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Old 06-11-2012, 02:28 AM   #91
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Update? Are you still dragging your rear with those 37's? What are you doing with your Spare tire? I noticed your new rear bumper does not have a mount. Lj is looking killer!

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Update? Are you still dragging your rear with those 37's? What are you doing with your Spare tire? I noticed your new rear bumper does not have a mount. Lj is looking killer!
Thanks for your comments. 37's are a different world man. I am loving them. The only thing that touched rock last weekend were my sliders on a really big rock.

As far as updates go, I took my son for his first ride in the Jeep and we went out to get a soft top off of a guy from co4x4. So that is the newest part on the Jeep now.





The soft top looks awesome and is going to be a lot more functional for taking my son on long trips and camping trips. It is also kind of a pain to work with which i wasn't really expecting. There are a couple of quick disconnets just over the doors (which I think makes this a sunrider top, correct me if I'm wrong), but I cannot get those within a half inch of connecting. I don't think it is a bid deal though since a put some miles on it doesn't seem to be ripping off or anything. My thoughts were that it is only for when using it as a sun rider but I could be wrong.

The spare tire is going to just go in the back of the Jeep when wheeling.



I got so sick of that spare tire carrier and the pain the neck it was. I got mad at it every time I needed to get the back of the Jeep and I think the Jeep just looks a lot cleaner without it. The end game will be to incorporate it into a roll cage somehow once it gets to the cage part of the build, but for now I think it's best to just throw it in the back.

I also noticed that the bumper write up lost its pics, so I will try to fix that or repost later.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:32 PM   #93
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ROKMEN Rear Bumper

This post is just to fix the links from my last post. I couldn't figure out how to fix the links so if a moderator wants to fix the links with the links from that posts and delete this posts that would be OK to.

This is one stout bumper!



1/4" Steel plate, fully TIG welded, and they have the shackle lock technology (the back of the shackle is oversized and welded both front and back).



You do need to cut and grind a bit to make the shackles fit but that is easy and painless.



The bumper is also bolted to the frame with the ROKMEN frame tie-ins making it even stronger.



So far very happy with the construction and the look!




And still very happy with bumper.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #94
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And still very happy with bumper.
I can't wait to get mine ordered! It should compliment my in-progress front bumper well.

Did you order the HD hardware kit with it too? Does the bumper just ship as the bumper only, and the hardware kit is the frame tie-ins and grade 8 bolts?
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:30 PM   #95
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I believe the bumper is just the bumper and the HD kit includes the frame tie ins and Grade 8 bolts. Great product though.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:16 AM   #96
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Ha, right now it's the shake it up (Disney channel) cd for my daughter who rides shotty and wheels with me.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:19 AM   #97
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Ha, right now it's the shake it up (Disney channel) cd for my daughter who rides shotty and wheels with me.
Wow, that was supposed to end up on the playlist thread...d@@n iPhone.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:57 PM   #98
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Chinaman Gulch

About flopped the Jeep this weekend on the whales tail at Chinaman Gulch. I would like to thank the folks at Rokmen for making the slide that saved me from going completely over, the folks at Superwinch for making a winch that tugged me back on all fours, and the good people of CSC4W for helping out when things got ugly. Other than that the trail was awesome and here are a few pics:

Rock garden pics:




Now the near flop pics:
My view

The slider that saved me

About to go over


The winch rescue


View down the trail, too bad for all the fires that smoked up one of my favorite views in Colorado:
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #99
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Holy Cross

Ran Holy Cross trail this past weekend. I think this is now my favorite trail. It was a good challenge and left me several lines that I am yet to concur and not mention a huge 15' wall of rock called Cleveland rock. Here are a few pics from the trail:













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Hey to get those disconnects to connect on your soft top:

Next time you have the windows out also pull out both rear corners (the curved piece with the white plastic inside) from the lip that holds them down. Once you have those out then you should be able to pull the bar down far enough that they clip in. Then you just have to pull down on the rear corners and clip them back under the lip.

This is the only way I can get them back on my LJ.

I would do it as it seems to take a lot of unnecessary tension of the top. And you can actually use the sun rider
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Thanks for the tip on the soft top. I will have to give that a shot.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:08 PM   #102
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You didnt do all this in the almost 5 month span between the first post of this thread and the last? did you?
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #103
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Now you can contribute to this build. I have curry HD steering, Rokmen rocker pannels, and 37's on beadlocks on order. I will update once they get on that machine.

After that selling off the 35's and rims to hopefully pay for a re-gear. Thinking 5:13's in the rubi 44's?

Looking for any sort of suggestions, deals or comments. Feel free to contribute.
Everything prior to this post was done in about a year and half before I started the thread. Everything after that is real time.
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What is your axle set up now for 37s. Still using stock 44s and lockers as well. Any problems.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:27 PM   #105
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What is your axle set up now for 37s. Still using stock 44s and lockers as well. Any problems.
Using the rubi 44's front and rear. Rears have superior Evo chrome moly shafts which have a lifetime guarantee and the fronts are RCV's which are also guaranteed for life. I don't expect to have any problems with running 37's on these shafts.
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Many people believe that running 37 on Dana 44 is too much. I know you wheel a lot so you advice is solid. Let me ask you a question? Right now I have a 06 lj rubi with 3inch short arm with 33's. I now have metalcloal fenders so I can clear easy 37 with same lift. When I need new tires then I have my dilemma. 35s or 37s I know I don't need a 37 for what I will be doing but if I'm already doing the regear and inner axles. Why not? What gears are you using 5.13? And how are your Jeeps manners. Thanks for the input you are doing what I want to do. So why not learn from you.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:19 AM   #107
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Many people believe that running 37 on Dana 44 is too much. I know you wheel a lot so you advice is solid. Let me ask you a question? Right now I have a 06 lj rubi with 3inch short arm with 33's. I now have metalcloal fenders so I can clear easy 37 with same lift. When I need new tires then I have my dilemma. 35s or 37s I know I don't need a 37 for what I will be doing but if I'm already doing the regear and inner axles. Why not? What gears are you using 5.13? And how are your Jeeps manners. Thanks for the input you are doing what I want to do. So why not learn from you.
Yes, many people do believe 37's are too much for the 44. Check out Rokmen.com and go to their 'niblet rising' build in their pics section of their website. These are the guys that are pretty much supplying me with all of my Jeep parts and inspiration. I trust their judgement and experience much more than my own and they are running 37's on the niblet. He has even drove that thing out of the exit at carnage canyon w/o winching which is something very few people can say they have done. They run short lifts and huge tires as their specialty and in my opinion build the best looking Jeeps on the trails around here in Colorado.

There is a huge difference from 35's to 37's. I was really surprised at the difference. If you read back through the thread you can read all about the balancing struggle I had with them in the beginning. I have pretty much worked that out and am comfortable with where I am at with them now. I believe the problem was more in my beadlock wheels than the tires though. The other very large on-road difference is the gears. Right now I have the stock 4.1 and they absolutely suck. I have 5.13's on order now with some riddler dif covers and cannot wait for the install (need to sell some more old parts for that to happen though).

If it were me and I was in your shoes, I would go with the 37's AND alloy beadlocks, not steel, but only after doing shafts and gears. Also, don't go cheap on your shafts, buy stuff that the mfg will stand behind like the RCV's and EVO's.

You can ask any questions you want of me any time. Thanks for your comments!
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:38 AM   #108
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Thanks soo much. I too love rokmen stuff. I have there lower control arms and they are by far the best with customer service. They even called me back after I ordered my rear control arms to give me a lower price. When I need uppers and rcv shafts I know who to call. How are you even managing 410 with 37. My 410 are sluggish with 37s. Besides the gears. How are the 37s road manners. Mine is my daily driver so what do your think on that aspect 35 or 37. Also if you do drive your beadlocks on the street some how much do you or often do you have to torque them down?
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Not managing the mountain passes well. Hopefully only a couple of more weeks or do for the new gears though.

I think the tires are ok, like I said, I think my problems lay in the wheels. I'd do 37's again just different wheels.
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What are you thinking brake wise?
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No final decisions on breaks yet. Need to do them though. Imped suggested black magic brakes which looks like a good option but honestly I haven't looked onto anything else at the moment.

Open to suggestions...
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New Gears!

Just dropped the Jeep off with the good folks at Rokmen to get these beasts installed!

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What gears are you going to? 5.13?
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Yeah 5.13. No more lagging over the passes now.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #115
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Do you have a manual or auto trans. And if you don't mind me asking what's is the ballpark of the piece with labor. Looking to regear after I get new tires.
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Manual trans. Paying about 1800 for gears, master install kits, new diff covers and labor. It's not cheap but it needed to happen.
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your LJ is an inspiration to my TJ...
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Is that 1800 for both front and rear.
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Thanks. I still consider it a work in progress but I am very happy with it!

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Is that 1800 for both front and rear.
Yes.
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Superior Gears & Riddler Diff covers

Finally finished the long drawn-out break-in of the new gears, changed the oil and installed some Riddler diff covers to protect that investment. Looks to me like the guy's from Rokmen did an excellent job of the install (as expected), no un-even wear and they look perfect.





Can't wait to see how these boy's crawl.

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