97 ZJ on Superduty axles, 39.5, 4 link, normal fuller stuff

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  1. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    figured time to start the build thread now that I got the axles and tires and some of other things, still rounding up parts though.
    base start: 97 Grand Cherokee ZJ 4.0, Auto, 242, nothin fancy......yet
    plan as of now: 03 Superduty axles, 39.5s, 4 linked rear, radius arm front, 10K winch, and hopefully something closer to a "real" cage when done lol.
    Haven't done much to the Jeep itself except build the winch bumper and mounted the winch (same 10K winch I had on the other buggy)
    So far got the rear axle mostly done. Like usual, all done from 1/4" scrap plates I've always gathered but works well. Yes those coil buckets are the factory top leaf spring plates...Coil springs sit inside them perfect though so it was free and easy to make. Just gotta drill holes in all the link tabs and those will complete the rear tomorrow. Here's some pics of my rear axle truss work, enjoy!!! lol
    (little cool story, bought the rear 10.5 and 2 D50s for $300. Well got to working on one and found out real quick that turned out to be a complete D60 and partial D50 so WOOHOO, that was a really nice blessing to find out)
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  2. Creekin

    Creekin Well-Known Member

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    I like the picture of the German Shepherd protecting the axle.
    Don't think anyone would mess with that axle with him keeping an eye on it.
    Are those axle shafts by his side his chew toys?
     
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  3. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    lol yeah she loves to hang out in the shop all day. She's as sweet as can be once she knows who it is, but couple times I've been welding or something and someone has sneaked up on me while working...whew she makes me jump with her bark lol but she's composed though, just does her job to be very aware.
     
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  4. Scooter402

    Scooter402 Rest in pieces

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    Sweet. I dig the truss, and the repurposed scraps. That's how I like to build some stuff too. Only comment I might suggest is cutting some drain holes where your plates meet the axle tube. Might just be the angle of the pics, but it looks like mud and debris can fall into the holes around the spring seat, and sit in the truss along the weld seam at the axle tube.

    Not sure why, but I found humor in this picture: (specifically the level placement)

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  5. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Oh wow I didn't realize the level was "level" lol. Note taken on spring mounts for draining
     
  6. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Why are the shock mounts opposing rather than both on the back or front?
     
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    I had incredible doubt until I saw this weld. Now it definitely won’t rip off :D

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  8. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Lol yeah I thought the same thing after said to myself "stupid like that's gonna help"
     
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  9. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Calipers in the way, plus I'm more or less use them just to kind of give me a real good welding surface for the coil buckets I might not actually end up using those specific shock mounts once it's up under the jeep
     
  10. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    John, first of all let me say I have a soft spot for ZJs, and after wheeling two of them, I love them. With that said, they have some major limits and weak spots. Very rarely do you see a true ZJ on one tons with 40" tires. The major reason for this is the unibody, it is thin and flexes like tin foil. The second is the amazingly small wheel wells that are basically one with the unibody. Have you thought about unibody plating and an interior cage? My recommendation would be to concentrate on these two things before throwing the axles under there. If you do axles first, then the first time you go to flex the suspension my money is on you not being able to open the doors with a stuffed front tire.
     
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  11. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Bruh you talking to the XJ fanatic here. I know all about these unibodies weaknesses and such. Body work will come later. I chose to build axles first cause I'm not ready for full teardown of zj yet...gotta gather plating and links and such for all that. Axles for me are first priority to be ready to go under, then get the links parts and made, driveshaft materials, then I tear down the Jeep once everything is ready to go under. That's just how I do it.
     
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  12. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    it's going to be a surprise for you and me and everyone else of what kind of cage this ends up with haha
     
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    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    I know you are the XJ fanatic for sure, I swear the ZJ unibody is even thinner than an XJ...
     
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    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Actually the zjis little stronger overall, more added bracing but yeah they're definitely an art to weld to lol ive gotten good at it but most people always say how they constantly burn right through lol
     
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  15. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    I like it already! I found out from doing my Sterling truss that the centersection is very weldable as is. Overlap a few cut-to-fit gussets to tie the truss into the axle. There's no reason not to. Looking very good though! You definitely started in the right place with the axles.
     
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  16. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    got a little done on the front axle today...surprised cutting the drivers side perch off wasn't that bad as expected. got more work to do but it's progress...
    front 60 first cut.jpg front 60 bare perches cut.jpg front 60 pass perch.jpg front 60 driver perch.jpg front 60 truss pinion view.jpg
    ran out of materials to fully enclose the truss so I just did some "triangulation" lol..hey I'm learning to get my triangles in there haha. I'm undecided if I want to box in the rest of the truss or leave it as is. It's plenty beefy, probably way overkill
     
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    good lord that thing is going to sit a mile high with all that above the axle tube if you want any up travel.
     
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  18. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    That truss has a large enough platform to host a Lynyrd Skynrd Concert.
     
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  19. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Well it's no higher than factory xj mounts sit and it's level with pumpkin. It'll be alright
     
  20. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    Got little more done
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  21. jankoid

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    This entire section of the truss is pointless. Any strength it provides is unnecessary, and it will only cause clearance issues with the engine.

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    Also, those straight vertical sides of the truss next to the coil pads are going to interfere with the coil springs when the suspension flexes. That's why almost every truss you see has angled sides. Not just for appearances.
     
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  22. C.Berry

    C.Berry Bad News

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    Cmon fuller you had a good start on rear and looks like you said fuck it on the front truss!??? Please cut that shit off an redo that mtn heep of triangles! You obviously can make that way better and it function properly, and I’m not Being a dick I swear, but legit I looks like you handed the welder and saw over to yourself 10 years ago and used flat stock instead of trampoline tube...
     
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  23. C.Berry

    C.Berry Bad News

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    He could cut those triangles in half and get by it that’s the design he wants... I vote fix that square mess!! Lol
     
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    party on wayne
     
  25. marty79

    marty79 Well-Known Member Banned Twice Already

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    I know I know.. Im not too fond of it either. I'll admit kinda lost my motivation for looks on front...been dealing with some crap yesterday. It'll get fixed most likely
     

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