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Old February 25th, 2018, 08:49 AM   #101
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Old February 25th, 2018, 09:48 AM   #102
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Old February 26th, 2018, 07:12 AM   #103
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Both towers are tacked in place. Going to get the lower mounts cut out this week and start getting the high steer set up. Any one local to the west Michigan area able to machine the knuckle for me?

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Old February 26th, 2018, 11:54 AM   #104
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Just read back in the thread but I have the steering box from my JK if you're still looking at that option
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Old February 26th, 2018, 12:16 PM   #105
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Just read back in the thread but I have the steering box from my JK if you're still looking at that option
I'm pretty sure the WJ box is going to work, I'll keep that in mind though

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Old February 26th, 2018, 12:57 PM   #106
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Last I knew Branik still machines them if you need to send it off.
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Old February 26th, 2018, 02:16 PM   #107
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Dana 44 knuckle?
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Old February 26th, 2018, 04:17 PM   #109
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I can do it if you don't have anyone closer. Give me a shout if you still have my #
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I did mine
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Almost ready to be sitting on it's own weight again

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Machined your knuckle today
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Lower radiator mounts are set in place, I welded up a 2" diameter by .5" thick puck tapped for a 7/16" bolt to the tank and formed a bracket to weld to the frame. I have my doubts though that in the current set up i will be able to route the lower hose.

When I set the motor in place I put it as far back as I could and as high as possible. What's crazy is I just did the exact same thing with my wrangler and the crank pulley on the truck sits 3" higher at ride height. The truck has 5" of useable up travel and the wrangler has 8". If I can't figure out a radiator hose solution the motor in the truck will get lowered, but that's worst case scenario




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From that pic, the hose doesn't look like it would be bad. But I've also cut the outlets off the radiator and welded them back on at whatever angle works best with the hoses
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From that pic, the hose doesn't look like it would be bad. But I've also cut the outlets off the radiator and welded them back on at whatever angle works best with the hoses
Yea I guess the picture is a little deceiving but vertically between the inlets there is probably a 4" difference but horizontally there is basically nothing. I have only used rubber flexible hoses in the past and there is no chance of that working. Stainless flexible hoses might work but I'm having a hard time spending close to a $100 on a hose that might work.

I spent countless hours dialing in my aluminum tig skills to make sure I wasnt going to ruin a brand new radiator welding the puck mounts on so I'm not worried about relocating the outlets...but that doesn't affect the flow of the radiator at all?



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My local parts store let's me bring a bent piece of wire and compare it to stock hoses until I find something I can chop up. On a slow day, they've even helped.
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My local parts store let's me bring a bent piece of wire and compare it to stock hoses until I find something I can chop up. On a slow day, they've even helped.
I tried that at auto zone one time with a cardboard cut out of the shape i needed and the guy at the counter asked me "what's the make and model?" So I said nevermind and went over to auto value and the guy at the counter came back and helped me find what I needed

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Lower radiator mounts are set in place, I welded up a 2" diameter by .5" thick puck tapped for a 7/16" bolt to the tank and formed a bracket to weld to the frame. I have my doubts though that in the current set up i will be able to route the lower hose.
I hope that's not the final product. I'd HIGHLY suggest a larger hole in that bracket with a pass-through rubber, poly, or silicone isolator on the mount. Frames flex and I'd be amazed if it didn't crack the radiator tanks right around the welds holding those pucks in if you hard mount it like that.

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I've done the same, works well if you find the right shop. Napa, Carquest, and local mom and pop shops seem to be far better about it than the generic Autozone and OReilly's types with the mouth breathing counter staff.
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I'm going to disagree with you but I will hear you out and I will be open to others opinions as well.

I was for sure planning on a bushing to isolate the tank from the mount, but unless convinced otherwise I do not agree with opening the hole up. I get that the frame flexes but if I have the radiator mounted only by the tanks, won't the radiator core absorb frame flex?

I could be way off but that is my train of thought. I made these pucks but wide open design sells basically the same thing and it looks to me like they mount them to there frames the same way I did, it actually looks like they don't even use a bushing at all.

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