Jeep Wrangler Forum - Reply to Topic
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Build Forum > Adding 15" to my TJ

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread: Adding 15" to my TJ Reply to Thread
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
04-13-2014 07:28 PM
solman for the 1st time in 6 months the jeep saw day light!!! Now I need to build a cross member to connect the coilover hoops, run my brake lines, alter the gas tank and skid to clear the rear diff, install the hydro assist ram, outboard the rear shocks, finish the tire carrier..... and I'm sure there is a ton of stuff I'm forgetting.

04-13-2014 07:23 PM
solman Back to the Jeep,
I put the hubs on the front today, Im running 2" spacers to keep the hub from sticking out too far, that puts my WMS to WMS at 70" up front and 67" in the rear

04-13-2014 07:21 PM
solman I had a productive weekend. I ended up picking up a 20 ton shop press at harbor freight yesterday.
Since child labor probably built it in China I figured child labor could assemble it here in the states! My girls will be building their own jeeps someday

04-12-2014 05:11 PM
Hums99 Looks good! My upper link is mounted on the inside of the frame for the 3rd link. I have lots of clearance that way with no binding.
04-08-2014 09:02 PM
2nd04tj looking good keep up the great progress
04-08-2014 02:10 PM
solman Diff cover for the 60 showed up this week
04-08-2014 02:08 PM
solman I will have to run limiting straps because my 12" coil overs just wont be long enough

Speaking of coilovers, here is the jeep siting on the suspension in all four corners for the first time since October last year!!!
04-08-2014 02:06 PM
solman Heres a few updates,
Its more separation than I wanted at the frame end but it was the only way I could keep the drive shaft from hitting the upper control arm bracket.

No binding! it goes up until the upper CA hits the motor mount

Spacers for the front to help suck the hubs back into the rim.

The frame is straight, the grill is crooked but heres a flex shot.
04-08-2014 02:00 PM
solman I have a friend that's been out there, I might get out there this year, my project is taking way longer than anticipated though.
04-02-2014 08:47 AM
Originally Posted by solman View Post
The only thing planned right now is topless for ta tas at Rausch in August.
Well if you're done with the build by the end of may there is a club called big rubbers based out if Windber pa with private property and some pretty good trails if you want to check it out. They set up a comp course etc too in the stadium there and it's pretty fun. I'm sure they'd like to check the rig out. I think we are trying to go up that wheeling because its one of the only times you can get on the property unless you're in the club/know someone.
04-02-2014 04:45 AM
solman The only thing planned right now is topless for ta tas at Rausch in August.
04-01-2014 11:07 PM
Originally Posted by solman View Post
If your going to be in the area stop over.
Who knows. Do you have any wheelin trips planned this year? Spring thaw at doe valley/Windber would be a good one if you don't know about it. And we have a big RauschCreek trip planned.
03-31-2014 08:57 PM
solman Cool,
If your going to be in the area stop over.
03-31-2014 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by solman View Post
Lol, I just cut it up yesterday to make part of my front track bar
Damn! It's okay though I found one. My other buddy is building his rig now similar to you, and he gave his after market to my other friend who is giving me his stock one. Haha. They are actually closer to you than me, in MD.
03-31-2014 08:10 PM
solman Lol, I just cut it up yesterday to make part of my front track bar
03-31-2014 07:36 PM
GoldenSahara00 Also, do you happen to have your stock rear track bar still?
03-30-2014 09:37 PM
GoldenSahara00 Looks great man. Nice work on the front stretch too. In trying to decide if I want to flatten the box out it just run an astrobox. I've seen guys get 2-3 with stock box just flat not forward. I've heard of guys getting 8 Inches out of an Astro box but I don't need that much. I am going to try and get as much out it the stock box as I can I think but at the same time trim the front crossmember back a little bit with something better than that stock tube. Still need to read some more on it and select my front axle choice. Builds coming along very nice though I hope to check it out soon.
03-30-2014 06:14 PM
solman I got some work done this weekend
Made a track bar bracket for the front axle

Made a front track bar

Started mocking up front CA brackets

5" of front stretch!!!
03-25-2014 08:01 PM
solman I welded up the cross member tonight and flattened out my Pittman arm and put a slight twist in it.

03-23-2014 05:34 PM
Mike5087 This build is awesome! That ARB is a sexy piece of metal. Looking forward to the finished product. Until then, I'll just follow along and be very jealous!!
03-23-2014 05:32 PM
solman A little closer to the front

2 x 6 for the new front cross member

Small bracket to tie in to the old cross member

Now I have the front axle pushed 4" forward

I will swap out this pitman arm for a flat one to get this end of the drag link a little higher up.
03-23-2014 05:28 PM
solman Thanks,
The ARB is setup in the front axle now!

Once I put the front axle where I wanted it I realized that the drag link will hit the tie rod with only about 3" of up travel and I had no room for the track bar so today I moved the steering box forward and up.
Old bracket off

Cut the cross member

Modify the old stock bracket and start mocking up
03-21-2014 04:49 PM
GoldenSahara00 Bob it's looking great man!
03-21-2014 03:43 PM
Originally Posted by Tjkid8 View Post
How did shaving that ring gear work with setting up the gears did you have to do anything different because the wipe would be off just curious great work so far
That far out on the OD of the ring gear there is no pinion contact anyway, others have done it without issue so hopefully I will not have any either. I'm really hoping to have it on the road sometime in April.
03-20-2014 02:20 PM
Ditchdoc Bump
03-20-2014 07:27 AM
Tjkid8 How did shaving that ring gear work with setting up the gears did you have to do anything different because the wipe would be off just curious great work so far
03-17-2014 07:28 PM
solman Track bar bracket parts from Ruff Stuff

03-17-2014 05:43 PM
solman It was a huge pain in the ass but the other spring/shock bracket is off the frame.
03-17-2014 09:39 AM
Originally Posted by Wondertwin1 View Post
You're not worried at all about smashing the bottom of your pumpkin? Or sucking up any small shavings that might collect in the bottom over time and just wear the gears out further/worse?
I'm going to add another 1/4" plate to the bottom for protection. As for picking up dirt, this jeep will probably only see 1000 miles per year so I'm sure it will last long enough.
03-16-2014 10:50 PM
Salamander i literally just spent 2 hours reading this whole thread, you sir are awesome. needless to say sub'd
This thread has more than 30 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:26 AM.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC. is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC