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Old August 3rd, 2019, 20:52
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Please excuse my laziness, but what is your steering set up? That's a big tire to turn sitting still. Hydro assist I'm assuming?

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Old August 4th, 2019, 00:38
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He doesnt have assist.

I ran a big bore ported psc box and could turn 37s with no hydro assist.

I ran garbage assist with 40s and couldnt turn.


Swapped in my psc 1.75” ram with large bore ported box with 40s and it was awesome.
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Old August 5th, 2019, 09:40
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those are some sexy tires
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Old August 7th, 2019, 16:58
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Took it for a test drive yesterday. Need to do some more clearancing in the back. Gonna trim my lower quarters and bumper extensions a bit. Steering is super nice. One finger easy even stopped. Need to adjust toe a bit and nut and bolt the front and i think ill be squared away in that department. Im wiring up the winch tomorrow and installing a new boefang chassis radio. I will say the is a crazy amount more body roll with this new spring setup. Gonna take a bit of getting used too. Power is about the same with the “35s”.
Gordon, what radio did you get, where did you mount it, and where did you buy it?
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Old August 7th, 2019, 17:42
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Please excuse my laziness, but what is your steering set up? That's a big tire to turn sitting still. Hydro assist I'm assuming?

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I may be a freak example but im running a stock xj box and stock xj pump and thats it. It turns like a dream honestly. Ive been starving that pump for like a year and finally fixed a leak. Its one finger easily turning on pavement with the breaks locked up. Now i will say if the tires are pinned in the rocks its not going to move the jeep or anything but im not usually one to force the steering if i dont have to. Thats how you break things in my opinion.

Other than the box im running a jk rubi 44 front with stock knuckles, synergy jk draglink shortened to fit the xj, and an aluminum tierod from stinky fab racing. It takes a ton of abuse and always snaps back straight. Ill be grabbing the SFR aluminum 3link kit for my next chassis build at the end of the season.
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Old August 7th, 2019, 17:45
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those are some sexy tires


Um thank you. They are amazing so far. Huge improvement from what i had on it before. I appreciate it man.
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Old August 7th, 2019, 17:51
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Gordon, what radio did you get, where did you mount it, and where did you buy it?


Well looks like the price went up. I paid about 35 shipped but it fricken rocks. Even at its current price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XD3CQ6H..._gn2sDbT0BQNTX

I mounted it on the ceiling between the visors and i got an hf roof antenna and cable install kit. It is awesome. Although my jeep already had an hf antenna installed so i just replaced the worn out mount. You would need to cut a hole in the roof ideally. But they also make magnet mounts.
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Old August 8th, 2019, 06:13
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I love the idea of jk 44s under a xj... They are the perfect fit in my book. I've been trying to snipe a set cheap for a couple years now.

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Old August 13th, 2019, 00:18
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A few pics from the week. It was epic











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Old August 28th, 2019, 13:27
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Alright now that the mad dash to get ready for SF is over i have a somewhat new list of things i need to do to get the gorilla better in shape. Although it did awesome the whole week it was running VERY hot on the road doing long inclines. So first thing im doing is replacing the map sensor and vacuum tub as i do have a code for that. Also doing new plugs wires cap and rotor and a fresh oil change.

Need to swap low pressure ac switch to get the ac working again

Gonna swap out and sell my super winch(never used) as i won the Smittybilt 10k at SF

Do a bit more clearancing front and rear for the 37s

Swap out my new re 5.5” leafs as they are already roached after one week of wheeling.

And still install my traction bar. Haha
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Old August 28th, 2019, 23:09
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I'm currious if the smittybilt will fit. I know he originally designed the mount around a specific winch and it is super tight in there.
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Old August 29th, 2019, 01:22
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I'm currious if the smittybilt will fit. I know he originally designed the mount around a specific winch and it is super tight in there.


Dimensions seem to be pretty close the the superwinch i have in there. So we will see.
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Old August 30th, 2019, 05:33
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Do you think swapping your rear shocks back to having one in front and one behind the rear axle could help your leaf spring situation? I know your doing a antiwrap but I was just curious if that's when the spring problem began.

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[QUOTE=GordoSmasho;246658480]A few pics from the week. It was epic


You are running a JK D44 up front. I did not see truss on it in the picture. Are you using one?

I have one of those D44 front from a 2017 Rubicon to put under my XJ. It is complete end to end minus the brakes and 3.73 gears. I know I have to move the brackets so it would fit under the XJ. I am exploring putting on an Artec truss complete with all the brackets. That truss need/should be welded to the center section. I will have to outsource it to have that done. Simply moving the brackets I could do myself.

I have heard a lot about the tubed bending and am a bit leery. How important is a truss in your opinion?

All tips are welcome.
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Old August 30th, 2019, 13:35
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A few pics from the week. It was epic





You are running a JK D44 up front. I did not see truss on it in the picture. Are you using one?



I have one of those D44 front from a 2017 Rubicon to put under my XJ. It is complete end to end minus the brakes and 3.73 gears. I know I have to move the brackets so it would fit under the XJ. I am exploring putting on an Artec truss complete with all the brackets. That truss need/should be welded to the center section. I will have to outsource it to have that done. Simply moving the brackets I could do myself.



I have heard a lot about the tubed bending and am a bit leery. How important is a truss in your opinion?



All tips are welcome.


Hey bud

So yes that is a jk44 rubicon front. No i dont have a truss and it is not needed. I sleeved the tubes with a very simple kit. And gusseted the inner C’s. Our xjs are not heavy like the jks are and i dont plan on jumping my rig so im good. As far as mounts. The only things i moved to make things simpler was the coil/shock mounts and the trac bar mount. The jk coil mounts are centered. They need to be forward of the tube for the xj. And I lowered my shock mounts so I could swing a 12” shock on 3” of lift. Then i got a rustys factory xj axle trackbar bracket and placed it in the factory xj location on the jk axle. So the only thing that needed modding was my draglink length to get it to work. Xj under axle track bar works for me. Btw. All of my link mounts are stock jk mounts. They are in the same locations about as the xj. Hope that helps. Any other questions let me know.
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