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10-07-2019 02:19 PM
leeroysback what's the point of the check in?
what's considered a "newbie"?

new to the forum?
new user name?
new to off road?
new to anal?

Does anyone really give 2 sits?
09-24-2019 03:57 PM
redheadedrod
New guy

New to this whole off roading gig.

Bought a 2003 Chevy avalanche back in 2010 and now decided to start building it for off road and maybe rock crawling purposes.

Truck is a summer truck at this point trying to save it from rusting any more from Michigan summers. Truck has some sentimental value for me so I want to make it a beast for off road usage.

Live in West Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI).

This winter I am doing two major upgrades to my truck. The rear end started howling so I bought a Hummer H2 rear end for it. I understand it is a 4.10 gearing with an electric locker. Since the H2 also had coil springs on the rear it is supposed to be a bolt in upgrade with no modifications to the housing.

However the front diff has 3:73 gears. Current plan is to just install some outter CV shafts in the hub, drive it as a 2wd truck for now until I decide what to do up front. I MAY just go with the 4.10 gearing in the front for now as I am probably 2 years out from going crazy with it.

I am also building the motor. Bought an LQ9 motor and tearing it down to prep for a stroker kit and getting it ready to run with a blower down the road. This of course will cause the need for upgraded components regardless.

Came here to research my best options to make this truck as good of a truck as I can. Shooting for ~700hp to the wheels and likely do a 4link superduty front axle. I was told this rear axle is a 9.5" rear. May consider going with an exoskeleton on this truck as opposed to an internal roll cage. Looking for moderate lift. Just big enough to get some good sized tires without having to cut a lot. Figure the power will be more than enough to get me out of tight places. With the power I am looking to put to the ground I expect to be running a 4l80e transmission with some unknown TC to spread the power around.

So I am here to learn what I am getting myself into.
09-17-2019 05:44 PM
jpowersfab
hay im here now

whats with the photo bucket watermarks?
09-13-2019 08:00 AM
H8DWINGS Long time lurker, first time poster.

1989 XJ with 4.5" lift. First off road toy of my own. Grew up doing ATVs. Did the crawling thing a few times with a friend (also member here) and bought this Jeep since I couldn't find a 4 runner. I'm learning there is a TON of information I don't have and will learn. One of them is how trying to go cheap on stuff ends up costing more.
09-05-2019 12:49 AM
Slushiii I'm a newbie
09-03-2019 03:07 PM
Tjoes
new to forum North IN

Hi....I'm building an M35A3 4x4, have an M929A2 and have bought and sold 15 5 ton MV's. Is there a MV section on Pirate4x4?

I'm looking for an alternative to Steel Soldiers because I like to have political discussions among friends. I'm an entrepreneur, designer, fabricator, a supporter of AE911TRUTH.com.... and an old hippy.
08-31-2019 01:59 PM
jamnar
Finally getting back to the axle rebuild

Took 3 years to get around to my first post and starting to rebuild the Dana 50 TTB in my 85 F250. Pumpkin is ok but the seals and u-joints were shot. And the tie rod ends. And the ball joints. And the brake rotors. And...
Well anyway, at least it runs good.
08-26-2019 07:35 AM
Slednx Not so much a newbie checking in. Life got in the way creating no time for 4 wheeled projects but I am back and with a new account. Looking for help on an axle swap right now.
08-24-2019 10:42 AM
austin296 New to posting on here... I didn't realize you needed 10 posts to post pics, so here I am...

Long time reader, just never posted.

Working on a 1968 Military Jeep M715, having fun doing it.
07-31-2019 06:58 PM
Warhammerfabrication
Hello From Utah

I am new here. From Utah just wanting to learn and see cool stuff. I figured I ought to say hello before I do any real posting.

Thanks
07-28-2019 05:26 PM
Harley Jim Newbie checking in currently building a 1973 cj5
06-08-2019 06:41 PM
anwat So, I'm checking in. First time on a forum. Been reading for several years, I think it's called lurking. Reason for posting is I'm looking for idle specs for a Gen 6 7.4 crate motor with a very moderate cam. I know a bit about small blocks, but this is my first big block, I would expect it to idle lower than the 675 I'm used to, but this one isn't happy below 800. I can't find any info on what I should be shooting for as a warm base idle. Definitely a newbie question, but that's what this section is here for, right?
06-04-2019 07:23 AM
Ambrose3737 Just found this site. Interesting and informative.
Been trailriding 20+ years. Work truck, daily driver, dirt bike, fourwheeler, whatever I owned in the mountains of Harlan Ky.
Current project- 02 Dakota 3.9l with piston rod through oil pan (my last trailride)- very low budget 4x4.....
Hood, fenders, bumper removed.
In the works- 5.2l swap from parts truck, remove bedsides, rear bumper, doors, glass, roof, and A-pillars. Tube roll bars for safety. Weld rear end, leave front open. Shackle flip in rear. 3" lift by lift blocks and torsion keys, mostly to add clearance for frame. 35's or 37's (undecided, clearance between front tires and frame will decide for me), 2 bucket seats on remaining bedpan, and relocate radiator and battery to rear of vehicle (if you can call it a vehicle at this point).
Not ideal. Not my dream ride. Weak front diff, little flex. Things I'll address as time and $$ allows.
But will it climb? Yes, it will!
Will it be fun to wheel? You know it!
Will a friend have to tow me out of the mountains, half-drunk and enjoying every minute of it? It's bound to happen!
05-05-2019 06:54 AM
hotrod01 what fun would that be
05-02-2019 01:15 PM
Jcriswell88
Questions about my 2nd Gen SAS Dakota cummins swap

got questions about some issues I'm having with my 12v Dakota
04-25-2019 06:29 PM
67StingrayJ I wish this site had more about RZRs and Can Am X3s. Yes, there is some on here but it seems to be geared more towards jeeps and old trucks. Ya know, slow rock crawling type stuff. Not that that's a bad thing
04-25-2019 06:26 PM
67StingrayJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by ledbeter36 View Post
Newbie here but not wheeling. IH
hi Newbie!
04-18-2019 06:40 AM
weldermaker I'm going to move springs to the top of axles. I have a tentative plan to move the steering arms to the top of the Dana 27. Looks like a protect for the milling machine. I also want to add power steering
04-18-2019 06:27 AM
weldermaker Going to start by swapping super hurricane with a ford 300 6cyl I already have. Advance adapters has the parts.
04-18-2019 06:23 AM
weldermaker Getting ready to start rehab on a 62 wagon, just a fun rig for the grandkids and me.
04-14-2019 08:49 PM
MAKman989 Been a Toyota guy for decades but now looking to step into the deep end with a Havoc-style mega-truggy just for something completely different. Let the research begin.
04-13-2019 07:46 PM
67StingrayJ Long time viewer, first time poster. I'm currently building a mini buggy. Love the site.
04-09-2019 09:21 PM
theworst gona have a go at building a rock lizard. might as well make this my first post
04-08-2019 08:10 AM
Tesla
Newb Here

I have 0 trail vehicles now. Moved from Tennessee to Nevada. Want to find something and go riding again. This site was a great source for info when I was building a rig 10 years ago. I'll be frequenting the classifieds.
03-27-2019 09:09 AM
cmozez New here but not to Yoda 4x4's. I have an 87 extended cab that I may or maynot have set on fire......just a little
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