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01-06-2014 01:59 AM
Lopezchr001 Absolutely love this!!! Just started reading the entire thread haha. I even get a little kick out of it because my name is Chris and the girl I'm talking to is named Rachel haha. May I ask what kind of welder you use?
01-05-2014 07:41 PM
zombiechief Chris, I just read this entire thread, and I have to say you are my hero right now! LOL I'm budget building mine, but it's NOWHERE near as cool as yours man!
12-29-2013 02:41 PM
jordan yj
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Originally Posted by Norcal_Chris View Post
rock lights done tonight. I sure love these lights. Super cheap and man do they work good.
Those look great. Who makes them?
10-17-2013 04:45 PM
simonclay
10-17-2013 02:39 PM
Norcal_Chris
10-17-2013 11:28 AM
daddyjeep [QUOTE=Norcal_Chris;5429049]Made some rockrings.

Who the heck makes rock rings and doesnt buy em? Chris... thats who.

Those who have the tools to do so...that's who. They look good.
10-16-2013 10:46 PM
Norcal_Chris Made some rockrings.

Who the heck makes rock rings and doesnt buy em? Chris... thats who.





10-16-2013 03:29 PM
Norcal_Chris
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How'd you find that one out? Looks like a good story
see post #201. It was pretty fun wheelin with a flat.
10-16-2013 03:23 PM
simonclay How'd you find that one out? Looks like a good story
10-16-2013 03:20 PM
Norcal_Chris For those who are interested. This is the sidewall thickness on the 37in MT

10-08-2013 09:51 PM
Norcal_Chris Finally got my passenger side arm to to high steer. My tierod will be happy. It was frowning pretty bad. Whipped up a mount for my steering stabilizer that will also accomidate hydro assist when it gets done here soon.









10-08-2013 09:37 AM
Wombat Ranger No wonder the plug didnt stay in! Haha.
10-08-2013 07:17 AM
Norcal_Chris Fordyce was awesome. Not for the faint of heart or the weak. Makes the rubicon look like a sissy trail


Went all the way to winch hill 3. Rock zombies were there causing a log jam so we turned back around and came out committee. Got a puncture in my driver rear crappy tire and plugged it at wh1. Plug came out near wh3 and I wheeled about a half mile on it while it was flat. Changed it and wheeled out. Water was real low. Around 50cfm. Commitee crossing is wide and a little deep. Would be really sketchy at higher flow. Didnt get pics really. Was alone till wh1. Then met up with a group and tagged along. One guy had a nice 73. Gmc truck cab on a blazer frame with 42s. Was doved front and rear around 20inches. He let me use some of his gas wich was nice as I wasnt sure how much I needed to get back to camp.




I did take some pics at sunrise hill. Right before the first water crossing







10-08-2013 07:17 AM
Norcal_Chris
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Originally Posted by c5wagner View Post
I did close to the same thing 3 weeks ago, but I was 28 miles out on the trail, broke front shaft, broke my t-case output yoke, and then had to be towed out by towstraps by my younger brother and his xj while stacking many rocks for his xj and my yj.......
That sounds way more fun that what I did Hahah.
10-07-2013 11:55 PM
c5wagner
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Originally Posted by Norcal_Chris View Post
The pic of us all standing around my jeep is were the magic happened. That big rock in the middle of the picture was right in front of my diff and was holding it back. My rear tires were on the downward slope of those other boulders.

While i was trying to pop up over it I looked down and my front shaft did a bend/twist. Tryed one more time to get out and a loud bang and the rear U joint let go. It was a POS precision joint. When it let go it took out the slip yoke on the rear driveshaft.


Buddy hooked me to the winch and yanked me over the rocks. We had to hi lift it up and stack some rocks under my front tires because i was wedged so bad. I kept it in front wheel drive and limped back to camp and called the tow truck.


It was just a really bad spot.
I did close to the same thing 3 weeks ago, but I was 28 miles out on the trail, broke front shaft, broke my t-case output yoke, and then had to be towed out by towstraps by my younger brother and his xj while stacking many rocks for his xj and my yj.......
09-21-2013 04:46 PM
Norcal_Chris Winch is on!

Was able to wheel for a little while before it started dumping rain. Oh and I walked right up the Pipeline. Buddy has some pics of that







09-19-2013 09:10 PM
Norcal_Chris Remade front driveshaft.

If this bends or twists I will quit.



09-18-2013 12:10 PM
Norcal_Chris
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Originally Posted by StanF View Post
Hey Chris, one more question about your crossmember support where it welds to the frame - what did you do on the driver's side? There are a bunch of obstructions - fuel lines, brake lines, parking brake cable. I have some idea of what to do, but was wondering how you handled it.

Thanks,

Stan

You can somewhat see from the picture. But I was able to get the tabs to fit under all of those things. It was just a simple 2in tall tab. I pulled them from the frame and wrapped them in wet rags when i welded the tabs on and then put them back. The top of the tab is right below the lines, but there is room for all of em and the E brake cables.
09-18-2013 07:08 AM
StanF
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Hey Chris, one more question about your crossmember support where it welds to the frame - what did you do on the driver's side? There are a bunch of obstructions - fuel lines, brake lines, parking brake cable. I have some idea of what to do, but was wondering how you handled it.

Thanks,

Stan
09-18-2013 12:11 AM
Norcal_Chris
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Originally Posted by Wombat Ranger View Post
Your thread here is what made me choose to join this forum. Very cool build, best part to me is that you have kept it so cheap. I basically got my jeep for free, and plan to continue to build it for cheap because I think it's more fun that way.
Thanks

I appreciate it. Keeps me going.
09-17-2013 12:42 AM
Wombat Ranger Your thread here is what made me choose to join this forum. Very cool build, best part to me is that you have kept it so cheap. I basically got my jeep for free, and plan to continue to build it for cheap because I think it's more fun that way.
09-13-2013 08:39 PM
Norcal_Chris Cage is all welded up. I just need to take a wire wheel to it and get the spatter off.



09-11-2013 06:50 PM
Norcal_Chris :haha:


Got a couple more hours to do some tubework.

The bars from top of b pillar to harness bar will have another tube from were it ends to the bottom of b pillar. . Just didnt have time.



09-11-2013 12:28 PM
Norcal_Chris Sorry I lied. U4 states 4200lbs and down 1 3/4 .120.

But those guys flip flop all over and drive like maniacs.





Rangerstation article.

Building A Roll Cage For Your Ford Ranger/Bronco II
09-11-2013 10:45 AM
Norcal_Chris
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Originally Posted by 95YamJam View Post
Looks great! Can I pick your brain? I am getting ready to do my cage and trying to research.

I am not sure on diameter and thickness. I am initially thinking .120 wall 1.75" dom. I have read that some are going all .250 wall now. What did you use and what are your thoughts on it?

Thanks!


.250 wall is for suspension links. No way I would do a cage with that. Have you picked up a peice of .250wall before? Its super heavy.


I built my cage with all .120wall 1 3/4 and 1 1/2. Plenty of beef and seems to be the standard.

For example the ultra 4 rules state a 1 3/4 .120 wall DOM cage for vehicles under 4400lbs and 2in .120wall forvehicles over 4400. Other racing bodies have simular restrictions. Ive heard of people running the lower section of a tube buggy as .250 wall but the rest ends up .120 .

Im curious were you found people doing .250wall. There is a good cage article on therangerstation that covers a ton of stuff. Its a good read
09-11-2013 08:47 AM
95YamJam Looks great! Can I pick your brain? I am getting ready to do my cage and trying to research.

I am not sure on diameter and thickness. I am initially thinking .120 wall 1.75" dom. I have read that some are going all .250 wall now. What did you use and what are your thoughts on it?

Thanks!
09-10-2013 08:28 PM
Norcal_Chris Did some cage work. Not bad for 2hours work.

Was kinda mad when i started test fitting tube. Was planning on big Xs over both but I just didnt have a comfortable amount of headroom in the front. I put my seats down as low as I wanted, but It wasnt low enough i guess. My cage is also a little lower to fit in a hardtop. So I settled on a Giant X. from outside Apillar to inside b pillar to outside C pillar. Gives most headroom and im going to tie into that center node at the B pillar anyways. So it works out.



09-06-2013 01:42 PM
Norcal_Chris The bottom plate and the two side peices are 3/16. The other 2 gussets are 1/8
09-06-2013 10:44 AM
StanF Thanks for the picture - that makes it much more clear. Did you use 3/16" plate or just 1/8" for the transmission support?

I have a more standard configuration, so I don't think I'll have to make a hoop like that for the driveshaft. I'm worried about interference with the exhaust on the other side.
09-06-2013 08:14 AM
Norcal_Chris
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Originally Posted by StanF View Post
Hey Chris, I'm getting ready to do my Tummy Tuck, and am making a crossmember very similar to yours. What does the top of your crossmember look like? Any other pictures of it?

It looks like just a flat plate welded to the tube, but I think I see a weld line above the plate.

Thanks,

Stan
This is what It came out to. The hoop is for driveshaft clearance with the doubler.

From the flat plate to the back of the tube those two peices of flat bar go up and out at an angle to tie it in.

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