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Thread: Because We Needed More LJs in the Club

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    I think Rodney has this conversion. Toss the balancer and replace the flange wwitha yoke. Tom Wood recommends against it for manual transmissions because of t-case "chatter." The auto tranny can absorb it but the stick doesn't?

    In the rear I'm not technically replacing my old drive shaft, I am just swapping out the CV yoke piece for a flange mount, so it I do have issues with that ujoint wearing out, I can swap the yoke back in and convert the t-case output to a yoke.
    2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ on 40" MTRs. King Pin Dana 60 with RCVs. Shaved 14 bolt. ARBs. King 14" coilovers. Busted knuckle links.

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    Been having buyers remorse for the last few month on fixing my D30 rather than upgrading (conveniently I didn't spend much)... and I feel compelled to do something crazy for my 40th bday... 1 tons would be SUCH a fun project, and well at that point, really 40s only make sense. So I've spent the last couple months researching.

    Definitely don't have the coin to just call up Currie & get a couple D60s given that axles are just the beginning of the spending. I found a guy with a shortened, locked, fully 35-spline 79 Ford D60 with 5.38s and a matching Sterling 10.25 for $3500. Rear is welded so I'll have to put a proper locker in it but the gears are right. Still has drum brakes so I'd have to upgrade that too (lots of kits for that). Signed up for some PCC welding classes to get some formal training to replace my current YouTube + trial and error education that I only currently trust for fixing shock mounts and such.

    Can't get the cost of coilovers or struts passed the wife, so I'd stick with a custom long arm kit (3 link + pan front and triangulated 4 link rear) with standard 5.5" coil springs. Probably wise to get high line front fenders. For rear I have armor so I'll just make a new cut out and move my tube fenders higher. The LJ has an extra frame bracket where the gas tank it installed. Pretty easy to remove it and mount it to the rear bracket like the TJ has, pushing the tank back 5". Probably stretch front forward 2" and rear back 2". I'll probably do a hydro-assist, but still working out the rest of the details about the steering setup.

    Oh, I also just got a daily driver so I while I still won't be trailering the LJ, I won't be burning 40s rubber as a daily driver. Am kinda worried about how wise it is to drive a Jeep with 40s to the Rubicon and back annually though.

    Am I crazy or just crazy enough? ;-)
    2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ on 40" MTRs. King Pin Dana 60 with RCVs. Shaved 14 bolt. ARBs. King 14" coilovers. Busted knuckle links.

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    What engine do you have? Dana 60s and 40s...will you be able to turn them?
    I see the 5:38s but still...
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    4.0L. As I read the forums I see, call it a 50/50 split of people doing LS swaps and people still having the original 4 liter. Even see a reasonable number of daily drivers with the 4.0. I initially had the same thoughts you are about power.
    2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ on 40" MTRs. King Pin Dana 60 with RCVs. Shaved 14 bolt. ARBs. King 14" coilovers. Busted knuckle links.

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    After months off collecting grinding dust in the garage, the LJ is now drivable!

    1989 Ford HP king pin Dana 60 with RVCs
    1988 Chevy 14 bolt with TMR shave kit
    ARBs and 5.38 gears
    Artec trusses and brackets throughout.
    Artec high steer arms
    Yukon manual hubs
    40"x13.5 MTRs on aluminum wheels
    Busted Knuckle Offroad 2"-2.25" solid aluminum control arms
    AGR Hydro-assist whenever it eventually arrives

    Still have stuff to do. Need to install bump stops, limit straps, trim my armor and reinstall it, install my inner fenders, properly mount the fuse box, reinstall my sliders, install sway bars, upgrade the master cylinder, and plumb the ARB air lines. But for now, she runs!
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    2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ on 40" MTRs. King Pin Dana 60 with RCVs. Shaved 14 bolt. ARBs. King 14" coilovers. Busted knuckle links.

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    There is a 4.2 Crank and rods on CL. Stroke that baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsrebiff View Post
    There is a 4.2 Crank and rods on CL. Stroke that baby.
    Haha. First things first. I need to finish the current project up and then take some time off from the garage. Wife wants to actually see me once in a while. Crazy talk.

    But I support the idea of finding more power for my Jeep. Just needs to probably wait until next year. Not sure if stroking my engine or doing a swap is the right call yet.
    2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ on 40" MTRs. King Pin Dana 60 with RCVs. Shaved 14 bolt. ARBs. King 14" coilovers. Busted knuckle links.

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    You have some amazing skills and patience! Glad to see it finally moving under its own power! It is also cool that you have remnants of your old TJ on it to remind you of the good old days when you used to Break Stuff.

    Next stop tsf, the Rubicon and then Moab! It's going to be a great summer.

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