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So with my new job I feel like I can get some things done around here. We installed a new kitchen floor after the holidays and I have got back to work on my camper project. I think I have the swing-out catches figured out. I still have take a washer with a rubber washer under it and weld it under the spring and then weld in a limit stop so I can't pull it up to high and have it get all kaddy wompas on me. Anyways it's not much but it's a start to getting back on track!

I might use this kind of flooring for the camper also.
 

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Very nice! Can't wait for more camper trailer progress.
 

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Nice floors

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Thanks, we wanted to give this engineered flooring a try. Next we plan on doing the cabinets, lighting and apliances.

These projects get in my way of working on the xj and camper. Tommorow starting on the drop brackets. Really hoping the ride improves after this.
 

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Thanks, working on this when ever I get the bug. I should have had this done already but I keep getting sidetracked with prodjects on my rig and my house and then I need to go wheeling when ever the mountains call me!!!

I have so many adventures planned out in my mind for when this thing is usable I can'wait for that day to come☺
 

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Hey thanks for the bump, but I really have nothing to report. My camper build has been on the back burner for a very long time. I have been mostly working on and enjoying using my Xj on many adventures with a couple groups. (Front Range 4x4 and OverLand Bound) because I usually do these trips without my wife, and I sleep in my rig for most of the time, but when she does go we set-up our tent for our trips together. It will be great to dive back in on my project, but it seems like the list of things I have to work on out weigh working on it. Like I'm planning on going to Moab and to make things a little easier I'm going to build a roof rack for my Xj that I can also use for the camper. It will be a basic platform.
 

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I will be interested in what you do there. I will pursue a similar course when I finish my rebuild
 

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Since it's going to be used for both my rig and camper I will try to post pics, and how I end up making the platform roof rack. I already purchased some Jrc gutter mounts. I am planning on making it low enough to still use my Yokohama rails(kayak mounts) over the top of the platform. And still be able to hold some large Plano boxes ( for clothes and other light gear) with my duffle bag strapped in front of the for my sleeping bags, pillows etc.
I have the 1x2 stock that I plan on using for the perimeter of the rack and a lot of 1x1stock as well. Came across someone who had a 4x8 sheet of light duty expanded metal, which will make it nice.

I also still have my axles to build but came across a set of axles that are 4.10 gears and direct axles swap as the axles I currently have . It will give me the chance to evaluate those gears before putting together the axles that I have the ARB lockers for. I want my rig to have better highway performance in lue of off road prowless, but if 4.10 gears don't allow me to use 5th gear then 4.55 gears would be the way to go. I only want to build the dana 44 once and for that matter the dana 30 also. I have someone in mind to end up with these axles when I'm done with them.

I never plan on running any tire larger than 33" so it will be nice to be sure of the gearing.
 

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Funny you should say that, I have these D44 axles also .....
 

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Mine is one out of a International Scout. I bought it from a guy that sold it to me without explaining how much he abused it, bent the axle housing and bent the crap out of the axle shaft. The ARB locker and gears seem just fine. So I sourced a axle housing and some axle shafts to rebuild it for my rig. I have no Idea how to set-up gears , but have some friends with experience setting up thier own ARB lockers in thier rigs. The front axle was a dana 30 with a matching locker, but it was in a pre 91' axle with the actuator, so that too needs to bex swapped into my dana 30. The 4.55 gears feel tight in both pumpkins so hoping to get them built for my rig some day.

I just really not sure about the 5 spd. Tranny, 4.55 gears and 33" being good for commuting to and from the trails.

When I put the axles from my sons old Xj in and improved my gearing from 3.07 to 3.55 the improvement was good. Hoping 4.10 makes my rig preform perfect. If so I will have to purchase a set of gears to go in with the lockers.
I couldn't pass the set of axles up at $400 bucks. The guy had them for a Mj project that he decided to sell. And was getting out of off roading.

I followed the work you did on your rig, full on rock crawler! Nice!
 

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My axles started out as Scout II also. But I have done some modifications. I will give you a tip on set up that will save you a lot of effort. Just press the bearings on the carrier and use JK shims outside the bearing races. Makes carrier setup a breeze
 
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Discussion Starter #257 (Edited)
I spent my day working on a friend's Xj. He had a mishap that ended up slamming into a ditch breaking off the stud that holds the track bar mount to the frame. They tried to weld the bracket to the frame with a crappy welder. So we took the spring out cleaned up the mess and welded the bracket to the frame. When I replaced my track bar I spot welded mine with 2 inch welds. For extra measure. I had a hard time figuring out why my steering was all over the place. We also replaced his front hub bearings while we were at it.
 

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Welding the track bar mount to the frame is a good thing. Mine is a fabricated mount and welded to the frame
 

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Yeah it's really a good thing if you've already done the frame stiffners also. The track bar is one of the most problematic things to set-up correctly. Looseness in the track bar is sketchy as heck
 

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Another suggestion, brace it to the other side. On my list
 
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