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Budget JK build for anyone who wants to follow. Building mostly for touring, but want it capable enough to have some fun on the weekends. Trying my best to keep costs down on this, only spending money if I have too.

I'm putting some 4.56's in this weekend, along with some Synergy front sleeves. I have killed the D30 r&p, hopefully with a bit more mechanical sympathy I can avoid break it again. Also need to extend the swaybar links to suit the lift, and make them quick disconnect.

Future plans are 35's with some new rims, will make some tube flares to cover. Make a rearbar/rear winch setup. Some roof racks to mount to the canopy for carrying long stuff like gazebos. Have a bunch of 4" stainless pipe and bends, will make a snorkel for it if I get motivated. Locking hubs or a drive flange for the front. And eventually a D44 for the front when I break the D30 again, and convince myself its in the budget








EVO MFG 1/4 front bar, with a Runva 11XP winch

Lovells 50mm springs, some cheap extended shocks. Shocks could be 50-60mm longer all around, something to do if these ones die.

Dual battery with redarc solenoid. Extra lighter sockets and usb sockets added.

2.5" exhaust, stock pipe with the rear muffler removed, 15" hotdog. Cut the inlet and outlet off the muffler and made a dump pipe using the flanges from the original dump pipe.






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Stock horns are crap, chucked these Stebel horns on to make it a bit louder.



Also made some quick disconnects for the front swaybar. Used some eye nuts, threaded rod and lynch pins.



I took the thread down on the section that slips into the sway bar end, but it has a little to much play for my liking. If I can find some 12mm rod at the scrap yard, I will run a thread onto it to fit the eye nut. Should be a snug fit on the sway bar that way.
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Remade the sway bar pins.



Took it around my mates workshop last night so he could set the diff gears up. Got the front sleeves welded in.



Spent around 3 hours trying to get the backlash correct on the front and it just wasn't working. We would adjust it one direction and the backlash would come back the other way, or move further than it should in the correct direction. Turns out when I broke the old R&P I also bent the carrier, about 45 thou out on one side. Hopefully bolting the crown down to the carrier hasn't damaged it. Time to go find a new carrier.

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I don't know about anyone else, but I do not see any of your photos.
Just a box!( I am using an iPad)
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Where have all the pic's gone mate?
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Not sure what went wrong with the pictures, I could see them. They should be working now..

Anyway after checking the prices on a new carrier, I ended up ordering a Eaton TruTrack for the front. Should have that in a few weeks.
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Gears are sorted after a lot of stuffing around. Front end went together really quick with the Trutrack. The back took some time, had issues getting the pinion out of the housing, had a 10 ton press but it couldn't quite do it. Ended up using a 40 ton press. Then once that was sorted we went to put everything back together and the left wheel bearing was shagged. Towed it home so I wasn't taking up space in my mates workshop, and got it fixed it this weekend.




Extended the front sway bar links 60mm with some bunnings spec tube.




Took it for a drive yesterday. New gearing is great on road, first gear gets the revs up and on boost a lot quicker. 5th gear is sitting on 2000rpm a 100kph, doesn't have to drop back a gear on hills now. Didn't notice a huge improvement offroad, the auto was pretty good for controlling wheel speed stock. Auto temps will probably be better off for it though.
The trutrack worked well, kept both front wheels driving most of the time. It has some push on tight corners under power, but seems easy enough to steer with. Need some more testing with it.
Also need to do something with the front sway bar, with the bottom of the links free and strapped up the tire is hitting it on compression and full lock. Maybe make some removable pins for the top and remove the link entirely off road.





Also picked up a poison spyder bonnet vent. Painted on some black hammer tone to hide the defects in it. The tooling used is in pretty poor condition, so you need to do a fair bit of prep work on it for painting.


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Bonnet vent fitted. Can't say I'm too happy with it, but I guess you get what you pay for. The template provided is the wrong scale, its just enough smaller to make it not worth using. With the holes for the bonnet stops lined up the hoop doesn't quite fit in. On top of that, the supplied fasteners are shit. I stripped the allen head on two of the bolts. One of the bolts has no thread on it at all.

Anyway, it seems to be working, you can feel a decent amount of heat coming out of it when its warm. I think I will pull it off at some point though and remove some more metal and get it flowing better.






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