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Old 05-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I wish I had the extra $$ for a RJ D44 front. I'm trying to keep my build on a budget but use the best available parts for the money I can spend. It's a slooow process but its getting there.

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:30 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Finally got the parts and some time. Been spending lots of time whipping the yard on the new house into shape, so the LJ has sat for a bit.

Got a 1" body lift and 1" motor mount lift installed so the Atlas II would clear the floorpan with the AEV/Nth Degree Tummy Tucker skidplate. Also got the
rear axle stripped out in prep for the new D60 and Currie 4" lift. The rear discs are in my trunk so I can drop them off tomorrow to get redrilled to 5 on 5.5.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:31 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:48 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Well, we finally got to work on it some more yesterday (I'll post pics tonight) and the D60 rear and rear lift are in. It's sitting in the new 35" tires on the
rear and the front is now on jackstands with the front axle and suspension completely ripped out.

Found two problems that need to be addressed. G2 axles claim that their Currie Rck Jock D60 is a direct "bolt-in replacement" for the stock rear
axle is not true (not too surprised).

1. The stock rear sway bar will not bolt up to the welded on brackets as the
pumpkin's so much bigger. We're going to have to space it up about 3".

2. The stock brake hard lines will not fit in the stock location due to the
differences in the control arm brackets. We'll probably fab up some brackets
and weld them to the axle tube and control arm brackets.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:42 PM   #31 (permalink)
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So how much room is there between the rear diff and the gas tank?
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:46 PM   #32 (permalink)
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So how much room is there between the rear diff and the gas tank?
Not a hell of a lot. It looks like it'll have about 1" of clearance.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:02 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Did you already buy front springs? i have some 4.5 Rubicon Express for a V8 Cherokee, work great. I'll see what else I have floating around.
Got a hitch too..
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:08 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Did you already buy front springs? i have some 4.5 Rubicon Express for a V8 Cherokee, work great. I'll see what else I have floating around.
Got a hitch too..
Yup, I have front springs. I bought a Currie 4" SA lift thru a friend that's a 4x4 parts dealer and got a deal on it.
As far as a hitch, I'm reusing the rear bumper/tire carrier from the CJ7 and it has a 2" reciever hitch.


This week I'm going to try and change the outer stubs on the front axle shafts. I bought the selectable hub kit from Solid Axle and it uses different
outer stubs than the stock ones. I'm also going to install the outer knuckles onto the new front axle.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:58 PM   #35 (permalink)
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It runs, it drives .....................

Well, it now moves under it's own power.
Fabbed up some simple bolt-on brackets for the rear brakelines, got a different bolt/nut combo for the front track bar and got new rear axle shafts/bearings/seals/retainers
from G2 Axle. G2 installed the retainer plates backwards so they didn't hold the shaft seal correctly and inside of 20 minutes 1/2 gal. of gear oil leaked out onto the driveway.
Also installed the frame tie-in brackets for the read bumper from Rock Hard. Now I just have to get it to a friends shop for an alignment.
I did drive it around a bit on the dirt roads we live on and no strange noises or vibs.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:24 PM   #36 (permalink)
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looks nice and reliable. I miss driveability on the road sometimes. Having to load the trailer and tow rig can be a hassle to go run a trail guys are running open and 33s just to have a group to go with.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:40 AM   #37 (permalink)
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looks nice and reliable. I miss driveability on the road sometimes. Having to load the trailer and tow rig can be a hassle to go run a trail guys are running open and 33s just to have a group to go with.
That's pretty much why we decided to build this and part out the old CJ7.
The CJ7 wasn't road friendly any more and that limited the type of trips
we could go on with the club. The buggy in the garage is close to being
done so we'll have that for stuff like Johnson Valley.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:10 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Well, I got it back from our friends alignment shop last night and here are the results.
The front axle was only about 1/2" off center. Not too bad for just eyeballing it.
The rear tracbar bracket from the 4" Currie SA lift kit wouldn't fit onto the
tracbar bracket that's welded to the G2 D60 rear axle. So much for being a direct bolt-in.
That caused the rear axle to be off center by 1 1/2". He solved that by installinga RE adjustable tracbar.

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Old 10-21-2011, 01:32 PM   #39 (permalink)
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That's pretty much why we decided to build this and part out the old CJ7.
Now you're gonna have to change your screen name to SanDiegoTJ

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Old 10-21-2011, 01:40 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Fawk you.

I dearly loved that old CJ7, but it rode like shit, handled terrible on road with the SOA and 36" IROKS, and it didn't have A/C for the wife.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:41 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:44 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Fawk you.

I dearly loved that old CJ7, but it rode like shit, handled terrible on road with the SOA and 36" IROKS, and it didn't have A/C for the wife.
I know. I've dealt with those same issues for the past 20 years
Someday...I'll build a "modern" rig
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Oh yeah....LJ huh.
YJ's being the exception, They're all the same after 1986
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:48 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Well, the son-in-law came over today and I had him weld the 2"x4" tube to the back of the old bumper/tire carrier from the CJ7 and then he welded the
4" x 1/4" bar stock to the other side of the 2"x4" tube. I had to space the bumper away from the rear crossmember or it would have hit the tailgate hinges.
I took the stock rubber snubbers off and I need a 1/2" spacer to get them to hit the inside of the tire carrier so it doesn't wiggle back and forth.
I also need to find a small red light to mount as a high mount brake light. I'm thinking of mounting it in the middle of the spare tire.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:49 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Looks good. Going to Truckhaven next Sat, want to do a shake down?
BTW is that a diaper pail?
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Looks good. Going to Truckhaven next Sat, want to do a shake down?
BTW is that a diaper pail?
Nope, going to Palm Springs to watch the oldest grandson play Pop Warner football. We'll be at Truckhaven Thanksgiving weekend.
That "pail" is the cat food container that Sharon bought someplace.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:43 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Nope, going to Palm Springs to watch the oldest grandson play Pop Warner football. We'll be at Truckhaven Thanksgiving weekend.
That "pail" is the cat food container that Sharon bought someplace.
A likely story. We'll be there Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:33 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Well, it made it through it's inaugural 4x4 trip without a scratch. Took it to Truckhaven and played fairly hard. Everything worked and nothing broke.
Totally different on the trail from the old SOA CJ7. I don't think I lifted a tire all weekend. The articulation's great and not a hint of it "jacking". Sharon was
much happier with how much better it road in the dirt. She said she didn't feel "beat up" after a day of wheelin.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:24 AM   #49 (permalink)
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I look forward to seeing the evolution of the LJ.

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Old 11-28-2011, 09:45 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Looks good! I'm digging the BFG'S and the jeep itself! Keep up the good work man!
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