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10-13-2014 08:33 PM
Beat-the-box I got bored of the vette too an bought my first TJ and now it's time to mod.

It's me BADZ...
10-07-2014 07:28 AM
Csahara Theres almost no Jeep left!
08-26-2014 05:43 PM
-Hogzilla Awesome TJ -- following this thread!
08-25-2014 01:31 PM
aTX427 Making slow progress... I cut the frame off at the front just past the motor mounts and the rear where the frame rises for axle clearance. The tub was cut out behind the wheel wells, just in case someone wants to build an expedition trailer.

I have the boat sides in place, the body welded to the frame and the seat mounts in place. The way the mounts are, I can drill extra holes to move the drivers seat forward or back and will most likely fix mount the passenger side. Height-wise, they are about 1.5" higher than stock, which is great, because I always felt the stock height was a bit too low.

Also decided to drop in an LS1 from a 2004 GTO, so it looks like I'm stepping to to a Jimmy's 4x4 prepared TH400 with an 3.8:1 Atlas II. The cool thing about this engine / transmission combo is that it is so simple. The '04 GTO was the last year of the LS1. It is pre-emissions and uses a drive by cable throttle body, so it should be easier to install than most. I am planning on building a custom dash and having a stand alone harness made to reduce wiring headaches.







08-24-2014 11:49 PM
1ofakind Me too!!
08-15-2014 01:06 PM
Rpkittle fyi, still watching this build
05-26-2014 12:33 PM
aTX427 My day job has me extremely busy, so this build has been slow moving. The good news is that it's given me a lot of time to look up other builds and I have actually changed my design a little bit. Decided to go a little longer 115-116" and plan on doing a custom dash with a billet steering column.

Been working on the axles, gears, body, dash, electrical and the engine. For now, I am running the stock 4.0, standard trans and transfer case, so I cleaned up the engine, and replaced the rear main seal, valve cover seal and cleaned up the harnesses. I plan on ordering DOM components to build my frame side 4 link mounts this week.

1979 Ford F350 front HP D60 kingpin axle 538 gears with Detroit locker












Here is the ride height at 19" frame ground clearance.

02-28-2014 10:12 AM
Rpkittle hey aTX427, I have sent you a pm! Thanks!
02-11-2014 02:55 PM
aTX427 Rebuilding these old axles is a major PIA. Should have saved up and purchased new.
02-09-2014 10:39 PM
tkfx
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Originally Posted by aTX427 View Post
Doing a 3/4 ton Chevy front conversion to the Ford axle and disc brakes in the rear as well using El Dorado calipers, which have a built in e-brake provision.
Alright, Ive been researching the 14b past week and was looking for an effective disc brake option that used something besides the eldorado calipers, but sadly I couldn't find a better alternative. Love to see how your build is going, I have a 14b and 60 up front planned for the future!
02-09-2014 10:38 PM
aTX427 It doesn't seem like I got a lot done over the past two weeks, but tearing down both axles and refinished all the stock parts is extremely time consuming. I plan on dropping the 14 bolt off at a machine shop this week to have it cut down for the shave kit. Everything else is ready for installation, which I will start next week. I did get my tires mounted on the headlocks, which is another small project that takes a long time.
02-09-2014 10:34 PM
aTX427 Doing a 3/4 ton Chevy front conversion to the Ford axle and disc brakes in the rear as well using El Dorado calipers, which have a built in e-brake provision.
02-09-2014 10:02 PM
tkfx
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Originally Posted by aTX427 View Post
Shaved 14 bolt
Are you sticking with the drums or going with the disc swap, and if you are doing the disc swap how do you plan on addressing the e-brake?
02-09-2014 08:42 AM
aTX427 Shaved 14 bolt
02-08-2014 04:46 AM
tkfx Are you going with a 14 bolt in the rear or a 60?
02-03-2014 08:23 PM
aTX427 Received a lot of parts over the past few weeks and started tearing down the front end this weekend. I decided to 4-link the front & rear, going with a rear mounted radiator and plan on tubing out the front & rear. I am selling a lot of parts that I don't need - aftermarket and OEM. If anyone is interested, check out my part out thread.







11-14-2013 06:27 AM
Live4rah What does this mean? I have an 05 sport which is fairly stock...? a Savage bowless soft top, which does fit over a Poly rear sport cage, just in case anyone is interested.
11-06-2013 09:34 PM
aTX427
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Originally Posted by fattirewilly View Post
When are you dropping a "427" in?
Need to get the stretch / 4-Link done, then the next stage is D60's, full hydraulic, a front stretch and 40's. Next stage after that is some kind of LSX (probably an LS3 Corvette take out, unless I get a good deal on n LS7), an Atlas and an automatic swap. Not sure if a TH400 will fit, but that would be my preference.
11-06-2013 07:22 AM
fattirewilly When are you dropping a "427" in?
11-05-2013 08:44 AM
cbking How much for the front fenders?
11-05-2013 06:53 AM
aTX427 Pretty much with the exception of a fuel cell and struts. Need to order ORi's, new fenders and a fuel cell. I picked up a 2014 JKUR for overlanding, so I'm going to stretch the rear 9" with comp cut outs and fabricate aluminum boat sides.
11-04-2013 10:40 PM
TheBestCoast Have replacement parts lined up already?
11-04-2013 09:19 PM
aTX427 FYI, I am selling all my Metalcloak / Bilstein suspension components, Savvy aluminum corner armor, Rockmen adjustable control arms, UCF gas tank skid, front and rear adjustable Johnny Join track bars and OR-Fab tire can carrier, Metalcloak front aluminum fenders, rear Metalcloak rear 6" flares, Metalcloak rock rails and front / rear Currie bump stop kits. Check out the for sale section for details.
07-27-2013 10:57 AM
aTX427
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Originally Posted by DANGItsVictor View Post
Just wondering if you have gotten your MC Duroflex joints yet? I am planning to build a set of CAs using them and savvy aluminum CA arms. I am a little nervous though because not many people are using these joints yet. Any thoughts?
Yes, I already have my Duroflex joints. I haven't installed them, but they look great. Not concerned about longevity, because they are so easy to rebuild.

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Originally Posted by Rpkittle View Post
This is crazy...I saw a craigslist posting for the custom roof racks and thought..."That is my dream jeep".Then BAM, I see you here from looking at Imped's build thread lol. Just from pictures I saw exactly everything I wanted to do to mine! I just moved to Austin a couple months ago and been looking for people to talk/wheel with. If I ever get the chance to see that thing up close, I'm gonna be drooling!

Speaking of which....any local clubs you recommend? I've been looking at Austin Jeep Exclusives and Hill Country Crawlers.
Honestly haven't looked into any clubs. I typically just go out to HF whenever and hit up the private ranches when they have open weekends.
07-12-2013 03:19 PM
Rpkittle This is crazy...I saw a craigslist posting for the custom roof racks and thought..."That is my dream jeep".Then BAM, I see you here from looking at Imped's build thread lol. Just from pictures I saw exactly everything I wanted to do to mine! I just moved to Austin a couple months ago and been looking for people to talk/wheel with. If I ever get the chance to see that thing up close, I'm gonna be drooling!

Speaking of which....any local clubs you recommend? I've been looking at Austin Jeep Exclusives and Hill Country Crawlers.
06-01-2013 10:39 PM
DANGItsVictor
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Originally Posted by aTX427 View Post
...so I have learned a lot over the past year of building, wheeling and reading. If I had the money, I would have just purchased an 05-06 Rubi, left it stock and wheeled the crap out of it. That leads me to the next set of modifications to the TJ, which I have planned for this spring - a custom 4-link rear and a 3-link front suspension system based on the Metalcloak Duraflex end links.

If all goes well, I will start tearing it down in the next few weeks. I special ordered a set of 1-1/4 right and left hand links from Will at Metalcloak, which should be here early May.

I decided on TMR's frame mounts, since they come fully welded, TNT trusses and axle side brackets from Ballistic Fab. To balance the system, I am upgrading my shocks to Bilstein 7100 series short body shocks, which provide better mounting clearances and should yield a balanced 7" travel up and down - front and rear.

Although this is my first custom Jeep system, it is far from my first custom job, as I have modded out everything from choppers, GP race bikes, 100+ mph power boats and 1,000+HP street cars.

This will be a basic suspension geometry upgrade - no axles, stretch or custom steering, because my goal is to complete the system over a weeks timeframe max and get back on the trails. My plan is to draw a line in the sand after this upgrade and stop here. If I loose an axle, then I will go to a fabricated 609, but hopefully not for a while. Any mods past this point will be for the sole purpose of loosing weight.

The next logical step would be to stretch, upgrade the axles. ORI struts and 42" tires, but I cannot justify the cost for a Jeep and believe the money would be better served to just buy / build a purpose built buggy. A Jeep / Juggy simply cannot compete with a well built tube chassis on similar size tires.

The way I look at it, there are way more trails I can do, while still having fun on 35's. Depending on who I roll with, I can hang with light modded Jeeps and help them conquer new obstacles or go out with buggy's for a challenge. It really trips them out when I can do the same trails in a sleeper TJ on 35's.

Stay tuned, as I will post pictures of the upgrade as it evolves.
Just wondering if you have gotten your MC Duroflex joints yet? I am planning to build a set of CAs using them and savvy aluminum CA arms. I am a little nervous though because not many people are using these joints yet. Any thoughts?
05-08-2013 06:36 PM
aTX427 Installed an OR-Fab tire can carrier with Scepter military fuel cans today. Excellent product - heavy, but extremely well made and thought out. Highly recommend for overlanding purposes.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/or-f...cf-214799.html
04-27-2013 09:52 AM
aTX427 ...so I have learned a lot over the past year of building, wheeling and reading. If I had the money, I would have just purchased an 05-06 Rubi, left it stock and wheeled the crap out of it. That leads me to the next set of modifications to the TJ, which I have planned for this spring - a custom 4-link rear and a 3-link front suspension system based on the Metalcloak Duraflex end links.

If all goes well, I will start tearing it down in the next few weeks. I special ordered a set of 1-1/4 right and left hand links from Will at Metalcloak, which should be here early May.

I decided on TMR's frame mounts, since they come fully welded, TNT trusses and axle side brackets from Ballistic Fab. To balance the system, I am upgrading my shocks to Bilstein 7100 series short body shocks, which provide better mounting clearances and should yield a balanced 7" travel up and down - front and rear.

Although this is my first custom Jeep system, it is far from my first custom job, as I have modded out everything from choppers, GP race bikes, 100+ mph power boats and 1,000+HP street cars.

This will be a basic suspension geometry upgrade - no axles, stretch or custom steering, because my goal is to complete the system over a weeks timeframe max and get back on the trails. My plan is to draw a line in the sand after this upgrade and stop here. If I loose an axle, then I will go to a fabricated 609, but hopefully not for a while. Any mods past this point will be for the sole purpose of loosing weight.

The next logical step would be to stretch, upgrade the axles. ORI struts and 42" tires, but I cannot justify the cost for a Jeep and believe the money would be better served to just buy / build a purpose built buggy. A Jeep / Juggy simply cannot compete with a well built tube chassis on similar size tires.

The way I look at it, there are way more trails I can do, while still having fun on 35's. Depending on who I roll with, I can hang with light modded Jeeps and help them conquer new obstacles or go out with buggy's for a challenge. It really trips them out when I can do the same trails in a sleeper TJ on 35's.

Stay tuned, as I will post pictures of the upgrade as it evolves.
04-20-2013 11:06 PM
TX_TJ That is one bad arce Jeep. The bed lining looks awesome and the rack-hardtop combo give it a clean safari look!
04-19-2013 10:16 PM
aTX427 Correct
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