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Old 07-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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95 yj

Never thought much about starting a build thread here, but was asked where mine was, so here's my attempt at building a beater. Forgive the timeline, as it's copied and pasted from another forum.

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95 YJ backhalved
Chevy 60 KP 5.38's, yukon spool, yukon inner/outer w/spicer joints, 35 spline inner/outer w/spicer joints as spares, RPM offroad Fat Girl flanges
14 bolt 5.38's Detroit TMR shave with artec truss
waggy fronts, 16" fox airshock rear, 4 link rear
ruffstuff 7/8 heims with 1.75" .25 wall uppers, ruffstuff 1.25 heims with 2" .25 lowers
LQ4/FRMVB350/205
39.5x13.50/16.5 iroks on 12 bolt H1's
Hopefully I won't need a winch...

Here's what she looked like they day I drug her home. Sold the Dodge 60 front as it was a cad housing and too much work to do it as simple as I'm going for. Sold the rear 70HD as it was just too dang big. Hope to go full bore by the first of the year.



All my friends drive low riders







Got her some Christmas goodies

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Old 07-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Out with the old



making room for the new



LQ4 6.0 and built T350



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Old 07-02-2012, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We made the cut line using jacks and a bucket of oil. Then applied a little sawzall action. Went to boot the diff cover on to make the cut line, and the problems started. The newer model AAM 14 bolts use a metric thread diff cover bolt that ruffstuff was unaware of. We called everyone, and googled with all our might to find zero info on the bolts size. Finally found a dealer who knew and grabbed a box of 100 from fastenal, can't buy just a few anymore.

Dave Gutwillig burning it in for me





First stage of mockup. Shooting for the 110-112 wb. This is around 111





showing diff clearance on 42's, right at 14 3/4" with 30 psi in them.




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Old 07-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Picked up a MAST performance oil pan. Should fix any clearance issues.




Has improved baffling built in. Should keep it from losing any oil pressure.




Got the 205 put back together, and bolted everything together. going to try it at 18* first, the other holes were clocked a little too far. Ready to be dropped in. Gonna have to find something different for exhaust, header tubes run directly in front of the spark plugs.

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Old 07-02-2012, 11:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A little closer...




Motor mounts burned in, she's now officially got a 6.0.




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Old 07-02-2012, 11:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A $560 box from Liquid Iron Industries



Ruffstuff goodies came in today.

2" .250 wall dom for crossmember mounts
seat belt mounts
3/4" weld washers



And another box with psc goodies



Got the harness back, and mostly installed.



A little Ron Davis goody



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Old 07-02-2012, 11:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Picked up something for the jeep



Bought something a long time overdue. I capped one of the frame rails today, and kept having to turn down the heat. Gonna be nice not chipping flux anymore.



I've been absolutely racking my brain on how to backhalf this stupid thing. Whether to run a U, or boxed off like an Ultra4. I can't beilieve it, but I actually got the measurements and angles right and it fit perfect. I'm happy with how it turned out. Now to decide the down bars. Not sure if I should bring them down like the pic, or put a 25-30* bend at the top? What say ye?



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Old 07-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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What say ye? I wound up with about a 50* bend to make it level on top and flow with the other tube. I kinda like it this way. Gonna work on the other one tomorrow.








Started on the seat cradle, and am very happy so far. Problem is the front tube. I have to wait until the 205 is under it and see if the floor needs cut to fit, and exactly where it will sit in relation to the tubes path. I may get lucky, and it actually cross the adapter which has a good gap. Anyone see another way to run the forward cross tube without losing too much headroom?






Added the harness bar, and other down tube. Starting to look like a jeep again...

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Nailed it, I'm getting stoked with every tube. I used a little 5 lb sledge and massaged the floor a pinch. Seats feel comfortable where they are.



No major progress, but I decided to try my hand at fabbing up my own seat mounts. 2" .188 strip. Just gotta drill a hole and burn them in.



I got the lower backhalf complete, and Artec cell mount welded in solid. Did the two bars of lacing behind the seat, still have to do the outer two and the bars below where they tie in. That way it isn't a dead node. Thinking of trying to find a way to tie that bar into the frame as another structural tie in.

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Added the outer bars. Now I need to figure out the lower portion, and start tying it into the frame.







Didn't like the visibility being blocked by the poly performance kits dash bar, so I cut it out and threw it in the scrap pile. Since I can't really reuse the stock yj gauges, and the wiring harness was cut to pieces, I went ahead and scrapped it as well. Gonna try my hand at a simple flat dash. Added some console bars while I was at it, to mount the Art Carr shifter to. Got the bars from A pillar to the firewall tacked on as well. Then I pulled the cage to finish welding the underside.

I need some suggestions on the door bars. I really like the stock modified setups I've been seeing. Also like the simple bent hip bars. Just not sure which route to go.

Todays progress:





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Great job Sleeps.
Is that where you are now, or is it already done?

I like how you just throw an engine in the back of your carpeted suburban.

I never noticed you were from Humble (pronounced with a silent “H”). My wife and I both went to high school there (a long time ago LOL).
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Great job Sleeps.
Is that where you are now, or is it already done?

I like how you just throw an engine in the back of your carpeted suburban.

I never noticed you were from Humble (pronounced with a silent H). My wife and I both went to high school there (a long time ago LOL).
That's where it is now. I'm off wed-sat, and plan to fully weld what's done so far. Put it back in and start the tie ins to make it rigid. I have to give the bender back this month, bc he has another project.

Couldn't justify 1k for a YJ bolt in radiator, so I have to make a hoop for that, and it will tie in through the firewall to the A pillar. The tub is sitting on the frame, so I'll have to massage it to make my artec 4 link brackets work. The body mounts are shot, that has to be addressed as well. Been looking at boatsides hard mounted to the tub, welded to the frame as a fix.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel finally. I bought it in the fall, but have just started building. Been just collecting parts so far.

Sue Ellen gets used hard. It actually has husky liners front to back. I've had 3 sets of tons, 42's, 39.5's, 6.0/350, 2.5/AX-15, etc all back there this year. I don't think anything about laying the seats down and hauling what I need. Someday I'll buy a trailer, haha.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Someday I'll buy a trailer, haha.
Sounds to me like you got one.
Finish that monster up and head on up, we should hit Clayton together, always a good time.
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What size were the 14 Bolt diff cover bolts? I may end up with the same problem, I have a late model 14 Bolt too. I haven't had a chance to look at it much yet, I'm finishing my front 60 before I tear in the rear end.
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What size were the 14 Bolt diff cover bolts? I may end up with the same problem, I have a late model 14 Bolt too. I haven't had a chance to look at it much yet, I'm finishing my front 60 before I tear in the rear end.
I'll look when I get home from work. I have 80+ if you need some.
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-1.25x20 is the bolt size for the AAM 14 bolt diff cover.
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Sweet looks good! Glad you decided to put it on pirate. What size cell are you running it looks huge in the back. Do you plan on racing?
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Sweet looks good! Glad you decided to put it on pirate. What size cell are you running it looks huge in the back. Do you plan on racing?
It's the jazz 622, holds 22 gallons. The rear is 30" wide and 37" from the B pillar to the rear tube. Probably why it appears so large. I still have room for my cooler to drop in the rear, so I'm fine with storage. I could've sat it lower, but I didn't want to limit up travel. Just in case I cut the front off and link it, I won't have to redo everything.

Thanks for the compliments, I wasn't expecting much attention in this section. Far as racing, maybe someday. I'm still learning to wheel and build, and a race rig takes a bigger budget. A lot of it is going to be done to race standards, such as the fuel system so if I do, I'm not paying for it twice.

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This is the worst thread title for a build ever.
Should I have put "Competing with Dookey for the slowest build on pirate, oh yeah, it's a 95 YJ Backhalved on tons"?
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Should I have put "Competing with Dookey for the slowest build on pirate, oh yeah, it's a 95 YJ Backhalved on tons"?
Of course not. Nobody can compete with me.

I was just subscribing to your thread to keep dibs on the process.
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Of course not. Nobody can compete with me.

I was just subscribing to your thread to keep dibs on the process.
Dunno about that, haha. It's gone from:

2.5/Ax-5/231/300 cad 60/70HD on XJ's
2.5/AX-15/231/300 cad 60/70HD on XJ's
2.5/AX-15/300 4:1 cad 60/14 on XJ's
2.5/AX-15/300 4:1 chebby 60/14 waggy front/XJ rear
6.0/350/205 60/14 waggy front 4 link rear on air shocks

I stripped the casting bolts on the 60. Gonna try helicoil first, but she may wind up with another artec truss and some links if she don't act right.
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-1.25x20 is the bolt size for the AAM 14 bolt diff cover.
Good deal. I may take you up on buying some of yours if I end up needing them. I'm at least a month out before I start building my rear though.
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Good deal. I may take you up on buying some of yours if I end up needing them. I'm at least a month out before I start building my rear though.
No need to buy, I should be able to throw them in an envelope with a stamp. Just let me know if you need them.
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