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Sweet GC. My woman just got me the f/r bumper and tank skid plans from flatland and I can't wait to get them done. This whole federal budget and furlough crap is prob gonna bone me and postpone everything tho. Lookin forward to seein your rear tire carrier when it's done! Keep bringing the pics!

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I too am holding back till I know this budget junk is gonna play out cuz I am a federal technician. Thurs I am headed to cali to pick up a trailer. I am u6ogradeing from 24 foot bumper pull to 38 foot gooseneck enclosed cargo trailer. Rated heavy enough to haul my stuff. Once I get my 24 foot sold I will finish the jeep, gotta do rear bumper, axles, rocker protection, and tcase swap. Then ill be happy with major mods. And can shift focus to interior and cosmetic changes. Like heated seats, stereo, and cb, along with navigation.
 

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I decided to finally pull the trigger on the tcase swap on my grand cherokee. While i was at it i did the SYE. i built a drive shaft as a experiment to see if i could. I now need to get it balanced. Any one have a recomendation for a shop to get it balanced. Also some of you more tech savy types. I set the slip joint at middle of the stroke when i set the length with the vehicle setting at ride height. Does mid stroke sound right or does any one have any input?

so i am put a hack n tap on my Grand.



shaft tacked together



now i need the shaft balanced

 

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time for a update. Been wheeling all winter. Last month I picked up a 8.8 with 4.10 lsd for the rear of my grand. so I scored a hi pinion front at the junkyard this weekend with 4.10s in it. came out of a 4cyl Cherokee. I got a hair brained idea while I was walking around at the junkyard. I pulled a CAD axle out of a 85 Cherokee with a 4cyl motor. That is geared with 4.10s.

So my hair brain idea , and reason for getting the CAD axle is that I can do a Lincoln locker to the spider gears and then use a manual conversion kit to the CAD. and have a trailer park selectable locker. Any thoughts on this or am I nuts? worse case scenario. if I break it too much I can put the 4.10 gears in one of the other 2 hi pinon non disconnect axles I have.

I also last week ordered artec axle trusses for the front dana 30, and a truss and mounts for my 8.8 swap
 

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Little update. Been a while. The rig currently sits on 35s, Diy TMI beadlocks, upgraded the rear to IRO long arms to match my front when I did the 8.8 swap. It now wears MVF quarter panel armor, im now on version 3 of the rear bumper Based off flat land 4x4 bumpers. This version incorporates a rear winch in the bumper. Converted my front long arms to adjustable.

Then this past week i Finally got around to building a new roof rack for my 94 jeep grand Cherokee. Have about 200$ tied up in it with the light bar. It's 1x1 .90 square tube frame and 3/4 expanded metal decking. I wanted the light bar tucked up under neath to keep it protected from branches I often encounter on the trail. I also wanted it as close to the roof as I could get and keep it flat. I used the factory roof rail mounts. Got the idea from TheKsmith's wj a while back. Needed a place to put my tent cot for the over night trips and a few bundles of firewood. I am not in love wroth the tire downs but they are strong and effective. Also not living the look of the square corners. I think I'll be making a version 2 at a layer date once I get my tubing bender up and running.

The base mounts using factory rivnuts



Perimeter 40 inches by 60 inches



Building the base



Getting it low





Adding color



Somehow missed a tiedown on passenger side.



Drivers side had it



37 inch single row light bar tucked underneath nicely. Set back so there is zero glare on the windshield or hood.





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Test fit of planned load. My trailer park math worked out. Load fits as planned. It's low to the roof as planned, and the light bar is protected.

 
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