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Old 05-01-2019, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Machinists projects: tj edition

As both a relative newbie in the 4x4 world and in the world of machining i'm looking to see what other machinists have done as far as projects on their TJ. I'm thinking I may make some links from aluminum or possibly another alloy depending on what cost i can get it for just because I like making my own stuff.
Also definitely contemplating making custom adapters for trans/t-case application as well as a custom intake manifold for a budget supercharged LS setup down the road. Most recent idea was to make an aluminum shell to replace the little tray above the radio that would house an air pressure gauge and switches for compressor/locker.

What have you guys custom machined for your TJ or other rig?
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nothing for my truck, too busy making rockets.

I buzz out little dub shit as I need it, but nothing trick. One day I'll throw together a doubler for fun.
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I machined a 60 brake caliper to fit a 15" wheel.
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I machined a 60 brake caliper to fit a 15" wheel.
See and for me, I think it would be quicker to grind the caliper than fixture it to machine it. If I was doing more than a pair it might make sense, but idk.

Maybe spending all day doing this stuff makes me hesitant to do it at home
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See and for me, I think it would be quicker to grind the caliper than fixture it to machine it. If I was doing more than a pair it might make sense, but idk.

Maybe spending all day doing this stuff makes me hesitant to do it at home
You say grind, I say machine. Its like the tomato, tomato thing
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little brackets and tabs, adapters, tube adapters, bushings, bearing supports.

machining isn't just mills and lathes, every time i flick on my 4.5" grinder i'm a machiner


edit: as another example, i could program a mill to cut out some brackets, or i could use a crayon and torch to cut them out in less time than it would take to setup and warmup the mill Still Machining
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little brackets and tabs, adapters, tube adapters, bushings, bearing supports.

machining isn't just mills and lathes, every time i flick on my 4.5" grinder i'm a machiner


edit: as another example, i could program a mill to cut out some brackets, or i could use a crayon and torch to cut them out in less time than it would take to setup and warmup the mill Still Machining
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little brackets and tabs, adapters, tube adapters, bushings, bearing supports.

machining isn't just mills and lathes, every time i flick on my 4.5" grinder i'm a machiner


edit: as another example, i could program a mill to cut out some brackets, or i could use a crayon and torch to cut them out in less time than it would take to setup and warmup the mill Still Machining
4.5" grinder? Pssht, Makita 7" is where its at

I guess depends on what I'm making, I'm lazy and do whatevers quicker
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See and for me, I think it would be quicker to grind the caliper than fixture it to machine it.
You need a rotary table in your life.
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