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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rock Rails-The Beginning

Raw 2x4 steel.


End caps.

Another mock-up.

Struts to the newly stiffenned frame.

Pull it off to finish the welds.

I still plan to come off the 2x4 with 1.25" tubing at an upward angle running the entire length of the rail.

Traction Bar-The Beginning

Frame Mount. We had to cut the shackles down quite a bit.

Axle Mount. Cut from a d60 axle mount. David brought this down in size to match the proportions of the axle.

Design decisions.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Receiver hitch grill

Built this a while back. It's proven itself quite useful during trips to the river.

Frame Stiffeners-Main Subframe

Grinding off the undercoating. We had to drop the transmition crossmember 2" to be able to slide the frame support in.

The long arm support that went here will be returned. It had to be slightly modified to accomodate the extra thickness of the subframe after adding the stiffeners.

Unlike the front and rear stiffeners, these cover both the side and the bottom. Lots of plug holes.

David behind the whip. He makes this job go a lot faster/smoother than I thought it would. Plus he has 20+ years of welding experience.

The gap between the front and side stiffeners on the driver's side.Weld it up, grind it down and you'll probably never see it again. These stiffeners were very well designed. On a side note, I have to grind down the lower control arm mounts. With the time/money being spent on the frame I def. need to clean it up a bit.

HD Offroad Engineering Frame Stiffeners-Front End

Finally we have begun to install these. David trailered the Jeep over to his garage, aka Skinny Pedal Racing. He pretty much started on it right away.

Front passenger side. The easy side, considering there was no track bar mount.

Front driver's side.

Driver's side bumper mount.

Driver's side where the two stiffeners will meet. I still have to grind down the stock lower contorl arm mounts.

Driver's side front.