97 D1 beast

CBiDrive

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Sep 20, 2007
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Parker, CO
I have been on here before. Sadly my 97 Willow passed away about a year and a half ago. She was a trusty steed.

In looking for a stock replacement to swap parts over to I came across this one with a blown engine. Originally built by member LLesra. He knocked it out of the park. Motor was the only thing left that was good in my old one so it really worked out well.

Build list as purchased
RTE radius arms
RTE trailing links
RTE stainless tie rod and steering link
RTE gas tank skid plate
RTE rear upper shock mounts
RTE 3" coils with 1" spacers
RTE front bumper w/ Warn 9.5XP
Rovertracks adj panhard arm
1 ton rear axle
Bilstien remote res 7100's
1.4 Defender transfer case
Safety devices roof rack w/ Hi-Lift
Flexi Flares

Bits I have added
Rear axle disc brake conversion
CBiDrive frame mounted sliders
CBiDrive rear bumper
TerraFirma wheel spacers
Milestar 315/75/16 Patagonia M/T's
Refreshed 4.0

Items on order
Defender front brake conversion
Brake booster
Diff shave kit

Wish list
GBR 4.7's front and rear w/ ARB lockers

Can't wait to play20191220_114701.jpg
 
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CBiDrive

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Sep 20, 2007
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Parker, CO
He did a hell of a job on this. And for 3k I definitely hit the jackpot.

I got it from someone who had let it go and had no urge to work on it. It had almost no brakes, the blown engine, 14yr old unbalanced tires and a mad death wobble.

I will keep building this for a long time to come. Got a GEMS 4.6 on the stand and a 300 crank in a bag. Waiting for a set of 300 aluminum heads to pop up for sale. Engine project won't start till after I get all the bugs worked out of this.
 
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bgbrox

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Dec 25, 2016
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Golden, CO
Looks awesome. How is the 1.4 tcase paired with the 4.0? I'm only on 265/75/16 and but that tcase is on my wish list. I'm also in Colorado and want to be able to climb i70 at a reasonable pace.
 

CBiDrive

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Sep 20, 2007
55
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Parker, CO
I believe that it is the same transfer case just with a different high range gearset. I had to refurb the diff lock linkage and did not notice anything different.

I do know that with the 35's on it accelerates better that my last one did on 33's. And that is with the same engine. Haven't hit Floyd Hill on I-70 yet to see how it does. Until I get the brakes figured out I am to afraid to come down either side at highway speeds.
 
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Jimmy

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Aurora, CO
I too run a 1.4 transfer case, along with stock 3.54 ring and pinion gears, and have 255/85s. When I did the math years ago, the 1.4 high range, 3.54s, and 265/75s put everything back to stock performance (if I'm remembering correctly). Mine being a manual, many times I wish I had a little more gear in high range. Though, I've never done the math to see if a 1.6 high range gear would be too much (still need to cruise on the highways).
 
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CBiDrive

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Sep 20, 2007
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Parker, CO
With the 35's my speedo reads dead on with my GPS at 65. On my old setup with 33's it was about 5mph off. I know that the 4.7 gears will slow me down but it will be bombproof in the mtns.