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Old 03-28-2013, 06:01 PM   #241
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hey nice job with the whole build loved reading it all. I wanted to ask you that was rhino liner you put on the inside right or some other brand? If so how did you do it? did you spry it or roll it on?

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Old 03-28-2013, 07:47 PM   #242
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Got the winch and ARB switches mounted last night. Put them in where the factory radio would be. I will end up getting a console that will house my radio and cb.
I think it turned out pretty darn good.






I think so too..!!! Good work, and ALMOST THERE..!

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Old 03-29-2013, 12:42 AM   #243
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hey nice job with the whole build loved reading it all. I wanted to ask you that was rhino liner you put on the inside right or some other brand? If so how did you do it? did you spry it or roll it on?
It is a product called raptor liner. It comes in as kit 4 bottles, a hardner and a spray gun. About 250-300 for the kit.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:24 AM   #244
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Had a great time this weekend and the jeep did great. Left out of Sanderson for the 14 mile trip to the ranch road. 5th gear running 65mph I was turning 2200rpm. No track bars and no front sway and it drove and rode great. Real glad I went with a quality lift (rubicon xpress) cause the ride was real smooth. Once on the dirt road headed to the ranch house the jeep really shined. Very happy with the way it road on the dirt road.
Couple of issues that need to be fixed. Rear shocks are too long and I had a feeling this would be an issue before we ever left Lubbock. When I ordered my shocks they sent me the ones for a 4.5 lift and the D35. Going to the 8.8 moved the shock mount up on the tube instead of hanging down like on the D35. I am going to address that situation soon. Saturday night I noticed my air compressor running more than it had been when I had the lockers on. I just figured I had a leak somewhere and would fix that along with the shocks. We leave Sunday and head back to Sanderson. We stop at a store to get some things and noticed a strong smell of gear lube. Look under the jeep and my rear end is covered in the stuff. Pinion seal went out. I think my air leak is inside the rear diff. The 8.8 is the only drive train component we did not rebuild. That will be done this week. Other than those two issues the jeep did amazing and performed better than I could have expected. The tera-low t-case is just amazing, and locking up both axles is like a whole new world to driving a jeep. The MT/R's are also a wonderful tire. Quiet on the road, we ran with no top or doors, and amazing on the rocks!!! I really did not get much pictures of me climbing anything or going over a lot of rocks cause I was just having way too much fun doing it. And so were my passengers. Ill post some pics on the next reply.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #245
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Like the decorations for our tent?

The last picture of the rock formation of the cross is something I wanted to tell yall about. The whole weekend was a blast. Driving the jeep around, spending time with friends and family, all the food, drink and laughter was so fun but having Easter service on top of a mountain standing next to this cross was an experience I will never forget. Being among some of the best people I have been blessed to meet, seeing all of God's creation and glory and then having one of the best services of my life will remain with me for ever. It was a truly wonderful weekend.

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:27 AM   #246
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this is such a great post! Jeep looks fantastic, you and your crew did an amazing job on her. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:35 PM   #247
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Pulled drive shaft and yoke. Pinion bearing is freaking GONE!!! That was one component of the drive line we did not rebuild. Oh well guess its time to do that and install my c-clip elim and my chromoly axles.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:44 AM   #248
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Got the carrier and pinion out. Actually turns out all the bearings are fine so I am just going to install them back into the housing. First though I am going to install my c-clip eliminator kit. I bought the super 88 kit from superior. Very nice looking kit and the instructions I down loaded from their site are very easy to read and follow.
The biggest problem I had with this install was the mental part of it. Had a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact I had to cut the ends off the tube. So I grabbed my big boy panties and decided to go for broke. Turned out it was a pretty easy install. Here are some pictures.

Cutting end of tube. Used cutoff wheel on my die grinder. Instructions recommended using a electric grinder with a 4" cut off wheel but I am more comfortable using my die grinder.





Here is what the ends looks like after cutting. Must make sure the ridge next to the flange is still there. After I made my cut then I took the grinder and smoothed everything out along with a scotch pad on my die grinder. Then some emory cloth to make sure there are no burrs on the inside of the tube. You must remove the axle bearing and the race that is inside the tube. That race was a pain in the butt to get out. Not sure if it was just really stuck in there or my puller was a piece of crap but I ended up cutting 4 notches in the race so it would come out. That did the trick.





Now it was on to installing the spacer for the c-clip elim. Pretty straight forward and easy to do. Superior includes the hardware and instructions to make this process a snap. I did use black RTV silicone between the spacer and the axle flange.
















Now it was time to install my caliper bracket and dust plate. No big deal with this also it went on with no problems. The instructions did say that the dust plate may need to be modified to fit, I had no problems with mine. Then it was time to test fit the axle. Axle went in with no problems.




I did install the wheel studs after I pulled the axle back out. They will need to be installed before the final install of the shaft.
Shot of the axles with bearing and retainers installed.




Pretty much all I have gotten done so far. After work today I'll get the axle all cleaned up and painted then install the gears and final installation of the axle shaft. Hopefully have the jeep back on the road late this afternoon or Monday.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:46 PM   #249
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Well got the rear end all back together. Wear pattern on the gears looked good so we just stuck it back in and will run it like that. C-clip axles are all in and cover is on. Only thing left to do is run the brake lines and install it back in my jeep. Hopefully Monday that will all happen. Here is a little bit of eye candy for ya'll. Went with the M.O.R.E diff cover and really like it. It is very stout and I think looks very good. Really like the "JEEP" logo on it.
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Looks like the Jeep is flexing good with the RE springs. So... are you getting new shocks or relocating the mounts on the axle?
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Looks like the Jeep is flexing good with the RE springs. So... are you getting new shocks or relocating the mounts on the axle?
I relocated the upper shock mount. Going to see how that does for now. If I still have problems I will look at either changing shocks or extending the lower shock mounts.
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Where did you find that diff cover?
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:56 PM   #254
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M.O.R.E. Mountain Off Road Enterprises. You can go to their website and find it there. I really like it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:57 AM   #255
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Great build! Very motivational.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:24 PM   #256
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That rearend does look sweet man, you've done a great job on the jeep.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #257
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Got everything buttoned up and took it for a test drive. Every thing worked great and no leaks.
So for now I am happy with the jeep and pretty much done with this phase of the build. Next phase will be working on the interior and cage but I need to wait for the funds for that. Maybe next winter I'll start on that.
I would like to say thanks to all who posted and commented on my build thread. I really do appreciate all of your very kind comments. I'll start this thread back up during phase two.





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Old 05-01-2013, 12:20 AM   #258
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Phase two better be sooner than later! I'm lovin' your build!
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:52 PM   #259
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This build is ridiculously awesome. When you do it, you do it right!

Great choices, looks awesome, sounds like it drives awesome, and most importantly it's exactly what YOU want.

I can't wait to see how you chose to do the interior. Though I don't have your skill set or resources, I'm inspired for sure. Keep it up, thanks for contributing!
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:23 PM   #260
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Thank you Cosmo, but honestly I really believe anyone with a decent understanding of how an automobile woks and decent mechanical skills can do everything I have done to my jeep. I cant weld but there is a welding shop right up the street from my shop and he does my welding. I wanted this build to show others, those with average to above average skill, that they too could build their jeep just like they want it. Granted I do have an advantage in that I have a nice big shop and employees that help. But I really believe this build could have been done in a two car garage and buddies over helping out while enjoying time together and a couple of cold beers.
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Point taken! Inspired. Gonna build up confidence with some smaller projects on the jeep and move on up. Thanks again for the thread.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #262
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Finally finished reading the whole thread, well done... magnificent rig brother. How is the interior coming along? Been some time since your last update...
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Finally finished reading the whole thread, well done... magnificent rig brother. How is the interior coming along? Been some time since your last update...

Interior will be a winter project when I put it away for the winter. I say I DD my rig but in the dead of winter I just drive my truck. Plus I am in the process of buying my business partner out so that final figure will determine if I get to do what I want as far as the interior goes or wait a little longer. As you can see the YJ can be taken in many different directions depending on what the owner wants to do. And is a very, very capable off road vehicle whether its stock, slightly modified or built all out.
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How long is your rear driveshaft? I am curious as I am putting an 8.8 in mine with soa. I found a used tom woods on craigslist for $100. It has about a 16.5 to 17 running length.
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I think mine was around 16.5". I was worried when I put my 8.8 in that I would have some kind of bastard shaft length but it was pretty close to what it would have been with the D35. I can measure tomorrow to make sure. I am also running an Advance Adapters SYE.
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Interior will be a winter project when I put it away for the winter. I say I DD my rig but in the dead of winter I just drive my truck. Plus I am in the process of buying my business partner out so that final figure will determine if I get to do what I want as far as the interior goes or wait a little longer. As you can see the YJ can be taken in many different directions depending on what the owner wants to do. And is a very, very capable off road vehicle whether its stock, slightly modified or built all out.
I have made my decision, my first Jeep will be a YJ, not even looking at any others now (except maybe harleydragon's bad boy CJ lol, wish i could afford it). How come you don't drive it in the winter? Are you trying to preserve it from the elements or are YJs not known for good heating in the cab?
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I am running the same sye. That would be awesome if you could measure it. I can pick up the Tom woods rear and tj front for $150. I already have the cv yoke installed on my 231.
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I don't drive it in the real cold months because I take my two young daughters to school. And unlike me, they have not fully embraced the YJ lifestyle of not having a real good heater. They like the one in my truck better.
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[QUOTE=cosmokramer;4093024]This build is ridiculously awesome. When you do it, you do it right!

Great choices, looks awesome, sounds like it drives awesome, and most importantly it's exactly what YOU want.

X2!
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How long is your rear driveshaft? I am curious as I am putting an 8.8 in mine with soa. I found a used tom woods on craigslist for $100. It has about a 16.5 to 17 running length.

Measures 16.5" center to center. I am also running the adapter flange to fit the jeep shaft to the 8.8

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