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Old 12-31-2017, 08:42 PM   #71
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Love how you did the A pillar
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:35 AM   #72
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Thanks it’s not something you can get away with if your frame, body, and cage aren’t all integrated, but it really stiffens up that area. I’ve noticed rigs hit thst spot on rocks and trees a lot. It will gat tied to the dash bar once it’s in.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:18 AM   #73
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Got a few more tubes cut and tacked in place tonight. I only had a couple hours after I dropped my kid off. Progress is progress.





Then I slapped the doubler and transfer case on the back of the transmission. I had to shim the temporary crossmember up about an inch to get the drivetrain where I wanted it. The transfer case should make a nice arm rest.



It looks like I’m going to have to move the front axle forward about 3 inches from where I had it sitting so I don’t destroy my oil pan. This creates two problems. It might put my tires into my turn signals. I can always put LEDs in the bumper, but the original plan was to keep the front end looking like a ranger. The second problem if the length of the driveshaft. I need to do some research on this. I might have to go to a two-piece driveshaft.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:07 PM   #74
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So... anyone here run a / piece driveshaft?
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:05 AM   #75
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Got a little more tubework done. I’ve had the fenders and grill on and off a lot to make sure things fit right still.



I’m still not 100% sure how far I’m going to move my axle forward. I played around with ride height and wheelbase a lot last night. I’d like to keep the factory headlights, but I’d also like to have a low center of gravity and not kiss my crank pulley with my steering ram at full compression.




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Dam thats going to be sic
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What size tubing are you using to mount the fenders and stuff too
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1.5” on the core support
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I got sidetracked with a 5k run this morning and a few side jobs this afternoon. I did get a couple tubes fitted and tacked in place, but I spent most of the night moving the front axle around and seeing where it’s going to fit.

I found I can get away without moving the axle as far forward as I had planned, but I won’t be able to mount my steering ram high or it will hit my crank pulley. I think I’m going to end up with a ride height of 21” with 5” of uptravel in the front. I’m running 16” ORI’s so I’ll have 11” of droop. I think that will work.
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I got a metal fragment in my eye, so I’m sidelined for a few days. At least it will give me time to decide between interior or exo on the cab portion of my cage.
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