YJ Project Marathon 9-19 thru 26th

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Postby HeyMisterD.J. » Wed Nov 10, 2004 3:18 pm

When you get everything done you should let me (and by let I mean pay) put a sweet paint job on it. Maybe some ghost flames or we will put some lace down and spray some metallic through it over top of a nice salmon pink. Whatta ya think?????? :)
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Postby Watson » Thu Nov 11, 2004 3:58 pm

Matt

I'll help you hijack the thread... :lol:

Here's another company for wheel spacers/adapters. http://www.wheeladapters.com/default.asp

For the front 60: There are a lot of companies out there that make 5 or 6 lug Dana 60 hubs. They aren't cheap though. I priced them at one time and I believe they were about $400-500 a pair. Rockcrusher makes some really nice ones. But there are others that are good also that are cheaper. Check out Pirate 4x4's vendor's showcase. I saw some guy awhile back had some on sale until the end of the year and free shipping.

On the rear: If you are already running a 35 spline shaft - a rear 60 wouldn't be a good investment. You're going to have to do some beating to break a 35 spline 9" shaft. Is your 9" a full-float or semi? If your's is a semi-float - this would be a good reason to go to a FF 60, but you could convert your 9" to full float probably cheaper than getting a 60 and converting it to 35 spline, gearing it, locking it, ect. Warn makes a 35 spline full-float kit that supposedly bolts up to big-bearing housing ends. Full-floaters are sweet, I won't go back to a semi. If yours is a full-float already, adding a wheel adapter to change your bolt pattern is a non-issue since the bearings don't support the weight of the vehicle. There may be a little more wear on the bearings due to the added leverage from the spacer but since ff axles have 2 bearings in the hub, it wouldn't be as bad as the single axle bearing on a semi-float.
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Two years later and it finally RUNS!

Postby Jerry Blair » Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:51 pm

I want to thank Marc Reiter for letting me interrupt his Bronco thrash-fest getting ready for Moab. I went to his house Sunday to test my computer on his buggy. To my relief it worked great.

This helped me cross another thing off my list to know it worked.

After sorting through all my wires I tried it again tonight and.....

IT STARTED!

Finally, after nearly 5 years it runs!

The problem ended up being on the engine side of the harness. There are 4 or 6 wires that need to be connected to various wires on the Jeep and one of them calls for a 12V run/start power wire. I had it hooked to a run/start wire, but only 8 volts. Hooked in to the right wire and I'm golden!

Man, this is a huge monkey off my back. It has been hanging over my head for literally years. I still need to do several other things to get it on the road. If I can get a little help from the club, I could probably be on the road in a weekend. Realistically, I think I can finish by Memorial Day.

I know you guys know what I'm feeling.

I can't wait. The fever should really keep me moving!

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Postby broncomarc » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:53 pm

Get that thing loaded up.. The caravan to Moab leaves in 9 days!
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Postby Jerry Blair » Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:50 pm

broncomarc wrote:Get that thing loaded up.. The caravan to Moab leaves in 9 days!


:biggrin: :biggrin:

If only...... :lol:

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Postby 01TJay » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:27 am

That's awesome Jerry! I can't wait to wheel with you again. It's only been like five years!

How's it sound? Does that cam make it lope? :biggrin:

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Postby Jerry Blair » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:42 am

Thanks Jay.

It sounds great! Nice deep clean rumble. I'm very happy with the sound of the 2.5" single exhaust with a single Flowmaster 50.

I can't hear much of a lope, but I don't have the timing or idle set yet.

I'm ready to go! Just need to get back in the garage a while longer.

***Edit***After having a little time to drive it, it definitely has a lope. :biggrin:
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Postby 01TJay » Thu May 18, 2006 1:22 pm

Any updates Jerry?
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Postby Jerry Blair » Wed May 24, 2006 11:42 am

Work and work travel have kept me pretty busy. I plan to use this weekend to get it driveable. If everything works out as I hope, Monday should be the first test drive.

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Postby Jerry Blair » Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:53 pm

Still not driveable. Didn't get as much done as hoped, but still making progress.

Got the rear axle narrowed, and the rear brakes mounted. I hand cut those spring pads with my plasma.
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Postby Jerry Blair » Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:55 pm

I also ran all the hard brake lines on the axles. Jim Bernard helped with this and taking 7 inches out of the rear axle. We built these little brackets to hold the soft hose firmly on the housing.
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Postby Jerry Blair » Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:57 pm

The engine is looking and sounding good.
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Postby Jerry Blair » Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:59 pm

Track width is finally what i wanted. About 79" total outside to outside.
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Postby Jerry Blair » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:01 pm

This is the reason I've spent so much time getting the axle/track right.

I did not want my hubs sticking out of my wheels.
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Postby Jerry Blair » Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:03 pm

Last one for tonight. These are Currie TJ Coilover shock towers that I modified slightly to fit the YJ. These let me mount my lower shock high on the axle for clearance/protection and still have 5" of uptravel and with my 13" shocks.
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