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this last weekends work

So i installed the new track bar and my sway bar stuff.

I have yet to decide if i like the change, i like cornering with the sway bar, so im 100% happy with that, but i was having fun freaking people out when i turn too. lol

The track bar is so so, I think my angles are much better well they match better, but i wish they were more parallel with the tie rod..

she needs an alignment and excuse the pissy *** paint job for now, I'm just trying to block the rust until i get more time to tear it all apart and repaint.

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very nice work Zach.. how is the bump steer now?
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it needs an alignment and i think it will be fine after that. tis not really bump steer as it is suspension steer, you wont get away from that unless i make the track bar and the drag link more parallel to the tie rod.
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you need highsteer....to bad it costs like 800 dollars for that axle.
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looks good..

why is it so much for highsteer on a D30?
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you need highsteer....to bad it costs like 800 dollars for that axle.
Yeah that is what i think as well. I was hoping it would be ok, but its not.

do you have links? Or is that using the international knuckles? not that i really want to do it but i would like to know how they are doing it.
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http://www.central4wd.com/inventoryd...age=id%7C26416

sorry prices have gone down, used to be like 700 something, now its like 550.

Just a note that the draglink uses a different taper then the stock one, so the steering you have now wont work.

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looks like a decent kit, i just want that knucle, but heck i cant even run the wheels li have now! forget that, i think ill live with the little bumpsteer i have until i can have enough money for A D44, then ill do high steer and relocate the track bar once more.

i think my steering box and my current track bar mount is fine just needs changed on the axle...
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who says you cant run your wheels? and they sell just the knuckle its around 300 for it.
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you have to have wheels with 3.5" backspacing or less. mine are 3.625, i could prolly grind on the knuckle some, its only an 1/8 of an inch.

the next problem i would have is the track bar mount and the sway bar links....

any ideas on the track bar mount? there is no possible way to make it longer, or lower... i would have to raise the mount on the axle
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nice work. yeah I'd prolly just wait for the D44 and then get it all right and perfect, instead of wasting time and money on the D30
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nice work
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nice work Zach. the trucks looks like it is finally coming together.
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nice work. yeah I'd prolly just wait for the D44 and then get it all right and perfect, instead of wasting time and money on the D30

yeah im exhausted working on it. lol

I suppose ill mess with it again Saturday. A D44 is going to require alot more money.

wheels
bracket kit
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driveshaft
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and who knows what else....
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nice work Zach. the trucks looks like it is finally coming together.

Its getting there, wish i had more options sometimes...

I'm tossed between buying tools or stuff to fix the truck, problem is stuff to fix what needs work requires those tools... lol
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yeah im exhausted working on it. lol

I suppose ill mess with it again Saturday. A D44 is going to require alot more money.

wheels
bracket kit
steering
gears
driveshaft
highsteer
highsteer knucles
track bar modifications
and who knows what else....
build it on the side....Thats what im doing with my front Dana 60. Im going to build it slowly on the side, and just keep an eye out for deals.
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yeah that is what i want to do, with school and other expenses its been put to the side tho...

I'm just impatient right now.
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That new panhard looks much better! I agree high steer would likely solve a lot of your problems, but the costs are just too much. Just get it aligned and start building that D44 as quickly as you can afford to =D
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yeah i think thats what im gona be doing over the next year. its the only way i think i'll be able to afford it, and get it done. i'd love to just drop the cash now and bam have it done..just not practical
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yeah i think thats what im gona be doing over the next year. its the only way i think i'll be able to afford it, and get it done. i'd love to just drop the cash now and bam have it done..just not practical
my friend is building a 5.0L Cherokee Truggy with Custom D60's front and rear, hes upto 3 maxed out credit cards right now. lol
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haha i can imagine man. even buying gas i look back at my spending reports and i cant even imagine i just spent that much over a month or so. **** adds up real quick once you get into somthn
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nice work
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my friend is building a 5.0L Cherokee Truggy with Custom D60's front and rear, hes upto 3 maxed out credit cards right now. lol

yeah i started my project with some plastic support. stopped that tho, its not worth it.
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nice work man! i bet that trac bar that is parallel with the tie rods!
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