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Old 02-04-2012, 08:33 PM   #1226 (permalink)
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This is an awesome build but, I have lost track. How many sets of wheels has it gone through without leaving the garage?
Pretty funny. Todd and I were talking about that just the other day.

Since I've owned it.

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Old 02-06-2012, 06:55 AM   #1227 (permalink)
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What tools and methods are you using to grind the welds and get such a uniform finish? Grinder with sanding disk? DA orbital? I see the flap disc in the background, but that is a pretty good finish.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:38 AM   #1228 (permalink)
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What tools and methods are you using to grind the welds and get such a uniform finish? Grinder with sanding disk? DA orbital? I see the flap disc in the background, but that is a pretty good finish.
It starts out with knowing you are going to grind them flat. You need to bevel the edge of the rock ring first that way the weld has some place to go. Otherwise you will grind the weld out of the setup when you knock it down. It helps to have a welder who knows WTF he is doing because a uniform weld is nice.

I use a 4.5" flap disk on my angle grinder. I only use 120 grit disks. Once I knock the majority of the weld down I go back with 80 grit sandpaper on the DA. You can really mess up the metal if you aren't paying attention. It just takes a steady hand.

Mick is our lead fabricator. He is the guy welding up the back shells and rock rings in the pictures I posted. I ground the welds smooth. It is a crap ton of work and almost a shame to knock down Mick's welds. The end result is awesome. It looks like the whole piece was made this way and not just an after thought.

We have a bunch of wheels headed to powder today so I should have them back by the end of the week.I will post up pics of the end result. The grinding of the welds has to be very precise because the powder I'm using shows every flaw.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #1229 (permalink)
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Made some backing plates for the corner armor to help unitize the tub. I have so many holes in the side of it from 4 different pieces of armor.

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #1230 (permalink)
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So what,, this bitch is bad ass. Just finish it and get it on the trail already. You know your going to be fixing things forever. I can tell you like building these thing even more than wheeling them. Ok I know you love driving them to. Im gonna buy a set of those wheels,,,,eventually. They look awesome.
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you use roll on hammered finish on the axles or spray them
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:32 PM   #1232 (permalink)
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you use roll on hammered finish on the axles or spray them
Spray. Rustoleum hammered black from Walmart or Lowes.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:52 PM   #1233 (permalink)
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Back to jack stands. This message is Canyonmann approved.

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that bitch is dirty and it hasn't even left the garage yet
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I've washed it twice in my garage with a bucket and the hose!
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Its clear to me why you keep changing the tires, putting it on jack stands and just moving it around. Jeeps will grow TIRE ROOTS if they sit to long.

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In bias form they call that flat spotting.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #1238 (permalink)
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Ordered more parts today. I haven't been very happy with the front link setup that I came up with. So I purchased an Artec front Ford Dana 60 truss setup. I'm going to morph it over to my 14 bolt and that should cure all of my displeasure.

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I also purchased my steering. Everyone should call and talk to Kelvin at PSC. Super cool guy who helped me get exactly what I was after. Here are the goods.

SKU #: FHK100PXR
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Business must be good!

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #1240 (permalink)
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Looking good Andy.
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badass looking new psc ram! intersting to see how the artec mount works for you ive been looking at doing one of those for awhile!
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I haven't been very happy with the front link setup that I came up with.
Just don't go changing it like your wheels, front axles, or body armor, or this thing will never get done

You still going to try for EJS this year?
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badass looking new psc ram! intersting to see how the artec mount works for you ive been looking at doing one of those for awhile!
I think it will be awesome. My 14 bolt has lots of tube to account for the Ford truss work.

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Just don't go changing it like your wheels, front axles, or body armor, or this thing will never get done

You still going to try for EJS this year?
I doubt EJS will happen with this jeep. I want to make it pretty bad but I'm gonna have to ride shot gun. I made up a check list this weekend for my jeep and it is fairly long.... and expensive.

I believe a shaved center chunk needs a massive truss setup. I didn't know how to do that with the setup I had. The Artec truss should take care of any weaknesses and provide tons of coverage for the PSC ram.
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My check list. Of course, this is only stuff I can remember.

FRONT AXLE
Install Artec Truss work
Install ARBs and gears
Measure for front inner axle shafts
Purchase inner and outer shafts plus joints
Purchase drive slugs
Brakes (calipers and pads)
Powder coat brake calipers and brake caliper brackets
Plumb brakes
Purchase and install steering components (Ram and tie rods) Purchased 02/13/12

REAR AXLE
Strip caliper brackets and calipers.
Powder coat brake calipers and brake caliper brackets to match front
Stage 8 locking spindle nuts
Install ARB and gears
Purchase and install diff cover and powder coat
Plumb brakes

DRIVE TRAIN
Wiring harness and shifter – Speartech?
Plumb fuel
Purchase fuel pump and filter
Install cooling system
Plumb cooling for auto transmission
Exhaust
Air intake
Battery
Brakes – CNC cutting brakes?
Purchase front and rear drive shafts
Steering (Orbital, pump, res, cooler)

SUSPENSION
Build shock hoops
Install ORIs
Tune ORIs
Finish skid/link mounts
Finish transmission cross member
Finish tcase cross member

BODY STUFF
Paint hood and fenders
Finish body mounts on rear of tub
Finish flooring around fuel cell
Finish body mounts – Swag Off Road


WHEELS AND TIRES
Install 12 bolt wheels
Paint wheel studs
Pressure test
Install balance media

INTERIOR
Gauges
Tie cage to frame
Line tub
Stereo (Head Unit plus speakers)
Install CB
Install Shifter

MISC
Front bumper setup ??
Winch
Custom Splice winch rope and fair lead
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My check list. Of course, this is only stuff I can remember.

FRONT AXLE
Install Artec Truss work
Install ARBs and gears
Measure for front inner axle shafts
Purchase inner and outer shafts plus joints
Purchase drive slugs
Brakes (calipers and pads)
Powder coat brake calipers and brake caliper brackets
Plumb brakes
Purchase and install steering components (Ram and tie rods) Purchased 02/13/12

REAR AXLE
Strip caliper brackets and calipers.
Powder coat brake calipers and brake caliper brackets to match front
Stage 8 locking spindle nuts
Install ARB and gears
Purchase and install diff cover and powder coat
Plumb brakes

DRIVE TRAIN
Wiring harness and shifter Speartech?
Plumb fuel
Purchase fuel pump and filter
Install cooling system
Plumb cooling for auto transmission
Exhaust
Air intake
Battery
Brakes CNC cutting brakes?
Purchase front and rear drive shafts
Steering (Orbital, pump, res, cooler)

SUSPENSION
Build shock hoops
Install ORIs
Tune ORIs
Finish skid/link mounts
Finish transmission cross member
Finish tcase cross member

BODY STUFF
Paint hood and fenders
Finish body mounts on rear of tub
Finish flooring around fuel cell
Finish body mounts Swag Off Road


WHEELS AND TIRES
Install 12 bolt wheels
Paint wheel studs
Pressure test
Install balance media

INTERIOR
Gauges
Tie cage to frame
Line tub
Stereo (Head Unit plus speakers)
Install CB
Install Shifter

MISC
Front bumper setup ??
Winch
Custom Splice winch rope and fair lead
well, it's shorter than it was, at least
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I have been drooling for the past 2 hours. This thread has so much knowledge that I want in my head!
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Are you getting your dom somewhere in Wichita
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #1248 (permalink)
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I have been drooling for the past 2 hours. This thread has so much knowledge that I want in my head!
I'm glad some of the info could help.

This thread has helped me realize that a person should just cut a check to Jimmy's 4x4 for a turn key rig.

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Are you getting your dom somewhere in Wichita
Nope. I have checked with Central Plains Steel and they seemed pricey but it has been awhile. I buy all of my stuff from onlinemetals.com.
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My PSC steering is scheduled to be here tomorrow. I needed a new power steering pulley so I picked one up local. 6 rib just like the stocker.

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The only place I have found it in Wichita is Holzmans. They are a killer shop that builds axles and roll cages for the race car guys at the highest level. That's the only place in Wichita to get your hands on it. (sorry for the hijack)
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