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Old 08-29-2010, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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project: Get flamed in hardcore...so its over here

Put a few pics up on another post and thought, what the hell, ill put a little build thread together. The base for the build was an 05 tj. Shortly after the new purchase came the normal, 4" short arm and 35's. Rolled around like this for about 5 years and couldn't have been happier.



While at this "stage" of its life, I didn't want to sink money into different upgrades since i knew there were some tons in its possible future some I started collecting parts and kept wheeling.

crappy picture, but its a 79 D60 and a 14 bolt


some guts and bling for the axles



mmmmm, 35spl chromo's!
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the tear down

Did a few things that need to be done while the jeep was still drivable. And yes, i do need to mention that I did put this rig on leafs. My reasoning was: A- Money. And B- money. I ended up like everybody else spending way more than i though i would so the leafs for now made sense. Plus I have zero knowledge of links. I'll probably link the rear in the future, but for the time being, i'm really liking the leafs. Simple and predictable. Anyways here's a few pics.




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Finally the day came, teardown day, so a couple buddies and myself armed with harbor freight cut off wheels and 1 milwakee sawzaw, went to town!






one side buttoned up!


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Old 08-29-2010, 02:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looking good. I don't think you would get flamed in hardcore though. What are your plans for motor/transfercase?


Oh btw,

Leaf springs suck

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mocking up axle locations



rear on its own weight


working on the front


and done!


total wheelbase ended up around 107.


Alll in all, the build took about two months of random weekends (probably about 5 or 6 full days if you add them all up) so the jeeps down time wasn't all that bad.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's just a few wheeling/testing pics. In about a month and a half we're going to chocco so hopefully we'll get some good pics there.








buddy took his young'in out with us for the first time today. Learning early!


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Old 08-29-2010, 02:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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oh yeah, this has nothing to do with the build, but we were tired of squating in the woods so we created our own 2" receiver Port-O-Shitter, fully equipted with roll holder and random stickers. Enjoy!


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Old 08-29-2010, 02:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Looks good. What size tires are those? I'm stretching w/ XJ's on a YJ frame, and plan to end up very similar in stance. I'm keeping the shackle forward though.
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mason looks buff in that pic. he also makes your 42's look massive.
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I love it. Especially because of the leafspring incorporation....fawk the haters

But my favorite part of this build is the port-a-shitter.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Looks good. What size tires are those? I'm stretching w/ XJ's on a YJ frame, and plan to end up very similar in stance. I'm keeping the shackle forward though.
42x14x17 iroks. wanted to go with pitbulls, but i'm sure we all know the tire situation.
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Can you post up a pic of where you mounted your hood pins in the grill ? Thanks.
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Awesome. I'm diggin the clean and simple leaf build. Could you post full specs of shocks, steering, and other random crap? How are you liking the leafs offroad?
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Looking good. I don't think you would get flamed in hardcore though. What are your plans for motor/transfercase?


Oh btw,

Leaf springs suck

Still running the I6 for now and saving for an atlas. Running 5.13''s so it not to bad right now.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Awesome. I'm diggin the clean and simple leaf build. Could you post full specs of shocks, steering, and other random crap? How are you liking the leafs offroad?
I just re'used the shocks I had (bilsteen 5100's) to get it rolling. I'm planning on getting some Poly BBCS in the next month. I'll be using the 15's for the front and probably the 13's for the rear. As far as steering, I used ballistics kit. It comes with the tube, inserts and chevy rod ends. I'm also using their high steer arms. I don't have any pics of it, but I did make a traction bar for the rear. I used ruffstuff''s brackets and built the actual bar using 1.5x.25 DOM. I gusseted the entire middle with 1/4" plate. I'll try and snap a pic here in the next day or so.
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how many inches did you strech the front? what leafs did you use? and how did you make the steering with that much strech?
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Can you post up a pic of where you mounted your hood pins in the grill ? Thanks.
ditto this. I started to install mine last night and wasnt quite sure where I wanted em. there are some holes already there that are in the same location both sides, but theres some contour to the hood above thsoe spots, so...
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Ef the haters! I like the leafs. It appears that it works really well. Clean setup and nice looking rig.
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I don't understand the leafs on a tj, using a 4 link calculator program doesn't take much time to learn. Just patience and time to figure everything out and it depends on how you want your suspension to respond to throttle and braking. And I can see why you got flamed in the hardcore section, putting leafs on a tj is considered taking the easy way out. You spent the money on chromos, axles and tires but went leafs because you didn't set a side money for your suspension. Since you went with 42s and tons, have you upgraded your MC? Are you not running hydro assist? Did you upgrade your steering box or using the stock still? What are you doing for a traction bar to prevent axle wrap? Not to be the hater but it seems like you blew your entire wad of money on your axles/tires, and didn't do enough research on your suspension, steering and other components that needed to be upgraded as well to properly run tons and 42s.
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Pretty sweet jeep man. We wheeled together not too long ago. (Gator4x4)
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I don't understand the leafs on a tj, using a 4 link calculator program doesn't take much time to learn. Just patience and time to figure everything out and it depends on how you want your suspension to respond to throttle and braking. And I can see why you got flamed in the hardcore section, putting leafs on a tj is considered taking the easy way out. You spent the money on chromos, axles and tires but went leafs because you didn't set a side money for your suspension. Since you went with 42s and tons, have you upgraded your MC? Are you not running hydro assist? Did you upgrade your steering box or using the stock still? What are you doing for a traction bar to prevent axle wrap? Not to be the hater but it seems like you blew your entire wad of money on your axles/tires, and didn't do enough research on your suspension, steering and other components that needed to be upgraded as well to properly run tons and 42s.
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i don't get why everyone hates on leafs. i love the idea of leafs. it deviates from the norm. sweet build. i would love to see an upclose of the steering in the front and traction bar on the rear when you get a chance.

by the way...you spent your money where it matters first (axles and tires) and still ended up with a good suspension setup IMO.
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i don't get why everyone hates on leafs. i love the idea of leafs. it deviates from the norm. sweet build. i would love to see an upclose of the steering in the front and traction bar on the rear when you get a chance.

by the way...you spent your money where it matters first (axles and tires) and still ended up with a good suspension setup IMO.
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I'd just be happy as a clam to be able to wheel the bejeezus out of a rig like that! Looks tough, capable and fairly reliable.
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I don't understand the leafs on a tj, using a 4 link calculator program doesn't take much time to learn. Just patience and time to figure everything out and it depends on how you want your suspension to respond to throttle and braking. And I can see why you got flamed in the hardcore section, putting leafs on a tj is considered taking the easy way out. You spent the money on chromos, axles and tires but went leafs because you didn't set a side money for your suspension. Since you went with 42s and tons, have you upgraded your MC? Are you not running hydro assist? Did you upgrade your steering box or using the stock still? What are you doing for a traction bar to prevent axle wrap? Not to be the hater but it seems like you blew your entire wad of money on your axles/tires, and didn't do enough research on your suspension, steering and other components that needed to be upgraded as well to properly run tons and 42s.
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He lives in Florida and DD's this thing. What makes you think he needs super articulation? The leaves are plenty fine for his needs.

I agree about the steering box and braking components and am interested to read his response. He did mention that he built a ladder bar for the wrap though.
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He lives in Florida and DD's this thing. What makes you think he needs super articulation? The leaves are plenty fine for his needs.

I agree about the steering box and braking components and am interested to read his response. He did mention that he built a ladder bar for the wrap though.
Because he could have made some coil buckets and reused his old link arms and had a better ride and flex and still been reliable for dd.
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