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ColoradoTJ Jeep Build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by ColoradoTJ, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. Feb 26, 2016 at 6:42 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    So a little background on this build and how it came to be. Grab a bottle of Tin Cup Whiskey or your favorite beer.


    I have always enjoyed testing the extremes of vehicles in the back country. To be honest, my first choice is building a Tacoma...and I mean build. My first Tacoma was OK, but it was also my daily driver. I soon learned that wheeling your DD is just not a good idea.

    My first Tacoma, 1999 extra cab TRD 5 spd. This is on top of one of the Colorado 14ers. I had my puppy Rottweiler and had a blast. One of many trails we went on throughout his life.

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  2. Feb 26, 2016 at 6:42 PM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    A few of my SF buddies were heading off to Africa to do some target practice on terrorists, so we did an offloading trip before they bailed for a while.

    Oops:

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    First rebuild: mostly cosmetic, gears, bead locks, bigger tires, stronger axle parts.

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    Found out I should not spray auto paint. Oh well...

    Anyway, most of my friends have bigger, more expensive rigs, and taking the small Jeep on trails really is not fun and costs a lot of money in repairs.
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    for you purists, this is a Toyota Buggy, 22RET
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  3. Feb 26, 2016 at 6:42 PM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    On came the 03 TJ build.

    Parts:

    14B
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    Stripped down TJ

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    Rock crusher center section (Solid industries)

    Axles needed to be built.

    Front:
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    Artec high steer arms, new axle tubes 3 1/8 .250 wall, Nitro 5.38 gears and Yukon locker, Chevy knuckles (ford are prone to cracking). Then went to get trussed. I don't have a jig, so this had to be farmed out.

    Josh at Crawlertech in Denver hooked me up.
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    Next was the rear axle:
    I can't remember if the axle was an 01 or 05, but somewhere in there. I just did a mini shave since the 14B axles are boat anchors.

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    I also got tired of welding, cutting and building on my head. This gets old and I needed a welding table that can fold down. This is what I came up with.

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    Next up was tires and wheels. We were on vacation in Germany and I ordered the bead locks and I already had the 40" MTRs. Lucky, we returned one day before these arrived.

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    Next up is the rear back half frame.
     
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  4. Feb 26, 2016 at 7:06 PM
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    Welcome from CO. How about few more pics of your 2012 CM Tundra? I owned a couple of CJ5's years ago that I no doubt built up before you were born. (45 years ago). Have seen plenty of jeep action pics. This is a Tundra site, not JP magazine photoshoot. Just sayin.... I'm a Toyota-ing fool my self. (not to mention that are a couple 14teeners here in CO that you can drive a Prius up to the top. Joking of course)
     
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  5. Feb 26, 2016 at 7:48 PM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    All right, off monitor him.

    Anyway, I cut the frame off and went to work.

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    Rear axle slid under and time to look at re-do on body armor.

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    Chopped it all up and re-welded.

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    So how is your latest Jeep build going, since you seem to find it relevant on this Tundra forum?? Maybe I should dig up some old photos of my CJ build when I was in high school auto/metal shop from 70 to 74. No doubt more interesting...... Actually quite relevant and interesting. Very nice projects indeed.
     
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  7. Feb 26, 2016 at 7:49 PM
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    Agree with matluth,nice projects though.by the way is the first pic on red cone,if so nice trail did it in my 86 mini on 31s,going down the ONE WAY was quite fun.pics of the tundra!
     
  8. Feb 26, 2016 at 7:54 PM
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    I'm currently building two different RC 72" wingspan gliders. Both are nice projects too. Should I post pics along with my high school shop project CJ build pics??? Off topic I understand. To me , off topic is, " Have you seen a Sasquatch lately?" not a Jeep build photo shoot, IMHO, but technically the step by step Jeep build photo shoot is off topic, so I stand corrected. Maybe I'll go to a Jeep Forum and do an "off topic" Tundra build with action play by play pics. I'm sure they will be pleased. Even Steven
     
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  9. Feb 26, 2016 at 8:13 PM
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    Lets see some more Dodge truck pics too. Do you have some off topic Dodge truck step by step builds that we could possibly utilize on the TUNDRA forum? I can't wait to see.
     
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  10. Feb 26, 2016 at 8:32 PM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Going great man. Thanks
     
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Actually I would like to see that glider. Do you have a bunch of experience with these builds. What motor are you running?
     
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Oh man, you don't want to see any more of those POS trucks..trust me.
     
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    RC gliders have no motors other than aileron controls . My 57 CJ5 was upgraded to a 283 out of a Corvette, mated a Muncie 4 speed to it. Hooker headers with C bombs, Edelbrock intake, Mallory ignition/coil, Armstrong True Trac flotation tires, (weren't too many other options back then) front and rear 5.1 lockers. I also re-finished/painted it my self. I was 16, soph in hi school. 1970. Don't mind me, I'm not too PC, and can be really sarcastic at times. Probably due to old age.
     
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  14. Feb 26, 2016 at 8:50 PM
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    I actually like your CJ project pics. Well done by the way.
     
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  15. Feb 26, 2016 at 8:54 PM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Yeah, hence the glider....

    oh yeah, that CJ5 sounds great. Man the 283 motors were little runners. I was surprised when I installed one in my 64 Malibu. You got any pictures of that killer rig? Do you still have it? Man we could go jeeping together. Now wouldn't that be cool. I like hanging with old people to get their experiences and learn what I can from them. A good portion of my friends are 55+

    I tow my junk to the trail with my tundra though, sucks getting caught out overnight with a broke down rig.
     
  16. Feb 26, 2016 at 9:11 PM
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    All of these wheeling pix...I'll be out wheeling tmrw...but in a Tacoma :mudding:


    Looks like a great build!
     
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  17. Feb 26, 2016 at 10:51 PM
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    Sean266 where you going,might being the 2000 tundra
     
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    Look where the thread is located....Other Builds. Lots of us have more than one interest other than our Tundras.

    That and I had asked him to put up a thread about his Heep. Was talked about in the what do you tow thread. @jberry813 get in here and start developing some more calluses.
     
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    OK, time to start with the rear axle truss and cross members.
    14B truss
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    Rear 4 link cross member
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    Finished cross member

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    Rear axle truss, 4 link setup. I went with straight uppers and triangulated lowers. This design works well and in my opinion is better than a dual triangulated design on a factory framed vehicle.

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    Done. I may add more bracing down the tubes. What do you guys think? Honest opinions are very welcomed.

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  20. Feb 27, 2016 at 5:58 AM
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    Triangulated lowers look weird to me. Don't have any reasoning other than I've only seen straight lowers and triangulated tops. Should have the same desired effect though, right?
     
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    Upper links. I went a little bit overboard on this, but I used what I had.

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    Lower links made by Crawlertech in Denver, CO.

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    Cycling the suspension before the coil overs.

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    Installing Kings

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  22. Feb 27, 2016 at 6:18 AM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    They are to some degree. It is easier to do for sure, and why you see that more often than not. You just have to watch how much triangulation you go. Anything over 22* total you start getting rear steer...bad.
     
  23. Feb 27, 2016 at 7:25 AM
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    I'll keep that in mind.

    Are you running an 6 lug front and an 8 lug rear? Or do they make a 8 lug knuckle for the front?
     
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    Slaughter house
     
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    8 lug all around. Some people do conversions to go 6 lug or 5.5 on 5 so they do not have to swap beadlock wheels from the 1/2 ton running gear.
     
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    I agree with you. I've got a 69 Jeepster that I may finally start working on this summer. Sometimes sarcasm doesn't go over too well.
     
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    Okay, now how did you do it? Assuming you're running the D44 front, did you just swap knuckles and added in the high steer to that? Or is there more to it besides just swapping knuckles and spindles?
     
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Front frame build. I just couldn't get the geometry I needed with the factory frame and keeping a low center of gravity. So the cutting torch came out again...

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  29. Feb 27, 2016 at 8:11 AM
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    ColoradoTJ [OP] I'm a boob guy.

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    Major fail, on my part. So I am running a Dana 60 one ton spec'd axle. I couldn't run a D44 front and make it live long with sticky competition tires. I was snapping D44 shafts on a regular basis with 35" tires. We have enough problems with 300M one ton shafts. RCV's are king in this department. I just didn't have the funding to buy 2000.00 worth of axle shafts. The front axle is already around 5200.00 to build. I am going for under 16000.00 for this build. Couple of my buddies have over 50,000.00 in their builds.

    I'm going to shorten this build thread. It is getting too cluttered with BS that you all don't need to know with the back gound of how this came to be.
     
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    Sorry bout that. Like to ask questions especially on specifics. Also don't like other people doing work for me. So if I can, will gather all the information I can get on said topic.
     
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