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R.DesJardin 10-04-2015 09:02 PM

Mellow Yellow XJ
 
Nope it's not Yellow and it shouldn't be Mellow. Starting a new build, it's an '86 XJ 2Dr, 2wd, 4cyl, 4spd, for now. Wanna build up a Pre-runner style go fast wheeler, be able to run 33's maybe 36's
The build list will be:
5.3 Chev
4L60e with a RADesigns shift setup
241C or D300 not sure yet
14 bolt FF, spool.
D44 high pinion, kingpin, converted to 6 bolt discs and alloy shafts for sure. Locked.
5.38 gears
Staring with the running gear and a box of parts I got from JT Diff's. So to get the project rolling I'm working on building the diffs first then bolting the suspension in, and of course reinforcing the Uni-body, building a full inner cage all before I drop in the 5.3 setup. Using a Jeepspeed as a model so roughly 12" of travel. I hope.
Started with the 14bolt first getting it all disassemble and building a truss for it.
The stock as you can 2wd Jeep as it sits now.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0038.jpghttp://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0134.jpg

Taking apart the 14Bolt from a C&C.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0133.jpg

Stripped down and ready to start the real mods.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0149.jpg

Rokcrler 10-04-2015 09:50 PM

Not bad Rory.... for a J**P...
Thought yota coursed through your veins!:eyemouth:

Looking forward to the build:beer:

R.DesJardin 10-04-2015 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rokcrler (Post 138714)
Not bad Rory.... for a J**P...
Thought yota coursed through your veins!:eyemouth:

Looking forward to the build:beer:

You just know me for my Toyota, my first wheelin rig was a 1982 D50 I tricked out to eat on Toyotas of the day. Then I built a 350/th400 Jeep to race, then it was a '67 Bronco that I swapped in a 429/C6, can you say haul ass! Now it's time for a go fast style rig. The Toyota is still mine and I have things I want to get to on it. I love to build..........like I say, Need, design, build, use, repeat.

Rokcrler 10-04-2015 10:01 PM

Just giving ya hell... My first real crawler was an 83 CJ7 :)

R.DesJardin 10-04-2015 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rokcrler (Post 138717)
Just giving ya hell... My first real crawler was an 83 CJ7 :)

No worries, I just wanted an excuse to relive my past. :biggrin:

R.DesJardin 10-11-2015 11:13 PM

Since the axle is disassembled it was time to disassemble some of the parts. I pressed out all the wheel studs so I could remove the drums from the hubs. More with these later.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0145.jpg

Then I set about trimming that massive lip off the bottom of the housing. It took quite a few minutes with the reciprocating saw to get it cut off then just as much time cleaning it up and smoothing it all out and matching it to the Barnes diff cover.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0152.jpg

Next step was to find the center line of the axle so I could do the measurements for the truss. 4 foot aluminum ruler was just the right thing to use. I then measured in 1 inch width increments the height of the housing then made a CAD drawing to connect the dots so I could design the truss.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0150.jpg

entropy 10-12-2015 08:24 PM

I'm surprised just a trim when a shave was right there waiting to happen?

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R.DesJardin 10-12-2015 09:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by entropy (Post 138829)
I'm surprised just a trim when a shave was right there waiting to happen?

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Took a bunch off as is the bottom bolt is not used as more than half of the hole is gone and I didn't want to weld in a patch or turn the ring gear. I should have measured but it must be close to an inch and the lip is gone. Theory will be use momentum to get over the obstacle.:eyemouth:

R.DesJardin 10-12-2015 09:52 PM

Geared
 
Dropped the housing off today to get the gears all installed. Three big boxes of Nitro parts from JT accompanied the diff.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0157.jpg

entropy 10-13-2015 12:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by R.DesJardin (Post 138831)
Took a bunch off as is the bottom bolt is not used as more than half of the hole is gone and I didn't want to weld in a patch or turn the ring gear. I should have measured but it must be close to an inch and the lip is gone. Theory will be use momentum to get over the obstacle.:eyemouth:

Ya an inch sounds about right; I suppose I could go measure.
Carry on:beer:

R.DesJardin 10-14-2015 10:23 PM

More cools parts to build something out of have arrived. Courtesy Steinjager.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0162.jpg

entropy 10-15-2015 12:46 PM

Never heard of Steinjager before your post. . .


Always learning!
:beer:

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Nagtrainer 10-15-2015 05:06 PM

great quality and actually affordable.. I like their customer service too

R.DesJardin 10-17-2015 08:38 PM

More work on getting the 14B FF hubs converted to 6 lug. I machined pockets then drilled the hubs to size for the new studs. I made fillers for two of the holes that are threaded in, then with the studs pressed in it all locks together.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0163.jpghttp://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0166.jpg

Trial fit in the wheels, all looks good. And then a poser shot of the hubs with the discs on them.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0164.jpghttp://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0168.jpg

entropy 10-19-2015 02:00 PM

Looking good from here!
Going to 5/8 studs or staying down near 1/2?

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R.DesJardin 10-19-2015 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by entropy (Post 138912)
Looking good from here!
Going to 5/8 studs or staying down near 1/2?

E

Stayed with 1/2", If I need beef at some point I'll probably get another set of hubs and stay with 8 lug. Until then I have swapability between my two wheelers.

R.DesJardin 10-25-2015 07:50 PM

Trussed, Gears installed and ready to get the hub bearings and rotors assembled. Next I'll need to figure what to do with the front diff width. The 14B C&C should be 63.5" WMS, the stock D44 HP is 65", if I narrow it to the Early Bronco width it would be 58.5". Two trains of thought here, I'd rather have the extra width for stability as well as turning clearance for the tires. The narrow would be nice since a XJ body is narrower in the front and that will help keep the tires tucked in since I still want to have this baby streetable. Hmmmm?????????
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0172.jpg

alwaysFlOoReD 10-25-2015 08:43 PM

Use different offset rims?

R.DesJardin 10-31-2015 08:43 PM

Decides to run the full width Ford D44 and cover the tires somehow with either glass of custom fab steel fenders.
In the mean time this little baby is ready to bolt springs and wheels onto. The D44 is poised to get played with next. Can't wait to get the 5.3 dropped into place.
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...w/IMGP0174.jpg

entropy 11-01-2015 03:04 PM

The FW-D44 is about 3.5 maybe 4" wider then a Ranger add on a 10-wide wheel and it gets out to being 10-12" wider but on the Ranger I can get a +6" Prerunner fender for reasonable (in your case JeepSpeed?) but I have no experience with Glass & Prerunning at -28°C, leading me into your dilemma Steel or Glass...

:beer:
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