Post by ODJeepster on Sept 3, 2014 18:39:32 GMT -8
Hey everyone, I am starting this as a build thread for my 1969 Jeepster Commando that I bought from Woody's 4x4 earlier this year, bone stock runner driver. This one has the better stocker parts than some like Saginaw power steering, multi spring rear leafs and the dauntless 225ci Buick V-6.
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Post by ODJeepster on Sept 3, 2014 19:09:11 GMT -8
Started off lifting the body 1-1/2" using aluminum spacers. Then I began searching for lift kits. I did not want to spring-over yet....if ever because the amount of body roll. So I decided to do my own custom spring packs. With the advice and help from Gary and Lee at Woody's 4x4 I bought some used early CJ lift springs, cold arched the stock Jeepster spring to match the arch of the CJ's. Jeepster springs have an offset center pin both front and rear so I cut and the CJ springs to sit in the pack where I determined best. I came up with 7 leafs in the front spring pack. The thinner leafs are the CJ leafs.
Post by ODJeepster on Sept 3, 2014 19:26:08 GMT -8
Built the rear springs the same, 7 leafs combining both style leafs. The front shackles are very similar to XJ rear and Waggy front, so I purchased JKS 1" lift Cherokee boomerang shackles. Had to narrow the bushings by 3/16" each to fit in the frame bracket. Also fabbed some u-bolt skid plates.
Post by ODJeepster on Sept 3, 2014 19:50:57 GMT -8
Built the rear springs the same, 7 leafs combining both kinds of springs. Installed the rear packs using YJ 1-1/2" lift boomerang shackles which I had to clearance the upper radius to miss the frame. Once I lowered the Jeepster I realized I was gonna have to make changes.
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Post by ODJeepster on Sept 3, 2014 20:17:23 GMT -8
Final leaf count, 4 leafs in front packs and 9 leafs in the rear packs. Took measurments for shocks and purchased Rancho RS5000, added a drop pitman arm, replaced front brake hoses with longer ones. Still had a death wobble around 40mph so I tightened the steering box, toed out the front tires and then finally added a steering stabilizer...death wobble is no more. I am very pleased with the suspension performance.
ExCabSwap: The wind there looks horrible... Still worth it haha
Feb 1, 2016 18:43:45 GMT -8
ExCabSwap: Finishing up the fuel tank... Hope to see you all Tuesday in my extended cab!
Feb 6, 2016 1:43:36 GMT -8
poorboy: Can somebody give me the official rules for the Cowbell please?
May 8, 2016 15:26:47 GMT -8
Wyldman: The Cowbell... If you are a club member and you're on one of our wheelin' trips. If you get stuck on an obstacle and have to be pulled out by your winch or someone elses winch/strap. You earn the Cowbell.
May 9, 2016 15:46:03 GMT -8
poorboy: Wyldman, I got to see the passing of the bell at the meeting and learned quite a bit about the tradition.
May 11, 2016 13:03:11 GMT -8
ljdude: Who has the cowbell?
Jul 20, 2016 23:45:14 GMT -8
petee: who has the cowbell
Aug 7, 2016 20:00:28 GMT -8