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Old 04-03-2013, 06:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Questions on my 5.3 and sm465 swap. Help!

I have a few questions and I'm looking to get done with this by the middle of May. A little info first. Its all going in an 87 yj and i have it sitting on Chevy axles now. Full width 44 up front and full width 14 in the back. The rear is stretched 4". I know the 44 is not top choice but in my area that's all I could find without spending 900$.
First question, steering setup. High steer is nice but it seems like its overly expensive. There are no rocks to climb around here ( lower Alabama) and I can't spend that much on steering because my boat blew a piston and I was wanting a new boat anyway but I NEED to finish this jeep! I was thinking about the flipping the tie rod and running from stabilizer hole to pitmann with the drag link but I'm spring over. Is that possible without hitting springs? Then I looked at getting on high steer arm on passenger side and running drag link to Pittman. I just wanted to get a consensus and if anyone has any other ideas I'd be glad to know them.
Second question, I built a custom fuel tank out of 1/4" aluminum and was planning on running external pump. Good idea or bad? If its not a bad idea then should I drill a hole in bottom of tank and weld in a pipe for fuel outlet and one for return? Or should I use one pipe with a tee? Also if you have a suggestion on a pump I should use that would be great!
Third question what clutch do you suggest?
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I would do the single high steer arm for drag link only, leave the tie rod where it is. I ran a YJ with stock axles and steering on spring over. With the drag link having a pretty steep angle, it had very noticeable bump steer.

Run a stock replacement clutch, no need for fancy schmancy if you're geared right.
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Thank you sir. I went with 11" from O'Reilly. Anyone have a suggestion on the tank setup? Would a 1/2 alumiminum pipe coming out of bottom of tank seem OK? And i think I will setup my steering as you said. Do I have to get the knuckle milled down?
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Yes, you will need to have your knuckle milled/drilled/tapped. I would also suggest having it done locally to YOUR knuckle. If you do an exchange or mail order knuckle, you may not get the exact one you need. If you use the one off of your axle you will know it's correct and problem free.
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Second question, I built a custom fuel tank out of 1/4" aluminum and was planning on running external pump. Good idea or bad? If its not a bad idea then should I drill a hole in bottom of tank and weld in a pipe for fuel outlet and one for return? Or should I use one pipe with a tee? Also if you have a suggestion on a pump I should use that would be great!
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Your gonna want 2 holes in tank. I would build a little sump in it for the supply and put the return off to one side or the other. 1/2 in bung should be plenty but why not put 3/4 in while ur doing it that way u know u have plenty. Thats just my 2 cents from what all I have read and done myself.
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