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Old June 10th, 2020, 10:02
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JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

Well I figured I would document some of this for the next person doing a swap... This will be a years with of work.. It will jump around a bit because I'm going to post in my photo order. Picture quality will also increase as I eventually got a new phone...

It all started with a decent built Jeep on 35s..

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Old June 10th, 2020, 11:17
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Old June 10th, 2020, 17:45
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So before I get to the axles... I put these in...



Neat setup... and they caused a lot of headache mostly from me being dumb... When I made the bump pads I articulated the suspension... this was wrong..they should have been set at full bump... you will see what this caused.





So went to the dunes for the first time... bumps were amazing... for about 1 hour.. then it all went to hell....







Yeah so I bent the shock towers out and destroyed the bump ends... So parked it, road in my buddies jeep for the weekend then drove it 3.5 hours home.

So got it home and started trying to fix this mess.. Ended up cutting relief cuts in the towers so I could bend them back. Made solid top plates and lots of bracing... Ill let the pictures tell the rest











Not done but called it good for now, actually picked up the axles the weekend before the dunes.. so I wanted to start on those...
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Old June 10th, 2020, 18:01
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Axles were out of a JK Rubicon. Dynatrac front, 4:88s, RCVs, big brake kit front.



Got them all stripped down



And parts started coming in.





Removed and plugged the sensor holes.



Rear axle went in quick. Just leaf perches, shock mounts, and made e brake mounts. Also upgraded the shocks to 5165s













Took it out and drove it a bit to make sure it was all good to go before tearing down to paint it.





I ran all stainless brake lines for the rear... no rust...





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Old June 11th, 2020, 16:03
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Sexy!!!

Definitely staying tuned in for the rest..

Are the new meats 37s? Or did you stick with 35s?

The sensor removed and plugged on the diff, was that some fancy JK fluid level sensor? Or did you remove the Elocker?
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Old June 11th, 2020, 16:20
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Sexy!!!

Definitely staying tuned in for the rest..

Are the new nests 37s? Or did you stick with 35s?

The sensor removed and plugged on the diff, was that some fancy JK fluid level sensor? Or did you remove the Elocker?
Keeping it on 35s, but more aggressive.

The plugs were for the sensors that tell you the locker in engaged on a Rubicon. I didn't feel the need to keep them and run more wiring. Both axles have the factory E lockers.
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Old June 11th, 2020, 16:55
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So with the rear done on to the front...

Good by dana 30..



I cut everything off except the uppers.



I took a bunch of measurements off the d30 to get the lowers in the same position.

Artec lowers



Also got the Artec ultimate coil mounts but didn't like the way they packaged so ended up with ballistic fab buckets. But they were way to tall, so I cut them down.







Only thing I didn't like was the flat surface for the coil, I could have reused the cast dynatrac coil correction plate but I knew I would later want to weld bump stop extensions on so I got the solid steel ones Artec sells.



I couldn't find a shock mount I liked so made some.. and turned out pretty good.





Upgraded the knuckles to Rancho "high steer"





So at this point I did a lot of measuring and adjusting to try to figure out the best angle to set the buckets at. I also found out that to get my ideal pinion angel my caster was at about 1 degree. I never looked into it but JKs only have 6* of separation, dana30 HP is 9* and this pro rock is an unlimited series so it came with 10* separation... 1 degree gain wasn't going to cut it.. so I decided to turn the Cs.

It was actually much easier then I thought it would be, I ended up adding about 7 degrees for a total of 17 degrees of separation.







I did 3 passes on each knuckle with my Miller 211 at max.

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Old June 12th, 2020, 18:40
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Looks awesome. I like your shock mounts.
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Old June 12th, 2020, 19:10
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The ininitial carnage was sad to see, but damn i like where this is going!
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Old June 12th, 2020, 19:46
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Nice build so far. The ballistic coil buckets are likely that length off the axle due to the did they use when bending them. If they cut then out and then bend the axle opening portion would fall into the brake die. They could have use a roller die or cut the axle opening part after bending, but there's cost and such.

Keep it up!
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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

Nice build. I like where you are going with it. I have one of those 44 front to put under my XJ but I am moving slow with it.

What are you doing with those steering knuckles you removed? I stay on the look out for some around North Florida. Would you be willing to let them go?
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Old June 14th, 2020, 06:59
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Nice build. I like where you are going with it. I have one of those 44 front to put under my XJ but I am moving slow with it.

What are you doing with those steering knuckles you removed? I stay on the look out for some around North Florida. Would you be willing to let them go?
Sorry, stock knuckles are gone..
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Old June 14th, 2020, 07:18
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Next on the list was track bar bracket, I wanted to get as long as possible. I couldn't find anything I liked so made the whole thing...











And a brace for it..







At this point my buddie talked me into doing TNT high clearance inner fenders to maximize tire travel.











Battery Mounts





And added a brace for the bumps









And this gave me a place to mount the coolant overflow.



With all the vehicle side complete I painted and installed to check it off





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Re: JK 44s and other Fun Stuff

2 of the completed pics for the rear end look like it has a bronze tint or something I can’t find the color for lol... is it just the flash on some Por-15 or did you rattle can it?
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Old June 14th, 2020, 18:27
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2 of the completed pics for the rear end look like it has a bronze tint or something I canít find the color for lol... is it just the flash on some Por-15 or did you rattle can it?
It's rattle can Rust-Oleum Hammered Black, it does have a bit of a bronze finish. I like it.



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