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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2012, 10:31:02 AM »
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« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2012, 02:57:21 PM »
Good progress
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« Reply #47 on: December 29, 2012, 04:04:49 PM »
looks wicked pissa
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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #48 on: December 30, 2012, 12:17:54 AM »
nice john, looks real good

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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2013, 04:08:21 AM »
Haven't been on this thread in a bit. Your really beefin the [censored] out of that truck. Looking shaweat John. Nice work

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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #50 on: January 02, 2013, 09:39:11 AM »
Thanks guys, still keeping an eye out for Ford 60
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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #51 on: January 03, 2013, 02:30:16 PM »
I had no idea where you were doing this to your truck - very nice work so far!!

I'm definitely interested to watch this shape up.
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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #52 on: January 04, 2013, 09:32:41 PM »
Was able to swing over to the shop today after work for a couple hours. I cut off and moved the radius arm mounts, also was able to get the upper coil spring retainer tacked up. Tossed the springs in and started to see how things are lining up. I am very please with how it all looks. Also started mocking up the track bar, going to have to put it just behind the axle, but works out better.  I did not compress the spring a whole lot since everything is just held together with a tack weld here or there. the coil mounts are as low as I have currently trimed them to go, they can go up several inches.  if I can not get these springs to work, I also have a set of stock ZJ coils sitting in the shed if I need to try them out. The coil isolators I got from Jeff at Crown worked the nuts, thanks dude!

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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #53 on: January 05, 2013, 08:35:37 AM »
Are you going to be running a swaybar as well?
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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #54 on: January 05, 2013, 03:25:55 PM »
Yes, stock way bar, it is in good functional shape, but the factory coating is poor, I'll wire wheel it, I had some greesable bushings that fit perfect left over from an old project. I think I can make TJ sway bar links work.
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« Reply #55 on: February 19, 2013, 12:48:55 PM »
I did more stuff.  I took pics and stuff, I am having issue with photobucket and will post pics later.

But I got the shocks and sway bars all figured out. also mocked up my steering and checks for clearance.  I was trying to avoid curring the factory cross member simply because I am lazy and didn't want to, but it appears I will have to, at a minimum, trim the old LCA mounts.

I'll get pics soon.
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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #56 on: February 19, 2013, 12:52:54 PM »
Got the TRE flipped, drilled out the knuckles to 7/8 and used a set of JK 1ton TRE conversion bushings.





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« Reply #57 on: February 19, 2013, 12:57:44 PM »
To make the sway bar work, I flipped the sway bar upside down, and used rubicon express disconnects for a TJ. I drilled out the links to 9/16, with some clearancing to sit flush as well as keyway off the sway bar. Bolted up no problem. Then I had some old poly sway bar links from a previous project that I never used. They look like they don't fit in the pic, but the fit the nuts, I just need to tighten them up. I had to do a little clearancing and re-drilling, but they came out pretty clean.




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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #58 on: February 19, 2013, 12:59:26 PM »
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Re: My 2-ton paperweight
« Reply #59 on: February 19, 2013, 01:03:04 PM »
Got everything back into the truck and got it sitting on the suspension. This is at ride height. Then I stuck a tire into the wheel well and this is pretty much what it will look like. It sits about an inch taller in the front so I might toss some 3/4" zero rates in the rear to level it.




I finally started in on the shocks. I used some 3/4x3/4 stock to make a fake shock for mock up because those bilsteins are heavy. The shocks are 16" compressed and 26" fully extended, I set them at 20" at ride height.



Initially I tried to get the shock in front of the axle. But it would have been very tight between the sway bar links, steering, and the shock itself.


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