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    Although I don't have much for pics of the build so far, thought I would start this to be able to slowly add to it.

    Currents mods:
    3.5" RE lift/2" spacers & longer shackles
    Rebuilt motor with about 2K miles
    3" cat back exhaust
    Teraflex adjustable upper and lower control arms and track bar
    G2 Dana 44 axles with Eaton E-lockers/4.88 gears
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    31" BFG KM2

    First pic is before mods
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    Future mods:
    Rusty's steering upgrade (should arrive next week)
    33" tires until I can afford bigger lift, 35" after
    Fender Trimming
    Frames stiffeners, exo cage, rock sliders, front and rear bumpers and roof rack
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    Big enough lift to run 35" tires with mild trimming
    Electric fan conversion for mechanical fan and aluminum radiator(still running original stock...oops)
    Exhaust headers and new exhaust the rest of the way out
    Lighting, lots of lighting plus an underbody glow
    Snorkel
    Possibly additional power adders
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    Found a couple more pics





    Also just got my steering from Rusty's

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    Nice Cliff, love the Cherokees!
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    Already have a thread on axle install
    Installing new axles today

    but here are a few pics










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    I STRONGLY suggest inspecting the welds on the G2 axle tubes before you get too far into your build.

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    What should he be looking for, Frank? Pictures of examples would help.
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    Had one in the shop recently and the welds were piss-poor, nothing more than tack-welds.

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    Welds were inspected before the install, my brother and I were actually admiring the some of the work. Nice fluid beads, not burned too deep, not just sitting on surface. The issue I do have with the axles is on the front. Both ways turning the wheel you can see where the axle is bottoming out around u-joint. Only on drivers side though. Supposed to take it to 4 wheel parts for them to look at. Getting rid of my death wobble first. Along with my new Rustys steering I am replacing the wheel bearings and steering damper (Rustys too). Thanks for the heads up...think I will go ahead and check all the welds anyway. Been wheelin a few times and put some miles on em but better safe than sorry.....although they are under warranty
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    Pretty sure I found my death wobble. Passenger side tie rod just spun with the nut and had to be cut off. Ran into a snag installing steering. The new steering arm is straight rather than having a curve on the passenger side. Causes the steering arm to hit diff cover before hitting the stops. Could just extend bump stops and I might have to anyway. Anybody know of a knuckle conversion that would extend out about 1/2 inch further, which should still fit 15" rims. I figure any little bit more I can get the better.
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    Here is the old one


    and the new one hitting the diff


    all the way to the left

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    I can't fault Rusty's, for designing steering for a D-30, that won't clear your set up. It just sucks that you have to modify a new product, to make everything work together.

    If you have your heart set on Rusty's product, start shoppin' for an offset TRE that will screw into the new Tie Rod. Is there a published diameter/thread size for the Rusty's TRE?
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    I've run into something similar with my Serious Steering Kits and what looks to be a Solid diff cover on your rig.

    I'd suggest ditching the Solid cover in favor of a Ridler cover.

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    So got my alignment done today and the death wobble is much better. Had no issues on the way home and thought it was fixed but wobble came back above 35 mph. As I expected my toe was way off. Apparently my wobble is caused by caster angle. We adjusted the adjustment shims(TJ front axle) which helped. I have adjustable upper and lower control arms to be able to further adjust but am getting mixed answers about what caster should be set at. My Rusty's steering says 7.5 degrees positive. Anybody have experience with the caster angle?
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    Got to thinking about it last night laying in bed. My death wobble was not present after the last time controls arms were adjusted so I highly doubt they need to be adjusted. Thoughts? I keep coming back to thinking it is the upper joint on track bar, but not able to see any movement. Thoughts? Ok take that back there is movement now. As the steering wheel is being turned I see the top of track bar squishing up and moving...it should be 100% solid, yes?
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    xaza previously posted:
    " Ok take that back there is movement now. As the steering wheel is being turned I see the top of track bar squishing up and moving...it should be 100% solid, yes?"

    Yes, or at least minimal travel.

    I visited Sean yesterday, we looked at his Ranger. The new, rubber, track bar bushings were squishing all over the place. As he worked the steering, I was able to see the truck body move back and forth, while the tires and axle stayed planted.

    Stock caster for an XJ is 6.5*, plus or minus. GoJeep has a writeup that you can use to check your caster without a rack: Alignment

    I just realized, you have a low pinion axle. You might have to compromise between caster and pinion angles.
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    I have 5 degrees caster and zero death wobble. I can't imagine have a lifted jeep with a lp d30 and being able to get that much caster with out the front diff shaking the jeep apart. If the dw is stilll present try lowering caster some. Less than 6 degrees is fine. Some jeeps I ali with lifts are as low as 3-3.5 degrees caster. I would also double check the steering linkage angle to make sure it is close to the track bar angle. Some times those kits require a track bar drop bracket.

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    The track bar and control arms have been on the Jeep a couple years now, long before death wobble started. Axles were replaced with Dana 44's with no death wobble issues. Had a friend borrow it while in town for a week and he put 1000k miles on it with no issues. Bent steering linkage on Spring Creek and have had issues since then. Have since replaced my steering with Rusty's steering upgrade, had wheels rebalanced, and alignment done. I don't know how to measure my caster. I do have a pitch gauge to measure pinion angle though. Oh yeah replaced a wheel bearing because I had a new one sitting here in the box. I am feeling certain that my caster is where it should be because I had run it previously with no issues. I compared the movement of the upper track bar between my brothers Jeep and mine. They both move a bit but in different ways. His shifts side to side slightly (no wobble) mine shifts in and out(up and down).
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    The rusty's heavy duty steering is almost a cross over right?

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    Here is the Rusty's steering I installed, post #11 has a good pic of factory steering

    Rusty's Jeep XJ-TJ-YJ Tie Rod Conversion - Conversions - Jeep Steering
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