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Old June 14th, 2020, 18:58
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

I dig it too!
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Old June 14th, 2020, 20:59
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

Pretty dang cool.
Watch that bot next to the coil. I did similar and its rubbing the coil.
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Old June 14th, 2020, 21:07
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I think he has been done with the swap for a while... Just slowly putting the build up page together with pics and what not
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Old June 15th, 2020, 12:17
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

For steering I wanted to keep TREs. Offset GM 1 ton tie rod and drag link is GM 1 ton high angle. Track bar is 5/8" heims on both ends. Wide Open Design 7075 1.5" aluminum.





Ruffstuff axle side track bar bracket.



Figured a steering brace would be a good idea as well, so I got the Boostwerks. I wanted to keep my antirock so I also ordered the drop brackets. After mocking it up I didn't like how low the antirock was. So I cut it up and made it much better.










Much better, arms don't clear but I will fix that later.



Arms were not going to work, I made a bender setup for my press but the arms were still not long enough after bends so I ordered up longer ones from Currie.





Cycled the suspension a lot, its a tight fit but clears everything.



Also matched the rear with new Bilstein 5160s. Listed for a TJ but work all the same. With the correct shocks I was also able to setup the limit straps and build new correctly setup (full bump) stops.





Made some simple coil retention features.





And a little baby Bilstein steering stabilizer. This pic is also at full bump checking clearance, I cycled this axle so many times...

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Old June 15th, 2020, 20:42
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

XJ44s lol xj.... man this thing looks fun. Nice welds btw, I hope I can weld that clean one day. ive never seen those knuckles before, but then again ive never followed jk stuff.

looking forward to whats next, let the good times roll!
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Old June 16th, 2020, 05:37
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

What did you use for the rear e-brake cables? Can't seem to find any info on making that work with the JK axle.
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Old June 16th, 2020, 06:00
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What did you use for the rear e-brake cables? Can't seem to find any info on making that work with the JK axle.
I previously had ZJ rear disks on my 8.25, I was able to reuse those cables from that swap.
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Old June 16th, 2020, 08:04
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

Awesome build.

This was the way I was planning to go until the TJ Rubi44/8.8 fell in my lap for a price I couldn't say no to.

Still kind of wish I had resisted to get wider axles and better brakes.
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Old June 16th, 2020, 08:25
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....also at full bump checking clearance, I cycled this axle so many times...
Ain't that the truth! I just relocated my TB and PSC ram using the same Ruffstuff TB bracket and wish I had an air assisted jack or something.

I like how you incorporated the sway bar into the steering brace, pretty trick. Boostwerks you listening?
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Old June 16th, 2020, 20:09
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

Are you keeping the Front radius arm setup on the new axle? If so... why?
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Old June 16th, 2020, 21:01
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How are you getting away with the coils centered on the axle. I did that and had to cut them off and get offset mounts to make it work. Although i reused all the control arm mounts. They worked fine for me.
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Old June 17th, 2020, 04:26
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Are you keeping the Front radius arm setup on the new axle? If so... why?
Yeah keeping the radius arms, been running this TNT kit for ~8 years now. It has crossed my mind to go to maybe a 4 link like the SFR kit but I really don't have any issues with this setup.
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Old June 17th, 2020, 04:39
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How are you getting away with the coils centered on the axle. I did that and had to cut them off and get offset mounts to make it work. Although i reused all the control arm mounts. They worked fine for me.
Why couldn't you make them work? I'm not sure where my wheelbase is at but I did move my track bar mount forward to give the coils more room to sit straight over the axle.
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Old June 17th, 2020, 05:06
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Tires were mounted up over the build, tedious process. 35x12.50R17 BFG KM3s on Method Beadlock 105s.





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Old June 17th, 2020, 06:58
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Why couldn't you make them work? I'm not sure where my wheelbase is at but I did move my track bar mount forward to give the coils more room to sit straight over the axle.

My front is pushed forward about an inch and a half but still used the stock tbar location. That’s probably how you achieved it. My coils bowed pretty good. I would hav had to push it forward like 4-5” more to get them to not bow. I did one run and decided i needed to redo them. The coils would rub on the bump tower when i drooped out.
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