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Offline frijolee

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2016, 02:55:05 PM »
Here's the last bit (for now)

Made standoffs for the bump stops since I didn't feel like digging out the rusted bolts from the interfaces I had before.  Decided to put these standoffs on the frame side to save the unsprung weight.

Started with a piece of scrap 3/16" 2x2 tube I cut in half.  I'm using multiple engagement points to ensure I have fore/aft adjust-ability.




Cutting an arc to match the frame rails.




Welded nuts on the inside:




Burned them in (more weld through primer).




POR15 (grey because it's all I had left).




Note, one end is boxed to the frame rail the other is open as I didn't want it to be too stiff torsionally least I give my self unintended stress risers.

Since these are only 1" tall (well, maybe 1 1/8" with the stiffener underneath) I'm starting with a 5/8" aluminum spacer I whipped up to ensure the bumps engage in time.  I might lessen this down the road.

More underbody coating as well.




Alignment looks pretty good under shock compression.  Rear end finally ready to be buttoned up for real.




Started doing the front to rear nut and bolt check and that's where I left it last night.
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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2016, 03:10:47 AM »
Looks Good Joel!
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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2016, 07:36:49 AM »
Agreed, is thing is super cool.
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Offline frijolee

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2016, 11:31:29 AM »
Thanks fellas.  It needs more power, but it's still pretty capable.

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Offline freeskier7791

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2016, 09:45:05 AM »
Looks like the johnson valley trip was a success!  I like that front bumper.

Offline frijolee

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2017, 01:25:48 AM »
After starting a new job I finally started spending some money again.

Daddy got a new pair of shoes.  33x12.5r15s




And immediately took the family camping...




Was kinda stoked that in the first 12 hours of driving on these more than half of that was on dirt.  Woke up to a beautiful morning in Jawbone Canyone a bit above Mojave.  The jeep was clean for about 5 seconds.




Then it wasn't.




I can't tell you how stoked I am that my girls love jeeps and dirt.  Really makes my heart warm.




Some beautiful canyons and what not...




Worked our way across the hills with a few buddies on motorcycles.  Killer views...




And the object of our search.  "Burro" Schmidt's tunnel.  One man cut 2600 feet through solid granite bedrock.  Took 38 years but pretty wild.  That tiny light was the end of the tunnel.  Pic about halfway in.




Wicked sunset on the way out too.  XJ in it's natural habitat.




We were out there all weekend and even managed to borrow a few toys.  Riding a quad with my daughters.




Good times had by all.  Where else in SoCal do I need to go exploring?  Vacation is lacking so I'm limited by about as far as I can get from Orange County on a Friday evening.
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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2017, 08:52:40 AM »
jealous of those views! not something you get to see offroading around here!
and the lack of tree branches scratching up everything!
I can't imagine trying to maintain a shiny black offroad rig!

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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2017, 02:57:51 PM »
Looks like a TON of fun Joel!
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Offline markfluko

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2017, 03:24:47 PM »
That tunnel looks wild. Would be pretty cool to check that out.

Offline freeskier7791

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2017, 05:35:35 AM »
Cool!  Have you thought about going to parker?  Would be 5 hrs of driving each way.  Lots of cool roads and trails there plus the sand dunes and river.  I assume you have done most of johnson valley area as well?  Theres those dry lakes which are cool

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Offline frijolee

Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2017, 02:54:58 AM »
I don't know parker, so that'll be a new one to look into.  I love Johnson Valley but need to find more folks to roll with.  Some of the trails there are so heavy it's easy to put yourself in a bad way if you don't have someone with you to spot who knows the lines.  I've been meaning to do more exploring in Big Bear as well.

Thanks for the tips.
-Joel
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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #41 on: October 14, 2017, 05:28:36 AM »
Parker is more open desert than rocks.  Have you looked into any local jeep clubs?

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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #42 on: October 14, 2017, 11:56:39 AM »
Parker is more open desert than rocks.  Have you looked into any local jeep clubs?

Haven't really, but that's partly because life has been full enough I feel like I'd be pretty inconsistent as an attendee.  I also would really need to get hooked up with the right kind of club.  You sort of want folks who aren't afraid to go hard, but careful.  If the group is too big then it's slow.  If the rigs are build to different levels of ability you end up dragging the stock guys through the hard stuff while the built rigs roll through like cakewalk.  Keep thinking I'll join one eventually but haven't gotten around to it.

Joel

PS Bonus sunset pic.  Gorgeous out there...


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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #43 on: October 19, 2017, 01:52:10 PM »
Parker is 40 mins from my place in Havasu :)
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Re: XJ Frame Stiffeners (or how to waste time on side projects)
« Reply #44 on: October 19, 2017, 04:15:36 PM »
Parker is 40 mins from my place in Havasu :)

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