|10-18-2013 11:16 PM|
I like how the arches follow the tires.
One night before dark I threw on the hood to see how it fits. I kind of like the idea of having it slant upwards. It slightly hinders visibility at this steep angle. I will be notching the hood and lower the firewall side by about 3"s so it will have a slight rack. But that is a problem for future me
I also upgraded my 18v DeWalt stuff to the new 20v (max) stuff. I like the 3-Speed drill, most seem to be 2-Speed. I have always had good luck with DeWalt. I have no clue how my 4.5" grinder has not crapped out on me. I've had that thing so hot I couldn't even hold it with gloves
I'm still debating buying the 20V 1/2 Impact, I never really used the 18v one I had. On a side note, the Flash Light is really bright.
I don't want to turn this into a tool debate, I think most of the big names are producing some really nice stuff right now.
Alright enough bull shitting, hopefully I can get some stuff done this weekend while we still have good weather.
|10-18-2013 12:10 AM|
^ Thanks man! The last few pages of my build seem to be going much smoother.
I've been spending quite a bit of time in and out of hotels for work, so on my down time I did some high tech digital model rendering using Microsoft Paint.
Unfortunately my iPad is telling me my version of iOS won't support photo uploads, whatever that means. So everyone will have to wait for the fawesome side skin and front bumper ideas.
|10-17-2013 10:57 PM|
|carslut||dang, this is a really nice build. keep at it|
|09-23-2013 07:25 PM|
With my new found lower stance, I discovered that I need to clock my Atlas down. I think I going to run it at its lowest setting 17*.
I cut out the skid for clearance. even at 17* it only hangs 1" below the skid plate. Not bad considering the front output is almost 3" lower.
I destroyed the studs getting them out. Luckily new ones are a phone call away. Advanced Adapters has great customer service. They answered right away and in no time I have 6 new studs and nuts heading my way. I guess they are factory New Process studs and nuts. They also answered a few questions I had about shifters and stuff.
Before Clocking 5*
After Clocking 17*
Atlas sticking down about an 1" below the skid plate.
|09-23-2013 11:59 AM|
^ I actually checked my pressure after the bad weld. When I was welding it was fizzing and popping. I run 18-20PSI and I regularly clean my nozzle. I think I know what happened. I used PB Blaster when I made a few of the holes for the Track Bar braces. After I cut the holes I knew it was going to be a problem so hit all side with a flap disc. After I tacked them in, I grabbed my torch thinking I'd burn any remaining PB Blaster out. I even heated the pieces till they started to blue. I guess it wasn't enough though.
I think PB Blaster is a micro lubricant and it penetrates deep into the pores of the metal. I don't seem to have any problems when using wd40.
The fix was I had to grind out the bad areas and re weld.
|09-23-2013 10:40 AM|
|dspin||Pitting looks to be too low of gas flow, dirty nozzle. Preheat also help a ton with pitting. Glad to see you making progress.|
|09-22-2013 07:11 AM|
Yes, perfect. Thank you.
Looks like every thing is really coming together now. Can't wait for the final result.
|09-22-2013 02:01 AM|
Also today, I reworked my Front 3rd links Upper Mount. I had to get it lower, the geometry was off and bothering me. I'm much happier with this set up. It will be very strong! I'm also going to put one on the other side for possibly a future 4-Link
You can see the old mount right above the new mount. Also I'm going to have to clock the Atlas down a few degrees, the front drive shaft binds ever so slightly.
Top View of the new Link Mount.
The new Upper Mounts are from Poly Performance that I reworked and braced. They are fully welded, I also drilled 6 holes for plug welds.
This is beyond full droop, and the geometry looks good!
Too much coffee, now I'm going to try and sleep.
|09-22-2013 01:34 AM|
I worked all day on my Jeep and I feel like I hardly got anything done!
I pulled the steering links, Welded and paint them Hammered Silver along with the Artec dual sheer kit. I also repainted the Ram hammered silver as well, but no pictures.
Trac Bar and Knuckle both 3/4" Grade 8
Also finished off the Upper Trac Bar Bracket. I was kicking ass and taking names till I got some kind of contaminant in my weld
Upper bolt aslo 3/4" Grade 8.
|09-22-2013 12:00 AM|
^ I think you are asking how far the truss sticks out in front of the axle?
From the flat of the diff cover looks like just over 9"
|09-21-2013 08:11 PM|
Can you do me a favor? Im just wondering how far from the front of the axle the front of the mount is. Im trying to figure a couple things out.
|09-20-2013 09:55 PM|
|Diablo169||Hahaha, yeah I'd love to check out the revenge in person!|
|09-20-2013 07:42 PM|
|Dookey||Are you coming over this weekend? I need a hand in the shop.|
|09-20-2013 07:40 PM|
I finally got the hang of welding links!
I dropped my voltage and wire speed (4.8 and 50) down a bit, and rolled the tubing with my left had, and one handed the torch in my right.
I got two really nice single welds on each end.
These are picks of my track bar. 1-3/4" x .250 DOM. Using 7/8"x7/8" Rod Ends
Cleaned up and Ready. I weld the plug welds first with my Mig set a little hotter, 7 and 70. I figure welding the plug welds pre heats the link and readies it for the full weld. You can tell by the heat trace that the heat from the weld is pretty even. It kind of makes me want to go back and re weld all my links.
|09-17-2013 11:40 PM|
Now that I have wiped the sand out of my panties...
I have decided to change my front upper shock mounts, by moving the upper mounting location up about 3". I'm using a through bolt through the top of the shock hoop. It is a machined piece from RuffStuff. 1" .250 wall DOM.
This set up should be incredible strong and hopefully survive nose dives in the dunes.
With the tabs 3" higher it will change the way my suspension will cycle. At full bump (both left and right fully stuffed (jump or hard landing)) I will have about 2"s of shock compression remaining. I will use the remaining 2" when the axle articulates because the axle will be pivoting slightly off the bump stop. This will help keep a lower center of gravity, and allow me to run the shocks with 7" of up travel instead of 4" and allow me to keep the same ride height.
I feel much more comfortable with my link and drive-shaft geometry.
I know it is frustrating to many that I keep changing things, but I don't want to walk away from this build with the after thought of, wow I learned a lot, and I'll never do "x" again. I want to learn and make changes as I go. That way I have a rig that I am fully happy with once completed.
I had to put a cool guy hole it.
I'm getting pretty damn good at welding plate.
Driver full stuff, pass full droop. Amazing nothing touches. Full compression is amazingly low for a stock un-notched TJ frame.
|09-06-2013 04:53 PM|
|09-06-2013 03:36 PM|
|09-06-2013 03:22 PM|
I guess wiping the dust off with a dirty rag and a squirt bottle can be considered detailing?
I'm trying to stay motivated, but it's hard when your buddies keep giving you shit
Some weekend plans:
I've got some 1.75 x .250 on order, I didn't order a whole stick, just a few pieces from RuffStuff, hopefully I'll get them today or tomorrow. Then I can get the front upper link and trac bar finished.
MtnYota, I might need you to help me again with the spring rate calculator, so I can get the proper springs ordered.
I'm hoping to make some good progress on the floor and pass. side firewall. I'm going to swing by Sims metal tomorrow for some sheet metal.
I heard its supposed to be a nice weekend. So I'll try to make the best of it. I figure I have about another month of good painting weather, so I need to start finishing up the chassis and ready it for paint.
I capped off and cleaned up the lower corners of the chassis, one more section complete.
|09-06-2013 10:02 AM|
|09-05-2013 11:12 PM|
|Diablo169||It's all about the money shot Amazing the build up of almost 4 years of grinder dust and metal shavings.|
|09-05-2013 03:22 PM|
|MtnYota||You need a priority list...I'm pretty sure detailing the grill would be pretty low|
|09-04-2013 06:32 PM|
Might as well post the crane shot. I love that you were detailing the only bit of paint on the whole rig.
|09-03-2013 08:11 AM|
Plenty of room
She looks like she's gonna be a healthy girl.
|09-03-2013 06:03 AM|
|moto85||This thing is pretty awesome|
|09-03-2013 12:38 AM|
You needed to post up a shot of it rolling out of the shop. Don't worry, I've got that.
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