrow
I have no plans to run double shear on the axle side. Plenty of people have used this method without an issue
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Old April 6th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #93
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Are these both the final design? I'd seriously reconsider that.....like change it before you drive it. That frame side track bar mount doesn't have nearly enough contact area to the frame, especially with the sketchy looking welds. I'd highly recommend going to something like this, where it wraps around the side and bottom:

There are quite a few companies that make brackets like that for cheap.

I'd also make the axle end mount double shear if at all possible. Looks like there's plenty of room between the bar and axle where you could suck the mount back another 1/4" and add a plate and box it on on the front side.
Here is what the finished mount looks like, It has that same plate welded to the inside of the frame as well.



No go this weekend on the test drive. I had caliper issues with my car and got my little brothers dirtbike running for him. Maybe this weekend I will.
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I made the test drive! Drives straight as an arrow at 70 mph and no bumpsteer whatsoever. I do however have a little bit of torque steer going on. Im sure some of it is because I have no sway bar and hopefully the other part of it is my alignment was a little off. My camber was also just a touch off on the side I shortened so I got one of the camber adjusters for the upper ball joint.

I finally got my autokraft oil pan on. Install wasn't too bad other than I had to modify it a little bit to get the bolt holes lined up.


And in other news I will be making it out to the jeep blessing for my first time ever this year. Ill be heading up there with my brother and my roomates. Should be 4 jeeps. We will do the blessing Saturday and then the plan is to hit twisted trails on sunday.
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I made the test drive! Drives straight as an arrow at 70 mph and no bumpsteer whatsoever. I do however have a little bit of torque steer going on. Im sure some of it is because I have no sway bar and hopefully the other part of it is my alignment was a little off. My camber was also just a touch off on the side I shortened so I got one of the camber adjusters for the upper ball joint.



I finally got my autokraft oil pan on. Install wasn't too bad other than I had to modify it a little bit to get the bolt holes lined up.





And in other news I will be making it out to the jeep blessing for my first time ever this year. Ill be heading up there with my brother and my roomates. Should be 4 jeeps. We will do the blessing Saturday and then the plan is to hit twisted trails on sunday.

I'll look for you at the blessing/twisted
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Sounds good man. We will have 3 tjs and an orange jk
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I had an absolute blast this weekend at the blessing and twisted trails with the jeep. This was my first blessing and it exceeded my expectations. We walked around for a while checking out jeeps/booths and watching people on the course. Then we decided to do the course, we got in the intermediate line but im pretty sure we did most of the advanced stuff. With the welded front I pretty much walked up/over everything. I even made it over that big concrete pipe without hardly spinning the tires. When we were done with the course we loaded up and headed over to see all kinds of rock bouncers and buggys. To our surprise they were holding the extreme truck challenge. Most of the day Sunday we watched the challenge but we did find some time to wheel. I was able to make it through the gatekeeper on holy moly with almost no issues. The only damage I got was a little rock rash and a rock got the outside of the lockout hub pretty good. I also managed to bend my 1.5" x .25" tie rod. Going up a hill climb one of my tires caught a stump and shot my steering over putting me into a tree at almost full throttle.



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Old May 5th, 2015, 09:43 AM   #98
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I found a few more pictures from holy moly and a picture of one of the obstacles at the blessing.
My lockout is done for, I can make a full turn with it and it stays locked. Its brand new so they might warranty it, but I doubt it. It wont be all bad if I have to buy a new set, that way I can carry a spare with me.



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Looks good! Never noticed you were in Holland before. Which side are you on?
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Thanks! I'm on the north side. I go to western so most of the time I'm in kalamazoo. I do still work in zeeland though so I'm back and forth
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