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.
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.
Like the hoop we used 1 3/4” .120 Wall DOM tubing.
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.
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.
Now on to the next project!
So, there has been talk and ideas for a while now about dropping the fenders and start tubing it out. What better place to start than with a grill hoop. We helped pitch in with a few other members of our off road club and bought a tube bender.
Let the fun begin! Within a few hours and quite a bit of cursing it was made!
Over the years the jeep has taken a beating. Since I am building a new skid plate, now is the time to replace the old transmission and oil pan.
The transmission had some large cracks in the bell housing for the past few years. Surprisingly the original was still working perfectly, excluding some worn out synchros.
The oil pan, to my surprize still doesn’t have any holes. After years of abuse it still is pretty strong! However it’s capacity is about a quart less now , so it is time to be relpaced.
My biggest worry was that the oil pump pickup would be messed up, but it was fine. Another good thing that I noted is the the oil was super clean, along with the lower end of the 4.0
To achieve the flat belly I want, I needed to move the transmission up. While I am doing this, I decided that I really needed to make a mount independent of the skid.
Well the time has come for some much needed maintenance…
After a few months of hard wheeling and lack of time for regular maintenance, the jeep is in rough shape. I need to get the drive shafts rebuilt, and ballistic joints need to exchanged for the new design, the oil pan needs to be replaced, the transmission swapped for the new one, re-seal front diff cover, the and the transfer case seems to be leaking. I am also going to build a new transmission cradle style crossmember and build a flat belly skid that runs from the stock location to the oil pan.
Naturally I started by removing a few things…
Now that I removed everything I need to ship out; I just need to pick up some DOM and steel plate, then fun can begin…