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Old 02-25-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Starting over

After 4 years of not driving my Jeep I'm "starting over". My original plan was go big or go home. As the 89 Wrangler sits now I have 4.5" RE leafs SOA. A 1 ton Chevy D44 up front with 4.56's and I swapped everything to Ford from the knuckle out. A super 35 kit in the rear(Weak, I know but it will work for now) and a D300 twinstick Tcase that I never quite got bolted up to the cute lil AX-5. I bought the 21 spline input but I need a 7/8" spacer/clocking ring and it would have to be custom. Here are some pics of how it sits.
Next to a friends stock 04 rubicon


Those are some beat 35's on the rear just to give ya an ider how big it is.


This is the direction I'm going. It sucks but I really just want to drive the thing. I put a brand new 2.5 longblock from ATK in just before I went crazy with it and the motor only has about 10,000 on it.(Dont worry I started it monthly and it has been in a garage.) Kinda funny story, After I built it in the garage it took a couple of ratchet straps to crank down the suspension and airing down to 4PSI to get it out....Anyways. I've got a D30 and NP231 I'm putting back in and going back to spring under. I figure the 4.5" springs and 2" boomerang shackles will be big enough. I'm tearing the D30 up now and replacing the axle seals, regearing to 4.56 and doing a homemade posi-lok. I should have the t-case by Friday and the SYE kit sometime next week. It's going to be fun to drive the jeep again. It's sad how when you buy a house and have a daughter the jeep gets neglected...

Here's some before pics of the D30. Like you've never seen one...



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Old 02-25-2009, 07:35 PM   #2
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yj is taller, rubi's tires are bigger .
just bustin' your chops. nice yj.

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Old 02-25-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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Those tires had to be on to get it into the garage.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:50 PM   #4
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. my husband and i have the same problems with our jeeps. his commander no longer fit in the garage b/c of the lift and his yj won't be able to when he's done w/ it. my tj won't fit any more. and if i want my cj in there i have to remove the roll bars and flip down the windshield. we've just decided to work on the jeeps in the yard.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:16 PM   #5
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wow. i wondered what a 4" lift done soa would look like....im glad i only looked, and not did it. i cant believe you got all that in front of (and behind) that ax5!!! i figured it would all turn to jelly... I see why you have no shocks. the jeep itself looks great! but yeah...big is good to a point, and when its executed correctly. i think your right, back to sua, shackles and call it done. KEEP the D300 ( or sell it to me) and loose the ax5. howd you mate the ax5 to the ford engine??? idint think they even made a conv plate for that trans...
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:18 PM   #6
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id' solve your power plant and drive train mods before even worrying about the suspension. I say that, but yet i worked backwards as well...first lift and eye candy, then the power package to move it...
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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Some progress pics and a question. My intermediate shaft had no retaining clip on it in the pumpkin. Is it supposed to have one? The guy I bought the axle from said it's from a 91 6cyl YJ. I did the math and it has 3.07 gears in it.

Empty housing


passenger side guts(outer and intermediate shafts, hub assembly, brake shields.)


driver side shaft along with rotors, calipers, carrier, diff cover


What happens to a 1/2" ratchet using a 4ft pipe attempting to remove axle nuts. After this I went to my mom's and picked up my compressor, impact gun, and propane torch...It's so much easier doing things the right way.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:15 PM   #8
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Some progress pics although progress has been slow. The GF and I are expecting another little one and I've been busting ass at work.





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18 year old U-joints are fun

The carnage


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Old 04-10-2009, 07:42 PM   #9
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I dont even wanna know how big of a pain this is gonna be on mine

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