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Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by SlugSlinger, Mar 23, 2020.

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    I machined the hubs down using an angle grinder and the hub mounted on the axle while spinning it by hand and installed the tone rings.

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    Rear axle is done.

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    looking good.
     
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    Judging by the lack of shiny paint on the steering. What setup are you going with?
     
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    I’m debating on starting with the factory steering and tying the ford drag link end with a Jeep drop pitman arm.

    There’s a couple aftermarket options. Weld on steering arms, having the knuckle top machined to accept top mounted steering arms or Reid racing knuckles with top mounted steering arms.

    My primary issue with all the after market alternatives is wheel clearance. Maximum backspacing is 4.25”. I think I want to run as much backspacing as possible to lessen the extra axle width. 71.25” WMS with the Ford vs. 65.5” with the JK axles. Measuring my factory JK wheels, there is 6" of backspacing. The factory Ford steel wheel backspacing is 5.75". I am already gaining 6" of extra axle width. I found some cheap factory steel wheels to use for weld on beadlocks if I end up going that direction.

    Another issue is the tierod attachment. The tie rod will interfere with the differential cover. You cannot run a straight tie rod in the factory location without it hitting the cover.
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    Machining the Knuckle:
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    It's never easy to just change one thing without creating a list of other issues to research.

    What diameter wheel are you planning on running?
     
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    Isn't that the truth! In politics its called unintended consequences.

    The wheels I found are 17" and I can run my current 35" tires. I may eventually try to run 40"s tires.

    I can already tell that the factory 3.8 liter is going to cut it, unfortunately. That's a whole different can of worms!
     
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    So you are already working on the details to complete an LS, Hemi or R2.8 Diesel swap?

    I'll be interested to see how you wrap up that project.
     
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    A swap spins around in my head every time I drive the pig. Especially after driving the L5P!
     

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