|Because I have gone through everything in the engine compartment (except the engine itself) including ignition system, cooling system, exhaust system, starter, and intake system I figured that the next logical step is to lift "Brutus" even more than he currently sits (four inch Superlift in the front and four inch blocks out back).|
The gameplan goes like this:
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2/28/05 - Fort Collins 4X4 needed some specs on my current axle and how it currently sits so they could fill out the spec sheet for Dynatrak. Here is a JPG of what I gave them and here is the DWG file.
3/7/05 - Mock up of rear end to determine how much the spring perches need to be moved to correct the pinion angle.
2/3/06 - Pictures of Dana 60 Pro-Rock crate removal (taken 4/29/05)
2/3/06 - Rear disk brake caliper brackets/spacers/hardware showed up today and I was so excited I had to get it mounted up.
8/10/06 - 1" trim of the 14FF rear axle and painting the hubs black to match the rims
8/13/06 - Assembly of hubs, installation of brake calipers, mockup!!! Things I learned: just because two spring plates come off the same axle... their hole patterns don't have to be the same. DOH!
8/16/06 - Machined spring plate, ground diff cover to match shave
8/23/06 - After a thourough cleaning of the axle I was able to rattlecan it black... until I ran out of black paint. I also was able to drill two additional holes to strengthen the cover where I trimmed the bottom off.
9/16/06 - I got my axle breather bladders and spring hangers in today. Looks like the lift will be starting this week sometime. The breathers that I got were actually considerably smaller than I thought they were so I had to get some 1/2"OD, 3/8"ID vinyl tubing to install the breathers. I outifitted front and rear axles with SST braided flex lines last week but didn't take any pictures. You can see the flex lines in the 14bolt pictures.
10/3/06 - Took these pictures last week with the front end mocked under the Jeep. All these pictures were taken with the front springs laying on the ground because the jack stands at full extension will not even allow the springs to rest on the top of the axle. All told, the truck will sit around 3" higher than the pictures show here.
10/19/06 - Sam took these pictures for me because my camera disk battery died on me. The front hanger is a bit dicey in where it gets located since I had them flip the springs around so the long side is forward. So the hanger falls on either the end of the angled face of the frame or the end of the horizontal face of the frame... either way it is cantilevered very bad! So I had my fabricators at work make a couple of 3/16 pieces of steel to distribute the load through the vertical web of the frame through the plate. These pictures were taken before another piece of 3/16" will be used to cap the forward end of the hanger to tie the other cantilever back into the frame.
10/21/06 - Truck is supporting its own weight on swampers now... enough said... on to the pictures:
11/12/06 - Took the truck to work to flex it out with the forklift today.