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Old 05-14-2012, 02:25 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Being able to pull that rear axle up would really help the turn radius. We used to drop the mid axle and pull the rear up for tight turns with the trucks.

This build is beyond bad ass. Why is a twin cases 6x6 build in the non-hardcore section?!?
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:45 AM   #102 (permalink)
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Being able to pull that rear axle up would really help the turn radius. We used to drop the mid axle and pull the rear up for tight turns with the trucks.

This build is beyond bad ass. Why is a twin cases 6x6 build in the non-hardcore section?!?
Prolly to avoid this.

And this *&@#)(&@)#

Maybe... just a thought
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:10 AM   #103 (permalink)
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Prolly to avoid this.

And this *&@#)(&@)#

Maybe... just a thought
Well, compared to our T-Rex this will be pretty mild, but you are right, I hate all the flame fests with all the wanna-be web-wheelers. I like hanging out with the real wheelers and tech savy guys. Like this tread is great. I am getting great input and feed back from you guys who are respectful and knowlegable.
Even though I have been a member of priate for a long time, I don't post much because what ever you say, little ego-pricks have to chime in and tell you what a piece of crap you have and how thier "buggy" is better....or badder. I would run into a few of these guys on the trail and nothing was more satisfying than watching my "piece of crap" school thier little buggies. Of course there are many that can out perform my rig, but my was never built as a serious crawler, just a very capable street legal family wheeler.

that is why I posted here. Thanks guys for the great input and keep the suggestions coming.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:29 AM   #104 (permalink)
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Understood.

I never understood all the drama in the hardcore section. I've always been one to offer up what I know if somebody asks...without belittling them. We all started somewhere.

I feel good wheeling my $2k yj and not having to worry about breaking parts on my $40k buggy

Can't wait to see what you come up with for sheet metal. I showed my wife your pictures last night and she even liked it...and she's never impressed by anything automotive.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:31 AM   #105 (permalink)
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I showed my wife your pictures last night and she even liked it...and she's never impressed by anything automotive.
My wife just liked the name lol.

And I wish I only spent 2k on my yj... I got all crazy with it.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:29 AM   #106 (permalink)
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My TJ build was only $5300 including the jeep......until I tried fitting my whole family in it (the dog and picnic had to stay behind) and I decided to streatch the thing. Oh boy!
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:04 PM   #107 (permalink)
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My TJ build was only $5300 including the jeep......until I tried fitting my whole family in it (the dog and picnic had to stay behind) and I decided to streatch the thing. Oh boy!
The frame/tub I got for $750... but then I did the stak.. ox's.. etc etc

I figured it out once with my labor included @ $100 an hour and it was almost $60,000... like $15,000 in parts... But it drives as good as my car and is unstoppable offroad, so I guess it was worth it.

(even had my frame hot dipped ROFL)
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #108 (permalink)
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I paid $1000 for my yj, then put another $1000 in with a 4.0 swap and some 33's and a lift. I'm trying not to go overboard this time around. Getting an 8.8 and some lockers later on I the year and that should about do it for this one.

I looked at the short 60's you used in this build. I wouldn't mind doing something like that, but I'd never be able to get into my garage with anything larger than 35's .

With one kid, I can get away with the yj. Still able to bring the picnic and the dogs

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Old 05-15-2012, 07:18 PM   #109 (permalink)
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^^ Must be little dogs.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:52 AM   #110 (permalink)
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OK, My buddy Alex and his father are pretty good with sheet metal, not only do they have the tools, but they have the talent.

Here are the floor cross braces:




Now they have fabbed the floor access box for the air suspension components:




and the two tubs become one:



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Old 05-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #111 (permalink)
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Looks awesome, what ideas do you have for cage work, if any?
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We are going to use the stock cage at first, but the plan will be to build a full cage that ties into the frame to help strengthen the Jeep.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:00 PM   #113 (permalink)
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It was a busy day here is what we got done.

Body bolted down, hood on and everything hooked back up, dash board in.

I had to fab a new carrier bearing mount.



Here is Daryl, ALex's father, a real sheet metal guy.



Fenders coming along




New flooring and seat brackets




Trimming almost done.




Fluids in the axle, and bleeding the brakes.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Stan, what are you going to do as far as a roll bar? Start from scratch or add on to the original roll bar.
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Stan, what are you going to do as far as a roll bar? Start from scratch or add on to the original roll bar.
For now we are going to put the two cages together, but the plan is to build one from scratcy that will tie intot eh frame to strengthen the Jeep frame.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:40 PM   #116 (permalink)
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crazy cool build.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:27 AM   #117 (permalink)
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Every night when we finish it is late and dark. So sorry no pictures.

So We have the roll bars finished, the floor in, the seat mounts, and fuel tank in place. We are having issues with the brakes. We have bleed them all 4-5 times over, and the brakes will pump up but will not hold. The first push on the pedal it goes to the floor, after 3-4 pumps it builds up pressure. All the calipers are moving in when it is pumped up but the next time you hit the pedal it is mushy. Even when you pump it up it is not enough to stop the vehicle. There is no air in the system. Hummmm???? Since we are going to Disk brakes in the back instead of the old drums it may be a priority valve issues, or maybe the master cylinder decieds to go out, but what ever the issue we are a bit befuddled.



Even with the brakes in non working condition we move ahead to Paint. After paint we will again attack the brakes and try and figure out what is wrong.

List of things to do before we head out to Top Truck Challenge in CA, June 9th:


1) FIX BRAKES
2) reinstall seats Seat belts
3)Install final Drive shafts
4)align wheels and adjust track bars, control arms to get all in alignment
5) wire front E-locker and put in switch
6) install compressor and controller unit for the Air bags.
7)Tail pipe ( however it sounds really cool right now)
8)Install rear bumper tire carrier/gas can carrier
9) wire up tail lights
10)install sound bars and wire up to stereo
11)Apply Decals
12) Install paintball Machine gun mount on rear roll bar
13)Test it out.


Things to do after TTC when I have some more time:

1) Fix anything that we broke at TTC.
2)Build linkage to rear transfer case so that I can do front digs
3)Build better front sway bar disconnects
4) Install CB radio and antenna
5)install rock lights
6) finish armor tube work / rear fenders
7) Find Zombies to run over.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:57 PM   #118 (permalink)
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After some great research on this thread it looks like I will need to go with a 2002 Dodge Master Cylinder, it bolts right up to the TJ booster and the lines will work, just needs a longer pushrod.
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There is a company that makes a pushrod to use that master in the Tj BUT I cannot remember what company.... :drool:
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And are the calipers on with the bleeders facing up?
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Not to hijack your thread, but is TTC open to the public for spectators??
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:42 AM   #122 (permalink)
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Not to hijack your thread, but is TTC open to the public for spectators??
No it is not, especially this year. Since this is the Champions Challenge ( the winners form the last 20 years get to come back and compete) they are very strict about safety and spectators.
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And are the calipers on with the bleeders facing up?
Yes but we took the calipers off the rotors when we bled them to ensure that we did not have bubbles.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Here is the jeep at the paint shop before it turns Lime Green.

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Awesome build!
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