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Old 01-31-2009, 05:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another YJ on Rocks...Build thread

Well I figured since I have another build on my hands, I might as well start a thread on it... I have a '94 YJ that had a 2.5l four banger and a set of D44 full width steering axles under it (rear steer), and have been wheeling the crap out of it with good success. That is until I did a 4.0l swap in it..... The 44's held strong with the 2.5l, but even with Superior shafts and CTM joints the rear one blew up first trip out with the 4.0l. So anyway its time for an upgrade...

I have 2 steering Rocks, and a set of 46" michelins (not my first choice of tire, but trying to keep it on somewhat of a budget). It will be 4-linked front and rear with coil overs. The upper links will be 1.75" with Ballistic Fabs new Forged 2.63 joints. The lower links will be 2" with Ballistic 3.0 joints. I will have pinion brakes on the front and rear, with the rear welded and a Detroit in the front. Steering will come from double ended rams in the front and back.

Now on to some pics.

This is what I started with...
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YANK! Axles gone.
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Here is my front Rockwell, detroit installed and hubs flipped...
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And here is the look I am going for...
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Still waiting on some of my parts, but should be starting the actual build in a week or so.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats a good looking rig.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks good. Ill be keeping an eye on this build.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bad ass, even though I like it a lot better before without the rocks

Please get rid of those Michelins though!
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great rig. Do you have any more pics of the older set up, looks sick.
X2 on scrapping the Michelins though (whenever you get a chance)
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Great rig. Do you have any more pics of the older set up, looks sick.
X2 on scrapping the Michelins though (whenever you get a chance)

Here is a couple of more pictures of the old setup. I will be getting new tires, probably 46" comp. Claws, but for now the Michelins will have to do.

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Old 02-01-2009, 07:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You do know that your new upgrade is part of the reason for another upgrade! You get stronger axles and then other people have to get stronger axles. Then during an axle swap somebody(?) gets over stimulated with a plasma cutter. The next thing I know there is another vehicle sitting on a lift, waiting in line, to be put back together.

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You do know that your new upgrade is part of the reason for another upgrade! You get stronger axles and then other people have to get stronger axles. Then during an axle swap somebody(?) gets over stimulated with a plasma cutter. The next thing I know there is another vehicle sitting on a lift, waiting in line, to be put back together.
HA! Looks like something fell off the front... Atleast I know I will not be the one holding up the wheelin', SURELY I can put mine back together before that is back together!
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hell no I'll have it back together in a few hrs ain't nothing but a new bumper winch mount and a couple links how long could that take
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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nitecrawler, your rig is lookin' sick as hell. can't wait to see it finished.

nbjeeptj, what the hell have you gone and done now? looks like you're only a few hundred beers away from goin' wheelin again .

carter3, is that the buggie I see in the background? I need to come over and check that thing out.

You guys are all nuts!
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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That thing is sweet! I'dve been happy with the first build.
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After the money spent on axles, tubing, joints, link tabs, and paint I will not have the money for the 100 beers.
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I will be watching both of these builds.
Ken your new set up will be awesome.
Neil get to work yours may hit the trail before Sonny's new build.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Neil get to work yours may hit the trail before Sonny's new build.
It won't! He is waiting on a fabricator

His other obstacle is the pallets of boxes hiding the bender!
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sonny, if your just lookin for builds, i could always use a fabricator
its still a red yj, just like workin on your own
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:05 PM   #16 (permalink)
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sonny, if your just lookin for builds, i could always use a fabricator
its still a red yj, just like workin on your own
If I take on another project the DW is going to divorce me!
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why not run the 54inch boggers?

I dont any reason to run the 53s anymore
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If I take on another project the DW is going to divorce me!
That would be a problem??

more time to wheel
more time to fab
eat out every meal
attend all trail rides, comps, wheeilng events
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That would be a problem??

more time to wheel
more time to fab
eat out every meal
attend all trail rides, comps, wheeilng events


You are worried about the trail rides?



























I like the idea of some strange
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Thaaaaaaaats right
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Still waiting on parts to start the build, and they probably wont get here by this weekend either. I figured I would post up some more parts pictures in the meantime...

This is what is holding up progress...
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Here are my Pinion Brakes and Blue Torch link brackets...
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Here is the rear axle, with the hubs flipped, and the center chunk rotated 180...
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And here is the steering that will be on that axle...
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Looks Awesome! Cant' wait to see the finished product. Subscribed!
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:12 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Well, I got a little more done today. I mounted the ram on the rear axle and also got the pinion brake installed... The brake will be on the back and the ram will be towards the front. I should have my link parts by next weekend, then I can really get started on the build...

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Updates? WTF?
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haha ditto!
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