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1/2 acre is all, 

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I wish I had a half acre, or more......:tongue:

Firearms / Re: new stock
« on: Today at 11:47:32 AM »

The horror! :shocked:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: Today at 11:06:37 AM »
Check out Duluth trading, heavy seat covers $50 a seat.....

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: Today at 11:02:38 AM »
Couple things I will add in here. First the winch and bumper maybe added 150# to the front end which did help the ride.

Warn doesn?t include battery disconnects in the cables when they send you a winch however it?s good insurance to add them. The contacts in winches especially as they age have been known to stick while winching. This actually happened to me years ago and luckily the old timer who was winching me with his eb had his battery relocated to passenger rear with no tailgate. I always wondered why he never tightened up the negative battery terminal on that truck. Occasionally while riding he would have to jump out and twist the terminal to get it to start. This always annoyed me and I would just shake my head. That is until late one evening early one morning he was winching me and doing so from a side access road to this particular trail. He was parked up on a 15? ledge, the contacts stuck on that old 8274 winch and started dragging him towards the edge. He panicked for what seemed like an hour putting both feet to the floor on his brakes. Then he recalled why he kept that battery terminal permanently loose.

The other thing we were very surprised at is how much bump steer adding this front bumper fixed. If I would have to guess it took a good 80% of the steering issues away. I had figured it would help some with the large lift and flimsy unibody frame design but was overly surprised how much it helped. I have no doubt once we add cross over steering and a better track bar mount with its own brace that the steering will be 100%

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: Today at 10:23:02 AM »
So my oldest Baylee turned 16 yesterday (yes I feel older). Being Dad screwed up in getting an appointment for her learners permit she has to wait until May 8th to get her actual license, little bit of learning curve I guess. In the meantime she has a couple more things to address on her XJ.

Message from the Owner / Re: Site Cost...Possible changes
« on: Today at 09:45:13 AM »
I had a thought while driving yesterday. You sure pay a lot to have Ken and the likes of him ride you and give you a hard time daily as you document your hard work and suffering............. :beercheers:

I can't believe some of those guys  :popcorn:

Message from the Owner / Re: Site Cost...Possible changes
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:29:56 PM »
I agree with Dave & Charles however Don stated he wasn?t going to pay them & he was having trouble talking to someone. So my thought is Don believes he doesn?t owe $600 first and foremost as I don?t see Don skipping out on a bill he in fact owes.

Firearms / Re: Responsive Target
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:52:44 PM »
Turned out nice  :likebutton:

Message from the Owner / Re: Site Cost...Possible changes
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:51:28 PM »
Heck Don, if that's the only way to get rid of Shawn, I'm down with that.

..sorry, just trying to make light of downer.

Unlike you knucklehead ol Big D knows it ain?t that easy to get rid of me! He knows my wife & I?m sure she has told him she has been trying to get rid of me since we met. Btw, we were little kids when that took place so that?s a long time trying! :tongue:

Message from the Owner / Re: Site Cost...Possible changes
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:30:11 AM »
Bummer, this being the only site that bans me and keeps letting me post up....

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:20:35 AM »
Thanks Tate, at least I know who?s name to be cussing when it breaks on that first run!

As far as gear ratio the front 60 will be 5.38, Tate and I discussed this ratio at length. Maybe he?ll post up that chart and explain (actually I think he did post it way earlier in this build, I?ll try to find it). So my specs were a 37-40 inch tire, my motor I have now likes rpms (now that I sealed up this couple spots that were seeping from the back of valve covers) and I have a manual 6 speed. Definitely the gearing will help on the trails and with that large of tire I think 70mph is a safe top speed on highway. Tate with his vast knowledge & he?s provided parts for a lot of jk builds thought this was the way to go. Who am I to argue with that?

Good refresher for the ladies in your life.

Hide Site / Re: Hide Site/Bug-out location Construction, Part 5
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:37:02 AM »
And like always, aggressive work of this nature is not without its attendant issues.

I confess, I am growing a bit weary of always breaking something. I am going to fault these best in the world tractors some. John Deere's quality is simply not there. Stuff is hanging low to get caught, the transmissions and gearboxes break down, and I think the smaller tires on this heavier 66HP tractor are simply too small. This time I was just pushing dirt and the tire popped off the rim. The weight and HP of this tractor just overloads the tire. A larger tire would likely survive. This time the tire has been destroyed, as in no sealing bead remaining

Weld on beadlocks

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 15, 2018, 09:53:47 PM »
I'm not sure if you are brave or stupid, Kenneth......

Well, if you want my opinion...... :tongue:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:15:15 PM »
I also ordered up the new air needle scaler, after visiting a couple local stores I decided to just buy a good IR unit (my 1/2 impact and 3/8 butterfly impact are a almost 20 years old and still perform great) but I will warn you it is a pandoras box as you I wanted a pistol version and they have you start out with an air hammer version. Then you add the air needle attachment and then all the tools available for the air hammer and by the time you are done your wallet is a couple hundred lighter....... :facepalm:

So by the time the air needle attachment shows up it will be end of next week. In the meantime I am planning on fixturing up the 60 housing to weld and assemble this currie 9.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:09:11 PM »
Ok, so as promised here are a few teasers of the recent shipment in from Randy's Ring and Pinion courtesy of our own Tate. My plan tentatively is to finish the Currie rear JK 9" housing and install it. Then while I still have the ability to move it around via the front axle is to have a new rear driveshaft built. Then install it and pull the front driveshaft and run the deep new gearset on the current 33" tires for awhile. Since currently the jeep is really only a four speed as I rarely see highway with it the deep gear set will be ok and I'll just use the fifth and sixth gear more for awhile as I finish up the front end and install that axle then larger tires and wheels.

I do have a 9 axle from my old EB however the chunk was a stocker nodular unit with bearing bores too small for the 35 spline axle shafts in this currie 9 so first on the list was a new center chunk with larger bearing bores to accommodate those axles. Unit looks to be rather beefy I might add.

Then a new carrier, Tate makes some wild claims about this Grizzly locker (monster truck pictures he sends claiming it is running this unit  :rolleyes: ) but regardless this little peanut carrier has one heck of a warranty standing behind it so I guess we will try it out.  :wink:

add in fresh a set of 5.43 Yukon gears and we should be in business

and to top it off with a master install kit American made Timken bearings tightly wrapped in Yukon packaging

Thanks again, Tate!  :beercheers:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:42:13 AM »
Never welded to cast. Do you use SS wire as I have heard?

Sure my D60 on the Sub will benifite from a truss with that 1000lb above it.

Nope, I will be using a good Lincoln wire for steel as always. I?ve actually never heard to use stainless, last time I welded up some ford 60 knuckles I had it and the gas for the stainless wire available & did not. I do think I have a spec on a different wire somewhere though, I?ll check but don?t think it is a stainless wire.

As far as a truss the only reason I would run one is if you need mounts for suspension (links etc), plenty of 60?s running around under a Cummins or two built without issue. Possibly weld the tubes to the housing maybe but not even sure that is needed as you don?t hear them turning in the housing like the corporate 14 bolts tend to do. What I?m saying is I think if you want to spend the coin there are weaker spots I would focus on before adding a truss. Just my 2 cents

CIEMR / Tommy Robinson, coming to a country near you
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:34:48 AM »
As always worth watching, this guy never disappoints


Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:54:06 PM »
Way cool......so, an air needle scaler is basically, an air powered punch that pecks away at the fresh weld?  I remember my dad manually hammering cast iron as/after he was welding it and the whole pre-heat/post heating.  Also think he had some special rod for the stick welder just for cast.  How do you afix it to the table, clamps?

Think of it as more of a steel massaging tool than a punch. I'm no wizard at welding cast, normally knuckles and center sections are made of a ductile cast steel and it accepts welding better than some cheaper versions of cast. My opinion is if you want the best way to weld cast then arc welding is the best and they make some rods specially for it as you mentioned. These rods I think have some flex or give to them once welded that lends itself to welding a different steel to the cast steel. The idea of the air needler is to massage the weld during the cool down phase as the materials cool and contract at different rates. As far as the table, not sure exactly yet. Most likely I will cut some tube or angle and weld up some cradles for the axle to lay in. I may also make a mount to bolt the inner c on the bottom on each side to keep them solid and maybe even a couple mounts into the housing via the cover bolts. The idea being we want the axle to be rigid and not be able to move until it is completely cooled, this will keep it fairly straight. It's also worth noting it is a front axle and you have a little more lead way I think than a rear. I'm sure there are guys with more experience with cast and welding axle assemblies than I so if I'm mistaken on anything please feel free to correct me.

Looks like you?ve done this before.  It looks, to the untrained eye, that they had you remove more of the housing on the short side than you really needed to?

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I've swapped axles and welded on them, recall I'm on the cheap side (actually this is the most I have ever spent on an axle for an original build) so being cheap I make my own stuff or cobble it together normally. See the below link, it's missing a few brackets at this point that fit in there.


Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 06:55:10 PM »

at least we get pics on this thread.....lol

Speaking of pictures, I?ll post some more of all the super cool parts I received from Tate today (probably tomorrow sometime).

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:47:51 PM »
Next on the list is to buy an air needle scaler, I'm going to mig weld the truss to the cast housing and this will help alleviate stresses as the housing cools. I also need to drag the torches from storage along with my rose bud and get them ready. I previously purchased a 400 temp pen to use for preheating the cast prior to welding to keep shock to a minimum and hopefully keep the welds from cracking during the process. Once the welding fixture is complete I can then heat this pig (pun intended) up and then move on to new gears and a Detroit I have on hand.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:37:34 PM »
After test fitting the truss one last time I mark up the housing where we will need bare steel to weld and grind it all clean

Then I threw it on the bench where I will start rigging up the welding fixture. I have a bar and pucks but they are for 9 inch axles and do not have the correct setup for a 60 front to keep it from warping when welding. So this 900 lb table with a 3/4" thick top should suffice. My plan is to level the axle as I build the temporary fixture as my floor is anything but in this garage.

bench finally got a little more organized too......

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:32:59 PM »
Rather than reinventing the wheel, I think drilling a hole and adding a length of pipe nipple into the original casting is the answer. So here we do just that and some precision measuring and marking with a silver pencil.... I think they call that KY windage........ :wink:

that will work

upgrade complete, 1 inch diameter hole is all that is needed and a pipe nipple

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:28:15 PM »
So now we have two problems, first the 90 degree fitting and pipe nipple do not have enough room to be there if we get the truss where it should be. I think this part of the design needs reworked and it's a simple fix of adding a hole. The other is that for whatever reason the truss pattern contacts a gusset cast into the housing hard. I removed a 1 inch square piece of material that should not be there at least for my housing.

where it contacts the gusset in the housing

removing that 1 inch square

truss pulled off and flipped upside down you can see the notch I created to add clearance

in this pic I also removed the new vent and you can see it fits snug down on the drivers side axle tube

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:20:41 PM »
With the last of the 9" parts due in today I figured the front 60 needed some love. So here we start the day, essentially what needs to happen is that 2" of the casting drivers side where the tube presses in needs to be removed along with the spring perch and track bar bracket on the passengers side. This will make room for the Artec truss system to be installed.

Here I have removed all the unnecessary brackets and section of casting

So at this point I decided to refresh on their install instructions. They call for buying three pipe fitting parts from McMaster to reroute the vent tube back pinion side and out under the truss. I also needed a couple dust masks to keep this cold I have protected from all the nasty fiberglass I was getting ready to put off into the atmosphere. SO I ran to the local hardware and decided this should do for now. I will say I am glad I didn't spend the money on the McMaster parts as they would have taken more fabricating to make work then what I eventually did anyhow. So with a little massaging I installed this 90 fitting and pipe nipple.

Next I went to test fit the main truss, it's hard to see but on the drivers side tube the truss is pushed pinion side about 3/4 of an inch and is being held up a good 1/2 inch.



D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:09:44 AM »
Got to meet a very nice South Dakota DOT officer. Passed inspection with a fix it ticket. On the way home got pulled around again in the same scale. They are checking everyone. This warm weather got them busy. Wonder what they will find wrong today.

I never met a nice one, although we were hauling steel always not agriculture and from what I've been told that was a big difference normally.......

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:05:34 PM »
Tate & Nate,

I think I hear a cook off in the making......... :popcorn:

Ken, you can be a judge and cover poor taste since you have an affinity for H & 1911?s! I?ll cover good taste since I like Jeeps and Glocks. Together we got this, how?s that for teamwork Don? :facepalm:

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:50:28 PM »
Bravo Tate!

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:14:09 PM »
Looking good, home stretch!  :likebutton:

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:09:14 PM »
So I've been busy on some other projects, mainly an xj which needs the thread updated. If I can get 5 seconds of Baylee that will happen shortly but no promises as she is on the go like no other. Now, I have been collecting some more parts which I'll add pics for shortly.

Short list of items I've picked up recently

-high clearance steel fenders for all 4 corners

-CB accessories

-front 60 machined knuckles from weaver with high steer

-artec front truss mod kit for that superduty 60

-I also have in my possession some machined 52 count tone rings for those 60 front unit bearings

-Then last but not least (definitely the most money lately) all the final parts for the rear axle build (center chunk) due in this Weds which I'll add details about at that time and yes Tate came through again with Randy's as always  :likebutton:

I made mention of a potential wheel upgrade but haven't heard anymore on that front so not sure there really? Time will tell I suppose.....

I will say that discussing those other wheels made me do some more research and think outside of my box a bit. The rear currie axle measures 66" and that front superduty 60 measures right at or just under 69". So having the rear axle a little narrower never hurt. The wheels I am interested in are 8 on 6.5 pattern and prior to this I was planning on running 5 on 5.5 which the rear axle is machined for and when having the unit bearings bored out for 35 spline axles I was thinking of machining them down to the 5 on 5.5 pattern as well. So after some more research I think what I will be doing is modding the front unit bearing from the ford metric 8 pattern to the 8 on 6.5 and running a 1.375 thick adapter on the rear from the stock 5 on 5 to the 8 on 6.5 This will allow me to run the stock upgraded vented brake system I already have for the rear which the currie axle accepts and uses the stock wheel speed sensors and parking brake. Then this will also allow me to just redrill the front stock ford rotors for the 8 on 6.5 pattern and use the superduty stock 1 ton brake setup. Prior to all of this I was going to have to redrill the rear rotors for 5 on 5.5 and then figure out a rotor and caliper setup to run on those front 60 knuckles. This seems a bit easier and a little less work. Reality is that it may cost me a bit less too as I already have the stock calipers and rotors for the 60 front. I think off the shelf parts are always good or staying as close to off the shelf as you can is a better idea than full custom. Drilling some rotors isn't too difficult if in a pinch and rotors are pretty tough to break anyhow.

I just got done talking to prothane on the phone. All they have for directions is a generic set, no detailed instructions are available.

I guess I'll have to wing it.  What's the worst that could happen?lol

Tac topper & SQ D both come to mind...... :tongue:

& yeah guaranteed if I?m not currently fired I will be shortly

How cool, amazing generation no doubt  :likebutton:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:52:22 AM »
 :likebutton: my wife loves her 43

Wait, hang on I think I hear water flowing.....

Yep, nope the swamp isn?t getting drained yet. :rolleyes:

D.O.T. / High speed mystery object
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:25:29 AM »
Don or other guys with relevant experience is this potentially one of those hyper missiles or something else entirely? Thoughts?


D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:02:03 PM »
Ditto the blizzard scat recipe question...

Stlaser if you have difficulties pm me, my son works for Verizon in cell sales

Thanks, Verizon was actually great to deal with. AT&T on the other hand not so much.

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:13:51 PM »
Switched to Verizon wireless today, spent 4 hours there I think and dealing with ATT trying to get devices unlocked I have owned for some time was a nightmare. Anyhow, upgraded service and dropped a small fortune on several new phones.

CIEMR / Re: Anyone else seen Snowden movie?
« on: March 10, 2018, 06:20:46 PM »
Trump, hey when exactly is that swamp getting drained again?

Snowden movie was ok imo.....

Funny story about that.... last night my parts washer in the shop spring a leak where the line runs from the pump to the "faucet" and made a nice mess. Not wanting this to happen again I ran to the farm and whipped up a 1/4" feed line from hyd hose and likely $40 worth of fittings LoL  But hey it was 9pm and I don't want it to leak again.

Time for a larger pump now.....

D.O.T. / Re: Does the new GM truck look like a Toyota?
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:28:41 AM »
yeah, you would think they would make their own path in regards to looks wouldn't you?


Not been on it's lid yet, ok keep going..........

more, faster.......  :facepalm:
You're a bad man!

Go work on your girl's jeep and stop messin' with me...;-)

I have been and fighting a darn cold while doing so.....

Making good progress on it and will have her do an update this weekend with the results & pics.


Not been on it's lid yet, ok keep going..........

more, faster.......  :facepalm:

CIEMR / Re: Trump to release additional F&F documents
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:21:22 AM »
I would think our resident ATF guy would have something to say on this matter....

Who Dat? :tongue:

CIEMR / Re: Bears repeating...Obama was an imposter!
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:33:06 PM »

Notice the "plates" on the station wagon to his left.

I?ve never been to Kenya so I can?t confirm if those are the plates they use there.....

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:10:19 PM »
Total class there Charles!

^^^^^^ agreed

D.O.T. / Re: Retro Cheyenne Super 10
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:47:48 PM »
if they sold that production, I would definitely buy that!

Well, I wouldn?t go that far but it was the first truck I ever drove & the first one I ever wrecked (come to think of it I?ve never wrecked another truck  :undecided: )

Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:39:03 PM »
Nice! :likebutton:

D.O.T. / Retro Cheyenne Super 10
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:29:11 PM »
Im no Chevy guy but having a grand Dad who drove one of these it did bring back fond memories

Break out the bell bottoms because a Chevrolet dealer resurrected the 1970s Cheyenne Super 10 http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/03/09/break-out-bell-bottoms-because-chevrolet-dealer-resurrected-1970s-cheyenne-super-10.html

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:50:43 PM »
I hate floating and taping. I?ll be subcontracting that part on the casita

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