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Old 06-25-2011, 02:55 AM   #31
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Thanks, that looks like an interesting thread over there.

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Old 06-30-2011, 02:25 PM   #32
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I actually don't think the chrome wheels look to bad next to my jeep. Anyway a heavy work load kept me from working on the jeep. I did prep my upper control arm mounts by welding them together with the right spacing for my control arm joints. Center one is for the front and is set at 0 degrees unlike the two for the rear triangulated link set at 22 degrees.


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Old 06-30-2011, 02:35 PM   #33
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I am second guessing my LCA frame position. I can't get much length out of the arms and because of it my anti-squat numbers are way high. Rear LCA arm length at 24", anti squat at 130%. I can cut down my trans mount to only use 2 bolt holes and move the mounts back another 6-8 inches. Though more work and time. I really only want to do this once.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:59 AM   #34
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I'm at the point where the next step is the upper control arm mount and I'm still unsure if I want to move the lower arms back and get more length out of them.


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Old 07-07-2011, 07:43 AM   #35
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The better anti-squat numbers were to much for me and I cut off the mounts cut down my tranny mount and tacked the LCA and UCA mounts up.




I cut down all my control arms, tack welded the threaded inserts in and attached all the joints. They look awesome. I didn't have gloss black spray paint so I couldn't paint the wheels yesterday but I will pick that up on the way home. Planning on painting 2 wheels today and getting the tires mounted on them tomorrow to have the rear of the jeep on it's own feet. Going to test fit the arms today then weld up everything solid and paint as much as I can.

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Old 08-02-2011, 02:33 AM   #36
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Any more updates yet? I was looking at the rear end shots and wondering where the links went on the backside of the axle tube.

But that is the caliper bracket sitting back there. Doh.
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Any more updates yet?
Well I went on a two week vacation and haven't updated this yet, so let me get this caught up.

7/8/2011 - I finished as much as I could but I was rained out on Friday and was getting ready to leave Saturday till I left.




Finished the welds on the axle. Finished the weld on one LCA, I was welding together the rest of the control arms in between welding the axle and frame to keep the heat down too. I finished one arm and almost another.

So I still got a bit of welding to do when I get back but I did paint 2 wheels and they look good and will work well enough. Though I did pick the two best ones to start with. The other 2 will take longer to fix and they have some dents in the outer rim.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:22 AM   #38
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Ok, so I wasn't able to get much done yesterday as I had hoped even with it been a nice day outside. I finished welding the passenger side mounts and started working on the driver side mounts. I definitely need to get a welding jacket as all the overhead welding is getting a little to painful without it. Once I finish that up today I will clean up all the welds and any surface rust I can see then prime them up. Will do the same to the axle. After all that metal is primed I will work on finishing up welding the bungs into the control arms. I may run out of daytime before I finish so the priming may have to wait till tomorrow, as I have to wait till they cool enough to paint them.

Also I have a tire in my back seat right now, waiting to be put on a newly painted wheel during my lunch break.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:24 AM   #39
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I ran out of welding wire on the home stretch. I only have one more control arm to weld up. Of course this happened 5 min before 9 leaving me no time to get more. I started with a fresh 1 pound roll 2 seconds into the day( I grabbed all my tools jumped under the jeep was all ready to get to work and had a second of spark and ran out of that roll and luckily had one left).

I got no painting done. I was welding for 3 hours and was on a roll. The control arm welds look real nice and solid. Some of the upside down work doesn't look to pretty but it will definitely hold well enough as it has a lot of weld keeping it on. Still didn't get that welding jacket but was able to keep new burns to a minimum.

Today will be 5 minutes of welding and all paint prep and painting. Probably wont get to assembling the axle as it will be wet. I also have to keep in mind that I haven't yet put on the shock bracket as I couldn't get a good mock up at it without the axle already in place but that will be an easy affair once the back is on its feet. I may even assemble the front axle and put on the wheels to give the jackstands a break. It won't be drivable but it will roll. Still need the rear brakes then to measure the driveshaft needed and see if the one I got will work.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:30 AM   #40
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Well finally finished the welding for the back. Primed all the exposed steel. Need to hang my control arms to get some paint on them still. Going to be picking up a 5th tire today 2 hours away so that is going to cut into my painting time but we'll see how much I can do today. The rear will be in this weekend as all I have to do is finish the painting and reassemble the axle., I got the tires to stand it on its own feet. I still need to plumb the air line for the locker though. Find out what I'm doing for parking brakes and buy new brakes.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:30 AM   #41
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Axle: Done


Control Arms: Done


Frame mounts: Done


3rd member/Carrier: Done


Ready to be assembled


Almost forgot to do this, also should have done it before I cleaned the axle out the first time. Removed the bottom stud and replaced with a nut and bolt with nut welded to axle for drain plug.


I already put the carrier in the axle, mainly to keep any dirt out now that I have cleaned it. Wish I got a reusable gasket but the auto shop would have had to order it. I didn't want to wait and used RTV. Will get new brakes on my way home and slide it under the jeep today.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:55 AM   #42
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Yesterday, installed axle shafts and hard brake lines. Need to get new flexible brake lines for each caliper and the one to the rear axle. Assembled the control arms then got a bad thunderstorm outside.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:42 PM   #43
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Got the new calipers and turned in the super crusty old ones. Didn't get new brake lines for the calipers as it seemed like I couldn't find a part number for them. I cleaned them up though. Got a rear brake line that I don't remember what it came from but is 7" longer than stock, though it has a more of a Y block than a T block. Part #77315 Alt #BH2018

I slid the axle under and started connecting the control arms. Aparently either one or more of my mounts are off or one or more of my control arms are different lengths as I could get all but one connected. It got to dark to continue with bugs in my face I decided to stop till tomorrow. As long as all it takes is to adjust my control arms to fit then I'll have the jeep off the rear jackstands today.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #44
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Just hit a major milestone on saturday. I got the rear end on it's own weight and removed the jack stands. Though I am having tons of problems trying to find the right brake line to go from the hard lines to the caliper. Also still looking for a good way to get an e-brake as I need it to stay legal. I don't like how the coils sit in the lower bucket. It only has a bolt to hold it in place and seems to move around alot that I am sure will give me problems while offroad. I still need to add the shock mounts and the hard line brake mount tabs(though not really required).

Brake lines I need are 10" or shorter with a 7/16" banjo bolt hole and I am guessing the 3/8-24 line connection

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Well I did my best to cycle the suspension and to my great luck the coils will bottom out before the control arms do. Also set the shock mount at that point to get the greatest amount of travel out of it Anyone have a small scrap of 2.25"-2.75" OD pipe/tubing lying around to use to center the coils. Also looking for coil spring isolators to keep the metal on metal contact low. Posted my quest for a brake line and was given a good idea. To just drill out the lines I had to 7/16. Only thing I had in that size was my step drill bit so after drilling it out to the right size it conveniently turns into a deburring tool. Worked out great, now where did I put those banjo bolts?

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Shock is not connected to axle but is almost exactly where it will end up. Sadly I think that will be the limit of my down travel due to the shock, anyway the coil was about to come completely out of the top. Also I want to get a stiffer longer shock or maybe some RS9000's
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Thanks!

Found a buyer for my d30, it will be gone on Friday.

Things to do today. Weld on the shock mount and brake tab, then paint it. Find those banjo bolts and hook up the brakes and bleed them some. Will have to wait for the paint to dry so true completion of the rear won't be till tomorrow.

For tomorrow, install shocks, finish anything on the brakes left over. Install wheels and remove jack stands for good on rear.

Still required for rear. Find if my driveshaft will fit. Get a proper alignment. Hook up air line for locker and vent line.
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Oops. I neglected to update again. I got all the stuff done that I planned to, other than finding the banjo bolts. Over the weekend I went out and bought two banjo bolts(a side note: the 3 places I went to didn't even know what I was talking about, I had to find it in their store and show them). I knew I would need 2 for the front so even if I found the originals I wouldn't be out money. And luck would have it that when I went looking for the copper washers that I found the bolts sitting there with them.

Ok so the rear isn't on it's own weight yet. Though it soon will be now. I was waiting to figure out a better way of keeping the coil springs centered on the mounts. All I had was a flat plate to set the spring on and a bolt in the center with a coil retainer(basically another flat plate). The last time I got the axle on it's own weight, I centered the springs when I put them in. Though as soon as I put some weight on it the spring slid around on the bolt. Kinda unnerving if I'm going to be driving around like that. I bought 2 coil isolators, they are from the rear upper mount, to help me limit any noise and metal to metal contact. I realized that I could use bumpstop extensions to get the spring centered. I also realized that we used thick plastic sheets at work to cutout products for military use. I grabbed some scrap of 1" thick heavy duty plastic and cut out two circles 2 1/2" diameter. They fit perfectly into the isolators and after a mock fit found they will work perfectly for what I want.




I have all the brake hardware and a comfortable way of keeping the springs in place. I'm now ready to install the axle for good.
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Oh I also removed my front axle and got the idea of using bumpstop extensions from looking at the ones on my front axle. So all I got to do is buy another pair of isolators to do the front. After today I am going to start working on the front. For the rest of the week I will be cutting off all the brackets and weld on the truss for the front axle. I still think I am going to get to a stand still with needing money for parts. I still need to freshen the front axle and I need a frame side track bar mount and all the metal tubing. Not to mention I don't have all the parts for plumbing the air system.
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I just ran across this thread. Very, very nice build up man! Any updates?
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I just spent another few hundred on suspension parts. DOM, treaded inserts, and 8 suspension joints. Got my rear truss and it looks great. It can't be angled and goes on only one way so I am going to weld it on today. The truss is almost exactly what I wanted. The only thing that could make it better would be if the top section came in one piece. The base is 3/8" and the top is 1/4", and since my housing is all steel I can weld it all the way around. It's going to take me hours to weld it on slow enough not to warp the tubes. I also grinded the rest of the welds down smooth and popped the cover off the D44. It looks like it got some heat and the oil is muddy. Also found out I have a 3.5mm ARB air line. Which means it's really good that I checked as I almost bought the wrong connectors. It also means my ARB is either the new version or the line was changed out as the most common line is 3/16" and the less common line of 1/8"





Oh and I saw this at a mall yesterday.
first of all, awesome build, saw the start of this thread and hadnt seen it again till now..awesome work ;] secondly, noticed your from northern va, the pic of that jk looks like it was taken at the shopping mall in williamsburg Va, am i correct? im pretty sure i saw the same jeep at the same place when i was in williamsburg back in july or august i think it was
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That JK was in the Spotsylvania Town Mall. 95 and route 3 (exit 130)

Yea, well I haven't been able to get much done. The front axle is on hold due to finances. My wife lost her job and could only get a part time job in retail with her bachelor's degree. Not to mention one of my cars was in an accident, and since that car was already in an accident years before now denying it collision coverage in this one. I had to fix it back up just to get us to work. I still have a rear quarter panel to replace that includes part of the door frame. I had to make a framing out of angle iron to mount the door lock mechanism to keep the door closed (functions perfect I might add), also had to replace that door (sadly all I could find is a darker gray than the rest of the car and manual everything).

The axles I bought were on a jeep in a storage building that caught fire. The heat only hit the front of the jeep. Luckily the jeep didn't have the vortec engine in it at the time, it was at a shop getting bored out. Anyway I don't trust any of the bearings on the spindle, the ball joints, seals, tie rods, and rotors, and lock outs(the selectors were plastic and one side completely melted off), and axle u-joints all have to be replaced. That is all in the ball park of 500 bucks, though it will almost be like a new axle then and I know the parts will last for years. I also need the tubing for the front control arms and track bar, which will be another $150. Then the air hose tubing, fittings. I am still somewhat undecided on what type of tubing to use but I do already have a pump, 5 gallon tank, all the switches and relays, air manifold, and a in cab gauge ready for the install. Just need the fittings and tube for connecting the axles.

I have all the mounts, frame and axle, that I need, the control arm and track bar ends, and a truss for the front. This will keep me busy till hopefully something comes along.

Now to where my Jeep is at the moment. Since the other car is not going to be passing an inspection any time soon till I replace the gaping hole near the rear door. I had to get my Jeep driveable. Luckily the d30 didn't sell that day though both my upgraded steering did. Also I cut one of my control arms in half to get it out be cause it was being a pain. I keep everything that I replace though and had my original steering. 20 bucks at rock auto got me a new upper control arm and replaced a seized caliper for another 20. My Jeep is on all four wheels right now, brakes installed and bleed waiting for the driveshaft to get back from it's trip to High Angle Drivelines in CA from getting it shortened. Also got around to installing the rear shocks and realized that I placed the mounts to far apart, I have them on the outside of the mount. That will be plenty to hold them on while I am just driving around town but I wouldn't want to go off road like it is.

Oh and still need to find a solution to my exhaust. I cant us the original muffler anymore as it won't fit with the long arms. I am trying to find a flange adapter that will fit to the one on the cat so I can just bolt up just a muffler to keep the cops from looking at me till I can get an exhaust shop to fill in the rest. I could cut the flange off my old exhaust but I like keeping stock things intact so I can resell them, or reinstall them if I have to.
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A funny thing about my jeep right now is because I have a different bolt pattern from my front axle to my back I can only use what is available. I have 4 5x5.5 BP wheels in black steel d-window that I am using 2 on my rear. I traded my 4x4.5 BP black wheels and 33" tires for chrome wheels and 35" tires. So I have black wheels on the back and chrome ones on the front. Sadly I have no idea how long I will have to go like that. I might just get wheel adapters 5x4.5 to 5x5.5 so I can have the same wheels for now. Also I could reuse them when I get around to building a trailer, common 1k-3.5k trailer hubs are 5x4.5. With the adapters I could use all the same wheels and tires. Don't have a picture yet but will post one up when I get home.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:28 PM   #56
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I gave it an alignment and now it is all good. Been driving it to work the past week. This will get me by till I save up to get the front axle all cleaned up and ready. Thing I still need to change:
1. Mount a muffler and get an exhaust pipe installed.
2. Figure out parking brakes. The brakes are actually better than I first thought, will stop me just fine at speed. Will test possibility of using F8.8 brakes.
3. Rear alignment with a machine. Lasers are better than the measuring stick.
4. The shock mounts were set to far outboard and I couldn't get a bolt through the mount so they are mounted on the inside of the mounts.
5. Totally forgot I still have the passenger door apart trying to fix the power window motor, need to get that back together.
6. Air plumbing for the ARB. The line is just hanging of the axle.
7. Find a 5th 15x8 black wheel with a 5x5.5 bolt pattern and 2" back spacing for the spare(may buy 3 as the other 2 I got are rusted up).
8. Repaint and mount spare tire carrier. Make high lift jack mount on it too.
9. Get long travel shocks and outboard.
(There is more but that is all I want to put in the list to look at )



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Old 10-27-2011, 02:40 AM   #57
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Great work thanks for the excellent update.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #58
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hey i have seen your jeep at NOVA and i love it! looks good man
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hey i have seen your jeep at NOVA and i love it! looks good man

Thanks, just waiting for my christmas bonus to start working on her again. Need to restore 4wd before any snow comes.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:09 AM   #60
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Great build! I have been looking on threads all over the place to figure out the best way to approach a build like this. I am at a loss to buy the RE 5.5" lift or just build my own with DOM and heim joints. Figured it would be cheaper doing it this way but the RE kit bolts right in and is a tried and true product. If you had the money would you buy the kit or build your own? Can't wait to see the front done, this will be a beast!

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