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I snuck out to Sunray after work and checked on the Cruiser. The rear axle is all done, check it out:
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I stretched the wheelbase with a combination of a shackle reveral and FJ-55 springs to 100"
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Finally, they were setting up my steering arms and hydo assist today. The ram and the tie rod will be behind the axle, out of harms way completely, here are the arms..
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Looks like it will be ready for me to work the kinks out at Carnage in Clayton this weekend!

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They like drums out there and I really could care less.....I twas like $100 to upgrade to discs, but Tom had some valid argument that I can't remember, nor defend with passion, so I really can't say other than that!

Hell, the only complaint I have with drums is mud getting in there and making them less effective, but I don't do mud anymore!! Yeah!! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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yeah i like disc's because of mud too. as far as i'm concerned that is the main advantage of them unless you run a rear like me (ff 14bolt with the big dually drums). then an advantage would be weight savings. i plan to swap to discs some time in the near future when i get my pig going again. i had palnned on going up to clayton for the run up there on the 22nd but i am about 2 weeks behind getting my jeep going. i have just been working too much! i also want alittle time to get used to the auto before i go and start entering any comp's. have fun and enjoy your new stout axles.
 

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Originally posted by wngrog:
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Finally, they were setting up my steering arms and hydo assist today. The ram and the tie rod will be behind the axle, out of harms way completely, here are the arms..
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Geee... that looks awfully familiar.... wonder where they got that idea from!!!!


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hey ant isn't that the best form of flattery. hey nolen thats looking bad ass. wont make it to clayton this weekend but we are going the one after. one of these days i will get to wheel with you and high5. later mike
 

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Originally posted by Ant:
<STRONG>Geee... that looks awfully familiar.... wonder where they got that idea from!!!!


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Yea, I wonder.. <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

And look how nice and finsihed they are. Corners all rounded....Gee that's nice!!

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In the picture of your spring hanger what is that vehicle in the back with all of the yellow tubing on it??? <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce2.gif" border="0">
 

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Hell, the only complaint I have with drums is mud getting in there and making them less effective, but I don't do mud anymore![/QB]
Then, you won't be going to Clayton anymore. You know as well as I do that is rain in Clayton all the time in the Spring and Fall. You almost cannot buy rain in the Summer though... Maybe not pure mudfest, but the trails will be oh so muddy and such a pain to clean up the rig afterwards. In fact, I bet it rains on you guys this weekend! Send us a good report on the event though. I'm not going up. I be there the next two weekends.
 

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the rig in the background is a 2 door Cherokee on 39.5's with a coil setup.

D60/9" front, 9" rear...really cool

As for the mud I am talking about....it is called Gumbo and it is found in Mississippi and Louisiana where I grew up and tore up my fair share of trucks in my youth.

Clayton mud is NOTHING!!!!

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hey man i think you got screwed cause that rear axly you got ant no ford 9". please feal free to explain?
 

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Originally posted by Michael Alexander Britts...American:
<STRONG>hey man i think you got screwed cause that rear axly you got ant no ford 9". please feal free to explain?</STRONG>
You know, If I had not needed the High Pinion to make my driveline go from 32* to 22*, I would have done the shaved 35 spline 9" that Sunray sells. It is SUPER strong and it has over 1 inch more clearance than my D60.

THe high pinion 9" that is available is not an option. Too weak, but I think that RC D60 will do the job just fine.

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Nolen you <IMG SRC="smilies/rainbow.gif" border="0"> Slow down so the rest of us can keep up! Can't wait to check out your new setup in Clayton.
 

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What type of steela re they using on the knuckles? Is it T1 or A36. Anyone know? I am going to make my own when I build my D44 and was wondering what steel everyone uses. I am assuming its 1/2" as well? Thanks
 

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help me out with the front axle. so it's a ford 9" with D60 knuckles ???

what kind of axle shafts does it use ? special ones i assume since it's likely using D60 u-joints ...

any idea how much would one of those creations cost me ?

could i make one at home ? assuming i had some spare d60 knuckles and parts laying around (yea right) ...
 

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Tom has been building these for years due to the strength of the 9" housing and pinion and the ease of service with the removable 3rd.

It is all custom. It is a 9" rear small bearing housing with new tubes and Chevy Knuckles from a D60.

These puppies cost $4200 complete with gears, steering and Detroit.

Inners are 35 spline as are the outers.

Reverse tie rod-$500 extra
Hydo assist-$500 extra

Call Gerald at Sunray 817 594 9201
 
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