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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #450 on: October 24, 2017, 09:07:20 AM »
Oh, forgot to mention, I was not, make that definitely not going to use the stock wheels. I don't like them either.

One is in fact a 60 but not both.....

Yeah, ditch the stock wheels and you can run a 33? tire, it will rub on the front a bit. Mine are 32.8? duratracs......

I do really like the OME heavy duty suspension I might add.
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« Reply #451 on: October 24, 2017, 11:21:52 AM »
This setup is what I was thinking about although with the duratrac tires
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« Reply #452 on: October 24, 2017, 12:24:16 PM »
You didn?t mention you were adding flat fenders...
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« Reply #453 on: October 24, 2017, 05:14:45 PM »
You didn?t mention you were adding flat fenders...
Yea, I don't like the look of those stockers, and she already rubbed on on a passing Honda.
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« Reply #454 on: October 24, 2017, 05:17:25 PM »
And BTW Shawn,
I wanted a two door rag top. Ended up with the four door hard top girly jeep

I owned two CJ-7's. Neither had a second door. One was a soft top. I rolled that one over. The top wasn't on, so yep, no damage (to the top)
Hard top station wagon jeeps are just hard to drive, poor handling Kia tucson's to me.
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« Reply #455 on: October 24, 2017, 05:29:50 PM »
And BTW Shawn,
I wanted a two door rag top. Ended up with the four door hard top girly jeep

I owned two CJ-7's. Neither had a second door. One was a soft top. I rolled that one over. The top wasn't on, so yep, no damage (to the top)
Hard top station wagon jeeps are just hard to drive, poor handling Kia tucson's to me.

I agree, liked my 2 door much more. My 3 girls were a bit shorter back then & getting them in & out was much easier. So in a few years I see the wife unit & I reverting back to a 2 door bronco! :wink:

In the meantime I?ll keep playing with this. In reality the wheel base is just about right with the 4 door. I assumed this reminded you of that H2 thing you owned but more versatile or potentially more capable at least. The wheel base on mine is getting stretched probably 3-4? yet in the rear to make things function & look correct after the latest upcoming mods.
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« Reply #456 on: October 24, 2017, 05:33:16 PM »
You didn?t mention you were adding flat fenders...
Yea, I don't like the look of those stockers, and she already rubbed on on a passing Honda.

A drawer on my tool box sticking out gouged my front passenger fender. I?m changing ours up too, those bushwhacker flat plastic fenders are ok & I ran them on the tj
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« Reply #457 on: October 24, 2017, 08:33:31 PM »
Hmmm. Don rolls jeep. Tells story to MPs....I seem to recall a story like that being told


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« Reply #458 on: October 24, 2017, 09:19:58 PM »
Hmmm. Don rolls keep. Tells story to MPs....I seem to recall a story like that being told n


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« Reply #459 on: November 15, 2017, 04:51:28 PM »
OK, back on task after the Boss sidetracked us into DOT land once again......

So I decided I was tired of looking at that nifty aluminum heat shield I built sitting on my work bench. So I started by pulling the battery & tray then got stuck on that one bolt that was tough going in originally. So somehow it cut a thread off the bolt in the process of install or uninstall and I needed to use the welder to get a regular wrench head welded on it to muscle it out. Now the nuts for these bolts are welded under the mount for the CPU and I'm guessing the battery tray guys welded a little hot and then did not run a tap thru the threads afterwards. So once I removed said bolt that is exactly what I did. USPS welding shield, Don should be proud and it didn't even catch fire.....



So after fighting to remove the tray I mounted up the new heat shield including these little 1/4" thick aluminum washers.







Then on to the install, I did have to massage that upper stud again on the fire wall. The base of it was wider than the stud itself creating a shoulder that needed narrowed up. Used a 4" grinder and in under a minute it was narrow enough to engage the tray easily.



Inner fender pulled down you can see this clears the headers with room to spare.



Finished it off with a foot of 3/8" ID fuel hose split on one side and then slid over the top to keep the heater hoses from wearing through.





Now to buy some more electrical components to finish up the dual battery install.
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« Reply #460 on: November 16, 2017, 10:03:54 AM »
Tip of the day: Usin' Cardboard boxes as welding spatter control devices...Brilliant! :likebutton:
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« Reply #461 on: December 26, 2017, 03:00:59 PM »
So with Christmas come and gone once again the focus is now back to the Jeep and getting it true trail ready. At the moment I really need to finish up the dual battery install and the lights. I'm wanting to run power to the rear off the second battery to use a spare 9K winch I have and keep it removable using a hitch mount. In the past with welding leads and cables I always used a large punch and made do. However, for the cost I have been eyeballing these and with an amazon gift card I received from my youngest daughter I decided that it was time to purchase these.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GVAODYQ/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also right before Christmas I contacted our very own Tate at his day job for Randy's Ring and Pinion and had him order me in a compressor to take care of air power duties. II order an ARB 12v unit model #CKMTA12

http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-On-Board-High-Performance-12-Volt-Twin-Air-Compressor-CKMTA12-P21341.aspx

So it has been ordered and should arrive shortly.
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« Reply #462 on: December 26, 2017, 03:30:25 PM »
As some of you guessed a few posts and dot comments back I scored a set of Superduty axles. The front is a ball joint Dana 60 from a 2002 and the rear was a 10.5 Sterling boat anchor from a 1999 both 1 tons. I still have them and the plan has always been to use the front 60. The rear though I have been debating for some time, truth be known since before I paid good money for it..... :tongue:

Couple of thoughts on that Sterling, unless you stretch the rear axle 3" at bare minimum rearward it with it's high pinion centerline design will impact the gas tank under compression of the suspension. It has great ground clearance by this design but I'm still stuck with running that darned metric wheel mount bolt pattern. So I spent a good 2-3 hours one evening here late last week researching the gas tank dilemma. By the time I was done I decided I didn't like the Sterling enough to keep it and can probably make a couple hundred selling it for what I have in it. Yes, I could pay $1500 and buy and aftermarket tank from Genright but I didn't like them enough to throw that kind of money at it either. Fuel cells suck for one reason or another as well. With the Sterling getting put up for sale or maybe I'll just donate it to Don he's gunna need a spare anyhow for the rear of Sq D as Cummins and Sterlings don't play well together which I bet he finds out now that it runs.........  :popcorn:

Something to mention, the front superduty unit bearings can be bored out for 35 spline stub shafts and machined for different mount patterns such as 5 on 5 1/2. So after deciding to donate the Sterling I recalled a rear custom jk housing on CL local a couple months ago. So a quick search and a text I discover that brand new housing is still available. It is a currie built JK F9 rear housing with 35 spline shafts, read direct bolt in to my JK. Even can use standard JK brakes and sensors, pretty nice unit. The shafts come dual drilled for the standard 5 on 5 jk pattern and also the 5 on 5 1/2 which would match the front 60 potentially modified units bearings. One of my end goals is to run 38-40" rubber on this jeep and this setup will work out just fine for those parameters. The front 60 measures 68.75 and this F9 housing measures up 66 so close enough and it should track well down the pavement. No gas tank issues and I do not have to stretch the rear if I do not choose to do so. Reality is I probably need to stretch it 1-2" to center the larger rubber in the rear wheel wells. Here are the specs on that axle. Maybe Tate will grace us with his presence and let us know what kinda cool options Randy's has for a center chunk.

https://www.currieenterprises.com/jk-f9300r

And here is the housing and axle shafts in my truck this morning........



 
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #463 on: December 26, 2017, 03:45:23 PM »
Progress!!!  Bench progress but progress none the less


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« Reply #464 on: December 26, 2017, 03:46:48 PM »
Progress!!!  Bench progress but progress none the less


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The plan is coming together......... :tongue:

I also have a time frame I'm working under with a trip to moab scheduled and I need a few shake down runs between now and Oct.......
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« Reply #465 on: December 26, 2017, 06:33:35 PM »
As some of you guessed a few posts and dot comments back I scored a set of Superduty axles. The front is a ball joint Dana 60 from a 2002 and the rear was a 10.5 Sterling boat anchor from a 1999 both 1 tons. I still have them and the plan has always been to use the front 60. The rear though I have been debating for some time, truth be known since before I paid good money for it..... :tongue:

Couple of thoughts on that Sterling, unless you stretch the rear axle 3" at bare minimum rearward it with it's high pinion centerline design will impact the gas tank under compression of the suspension. It has great ground clearance by this design but I'm still stuck with running that darned metric wheel mount bolt pattern. So I spent a good 2-3 hours one evening here late last week researching the gas tank dilemma. By the time I was done I decided I didn't like the Sterling enough to keep it and can probably make a couple hundred selling it for what I have in it. Yes, I could pay $1500 and buy and aftermarket tank from Genright but I didn't like them enough to throw that kind of money at it either. Fuel cells suck for one reason or another as well. With the Sterling getting put up for sale or maybe I'll just donate it to Don he's gunna need a spare anyhow for the rear of Sq D as Cummins and Sterlings don't play well together which I bet he finds out now that it runs.........  :popcorn:

Something to mention, the front superduty unit bearings can be bored out for 35 spline stub shafts and machined for different mount patterns such as 5 on 5 1/2. So after deciding to donate the Sterling I recalled a rear custom jk housing on CL local a couple months ago. So a quick search and a text I discover that brand new housing is still available. It is a currie built JK F9 rear housing with 35 spline shafts, read direct bolt in to my JK. Even can use standard JK brakes and sensors, pretty nice unit. The shafts come dual drilled for the standard 5 on 5 jk pattern and also the 5 on 5 1/2 which would match the front 60 potentially modified units bearings. One of my end goals is to run 38-40" rubber on this jeep and this setup will work out just fine for those parameters. The front 60 measures 68.75 and this F9 housing measures up 66 so close enough and it should track well down the pavement. No gas tank issues and I do not have to stretch the rear if I do not choose to do so. Reality is I probably need to stretch it 1-2" to center the larger rubber in the rear wheel wells. Here are the specs on that axle. Maybe Tate will grace us with his presence and let us know what kinda cool options Randy's has for a center chunk.

https://www.currieenterprises.com/jk-f9300r

And here is the housing and axle shafts in my truck this morning........



Hola.

Nice change up on the rear there, and super fortunate find on that currie housing.
Smells like a Zip locker or Grizzly to me. Both are RMTS special priced air or automatic, and either are stronger than their "other guy" counter parts, and that's not just marketing fluff. A certain Australian co. has now re-designed their case and changed their warranty to be more competitive.

Shawn,

If you're going to trailer this thing, or at least not daily drive it, (which I assume) I would stick with the Grizzly in the back. just less moving parts. If you have any questions as to durability, Mac Plecker in GA has been running them in his full size monster truck, Ballistic for 7 years now. http://www.extremeteam4x4.com/ He's got the Grizzly in the rear and the Zip up front and has been abusing the snot out of them.
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« Reply #466 on: December 26, 2017, 07:15:51 PM »
The housing was a nice score being brand new at the discount I paid, wish it had the upgraded back brace but I do have a modded 9" center section and pucks / alignment bar at my disposal. So I may beef it up a little before paint.

Interesting on the "other" guy info, I'll take a look at the zip. Surprised to hear they take abuse as you stated. I'm open to the grizzly, since I have no trailer when I do take it we will be pounding pavement so something to keep in mind there. Air I'm hoping will be up front under the hood so it's right there if we wanted to do air up front. The rear I would like to keep auto, I'm used to it as I always have run full locker detroits in the past. Don hasn't broke his yet so that would be a plus 1 for the grizzly. I mean all those nasty mulch beds he gets into now and again.

Hola.

Nice change up on the rear there, and super fortunate find on that currie housing.
Smells like a Zip locker or Grizzly to me. Both are RMTS special priced air or automatic, and either are stronger than their "other guy" counter parts, and that's not just marketing fluff. A certain Australian co. has now re-designed their case and changed their warranty to be more competitive.

Shawn,

If you're going to trailer this thing, or at least not daily drive it, (which I assume) I would stick with the Grizzly in the back. just less moving parts. If you have any questions as to durability, Mac Plecker in GA has been running them in his full size monster truck, Ballistic for 7 years now. http://www.extremeteam4x4.com/ He's got the Grizzly in the rear and the Zip up front and has been abusing the snot out of them.
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #467 on: December 26, 2017, 07:33:18 PM »
Those terminal 'pliers' will be great, as long as they don't break. Don't know if you've used them before, but even as large as they are, it still takes 2 boys and a women to crimp a terminal with them! (the one I have hasn't failed yet, using it weekly, but I didn't pay amazon price. lol)
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« Reply #468 on: December 26, 2017, 08:54:16 PM »
We had a high dollar set in the electrical crib at my old shop, I borrowed them on occasion. I figured no more then I use them maybe these will be ok? If not it?s $25 or so....
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« Reply #469 on: December 27, 2017, 01:21:35 PM »
So with Christmas come and gone once again the focus is now back to the Jeep and getting it true trail ready. At the moment I really need to finish up the dual battery install and the lights. I'm wanting to run power to the rear off the second battery to use a spare 9K winch I have and keep it removable using a hitch mount. In the past with welding leads and cables I always used a large punch and made do. However, for the cost I have been eyeballing these and with an amazon gift card I received from my youngest daughter I decided that it was time to purchase these.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GVAODYQ/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also right before Christmas I contacted our very own Tate at his day job for Randy's Ring and Pinion and had him order me in a compressor to take care of air power duties. II order an ARB 12v unit model #CKMTA12

http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-On-Board-High-Performance-12-Volt-Twin-Air-Compressor-CKMTA12-P21341.aspx

So it has been ordered and should arrive shortly.

We ran this compressor for 8 years in our 4Runner. Used it quite a lot and was pleased. Glad to know I can source another one from one of RMTWS own.

The one thing I am going to probably do is add a storage tank on the next setup or setups, cause we want air in the 4Runner and the crew cab.

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« Reply #470 on: December 27, 2017, 02:54:43 PM »
Vair makes a few low cost tanks. On my EB I sourced used semi tractor tanks.......
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« Reply #471 on: January 04, 2018, 12:34:02 PM »
So I moved the axles I'm currently needing to work on indoors yesterday freeing up some space in my shed and emptying the trailer for other uses shortly. This morning with it being 50 mid day today I decided I would wash this ford 9" axle of the KY mud that it is caked with. Mud is a foreign substance in Colorado so there may be a polar shift when I wash this off and it settles on mother earth here.......

I need a 35 spline center chunk and the local 9 guru (4 car garage is wall to wall 9 parts) is interested in this axle. So I am stripping it down and going to see what kind of barter deal I may score with him. Whatever I cannot get via him I will then give Tate a call at his day job Randy's Ring and Pinion to secure the rest of the axle parts. Here is said axle minus the calipers and rotors which I pulled this morning. I will be keeping the pinion guard and 1350 yoke for the JK.


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« Reply #472 on: January 04, 2018, 12:37:07 PM »
Here is the 2002 Dana 60 front which I sent Tate a copy of this ID tag and he verified it is what we knew it was. To the right is the boat anchor I am donating to Sq D........



Copy of ID tag still on the cover



Tate sent me this after he ran that tag is some Database and confirmed it is of 2002-2003 origin.

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« Reply #473 on: January 04, 2018, 11:47:56 PM »
A 14bt for SD, Norm said it would need it!
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« Reply #474 on: January 05, 2018, 12:20:06 AM »
That 14 bolt looks nice, it has disc brakes, mine still has the drums. Need to get a disc conversion done, shave off some weight there.

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« Reply #475 on: January 05, 2018, 12:23:33 AM »
Negative, it?s a sterling same as he already has I believe. Can?t recall if his is disc brake or not?
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« Reply #476 on: January 05, 2018, 09:16:43 AM »
Negative, it?s a sterling same as he already has I believe. Can?t recall if his is disc brake or not?
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« Reply #477 on: January 05, 2018, 11:31:52 AM »
Don does have drums.
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« Reply #478 on: January 07, 2018, 06:35:33 AM »
 The Sterling is not a horrible axle. That said, the crush washer pinion pre-load issue doesn't lend well to big heavy trucks and Cummins torque. They are more suited to Power Stroke and Duramax type applications=P  The other issue is wheel seals always leak....like always.

Dons will be fine until he hooks up his torque converter.

You going to narrow your front 60 or leave it full width?



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« Reply #479 on: January 07, 2018, 08:32:53 AM »
Something to mention, the front superduty unit bearings can be bored out for 35 spline stub shafts and machined for different mount patterns such as 5 on 5 1/2. So after deciding to donate the Sterling I recalled a rear custom jk housing on CL local a couple months ago. So a quick search and a text I discover that brand new housing is still available. It is a currie built JK F9 rear housing with 35 spline shafts, read direct bolt in to my JK. Even can use standard JK brakes and sensors, pretty nice unit. The shafts come dual drilled for the standard 5 on 5 jk pattern and also the 5 on 5 1/2 which would match the front 60 potentially modified units bearings. One of my end goals is to run 38-40" rubber on this jeep and this setup will work out just fine for those parameters. The front 60 measures 68.75 and this F9 housing measures up 66 so close enough and it should track well down the pavement. No gas tank issues and I do not have to stretch the rear if I do not choose to do so. Reality is I probably need to stretch it 1-2" to center the larger rubber in the rear wheel wells. Here are the specs on that axle. Maybe Tate will grace us with his presence and let us know what kinda cool options Randy's has for a center chunk.

https://www.currieenterprises.com/jk-f9300r

And here is the housing and axle shafts in my truck this morning........



Norm, here was my earlier thoughts on that front width. I like to keep things oem as possible for parts availability. KISS principle if you will if permitable & goal being to do some longer range road trips so I think stock width is best. Any further thoughts on that stock width?
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #480 on: January 08, 2018, 10:39:25 AM »
The Sterling is not a horrible axle. That said, the crush washer pinion pre-load issue doesn't lend well to big heavy trucks and Cummins torque. They are more suited to Power Stroke and Duramax type applications=P  The other issue is wheel seals always leak....like always.

Dons will be fine until he hooks up his torque converter.

You going to narrow your front 60 or leave it full width?

If you work your 9" guru guy there you can get a preload spacer and shims to eliminate the crush sleeve. you'll have to bevel the inside lip of the spacer to fit the pinion correctly, but you'll never have to fiddle with a crush sleeve again. if you can't find one locally let me know.
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #481 on: January 08, 2018, 12:04:10 PM »
The Sterling is not a horrible axle. That said, the crush washer pinion pre-load issue doesn't lend well to big heavy trucks and Cummins torque. They are more suited to Power Stroke and Duramax type applications=P  The other issue is wheel seals always leak....like always.

Dons will be fine until he hooks up his torque converter.

You going to narrow your front 60 or leave it full width?

If you work your 9" guru guy there you can get a preload spacer and shims to eliminate the crush sleeve. you'll have to bevel the inside lip of the spacer to fit the pinion correctly, but you'll never have to fiddle with a crush sleeve again. if you can't find one locally let me know.

Tate, guru & I have discussed just that. Haven?t spoke to him recently though. I keep plugging you btw, so working that angle for you. There is some history if I recall correctly. Thanks!
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #482 on: January 08, 2018, 04:06:49 PM »
In case any of you were wondering how I was going to install that 60 under the front here is what I ordered today

http://www.artecindustries.com/JK_SD_60_1T_Swap

With my tube bender still down for the moment, a time line to stay on and having enough other things to do I decided on going this route. The less expensive and alternate route would have been to make my own truss and mounts which I have done many times.

Then I purchased this as I don't have a 400 degree stick or maybe I do but for $11 refused to dig through a box to find out it was 300 instead of 400 etc. These are handy when a certain preheat temp is necessary and 400 is the correct preweld temp for that cast housing. Nickel rod works best but I am going to just run a mig on it and wrap the welding blanket after peening it. My shop should smell lovely that day as I have been using the blanket for a smoker insulation cover as of late.  :tongue:

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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #483 on: January 08, 2018, 04:06:53 PM »
Don does have drums.
Korrekt!

I decided to go old schoul...drums, albeit the wide ones it is!
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #484 on: January 08, 2018, 04:08:32 PM »
The Sterling is not a horrible axle. That said, the crush washer pinion pre-load issue doesn't lend well to big heavy trucks and Cummins torque. They are more suited to Power Stroke and Duramax type applications=P  The other issue is wheel seals always leak....like always.

Dons will be fine until he hooks up his torque converter.

You going to narrow your front 60 or leave it full width?




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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #485 on: January 08, 2018, 04:13:32 PM »
The Sterling is not a horrible axle. That said, the crush washer pinion pre-load issue doesn't lend well to big heavy trucks and Cummins torque. They are more suited to Power Stroke and Duramax type applications=P  The other issue is wheel seals always leak....like always.

Dons will be fine until he hooks up his torque converter.

You going to narrow your front 60 or leave it full width?




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I as well found it interesting for him to believe that a sterling might hold up to your duramax with your track record of breaking stuff...... :popcorn:
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #486 on: January 08, 2018, 11:50:38 PM »
That is a nice setup for the front axle. I need to get some of those sticks. Handy to have.
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #487 on: January 11, 2018, 11:12:04 PM »
So enough tomfoolery, all these posts about food and commie gun grabbers. Lets get back to jeep building!  :beercheers:

Between morning meetings and daughters basketball game at 4pm I had just under 3 hours to do battle and strip down that front 60

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Drain some gear oil and pulled tie rod and stabilizer
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #488 on: January 11, 2018, 11:13:16 PM »
Quick inspection of internals and all is good! :likebutton:



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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #489 on: January 11, 2018, 11:15:55 PM »
pulled brakes



pulled stub axle retaining c clip



then pulled unit bearings, knuckles and shafts, it finally gave up the fight and here it is right before I had to start cleaning shop



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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #490 on: January 12, 2018, 08:26:51 AM »
Concur!

Enough of this touchy-feely girl stuff

Back to buildin' something

Even if it has to be a Jeep

Hey, you'll appreciate this: So all of Kat's people (employees) are commenting about her GJ now. THey thing it lost it's look! They all think the tires don't "look" right on it

Yeesch!!! I had to take a near overdose of street pharmaceuticals just to order those streetish lookin Nitto AT's. I wanted so badly to get some decent mud tires...But NOOO. I'll sacrifice one for the team here and keep it all highway friendly. Now, no one likes it anymore

This morning during the ritual face painting event which I study with some interest as it turns Kat into miss Cosmo, she announces, "I think we need a "tougher" tire for my Jeep, along with a winch and some more lights!

Laughing...
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #491 on: January 12, 2018, 09:07:46 AM »
Duratracs, not too loud, wear even & perform well. One down side is weak or thin sidewalls, mulch bed approved too! :likebutton:
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #492 on: January 12, 2018, 09:41:40 AM »
So the next step or my next step as I await the artec kit is to start getting additional hard parts machined and or in process. For the 99-04 Dana 60 front axle there are only a couple current options for knuckle upgrades. After quite a bit of due diligence the one company that stood out & looks to have it down to a science is Weaver Fabrication.

https://www.weaverfabrication.com/

The product I will be purchasing is the 99-04 machined knuckle and high steer arm kit. They machine the top of both knuckles to accept their 1" thick arms that are not drilled which for me is perfect as it allows me to configure the steering in a way that works best for my setup. Once I get the old ball joints pressed out I will have these on their way to get machined. I just contacted Weaver this morning and gave them a heads up on the inbound parts. I will keep you updated on the process with them.

https://www.weaverfabrication.com/product/1999-2004-hi-steer-complete-kit/
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #493 on: January 12, 2018, 11:56:52 AM »


Stripped knuckles, pressed out ball joints. Need to find a sturdy box for these heavy pigs to ship in now.
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #494 on: January 12, 2018, 03:00:06 PM »
Tate, Ken possibly, the inner knuckle seal on these superduty axles is only there to to help create the vacuum needed to operate the stock vacuum operated locking hubs? This is my assumption anyhow, can you guys verify that seal doesn?t stabilize the stub shaft going into the unit bearing or some crazy thing I?m overlooking does it?

When weaver machines the knuckles they machine the vacuum port off the knuckle anyhow and my plan was to run drive flanges.
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #495 on: January 12, 2018, 06:09:25 PM »
Hmm good question. The support bearing inside is not very heavy.. that seal is pretty beafy...it might unintentionally provide some support, but more importantly keep moisture out. Ford also redid the seal on the axle tube side so you might want to go OEM on that one.

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« Reply #496 on: January 12, 2018, 07:53:38 PM »
Hmm good question. The support bearing inside is not very heavy.. that seal is pretty beafy...it might unintentionally provide some support, but more importantly keep moisture out. Ford also redid the seal on the axle tube side so you might want to go OEM on that one.

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I know guys are running 35 spline shafts through the unit bearings (after having them machined, I have a shop that will be doing it for me). So earlier I sent a message off to Tate asking if those guys are using say a f450 seal or just leaving it out. I?ll have to look at the unit bearings closer but I thought they were sealed pretty tight.....
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« Reply #497 on: January 12, 2018, 08:28:20 PM »
So further reading guys are just boring the unit bearing id from 1.3 to 1.5 and ditching that inner seal to run 35 spline shafts & drive slugs.
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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #498 on: January 12, 2018, 09:28:50 PM »
I guess I don't understand. The main wheel bearing/hub has a needle bearing inside that supports the axle stub, and the seal keeps moisture out of that bearing.... unless we're talking about a different front end.

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Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« Reply #499 on: January 12, 2018, 09:47:14 PM »
When you bore that unit bearing out to accommodate the 35 spline shafts the needle bearings go away.

Edit: this is what I have read & it is what certain machine shops have been doing to these unit bearings for a few years now. I will take some measurements tomorrow on my used ones.
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