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Slodgetto's Green Dragon 4x4 Conversion Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds' started by Slodgetto, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Apr 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    well a large vertical band saw would be pretty awesome, or a torch/plasma cutter.

    The grinder would be my choice if you don't have access to those tools though.
     
  2. Apr 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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    Slodgetto

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    Yeah, a vertical band saw would be sweet! :eek: I'll give the grinder a go then.... Maybe I can just switch between the circular saw and grinder every couple inches to let them cool off.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    Throw it in the bed and come down here, our machine shop has a vertical band saw:spy:

    Might go through a few blades though :laugh:
     
  4. Apr 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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    lol This seems to be working ok... Off to the store to get more ginder wheels though. hahaha just past the halfway point...
     
  5. Apr 15, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Appljaxx He said "Member," ahuh huh

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    Dremel. I suggest the 1" cutter.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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    lol I was about to suggest a hack saw but that sounds better.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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    Started welding last night... Just some teaser pics:

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  8. Apr 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM
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    Looks good. You are an inspiration to us all :D
     
  9. Apr 21, 2012 at 7:12 AM
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    45acp Paint me back in Wyoming again...

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    So how much does that sucker weigh? :D
     
  10. Apr 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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    Thanks, Jeremy. :)
    lol I haven't weighed it.... I'll have to figure it out when it's all finished up:D
     
  11. Apr 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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    Skid is looking good. Nice work.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM
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    Hey thanks, man! You were definately my inspiration. :) I never would have thought to used the whiskey bends.... :cool:
     
  13. Apr 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    Ordered the Trail Gear Front bumper. :D Humongoginarmomassive stinger here I come! :cool: Should be here in a week or so... lol

    Heres the picture that sold me on their bumper with the stinger. This and my headache rack will give me a bit more piece of mind in case of rollover at Moab.
    [​IMG]

    Also, started regearing my rear diff with Nitro 5.29s and solid collar. Got all the old stuff a pressed out and new bearings/races pressed in with only destroying 2 old bearings and 1 oil retainer... :eek: I think I've got a good strong pinion preload at 19 in/lbs (slightly over spec) after about 6 tries.... Next step is to get the right backlash/carrier bearing preload set and then run some contact patterns to make sure my pinion depth is ok. With my luck, It'll probably take like 10 tries before I get a good pattern. :(

    Here's the old stuff just before I ran some measurements and took it apart. Carrier and pinion total preload was only at 3in/lb rolling torque!!! :O Backlash was ok at an avg. 9 thou and the contact pattern didn't look bad at all...
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  14. Apr 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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    IDtrucks Just out for a rip are ya bud?

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    looks like the tree is helping that rolled truck in the pic more than the rack is:cool:
     
  15. Apr 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
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    maybe, but I was mostly looking at how well the bumper held up! here's the story:

     
  16. Apr 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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    I know it won't even come close to the protection a cage would offer, but it's a little piece of mind for me..... at least that's why I chose thise one over the one with no stinger. :notsure:
     
  17. Apr 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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    I've been working on re-gearing my rear diff for the past few days and I think I've finally gotten a pattern that I can accept. Any opinions? Backlash is perfect at an avg. of .006". The pinion was way to shallow on my first attempt, so I added .010" worth of shims and got this. At first I thought it is a tad deep, but I'd rather er on the side of too deep than too shallow. Also apears to be favoring the toe a bit on the drive side wich ZUK said is desirable for larger tires, so that is a plus. :cool: Thanks for any input! :D

    I think it's finally time to slap her in.

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  18. Apr 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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    Where did you get the 6" shackles?
     
  19. Apr 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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    I actually got them used from a member on here. He said he got them from a kit from a company called "Outlaw". Neither of us could find the kit online though, so it remains a bit of a mystery. :eek:

    I'll actually be selling them when I put on my chebee leaf springs here in a month or two.... You interested? haha :cool:
     
  20. Apr 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    That is pretty close to what my pattern looked like front and rear. Pop em in and have fun. You do the front yet?
     
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