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Old 07-17-2011, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Out with the old........

About three weeks ago I broke a main spring on my CJ7.



So, I have to fix my broken spring in order to wheel this next weekend at one of our local trails.

I took the CJ up to my place of employment and took advantages of one of their vehicle lifts. A buddy of mine came over to help me out Friday and Saturday. Friday, we tore down the parts on the CJ that I will not be using. Basically the fronts springs and everything attached.



Well rolled the assembly over to what was going back in.



A Front Dana 60 from an '81 Chevy K30 that I salvaged from a local yard. Parts Mike high steer arms, new king pin bushings, new Spicer wheel joints, Spartan locker.



And replacement springs front a FSJ with an S10 main leaf cut down mounted on top of the main leaf to resist bending, I hope.



It took about 45 minutes to tear it down, gotta love a vehicle lift.

Saturday, got the springs together and mounted them on the 60. Mounted the tires and rolled the new assembly in place and mounted it up.





Also, while we had it on the lift, we put a new tranny pan gasket in place. If this doesn't fix my leak, I suspect it is from the dipstick tube o-ring, I have one so I might as well install that while it is here.

Things that have come up during this transplant:
1. My front drive shaft is going to have to be shortened about 2 inches.
2. My front tires are towed out, noticeably, because my tie rod is too long. Won't matter much for this trip, but when I move it up above the springs, it will have to be shortened about 4 inches.
3. I need to mount a couple of limiting straps, when it was on the lift, the shocks topped out

Things that I like about this transplant:
1. These front springs are definitely going to work out better. Raised the front end back up to level and shackles are at a better angle. I think it will still flex well and be stronger especially with the leaf added on top.
2. I like the thought of getting to full hi steer. I also have a hydraulic assist ram to be installed when I get the tie rod repositioned
3. King Pins are cool!

Things I need to do before our trail ride:
1. Get the driveshaft shortened
2. Tap left rear skidplate hole to 7/16th
3. Make sure all the fasteners are tight
4. Make sure all the steering components are tight
5. Bleed brakes again.
6. Fill tranny with ATF

I thought I would share.
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice !....I am putting a 60 in the front of my 82 cj7 also , so you had to shorten the driveshaft 2 inches ? anything else ? and how did the custom spring setup work out ?
I almost have mine ready to bolt up, 2.5 inch springs, spring perches, u bolts and plates, brake lines etc... but will need to fab a custom drag link and shorten the driveshaft , you know any issues I might run into ? I am also putting a 14 bolt in the rear .
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Cutting the factory spring perches off the 14 bolt is a pita.

other that that its pretty easy

You might have to change the u joint stuff if you plane to use the stock drive shaft
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Bobcat,

I have to shorten the driveshaft because the pinion gear is longer on the D60 than that of the D44 I had in it. So far, I think the springs are going to work out, but only some trail time will tell for sure.

How did you outboard your front spring hangers, or did you cut the axle down?

Should be able to get the driveshaft shortened this week, will update again after some seat time.
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I had the front cut on the drivers side 4 inches to match the 14 bolt drw rear and I welded a new perch on the drivers side so it should bolt right up , just need $$$$ for the driveshaft work and steering before I start ,I had WFO make a conecting rod and I put a high steer arm on the pass side so I just need the drag link made to length and the right pitman arm to hook up the steering .

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Any issues with the tie rods over the springs ? I'm running my drag link over the springs with a high steer arm on the pass side but I figured I would get it together first and see how everything fits before I go to high steer on the conecting rod
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Matching 14 bolt rear end

14 bolt full floater DRW axle with disc brakes and 4:56 gears ready to install , no pics yet of the 60 front
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Very nice, did you get your wheels from TWF?
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Here's what mine looks like off the lift.



Will get painted one day.

Might try it out the new front end this weekend. Will try to post up some pics and videos.
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The wheels in the pic are from 66CJDean at performance cryogenics , 8 bolt pressed centers with rolled steel rod reinforced edge [wanted chp to be able to see DOT aproved] , I have another set of recentered wheels with 12 bolts and a 5 on 5.5 lug pattern and half rings from TWF , both Dean and Todd do nice work ....gota love beadlocks !
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Had a great weekend of wheeling.

Front lockers rule.

couple of pics and videos, sorry the videos are not embedded.







‪Charles at Copperhead pt. 1‬‏ - YouTube

‪Charles at Copperhead pt. 2‬‏ - YouTube

‪Charles at Copperhead pt. 3‬‏ - YouTube

So, I will call the swap a success.
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