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Old 07-17-2005, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TJ build #3 (rockwells)

I think I've lost my mind;what the wife says anyway.

Been about two years since I put the 60's in the TJ and It performed pretty well, But ive always wanted rear steer. After thinking through my options,Rockwells are the only way to go. Especially, If you look at the cost and Knowing how much $ I had in my front 60, I damn sure didnt wat to build another one!

I wasnt sure If I was gonna do a thread on this but I think it will keep me motivated. Now.... On to the pics.

This is what she use to look like



Gettin ready to yank the 60's....



Thaught I was gonna tear up when these rolled out the drive way with thier new owner.. Lotta sweat went into those suckers!



Then all the scavengers show up. Cant get the stuff unbolted fast enough!



I hope its not in this spot for long..

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With all the RE lift and skid gone I had to come up with a skid, then I rembered my stock skid was out there in the bushes some where. I figure Ill just beef it up a tad.. I cut all the humps out of it and made me a template,then welded the piece 1/4" plate to it.







Plate cut for the skid.





One of the shop hands...



Got the front rockwell stipped,cleaned and shaved..

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Time to get this sucker back together after replaceing the seals in the tubes with the ones form "custom off-road" and slaping a Detroit in the carrier. I hope these seals are worth the coin and keep the gear oil out of the knuckle. I hope I dont have to tear it down this far for some time to replace a damn seal. This crap is some heavy stuff. Especially when your a one man crew most of the time. I forsee weekly chiropractor vists.

The guy that had these rocks had a home brew histeer arm on it and Im not gonna be needing it, so I fabbed a kingpin cap to replace it.



Puttin the centersection back in. I dont see how anyone could lift this damn thing and get it the housing. My spine is jacked up enough as it is. Thanks to a friend of mine for letting me borrow his engine hoist..



Got one side back together and starting on the next... Here you can see the new seal and one piece boot.



When I was going back together with this side I hit a little delima. I remember the fella that had these axle's saying that he had trouble keeping his histeer arm tight.. I can see why now. Three or the four hole's for the kingpin cap aint got a lick of damn threads left in them! Only thing I know to do would be either find another knuckle or drill it out and tap it to a larger bolt size. Always sumthin!

I will try and keep this thread updated as much as possible.. Got to get back out in the shop and figure out what to do about this knuckle.
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you better get a move on so you can make the Labor Day FTK run......


your neighbors across the street must love you as much as mine do!
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your neighbors across the street must love you as much as mine do!
You talkin about this pic?



I have NO neighbors... That is our house..

Man I hope I can make it labor day... I just hope my spine will hold up through this!
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You know you could bring some of yo FTK buds up for a beautiful,greasy weekend of wrenching.. I can promise CHEAP beer for all!
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Lookin' good!.Thinking of going the same route.
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Old 07-17-2005, 11:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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you better get a move on so you can make the Labor Day FTK run......


your neighbors across the street must love you as much as mine do!
FTK run? I may have to ride with you!
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Old 07-17-2005, 09:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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im not gonna lie, im jealous. lookin good. cant wait to see it finished
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Old 07-17-2005, 10:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I see you live in Louisiana. What town? I am currently living in Morgan City. I have a '93 Grand Cherokee with dual 60's, front coilovers, and 38's. Maybe we can hit the tails together when you finish? I have found about 5 Cajuns roaming the forums. We have a bigger following in Louisiana than I initially thought.

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if keeping the origional size bolt is important to you, you can always drill and tap the treads and use a heli-coil to repair it
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I see you live in Louisiana. What town? I am currently living in Morgan City. I have a '93 Grand Cherokee with dual 60's, front coilovers, and 38's. Maybe we can hit the tails together when you finish? I have found about 5 Cajuns roaming the forums. We have a bigger following in Louisiana than I initially thought.
I am just north of Shreveport, There is a buncha coon asses around here
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if keeping the origional size bolt is important to you, you can always drill and tap the treads and use a heli-coil to repair it
I think I am gonna just drill it out and tap it to a larger size. I thaught about the heli-coil option also...

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I have NO neighbors... That is our house..

Man I hope I can make it labor day... I just hope my spine will hold up through this!

One of the house pictures is reversed.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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What tires and wheelbase you plan on running?
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Also, what are you planning for suspension?

Sounds like a fun project.
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Old 07-18-2005, 07:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Sounds like what I did. Had 60's F and R and decided to go with Rockwells. Lookin good so far. Good plan on redoing the seals now. I'm going to have to pull my front back out and replace the inner seals Either way good luck with your project. I deffinately recommend doing links opposed to leaves with those big heavy rocks.
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As far as tires... Im gonna run 44" tsl's. For the suspension I am gonna try the redneck ONE link In the rear. Ive seen a bunch of rigs running it and it just looks so simple,so I gotta give it a whirl. If I dont like it I will four link it. I am gonna run a 4 link in the front ditching the track bar.
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Dang Lee. seems like you just put in the 60's...

Did Buster buy them? I need to get back up that way and wheel with ya'll again.

Here's what yours looked like last time I saw it.



Good luck with the build.

EDIT: and I just noticed...i think that's your rig behind me in my avatar.
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Dang Lee. seems like you just put in the 60's...

Did Buster buy them? I need to get back up that way and wheel with ya'll again.

Here's what yours looked like last time I saw it.



Good luck with the build.

EDIT: and I just noticed...i think that's your rig behind me in my avatar.
Whoa. Thanks for the wakeup man. It had strait fenders and bumper!!

Rodney jerked the 60's up.. I think a group is headed to HS next weekend.You oughta hook up wit them...
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Looking good Lee! Can't wait to see it in action. When do you expect to get it all back together?
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:20 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Nice, i agree with you on the one link. Seen it ran on a dozen rigs and have witnessed 0 failures.
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Nice, I'd like to see the pics of the rockwells when They're in there!
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I am on vacation this week so I am behind a little... (florida) Wife insisted. You know you got to keep them happy,But I did take my laptop so I could keep my Pirate fix up to date.. I will be picking up the tsl's and my fuel cell on the way back to the house. Thanks Ryan. Look forward to gettin back and gettin this thing together.

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