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Old 04-07-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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From Tiny String Bean to Jolly Green Giant...Bindi the Gecko JK

Hi everyone!

I'm thrilled to share with you the in progress of my 2013 JKU build, her name is Bindi.

Today I dressed her in a 3.5" Metal Cloak Dual Rate lift, and rebolted front and rear track bars and control arms to avoid the dreaded death wobble I also used Rubicon Express Shocks and a Tera Flex exhaust spacer kit. The last 3" of my rear shock mounts were cut off and new brackets were installed, allowing for about 3" more inches of clearance, which is freaking stellar!!

Members Darkfire and wat3rdog helped me out and another member of our local jeep meetup group showed up and offered his help as well. It was a wonderful learning experience for me and the satisfaction that I have knowing that I had a big part in getting this thing on my Jeep is tremendous!


The first pic is of my bone stock JKU, and the others are me and the guys working on it in Darkfire's shop, as well as me standing next to it finished....sort of. I have 35" BFG ATs waiting for me and some 16" MB chaos 6 (blck and chrome) wheels that will be put on Monday.

Because of the back spacing issue with the stock wheels, the rear sway bars from the Metal Cloak lift rubbed on my wheels and could not be put on. Thanks to the guy who stopped by, we reached a general consensus to take the stock front sway bars and put them in the rear temporarily until I can get the wheels with the back spacing that will accommodate the ones that came with the lift.

After we installed the front stock sway bars in the rear, we took it for a test drive that made it out of the driveway without the scary scraping sound we heard before the sway bar switch. It drove like a dream! Better than stock, perfect steering, and handles turns and speeds of 80 mph on the freeway perfectly. I'm one happy jeep loving girl!


There will be more mods to come and I will post as they happen!!
pics!
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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That's a TON of work to do in one day, good idea on the sway bar swap but those aren't needed unless you're going fast. Oh, you live in Albuquerque and that is a requirement.

Nice work!! Do you feel cool??

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:38 AM   #3
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Nice looking jeep !

Hey Mack!
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:44 AM   #4
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cool? nah... but I sure did learn a hell of a lot!
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I had a blast last night and I can't wait to see those new 35's.

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Old 04-08-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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Bindi got new shoes today
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Ahhh. so your the one who called us A$$holes lol. I like you
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Ahhh. so your the one who called us A$$holes lol. I like you
Dang Mack! That didn't take you long.....

Nice lift Melissa!
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Dang Mack! That didn't take you long.....

Nice lift Melissa!
See you weren't far behind lol. On a first name basis already I see
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As am I. Hi Melissa. I'm Donnie
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Ahhh. so your the one who called us A$$holes lol. I like you
Heh heh that would be me. It's just how I roll

It's a pleasure to meet you, Donnie. I'm loving my lift and tires!
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Dang Mack! That didn't take you long.....

Nice lift Melissa!
Thanks, Dusty! I love it! So much fun to drive on the road, can't wait to take it on the trails!
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Heh heh that would be me. It's just how I roll

It's a pleasure to meet you, Donnie. I'm loving my lift and tires!
I bet! Mines still stock. How does it drive? Any wobble?
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I bet! Mines still stock. How does it drive? Any wobble?
Don't feel bad. The only thing not stock on mine is the antenna.
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Melissa... What lift did you put on there?
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Don't feel bad. The only thing not stock on mine is the antenna.
Same but soon to change
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I bet! Mines still stock. How does it drive? Any wobble?
No wobble, I bought a rebolt kit by synergy suspension (I think that's who makes it) and replaced the stock bolts to prevent death wobble.

The only thing I notice is a very slight decrease in power with the 35s and of course, lower gas mileage. A regear from my 3.73 to 4.88 should help out with that though, and that will be my next modification. Performance before aesthetics is my preference.
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Melissa... What lift did you put on there?
I put on a metal cloak dual rate lift 3.5 "
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No wobble, I bought a rebolt kit by synergy suspension (I think that's who makes it) and replaced the stock bolts to prevent death wobble.

The only thing I notice is a very slight decrease in power with the 35s and of course, lower gas mileage. A regear from my 3.73 to 4.88 should help out with that though, and that will be my next modification. Performance before aesthetics is my preference.
Yours a standard or an auto? I'm putting in a 3 3/4" rough country lift. And eventually 35's but my gearing right now is 3.21
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Great work. Good looking Rig.
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Yours a standard or an auto? I'm putting in a 3 3/4" rough country lift. And eventually 35's but my gearing right now is 3.21
Standard, 6 speed. Since the 35s I've spent the vast majority of my driving time in 3rd gear lol. Then again I live in a place with crappy drivers and most of all the driving I do is city streets The freeway driving is infrequent as of right now.
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Great work. Good looking Rig.
Thank you the build is still in its infancy, but for now I am happy with what's been done so far.
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So when are you taking her on the trails. I want to see all that good hard work in action. Had fun wrenching on it.
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So when are you taking her on the trails. I want to see all that good hard work in action. Had fun wrenching on it.
Yes pics in action please!
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Bindi... is it Bindi the jungle girl?

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