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Old 02-26-2008, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Claytons Long Arms And The Shitty Unibody

I'm hoping to add Clayton Long Arms to the ZJ later this year. Now my one concern it the ZJ's paper thin unibody frame.
Clayton's kit comes with sub frame connectors that follow the contours of the frame and connect the front and rear mounts together. The mounts slide up over the frame so sleeving the frame would seem out of the question.
I'm guessing I could sleeve the frame between the Clayton's mounts but I'm unsure.

My question is should I bother sleeving the frame (if so, how bout some ideas)? Or just put the Clayton's kit on as is?

When I spoke with Clayton's yesterday the guy there didn't see a reason to sleeve the frame.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been running the clayton long arms welded straight to the unibody on my comanche and have beat them up pretty good with no cracks or rips in the unibody. But, obviously sleeving that part or the entire rails would be better/stronger if you want to put the time in.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know why you would need to sleeve under the sleeve that clayton provides (for the mount). Seems like tons of people put the kit on as it comes and wheel the shit out of it. Claytons kit is pretty beefy in itself I think and as long as you weld it on right I think you'll be good. Zj's suck

^^x2 on sleeving the rest of the "frame" ^^
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How about, put claytons on,brackets and stiffeners, then just weld some plate on each side of the unibody between the brackets and weld them to the stiffeners, would be pretty cheap and that will end up the same .
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How about, put claytons on,brackets and stiffeners, then just weld some plate on each side of the unibody between the brackets and weld them to the stiffeners, would be pretty cheap and that will end up the same .
That's sort of what I was thinking Maxx.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have been running his kit on my ZJ for 7 years with no problems w/ the unibody.
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