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Old 06-02-2011, 02:56 PM   #26
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(update: I've ordered and recieved Genright 3 link brackets to replace the ones I had, they are not pictured in the following)

Problems, or maybe not problems but things that are bugging me.

With the new coil buckets from Ballistic being completely flat and the coil springs at the bottom not being it wants to kick the coil out and make it bow. Does anyone know if someone makes a urethane or perhaps aluminum seat for jeep coil springs that is made for the bottome of a regular coils spring like the original lower coil bucket in on the TJ?

Its not a huge problem but it does make the coil rub the front of the mount and is probably going to drive me nuts.




Also, the front CA mount at the frame hangs down a little lower than I thought it would. It doesn't look like much difference now but once I put a lower profile skid on it I think it will look really odd. Choices? Screw it and run with it or pony up for the Genright or Poly front brackets which look a little lower profile. I just don't want to do this and then regret it and be forced to grind these shits off later to replace.




I couldn't help throwing a front tire up agains the knuckle. Definately looks like I am going to be going hiline on the hood. I don't want it any taller than this but there isn't much uptravel going on here. 40s and 4" springs



and finally......exactly where I wanted it.

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Old 06-02-2011, 02:58 PM   #27
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Well despite not knowing how to fully assemble the hubs I was able to get it mounted enough to bolt the tires on and check the wheelbase and ride height. 105" and sitting about an inch high in the back still. I have a few 1" spacers I can throw in the front since the rear is low enough already for now. The rear looks higher in the pics than it is, just the angle.

I ordered the Genright 3 link front brackets to replace the ones I have now so I still have to double check the fitment on those but when they come it I will be ready to tear everything apart and do final welding. Until then here are a few pics, its hard to get a decent shot in my tiny 2 car garage with crappy lighting but this will have to do.









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Old 06-02-2011, 03:05 PM   #28
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Got my brackets a while ago, now I get to mock them up, build my drag link and start tearing it all apart for welding. Just to show you how the quality is on the Genright parts here are a few pics. Nice people to deal with and awesome parts. Worth the money. (PS, not my welds, came from Genright like this)















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Old 06-03-2011, 01:03 AM   #29
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Build looks great. Nice progress
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:43 AM   #30
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Looking real good.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:13 PM   #31
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Thanks guys, hoping I have time next week to finish the steering then I can pull it all apart again to weld it up and put it back together one last time (maybe). Still so many things to do, trying to focus on one at a time.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:37 AM   #32
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Well between the new baby and me being sick I havent done crap to the jeep lately. Hoping to jump back on it soon.

Hopefully be done before for a shakedown run but planning on hitting Texana in September for its first real run.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #33
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Well after a long break I finally braved the garage temperatures long enough to get a little work done. I managed to weld up and swap out the old front 3 link brackets for the Genright ones, build my tie rod and pull the D60 out again for hopefully the last time. I made some mods to the truss and cut out some templates for plating. I need to take the sheet metal I have to a buddys shop and cut them out with his plasma cutter unless someone wants else wants to help out.

I still a ton of crap and I've got a ways to go, I really need to start hitting it again though since we are supposed to close on the new house at the end of the month. Time definitaly flies when you have so much to do. I am also headed to San Angelo in a few weeks to pick up the other jeep I bought. Add that to my list. Anyways, here are some pics.


Harbor Freight jacks FTL. While pulling the axle out it bumped the lever and it just fell off.



Here are the new Genright brackets.














Once I finished and bolted stuff back up I noticed this......!@#$@#$......pull the arm out, drill out the plug weld and shortened it a few inches.

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Old 07-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #34
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Built the draglink and bolted it up, still using the stock tie rod because I have to order some more 1.5" DOM. Its hard to see compared to the track bar but close enough IMO. Depending on how it ends up I can drop the drivers side of the track bar another hole and they are in the same plane.




Compressed the suspension, tight is an understatement.






Here is what I did to the front axle. Started with this.



Am also going to add bracing inside like Dan mentioned.









I've got a lot of work and a crap ton of welding to do but at least its getting worked on a little.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:36 PM   #35
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Looking good. Won't be long..........
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:37 PM   #36
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keep chipping away. looks like you're doing a good job
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:56 PM   #37
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Well, a little more than 7 months after I initially pulled it into the garage the jeep saw daylight again for the first time. I finished the welding on the front axle except for the truss plating and now I'm just trying to get it ready to move to my parent house to finish the welding (no 220v plug at the new house yet). Once the brackets, control arms and steering is welded I will move it to my new house to finish up everything. Here are a few outside shots.





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Old 07-28-2011, 09:39 PM   #38
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:24 PM   #39
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Thanks, I don't think I mentioned that I picked up a cage from another member a while back. Its based off the stock cage but is plenty strong and has already had its fair share of abuse. Haven't installed it yet because it needs a coat of paint and it is set up with seat mounts for suspensions seats which I will be ordering soon.

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Old 07-29-2011, 06:36 AM   #40
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SaWeeeett lookin TJ...

nice work..
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:35 AM   #41
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Very Nice! Keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing it on the trail.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:47 PM   #42
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Thanks guys, going to try real hard and have it ready for a shakedown run at Texana late September.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:14 PM   #43
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Looks good. Nothing like a nice streetable one ton TJ.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:04 PM   #44
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Looks good. Nothing like a nice streetable one ton TJ.
Thanks, that was the plan. Keep it as streetable as possible. We will see how long it stays that way.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:55 PM   #45
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Got a few minnutes to work on the jeep the other day. It takes forever pulling the axle out of this thing by myself and I swore it was the last time until the last time. All I got done was the truss but it took a lot of grinding and welding. Got both sides plated but only got pics of the back.

Now that all the welding is done all I have left is to put the axle back together with whatever locker I end up with, weld up the front links and brackets and slide it back under for the last time. Then I can hit the back.

Anyways, here are the few pics I got, hopefully more to come.







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Old 01-21-2012, 10:30 AM   #46
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2 months to the date with no updates, I know, WTF?

After having the jeep sit around without being worked on for so long I realized I was basically burnt out on it. I try to balance out work and family as much as possible but I just couldn't make myself get anything done. I made the conscious decision to take it to a local shop, Lumberton Offroad, to have some of the work finished.

Wife has been supportive and realizes the need to get it done so it was an easy decision. Although I initially wanted to say I did all the work on the jeep myself I figured it wouldn't matter if it was never finished.

The jeep was basically a roller when I brought it to them, all the suspension geometry had been worked out and all the welding and fab work was done on the front axle. Here is a list of what they've accomplished this week (first week):

Welded all control arms
Welded rear truss and control arm brackets
Welded link mounts and rear coil buckets (frame)
Welded trackbar and upper mount
Cleaned frame of old brackets
Painted axles, frame and all links
Installed front locker
Assembled front axle including brakes
Installed rear axle shafts
Installed fuel pump in cell (waiting on Artec cell bracket)
Mocked up steering

Waiting on:

Brake lines for front/rear axle (Monday)
Lengthen rear driveshaft (Monday)
New heims for trackbar (apparently I had galled the threads, track bar needs to be rebuilt)


Once that is done we will finish the fuel cell, plumber the brakes and fuel lines, change the oil and drop in a new battery and see if this turd will start. If everything looks good we will measure for shocks, most likely Bilstien 5100s or 5150s and it will be time for me to pick it up, possibly by next weekend.

I will still have work to do when I get it home:

Paint/install Genright corners
Paint/install Genright mini boatside rockers
Paint/install tube fenders
Install new cage (already painted and ready to swap in)
Install Corbeau seats and harnesses
Install Redneck Ram hydro assist

Then go wheel the hell out of it. Sorry for the super long post, just wanted to get everyone caught up. Apologize for the delay and I will get a few pictures up soon of the progress. Thanks for watching.

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Old 01-24-2012, 09:40 AM   #47
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Update: Went by to check on the jeep today and get paid up for the work done so far and it's looking great. Unfortunately the brake lines didn't come in today but most likely tomorrow. When I left Daniel was measuring for shocks and getting ready to order, decided to go with the Bilstein 5100s.

What's left to do:

-Finish brake lines
-Install rear drive shaft (being lengthened)
-Finish plumbing cell, install bracket
-Rebuild track bar
-Weld drag link
-Build rear shock mounts

Thats pretty much it. The biggest hold up is waiting on parts right now, Daniel has done an amazing amount of work in the time he has had. Ended up cutting a little off of the rear coils and adding a 1" spacer up front and it sits pretty well. This is a pic that Daniel sent today. I will try to take some more detailed pics in the next few days.

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Old 01-25-2012, 04:33 PM   #48
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Brake lines should be here this week, 5100s hopefully Monday. Got my Artec cell holderin today as well as the replacement heims for my trackbar. If all goes well may be able to drive it on the trailer next weekend to take it home.

I need thoughts on a decent battery that wont break the bank. Had an orbital in it before but its shot, been hearing horror stories about the optimas. Any ideas?


Fuel cell holder.

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #49
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Well I just realized I never updated this thread. I'm trying to be a little more active on the board in an attempt to meet some new people and get to know others better. I usually don't know too many people out on the trails and it makes for a lame weekend asking people you don't know if you can "tag along".

Anyways, the jeep has been wheelable since around March but unfortunately its only been on one trip to Trees. It did great with only a few snags (expected) even though it still lacks quite a few things. Also unfortunate after spending almost 3 times what I told my wife I would on this build I was asked (told) to slow down some so I still don't have hydro assist, sway bars or an atlas yet. They will come.

Moving on......the jeep is back at Lumberton Offroad getting a few things checked out in preparation for the Labor Day run at Hidden Falls. Here are pics from where I left off to present. Hope to see some of yall out there.

Also, comments, critiques, angry rants welcome.


Fender murdering



Yes they look like s#it, was in a hurry, dont care





Decided to take care of the rear shocks myself to save a few pennies, came out ok but will probably get redone later (frame backhalf).





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Old 08-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #50
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Cage install, thank God for tractors.







Genright stuff, awesome people, awesome products.





Finally got it to the new house to finish the "easy" stuff (nutserts blow btw)



Installing Genright stuff, if you are not familiar with the mini-boatside rockers you basically have to destroy your factory rocker panels up to the pinch weld so you can bolt on rocker panel protection. Believe me the irony isn't lost on me.





Paint





Seats

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