|05-13-2014 08:13 PM|
I spent Sunday installing my new Durango 4x4 steering box and Rugged Ridge HD Steering linkage upgrade.
|05-04-2014 09:36 PM|
Had a great time wheeling this weekend.
After the 8.8 swap and re gear and everything it's gone through the past couple of months, it performed very well.
|05-04-2014 08:12 PM|
|05-02-2014 11:22 PM|
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|05-02-2014 07:55 PM|
|indirocz28||This little jeep has a lot of character. Lol|
|05-02-2014 07:19 PM|
|daddyjeep||I noticed that and like it. It adds character.|
|05-02-2014 07:08 PM|
|05-02-2014 06:38 PM|
Do you see my battle wound on the passenger side cowl behind the hood??
|05-02-2014 01:19 PM|
|daddyjeep||The Jeep is really looking good.Even with that grill.|
|05-02-2014 01:10 PM|
Finally, it is back on four tires again! 4.88s front and rear. G2 chromoly, Aussie locked front D30, ford 8.8 with LSD rear. Adams driveshafts front and rear with sye and double cardan shaft.
Tj grill, led front markers, deleted transfer case drop, added rock sliders and tube fenders, custom bump stop extensions, and finally, spiderwebshade.
Taking it out this weekend to Hidden Falls Adventure Park for Wheelers For The Wouded.
|04-29-2014 09:18 PM|
Here is the nearly finished product.
|04-29-2014 08:34 AM|
|simonclay||Overkill? No. Its just being prepared|
|04-29-2014 08:06 AM|
So I had installed some longer than stock bump stops to run 35s. Then had to figure out how to space them down and be stable.
The end result may look overkill, but no one makes a bump stop "spacer block" for how I wanted to space them and have full use of the axle tube to bump on.
|04-17-2014 08:01 PM|
As darkness started to set today I was still working. I was able to bolt up the a/c condenser and radiator, and get the grille centered.
Used some loctite and set the rear spring u bolts to 65ftlbs as per rough country. Cleaned up my mess a little bit, started the jeep and let her run a bit for the first time in a couple of weeks. Fired right up!
A little night shot of the LED front lights. Attachment 998953
More to come soon.
I am hoping that I can drop it off at the shop on Tuesday to get the 4.88s installed.....
|04-17-2014 06:03 PM|
The final product of today....
Still have to bold the condenser and radiator back in though..
|04-17-2014 04:25 PM|
Got all the front lights wired up and working. Yaaay LED's!!!
|04-17-2014 12:23 PM|
Getting some more done today. Glad I get 1 day a week off of work....
Still working on lining up the YJ hood. Seems like the hood sits about 1" to the passenger side at the top of the TJ grille.
The bottom of the grille is pretty close to even along the outside edge of the frame rail.
Also going to do the front LED wiring today.
|04-17-2014 12:21 PM|
|04-17-2014 10:58 AM|
|dmaxthad||I put the same fenders on my YJ. I like them a lot, especially for the money.|
|04-13-2014 01:57 PM|
Got the other fender mounted today. Still have some trimming to do to make the TJ grille fit.
Then bolt up the tube fenders to it.
Also figured out my grille body mount had a 2" hole rusted through it so I fixed that as well.
|04-12-2014 11:49 PM|
Today consisted of some more Jeep building. I am thankful for having a couple of days off work, and nice weather at the same time for once.
I fiddled around with the 8.8 some more checking out pinion angle some more. At ride height they are both 7.2/7.4* and driveshaft spins freely. However, when at full leaf spring droop currently, my driveshaft binds big time. I'd prefer to avoid getting an sye and cv driveshaft right now if I could, but I don't have an idea on avoiding that one.
Got new rear discs and pads on the 8.8, and adjusted the parking brake shoes inside as well. Then welded in some scrap steel on the back of each perch where I'm going to mount the rubber end of each brake hose.
And started on the front tube fenders. Which is a pita!
The end for today..
I still have a hell of a to do list for it...
|04-12-2014 07:36 AM|
So I've had this ford explorer 8.8 sitting around for quite a while. Finally had time to start working on it and get it put in the Jeep.
The kit I bought from EastCoastGearSupply came with a 1310 u-joint yoke, the hardened bolts for the yoke to axle flange, the axle to spring perches, u bolts & plates, shock mounts, and new emergency brake cables.
I spent a LOT of time in the morning cutting off and grinding down the old axle hardware.
Here are a couple of pics.
I'll try to post some more today but it got dark on me last night.
Setting pinion angle at ride height.
|04-09-2014 09:41 AM|
|indirocz28||I bought them from e-auto grilles on eBay. But they use the smittybilt instructions.|
|04-08-2014 11:31 PM|
|04-08-2014 10:16 PM|
Well, been working my ass off so that I can get this build nearly finished up.
So here are some pics!
Pulled out the D35 today.
Soon to be installed
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