|08-07-2012 06:11 AM|
|08-07-2012 05:15 AM|
You have some serious skills. You have done some great work. Your ride is one really nice labor of love and it shows it.
|08-06-2012 02:43 PM|
Unlike some 'clowns' I wheel with and think McDonald's LOL!!!!
|08-06-2012 01:25 PM|
Hmmm wonder where the yellow, black and red comes from
|08-06-2012 07:46 AM|
Thanks... definitely livin up to the custom plate... lol
I still have a long way to go... 4:1... Cloaks.... stroker.... 44's if not 60's... and the list goes on....
|08-05-2012 11:54 PM|
|08-04-2012 07:35 PM|
Here we are in the first week of August... HOT HOT HOT!!!!
OK guys.... finished the TT.... here we go...
I did NOT go with a LoPro mount... used the factory mount
I started with a some measurements...
15" of ground clearance with the stock shovel.....
The angle of my rear driveline was sitting pretty at 16 degrees and 15 at the pinion.... just did this to show what the angle change is with THIS UCF extra clearance skid...
-I unbolted the 4 tranny mount bolts
-Took the 4 screws off the radiator shroud ( I knew I needed to relocate it )
-Jacked up the trans about 2.5" higher than the stock shovel and supported it with a jackstand.
-Installed UCF skid loosely
-Lowered tranny/t-case onto new skid aligning the trans mount... finished tightening the skid
Took some more measurements...
I gained a total of 2" of belly clearance... Just what I expected.
What I didn't expect was the LARGE increase in driveline angle... from 16 degrees to 28 degrees... WOW!!! The tape in the below pic shows where the splines were prior to the TT... 3.25" showing... now.... 4" showing.
I knew I needed to adjust my pinion angle from the start... so I hopped on that right away... about 45 minutes to an hour I had dialed my driveline and pinion back in with a couple of tries... no biggie there.... I have plenty of slip left in the driveline (3.75") and after adjustments, the total exposed slip is at 3.75" versed the 3.25" from before the TT...
I had to relocate the fan shroud DOWN about a 1/4" from stock... took like 10 minutes and a dremel tool.
I can definitely see why a lot of folks go with the Novak cable shifter... I am ok with the little tweeking I did on the rods and adjusting the linkage.... no binding at all and shifts smooth, though its not perfect by any means. Tomorrow will be the test run.
The front exhaust hanger is part of the trans mount, so the exhaust got pushed up a bit and I have contact at the upper control arm bolt with the muffler and the tailpipe now hits my rear shock. It's a solid contact at this point and no rattles, but needs some attention.
All in all... about 3.5 hours to get it done and back on the road with no vibes or rattles.
Now that I see why NEW BOLTS are needed, I will be replacing them, THANKS DOC!
***REMEMBER.... I had mostly everything I needed to get the TT done already... just needed the new skid.***
If you are starting from scratch.... you need DEEP pockets....
Here is the final outcome... I couldn't be happier.....
|07-07-2012 10:50 AM|
Well... I finally got around to finishing the cargo rack for my swing-away....Harbor Freight Cargo Master I got on sale for $49 last year. Tested 250 lbs in it and swing-away only flexes about 1/4"
It mounts up top in a receiver that I welded in when I made my swing-away. I can adapt many things in the receiver and this is one I will utilize a lot when camping and off-roading.
|06-29-2012 09:26 PM|
After the bodylift, I had to test out the flex with a little Urban terrain by my house to ensure I wasn't going to damage my fenders anymore...
I found this nice 36" retaining wall... I just had to.....
After I was happy with not damaging my fenders... I headed back to the Trenches in Cold Springs to test it out in the very spot I mangled them, just to be sure.... I wish I had my real camera instead of my iPhone...
|06-29-2012 09:11 PM|
In April, I landed a FREE set of Rubicon Flares after a friend of mine from Reno4x4 decided to upgrade to 7" Flares.... the install was pretty straight forward and I did refinish them with Rustoleum Bedliner... like every other black part on my Jeep.
After that....I decided to turn my Rubi Rockers into sliders....
I already acquired Rubicon Rockers last yeas and I'm starting to do a little more hardcore trails and decided to beef them up a bit.
I started with 1.75" DOM tubing, cut it in half and wrapped the edge and tacked in place...
I wanted a slight 45* angle up and out with a few supports and this is what I ended up fabricating...
I pulled the Rockers and tacked up the tubes at the desired angle.... This much welding would destroy the rubber backing and the paint on the body.
Here you can see just how I wrapped the edge of the rocker and how the tubes come together...
I finished the welding.... and used my BEST friend... Rustoleum Bedliner ( like my rims, flares, bumpers and swing-away ) and gave them two good coats.... let them dry overnight and just installed them....
In June... I added a RC 1.25" BL to my money pit to help stop destroying my fenders on full flex... 2.75" of bump stop was NOT enough...
The very same day... I SCORED BIGTIME!!!
I was searching Craigslist for Jeep related junk ( I do it daily, several times a day as you never know what will pop up and be gone...case in point ) and came across this...
54"x72" Garvin Industries Wilderness Expedition Rack
FOR $300!!!! I couldn't pass it up!!! Q-Tec sells this very rack for $838.99!!!
I got all kinds of accessory brackets with it as well!!!! The only downside is I had to drill 6 holes in the rear of the tub.... oh well...
|06-29-2012 09:10 PM|
Should have updated this a while back..... finished my swing-away tire carrier at the end of April....
For the pivot, I started with 3" solid stock stainless , bored and milled it to accept the races for my Timken Bearings. The shaft is 1.25".
I decided to go with 1/8" wall 2x2 tubing for strength and weight... I knew it was going to be heavy. The locking pin is spring loaded and ramps up the SS tab with recess to accommodate the 1/2" lock pin.
The latch is surprising small for the amount of weight it holds. This is a De Sta Co 344 vertical hook latch clamp which will hold around 2000 lbs. I trust them since we use this style clamp at work on a lot of machinery guards. This DOES NOT have the built in safety latch... so if you look close, you will see a 5/16" hole just between the allen socket heads. This is for a looped safety pin that captures the handle.
Here is a clearance pic... I have ample room BEHIND the spare for ax, shovel and hi-lift. The tab on top of the receiver is for my CB antenna... once I get a longer cable... it will be there on a spring mount.
I may look like overkill to some, but I wanted it strong. I also have a receiver up top for future fabs, but for now... I got a HF hitch light for a 3rd eye....
I also decided to make it big enough for 35's... IF I ever decide to go that route.... gotta plan ahead!!!
|04-03-2012 05:58 AM|
|TnDz TJ||Now we got jokes!!! LOL!!|
|04-03-2012 12:30 AM|
|04-02-2012 11:02 PM|
|04-02-2012 10:24 PM|
DRIVE SHAFT SHOWED UP AT 7:30!!!!
BTW... I got my chops busted by some local 4x4 members asking me if I was sponsored by McDonald's!!!! LOL!!!!
BRUTAL bunch I hang with...
|04-02-2012 09:41 PM|
|bobthetj03||Nice touch with the bezel pinstriping! Like your color theme combo!|
|04-02-2012 07:23 PM|
|04-02-2012 06:52 PM|
One more thing......
NO DRIVE SHAFT YET!!! UGH!!!
|04-02-2012 06:46 PM|
Take off the BL and come back to earth... !
Decided to add a few more highlights... Can you SEE them?
(before and after)
|04-02-2012 06:07 PM|
|lindel||Looks good Todd, makes me want to pull the body lift. Like I told you last time we talked, I'm dropping back to 33's.|
|04-02-2012 05:37 PM|
|fourty4magjr||Awesome great work man!!!!!|
|04-02-2012 04:06 PM|
|bobthetj03||Dude, that's awesome! Nice work!|
|04-02-2012 03:14 PM|
|04-02-2012 02:40 PM|
OK Show and Tell time!!!!
Still waiting on my rear shaft, so I am in 4hi using the front... sigh..
The ride is 150% better... smoother, much less bounce and absorbs the road VERY WELL! I couldn't be happier.....
The transformation in 1 year....
|04-01-2012 11:18 PM|
|TnDz TJ||Pics tomorrow... too tired and its dark... Drives smooth and GREAT!!!! on front shaft... lol....|
|04-01-2012 09:40 PM|
|04-01-2012 09:35 PM|
|GoldenSahara00||Sweet nice work man. And yeah I do most of my work myself so greasy hands plus camera equals longer than long lol.|
|04-01-2012 09:17 PM|
Well..... its.... DONE!!!! ( no pun there! )
BTW.... No adjustment needed to clear rear trackbar to tank once we set pinion angle.. it was WAY off at like 12-13 degrees.
Almost.... doing the alignment now.... Thrust angle is only off by 3/16" on the rear. We will fix that once my rear drive shaft gets here....
This little gadget is the best thing since sliced bread!!! Mostly used in racecar applications for camber/caster of individual wheels, but for the solid axle, setting caster from one wheel is easy.
That's my friend Wes... he had been a GODSEND through this. If I didn't have a tool, he did... like this alignment tool and toe plates to adjust toe-in. I kept him fed and hydrated since Thursday when we started with the SYE.
Test Drive in a few....
Yeah... it was weird to see the slots. The rear was not that bad..... I was going to do video, but Wes didn't want to be in it... lol!!! Plus pics and video take away from valuable time needed.
I did have to notch my spring pads on the axle to clear the shocks, but I knew that.
|04-01-2012 04:55 PM|
|Wrangler06||Subscribed. Been waitin for this thread|
|04-01-2012 03:23 PM|
I had my front apart last week for locker install but it's less complicated than the rear and it sounds like you did a little more. I would have liked to watch. I don't know anyone who works on axles around here at all other than a few mechanics. No home mechanics. Lol. Especially jeeps. So I get to teach myself.
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