J20 build...from the beginning

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J20 build...from the beginning

Postby j20brett » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:19 am

Well since i am slowly building this pig, i might as well start a thread.

From the beginning when it was stock
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To a new grill, front bumper, lift, tires, and wheels
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Cut the fenders for the first k-rocks run, and built a skid plate...it started a chain reaction of mods
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After thrashing the bed pretty good at k-rocks and Gilmer, it was time for some drastic changes. I hated how long it was and the lack of traction i was getting. So i got an aussie locker for the front and took 18" out of the frame in the rear, ditched the bed, and built a nice flatbed for it. I had to relocate the gas tank, so i made a cradle out of quarter inch plate and bolted it up to my 4x4x.25 rear crossmember. I also built some have doors for better visibility. The bench seat was pretty crappy also, so i picked up some suspension seats also.
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About this time the transmission was leaking so bad that i bit the bullet and had it rebuilt.
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And had the yokes milled to accept 3x3 square tube for the rear driveshaft
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And here she is in here current state, without the new front shocks and mounts in this pic.
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On to the new stuff, new rear diff cover and heims for highsteer
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This is what motor mounts are supposed to look like
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Not like this :shock:
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There is no telling how long they have been like that. I noticed a crack forming in the trans housing, and i already had the new poly motor mounts so i went ahead and changed them. Caught it just in time. I think that adding the fail-safe hook to the mounts was one thing jeep actually did right the first time. 2 hours and a few cuss words later and all is well...i hope.

This weekend i will be fabbing a rear cage and finally adding the sliders i built about 6 months ago
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To be continued...

I also bought a CB the other day ...anyone know how to tune one?
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby Murphy » Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:52 pm

Nice build thread Brett! :cool:
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby j20brett » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:02 am

Thanks! I would have shown the images in the thread, but mine are already downsized to 800x600, and im way too lazy to bring it all down again lol
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby j20brett » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:30 am

This weekends work. Cage half welded out. Will pull off tomorrow and finish it and paint it. Sliders are welded out and painted. Will weld on tomorrow. Tuesday night i will make the shock mounts. On to the pics
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby Larry » Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:21 pm

j20brett wrote:Thanks! I would have shown the images in the thread, but mine are already downsized to 800x600, and im way too lazy to bring it all down again lol

Gotcha covered. I didn't like the smaller pic limits either.....so I enlarged the forum and fixed your posts. Sorry ppl with 800px monitors.

Let me know when you finish with this thread Brett and I'll archive it or something.
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby Lindel » Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:50 am

It's looking good Brett!

Anyone that still has a 800x600 monitor deserves what they get!! :shock:
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby YJ-4BT » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:02 am

So Brett...I didn't get a chance to ask you this at Katemcy. How big was the difference in off-roadability between this time and the first time you went to Katemcy. Night and Day I'm sure. :thumbsup: (Oh yeah...this is Chris, I just joined this site and have a different name!) :biggrin:
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Re: J20 build...from the beginning

Postby j20brett » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:47 pm

The difference was #1 i have learned ALOT since then, #2 its just flat out more capable!
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