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Old 12-28-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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So I had my YJ project almost finished when I changed directions. It just wasn't what I wanted in a toy. So I decided to take the atlas and axles out of it, and start with something more to what I wanted. So attached is a picture of how the YJ sits as of tonight.

The plan is for a good amount of stretch front and rear, full hydro steering, stock motor and tranny, atlas 5.0, the axles rims and tires I already had. I'm going to get a genright alien tank so I can keep the tank under the body and keep my rear seat. Its going to be comp cut in the rear and tube fendered in the front. We are going with an XJ leaf in the rear, to keep it simple/cheap. and because it works like crazy. Then we are going to do a 3 or 4 link in the front, basically get the new axle in there and see how many links we can fit in there without trouble. we are going to save some more cash by cutting off the TJ coil/shock mount in the front and moving it forward... if we can. if not.. coilovers it is!

I'm sure there are some things I've missed but you'll see it when I get there!
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:36 PM   #2
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Some pics of the TJ before we start the teardown:







those should be the last of it in one peice.. the next project is to start taking parts off.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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well at least you got another project, haha


now you need to change your user name
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:47 AM   #4
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so stock engine and trans? auto or manual?

REALLY glad to see you going into a new project instead of just selling everything off...tackle this one fast so you dont lose interest and momentum like ive been doing
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:38 PM   #5
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yeah, stock motor and trans. its an auto.

if I stick to what I want to do, I should be able to pull this project together and have it wheeling for what I sold the other one for, or atleast pretty close to it! so I'll pretty excited about that.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:44 PM   #6
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Nice man. Ill be watchin!
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:26 PM   #7
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Are you done yet?


haha JK. I like the xj spring idea on a TJ.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:48 PM   #8
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PROGRESS!!

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www.ruffstuffspecialties.com is having an end of year sale....everything (except axle housings) are all marked down 15%, put in coupon code PBB10 for an additional 10% off. if you need tabs, brackets, mounting plates, bushings or anything of the sort...this is a good deal. and everything they sell is BEEF

order before the 1st of the year

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Old 12-31-2009, 12:10 AM   #10
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ordered all the stuff from ruff stuff today for my rear suspension, and from advance adapters to get the atlas behind the TJ tranny.. more progress.. slow but steady.
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Nice. I like the stock engine/tranny for ease of build and reliability. I'd do a 3 link in the front. If you do anything in the front go the ORI St's. Little less expensive than the co's and then no bumpstops or sway bar needed. Easier to tune and package.

With the xj springs in the rear you'll need a traction bar. (although I wouldn't go backwards but I undertand why your doing it) I've wheeled with one other tj that did leaves in the back and it worked well. And I get all the flex I want out of my rear, so I can't complain. NIce choice in tcase as well.
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we are still on the fence about 3 link vs 4 link in the front.. I've seen rigs go with 3 links and with 4 links up front and both perform great. and the truggy we just built was 4 linked front and rear and performed FLAWLESSLY. bassicly it isn't up to us.. its up to the jeep and axle, and what they will let us fit in there, haha.

as for the front suspension, we are going with the stock coil buckets cut off the frame and moved forward for the stretch and then the lift coils I've already got to save on cash for now, and if I need to down the road, I'll do something different, but we'll cross that bridge when I get to it


track bar is already built because its the same setup we were going to run in the YJ.



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Dude, I thing coil overs would be better on the front but its your money LOL
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:57 PM   #14
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anything would be better in front.. but when it comes to it.. spending nothing on some coils that I already have, vs. dropping 1k on a set of coilovers or airshocks or something similar..... the budget allows for spending nothing, lol
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Coilovers are just coils and shocks in one piece. If you have a good shock that you can change the valveing on, like a bilstein then you can adjust your spring rate just like with coilovers by buying other coils in different rates. The only thing you would lose is the dual rate, but since I suspect you won't be doing any high speed desert bombing I wouldn't worry about that.

I like the idea of moving your buckets for saving money. Because co's with springs, bumpstops etc will cost easily the $1500 range. If you go air or hydraulic bumps even more.
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