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Old March 8th, 2019, 08:17 AM   #1
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Well as the title says, this won't be anything flashy or groundbreaking. I've honestly got the jeep mostly to where I want it. I do have a set of superduty axles I will likely throw under it at some point but I don't see that happening any time soon. This is more so just a log to track it's progress and document my adventures since I tend to break phones often and don't want to lose any pictures. I will go straight into the run down of where it sits today and follow it up with some pictures.

1999 Jeep Wrangler
- 5.3 LS out of a 2000 Silverado with approx. 93k
- 700r4 trans fresh rebuild
- HD 231 with chain kit and SYE from same Chevy
- Winters ratchet shifter
- Custom tune (supposedly 400hp?) from a guy down in Ohio that builds dragsters. Harness is from him as well
- Motobuilt fuel cell running stock fuel pump and sending unit
- Corbeau racing seats and 5 point harnesses
- 3 link long arm front/4 link rear
- PSC hydro Assist
- Superior custom aluminum radiator
- HP Dana 30 front with Yukon locker, 4.10 gears
- Front Yukon Shafts, moog ball joints, super strength joints
- Front axle truss, axle c's plated and gusseted
- Dual rate 4.5" coils F/R
- Old Man Emu shocks all 4 corners
- Rear 8.8 swap with disc brakes, 4.10 gears, and mini spool
- New-ish 35x12.5x15 BFG km2's
- Poison Spider replacement tube portions and harness bar
- Adam's Driveshafts
- High clearance F/R bumpers with recovery points and winch mount

I think that wraps it up, no major plans other than some small stuff currently. I've got a Bundy trip planned for April and back-to-back Silver Lake trips in June for Jeep Invasion weekend.

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Old March 8th, 2019, 08:32 AM   #2
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Pics as promised

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Old March 8th, 2019, 09:19 AM   #3
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Nice rig but that poor Dana 30 lol


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Old March 8th, 2019, 10:24 AM   #4
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Nice rig but that poor Dana 30 lol
Same thing I thought.
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I saw that and was expecting to see a D35 out back! At least its an 8.8
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Yeah I know the Dana 30 is not ideal but I didnt invest the $2,500 or so in parts to build it. I've got 3 spare housings, and enough spare shafts and whatnot I'm not too concerned about it yet. Time will tell how well it holds up and like I said I've got a set of superduty axles I will probably put under it some day.

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Yeah I know the Dana 30 is not ideal but I didnt invest the $2,500 or so in parts to build it. I've got 3 spare housings, and enough spare shafts and whatnot I'm not too concerned about it yet. Time will tell how well it holds up and like I said I've got a set of superduty axles I will probably put under it some day.

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Donít get me wrong. The d30 is a great axle. But youíre putting a lot of power to it but hey itís whatís there so ur not out anything yet lol. My zj buggy I first built has a hp 30 in it and its trussed gussed and sleeved, pretty much full built other than I run stock shafts, I consider it a fusable link, that being said, Iíve broken a lot of shafts and 1 Carrier on 36 iroks and a 4.0. Just keep em straight and lift before landing


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Old March 8th, 2019, 11:54 AM   #8
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Donít get me wrong. The d30 is a great axle. But youíre putting a lot of power to it but hey itís whatís there so ur not out anything yet lol. My zj buggy I first built has a hp 30 in it and its trussed gussed and sleeved, pretty much full built other than I run stock shafts, I consider it a fusable link, that being said, Iíve broken a lot of shafts and 1 Carrier on 36 iroks and a 4.0. Just keep em straight and lift before landing


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Yeah definitely I understand it's limitations. I'm hoping to keep axle joints as fuses per say but not sure how the spicers will hold up vs everything else. The hydro assist helps turning those 35s so I'm hoping that will minimize some damage as well.

Exactly I don't have hardly anything into it might as well run it for now. 36 iroks measure bigger than their 37s too these are a hair smaller but I've got more power.

The internet will always tell you to be 1 tons and done with it but with my work I don't have much vacation so I rarely leave Mi to wheel. I think for what I'll be seeing I can make the 30 live for awhile at least.

Time will tell.

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Old March 8th, 2019, 01:53 PM   #9
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Sweet Build. I did something similar 5.3 out of a 99, a built 700r4, 90 wrangler. I ran stock axles with 35s all summer and now im swapping axles out of a 79 f 250. Im curious on your kick down cable setup for the 700r4 and the throttle cable? how do you like the winters ratchet shifter?
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Sweet Jeep, I like it, simple, easy to the point.
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Old March 15th, 2019, 06:31 AM   #12
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Sweet Build. I did something similar 5.3 out of a 99, a built 700r4, 90 wrangler. I ran stock axles with 35s all summer and now im swapping axles out of a 79 f 250. Im curious on your kick down cable setup for the 700r4 and the throttle cable? how do you like the winters ratchet shifter?
What part are you interested in most? I'll look I might have some pics on my laptop somewhere.

Are you swapping axles due to breakage or just to upgrade? I swapped same axles into an old XJ I had I think theres a build thread on here somewhere..

So far I like the shifter. I think having a comfortable mounting location is a huge factor in that. I mounted it on top of an ammo can so I still have some storage too for all my spare Spicer joints and whatnot.

I got a bit of time in the garage last night. Trying to clean up wiring a bit and figure out some sort of inner fenders to keep the engine bay clean. Anyone ever fabbed their own?

I was supposed to get a replacement windshield in but apparently the Fed Ex guy didn't want to see an install on that..


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I broke something never investigated had the axles to swap so I decided it was time. Im most curious about how you ran the tv cable?
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Well started cranking away on this. Replaced all coolant lines with high temp stuff as the old lines were all cheapo flex line. Got these rock sliders from work for cheap cheap cheap and threw them on. Cleaned up the inside a bit and got some of my spare front ends torn down and on the metal rack. Have three sets of front shafts and multiple driveshafts, control arms, Heims, etc. It was nice to get all that organized and in one spot. Still have several housings to tear down.

The stock fuel pump worked alright but would over heat and shut off after stints at WOT. I put in a Walboro 255 as a replacement, now my issue is that it's spraying fuel out of the output line. It's currently just a rubber line with several v-band hose clamps. Is my output just too great now that I need to switch to stainless lines and AN fittings? Hoping that's not the case.

Also putting a set of BDS recoil bars on the tow rig at lunch today. Slowly getting ready for these back to back weekends coming up late May early June.

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I’d be surprised if you are getting 400 hp out of a stock 2000 5.3 without mechanical mods. A tune won’t do it alone.
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Iíd be surprised if you are getting 400 hp out of a stock 2000 5.3 without mechanical mods. A tune wonít do it alone.
I agree. It's got a few small add ons but if I had to guess 300 is more realistic

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Are you running a return fuel line?

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Yes I am. It's the Motobilt 15 gallon TJ/LJ cell

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Yes I am. It's the Motobilt 15 gallon TJ/LJ cell

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I would pull the return line off and dump it into the fill portion of the tank while it's running and just watch it to see if there is a steady flow going into the cell. If not you might have a restriction somewhere causing your issue. You can also pull the FPR vacuum line off after it has ran for a little bit, if fuel drips out of the vacuum line you need a new FPR

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I would pull the return line off and dump it into the fill portion of the tank while it's running and just watch it to see if there is a steady flow going into the cell. If not you might have a restriction somewhere causing your issue. You can also pull the FPR vacuum line off after it has ran for a little bit, if fuel drips out of the vacuum line you need a new FPR

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Well I finally had a second set of hands to run the switch for the fuel pump this weekend and determined the factory fuel pump housing is cracked at the output barb. This is causing a spray of sorts. New housing is on order and should be here this week.

Put some recoil bars on the tow rig Friday, blew a wheel bearing out on my drive home after work. New one in, gotta love working on the side of a dirt rode. For anyone's reference new wheel bearing dont include the four studs that pass through the knuckle (took 2 hours to remove four studs).

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