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:
Now the near flop pics:
The slider that saved me
About to go over
The winch rescue
This weekend I went out and got my vengeance on the the obstacle that about flopped me over. The video isn't very long because it all happened so quickly. First attempt was right up and over, it's hard to believe it is even the same obstacle. Those 5.13's really made a difference check out the wheel speed.
Installed some hood pins from Rokmen due to a broken hood latch from running Indy. Really nice tight and secure fit. Will also work for when I get the high lines.
I also purchased some Rokmen full aluminum corners. It might be a minute till I can get around to installing them due to my wild life harvesting schedule. Not in a big rush to get them on just want them up before spring hits so I have a good amount if time.
I pulled the trigger on some ROKMEN full aluminum corners and then got sold on their drop down aluminum tailgate. Everything is standard ROKMEN exceptional quality and a perfect fit.
I did have a little bit of a problem getting the corner to fit on the side I dropped on a rock but a bit of 'persuading' and I eventually got a fit I can live with. I really did do some damage to the shape of my Jeep on that rock and should have done these about 6 months ago.
The tailgate is awesome. I would highly recommend it. With doing the tailgate at the same time as the corners I am only adding 22 lbs to the Jeep because theirs is 10 lbs lighter than stock.
Here are some pics of the fit. I will be getting them all painted up and back on shortly.
I'm selling an lj rubi if anyone is interested. Always wanted to modify it like this but things change sometimes. Great build. Hopefully it won't be too long before i can get another Jeep. Pm me if interested.
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G-Rocc, Imped, all contributers, thank you for an amazing and informative thread. I know, "a little at a time and a work in progress", my 06 LJ is virtually stock (2"BB and 31s). Getting connected with experienced wheelers and lots of reading lead to more questions and more reading. I really appreciate all your sharing regarding this amazing LJ build.
Thank you all for your kind words. I'm learning a lot as I get further involved in the build.
XXXimpact05, I live in Castle Rock but wheel all over the place. There is a really good group of us on the Colorado section of this forum that plot out a lot of trail runs. If you haven't checked that out I would.
I popped in the front LED turn/parking lights this weekend as well as finished ripping off the stock fenders and all that are attached to them:
Almost thought I would have to cut the battery tray out but I was patient and it ended up paying off. Everything but one bolt came off pretty easy. The hardest part was trying to get them out of their spots without taking off my rockers. Took a little 'persuasion' but they came out.
I looked on the CO forum and noticed a few posts by you so that's awesome. I have been a bit off the radar because of the Jeep being in pieces but I can't wait to get back out there. April fools run on chinaman for sure though. Hopefully see you then if not sooner.
Finished off armoring the Jeep up! As stated prior I went with Rokmen all the way around. I did the full aluminum corners, aluminum strykers and their aluminum drop down tailgate for the rear portion of the vehicle. It is Rokmen stuff so of course everything fit perfectly together. Here are some pics of the finished product. I will say this too, the tailgate is awesome, if you don't have one you should get one.
I ordered these LED's from Poison Spyder and the install was ridiculous. Contacted them and the dude basically told me to push hard to install them. After doing everything I could think of short of opening up the hole and pushing as hard as I can I contacted the Rokmen guys and he told me to dremmel down the lip of the light and then they went in without a problem. Another reason why I will always go with Rokmen.
I am the most excited about these bad boys. Finally have my Rokmen HiLines! This was my first reall 'fab' project. I did have a lot of help from GSPup but learned a lot myself and even busted out my welder and did some welding of my own. Here are some pic of the install in detail:
The hood needs to be trimmed in order to fit. Dave suggested to start at 3.25 inches from the base of the hood. This was a pretty good starting point. This was by far the most trying part of the install. The initial cut is tough because it's just hard to cut on a good piece of metal. Then the grind, test, repeat as needed will wear on any man.
My buddy Mike is an excellent welder and he TIG welded the whole outer fender and tubes. He did a fantastic job and I am really appreciative. Check him out stacking dimes.
Fitting in the inner fenders wasn't bad. This is where I got to do the first welding of my own on the jeep. I welded them together because my welds wouldn't have been seen. After you get them in it is simple to just pop some holes for what you need to mount back up to them.
No Pics, use your imagination.
Rock slider trim and hole plug:
I needed to cut the rock sliders back because the fenders really open up the wheel wells. After cutting them down the hole for the flare was right at the edge and it looked awful, so I decided to plug that myself (second chance to weld on my rig)! I think it turned out well.
Looks good man.....only you missed one thing--the rain guard rails are upside down, ie you reversed the upper fenders. Not a big deal, not the first person to do it.
I was kind of hoping nobody would notice...
Since the cat is out of the bag though I will explain what I did not fix my mistake. First off I just got so excited to weld it all together I didn't even think to check to make sure it was the correct side. I noticed when we were trying to fit the inners in and there was no way they would fit like that. So what I did is put the inners in the Jeep the correct way and re-drilled some holes to fit them in so that the 'rain guard' is still present but now it is only the inner side that is exposed. It really isn't that big of a deal but it just made me do more work to get them in than was intended.
Thanks for the rest of the comments!
I am now in the planning/design phase for a cage. I welcome all suggestions, wisdom and advice.