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    Another Waggy/J truck D44 SUA steering thread.

    That is the exact setup I was thinking of running. That said, either option needs the steering box moved forward (at least in my case). My 4" springs have settled a little and are pretty flexible. It seems most of my current issue is just for big straight on bumps.
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    Another Waggy/J truck D44 SUA steering thread.

    I took it out for the first wheeling trip of the year. I am having some light contact between the TRE at the pitman arm and the tie rod. Looks like I will need to move my steering box forward after all. The other option would be to get a “top down” vs “bottom up” pitman. Honestly don’t know...
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    1984 CJ-8 Project...here we go

    Here is a pic. I figure a measurement would be helpful. I’m rather large and my kiddos are pretty small. I went for a test sit and the seat being low isn’t uncomfortable. My knees are higher than usual and the top of the headrest is even with the top of my shoulders.
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    82 Scrambler Build

    I may be biased as an airplane nerd... I think you have the coolest shop/hanger. This will be a great build.
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    Upper Radiator Hose for TPI Swap?

    I think it may work better on yours than mine. The S10 has the upper fitting on the drivers side. I just rotated the hose to passenger on mine. I don’t have a gear picture, but this is how it sat in the donor truck.
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    High Steer Arm Recommendation

    I have 4" BDS springs with that steering arm from Parts Mike. The only issue I see with a taller steering arm would be the drag link going downhill towards the pitman arm. My springs have likely settled a bit since new but the knuckle is slightly higher than my pitman. That said, it drives...
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    Upper Radiator Hose for TPI Swap?

    I used a stock 89 4.3 S10 upper radiator hose to my stock CJ8 radiator. Not perfect, but it works.
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    1984 CJ-8 Project...here we go

    Running a stock 258 and 31" tires would keep the T5 happier for longer. As you already know they have a rather poor reputation. I didn't see what axle ratio you are running, but with proper gearing you can get similar cruise RPM with either a 4 or 5 speed. A 5 speed does it with less...
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    BDS YJ Conversion Kit, front lower shock mount

    I am guessing they just send the spring plates with the shock mounts as most CJs used them vs tube mounts. I have had pretty good luck with BDS overall. I think there is just a lack of knowledge in parts stores for old jeeps now. My local 4 Wheel Parts acknowledged this as there is wayyyy...
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    1984 CJ-8 Project...here we go

    I have one of those seats in my 8. It works pretty well overall. Only concern is the height of the seat back as the passengers get taller. The back is rather short. Since my passengers are in car seats it isn't much of a concern yet. I would highly recommend a dual diaphragm brake booster...
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    The story of Peggy's jeep.

    Now with the front and rear installed I started on the air system so I can test the lockers. Before: After: Not sure the hose would hold up to the heat, this is more for mock up than a permanent solution. Air then goes across to the manifold. Air lines go to the rear tank and to the...
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    Meet Red, my 81 Restomod Build

    I know the frustration of brake line plumbing. I worried about it for far too long. I used the vette master as well. The plan was to use an adjustable prop valve but in the end I used a regular disc/disc that bolted in the stock location. That’s an option for you as well but it’s more...
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    The story of Peggy's jeep.

    I had the steering threaded bungs TIG welded by the same shop as my rear axle. $75 at this point to sleep better at night was money well spent. I got everything mocked up and in place. Then set about 1/8” toe in. Steering wheel looked like this: Took the wheel off to try and perfectly...
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    4.0 hype they don't make em like they used to

    I agree with that, calling something modern can be painting with a broad brush. Laughably I almost consider my 89 TBI 4.3/700r4 "modern". Suppose its mainly drivability of the EFI. But, comparing my 4.3 to my LMM Duramax in highway driving isn't a fair comparison. I suppose most use modern...
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    Gotta "scRamble" about my 8!

    I like the Milestar Patagonia's and BFG KM3s personally. The pats will be right about at the $200 mark, the BFGs are 50 or so more a piece.
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    4.0 hype they don't make em like they used to

    I think it really depends on your expectations for your driving experience. IMO the 6 power output/acceleration doesn't feel like a modern vehicle. The 6 can be adequate as long as you aren't wanting modern passing power or hill climbing ability. That said gearing isn't helping your issue...
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    My 81 Scrambler roller project is finally getting some love.

    Sounds like a good plan. I would consider an in tank fuel pump (I used tanks inc). The VSS shouldn't be too hard. I used a pass through VSS from howell, but am running GM TBI. I imagine the jeep computer wants a different pulse frequency. Dakota Digital makes a pretty neat box that gives...
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    YJ Springs or Just Keep Rollin?

    I rebuilt a BDS 4" lift and replaced the pads and bushings. It rides really well and the springs do flex better now. This may make the old springs flex/ride better, but it doesn't do anything to help the sagging/squish of old springs. I think a quality replacement CJ front spring...
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    The story of Peggy's jeep.

    Was debating on different options for steering. Admittedly most of this was due to project fatigue and trying to stop the financial bleeding. In the end I called parts mike and got their normal SUA 4” lift dana 44 CJ steering setup. This included a new cast/tapped flat top knuckle and a high...
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    The story of Peggy's jeep.

    Then I drove around like this for a week while gathering parts and finishing the front axle. Drove ok, was still waiting on shock mounts. I replaced the brake master with a 1978 corvette 1 1/8” disc/disc master and a disc/disc prop valve.
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