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Old 02-26-2013, 12:00 PM   #271
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So none of your pictures are working on page 7 except like 2, but you went from the 1 piece skid to the separate crossmember and skid right? that change is what lost you the little bit of belly clearance? We just set up a crossmember on a friends jeep but with a different t case than you have, and were able to get it nearly flat. Going to be welding mine up next week and was just brushing up on the design and stuff from a few other builds. I know yours turned out very well and wanted to check a few specifics. What was the main reason you couldn't go flat in your case? The trans tunnel?

Also, awesome work, I bet it feels great to say you only have thing left on the list. I will be taking notes from your hp30 build/design in a few months.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:22 PM   #272
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Yep, I organized my Photobucket account and it really screwed up a lot of links. I don't have time to go through and fix it all right now.

I switched from my old steel flat skid to the Savvy UA setup--one piece skid and crossmember from their 'modular' kit. I was going to do my own but was so tired of fabbing and was just ready to hit the trail, that the price made it completely worth it. I'll probably do my own in the future at some point but for now, I love this setup.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #273
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Okay that's right I remember now. Yeah I have a little down time next week so I am just going to do the skid and cross member.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #274
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Imped, I think I bought the same windshield fluid reservoir. How did you connect it to the plug for the Jeep?
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #275
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Cut the plug off, spliced some similar-gauge wire onto the bare ends and ran it to the res motor. Cleaned it, taped it up and voila.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:21 AM   #276
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I jumped over and scoped out those vids, good stuff.. Wish the re-organization of photo bucket didn't screw up your links, happened to me once too... but the thing looks great in the vids... functional to an Extreme..! Well done..! Hope mine turns half that bad ass
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:26 AM   #277
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I'll be starting on a new project soon.

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Old 03-15-2013, 11:52 AM   #278
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That thing looks bullet proof! Nice!
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #279
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Is that a 14 bolt drop out?

What are your plans for it, you have a link?
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #280
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No, that's a Ruffstuff fab 9 housing with 14 bolt spindles. So, it will end up being a FF rear axle.....a 914 if you will. Plans are Tru Hi9 case, ARB, and 5.38 gears. Shafts will come from Branik Motorsports. WMS to WMS will be 70". I'll probably start building the front axle over the winter--same housing, Hi9 case, Detroit and 5.38's. Outers will be Ford 05+ Super Duty 60 stuff from the C's out.....a 609.

Next winter, I'll probably start to look moving my current axles in preparation for the swap. Until then, I'll wheel it and drive it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:44 AM   #281
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Sticking with the same link setup and and just swapping the axles? I know you put a lot of work into what you have now. Those axles will be NICE.
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Sticking with the same link setup and and just swapping the axles? I know you put a lot of work into what you have now. Those axles will be NICE.
Yep, the frame mounts aren't changing. The axle will get mounts where they need to be. It'll probably scoot back a couple more inches while I'm at it. That'll be the last step in durability for this thing....instead of worrying about breaking, I'll just give it hell if push comes to shove.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:05 PM   #283
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Yep, the frame mounts aren't changing. The axle will get mounts where they need to be. It'll probably scoot back a couple more inches while I'm at it. That'll be the last step in durability for this thing....instead of worrying about breaking, I'll just give it hell if push comes to shove.
A little more rear stretch definitely wouldn't hurt, should be able perfect. You sticking with 37s? No doubt those axles will stand up to anything you could throw them right now w/ current engine and tire size.
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I'll probably run the 37's for a bit longer then go to 40's or 42's. Those axles will hold up just fine to either one.

Just an example of a TJ unit bearing vs. 08 Ford F350 unit bearing

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #285
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Heck yeah, sounds good. You gona keep her on the road?


That difference is huge, but when your building like that you need it.
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No, that's a Ruffstuff fab 9 housing with 14 bolt spindles. So, it will end up being a FF rear axle.....a 914 if you will. Plans are Tru Hi9 case, ARB, and 5.38 gears. Shafts will come from Branik Motorsports. WMS to WMS will be 70". I'll probably start building the front axle over the winter--same housing, Hi9 case, Detroit and 5.38's. Outers will be Ford 05+ Super Duty 60 stuff from the C's out.....a 609.

Next winter, I'll probably start to look moving my current axles in preparation for the swap. Until then, I'll wheel it and drive it.
I had to do my homework on that one

A few questions I'm left with: when you say "from the c's out" do you mean you'll get the 9 housing and then press and weld the new c's in, or does it come from ruffstuff fab already in place on the housing? Second question, why a detroit in front and arb in back? I have a few ideas why you might do that, but instead of speculating I'll just ask.

Those super duty 60's are nice. Reading about them, I wonder will you use the super 60 unit bearing, or will you use something smaller/narrower?

EDIT: nvm, just saw your post with the 350 unit bearing
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Good questions. The housing will come from Ruffstuff without the C's unless I ship them the C's to weld on when they build the housing. That actually may be the best route since they've got a tru-bar setup to keep everything perfectly concentric, I do not. I'm still researching the details on the C's, knuckles, and brakes so I haven't made a decision on where I'll go with it yet. But it'll definitely use Ford ball joint/unit bearing parts, it's just a matter of vintage.

Apparently, guys are getting about 30k combined street/trail miles out of those UB's and 42's. That works for me.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:58 AM   #288
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Well damn dude. That's gonna be awesome, you might need a mortgage to finish though...
Can you get the rear shafts in 8x170?
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Well damn dude. That's gonna be awesome, you might need a mortgage to finish though...
Can you get the rear shafts in 8x170?
That's why I'm going nice and slow.....I probably won't even start on the front until next winter. The bolt pattern I'm still not set on yet....I can get hubs for the rear drilled in about any pattern I want so what I do up front will dictate that. I'll probably do 8x6.5....stock 14b pattern and I can get the front unit bearings drilled and tapped at Branik.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:41 PM   #290
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Nice, I am about a year and a half behind you.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #291
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Damn, I would be happy with a d44 rear lol
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:23 AM   #292
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Imped, you need to get this thread updated......none of the pic links work. Fix please.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #293
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Too much work......the better, full build thread is on JF.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #294
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looks good are you done or still got more to go ?
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:53 PM   #295
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Done?

LOL. Come on now.

Here's a few updated pictures.



























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You just sealed the deal for going matte vs. clear coat when I paint my TJ. Looks great. I've got a black hard top, black wheels, black skid plates, black body armor with a hunter green TJ. Looks kind of weird. lol

Awesome build. You should sell yourself, get a GoPro and start making videos.

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