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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2000, 07:44 PM
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Scrambler?


I'm thinking about building a Scrambler with a four or three link suspension and swayaway coilover racerunner shocks. I want to use it for an all purpose vehicle lots of trail use some rock crawling like to be able to drive it fairly aggressively on fire trails and open areas and thought the wheel base would be better and can also use the extra space. I would like to use the JP aluminum body, is there anyone else on here using one?. I'm looking for any advice and input, do you think this is a good setup. I've got to get this one right as my wife won't let me try too many more projects. Thanks,Steve

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http://scrambler.cj-8.com Check forums.

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Just a minor note about the aluminum body's...you can't use them as a ground since they don't conduct electricity. SO everything has to be grounded to the actual frame. Of course this can be done but just one more obstacle you need t figure out with it. Just my thoughts on it. Love the idea of no rust though

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Wrong!
Aluminum is a better conductor of electricity than steel.


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jaffer is right.

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Yall beat me to it....My dash is all aluminum , and it grounds just fine!!

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True. But... you do not want to buy a house with aluminum wiring. The connections tend to loosen over time.

When I sold my house last year, the whole deal was almost blown when the buyer found aluminum wiring. Turned out to be only #6 for the stove.

OT? There was also a Cherokee in the garage.

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Aluminum wiring in homes is bad because it is such a good conductor of electricity that if it shorts out or becomes overloaded it heats up and burns the house down. Mobile homes built before 1976 are the most common source. FHA and VA will not finance them. There is a conversion kit (copper wiring) that can be installed at the outlets and switches that helps reduce the problem as that is where most of the fires tend to start.

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A scrambler would be cool, an idea since you are thinking of an aluminum body would just be to buy an aftermarket frame and save your self the pain of paying $$$$ for a crappy rusty scrambler. You could get almost eveything out of catalogs or a donar jeep, maybe get a jeep ready to die just for the vin and title. As for the 4 link, that's a lot of $ but would be cool, a spoa or just a maybe tj coil conversion would provide a ton of flex too.
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Re: Scrambler?

Just a note on the aluminum body and it's conductive properites. It's a good conductor... however, in home and mobile homes the wriing will expand and contract with current flow. The expansion and contraction rates are different from the rates of the terminations for the wire. With this problem, the wire heats the point of termination. More resistance, more current, more heat and it's burned more than one home, or mobile home, to the ground. The building industry started to use a flux compound on the terminations. This makes up for the expansion/conraction problems.

You're not going to see that type of current and heat problems in a Jeep tub, excepting perhaps under heavy winching conditons... and then you'd best be running individual ground return wires anyway.

The other problems I can think of with aluminum tubs:

1. Dissimilar metal corrosion.
2. Fatique cracking.
3. More difficult for the shadetree mechanic to repiar if panels are bashed.
4. The metal is softer, and will gouge easier (unless anodized).

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