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Old 07-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Project Ritalin

Noticed I hadn't put the new build thread here, so here's what I've been up to.


I have Jeep ADD, so here is Project Ritalin. I've changed directions on this pile more times than I can count. To date, I've had 4 different sets of axles to go in, 2 sets of tires, and a dozen different ideas on how I wanted this to turn out. Now, I have almost all the parts to start putting it together, so I thought I'd start a build thread. There will be times when I'll update this every day, and then times where it may go for weeks without a update. This jeep is being built on a stupid small budget, mostly because I'm really cheap. :lol:

My Jeep is a 2000 TJ SE, 2.5 with a 5 speed. I had locked HP30 and a Super 35 running 36's and was fairly pleased with the way it proformed, but it has always lacked in 2 areas, horsepower and wheelbase. This go around, I'll fix the wheelbase, I'll get to the horsepower later. :twisted:

Here she is the last time she ran, I broke the frame on the last waterfall of Lower Damnation at Harlan last August.


Since then, it's sat on Jack stands and been robbed of parts that won't be returning, that includes the axles, top and fenders for now. Since the frame was broke, it has been cut off right around the rear upper control arm mount


So here are the new parts to go in:
38x12.50-15 TSL BIAS

HP44, from a 77 F150, Detroit, 5:13's, Cromo's,Yukon super joints, trussed, Warn Premiums.

9 inch from 77 F150 31spline, Big bearing, 5:13's welded, Disk brakes, I still have to truss and bracket

ATX Customs Back half Kit http://www.atxcustoms.com

Misc brackets

bunch o heims


Hopefully all this stuff will start falling together soon

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Old 07-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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back half welded up, just need to set it in place and figure out what to do with the 4 body mounts I had to cut off. the trailer hitch needs trimmed up too.


Also got the lower link material, I love free stuff!

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Old 07-28-2011, 05:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Walked into the garage to this sad site today.....




I knew I had to do something :lol:

So, I cut some of the body away, and built some body mounts,



Then, I welded everything together



the rear frame is Body dropped (like a lowrider)



everything is tucked in nice, notice where I cut the body away



I love the new (potential) departure angle


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Old 07-28-2011, 05:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is where it sits for now.........Got to pick up a couple parts so I can start building brackets/ long arms
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good progress, but I would say, wash the rig before your tear it up, will make you happy
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good progress, but I would say, wash the rig before your tear it up, will make you happy
when i was on my way home from Harlan last year, after I broke, I knew it would be down for a bit, so I stopped by a friend to offer him a deal on my tires. Long story short, I backed the Jeep off the trailer and into the garage and had the tires off before I even thought about washing it. Lesson learned.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Started the work on the front long arms, here is where the cheap part kicks in...........

Clayton wants $125 for these front frame brackets
http://claytonoffroad.com/product_in...roducts_id/132




Well I wasn't about to pay that, so I started with some 2x4x3/16 tubing I got for free



I cut it to length, 4.5 on the short side, 5 inches on the long side, (this is to make up for the bend in the frame where the link mounts go) then I cut the tops off of the tubing.



I also had some 3x3x1/4 angle iron with 3/4 inch holes already drilled near the ends



I cut the angle so it will eventually fit into the chopped 2x4



I cut the angle in half and then trimmed up the corners




I bolted the heims into the tabs I made, then stuck it into the cut 2x4 (1 inch from the short side, 1.5 inches from the long side)and tacked them in place



Welded it up and cut a notch in the front



Here is one with the heim joint installed





TOTAL=$0
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Front Lower links are done




Total cost: $15.50 each for the bushings
(Heims traded from a previous welding job)

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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looks good man, homemade shit rocks!

lots of money can be saved by putting in a few hours with a angle grinder.

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Old 08-17-2011, 01:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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keep the good work, looks we will be wheeling a lot in 2012!!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If I get my way, I'll be wheelin alot in 2011


Anyway, been thinking about running air shocks in the back.
Will 2.0's be enough or do I need 2.5's

I have no back seat, I'll be putting the TJ tank where the back seat should be.
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2.0's should be perfect for your setup
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Love the bracket work you did. This could turn into a fine example of what hard work can get you.

Look forward to it.
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Definitely keeping my eye on this build. I too have major ADD when it comes to my jeep. I cant make up my mind and keep changing my mind.

As far as airshocks goes, i had a set of 2.0s in a 16 for the rear of my TJ but sold them because after talking to a few people who ran them on theres they suggested 2.5s as you work the 2.0s to much and they fade. I talked to someone who had 16 2.5's front and rear with stock swaybar up front and an explorer sway in rear and he said he drives it everyday and its stable as can be.
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Looks like your off to a good start
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:37 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Thanks for the complements guys, as well as the air shock info. I haven't fully decided about the air shocks yet, I'll only run them if I can get a smoking deal on them. I'm WAAAAAAAYYYYYY to cheap to pay full price


I've been spending alot of time out of town, so the wrench time has slowed way down. Hopefully it will get back underway soon.
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I told ya what days I have free, pick one and let's knock this stuff out, we need to get back out to Harlan
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Brackets look great bud. free stuff is always good too! looking good, interested in this build
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Been out of town a bunch lately, but I've had a couple evenings this week to get a couple things done, so I figured I would go ahead and document this. There is still a bunch to do, but any momentum at this time is a good thing.

First off, I had to change things a little bit, I was working off the clayton dimentions, and since my front axle brackets are set up differently than stock, my arms ended up being too short. This put the bump stops into the springs.



So, I pulled the front arms, I'll use them for the rear, and build new fronts since I already have the front frame brackets tacked in place.

So I started making my rear brackets

Clayton wants $185 for these



I used the same method to build the rear brackets, they are just a bit longer



Ridefast07 stopped by to lend a hand







I still need to do the upper link mounts on the frame and axle


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After a couple crazy work months, i got a few days off, so I got a little work done today.

FullsizeXJ stopped by yesterday, and used a couple old brooms to help me figure out the rear 4 link.


So today, I used the knowledge to build the upper arms and get the rear axle in place. Upper arms are 1.5x .25 square tubing with 3/4 inch FK heims.


Wheelbase should be around 102


I have about $40 in each upper arm

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got the front arms in, I had to splurge with these, I got a deal from Dan at Ruff-Stuff, so I have about $60 in each arm. (1.25 heims @ $90 a set and a 15 dollar bushing kit)



I also got started on the track bar mount, I have to wire a new outlet to get the welder around to the front of the jeep before I can finish the track bar and front upper link mount.


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I love flip flops in the garage...
I'll be watching this one, thinking of doing the same here in a couple of months with the 9inch and 44. Keep up the good creative work with that angle grinder.
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There have been a few changes, I got the upper mount done for the 3 link, built from a old section of the frame I cut off and massaged with the band saw.

had to massage the tub a bit, here's a pic with the upper gusset installed

and the upper link installed

I have about $40 in the upper arm


The Clayton track bar I bought is not gonna work, so I picked up a few extra heims and some extra 1.5x.25 dom when I got my steering stuff.

Here's a pic of the most usefull tool I've had during the build, its a Harbor Frieght porta-band that I built a stand for out of some old rusty metal.

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I love flip flops in the garage...
I'll be watching this one, thinking of doing the same here in a couple of months with the 9inch and 44. Keep up the good creative work with that angle grinder.
I wear jesus shoe's all the time, their comfy heh
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