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4x4Wire Archive Jeep Technical Pages covering engines, transmissions, transfer cases, drivelines, axles, suspensions, lift kits, steering, electrical and more.

Jeep Tech Engines These Jeep engine pages cover stock Jeep engines, engine swaps, engine performance, and engine rebuilds. Jeep Transmissions The Jeep Technical transmission pages cover stock Jeep transmissions and transmission swaps in Jeep vehicles. Stock transmissions used in Jeeps from 1941 until present are covered in detail. There are articles about various transmission swaps using both automatic and manual transmissions. Jeep Transfercases The Jeep Technical Transfer Case pages cover stock transfer cases used in Jeeps from 1941 until the present and they cover transfer case upgrades. Low gear swaps in transfer cases and transfer case swaps are covered in great detail. Jeep Drive Shafts The Jeep Technical drive shaft pages feature articles about various drive shafts used in Jeep vehicles and basic information about drive shafts. Jeep Axles The Jeep Technical axle pages feature articles about stock Jeep axles and axle conversions and upgrades on Jeep vehicles. Various upgrades are covered including one piece axle swaps, full floating swaps, ring and pinion swaps, locker installations, etc. Jeep Wheels Jeep Tech Wheel pages are filled with information about wheels for your 4x4. Jeep Tires Jeep Tech Tire pages cover all aspects of tires for your Jeep. Jeep Suspension Jeep Technical suspension pages. These articles cover suspension aspects of your Jeep including lift kits, coil springs, leaf springs, 3/4 elliptical, 1/4 elliptical, and spring over axle conversions. Jeep Steering Jeep Tech steering pages cover various aspects of steering your Jeep. The good and bad of stock Ross and Saginaw steering set ups, steering conversions to power steering to save your digits, and drag link and tie rod configurations. Jeep Brakes The Jeep Technical brakes pages cover braking aspects of your Jeep including disk brake upgrades, master cylinder upgrades, power brake conversions, swing arm pedal conversions, dual cylinder upgrades, maintenance, and more. Jeep Frames The Jeep Technical frame pages are all about frames for Jeep vehicles. Jeeps used regular channel frames, boxed frames, and tube frames. Later Jeeps use a frameless uni-body construction in the XJ, ZJ, and WJ. Your frame might not be up to the task of hard use, especially if it is old. Frame boxing and gusseting can prevent frame cracks. Skid plates and cross members are also covered in the frame section. Jeep Bumpers JeepTech bumper pages cover reviews and theory of bumpers and tire carriers that are attached to bumpers. Choosing the right bumper for your Jeep depends on what you plan to do with your Jeep. Jeep Carriers and Rubicon Racks Jeep Tech tire carrier and rubicon rack pages. These articles cover all different types of tire carriers, rubicon racks, and other equipment carriers. Jeep Body Work Jeep Technical body pages are all about doing body work on your Jeep vehicle. The body pages cover tubs, hoods, fenders, grills, and windshield frames. Articles cover painting, fixing dents and rust, and prep work to make your Jeep look good. Body protection is also covered including corner and rocker panel protection. Jeep Fuel Systems Jeep Technical Fuel System pages cover various aspects of the fuel system of your Jeep including fuel tanks, fuel lines, emission systems, fuel return systems, carburetors, and fuel injection systems. Jeep Electrical Jeep Technical electrical pages. These articles cover electronic aspects of your Jeep including batteries, starters, ignitions, wiring, lighting, computers, gauges, CBs, radios, and more. Jeep Interiors The Jeep Technical interior pages cover aspects of the interior of your Jeep including seats, seat belts, roll cages, consoles, bed liners, carpeting, sound proofing, heaters, cooling, and more. Jeep Winches Jeep Tech winch pages cover winches, winch mounts, and winch accessories. All types of winches are covered including PTO, electric, and hydraulic. Most of the content is purely technical, but some coverage of winch techniques are available. Jeep Tools Jeep Tech Tools pages are filled with information about tools that can help you build your Jeep and keep it running. This section also covers recovery tools and products that help you on the trail.

 

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Project Pieces and Parts

Project Pieces and Partsby: Terry Howe

Project Pieces and Parts has been a long and changing project. When the project began, I wanted to make a nice streetable CJ-2A that would perform well on the trail, but near the end I wanted to build a hard core rock crawler. The change in direction created some changes in the project in the middle of the project.

The reason for the change in direction was the slow death my '81 CJ-7. I'd been wheeling my CJ-7 harder and harder over the past eight years and the damage was very hard to keep up with. I finally decided it would be easier to scrap the CJ-7 and focus on the CJ-2A. With my energy focused on the CJ-2A, I knew I could make it a great rock crawler.

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Introduction - Considering only the condition of the Jeep, parting it out is the most reasonable thing to do. The only thing that prevents me from doing just that is its heritage.Damage Report - A complete disassembly of this flat fender revealed several problems that were not immediately apparent. The biggest problems are with the tub and the frame.Frame and Bumper Fab - Fame and bumper fabrication for the Jeep Tech Editors CJ-2A Project Pieces and Parts. Ideas on building a stout flat fender frame and bumpers for a minimalist.Frame Boxing and Gusseting - The frame work for Project Pieces and Parts wasn't done after simply chopping up and splicing together the '73 Commando frame to flat fender specifications. There was still a large frame crack to fix near the front spring mount, the splices to reinforce, body mounts to build, and some frame boxing to do.Pieces and Parts Suspension - Since this project is called "Pieces and Parts", you can't expect anything to be normal and this is true for the suspension. The suspension is not radical, but it is practical and should perform well.Ultimate Offset Pumpkin Dana 44 - Rebuilding a '71 CJ-5 Dana 44 for a Project Pieces and Parts. This axle is the best factory rear end for any '41-'71 short Jeep.Dana 30 Disk Brake Conversion - Terry Howe does a disk brake conversion of a drum brake Dana 30 for Project Pieces and Parts. Everything you need to know to swap disks on your '72-'76 CJ with drum brakes. This article also explains why the Dana 30 is a good low buck axle upgrade for '45-'71 CJsBuick 231 V6 Swap - Project Pieces and Parts finally gets the fired up with a Buick 231 V6 sitting on engine mounts from Advanced Adapters.TH350 for Project Pieces and Parts - The Turbo 350, aka TH350, automatic transmission is a stout 3 speed automatic transmission. It has been used in various GM cars and trucks over the years. Because it is a reliable, common, and short transmission, it is probably the best automatic transmission to swap in a short Jeep such as a flat fender.Pieces and Parts Transfer Case - Project Pieces and Parts gets a Scout 80 Dana 18 transfer case. The Scout 80 Dana 18 is a small hole Dana 18 with the big intermediate shaft.Pieces and Parts Overdrive - A Warn Overdrive from a Scout 80 for Project Pieces and Parts. The Warn Overdrive does not shorten the rear driveshaft and it provides a 0.75:1 gear reduction in all forward and reverse gears.Tunnel Cover - Fabricating the shift linkage bracket and tunnel cover was an entire weekend of careful cutting, bending, welding, and drilling. The work was worth it, I got the clean look I wanted and I maximized floor space.Dual Batteries for Project Pieces and Parts - It is always a challenge fitting things into a flat fender; fitting a dual battery system into Project Pieces and Parts was no exception. A dual battery system insures that there will be plenty of cold cranking amps to start the Jeep up even after a fairly long dead pull with the winch.Durabak Bed Liner - For Project Pieces and Parts, Durabak not only provides a tough, skid resistant finish, it hides body work. Applying the product is easy, and the finish is outstanding.Work - Body work for Project Pieces and Parts is more of a matter of turning dents and swiss cheese into some sort of usable body. Hours and hours of MIG welding, Bondo, and sanding result in nice body panels.Shooting Color - Anyone will tell you that the key to a good paint job is the prep work. Body work on a Jeep is something you need to strike a delicate balance between looking good and not wasting a lot of time.Off-Your Rocker Corner Guards - Project Pieces and Parts gets rid of some ratty corners by installing Off-Your Rocker Corner Guards. These corners aren't poseur aluminum cover-ups, these corners are heavy duty steel diamond plate.Pieces and Parts Electrical - Wiring up a Willys CJ-2A is no simple matter. I had two stock wiring harnesses and both were beyond recovery. The cloth insulation on the wires just doesn't last 50 years or more. I recently parted out a rolled '77 CJ-7, so I decided to use the wiring harness from the CJ-7 on the Willys. It worked pretty well and saved lots of time and money.In Cab Winch Controller - An in cab winch controller, hard wired to your winch, will increase the reliability of your winch and make it more convenient to use. A hard wired winch controller will avoid winch failures caused by a damaged plug or a controller wire wrapped around a tire. It also means your winch will be ready to use without digging out the controller.Pieces and Parts Brakes - The stock brakes on a CJ-2A are frightening by modern day standards. They use a single cylinder master cylinder that has no redundancy and small drums all around. I wanted to have a dual cylinder master cylinder and disk brakes up front. I also wanted power brakes because I was planning on running an automatic transmission.Pieces and Parts Steering I - The Ross steering that is stock on a CJ-2A is basic manual steering. Because there are several moving parts in the linkage, it has a reputation for being loose. I wanted to convert my CJ-2A to Saginaw power steering.Pieces and Parts Steering II - When I swapped a 4.3L Chevy V6 in to replace the 3.8L Buick V6, I had to rework the intermediate shaft. The Chevy engine mounts are in the middle where as the Buick mounts are in the front of the engine. The only way I could clear the engine mount was with a three u-joint intermediate shaft from Borgeson.Tube It Out! - There are many ways that tubing out portions of your four wheeler can improve it's off road performance. It can improve departure and approach angles, allow more engine cooling, and allow larger tires with no lift. It also looks cool.Quick Jeep Dana 44 Spindle Nut - If your Jeep has half ton internal hubs, chances are you have the three piece spindle nuts. The inner nut sets the tension on the bearing, the lock washer slides down the slot on the spindle and a pin on the inner nut goes in a hole in the lock washer, and the outer nut holds it all in place. Sometimes, you get lucky and that lock washer slides right down and the pin in the nut goes right in a hole in the lock washer, sometimes it doesn't. Some Ford Dana 44s use a self locking spindle nut that does not require aligning the pin and makes installation much easier.Slamming Gears - An easy modification to the Art Carr cable shifter can make it a quick gear slamming shifter for any automatic transmission. Sometimes, the ability to get into reverse fast can save a roll over.
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PACE EDWARDS POWERGATE LOCKS YOUR TRUCK’S TAILGATE QUICKLY AND EASILY

PACE EDWARDS POWERGATE LOCKS YOUR TRUCK’S TAILGATE QUICKLY AND EASILYLots of tonneau covers can be locked to secure your stowed items—but what good is that if the thief can still open your tailgate? The PowerGate from Pace Edwards offers a convenient and very effective solution to this problem. Easily installed inside the tailgate using Pace Edwards’ plug-and-go wiring harness, the PowerGate locks your tailgate electronically every time you lock the vehicle’s doors using the original remote key fob. Made in the USA, the PowerGate includes a stainless steel backing plate and slide bolt with a nylon guide block for smooth operation. For vehicles without power door locks, Pace Edwards also offers an optional switch kit. The PowerGate is the perfect compliment to any Pace Edwards retractable truck bed cover. Pace Edwards, (888) 640 5902; www.pace-edwards.com###Pace Edwards has been the industry leader in premium retractable truck bed covers for more than 20 years. Located in Centralia, Washington, Pace Edwards covers are known for their innovative designs, quality construction and true functionality. Part of the Truck Accessories Group, Pace Edwards is a SEMA and NTEA member and proudly manufactures its products in the U.S.A.

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IFS Driveshaft CV Modification for Increased Angle


 

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The tools I used for this project are an angle grinder, a die grinder with a carbide burr, a small sledge hammer, a flat-head screwdriver, a sturdy vise, some small washers, and a small pick or piece of wire and a magnet in case I end up needing to fish out needle roller bearings.If all you plan to do is get the joint apart to clearance it, the only u-joint caps you need to remove are the ones in the center section of the joint (which I'll call the "H" from here on out).The basic method I use to remove u-joints is the same as used in this article. It's fast and effective. Reading the article will help you understand how I disassemble this CV joint.

1. Start by removing the grease zerks and c-clips from the u-joint caps you plan on taking out. Use a flat head screwdriver to dig into the grime and to pry and hammer the clips off.

2. Support the flange end of the CV on top of the jaws of the vise. Pound on the "H" with the sledge hammer. A few good whacks will bring the cap up. Flip the joint over and do the same thing to the cap on the opposite side. Hold the joint at a certain angle to get the cap to be able to be pounded out as far as possible, however this still wont be far enough to get ahold of the caps to get them out.

3. At this point, you should be able to move the joint cross back and forth between the two caps. If any of the needle roller bearings have fallen out of place, use a pick or some wire and a magnet to get them all out. If you don't, they will be ruined when you try to pound the caps the rest of the way out, and then you will need a new u-joint. The same goes if you lose any of them, so be very careful if you plan to re-use the joint (Hint- pumping some new grease into the joints prior to disassembly may help keep the bearings in place).

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