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Old 11-24-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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my little project that i just finished

here is a project i started about a year ago and now is done. its an 87 samurai with a whole lot of the body choped off. drivetrain wise it has a small block 400, th400, np205 t-case. i did all the work in my little garage from the chopping to the links to the cage. it has a superwinch 8500 on the front and for now just 35's, tryin to find some decent 38's. most of the brackets are from ballistic fabrications, the axles: front c10 bolt and the rear has a 12 bolt with both having chrome alloy axles . it has full hydro steering with 3.8 turns lock to lock. now here are the pics.
















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Old 11-24-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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Looks good, ain't hurtin' for horsepower for sure.

Not that I'm a master fabricater, but I sure am concerned about that center link mount in the rear. That seams like alot of leverage for two weld points.

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Old 11-24-2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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im down in southwest texas, i dont thing the rear setup is goin to be too much of a problem, i have done some pretty nasty touque test and it has held up just great, the reason i built this thing is cause i live only about 20 miles from a place called trees ranch (www.treesranchoffroad.com) the largest off road park in texas.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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Nice ride! What keeps the hood from flying up though?
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:11 PM   #5
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im using the old school jeep hood latches, they should be here tomorrow.
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:37 PM   #6
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where u live in college station gearhead, i graduated A&M in 02 lived right off of harvey mitchell on the southeast side.
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:56 PM   #7
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Torque testing?

you meen flogging on it up and down the road?

you got some serious axle seperation on those rear links,youve created alot of extra leverage going against you on the upper rear mount.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:31 AM   #8
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no put it on a dyno and did a 2500lb load at about 3500rpm's, with that seperation i have zero squat. it is dead even when i take off.
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Always good to have another Zuk on the trails. Look forward to meeting you!
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Looks good, ain't hurtin' for horsepower for sure.

Not that I'm a master fabricater, but I sure am concerned about that center link mount in the rear. That seams like alot of leverage for two weld points.

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Torque testing?

you meen flogging on it up and down the road?

you got some serious axle seperation on those rear links,youve created alot of extra leverage going against you on the upper rear mount.
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no put it on a dyno and did a 2500lb load at about 3500rpm's, with that seperation i have zero squat. it is dead even when i take off.
Those guys are right, thats alot of force being put on 2 spots. A dyno won't come close to showing the forces put on it when you're climbing a steep hill and bouncing. Even if the welds hold,the center section on that axle can rotate on the tubes, then you're really screwed
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i had a rear truss with 6 mounting points and cracked every point. Im not gonna say i think thats gonna be an issue i will gaurantee you that you will either twist, crack, or rip it clean off the axle unless you drive like my grandma, but even she can has a heavy foot from time to time.
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welcome to the site, as soon as i get my junk rolling again Im sure we will meet out at trees its on the top of my where to wheel list

Ok as far as what everybody else says I would tend to agree you might want to add some gussets on your rear upper mount..... Ok what kind of link set up is on the front I dont see a track bar am I just not seeing it?
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