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#1 ChevyJoe

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 11:59 AM

First off I want to give a special thanks to build it off-road. If not for Chad's cage, the twisted stitch seats and belts, my buddy Wandering Groundhog and I probably wouldn't be here today.

Long story short, we did some 30mph tumbles at the Moses dunes. Luckily the only damage was to the Sami body.

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Previously it had a 1.3L on propane, Sami trans, 6.5:1 tcase and locked Sami axles on 35s.

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New plans include a half cab with flat bed, 2.3L Suzuki aerio motor, 5 speed from chevy tracker, 4.9:1 tcase and Suzuki hybrid rear end with arb. Going to stick with my 35s until the Suzuki axles go boom.

The teardown:

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:10 PM

My first question is wheelbase. What's the optimum wheelbase for a rig on 35" tires in the PNW? Let's not include snow wheeling, just trails in the dry-er months.

I'm going to be cutting my frame just in front of the rear leaf spring hangers and extending it rearward. Originally I wanted to run the same length driveshaft front and rear but haven't got that far to see what wheel base that would put me at (front shaft is about twice as long as rear)

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:26 PM

Going to link the rear?

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:59 PM

Screw your broke ass sami, Joe. I wanna see some Moses pics!!!



Just kiddin' man. Glad to hear you're ok!

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:06 PM

Wow! Glad you are ok.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:12 PM

98.66" +/- .010 WB.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:33 PM

View PostJenks, on 10 June 2014 - 12:26 PM, said:

Going to link the rear?

Nope staying leaf sprung but some badass shocks and air bumps will be included in the rebuild

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:45 PM

mine is about 97" on 36's and I like it for a trail runner... only time I wish it were longer is when i'm playing up at the moon rocks in the summer.

sami axles won't last long with the 2.3.

Glad your ok.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 02:05 PM

View PostBuc4x, on 10 June 2014 - 01:45 PM, said:

mine is about 97" on 36's and I like it for a trail runner... only time I wish it were longer is when i'm playing up at the moon rocks in the summer.

sami axles won't last long with the 2.3.

Glad your ok.

Agreed! Why are you selling that 44?

#10 ChevyJoe

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 02:29 PM

The ford 44 is full width and the pumpkin is driver side drop. I'm going to see how long I can make the Suzuki axles last cause I don't have the funds to build new axles and buy new beadlocks.

If they go boom I'm going Toyota rock assaults or pass offset waggy D44's.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:19 PM

103-110 WB with good, tight steering. That's just what I like though. I prefer longer for the rocks.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

Can't wait to see what ya do to her. Glad your all ok

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:42 PM

View PostPhantom 309, on 10 June 2014 - 03:19 PM, said:

103-110 WB with good, tight steering. That's just what I like though. I prefer longer for the rocks.

What he says, I really liked my Toyota around here for trails at 108" when I stretched mine to 120 something I lost my pivot on my rear tire

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:55 PM

Seriously though (hijack) how was Moses?!? I haven't seen pics anywhere from it!

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:35 PM

I like the 100" wheelbase personally that my old Sami had. But I only had a few runs with it

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 05:03 PM

Joe my cherokee was 102 or 104 I can't remeber. It worked well with 35s. Sat low too

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:02 PM

So glad you guys came out ok.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:26 PM

View PostPhantom 309, on 10 June 2014 - 03:55 PM, said:

Seriously though (hijack) how was Moses?!? I haven't seen pics anywhere from it!

It was... wild. I don't know if I'm starting to get old or just can't hang like I used to, but the amount of alcohol, testosterone, and horsepower running around that place was insane. I didn't feel safe in anything but a vehicle.

After the roll, the rest of the weekend was spent trying to make the memory go away = little to no pics. The best one I have is this

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#19 ChevyJoe

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:33 PM

I'll see if I can find more pics. There's a ton from the weekend on the Moses lake mud flats and sand dunes Facebook page. Met DaveW as well, his ultra4 rig was pretty sweet.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:28 AM

whoa man.  looks like too much fun.  last time i was at moses it was sherriff city.  have they chilled out a bit? (obviously).  we were affraid to crack a beer just sittin beside the lake a couple years ago, major damper.  i miss the good old days of not being able to sleep for fear of getting run over :)  nice work.  i vote toyota axles, sell your built sami axles to a newb might pay for itself.  cheers!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:22 PM

The sheriffs are nazi's but I feel it's needed out there of honestly, more people would die. I'm going to at least run these axles while I save up for bigger, cause I'm not missing out on the snow!!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:02 PM

Couldn't pass up ruffstuff's 20% off father day sale, no more broken lights from pushin in the snow!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 02:35 PM

Nice!

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 08:56 PM

Well long story short, the Sami was toast from my "fun" at the dunes so I started hunting for a new project to swap my collection of goodies into.

I wanted something old school. Stumbled upon a '70 CJ6 on Craigslist that had "just a little banged up rear corner" .... picked it up on a Tuesday right at dark so couldn't really tell how beat up it was Posted Image

Let's just say there was more rust and bondo then there was steel lol. The next day it went back up on Craigslist and I made a pretty penny off of it the following Saturday.

Sunday I called on a '72 CJ5 that was torn apart for a frame off resto... come to find out the guy is located right off Dazet! Couple hours later I'm headed home with the new to me jeep.

So the past two weeks or so my dad and I have been bustin ass. Here's a little teaser of where it's sittin today, still a long ways to go!

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 08:57 PM

I have a bunch of pics of the progress. I'll get those posted soon :)