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Old 12-07-2013, 04:56 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Wow, 6.5" up is pretty good. How long are your links? What's the separation at the axle and frame?

Were you at the NEA fall crawl? I think I saw your rig there
I didn't make the Crawl this year. But my rig has been up for the event many times in the past.

Lower links are 34 inches. Upper is 26 inches. Separation at the axle is around 7 and at the frame, around 5. I went round and round for weeks with the 3-link calculator. In the end, I just built what fit. After the fact, the numbers seem decent, well in the ball park of acceptable.

I built in all the travel with the occasional trip out west in mind. That said, I can dial the shocks and lower the rig 2 inches for local wheeling. If i go west I can just add the preload back in.

Mounting this orbital is giving me fits. Made two mounts last night and scrapped them both. Back to the drawing board today.

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Old 12-14-2013, 01:10 PM   #77 (permalink)
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just a couple shots of the tube work under the hood. Should be sturdy enough! Pretend you don't see the scaly tube......
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:12 PM   #78 (permalink)
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this is Rick's flatty pictured earlier in this thread. He's also done a 3 link on his flatty this month. Here's his results...
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:01 AM   #79 (permalink)
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final assembly has begun. After blowing it apart and doing all the finish welding....it's finally starting to look like something. Not sure what that something is.....but it's something!
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:06 AM   #80 (permalink)
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sectioned an repaired the grill shell. I will likely install an original set of glass lense marker lights I have. Now that they are well protected, I think it would be a cool touch.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:12 AM   #81 (permalink)
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and lastly for today - front axle. About 30 minutes of welding left today. Then it's ready to blast, paint and load. The fittings for the ram will point slightly down. It's unlikely they would ever get hit. But why chance it - hence the skid plate.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:49 AM   #82 (permalink)
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:13 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Job well done son....A job well done.....And now we shall wheel and sing the meat song and there will be much rejoicing!
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:01 PM   #84 (permalink)
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Job well done son....A job well done.....And now we shall wheel and sing the meat song and there will be much rejoicing!
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:16 PM   #85 (permalink)
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Looks awesome Andy. Wish you were coming to JV. We'll be thinking of you.
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:29 PM   #86 (permalink)
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I always enjoy catching up on this thread, really good work!
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:00 PM   #87 (permalink)
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:27 AM   #88 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! I'll post up some more updates in a bit.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:21 AM   #89 (permalink)
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I swung the axle under the rig for the last time. It's finally off the jack stands and sitting on it's tires for the 1st time in a while. Tasks left - hydro lines and brake lines. Have to document this as this is the last time it will look this clean and pretty!
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:26 AM   #90 (permalink)
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Like the pics and the build is great! Glad to see someone wheeling something for so many years solidly too!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:12 AM   #91 (permalink)
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Houston, we have a problem......maybe.

I'm wrapping up the build on the front of my Jeep. I'm about to add fluids to the steering system. But reading in this thread:

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gener...dro-hoses.html

I'm now concerned. I dont recall if I ordered the wrong hose, of if they just sent it in error. It's been so long. In any case i've built lines with hoses rated at 1750 PSI - and paid no attention until now. Not smart. I am now worried that this is too low a rating.

So those with full hydro or even assist - your thoughts? Should I scrap this set of hoses and redo with a higher rating? I'd rather do it now if the consensus us that it's needed, rather than wait for a trail problem.

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:38 AM   #92 (permalink)
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I think that's on the lower end of what you can use--I was trying to recall what mine were--seems 2500psi or more and then looking around on PIRATE I've seen 3000psi and 4750psi so farů.

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https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/jeep-...-steering.html
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:02 AM   #93 (permalink)
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I think that's on the lower end of what you can use--I was trying to recall what mine were--seems 2500psi or more and then looking around on PIRATE I've seen 3000psi and 4750psi so farů.

you can read thru this to see if there's any more info---

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/jeep-...-steering.html
thanks.

I found the specs on the hose I have - 1750 working PSI with a 7000 PSI burst. The pump I have should be putting out 1400 working PSI.

Does a trail rig really see PSI spikes that big? I don't really know. Yes - I suppose I can see a KOH car hitting a rock at speed producing that kind of spike.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:03 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Nice!! I hope I lit a little fire under your ass hahaha

In regards to the hose. Def swap it out for 2500 min. Just my .02


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Old 02-24-2014, 09:22 AM   #95 (permalink)
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Nice!! I hope I lit a little fire under your ass hahaha

In regards to the hose. Def swap it out for 2500 min. Just my .02


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You did! That's how i discovered this "issue" of my own making.

yep - I think you are right. I need to swap this out and get a larger margin of safety. Damn it.....
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You did! That's how i discovered this "issue" of my own making.

yep - I think you are right. I need to swap this out and get a larger margin of safety. Damn it.....
Keep the existing ones for some trail spares?
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:59 AM   #97 (permalink)
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Keep the existing ones for some trail spares?
yep - i also think i have enough line to repurpose them for my tranny cooler. so not all is lost...
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:36 PM   #98 (permalink)
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No pictures to post.....but it's a driver finally! I swapped the hydro hoses for 4000psi units. It sucked to spend the money twice. But it was the right call. I'll shoot some pictures of the details as I wrap up....
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How do you like the steering? I think we have the same set up

Post some pics dammit 😜 LOL


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How do you like the steering? I think we have the same set up

Post some pics dammit �� LOL


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Steering is a little weird. No return to center. That and the steering wheel just seems too big now (15 in) It seems disproportionate to the the steering reaction. So I have a 12.5 in wheel coming. Other than that - feels good - effortless. Of course I didn't get far, seeing how it was 8 degrees during my test drive. yeah.....New England sucks.

I'll post some pics soon!
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