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05-29-2019 12:55 AM
jsawduste Fitting the trailer tends to play a role also. 😂😂
05-28-2019 03:46 PM
WideJ
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Originally Posted by jsawduste View Post
Whatever wheel you choose at least get the backspacing/offset to achieve decent scrub radius. That will play a big part on how your rig handles and turns.
Agreed that detail is important.

I have 17x8's now with 4.5" of backspacing. Targeting a geometry that is close to that.

Also, I can squeeze between the fenders on my trailer with that setup...
05-20-2019 07:36 AM
jsawduste Whatever wheel you choose at least get the backspacing/offset to achieve decent scrub radius. That will play a big part on how your rig handles and turns.
05-20-2019 05:23 AM
pennsylvaniaboy I am please with my dirty life, the method 101 are sexy, and procomp has the trilogy that look great, I also love the Ultra 103 extreme machined/blackhttps://rimzoneonline.com/wheels/ultra/103-xtreme-bead-lock-machined.html .....after that its a fair jump to to the ones you listed

vison also has the manx
05-19-2019 04:51 PM
92 Green YJ
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Originally Posted by rcracer951 View Post
Pro comps are buy 3 get one free right now if that makes a difference for you
This. I got a set of them for my build. Im pretty impressed with their quality.

05-19-2019 12:03 PM
rcracer951 Pro comps are buy 3 get one free right now if that makes a difference for you
05-19-2019 10:29 AM
WideJ The Method 101 beadlock is what I'm leaning toward.

05-17-2019 09:25 PM
rcracer951 Those are forged pm truck wheels, not sure if they are still in business I believe their new company is innov8 racing but I'm not 100% sure. Cool to see your rig is still around.
05-17-2019 08:29 PM
WideJ I'm planning on grabbing a new set of Reds next season. Finally going to upgrade from my clapped out steel wheels.

What beadlocks are making panties fly off these days? I've looked at the usual suspects, they all seem nice.

Raceline, KMC, Fuel, ProComp, Hutchinson, Method, ??

I saw these on an episode of Diesel Brothers -- anyone know what they are?

I'm looking for feedback on a good BFG Red + beadlock combo. 17x9 max width.

05-17-2019 08:25 PM
WideJ I was pleased with the upgraded brakes. Good petal feel and great holding power.

Hit a few desert sections in Moab, plenty of brake there.

A few shots from my trip. Not many action pics -- too busy driving



05-17-2019 08:22 PM
WideJ Not sure why these pics are so huge... Anyway it fits real nice.





05-17-2019 07:52 PM
WideJ Update:

Mockup + final caliper bracket
03-12-2019 01:06 PM
Beat95YJ Cool, take pics. I always wanted to make some.

Darcoid/NorCal and Erik’s West carry most seals that you can dream up.
03-12-2019 12:44 PM
WideJ
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Originally Posted by Beat95YJ View Post
Id love to take that ram apart. I bet it just has simple seals in it that are easy to source. Is the wear on hard parts?
Slow leak. I replaced the end seals (rubber o-rings) and the leak persists.

I have not torn it down to look at the internal seals. They may be an off the shelf part that will extend life of this thing.

If I have time before the end of April I'll tear it apart and let you know what's in there. Hard parts are okay, shaft is in good condition.
03-12-2019 12:15 PM
Beat95YJ Id love to take that ram apart. I bet it just has simple seals in it that are easy to source. Is the wear on hard parts?
03-12-2019 12:13 PM
WideJ I idled my rig in the garage to bleed out the cooling system.

With the removed thermostat I was surprised how quickly the system came up to temperature. Fans kick on at 190F (I think) and manage temperature with ease. When running hard I'm hopeful it work out.

I've heard stories from others saying the run all day without fans turning on... not sure how that is possible.

Jury is out on how this will perform in real life. Will follow up after the trip.
03-12-2019 12:03 PM
WideJ
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Originally Posted by -sean- View Post
been a while since I've logged onto Pirate and lo and behold... my favorite build of all time is alive and well
Thanks! Trying to keep this rig alive. Getting to the point where big wear items need to be replaced... my steering ram is on the list for next year. That company (POS) has been gone for years. Maybe Howe or PSC will replace it.

In other news - got a couple new shoes to replace my worst-worn reds.


Radiator replacement is complete. New upper & lower hoses. Was able to transfer on my old shroud onto the new Ron Davis 26x16 unit.

Rivets + ultra grey = no aluminum welding required.
(last time I sat in my dining room was Thanksgiving 2016)


Like a glove.


I finally upgraded my windshield-washer hose bleed lines to -4 AN Push Lok. Was on borrowed time there for sure. The lines run from the top of the radiator & from to the "steam ports" to a remote surge tank. (you'll notice my new rad does not have a cap)



Last on my list for Moab prep is finishing up the brakes. After this season I'd like to do more homework on the correct master cylinder for my application. I think even with the upgrade in rotor diameter & pads there will be add'l room for improvement.

02-26-2019 05:47 PM
BaconYj Great read. Love how this build has kept up with updates.
02-22-2019 03:50 PM
-sean- been a while since I've logged onto Pirate and lo and behold... my favorite build of all time is alive and well
02-18-2019 01:10 PM
gtxracer
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Cooling has always been an issue for my rig. When I'm gettin it on high speed stuff I still see temps creep up to 230+.

The size of my radiator (26x16) is small by today's standards for LS power.
With the 'stat removed water will always flow through the radiator.

Making the most of what I have.
I don't run a thermostat and I think my radiator is about that size or maybe even smaller. No issues as long as the Volvo fans kick on and my shroud needs to be enclosed still.
02-18-2019 01:02 PM
WideJ
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Originally Posted by whitneyj View Post
Why not just run a thermostat again?....
Cooling has always been an issue for my rig. When I'm gettin it on high speed stuff I still see temps creep up to 230+.

The size of my radiator (26x16) is small by today's standards for LS power.
With the 'stat removed water will always flow through the radiator.

Making the most of what I have.
02-18-2019 08:08 AM
whitneyj Why not just run a thermostat again?....
02-18-2019 06:08 AM
WideJ My original radiator has been leaking for a few seasons.
Tired of limping it along -- I'll be cleaning up a couple hack items + hopefully improving performance:



I'll be transferring my Spal fans + shroud onto the new unit.

I picked up these freeze plugs a while ago to eliminate my thermostat. I know there are a lot of opinions out there on this topic. Here is mine: will be better



Pulled the brains out of my thermostat housing --



The freeze plug goes where the small plunger part of the thermostat seats inside the water pump. I had to "machine" the OD of the freeze plug for a better fit. I ended up using a press to get it to seat (after mangling a couple with a drift/hammer).




The electric fans will be responsible for managing temperature now.
02-17-2019 09:20 AM
tjjared413 Nice!! Should be about ready for the season to start!
02-17-2019 09:19 AM
tjjared413 Nice!! Should be about ready for the season to start!
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