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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:24 am 
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My wife had been driving a bone stock '99 grocery/kid hauler for a couple years now, and was a little jealous of my newer truck. I thought she might appreciate some mild mods, but more importantly catch up on some needed maintenance (that's how I justified the mods to her ;) ).

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The front axle was developing a bearing noise, and I knew I want to go to a 31-32" tire, so I re-geared another housing with some slightly used 4.10 Spicer gears I bought from John H. I cleaned and painted everything before installing new ball joints and OEM style upper bushings.
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While the housing was on the weld table, I added some plate to the front of the upper right control arm tower, and welded on some 1/4" plate skids to the lower link mounts.
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New Spicer u-joints in freshly cleaned stock shafts. I did eventually paint them before install.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:37 am 
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:40 am 
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:thumbsup: That looks awesome! But where does she have to go to get groceries? The other side of wrecking ball? :eek2:

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:45 am 
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I guess we'll call the axle swap and suspension upgrade phase 1. :mrgreen:

I had been collecting suspension parts for the Jeep since we bought it. A nice pair of used Rubicon Express 3" coils were given to me by my friend Hans, along with a set of factory 16" alloys that I will install later. Victor donated a pair of RE upper adjustable control arms, some Teraflex shackles, and a track bar he no longer wanted. I spec'ed out a pair of Old Man Emu 2.75 medium duty leafs, and a set of Bilstein shocks, and bought them from Auburn Car Repair and Offroad.
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The only parts I needed to get started on the lift was a pair of lower control arms. I fabbed up a set of extended arms using .250 wall tubing, OEM style bushings on the axle end, and some RE cartridge joints I've had collecting dust for 5 or 6 years.
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The track bar I got from Victor had the lower bolt rusted solid in it, and I roughly cut it out of his axle a couple years ago. The bushing was all chewed up too, so I found a lower end I had kept from an old Rusty's track bar from my old XJ.
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The Rusty's joint welded to the mystery track bar.
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The Rusty's joint had already been drilled out for a 7/16" bolt. The bigger grade 8 bolt looks better than the pencil thin stocker.
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I also upgraded the worn out, cheap rod end that the track bar originally came with, to a new kevlar lined Chromoly rod end. Here's the upper bracket I made for the rod end. It drops the mounting location down about an inch.
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I don't really remember where I got this dropped pitman from, but it matched the upper track bar drop, and keeps the stock steering linkage at a decent angle.
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Old axle out, prepping the rebuilt one.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:51 am 
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hopefully someday my welds will look like that :(

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:58 am 
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While the axle was out of the way, I replaced the rear main seal. I also noticed this piece of beautiful Jeep engineering. I guess its for pinion clearance on low rider Jeeps. It was unacceptable. :thumbsdown:
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The Jeep has a nice stock tube exhaust manifold, but it necks down to this puny 2" pipe with a huge dent in it, then back to 2 1/2" pipe :dunno: I don't get it.
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Great for exhaust flow :roll:
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The new and improved down pipe. Mandrel bent 2 1/4" tubing to 2 1/2". The shiny mexichrome heat paint should be worth at least 2 HP.
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Axle in. So fresh and so clean.
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New Timkens. The axle was also treated to new rotors and pads.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Here's how it sits right now, Monster truck high. My 3" coils and 2.75" lift leaf springs have netted about a 4 1/2" lift! Not exactly what I was going for. So now I have some driveshaft vibes to deal with.
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Hey John, how about a quote on SYE kit? :spend :bang:

Phase 2 plan was supposed to be installing a 4.10 ratio 8.8 rear axle, but if I have to go to a SYE, it may happen at the same time to get the pinion angle right.

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:12 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Do you have a sandblaster?


I have access to one, and I'm OCD.

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:15 pm 
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JB wrote:
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Do you have a sandblaster?


I have access to one, and I'm OCD.


I guess so, everything was very clean. :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:22 pm 
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Needs more Duratrac. :brows:

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:42 pm 
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So you do maintenance eh? :brows:

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I love how clean you make everything. That's one thing I've struggled with. Never invested in a blaster, or even a parts washer cabinet. Of course, working out of a garage has its limitations. :(

Great work!

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 1:08 pm 
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I love how clean you make everything. That's one thing I've struggled with. Never invested in a blaster, or even a parts washer cabinet. Of course, working out of a garage has its limitations. :(

Great work!


X2.....great work!!!


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You may be able to fix the vibe with just dropping the trans cross member 1". I made a couple out of two 1" tubes welded together and drilled for spacers. Fixed it way back in the day for me. I think I have them on my shelf?

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Looks good, as usual Jeremy. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 2:14 pm 
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Avanteone wrote:
Needs more Duratrac. :brows:


That's the plan. :thumbsup:

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You may be able to fix the vibe with just dropping the trans cross member 1". I made a couple out of two 1" tubes welded together and drilled for spacers. Fixed it way back in the day for me. I think I have them on my shelf?


I was going to try that first.

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Sweet....

So you do maintenance eh? :brows:


As little as possible.

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 2:24 pm 
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Back in the day I had Stan's redo my down tube b/c that drove me nuts too, the necked down/dented thing had to go. They put the bung in the wrong spot and the first time I wheeled after that my front DL wiped out my O2 sensor. I'm sure you're smarter than Stan's, but thought I'd mention it... Looks good dude! :thumbsup:

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Looks good Jeremy! Glad you were able to make use of the parts.

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Needs more Duratrac. :brows:

Or the new Toyo AT II.....

What size tire/wheel are you planning on going with?

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:25 pm 
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Thanks for the compliments. I just hope the springs settle a little bit.

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Or the new Toyo AT II.....

What size tire/wheel are you planning on going with?


LT265/75/16 on factory Jeep 5 spoke Icon wheels. I might look at the AT2's for my truck, but that Duratrac's look cooler for the Jeep, and that's all that really matters at the mall parking lot.

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JB wrote:
Thanks for the compliments. I just hope the springs settle a little bit.



I'm sure you have done it, so I apologize, but did you do the final torque on the springs/shackles on the ground?



For tires, also take a loog at the Cooper

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I'm sure you have done it, so I apologize, but did you do the final torque on the springs/shackles on the ground?


Yep. I'm going to throw a bunch of weight in it and drive it around a bit, see what happens. It's going to get bumpers eventually, and that will help some too.


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Will do. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:27 pm 
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Very nice Jeremy. So how does she like it?

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MP_Jeppi wrote:
Looks good Jeremy! Glad you were able to make use of the parts.

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Needs more Duratrac. :brows:

Or the new Toyo AT II.....

What size tire/wheel are you planning on going with?


Been running the new Toyo AT's on the GFs Tacoma all winter. They do not suck. :thumbsup:

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Your wife's grocery-getter has a more bling front axle housing than my wheeler. :(

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Thanks for the compliments. I just hope the springs settle a little bit.

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Or the new Toyo AT II.....

What size tire/wheel are you planning on going with?


LT265/75/16 on factory Jeep 5 spoke Icon wheels. I might look at the AT2's for my truck, but that Duratrac's look cooler for the Jeep, and that's all that really matters at the mall parking lot.


If you're curious as to how that size is going to look, we have a spare 265/75R16 AT II mounted on 5.9 wheel. I'm sure Emilio will let you borrow it. Or just head to the shop and we can throw all four on.

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 5:43 am 
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If you're curious as to how that size is going to look, we have a spare 265/75R16 AT II mounted on 5.9 wheel. I'm sure Emilio will let you borrow it. Or just head to the shop and we can throw all four on.


Cool, thanks. I may take you up on that.

I dropped the trans crossmember using some spacers last night and took it for a drive. It took care of about 80% of the vibration, and I was able to drive it at highway speeds, but its still not right. The pinion and t-case u-joint angles aren't complimenting each other at all, so I'm going to go ahead and install the 8.8 rear axle. I can then adjust the pinion angle before I weld the perches. If that doesn't solve the vibe problem, then its SYE time.

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In before Jeremy has to buy his wife a new car since he ended up building another XJ.

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In before Jeremy has to buy his wife a new car since he ended up building another XJ.

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