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Old 06-08-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Project Phoenix

For those that do not know, back in August our 2004 LJ was involved in a fire while having a 5.7 Hemi installed. The total loss fire left us with next to nothing and our insurance did not fully cover our expenses. Therefore, we were left behind the curve on building another vehicle.

To help remedy this unfortunate situation many vendors and individuals have decided to step up and lend a helping hand. My wife and I would like to express our heart-felt gratitude to everyone who has gone the extra mile to show us what the off-road community can do when everyone bands together. Because of the extreme amount of support we have received we will be able to rebuild another LJ and add a few improvements along the way. We want to get back on the trails as soon as possible.

Again, thank you to everyone who has offered labor, parts, kind words, and moral support. The road has been bumpy, to say the least, but it’s all downhill from here!

Current Vendor Support
Tribe 4x4 Customs: 817-343-4551
Tuff Customs Bedliners & Industrial Coatings: 682-438-8474
PSC Motorsports: 817-270-0102
4 Wheel Parts Fort Worth: 817-560-2455
Shrockworks 4x4 Products: 877-474-7625
Rock & Roll Offroad: 877-765-8774


On to the build. The short list of improvements includes 40” tires, Walker Evans wheels, 1 ton axles, coilovers, long arm suspension, Rubicrawler, tube fenders, armor, and hydraulic-assist steering. As we move along we will add details of the build.

We started with a bone stock 2005 LJ. Prior to taking the vehicle to Tribe 4x4 we were able to upgrade the bumpers and remove some of the dead weight like factory side steps and a trailer hitch.


Check out that flex!


We plan to end up with something like this…maybe just a little taller.


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Bumper Info

Here are some details on the bumpers. They come from Shrockworks and were coated by Tuff Customs. We were able to salvage them off the original LJ but they were a little worse for wear. All new hardware and components were provided by Shrockworks. Mike at Tuff Customs spent many hours stripping the bumpers to bare metal in order to get them ready for the new coating. Check them out!!






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Saturday we did a lot of cutting and removing parts. All of the suspension is out along with the axles, transfer case, fuel tank, and exhaust.








While we were in there it was time to fix a leaking rear main seal.


Here are some of the people who helped make it happen today.
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Here are some before pictures of the old LJ. Burnt pretty good!








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We started this morning installing the Advanced Adapters Rubi Crawler. Here are some shots of the goods.






New T-case all installed with SYE kit.
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We also started on fitting a Dana 60 kingpin in the front to handle the 40" Goodyear MTR's!





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Here are a few more pics to to drool over (at least I'm drooling).







Sexy shifters...
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Today Tribe worked through setting up the steering and front suspension. It takes time to get the geometry just right and set the Jeep as low as possible.



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Some action shots from the shop today. Cranking along, setting up the front axle. Alot of details involved with stuffing a huge axle under a jeep, and making everything clear! All the steering parts came in today. Thanks PSC Motorsports for personally bringing down to us. We are installing their full steering asist kit, including a new larger pump, trick aluminum reservoir, upgraded steering gear box, and trail cylinder.
We removed the stock trac bar mount. Building a new one, stronger and in the right place.


All cleaned up




Had to put a counter weight on the rear! Dana 60+motor+nothing in the rear= very tipsy Jeep!

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Custom bent lower links. Yes this bender is the bomb! Thats 1/4 wall 2" DOM its bending.



Setting the caster, 7 degrees, and checking steering link clearances.

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Steering is one of the most important parts of a well balanced offroad vehicle! How many of you have had their steering bound up?



New Tribe coilover mounts!

CNC plasma cutting, in house! Great for one offs, and prototyping!


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Today the power steering and transmission coolers were mounted to the custom bracket inside of the grill.





In addition, many steering and suspension brackets were wrapped up. Soon the front of the Jeep will be able to stand under its own power.



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Finishing up some bracketry and welding. Beautiful...





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More crappy cell phone pics.

The front end is in and standing under it's own power. Save for a few odds and ends it is all welded up and painted. Steering ram is in and its amazing how tight it all came together.





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Some more pictures. Everything is working out as planned. The steering geometry is going to be perfect! We built a super long trac bar with a tall mount for a low vehicle roll center. All the steering is mounted up high for more ground clearances. Planning on moving to the rear tomorrow. Adam


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The front end is basically wrapped up. Brakes were added and a few misc things finished. After that, work moved "to the rear" to get things set up. The fuel tank was reinstalled (4" further back) and the differential was located.







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How about a little truss work today? The rear is coming along nicely. A lot of time was put into figuring out disc brakes and a functional e-brake for the rear Sterling.







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The rear is coming together. Upper links were made and the lower links were mounted. Brakes were figured out and the cutting began. The body will be clearanced some to fit the tires and keep the Jeep as low as possible. Coilover towers are being designed to fit inside of the tub to stay up and out of the way.









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04/30/11 - Trailer Work

I took our big trailer to Tuff Customs yesterday to have a little work done. Because of the width of the new axles the Phoenix wont fit between the fenders anymore. Mike built some nice heavy rails (1/4" wall 2" square tubing) to drive on so all wide vehicles will clear the fenders. He even added a nice touch of some expanded metal on the faces of the rails for extra traction. Great work!



Shouldn't have any problems with wet and muddy tires slipping off.




Nice and unobtrusive. They blend in well with the trailer and look good. Next will be doing this to our other trailer.
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The rear suspension is all set up now. Coilover mounts were frenched into the frame for clearance. The Jeep now sits on all 4 tires. There are still things to wrap up such as brake lines, exhaust, skins, etc. Getting very close to completion.







Also, the front fenders were being fitted and trimmed to clear the coilover towers.



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Here it sits out in the sun. Most of the loose ends have been tied up so we are nearing completion. As anyone who has ever done a project like this knows, the small stuff at the end seems to take the longest.





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05/07/11 - More Trailer Work

Took the 18' over to Tuff Customs so it could receive the same type treatment as the 34'. This time Mike had to make a couple more cuts to fit the fenders well. Check it out...





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How about some updates shots. We have been hammer down here at the shop, trying to wrap up these Jeeps for K2!





Battery hold down, Phoenix.
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We went to Bridgeport today to shake down the Jeep. No major issues and we got to try all the new features. When the remainder of the parts show up we'll be able to "finish" the project.







And here it is after a bath. Ready for K2!!

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pretty sick man. what size are the tires. i was to lazy to read
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Tuff Customs really put it together by taking it apart this weekend. The Phoenix was gutted and stripped down for some interior lining. Just about every part was taken out, including the cage, to make sure only the right stuff was coated. Check it out!



Over the edges to protect the door sills.




A little custom touch.
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pretty sick man. what size are the tires. i was to lazy to read
40x13.5-17
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Its been a bit so I thought I'd update everyone. Recent additions include rear skins from Poison Spyder, custom flares for the skins from Tribe 4x4, all exterior lights changed to LEDs (except headlights), Poison Spyder hood louver kit, and all control arm bushings cut off and replaced with Johnny Joints (Thanks TBJK). The rear bumper with a tire carrier is getting replaced with one without a tire carrier. I don't believe anything else is in the works. We've wheeled it a few times are are very happy with the results.

Again, we'd like to say thanks to everyone who did anything to help with this build. There is no way we could have done it alone. All of the support is much appreciated.





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Recently we put on a new set of shoes. These Pit Bull Rockers are much stickier than the GoodYears. Took them to Hot Springs and loved them...for the short time I was able to use them before breaking a hub. So far I'm impressed with how everything is performing. Thanks to Ryan and Kendall at 4 Wheel Parts for getting the Warn hubs taken care of for me. Also thanks to Shrockworks for hooking us up with a new custom rear bumper. This is no bumper like they've built before but Justin took the time to customize it and beef it up.





Inside of rear bumper. Check out that beef!



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