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Old 08-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #271
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Bob I think ur mistaking the blue Yota at the m&g for Trent's tan Yota that u saw give Lori a ride in up the gatekeeper that October ....
With some wheelbase, decent flex and 37 or bigger tires the Calico gatekeeper is relatively easy to tackle.
Weight is important lighter is better, however if you are in to the abusive end of rock crawling then things staying together time after time after time is important also. My belly and oilpan armor is 3/8 thick 6160t6. Side armor and sliders are 3/16 steel that has been heavily munched on by rocks.
Control arms are steel and plenty strong even though I have bend 2 of them.
The Jeep has a fat behind but still climbs pretty darn good. Anything that could be taken out of the Jeep to save weight, has been gutted out.
It's been geared to crawl and I have had a ton of fun with this thing in the last 3 years, hasn't let me down yet after 3 years of extensive hammer wheelin.
Still drives nicer than my lil Jeep on 35's on the street.

Ohe yeah drives pretty nice on rocks to, the steel wraps stays.



All it needs to make it up Devils highway on Hells revenge in Moab is a bit more power. Car wash was a snap the other one I just cannot quite make enough momentum

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Yeah baby. Now that looks like fun. Don't know if mine would make that but it would be fun finding out.

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Old 08-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #273
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That's very likely terrain based. Between our rigs we've run 35's, 2 sets of 37's, a set of 40's, 2 sets of metric 35's, a set of metric 33's, and I've cut at least 5 of the 37's and 40's. I currently have a cut 40, and I cut a brand new 37 within 50 yards of the start of Sledge one fine day. I'm also one of the few folks I see out there that will back up when I think I've got a sidewall in danger and try to move over a bit so I don't cut it.

My friend Sergey cut 3 out of 5 35's on the way to the trail out there one day. We had a buddy bring out another set because I was able to sew only one of them well enough to get back to camp.
MTR's have a bit of a habit of failing on the sidewalls or when banged around they like to spring a leak between the cuts in the sidewall siping.
Friend of mine destroyed 2 of them in the desert part of the emc race last February.
MTR;s been good so far to me. Next set of Hammer or AZ trail tires will either be bias ply sticky Irocs, 42" Pitbull Rockers or the Maxis kreepy krawlers.
They all have tuff sidewalls and still do pretty darn well on rocks. Not a red label krawler but somewhat close and a lot tougher
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Yeah baby. Now that looks like fun. Don't know if mine would make that but it would be fun finding out.
As long as you do not end up using the training wheels on the top tube of your cage its fun
When you use those it gets a bit more intense
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It would be a lot less painful than going down on my motorcycle at 140.
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Some folks been there done that enough Kevlar and a bit of luck landing and the road rash is minimal lol. One of my buddy's at work is into speed racing on the track,
I get to crazy going fast lol
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My wife said 65 is too old to be racing my bike. I sold it and bought my Jeep. 170 hp at the rear tire on the nitrous, 800 pounds. It was so much fun.
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I received my new shifters today for my AW-4 automatic transmission swap into my Yj.
So that completes my list of parts needed to do the job..I guess its time to pull the ol boy apart.
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I received my new shifters today for my AW-4 automatic transmission swap into my Yj.
So that completes my list of parts needed to do the job..I guess its time to pull the ol boy apart.
I think we might have a slight problem... my jeep suddenly wants to drive over and volunteer to become the patient.
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I received my new shifters today for my AW-4 automatic transmission swap into my Yj.
So that completes my list of parts needed to do the job..I guess its time to pull the ol boy apart.
Cool goodies Steve, now stay under your Jeep till it's done
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Cool goodies Steve, now stay under your Jeep till it's done
Thanx...I'm excited now bud!
I'm clocking the new TC now...
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I received my new shifters today for my AW-4 automatic transmission swap into my Yj.
So that completes my list of parts needed to do the job..I guess its time to pull the ol boy apart.
That's great Steve, l may need to add that 2nd shifter after I see how you like it!
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Yeah Thanx Bill..from what I've read and been hearing this double shifter setup is the hot ticket.
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Yeah Thanx Bill..from what I've read and been hearing this double shifter setup is the hot ticket.
Do you think you will be done by the 24th? Dan and I were thinking about a run that weekend if his jeep is done.
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Yeah that's what I'm pushing for....but I can't make it out with you guys... I'm running the Dusy the 23rd through the 26th.
I need to order up a trans cooler...how do you like your?
I was looking at getting a cooler with a fan but yours looks a lot Easter to mount.
Hope your having a good time on your trip bud..
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Yeah that's what I'm pushing for....but I can't make it out with you guys... I'm running the Dusy the 23rd through the 26th.
I need to order up a trans cooler...how do you like your?
I was looking at getting a cooler with a fan but yours looks a lot Easter to mount.
I like the Dorale unit that is in mine. I didnt do a ton of research, its what Blaine suggested when he did the auto swap and that was good enough for me. It's mounted in the back and set at 185 degrees. I have an auto meter gauge as well. If you need any part #s I can get them for you. If Dans rig isn't ready, I will post another run date.
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Cool Thanx...so the cooler mounted behind your winch isn't your thanks cooler?
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Cool Thanx...so the cooler mounted behind your winch isn't your thanks cooler?
It would think it would be too big for that area, I can take a pic and show you mine. The only cooler I have seen there is a steering cooler. It takes a decent length of not so cheap line to run it up through the radiator, but it works great. I may add a manual kill switch for deep water crossings.
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10-4...
I'm all set now...got everything on its way...
Thanx for the help.
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What did I miss in here...whats the dual sticks on the AW-4
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Gee Geoff, everyone knows about those twin sticks.
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Also, while I am waiting for an answer on that question directed mostly towards Steve ...Im gonna start a new discussion:

Front axles...

Alright, so you hear it everywhere that the D30/rubi44 is not really the ideal axle for 37s. Is there a worthy front axle swap out there that retains the 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern? If not...maybe 5 on 5.5 is the way to go
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Two is always better that one...right?
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Two is always better that one...right?
LOL I hope so I'm twin sticking my Rubi.

If you go to a 60 in the front those get kind of heavy. Won't that require a much stronger and expensive shock setup to control the weight at high speed. Or do you just run that kind of setup anyway.
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What did I miss in here...whats the dual sticks on the AW-4
Hey yeah go to Redesign.com and check out the... Rock shifter and the Baja II shifter those are the two I'm I stalling to control my AW-4.

As for the front axle? You can use the Waggy d44 from 1981 -1991 these have drivers side drop. You'll need to use the ford knuckles & spindles for a 5 on 5.50 lug at 60" to 61"wide...or go for the Ford HP d44 and it will already have the 5 on 5.50 lug but will be 63" wide.
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I know the 44 has a much stronger pinion shaft than the D30. Does the Waggy D44 have stronger tubes and C's than a 30 or Rubi 44? Or should you sleeve and gusset it?
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I know the 44 has a much stronger pinion shaft than the D30. Does the Waggy D44 have stronger tubes and C's than a 30 or Rubi 44? Or should you sleeve and gusset it?
Yeah...the tubes are larger and thicker....same with the C's plus you'll get rid of the Unit bearing and onto spindles with locking hubs. I'm sure there's more benefits too that I'm leaving out.
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Yeah...the tubes are larger and thicker....same with the C's plus you'll get rid of the Unit bearing and onto spindles with locking hubs. I'm sure there's more benefits too that I'm leaving out.
I am guessing the waggy is HP? That is another benefit that it would have that the Rubi44 or the LP30 wouldnt have.

We obviously have bigger priorities with the racecar right now...but I think I am getting close to being able to start modding the jeep like I really want to...and I think 37s is a good place to build to right now that will get me thru what I want with out getting too crazy with cost of bumping up to 40s. After looking at the HP44 we are running on the cherokee...this is kind of where I think I am going to start leaning. Plus...with the cherokee, my buddy's yota, and then possibly me all on the same axle...that would be good if anything ever breaks or we are scrounging for parts.
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Hey yeah go to Redesign.com and check out the... Rock shifter and the Baja II shifter those are the two I'm I stalling to control my AW-4.
I will, thanks

EDIT: redesign.com is a no worky link...
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