Almost ready for the ground

1997 Jeep TJ Build

 

It was time to fill the wheel wells on Kevin’s  1997 Jeep TJ with 37″x12.5″ R15 Pit Bull Rocker Radials.

Here is the before picture

Before

Here are the 37″ Pit Bulls

 

PITBULLS

 

Running these tires off road means beefing up the axles. The low pinion Dana30 was upgraded to a high pinion Dana30 with an Artec Truss Kit, RCV Axles, 4.88 gears and a Yukon Zip Locker

RCV Axles

Front HP30 Artec Truss

Front Diff Going in

Almost ready for the ground

The rear Dana35 was swapped out with a Ford 8.8 with disc brakes. We upgraded the axled with a Yukon 88 kit that came with Chromo shafts and c-clip eliminators. We also installed a Karnage Fab Ford To Jeep TJ Bracket kit and ARB Air Locker

Front HP30 and Rear 8.8

Rear ARB 8.8

C-Clip Eliminator Kit

Out with the old

Rear Diff almost in

In order to use the air lockers an ARB Compressor and Smittybilt switch panel were installed

ARB Comprerssor

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Now with larger tires and lockers, safety becomes a concern. A new roll cage was needed. We ordered in 140ft of 1.75″ x .120 wall DOM Tube to build the cage. With the help of Brandon from BLR Fabrication.

We started by stripping out the interior and factory cage

Getting ready for the cage

Next was cutting, bending, notching and tack welding.

Cage Coming along nicely

Custom dash mounts

Front Pillars2

I won’t be using the back seat in the TJ so, I figured it would be a good spot to mount the spare tire

Setting up Tire Mounting

Final welding was finished after fitting the cage

Welding out cage

Cage install

Touching UP cage

Wake board tower speakers were used to provide some sound.

Speaker pods

And this is how the TJ sits now.

Almost Done

A few things that still need upgrading are front and rear bumpers.

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1998 DODGE DAKOTA

1998 DODGE DAKOTA

TUFF COUNTRY 5.5″ LIFT KIT REMOVAL AND SOLID AXLE SWAP

 This customer came in wanting more height and he wanted it done properly. The best way to accomplish this with the Dodge Dakota was to remove the existing Tuff Country Lift Kit and do a solid axle swap.

BEFORE

DAKOTA SAS

DAKOTA SAS1

DAKOTA SAS2

DAKOTA SAS3

DURING THE TRANSFORMATION

FRONT CROSS MEMBER

CUSTOM FABRICATED FRONT HANGER

SHOCK HOOPS

TRAIL-GEAR SHOCK HOOPS

CUSTOM STEERING

CUSTOM DRAG LINK AND STEERING

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BDS JEEP YJ 2″ FRONT LEAF SPRINGS

FRONT DIFFERENTIAL

1979 FORD D44, 8 LUG FRONT AXLE, NARROWED BY 5″

PITMAN ARM

JEEP TJ PITMAN ARM

SPRINGS JEEP YJ

CUSTOM 3/8 WALL DOM TRACK BAR WITH HEIMS ENDS

This is how it looks now

dakota done

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2005 Tacoma

2005 Toyota Tacoma

2005 Toyota Tacoma in the shop today.

The list of upgrades:

1) Radflo Front Struts and Rear shocks

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2) Total Chaos Upper Control Arms

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3) Total Chaos Weld on Spindle Gussets

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4) Front and Rear Stainless Steel Brake Lines

5) All-Pro Rear Springs

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Tear Down Begins. (remember you must sneak up on the Technicians when taking pictures)

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Tacoma is coming along nicely

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Tacoma kit

Day 2 starts

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TACOMA D2 (3)

 

Front Struts and Upper Control Arms

TACOMA D2 (2)

 

 

CCGS

Ford F550 Coast Guard People Carrier Air Ride Suspension

2012 Ford F550 people carrier/tow rig  for the Canadian Coast Guard. This truck is used to carry personnel and tow a rigid hull inflatable boat for training exercises on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. The complaint was it has a really rough ride on the roads up near Bamfield. The personnel being transported were getting sore and the equipment was really taking a beating.

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After a lengthy inspection we found that the rear carrier/box is solid mounted to the chassis and the truck is constantly riding on the overloads.

The solution is a complete rear Ultra Ride Air System from Link Systems.  This system changes from a traditional leaf spring suspension to full rear air ride. The quality of this kit is amazing.

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Today is tear down day, so stay tuned for the final results.

 

Installation is well under way today.                               Dang mechanics, always laying around.

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What a difference the Air Ride Suspension has made with this truck. The ride is much smoother.

 

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