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I'm thinking that I'm going to revise the upper link and make it 75% of the lowers to try and help combat my clearance issues. I'm thinking that if I can keep the pinion at a more constant angle, it will not point the driveshaft at the bell housing and oil pan as much. It may be a bit harder on u-joints, but I will also get better on-road performance out of it.
 

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Well, I spent some time crawling around under the rig today and got the upper link adjusted and moved.

It's starting to look like I may have enough driveshaft clearance. Who knows, though.

The upper link is now 70% of the lowers at 27.25". The mounting heights in the pictures are not at the correct position, it was just for clearance testing.

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On my 3-link, my u-joint at the axle housing is the limiting factor for droop, I would try to truck with the high-pinion or do a cut-and-turn on the knuckles to get the pinion pointed at the t-case.
 

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On my 3-link, my u-joint at the axle housing is the limiting factor for droop, I would try to truck with the high-pinion or do a cut-and-turn on the knuckles to get the pinion pointed at the t-case.
The pinion points dead at the tcase. I'm worried that the driveshaft is going to hit the bellhousing before I reach desired stuff.
 

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easy, start cutting some of the bellhousing

What are your plans for a mating a DC shaft to the early T-case outputs?
It's hard to start cutting right there, as it is the starter mount. This is a newer replacement t-case, so I assume that I can get a DC pretty easily. However, I don't think that I really need one though.
 

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Can you raise the engine and drivetrain ?
,maybe you can get an extra inch
It's about as tight as I want it. I have about an inch to the top of the tranny hump with the trans shifter. I would prefer not to change the angle of the engine, as it is right about perfect at 3*-4*.

Really, if I gave this thing some more height it would do it. I have the bottom of the frame at about 23.5" and I would prefer to not make it any taller. If I can get 4"-5" of stuff, I'll be more than happy because I have all the droop in the world.
 

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I got the saginaw conversion completed today. I am using the 4x4 labs kit. It went together great, and was a pretty easy install. The steering box is a heep J20 box, rebuilt by Redhead Steering Gears.

Here is how the frame started today.

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Brackets stripped and everything lightly tacked.

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Fully welded.

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The kit was pretty easy to install. I like that it locates the box without much work.

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Well, the cruiser is partially apart again.

Everything besides the tub is headed off to the blaster.

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Since the top and sides are completley off, I decided to get the rest of the cage finish welded.

To help reduce the *bonk* factor for the rear jump seats, I decided to rework the rear parallels.

I cut the tubes off from the original locations, and notched and bent them to form into one tube.

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Here is everything finish welded up. I still need to cut off the old stubs, but that can be done pretty easily.

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With no body panels on, the cruiser looks kinda funny, but I like it.

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@White Stripe , how did you mount your rear jump seats? I've had a few ideas rattling around, but I would like to see what you did.

Thanks!

Like always, feedback is appreciated.

-Noodle
 
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Here is a bit of a build thread on my rear seats.
 

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Here is a bit of a build thread on my rear seats.
Awesome, thank you!
 
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Awesome, thank you!
I noticed I didn't show my latest mounting bracket in that seat write up. Here is my latest seat bracket. Its a bracket that bolts to the cage. the seats don't bolt to the fenderwell now like I had it in the old tub.
 

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More fun things have been arriving.

New radiator, 3 core and a bit bigger than factory. Its a Frostbite FB192.

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I started working on the install of the rear jumps. Unfortunately, the right side folds differently than the left, so they dont quite sit even. I guess that is Landrover for ya.

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I love how cleanly the seats fold up, though.

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And the other side partially in.

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With the parallel bars on the cage moved, there is plenty of headroom. The seats are actually pretty comfortable to sit in too. They work much better than the low benches for taller people.
 
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New Corbeau seats also came. Brackets and 5 point harnesses are sitting at FedEx, cause they cant seem to figure out how to deliver to the house.

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