|08-26-2014 05:43 PM|
|-Hogzilla||Awesome TJ -- following this thread!|
|08-25-2014 01:31 PM|
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|
|08-15-2014 01:06 PM|
|Rpkittle||fyi, still watching this build|
|05-26-2014 12:33 PM|
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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|07-12-2013 03:19 PM|
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|
|05-08-2013 06:36 PM|
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.
|04-27-2013 09:52 AM|
...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|
|04-19-2013 01:04 PM|
|2004_Silver_Sport||Awesome man I appreciate it. 35s I'm guessing?|
|04-19-2013 08:53 AM|
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