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I tried to figure out the correct speedometer gear needed, using one of the 3 equations posted in the tech library. It came out way wrong. It came out to a 52 or 53 tooth gear lol. I’m gonna have to do the drive test and time how long it takes to drive a mile.
 


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I made a deal with a guy from desert ranger forum for a pair of 14” king coilovers. As long as he doesn’t back out, I’ll have some coilovers for it soon! I hope to get the front end tuned right and be hunting almost full time out of the truck by fall.
 

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I’ve been neglecting the poor girl. The wife asked me to build a goat pen for her. I have about one more day of work left on it. I could probably finish it in half a day if I wanted. But there’s beer that needs to be drank in liberal amounts when I’m home...

Hopefully I’ll finish the pen next week and then I’ll start tearing the front end apart. I was kinda hoping to hold off until I got new radius arms, but I’m probably gonna install the gears, locker, new U-joints and C-clip eliminator spring. Then I will install the radius arms and coil overs at the same time.
 

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Has anyone reading this, built their extended TTB RA’s? How did you build yours? I’m planning to build mine out of the stock arms, with 2”x.25” dom, .25” plate and heims. similar to these.
 

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take your time and build in caster.


What kind of goats?
 

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Thanks Bobby! I’m gonna do my best. I thought about splitting the tube and sliding it over the oem part of the arm and adding a bend to it, to compensate for caster and gain tire clearance.

They’re nigerian dwarfs. We’re going to get boer goats eventually, so I’m making it a 1/4 acre pen.
 

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Damn....that's some money for the pen..... hot fence too?



There are some interesting arms out there...seen some xj style adjustable units with offset high mounts wayyyyy back with x over steering on one of the race boards, it was a full size bronco...but you could use it on an rbv...

That style with my villain motorsports pivot brackets on a ttb d 44 are on my list of things to work out.

I have been hounding some contacts on some hybrid powertrain stuff to prototype with.. but good old school ttb d44s are rare in my area ..
 

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The ones on my Ranger now I made from stock arms and 2" .250 wall dom



 

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I’m not buying new materials, I’m reusing old fencing that was on my property when I bought it. So that’s saving me a few bucks. Yeah I’m gonna put hot wire up too, those turds will jump a fence after they step on it to push the wire down lol.

You know, it’s funny you say that about the jeep control arms, I was thinkin about that. A main arm with a shorter, lower arm that’s only about a foot or so, long. Then I could run a poly bushing at the frame end of the loner arm, with a heim at the beam. Then where the lower arm meets the upper a heim and another poly bushing where the lower arm meets the beam. If that makes sense...
 

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Those are one version of that I’m thinking about. I haven’t decided how I’ll build them yet. The simplest way possible to be able to clear up to 35’s if needed, is what I’m shooting for.
 

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What kinda rod ends are those? They look like rubber bushings?
 

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What kinda rod ends are those? They look like rubber bushings?
Those are SPC X-axis bushings. They wore out fairly quickly and started clunking, even though they're supposed to be some of the best ones.

I replaced them with some Enduro joints from Barnes 4wd and they've been working great. They're the same thing as Johnny Joints
 

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Damn, I was hoping I just learned about a new joint that would change my world lol. I was hoping to find one that would reduce vibrations and noise.
 

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The bushings are cheap enough, $60 each. I really like the idea of them.
 
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Now that Enduro Joint is what I’ve been looking for!!!
 


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