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Woops

So I got a little excited about going on the first shakedown run and I forgot to check clearances at full driver side drop. I actually did check full driver side compression because I thought the drive shaft might hit the engine skid plate crossmember that I made. So I ended up making a spare drive shaft  and trimming back 2″ going down the side and in the back.

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Like a can opener

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Here is a good shot of how close everything is, after trimming 2″ back

Control Arms

The whole reason why i took the jeep down was to replace all the Ballistic Fab Joints. I was rocking the old design that was prone to failure. At the time that I parked the jeep I had 3 Joints that were bad. I had to warranty 4 other joints before this. Luckily they released a new design that is much stronger.

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Replacement Joints Came In
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2.63″ Joints with 1″ Shanks
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7 Left Handed Joints 7 Right Handed Joints
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Sarah cleaned up the control arms
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All sanded, ready for paint
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Painted and fully assembled

Building New Fenders

Since Ricky wanted a different look he decided to get rid of the flat fenders and make life simple and just run a tube along the hood line. This gives the tires more room for up travel since the flat fenders were getting in the way (and it’s sleek look of pure sexyness).  The plan is to tie it into the frame.

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The OSJ club bender and Eric’s tube notcher

Like the hoop we used 1 3/4” .120 Wall DOM tubing.

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The first notch
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Bending the first fender
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Several concentric bends to make the new fender tubes match the hood line.

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The crumple zone. This area always sees a ton of action so it needed to be reinforced. Along with the tube it’s getting covered by a 1/4” steel plate.

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The passenger side was so bad we had to try to pull the dents so there wasn’t a huge gap between the tub and the plate.

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Drilled Holes to aid the pulling process
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Pulling Dents to prevent gaps with the new plates

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Now on to the next project!

-Sarah