Turned out beautiful man, I'm almost done with mine maybe I'll see u at the badlands this year?
What was the reason for the vent/fender stretch? Because of the V8 or the 4L60e? I am planning a 5.3 as well... very tasteful stretch... I didn't notice at first. I'm running a 465 so my rear driveshaft should be a bit longer.Got the top on. There approximately 3 hours install time is about 5, at least at my speed. It turned out good, but some of the instructions left a bit to be desired.
I put the spare tire on. Boy is that thing heavy. Notice the ramp I rolled it up with. If I ever get a flat on the trail, the getting the spare off will be the easy part. I would really like to get some Trail Ready beadlocks, but since I stayed with 15 inch wheels, I have some doubt they will clear the Wagoneer calipers.
Sorry for the slow response. I did stretch the front to make room for the 5.3. I had to do it running the 4L60 transmission, otherwise I would have never been able to get an appropriate length rear drive shaft. I am running an electric fan, and there is about 3/4 inch between the fan motor and the front of the engine. I do have about 3-4 inches from the engine to firewall. I would guess you could get by with a little less stretch running a manual transmission, but I am not sure an LS series engine could be done without the stretch without firewall modification. Since I did "bolt in" stretch panels between the fender and body, I thought it would be cool to vent them. It was pretty easy as I simply cut out the center and spot welded some heavy gauge perforated steel from the rear. If I had do the hood over, I would have used a thinner gauge steel, but mine worked out ok. The steps I made fit over the factory steps and I pie cut and bent angle iron to make the curves. The metal is tied into my rock slider/lower body guards which are made of 1/4 inch x 2 inch angle iron (also pie cut and bent to follow the body lines). The sliders and steps tie into the frame mounts for the roll cage.What was the reason for the vent/fender stretch? Because of the V8 or the 4L60e? I am planning a 5.3 as well... very tasteful stretch... I didn't notice at first. I'm running a 465 so my rear driveshaft should be a bit longer.
Thanks for your nice comment too! My main skill is making scrap... I often build parts twice- throw out the first attempt, then try again to get it reasonably right the second time.Thanks for the comments, but wish I had just some of your skills.
I just got the Dutchman chrome moly shafts in and drove it for the first time today. The old shafts broke right at the differential on both sides. The center section had to be pulled, but other than that the repair went well. The Dutchman axles look great. I had them press the bearings on before they shipped them.
I guess the next thought is regarding whether or not I go ahead and put chrome moly front axles or RCV's in the front. I currently have a Tru Trac front differential (it was in it when I bought the axles and I had never used one so I thought I would run it). It seemed to work pretty well in Moab. Obviously, if one tire begins to spin, it takes a second or two to lock up. If I had my way, I guess I would install some sort of selectable locker. Have often though about the cable shift Ox. I know there are a lot of opinions out there. Any preferences, and why?