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Old 02-21-2011, 10:14 AM   #31
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Looking Good!!! Other than all that snow

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:25 AM   #32
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Very cool DT. We got about 2" here... although it's mostly melted off now (~5000ft).

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Old 02-21-2011, 12:26 PM   #33
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Damn, looks amazing...i love those rock sliders
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:53 PM   #34
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Sliders before lift. I'm glad to see someone doing things in the right order.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:30 PM   #35
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A few weeks ago I finished up the install on the Full Traction lift and Full Traction exhaust. I had the Jeep aligned and installed my wheels and tires. Today, I finally had a chance to snap a few good pics.

I had the Jeep out at TDS a few weeks ago and also took it out on the trail last weekend. I can't say enough great things about the suspension. Even without locker (yet) the Jeep has ten folds the off-road performance that is had when stock.

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"discount tire"...and factory spare?


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Old 03-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #37
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Looks sharp bud.
Yep. That's the little original piece still left on the LJ. I like to think of it as good luck! The 5 wheel is on the way directly from the manufacturer.
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:23 PM   #38
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Installed some new kicks on the LJ a few weeks ago. They are 17" Level 8 ZX wheels (with optional bolt on Rock Guard).

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nice LJ That FT lift looks like it does a great job offroad.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:13 PM   #41
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nice LJ That FT lift looks like it does a great job offroad.
The Lift has been outstanding. I don't have front or rear lockers yet and I was able to run Poison Spider, Moab Rim and Fins N Things at the Easter Jeep Safari last year. These pics show have the sway bars still connected.

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Have you had a chance to try out the sliders yet? How have the held up under any bashing? What about the fit and finish? You happy with them so far?

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Have you had a chance to try out the sliders yet? How have the held up under any bashing? What about the fit and finish? You happy with them so far?

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I ran Moab rim, Poison spider and fins and things in Moab in the spring. I took a couple of light blows to the underside of the sliders and scraped the rear bumper a few times coming off ledges damage was very minimal. The quality is next to none. Pictures really don't do Hanson Products justice. I highly recommend them.
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Excellent to hear. I have the standard Rubicon diamond plate slider but looking to upgrade before the 2012 Moab Safari and of course the weekend blasts to Big Bear and local mountains. Also like your new rims and interested in how those hold up. Still have some life left on the BFG's & rims it came with when I bought it 8 months ago. Will then be asking for some advice and recommendations from the experts on tires and wheels.

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Excellent to hear. I have the standard Rubicon diamond plate slider but looking to upgrade before the 2012 Moab Safari and of course the weekend blasts to Big Bear and local mountains. Also like your new rims and interested in how those hold up. Still have some life left on the BFG's & rims it came with when I bought it 8 months ago. Will then be asking for some advice and recommendations from the experts on tires and wheels.

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Nice looking rig for sure. How do you like your winch? Used it yet?

We'll we can certainly help you with your wheels and tires. As you may have read above I'm running Level 8 ZX wheels with their optional bolt on scratch guard. I've got an elk hunt coming up in Dec so I've been spending some time out in the sticks scouting. I'm not afraid to put some custom pin stripes on my jeep so I tend to take quite a few unmaintained roads that many people would only want to take a quad or a SXS down. The scratch guards have taken a few bumps and rocks that have been kicked up on the trail but I haven't put any serious stress on them yet. So far so good though. They are holding up really well. I'm planning to shoot some video here soon while I attempted to destroy them. Should be fun.
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Thanks as well. Have used the winch once in Zion. 8k winch with synthetic rope. Picked it up at 4-wheel parts for $400 or so and it did what I needed to when I was sliding off a steep trail in the pouring rain with about 2000 feet below!

Anyway, checked out the Hanson stuff and it looks nice but pricey. Guess you gotta pay for quality though.
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Thanks as well. Have used the winch once in Zion. 8k winch with synthetic rope. Picked it up at 4-wheel parts for $400 or so and it did what I needed to when I was sliding off a steep trail in the pouring rain with about 2000 feet below!

Anyway, checked out the Hanson stuff and it looks nice but pricey. Guess you gotta pay for quality though.
Yeah they do run a little more than some of the other brands but they are made in the USA and like a said before the quality is very, very nice. Shoot them an email or something, might want to ask them if they are going to run any discounts soon. They sponsor quite a few events so maybe they will have a special event price at their next one.

$400 isn't bad all in. I'll probably look for a winch in the spring I'd love to get a Powerplant but they are $$$$ too.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:40 PM   #48
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Nice build! Jeep is looking great. Say, how do those Wild Peaks do in the snow? You set me up with my pair! I love them so far. The snow is coming and I'm anxious to see if they do well or not.
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When I first installed them last year I got caught in a snow storm in the Bradshaw mountains in AZ. We got about 9" overnight. In the morning they did great creating a trail for a few friends that had sedans. On the ice they held strong. They should do great for you this winter.
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Did you consider running the Goodyear Kelvar tires as opposed to the Faulken's? Wondering how those are working out for folks. Seem to have pretty tough sidewalls as well.
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This is a great build thread.... I have an 06 lj and am slowly getting it into mud mode Hahaha... Anyhow keep posting great pics.... U were smart and got the hardtop w the used lj... I can't find one in my area to save my life ... I have since put a job box in.the trunk to keep my tools safe after going to Atlantic city one night....
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Do you have anymore pictures of your lift install?

Very clean Jeep, those hanson products look first rate.
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Did you consider running the Goodyear Kelvar tires as opposed to the Faulken's? Wondering how those are working out for folks. Seem to have pretty tough sidewalls as well.
MTR with Kevlar's are also great tires. I would run them anytime without hesitation. I chose the Falkens this time around because Falken is fairly new to the offroad market and I wanted to see how their tires would hold up against brands that have been building offroad tires for years and years. With 9K on them so far I have complete confidence in this tire. I know it will be able to handle everything I want to through at it.

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This is a great build thread.... I have an 06 lj and am slowly getting it into mud mode Hahaha... Anyhow keep posting great pics.... U were smart and got the hardtop w the used lj... I can't find one in my area to save my life ... I have since put a job box in.the trunk to keep my tools safe after going to Atlantic city one night....
With the Arizona summers we get, I was happy to buy an LJ with a hard top. The AC just doesn't cool the jeep down much without it.

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Very clean Jeep, those Hanson products look first rate.
Thanks man. The lift install was by no means a small quick project if you are thinking about installing a lift yourself I would highly recommend reading through the instructions first. This will give you a pretty good idea of the tools you may need to rent or buy and the scope of the work.

I'm sure a 4x4 shop could have installed my lift in 1 full day but I decided to take my time and install it myself (took me about 3 days with the help of some very nice friends, I am by no means a pro mechanic this was only the second lift I have installed). I didn't take many pictures of the process of the lift install. It was the biggest project I have tackled myself on my jeep. I was so caught up in making sure everything was installed correctly I really didn't want to stop and snap many pictures. If you want to see more of the process, Full Traction's instructions (I believe you can download them from their website) have quite a few detailed pictures. Also, I did call the tech guys over there a couple times when I was a little unsure about something and they were awesome at helping me. Chris and his co-workers were super friendly and really genuinely wanted to help. (like most jeep guys I've met.)
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I like the second set of rims, they are better than the first ones you had on it. Whole Jeep looks great
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I understand not taking Pics when your elbow deep in getting dirty, Glad to hear you had fun doing it. Thats the best part when you sit back and say " I did that"
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I understand not taking Pics when your elbow deep in getting dirty, Glad to hear you had fun doing it. Thats the best part when you sit back and say " I did that"
I was certainly elbow deep into it and you're absolutely right, Although I may not attempt an install of that magnitude again, ( I say this now but I don't have a son yet ) it does feel good to say I did that. It also really helped me get to know my Jeep. If I have any issues with any part of my suspension, axles, brakes or exhaust I have no doubt that I will be able to, at least, identify the problem and most likely fix it if I choose to.
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So I saw your post over in the Vendor section talking about the new Pitbull Truck Tire. Is this a new tire and has anyone tried it out? Looks nice but, does it work well for climbing, mud and road noise?

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So I saw your post over in the Vendor section talking about the new Pitbull Truck Tire. Is this a new tire and has anyone tried it out? Looks nice but, does it work well for climbing, mud and road noise?

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This isn't a really new tire but they are gaining in popularity (I think they have been out for about 2 years). Although some people do run them on their daily drivers, the are a serious rock crawling tire. They are built tough and have the weight to prove it. The tread isn't designed for the street so they will be noisy when your on it. When it comes to off road though, they are super sticky, they bark and have the bite to back them up.

I may try these in the future, I had a set of Nitto Mud Grapplers on my trucks for a while. The noise started getting to me toward the end of their life but they were mean off-road and by far one of the best looking tires I've had on one of my vehicles. I push my Jeep harder than I've pushed any of my trucks so a nasty MT could be warranted.
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Mud Grapplers rock! I jus wish they made them in 15" sizes.

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