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I kinda figured that was the case... I think I'm going to stick to the ironman ones though. They look sexy
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Definitely badass. Good luck w/ the build dude. Keep us updated!!
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I saw your thread a while ago but didnt see how you cut in to the frame or real good pics of it. Your truck looks great though... Where'd you get your bump stops and coil buckets?
When I get back in town ill take photos of it. The lower bump stops are 3" bodylift pucks some steel and a bolt, the uppers are ACOS's.
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Those ACOS's are an amazing breakthrough in front suspension. Love them.
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Those ACOS's are an amazing breakthrough in front suspension. Love them.
I haven't adjusted mine at all, but I feel like post 5.4/4R100/1356/1356 swap I will have too.
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I haven't adjusted mine at all, but I feel like post 5.4/4R100/1356/1356 swap I will have too.
What lift springs did you go with in the front?
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What lift springs did you go with in the front?
3" BDS ZJ lift coils. They are a little light weight.
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Ironman arms

I have some unused ironman arms, we can make a deal, if you're interested.
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I have some unused ironman arms, we can make a deal, if you're interested.
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Just a few thing's Ive bought over the past month:
-Ironman Long Arm Kit
-Toyota Steering box and shaft
-Rock Krawler X Factor Plus Steering Kit
-Rugged Ridge Track Bar
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Are you going to swap out to WJ knuckles/brakes?
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I remember seeing the swap somewhere BUT i wasnt really intending on doing it. I cant remember where I read the article but what is the advantages of the brake swap?

EDIT: I remembered I saved this link in my favorites while doing research. Is this the same thing you're talking about?? If this is the case, Ill probably leave this for another project at a later time because I dont really want to start another project within a project, especially when I already have all the parts for the original project that im doing lol... So this brake upgrade will be considered when its time to do the front brakes again.
http://www.therangerstation.com/foru...&highlight=d30

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UPDATE:

And it begins....








A Trunk full of the parts removed:

I got the axle back from the shop with the new 4.10s installed:

And the real fun is just beginning:

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Sweet! Whats the timeline look like for the finished product?
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Sweet! Whats the timeline look like for the finished product?
I'm hoping I'll have it all finished a couple weeks before thanksgiving weekend. I still have to cut the brackets off the pass side still, Ill take care of that tomorrow. Once thats done, I can start welding and bolting everything in place. My biggest thing right now is figuring out where this axle is going to sit permanently. Any suggestions??
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I'm hoping I'll have it all finished a couple weeks before thanksgiving weekend. I still have to cut the brackets off the pass side still, Ill take care of that tomorrow. Once thats done, I can start welding and bolting everything in place. My biggest thing right now is figuring out where this axle is going to sit permanently. Any suggestions??
If it was mine I would put it under the truck.
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If it was mine I would put it under the truck.
hahaha good one... but Im sure you know what I meant LOL
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That's a cute little axle.

Nice start.
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Haha thanks
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truck looks great

hay are you selling your old lift or do you already have it sold ?
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Truck's looking good!

Did you measure the width of the D30?

Also, someone was measuring the frame width of an XJ to see how it measures up to a Ranger did that get done; I didn’t see anything on it?
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truck looks great

hay are you selling your old lift or do you already have it sold ?
He already sold it.
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truck looks great

hay are you selling your old lift or do you already have it sold ?
He already sold it.
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He already sold it.
you are correct, all of it has been sold...
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Great work your doing, thinking of doing the same to my 04.

I can get the dana 30 axles for 100 bucks or less here south of the border.

will follow this thread closely!

good luck...
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