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Re: SOA welding +geometry

when welding the knuckles back on, user a knickle rod to weld the cast knuckles to the mild steel tubes. they are a press fit, so dont worry about it going on straight.
setting the pinion takes a little time. you must put the axle in the jeep and have the drivetrain all in it. for the front axle, aim the pinion right at the output of the transfer case MAKE SURE WEIGHT IS ON THE JEEP.if the frame is on jacks, it will throw off the angles. once you set the spring perches so that the pinion angle is correct, then set your caster angle to 8 degrees. some folks say less than that, but since you pointed the pinion right at the x-fer case anyway, you can always lessen the caster by pointing the pinion down slightly with shims;.
I like the drivetrain thoughts you are putting together. chevu axles have 6 degrees of caster from the factory and they are SOA. 2" springs and SOA will be good for 36" tires (maybe just a bit tall... good for 38's later)

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