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Old 04-06-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default 98 Jimmy on tons.

Well, not yet. But really soon. Like, in a month. So, this Jimmy was originally built by Rodney McQuillin (RentalMan2k). He swapped in a Ford HP/D44 out of an F250, and a 14BFF with disc's out back. He did a great job. Everything is put together very nice. I've done a few things to steering, maintenance, LED light bar, and some other miscellaneous stuff. I have wheeled it a few times now. It goes very well. It really only needs a front locker.

I ended up blowing up the 4.3 on Ruby a couple weekends back. So, I have another 4.3 lined up for replacement. I decided on H1 wheels and 39.5x13.5x16.5 Irok Bias. I ordered and received those. I bought everything for my 8 bolt H1s that I got from Mike Ray. But then, Greg (AkChevelle) sold me a fully built set of TrailWorthyFab 12 bolts. So I just need to order a hardware and o ring pack.

To handle a locker up front without breaking, I am going GM D60. I don't have time or money for the elusive Ford 78-79 D60. And I have a 241C out of a K5 for the bolt up pass drop ease. Then I'll just need a front drive shaft. At some point in the future, I will either do in or both of these things: 1, 5.13 gears and lockers or 2, lockers on the 4.10s and a range box called the Black Box. Those are next winter probably....

I also need bumpers and sliders. I'll work on those as I wheel it. There will be many little things I do for longer trips. Lighting, storage, tire/jack/gas can carrier, tool storage.

Anyways. I'll try and update this thread with parts from the original thread from MatSuValley.

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New 39.5 Irok next to my new 38 TSL

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The only thing Ive heard universally about iroks is that they aren't too hot in the mud.
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The only thing Ive heard universally about iroks is that they aren't too hot in the mud.
Ive heard contrary recently. But who knows. I guess we will see. If they suck, then Ill sell em and buy me some of those fandangled sticky SX's
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:29 PM   #5
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I love my iroks.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:11 AM   #6
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Iroks do well in the mud with my dodge. Better than my experience with boggers.
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The only thing Ive heard universally about iroks is that they aren't too hot in the mud.
You are still in big rig world. Iroks work different on the mid size rigs.
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Iroks do well in the mud with my dodge. Better than my experience with boggers.
Boggers only excel if you can clean them out. AK mud is usually too sticky to clean out unless you have power and wheel spin.
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It really is taking all I have to NOT stuff a small block in this thing... lol. I feel confident that the Iroks will provide what I am looking for in a tire. I know Ill be using my winch more. But, the ability to winter wheel and drive on the street will be nice.
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That only means you will have to learn how to drive Patrick!
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That only means you will have to learn how to drive Patrick!
Okay there ditch diver... lol.
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How did I know that one was coming ??? hahaha!
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You are still in big rig world. Iroks work different on the mid size rigs.
Im like em big, I like em chunky.
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I need shocks. What to go with... I thought about those Kings on CL. But they are only 10" of travel. Not enough for this rig. Maybe the rear. But probably not even that. Since it is a lighter rig, it would seem like a good idea to get some with a bit lighter of a valving. But then, thinkig about the unsprung mass I have (D60, 14B, plus the H1s and 39.5s), maybe a stiffer valving is better... But, I dont know crap about all that. So, maybe an adjustable resivoir type shock. Anyone have specific recommendations?

Looking at these. The 34's and 36's. Reletively inexpensive, adjustable, and resivoir. Should stop the massive shock fade I get and provide more articulation and less bottoming out etc. Time to build bump stops too. I hope I can get to a happy place for the summer to where I can just wheel. Starting with the motor, D60, T case, wheels and tires, and shocks. Nevermind that I still need bumpers, sliders, and interior stuff.

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Default Re: 98 Jimmy on tons.

To go with those new shocks, Ill probably want to get some limiting straps. Mostly just for the front. But, I guess it wouldnt be a bad idea to have them out back too. http://www.wfoconcepts.com/pr/WFO-Li...raps/3208/9525
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lots of limit straps on amazon too

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swap the motor, install the tires and wheel it. From now till October every day you are working on it is a day you can't wheel it
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swap the motor, install the tires and wheel it. From now till October every day you are working on it is a day you can't wheel it
Thanks for the Amazon tip. Ill check it out. And I understand your sentiment. But, I want to lock my front diff. That, combined with a fresh motor and 200 pounds of wheel/tire/lugs, is cause for broken axle shafts. I have a D60, its not going to cost me much to throw it in. I already have the passenger drop T case. Only thing Ill really need to buy is U bolts and studs. Maybe massage the front drive shaft. I dont want to buy a selectible locker for a 44 and have it not work out, then buy one for a 60. They are just a touch over a grand.

Right now, my main focus is motor, wheels/tires, and shocks. Once those are done and the 60 is prepped, ill swap it in.
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hey are those 38's on 16 or 15 inch wheels?
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38x16x12.50
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Ive had good luck with bilsteins on my other trucks ive had. Im gonna a set on this one and see how they work.
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I bought a 97 Jimmy with a good 4.3 for 400 today. Will have it to the shop tomorrow. Then I'll start the tear down.
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So, got the parts Jimmy today. Will probably start on it tomorrow night. Gus and Nick came by, kicked my butt into gear and we got 3 wheels and tires done. I am stretching an O ring over night for the 4th. Ordered ones for the original 8 bolts. Might have the 4th together and on tomorrow. They look BA on the Jimmy. Going to need to do some trimming and bump stops for sure.





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They have 15 pounds in them too. Hardly bulging the sidewall. Going to be running 5 on the trail probably lol.
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prolly could get away with zero
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