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04-23-2014 12:11 PM

04-23-2014 12:11 PM
deucestudios Here's a pic dump of the last few months.

04-23-2014 11:58 AM
deucestudios So this has a 5.3L now...
07-15-2013 05:48 AM
GoldenSahara00 I feel the same way about the frame work. My temp fix is modding the stock bumper to sit near flush and much closer to the tub with the body lift.
07-11-2013 06:02 PM
deucestudios The JCR stuff I ordered finally showed up.

Steering box skid with some custom booger weld work.

I really don't like the bumper with the body lift. Don't get me wrong it's a nice bumper, but with the 1.5" gap it looks stupid. The bumper needs to be up where the rock rails are.
A local dude is selling a new style gas tank though, so I'm gonna chop it and raise it, heat & beat it so there's room to move the rear when the time comes. Considering some frame work so I can move the bumper up but we'll see how that all goes...

07-11-2013 05:59 PM
Originally Posted by charleybrwn13 View Post
Nice build. Just wondering, how much does a 98 TJ cost that "doesn't run"? Also. what type of tubing did you make your cage from?
I gave the guy $900 and drug it home.

.120 wall 1.75" DOM.
I bought it bent & notched from S&W Race Cars:

For $199, you really can't beat their price, plus, I'm local to 'em so no shipping.

This is how it comes:

07-10-2013 04:07 PM
charleybrwn13 Nice build. Just wondering, how much does a 98 TJ cost that "doesn't run"? Also. what type of tubing did you make your cage from?
06-27-2013 06:02 PM
GoldenSahara00 Nice dude. Trip looked sweet! Sorry about the driveshaft. You are making me worry about getting an XJ shaft made now.
06-27-2013 03:32 PM
deucestudios New steering skid.

06-17-2013 01:53 PM
deucestudios Well I drug this pig out to Attica IN this past weekend. Had a blast. Got some repair work I gotta do now. This is the driveshaft I made, the welds must have been good enough, I guess stock XJ front shafts aren't up for duty with a rear 8.8 though. At least it was an easy removal and extraction.

this was the one that did me in.
the TJ & his 36" iroks & rcv shafts in the background couldn't make the climb the little 4 banger did. so I was feelin ballsy, tried the harder line on the other side. This is where I got a little too bull headed and wailed it for a bit until the rear shaft quit.

but it made it up a lot of other fun stuff.

06-17-2013 01:51 PM
deucestudios 2 weekends ago:

I got 1 35" MTR and a 5th 17" pro comp wheel. I will get the other 3 MTRs at some point, but I needed a full size spare, and can't afford all 4 right now.
Ordered JCR's new Dagger rear bumper and a steering box skid.
Got some 12 gauge steel corner armor down at Quadratec.
Still need to hit the junkyard for some spare axle shafts.
Oh. Also. got a pair of 3/4" coil spacers, gonna put them in the rear, hopefully that levels things out.

06-17-2013 01:51 PM
deucestudios Last month:
Reading Anthracite Company land.

I broke the passenger side axle shafts. Not sure if the U joint cap walked out or what.

We had enough tools and parts between the 3 of us to fix it, and I drove it home.

06-02-2013 03:16 PM
Commando Solo
Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
If anyone has any DIY corner guard ideas, I'm all ears.
Or knows what the corner radius is (edit, haha was), or anything like that.
Itll buff out

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03-27-2013 11:59 AM
deucestudios If anyone has any DIY corner guard ideas, I'm all ears.
Or knows what the corner radius is (edit, haha was), or anything like that.

Originally Posted by deucestudios View Post
03-25-2013 04:53 PM
elclipo Sub'd
03-25-2013 11:43 AM
deucestudios It's nice to spend a lot of time working on something, then have it all come together in a pretty decent package.
I beat the piss outta this yesterday at Rausch Creek and it just kept going. Climbed up everything I pointed it at, except one line in the comp course. It was late in the day, and real tippy so I didn't push my luck, and ended up backing into a rock and bashing the quarter panel anyway.
Good times.

Shoulda stayed in it. Although, I'd take a smashed corner over a roll anyday...

03-08-2013 03:59 PM
deucestudios 10" JL sub behind my spare, 200w amp up under where the dash should be.
Got a soundbar too, and threw a pair of polk 5-1/4s in. Now I got tunes.

I took apart the PDC, there's a bus bar in the bottom of it, you can't just add fuses though, there's an intermediary plug between the bus bar and where the fuse goes. (these are pics from when I did the XJ 3 years ago) but it's the same process.
You need to get a second PDC at the junkyard, for a few reasons.

You take this thing off the bottom:

You take these out of the junkyard PDC, and plug them in the empty slots in yours. If you had limited OEM accessories, you'll have plenty of blank spaces.
There's yellow trim pieces on top of the box, you have to remove them before you can pop the bus plugs in.

They make the connection between the blade of the fuse and the blade of the main bus bar:

Then, it's just easiest to use the OEM pigtails from the JY PDC.
They're a pain in the ass to get out, there's a tab down inside there you need to push, and the pop out the bottom. Another great reason for having the junkyard fuse box is you can break it figuring it out and not be S.O.L.

Plug the pigtails into your box, and then plug the bus bar back in.

I added 3 new pigtails, and only used 1 for the amp, so I have 2 spares.
These aren't energized until I plug a fuse in their location:

Hope that helps somebody somewhere.
You can wire up the empty relay slots too. It's super easy to pull ground trigger relays from there, because you have power already in the box. I see a lot of janky wiring setups, and creative things made into relay boxes. You already got a power distribution center, don't be afraid of it...
02-16-2013 02:31 PM
deucestudios Hit some trails yesterday.
I might add a steering stabilizer. With 35s, the antirock on the soft setting, and no stabilizer, it wanders a bit on off camber back roads. It's nice at highway speed though.

Flex testing from the other day.

02-10-2013 08:32 PM
wwch99tj Looks good
02-10-2013 12:20 PM
deucestudios Got the Currie 3" springs, and a pair of 10" travel edelbrocks bnib from a friend.
I've got 4.5" up, and 5" down.
The shock stops the axle right as the spring starts to get loose.

tried to get the same angle as the one above, but I sold the hardtop so it's not exact...
This is with both my toolboxes in the back.
The only weight not in it is a cooler of beverages and 190lbs of dude.

The steering wheel is a hair off, but I've got a buddy who can get it on a rack and tell me if my alignment is spot on or not. "close enough" for now.


(for now)
01-27-2013 12:30 AM
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01-25-2013 03:55 PM
deucestudios threw the stock springs in, so I could put tires on & do a driveway alignment.

hub to flare:
21.5" rear
18" front
so Currie 3" it is. should give me 1/2" of rake for toolboxes & a cooler.
this is about 1" from bumpstops. so hopefully 4" of uptravel, a little under 6" of down.
95-1/2" wheelbase.

01-20-2013 04:51 PM
deucestudios there's 11.5" of spring room fully compressed, and about 21" extended. So it looks like I got just under 10" of travel. I'm gonna get the 10" 5125s.

so 3" of bumpstop on this setup is less than 2" of bumpstop on the stock spring bucket.
It's a good amount for the 34.5" all terrains.

And the TB & DL came out fairly parallel. the TB is behind the DL in this pic.

I might get the metalcloak 3.5" springs. seeing as my spring perches are lowered. Ugh. I dunno. I hate buying springs. They're never the height I want.
01-13-2013 04:39 PM
deucestudios Here is the setup at what should be close to ride height.
14" from the top of the coil to the bottom of the perch, 7" of clearance between bumpstops, which I'll need to limit to 3".

Here's full compression.
Subtract the same 4" of added bumpstop, and this will be sitting on the stops.
It looks like there's more room than there is, once you turn the wheel to the right, it raises the drag link a bit, if I go much higher it'd hit. I might bend the drag link a bit, I can get a bit more uptravel if I do.

Here's what might be full drop, but the awesome PVC pipes pulled apart, so it might bind a little before this...
I dunno.
Almost 12" between the stops, subtract the same 4", and it looks like 8" of travel.

01-12-2013 06:28 PM
deucestudios Got all the parts to put together a set of uppers.
Serviced the joints & painted them.

Finished the coil & shock bracketry, burned it all in, and added the IRO C gussets.

01-11-2013 09:47 AM
deucestudios I really didn't want to add bumpstops. I also really wanted straight links for the tie rod and drag link.
That's just not gonna happen. I think I'm going to keep the links straight, and add enough bumpstop so they don't hit the frame.
The coil buckets sit closer to the axle tube than stock, so not sure what the bumpstop height will be relative to a stocker when I'm done.

01-11-2013 09:12 AM
Commando Solo Looking good man!
01-10-2013 02:34 PM
deucestudios they go from like 16"-21" which is good cause I need like 18-1/2"
I don't want to cut the frame side brackets off.
01-10-2013 10:52 AM
GoldenSahara00 I would say they are a little short! hahaha. looks like a nice list of parts comin together.
01-10-2013 09:38 AM
deucestudios Made these last night.
Shortest square tube arms ever.

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