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Hadfield4wd
Wed Jul 11 2007, 02:42PM

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Had some major axle wrap at Crozet. I need to build a traction bar, and fix the spring perches, as they are bent from the wrap. I also got my Ultimate Air CO2 system. I'll get that installed soon.

Matt

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pee-J
Wed Jul 11 2007, 10:18PM

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Sounds like its coming right along.. maybe someday I'll actually get mine off the damn pavement again.

95 XJ 4.0HO>AW-4>NP241"Roc-Trac." Rough Country 6.5" on 33's. Warn M8000, locked and armored up but (was) driven daily.
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Hadfield4wd
Wed Jul 18 2007, 07:37PM

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Well pulled the axle today. Here are some pics of the spring perches.

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I cut and straightened them out.

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Just need to weld them up. Should be tomorrow.

I'll get the bump stops done and bolt it back in. I'm waiting on my brackets for the traction bar. That's all I need for that. I have all the bushings and links.

Wow thos welds suck. I may clean those up while it's out.

Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Thu Jul 19 2007, 07:52PM

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Took the tool box out of the back for my dad to modify for the CO2. Fixed the perches, added the 1 1/4 blocks and finished the bump stop extensions. They needed a 1" spacer under the bump and an extension on the spring plate so they would hit. Also cut off the too long u bolts. Won't drive it until the traction bar is in. I should have the brackets when I get back from vacation.

Welded on the shock mount that I busted off at potts as well.

Also fixed my brake drum issue. They were on so tight I couldn't get them off. I borrowed an 8 inch gear puller and got them off that way. Then I used a dremel to grind the drum so they would slip on and off.

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Matt

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gogogadgetbiker
Fri Jul 20 2007, 07:43AM

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Dude, you really need some stronger spring perches. That style tends to crush allowing the axle to spin in the U-Bolt. All sorts of bad things happen then.

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2002 GMC Sonoma ZR2 SFA
HP D60 front, 5:13's,Chevy brakes, ARB, 35 spline hubs, rotated
GM 14B FF rear 5:13's, Disk, Detroit, 3/8" diff cover
Alcan Waggie 4" front springs and ZR2 4" rear springs
Highsteer/crossover steering, PSC Box
42" IROKs, Eaton 32 Bolt Beadlocks
High Angle Driveshafts
Custom T-case
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Hadfield4wd
Fri Jul 20 2007, 09:27AM

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gogogadgetbiker wrote ...

Dude, you really need some stronger spring perches. That style tends to crush allowing the axle to spin in the U-Bolt. All sorts of bad things happen then.


That's what happened. When I get the traction bar on that will solve that.

Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Thu Aug 09 2007, 08:48AM

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Got the CO2 mounted and the box back in. Thanks Chris. Also bent straightened the rear crossmember on saturday. I got some gussetes and bracing started. I hope to get the traction bar in the next couple of days. The wife has the camera so pics will have to wait.

The rear crossmember is done. Mounts for the shackle of the traction bar done. Welded up the shackle. tacked on the axle mounts. Bought all the hardware for the bushining I'm using. Cut the first peice of DOM an inch too short (idiot). Cut it again and got it tacked on. I have a cardboard roll I stole from the closet to make the template for the top tube. Unfortunalty the shackle is too long and I had to clearance the floor. I will get some sheet metal to cover it up.

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Matt

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rockcity
Thu Aug 09 2007, 12:37PM

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Hey, if you want new spring perches, I have some nice heavy duty ones. they are 1/4" steel, laser cut, and CNC formed, 2.5" wide and 8" long. They work really well and were my #1 seller

The perches are cheap enough that you really should replace them versus trying to "patch" the ones you have...

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Hadfield4wd
Thu Aug 09 2007, 01:13PM

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rockcity wrote ...

Hey, if you want new spring perches, I have some nice heavy duty ones. they are 1/4" steel, laser cut, and CNC formed, 2.5" wide and 8" long. They work really well and were my #1 seller

The perches are cheap enough that you really should replace them versus trying to "patch" the ones you have...


I may take you up on that. I'll see how it works with the traction bar. Thanks.


Matt

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gogogadgetbiker
Thu Aug 09 2007, 08:37PM

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Do I know you and don't know it? How close are you to G-Vegas?

2002 GMC Sonoma ZR2 SFA
HP D60 front, 5:13's,Chevy brakes, ARB, 35 spline hubs, rotated
GM 14B FF rear 5:13's, Disk, Detroit, 3/8" diff cover
Alcan Waggie 4" front springs and ZR2 4" rear springs
Highsteer/crossover steering, PSC Box
42" IROKs, Eaton 32 Bolt Beadlocks
High Angle Driveshafts
Custom T-case
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Hadfield4wd
Fri Aug 10 2007, 03:44PM

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gogogadgetbiker wrote ...

Do I know you and don't know it? How close are you to G-Vegas?


Why do you regonize my ass? Just kidding.

Where is G-Vegas? I live in Roanoke VA. Met Dave, Jon and Kenny at Tellico couple of years ago, then at Crozet the last couple times.

Matt

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pee-J
Tue Aug 14 2007, 10:56AM

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G-Vegas = Greenville, NC

I'd like to check out some more pix when you get a chance. It's cool to see the transformation of another XJ. Helps me remember what it's like to do something with one.

95 XJ 4.0HO>AW-4>NP241"Roc-Trac." Rough Country 6.5" on 33's. Warn M8000, locked and armored up but (was) driven daily.
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Hadfield4wd
Tue Aug 14 2007, 03:45PM

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pee-J wrote ...

G-Vegas = Greenville, NC

I'd like to check out some more pix when you get a chance. It's cool to see the transformation of another XJ. Helps me remember what it's like to do something with one.


don't be so hard on yourself. I'm sure yours looks good at the mall. I'll get some pics up this week.

Matt

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pee-J
Tue Aug 14 2007, 11:10PM

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pretty funny....

I'm just too damn busy at work and working on my MBA. A free weekend here and there means that I go on job interviews or see family.

95 XJ 4.0HO>AW-4>NP241"Roc-Trac." Rough Country 6.5" on 33's. Warn M8000, locked and armored up but (was) driven daily.
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Hadfield4wd
Mon Aug 20 2007, 11:37AM

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finally went and got pics
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Still need to do the top piece and the cross supports and weld up.

Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Mon Aug 20 2007, 11:44AM

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Fully adjustable and reclinable. just put them in the attic to install this winter.

Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Sat Aug 25 2007, 08:15PM

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Finished welding the traction bar. Just need to paint it. I don't like the welds on the axle bracket. I don't think my little welder has enough juice to weld it. I will take it to a welder I know to fix it. And I am going to use the loaf pan to fill the hole. I will cut, trim and rivet it in and cover it with bed liner. Should get it on in a couple of days. Need to take my drive shaft off and compare to the spare and have the spare modified an fixed so it is straight.

Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Tue Aug 28 2007, 08:15PM

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CO2 and modified box

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by popular demand the modified loaf pan to fix hte hole in the floor.

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Matt

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pee-J
Wed Aug 29 2007, 11:53AM

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I love it! especially the inverted baking pan!

95 XJ 4.0HO>AW-4>NP241"Roc-Trac." Rough Country 6.5" on 33's. Warn M8000, locked and armored up but (was) driven daily.
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Hadfield4wd
Wed Aug 29 2007, 05:03PM

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I'll cover it with bed liner like the rest of the jeep and you'll never know. Except for the smell of banana bread.

Matt

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pee-J
Thu Aug 30 2007, 01:14AM

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mmmm.... banana bread...

95 XJ 4.0HO>AW-4>NP241"Roc-Trac." Rough Country 6.5" on 33's. Warn M8000, locked and armored up but (was) driven daily.
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Hadfield4wd
Sat Sep 01 2007, 08:24PM

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Here it is done. With Duplicolor bedliner.

Seat all the way forward.

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Seat back.

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Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Sat Sep 01 2007, 08:24PM

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Here is the traction bar.

Tightsqueeze.

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Shackle side.

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From the rear you can see nothing hangs down to get caught on.

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Offering a little protection for the drive shaft.

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Matt

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Hadfield4wd
Sun Sep 09 2007, 09:26AM

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Since I was supposed to be in Tellico and wasn't I still had thursday and friday off. Did a bunch of things around the house and Saturday ended up working on the tire carrier. I started by reinforcing the end of the bumper as the spare weighs 96lbs.

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Then finished the hinge side and welding it on the bumper.

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Then put the stop on the other side.

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Had to clearance the hatch button.

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I still have a bunch of finish grinding for the fit-n-finish. I primed it because I won't get to work on it for several weeks and didn't want it to rust.

I'm also taking the bushing and swing to a machine shop to have him make a bronze bushing, because the poly one will flex to much, I think. It will be a partial, and I will have him machine down the poly bushing. to a 1/4" thickness, that way it shouldn't squeak or rattle. And still use it inside the bronze one he will make.

Matt

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rockcity
Tue Sep 11 2007, 08:26AM

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What size brass bushing do you need? I might be able to get that taken care of for you...

Another good material is oil impregnated nylon, available from McMaster Carr in 1' sections and up to 2" in diameter. Easy to machine, wont' flex during use, and is much cheaper than brass/bronze

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