Sort of like a Jeepspeed XJ

Welcome to DezertRangers
Join the community. Register today for all the benefits of membership.
Register

SByota

Senior Member
Jul 16, 2003
378
151
43
Pretty crazy how quickly things can bolt on these days.
It’s is! Everything went together smooth. The only issue was the front lower misalignment spacers were a little too narrow for the shock tabs on the lower arm. These was probably like .080 of space. I just dropped a washer in there to take up the space. Worked perfect.

Im curious too see how it does in the dirt. He got everything from Accutune and had them do their firmest valving. I really wanted to pull the shocks apart to see what the valving was, but didn’t have the time.
 

SByota

Senior Member
Jul 16, 2003
378
151
43
Added my $30 race radio, installed and wired up my $30 Black Friday single row lightbar. I’m really sick of making electrical connections and have probably used 200 zip ties in the past few week. Lead mechanic was in the shop working hard of course.

I have been chasing a clunk in the front end since I built this thing. I have added, spring isolators, bumpers to keep the springs from hitting the frame, urethane donuts on the tie rod. Same fucking intermittent clunk. I think I finally figured it out. The big rod ends twist and when they hit the misalignments it clunks. It’s no where near maxing out the angle, but with rod ends on both sides the arm can flop back and forth. I added a urethane donut to cushion the rod end from the misalignment. Hoping it works.
FFE6471E-AE4D-4E62-9EF2-B60051D53464.jpeg
1E6D58D2-9CA8-4CD3-AA89-6A9913D9792A.jpeg
AD3C2563-884A-4EEC-82B4-EEA85D1B6EF7.jpeg
A595782A-060D-4FD5-978C-8C3AC166B650.jpeg
 

SByota

Senior Member
Jul 16, 2003
378
151
43
That gonna be a gig enough wobble stopper to stop the clunk?
I hope so, it was the biggest piece of urethane I had in the garage. If not, I’ll order some round stock from McMaster Carr and make a bigger piece on the lathe.
 

SByota

Senior Member
Jul 16, 2003
378
151
43
A family day in the dirt. Jeep Ran good, no issues. The boy convinced the wife to tag along. She even got some seat time in.

The clunk is still there when the front fully extends. Any idea? It’s made the same sound since it was freshly built. Every joint is tight. Everything in the front end is rod ends with the except the Currie Jonny Joint at the axle end.

Drives straight and smooth, no death wobble. Works good in the dirt and twists up good going slow, zero clunks rattles or pops. When I speed up and the front suspension extends, it clunks. I though it may be the shocks topping out, so I choked up the limit straps over an inch. Zero change.
A16DE0FB-B707-401E-BA02-F5D00B484FAE.jpeg
B39C7EEC-A5ED-4196-8FD5-F88A6A24BB36.jpeg
ED74B39E-19CF-4F32-B2B2-CB6C8452A831.jpeg
 
  • Like
Reactions: Turboyota

SByota

Senior Member
Jul 16, 2003
378
151
43
Do you have a slip yoke in the front driveshaft?

Sean
Yes. Original driveshaft was pretty sloppy at the splines when I yanked on it. Rebuilt one from junk yard parts, way tighter, got it within .005 of round. Still clunks.
 

smokeysevin

is Ron Burgundy?
Dec 28, 2012
453
141
43
Houston
Yes. Original driveshaft was pretty sloppy at the splines when I yanked on it. Rebuilt one from junk yard parts, way tighter, got it within .005 of round. Still clunks.
I figured that might be the case, one more thing to cross off the potential list.

Sean

Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk
 

Latest posts

Today's birthdays

New Threads

New Classifieds

latest desert trips

Member Builds