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10-17-2013 01:05 PM
TAWL_BOY Seals-it
10-17-2013 10:39 AM
Mopartyson What do you plan to do for front inner axle tube seals?
10-08-2013 04:01 AM
TAWL_BOY It's currently on the back burner.

I picked up a clean 73 Bronco that I've been daily driving and slowly upgrading. Plus from May till August I was on crutches from a knee reconstruction.

Plus the shop it is currently being stored in had someone brake a key off in the lock and I haven't had a chance to get that taken care of.
10-07-2013 11:47 AM
Jeepin87 Any more progress? I just finished reversing the front springs and little trimming to fit 42 rockers.

More man, more!
04-18-2013 05:50 PM
TAWL_BOY OK. I'm about to start jammin' on this thing.

I need to be out on the trails with meetin' you guys and showin' off our product.
01-16-2013 05:26 AM
TAWL_BOY I kinda have rig ADD. I have been slowly fixing up a 79 Cherokee for a daily driver.

I'll my time and money has been involved in getting our speaker enclosures from paper to the shelf in the shop.


I've also moved and don't have room for it here. It's about 40 miles away in a friends warehouse. I hope to get to it fairly soon. The second I can swing it, I'm building a shop at my new place and things should speed up.
01-15-2013 11:13 PM
MNtal and then...
03-20-2012 07:53 PM
TAWL_BOY I kinda put it back together to see how everything sat.

I cut about 1.5" off the temp tube supports between the rear axle frame. It's still got a little bit of a bull dog stance. But I can easily adjust the rear shocks for whatever height I want.

It's been so long since I narrowed the axle, but I might need wheels spacers. I might have a some contact when flexing.
03-19-2012 07:24 PM
TAWL_BOY Got another tire mounted and threw the grill and fender back on.

The driver side tire has a bad valve stem. I'm pretty pissed. I don't want to break it back down.
03-16-2012 10:15 PM
TAWL_BOY I ran out of 3/16", but I had a bunch of 1/8". So I borrowed a 1" dimple die and redid the front hangers by scabbing 1/8" over 1/8".

I think this shackle angle's about right for as flat as this springs sit under weight.

I might go with a slightly longer shackle.

It's sitting much lower.

Moving the hangers slightly closer together brought it down even more.

I'm gonna have to notch the frame to clear the tie rods at full bump.
03-15-2012 04:18 PM
Crank Awesome build. I'm enjoying watching the progress.
02-25-2012 03:49 PM
TAWL_BOY Cut out the frame to fit a piece of 4" tube

I really like my SWAG plasma circle cutter guide.

Capped the tube

Like a glove

This oughta do what I needed

-I'm not gonna weld up the shackle hangers until I have the axle back under it and weight on the springs. Just incase I need to move the shackle pivot point to change caster or shackle angle.
02-19-2012 07:32 PM
DutchVDub It'll never work, you can't have the shackle in the front. It'll cause the hole rig to explode.

That thing is awesome man, I like how the front bumper/crossmember turned out.
02-18-2012 05:00 PM
jpfrk2001 Really looking good man!! Wondered what was going on.
02-18-2012 04:40 PM
TAWL_BOY I got my plasma back!

I capped the frame rails

Later I decided to trim down the front rails

I had to tack up another brace and remove the original to be able to be able to trim the rails back to were they stop necking down.

Boxed it in with 1/8"

Tacked up with winch mount

I will box in the angled parts of the winch mount to stiffen it up.

Made shackle hanger 4" higher that original setup

01-28-2012 01:53 PM
TAWL_BOY I've been busy knocking out my commercial pilots license and I left my plasma cutter at my dad's place over Christmas, so I've been waitin' on a chance to make a trip down.
And I've been tearing apart my Cherokee.

More DE-struction.

Temporarily braced the frame rails

Hack off the front of the frame

I used a miss-broke bumper shell I'd been hangin' on to for the front crossmember winch mount.

I ran out of skinny wheels. I miss my plasma cutter.
12-22-2011 07:53 PM
Phat95YJ Nice it looks like its coming along!
12-22-2011 06:20 PM
TAWL_BOY I'm surprised no one has suggested I leave it at that height and I'm a shoe in for TTC.
12-21-2011 04:44 PM
TAWL_BOY I've been working on the Cherokee a little bit, mainly selling off a lot of parts I won't be using.

But I decided to see where this thing would sit in it's current state, before I mess with the spring hangers.

27" to the frame, 12" from top of tire to bottom of tube fender, and 8.5" from tire to back of tube fender.

If only i had run 47s I'd have a perfect approach.

But in the pic the front axle's sitting on jack stands with the tire barely kinda resting on the ground.

I'm sure with 3 psi in em it would sit a little lower to the ground.

I'm thinking of raising both mounting points of the springs around 5" and have the rear hanger forward just a little to kick the shackle out some more.

I really can't compress the front end of the truck much by putting all my weight on the bumper, so I'll probably try removing the bottom leaf and see how that works.
12-19-2011 04:54 PM
TAWL_BOY OK, after a lot of head scratching, I plan to french in the rear hanger and move it up about 3 or 4" and I'm gonna cut off the front few inches of the frame and make shackle hangers (raised the same amount)off the front of the bumper/winch mount I'm gonna make.
12-16-2011 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by EricsGreen98Tj View Post
Nice build man. I know its a pain in the ass but if you french the hangers into the frame you could lower it 1.5" or so...
Originally Posted by TAWL_BOY View Post
That's been a consideration. I'd have to redo my front shackle hangers too to keep my caster from getting terrible

But, since the springs are fairly flat, should I kick the shackle out some more?
Being you have a low pinion, your going to want to rotate the inner c's to get a good caster and pinion angle. I think you should leave the shackles mounts where they are, french the rear spring mounts and rotate the c's accordingly. Then again, your front shackle mounts looks pretty low, you might want to relocate them higher. Further more, with your full hydro steering, I'm not really sure how important caster is anyway.
12-16-2011 06:51 PM
TAWL_BOY That's been a consideration. I'd have to redo my front shackle hangers too to keep my caster from getting terrible

But, since the springs are fairly flat, should I kick the shackle out some more?
12-16-2011 06:21 PM
EricsGreen98Tj Nice build man. I know its a pain in the ass but if you french the hangers into the frame you could lower it 1.5" or so...
12-16-2011 04:49 PM
TAWL_BOY Nice, I might go that route.
Today was mainly spent tearing the axels out from under my 79 Cherokee to sell and alot of brainstorming on the CJ10.

I got it put back together enough to start figuring out the cage.

It was tons of fun getting the windshield frame and top back on by myself. If my engine hoist could've only gone a little higher. I need to go ahead and make an "A" frame.
I had enough room to move the seat a couple inches higher. Much better visibility.

I'd like the front to at least sit a little lower.

I'm thinking about move the rear hangers towards the front and up a little.
This would kick the shackle out more since the springs can only lengthen a little and have the front end sit a little lower.

Bad idea?
12-15-2011 05:28 PM
Originally Posted by TAWL_BOY View Post
Made a template for the top plate.

There's not much throw at the base, I'm wondering if a rubber t-case shifter boot would work.
For the Lokar shifter in my last heep I used a cheap 5 speed shift boot from vatozone. Made a simple aluminum hold down ring for it and it worked like a champ.

Kickass build, looks great.
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