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Offline Morg

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #45 on: February 24, 2017, 04:41:50 AM »
For steering, tap that box, I've got the bent ram off Julian you can have for free and rebuild. I may have a new shaft and seal kit to go with.
I need to swing down there next week anyways.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2017, 11:19:33 PM »
I’m a few months behind on the updates. I missed my initial goal of going to BMR in Oklahoma in March, but I made it to SMORR for Howiepalloza…. despite the horrible weather.

Painting…




I assembled everything with rivnuts so I could just zip things apart. I also took the chance to re-wire some things with GM weather pack connectors.






 Synergy Steering and trackbar from Frontier 4x4. For a factory style replacement I was impressed. Well engineered and beefy. The adjusters are awesome.


Locked up the front real quick with a Spartan. I didn’t want to put any money into the stock axles, but a lunchbox locker and some spare shafts didn’t seem like that bad of an idea to get me thru summer.

I also installed some Poison Spyder sliders. I liked them on my TJ, might as well put them on this one. I trimmed as much as I dare out of the rear wheel opening. I couldn’t go any higher without taking on a big project. Not too shabby for stock bumps, 3.5” total lift, and 37s.


A few weeks ago we drove 6 hours due south to Southern Missouri Off Road Ranch for Howiepalloza. The only problem I had was some tire balance issues on the way back. My air soft BBs started to clump up. It was still a nice shake down run for our 2000 mile Colorado trip coming up in a month.



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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #47 on: March 08, 2018, 10:13:44 AM »
 No updates in almost a year.  Let's hear what your plans are for that HP Dana30

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2018, 09:35:57 PM »
Long story short...

The end goal for the LJ is still one tons and 40s. Do a super duty dana 60 front all decked out TMR stuff. The rear would be a 14 bolt. Long arms, stretch the front 2 or 3 inches and the rear 5. ORI struts all the way around. PSC hydro assist. Atlas 2 speed transfer case behind an LQ4 6.0 liter and a 4L80E (I already have the motor and trans)

Will that ever happen? I don't know. Definitely not this year. I do know, however, that I'm tired of driving that thing all over the Midwest with 3.73 gears.

One thing kinda led to another with the ratio change idea.

4.88 gears
ditch the low pinion dana 30
probably run stock axle shafts (keep them the weak point)
ARB locker in the rear (35 spline)
Rear axle shafts
ARB locker in the front? Leave the lunchbox locker?
Might as well get the big ARB compressor and start my on board air
Also, if I'm keeping these axles for another season I'm going to need shocks

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2018, 11:11:44 PM »
Yeah 3.73s suck. Sounds like fun!

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2018, 06:25:57 AM »
Had I known that my 30 was going to last as long as it has on 37s, I would much rather have an ARB in there, instead of the lunchbox. But throwing money at a Dana 30 isn't something I enjoy doing.
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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2018, 01:46:45 PM »
Not being an idiot with the skinny pedal seems to help.

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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #52 on: March 09, 2018, 02:26:18 PM »
Not being an idiot with the skinny pedal seems to help.

I enjoy copious amounts of throttle, from time to time. But that's usually when traction isn't there, so it's not as big a deal.
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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #53 on: March 09, 2018, 03:47:03 PM »
Not being an idiot with the skinny pedal seems to help.

I enjoy copious amounts of throttle, from time to time. But that's usually when traction isn't there, so it's not as big a deal.


You mean, like, donuts in the grass?
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Re: Morg's LJ build PROJECT:Kemosabe **Made in USA**
« Reply #54 on: March 09, 2018, 03:57:46 PM »
You mean, like, donuts in the grass?

That sounds EXACTLY like what I'm talking about!
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