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First a quick peek at what I had setup before:



What you're looking at is my CJ shackle reversal (Tomken) grafted onto the YJ frame. It was worth a shot, but I didn't like it for two reasons... 1) it put my springs at about a 10 degree angle since the YJ frame arcs up so much higher in the front than CJ frames do 2) Since the front was so high I had to build the perches higher than in the rear to level things out. Fine for now, but sucks when it's time to sell the axles and slap a 60 in there. I didn't want to have to build up the perches on the 60, I just wanna bolt it in <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

So... last weekend out came the torch, grinder, and welder and I tore off my first attempt. This weekend was spent building revision #1. $50 worth of steel and many grinding disks later it's back together and sitting on the tires again <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I am MUCH happier with the new layout. Front and rear perches are the same height and the springs are inclined at around 5 degrees instead of 10. To accomplish this I dropped the front spring mounts 2.5", and at the same time I added a 2"x3"x3/16" rectangular tube below the frame (goes all the way to the outside spring mounting plates) to really beef things up. Turned out sweet IMO. Anyway, here's what it looks like now and I apologize for the crummy quality of the pics (I gotta buy a real digital camera someday).







You can see the tie-rod in that last pic too, nicely tucked up out of the way. Still tempted to move it behind the axle, but I think I'll wait and see how it looks with the engine in there (I'm concerned about clearance between the tie-rod and the pitman arm) I gotta fix the T-98 before the engine goes in though <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

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I thought sure I was gonna see a pic of your non-SR suspension. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I thought I had a convert. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I dont care much for SR but that is a really nice clean job <IMG SRC="smilies/csmile.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Bob/CA:
<STRONG>I thought sure I was gonna see a pic of your non-SR suspension. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I thought I had a convert. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"></STRONG>

<IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> You know better than that LOL.

Thanks Q-bert <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0">

Some more tidbits of info, that's a Waggy 44 front but I set the spring width to 31.5" instead of the Waggy 32" to match a Chevy 60 (someday). Axle is centered so that meant carving 1/4" out of the passenger side of the housing which is about all there is available.... any more and you're into the cover (in fact I did carve into the cover just a smidge). Shackles are mounted below the frame on Tomken rear CJ shackle mounts (I should also mention that I mounted the rear shackles below the frame as well as opposed to the stock YJ thru-the-frame layout). Knuckles were rotated so as it sits with 5 degrees of caster the pinion is tilted upward around 10 degrees or so. Hidden from view (at least the views shown above) are additional pieces of that 2"x3" tubing running lengthwise under the frame between the spring mount plates. Drivers side stops at the steering box mount but passenger side continues until just shy of the back edge of the side plates. There's about 1/8" clearance between the front of the steering box and that tubing across the front.
 

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That looks really good. Very clean and strong looking install.
 
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