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Old 06-29-2009, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Project: "Stretch it"

Hope this is hardcore enough for you, if not please move

Figured I would post this on Pirate4x4 to pimp all the products and vendors that got me all the awesome parts.

Started out as a stock 2002 TJ Sahara. It then morphed over the years with a Rubicon Express LA, OX lockers front and rear, Atlas 4.3:1, tube fender, TBT Alumiflex crossover steering, etc., etc.

Over the past few trips to Clayton, Katemcy and Hidden Valley, I managed to put a good wear into the passenger corner. Having the desire to stretch and needing corners, I decided now was the time.

Plan, stretch the front 1" and stretch the rear 4"+.

Parts:
-> Poly Performance
- Rear 4-Link Frame Brackets
- Front 3-Link Frame Mounts
- Rear Truss (via Gen-Right)
- Rear Lower Axle Mounts

-> Gen-Right
- Stretch Corners
- Mini-boat Side Rockers
- Body Mount Lift Kit
- Outboard Rear Shock Mount Kit

-> Ballistic Fabrication
- 2.63" Forged Joints (all around)
- Tube Adapters and Jam Nuts (all around)

I am going to use 1.75" x .250" wall for the uppers and 2.0" x .250" wall for the lowers.

I was going to run a Nth degree Belly Skid, but don't think it is going to work without major modification.

Thanks MESA4x4 for the awesome deals!

Rev 1:
- 1 tons (Ford HP D60 front and D60 rear)
- Stretching wheel base to 110-112"
- 42" Iroks
- Custom Roll Cage
- Custom Frame back-half
- Custom Frame front section
- Ballistic Hybrids on all 4 corners

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Old 06-29-2009, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How it started:


Quickly became this:


Then:


Before the tear-down:
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Now the parts:






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Old 06-29-2009, 05:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Made a little progress:

Out with the old -





Got the bottom of the body cut off to clear the mini-boat side rockers:






I am also putting rear disc brakes on:


Also got the rear tire carrier off to get ready for the stretch corners.



As I stated before, I also decided to get the new Body Mount kit from Gen-Right, figured it would be a good time with all the other welding going on in that area
http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....ductid=BMT2001


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Old 06-29-2009, 05:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice work. I guess I never paid attention to the Gen-right body mounts, maybe a good thing to know they make them for future reference. While a stretch on a TJ is becoming more and more common these days it never gets old for me to see the build threads as one day I plan to do a stretch on my TJ. Keep the pictures coming and what WB are you shooting for and are you re-using your axles?
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Keep the pictures coming and what WB are you shooting for and are you re-using your axles?
It should end up around 99ish. Stock axles for now, that's the next upgrade.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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looks like a good build. Looking forward to the progress!
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i was looking at genrights site and it says no cutting required for their mini boat sides... can you explain why you did?

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Old 06-30-2009, 09:06 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i was looking at genrights site and it says no cutting required for their mini boat sides... can you explain why you did?

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The Gen-Right instructions tell you to beat the lip up until it clears, I opted to cut it out instead.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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stretch

HEY THIS IS CODY FROM COR. I JUST GOT DONE STRETCHING MY YJ TO 101. STILL GOT MISC. CRAP TO DO BEFORE WHEELING IT. I'LL HAVE TO HOOK UP WITH YOU TO CHECK OUT THE BUILD.
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HEY THIS IS CODY FROM COR. I JUST GOT DONE STRETCHING MY YJ TO 101. STILL GOT MISC. CRAP TO DO BEFORE WHEELING IT. I'LL HAVE TO HOOK UP WITH YOU TO CHECK OUT THE BUILD.
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Old 06-30-2009, 12:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hey nice so build so far, Im in the process of installing 90% of the same parts on my TJ. Keep up the good work.
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Looking good, you shouldn't leave your grinder disc down.
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I like those body mounts, I guess it is time to build some of those this weekend! I will never get my Jeep done once again!

Nice build.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Got the remainder of the Ballistic Joints

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Nice, looks like fun.

Are the Genright body mounts the bent/formed mounts or the weld together mounts. Their pic shows both, kinda confusing.

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Old 08-08-2009, 04:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Progress has been a little slow and will be for the next month b/c I am taking an engineering exam prep course and it is Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday

Got the body mounts from Gen-Right welded up and installed. I had to modify the top of them b/c they would not fit with the stock body mounts I has, so they are probably 3/8" lower than designed, although they are higher and stronger than stock and tuck away nicely under the mini-boatside rockers.





Stock mounts:



Gen-Right Mounts Installed:



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Old 08-08-2009, 04:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Also got the stretch corners installed and the mini-boatside rockers. Man, nutserts are a pita.





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Old 08-08-2009, 04:18 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Also did a little trimming on the wheel opening. Will be doing a little more later, but didn't want to get too carried away yet. Will wait unit I have the suspension under it.



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Old 08-08-2009, 04:24 PM   #23 (permalink)
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One recommendation I would pass on when installing the rockers and corners is to buy the backing plates. They make the mounting stronger and pull on the body more evenly.

Corner backing plates:
http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....ductid=CNR7000


Rocker backing plates:
http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....ductid=RCG5500
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:31 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Decided I am not going to run coils. I was originally going to use the Gen-Right coil relocation kit, but decided that I would go with an air shock or coil over to go with the outboard shock kit from Gen-Right.

Got the coil buckets off.....looks a little naked



After looking at Fox Air Shocks and realizing that I would need to run 2.5" with the weight of the jeep, I did a little more research and decided to go with Ballistic Fabrications new Hybrid Air Shock/Coilover:
http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/...k_p_1649.html#

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