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Old 03-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #551
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I saw this and though of your thread.



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Old 04-26-2011, 11:35 AM   #552
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Brute wheeling for the first time. Short clip.

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:22 PM   #553
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:18 PM   #554
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:33 AM   #555
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saw you on the road today headed toward the valley. Looks good from a distance!
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:52 AM   #556
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Couple of pics since I havent updated this post in a bit.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:04 PM   #557
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nice

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Old 08-19-2011, 06:35 AM   #558
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Been a bit. Thought Id update a little. Wheeled the Brute a good amount of the summer before I had to go to work. It did excellent. The bed is more than I ever wanted. To be able to take what I want wheeling, and know Ill probably have the space is great.

The last run we did was to B29 in early July. That run did go to well for the UTE. On the way there, I noticed a "clicking" sound starting up in my tranny. I didnt think much of it and drove on. Lets just say by the time I got off the trail, that clicking sound had trippled into a knock. We got it home, and Dave and I crawled under it. First thing we noticed when pulling the plug, is that the fluid was dark gray, and had some water in it. Flushed it, put new syncromesh in it. Didnt help. I said screw it, and just drove the UTE around as is. This pass weekend while home on break, I drove the UTE to Girdwood for my sisters wedding. Lets just say thats the last time that tranny will be on the road. It made it home, but now I wouldnt trust it much further than my driveway. The new one should be getting her shortly.

On that same run to B29, the Rock Jock started making the bearing sound that Ive heard 3 times now. And when this sound comes too, it means one thing... All the bearings inside the diff are shot. I know because I have pulled the rear axle 3 times and have had it set back up with the best parts I can get my hands on. This is the last time its going to get to do this... Dynatrac just got done building a ProRock 60 for the UTE. THis axle though has Dynatracs fullfloat setup (same used on trophy trucks) It should solve my problems. It also supports J8 military brakes in the back. I had the axlebuilt more geared towards a truck. Well, because the Brute is a mini me truck
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:38 PM   #559
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That should do the trick.

So, the Rock Jock has imploded twice now? WTH?

I put a Dynatrac ProRock 44 front axle under Michelle's JK last winter. After yarding out the stock unit and laying them side by side, all I could say was "WOW!". Looked like a 60 sitting next to a 30. I'm sure their 60 will give you no grief.

Oh, Michelle was in the valley at her sisters for a few days in June. She came home and proceeded to tell me all about this green TJ with a half cab and an aluminum bed they saw driving around. I just smiled and said "Yeah, that was Frank. Sweet, isn't it?". She said, "Yeah, I figured you knew who it was".
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:38 AM   #560
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Finally got home to this... The new rear axle the Brute will be using. Its a Pro Rock Dana 60, ARB, 35 splined full float series. J8 Military 13.9" disc brakes. It will really look at home in the back of the Brute.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:39 AM   #561
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:56 AM   #562
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What are you doing with the old axle?
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:02 AM   #563
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:49 AM   #564
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What are you doing with the old axle?
Dusty, dont know yet. I might turn it into a front axle for Coles TJ. Little by little. I think it would be alright in the front. Since it wouldnt be turning the carrier all the time going down the road. Just in the winter at times, and of course wheeling. As a rear axle, I wouldnt use it. And I dont think I am going to sell it to anyone. Would hate someone to put new bearings in it, and it go bad on them after putting money and time in it. We'll see. It has a ARB in it, and 35 splined chromo shafts, and explorer disc set up. Shafts are only good though for that width axle so, they are uselss unless someone bought a 9" or a axle with big bearing ends that was that width.

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That axle is purdy
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:05 PM   #566
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Axles is in. I have around 125miles on it so far. And boy is it nice not to hear the rockjock howling anymore. It pretty much bolted right in place of the rj. Dynatrac may be spendy, but they are not fooling around when they set their axle up. Very nice product, and very nice people to deal with. And made in the USA. My Currie RJ was a overseas unit. Which Currie says there is no differnece...

Also, the new prorock was built to match the frontend. Which is 64"es wide. Where the RJ was built to match the front end I originally made for the TJ. So it was built at 60"es wide. So I gained 2"es on each side with the prorock. That that meant I had to cut the strap bar that runs along the bottom of the bed. Since now the tire would interfer when flexing. After doing so, I notice that it just looked like something was missing. Something was just blah. So I brainstormed the idea of putting the 7" TJ flare under there. And tieing it into the aluminum guards. It turned out great. And finally tied the UTE bed to the TJ look. Very happy with the look, and function. Now my rear window wont get covered in mud and road grime.
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Was just wondering what you drill and where?
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:28 PM   #568
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I really like it with the rear flares...

Seems to tie it all together better...When it was just the bed, it looked to naked and open under it...
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:48 PM   #569
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The flare really changed the look! I like it.
How much do you want for your old CJ? I hate thinking about it sitting getting rusty.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:35 PM   #570
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Saw this on another board and thought of your Jeep Frank.. Should build one like this too


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Old 09-28-2011, 07:18 AM   #571
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Rear flares look great !
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