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Old 09-17-2009, 01:49 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Yeah as soon as you asked what shocks I was running, I thought about that as well. Does everything else sound like it is setup as it should be, or did I not provide enough info?
All the rest looks and sounds like you should be fine. I'd try better shocks, then look at other stuff if it didn't help.
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All the rest looks and sounds like you should be fine. I'd try better shocks, then look at other stuff if it didn't help.
Sweet. Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:58 PM   #53 (permalink)
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more here:
http://www.rockhardxj.com/viewtopic....t=3+link+front

dont know how much of this ive posted here, just putting it all in one thread...

I went and put my link on the passenger side to avoid the drive shaft and exhaust. that and I already had a mount on the axle on that side that didnt suck...
frame ground down to bare metal -


plates around the upper link area and lower link area -


I happened to have most of my drivetrain on a pallet while doing this because I needed a new clutch and was installing a teralow at the same time...


plates tacked in place -


initial inside shot -


my Nike LCA mounts - 3/16" - wish id used 1/4" because of the direct rock contact they see all the time...


moved my LCA down like 1" and back like 4 from stock... see the extended arm -


decided to cut into the floor for the UCA mount -


added a formed 10ga piece that attached to the floor and the inside of the frame -

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stole an upper link mount from the production line at work and welded it in -




My lowers are about 20.75" long and my upper is about 23.5" long...

I have 8.5" of separation at the frame, and about 9.5" at the axle...

the suspension climbs amazing compared to my old 'short' arm 4 link setup...

for the upper link on the axle side, I used a small RE joint, welded into the 'tower'...

cut a hole with a holesaw -


welded it up taking care to put the zerk inside the box tube, and keep the allen set screw accessable -


made a 1/4" plate to re-enforce the 1x3x.120 tower on one side -




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**************The axle brackets have changed A LOT since these shots, but the upper link mount is the same***********************
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Yeah, I'm using a 10mm bolt in a small RE joint in my upper control arm.

Yeah I'm worried about it

No, I'm not worried about it enough to not go wheeling... Its been there for 10 competitions, 3 or 4 trips to the hammers, and all the other wheeling I've done in the past 2.5 years...

I'm building a 609 to replace the front 44, and when I make the mounts on that axle, It'll be upgraded to a 7/8" shank, 3/4" hole heim, with high misalignment spacers bringing the bolt size down to 5/8" - to match the stuff on my trackbar, and the other end of the upper link.
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I have been reading up on 3-link setups over this last week. I plan on building a 3-link setup later on this year, and am going to start compiling parts for it. For now I am running a D30 up front, this will stay until I finish college and get a real job where I can go crazy on this thing. I know that I will have to make a new mount for the UCA and LCA's. Can I re-use my trackbar that I have and the stock mount. The track bar is adjustable and is for up to 6" of lift. I read that a higher track bar mount is better for offroad, but less stable on the road, and I drive this to the trails, so I am thinking that I should stick with the stock location on the axle.

My next question is rod ends. From what I understand, I should use bushings on the frame end of the LCA's and heims at the axle. And for the UCA, I should use heims on both ends. What about heim size, will 7/8" be enough? 33,000lbs seems like plenty of strength. Gravelmaker has the 7/8" ones on sale for $49 a pair. I am running the stock 4.0, AW4, NP231, 4.56 gears, locked front and rear and 33" tires possiblly 35's in the future. I am not a crazy mash the gas wheeler, I like to hit the trails and some mild rocks.

Hopefully I haven't overlooked the answers to these questions, but these questions are what I am unclear on.

Ok, I remembered something else. My D30 is the vac disco version. How Would I go about gettin rid of that cast mount, since there would be a big hole in the tube if I cut it all off.

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I have been reading up on 3-link setups over this last week. I plan on building a 3-link setup later on this year, and am going to start compiling parts for it. For now I am running a D30 up front, this will stay until I finish college and get a real job where I can go crazy on this thing. I know that I will have to make a new mount for the UCA and LCA's. Can I re-use my trackbar that I have and the stock mount. The track bar is adjustable and is for up to 6" of lift. I read that a higher track bar mount is better for offroad, but less stable on the road, and I drive this to the trails, so I am thinking that I should stick with the stock location on the axle.

My next question is rod ends. From what I understand, I should use bushings on the frame end of the LCA's and heims at the axle. And for the UCA, I should use heims on both ends. What about heim size, will 7/8" be enough? 33,000lbs seems like plenty of strength. Gravelmaker has the 7/8" ones on sale for $49 a pair. I am running the stock 4.0, AW4, NP231, 4.56 gears, locked front and rear and 33" tires possiblly 35's in the future. I am not a crazy mash the gas wheeler, I like to hit the trails and some mild rocks.

Hopefully I haven't overlooked the answers to these questions, but these questions are what I am unclear on.

Ok, I remembered something else. My D30 is the vac disco version. How Would I go about gettin rid of that cast mount, since there would be a big hole in the tube if I cut it all off.
HP30 Non disco can be had for next to nothing as a bare housing at most junkyards. a much better base than a cast mount disco 30 IMO.
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Old 09-19-2009, 10:12 PM   #58 (permalink)
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I have been reading up on 3-link setups over this last week. I plan on building a 3-link setup later on this year, and am going to start compiling parts for it. For now I am running a D30 up front, this will stay until I finish college and get a real job where I can go crazy on this thing. I know that I will have to make a new mount for the UCA and LCA's. Can I re-use my trackbar that I have and the stock mount. The track bar is adjustable and is for up to 6" of lift. I read that a higher track bar mount is better for offroad, but less stable on the road, and I drive this to the trails, so I am thinking that I should stick with the stock location on the axle.

My next question is rod ends. From what I understand, I should use bushings on the frame end of the LCA's and heims at the axle. And for the UCA, I should use heims on both ends. What about heim size, will 7/8" be enough? 33,000lbs seems like plenty of strength. Gravelmaker has the 7/8" ones on sale for $49 a pair. I am running the stock 4.0, AW4, NP231, 4.56 gears, locked front and rear and 33" tires possiblly 35's in the future. I am not a crazy mash the gas wheeler, I like to hit the trails and some mild rocks.

Hopefully I haven't overlooked the answers to these questions, but these questions are what I am unclear on.

Ok, I remembered something else. My D30 is the vac disco version. How Would I go about gettin rid of that cast mount, since there would be a big hole in the tube if I cut it all off.
With a 3 link, you should be using all hard joints; No rubber or poly bushings.
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Would the 7/8" heims be strong enough at all ends for a rig my size. And if I bought a non disco D30 housing, how hard woud it be to re-setup my gears in the next housing. I have read that there can be problems with seting up used gears.

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grand 3 link

ZJ, 44/9, 6in coils in the front, stock front springs in rear, 37" mtr's, drivers side 3 link upper, appears to be much easier for the Dside upper on a D44 (yes i know i should have put in a 60 , kicking myself now but i was using what i had because of budget)





above is a picture of the one ton steering -- sort of -- chevy 1500-3500 TRE's in 1.25x.125" DOM tubing, in the backround you can see the D44 truss and the links.



above: the front links and the front half of the tray.[/img]

I currently have a different track bar mount in there now to clear the Diff housing (2" forward and 1 in higher) and yes the angle and length are still correct - no bump steer.

control arms are 2x1/4", front anti squat is 65% with adjustment down to 58% and up to 85% i believe. All mounts are 1/4", 5/8x3/4" heims on one end with polyurethane bushings on the other. lower arm mounts get beat to hell but real estate issue and suspension dynamics compremise

Def overbuilt suspension but has allowed me to just grind off the underbody armour with no worrys.

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I have been reading up on 3-link setups over this last week. I plan on building a 3-link setup later on this year, and am going to start compiling parts for it. For now I am running a D30 up front, this will stay until I finish college and get a real job where I can go crazy on this thing. I know that I will have to make a new mount for the UCA and LCA's. Can I re-use my trackbar that I have and the stock mount. The track bar is adjustable and is for up to 6" of lift. I read that a higher track bar mount is better for offroad, but less stable on the road, and I drive this to the trails, so I am thinking that I should stick with the stock location on the axle.

My next question is rod ends. From what I understand, I should use bushings on the frame end of the LCA's and heims at the axle. And for the UCA, I should use heims on both ends. What about heim size, will 7/8" be enough? 33,000lbs seems like plenty of strength. Gravelmaker has the 7/8" ones on sale for $49 a pair. I am running the stock 4.0, AW4, NP231, 4.56 gears, locked front and rear and 33" tires possiblly 35's in the future. I am not a crazy mash the gas wheeler, I like to hit the trails and some mild rocks.

Hopefully I haven't overlooked the answers to these questions, but these questions are what I am unclear on.

Ok, I remembered something else. My D30 is the vac disco version. How Would I go about gettin rid of that cast mount, since there would be a big hole in the tube if I cut it all off.
I'd recomend all hard joints as well.

but you can chop up and re-use parts of the aftermarket trackbar...

My friend Phil runs a Disco 30 housing, with high steer, and a custom trackbar mount on the axle -
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I'd recomend all hard joints as well.

but you can chop up and re-use parts of the aftermarket trackbar...

My friend Phil runs a Disco 30 housing, with high steer, and a custom trackbar mount on the axle -
Lookit how clean it was!
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I took some quick measurments today and played with some numbers in the 3 link calculator. The upper link will most likley get moved, it rained today so I didn't have much time to lay under the Jeep and think about where to put it. Do these numbers look alright, or are they totally wacky. My instant center seems to be alot smaller than some of the other 3 link numbers that I have seen. These numbers are taken at ride height.

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Got any interior pics with that cross member installed? How much floor is left on the passenger side?
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Got any interior pics with that cross member installed? How much floor is left on the passenger side?
Not his, but mine is similar. Here's a few shots:





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Thanks... now I see what kind of cover I need to build
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Thanks... now I see what kind of cover I need to build
Yeah, I'm going to take some 18guage and bend up a cover to go over that area as well. It'll be easier than listening to the woman complain about wet feet!
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Heres the three link on the front of my ZJ. I went drivers side as the exhaust for the V8 was in the way on the pasenger side.

New crossmember, three piece, sides welded and this raised the drivetrain up about an inch.



Here is the drivers side mount for the lower and the upper. this part got welded to the frame. About 5 inches of seperation.



Here is the truss/upper mount that I went with. figured the 30 could use the help.



Dont use square for the upper, its very tight in there. Fits, but tight. Going to replace with round one of these days.



Yep, tight.



Flexes real good!



Overall I love it. Rides good and climbes like a goat. I mean, I showed up a built and stretched TJ with 42's on a wall climb once. It was no fluke, I did it several times with ease and it and none of the other 6 or so rigs with us that day could do it. It just hooks and goes.
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Ok so I'm planning on building a 3 link on my XJ in the near future and I had a question about link location on the axle. I'm running a waggy drivers side drop 44 and wanted to know how much horizontal/side to side seperation I should have between my lower passenger side link and the upper link if I were to run the upper link on the passenger side? I see a ton of talk about vertical seperation and know that I want to get my links as flat as possible but I've seen nothing about how far to space them horizontaly. I hope my question makes sense and helps others in there builds as well.

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Ok so I'm planning on building a 3 link on my XJ in the near future and I had a question about link location on the axle. I'm running a waggy drivers side drop 44 and wanted to know how much horizontal/side to side seperation I should have between my lower passenger side link and the upper link if I were to run the upper link on the passenger side? I see a ton of talk about vertical seperation and know that I want to get my links as flat as possible but I've seen nothing about how far to space them horizontaly. I hope my question makes sense and helps others in there builds as well.

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Perfect, thats exactly what I needed to know.

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Ditto. It doesn't matter. More accurately, it doesn't make enough difference to matter.
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Goatman, is there a detailed thread on your midarm, 3 link build?
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Cross member (borrowed the design from Timmay)





Bent the upper to clear the starter/ bellhousing on full bump...



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im in the process of a 3 link. uca is 32" and lowers are 29", eye to eye. frame seperation is only planned to be about 4" and axle seperation is about 8". jj's and hiems, sleeved frame rails, blah blah... my question is should i have more frame seperation?
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