Tightened up some loose ends on it this afternoon. Steering stabilizer on it. Ran some brake lines (I am the worst brake line bender with or without a tool) and pulled it out of the garage. It actually fit haha was surprised. Didn't even have to air down to clear. Looks like I'll be parking it in the garage when I have the top down!
Taking it to exhaust shop in the AM so I loaded it on the trailer tonight.
Lucky for me I will have my actual 37" running Toyos under it after our trip to MOAB Easter Jeep Safari!!! So for now I'm just gonna mall craw and do some mild FL wheeling haha nothing to jeopardize the "pressure limits" just yet.
And thanks guys for the thumbs up, seeing cool feedback makes me realize that Im not the only one reading this thing haha
Mentioned a few post back remember, these tires aren't my 'stick with tire' they just came on the rims I needed for the new Lug pattern. 37's will be whats ran in a few weeks. also cromo shafts are coming for sure. no question there. I don't want this to happen again on a trail..
Here's a comparison in size from 35" on the JK to a 42" on a TJ
On another note. I ordered in another 1.5" X 40' cush pad for the counters.. Out with the old and in with the new.. So I split the mat with another worker and made good use of this in the now CLEAN garage. In cleaning the garage I rounded up a few old parts that have been taken off the jeep.. .. Any one need anything? haha I'm gonna CL most of it I guess...
Getting exhaust work done today. I have a horrific story about my experience at the dealership on warranty work they were to do. Before you laugh and post about dealers I already know what and why you are thinking what you are thinking. On my phone wasting time waiting for exhaust. I will have story time later tonight
I realized after I first got onto this forum a while ago that I have 2 of the almost identical threads posted on here. One in "builders corner" and the other in "picture thread" so if you are wondering, um.. whoops? lol
Got a drop off from a customer at work today. A whole kit to swap for the disc brake conversion in the rear! calipers, plates, rotors, lines, e brakes, and even shafts, for FREE! Gotta love customer appreciation, one hand washes the other IMO. Just gotta buy an adjustable proportioning valve
Also tested to make sure I fit in the parking garage at school, score! At least with the top down I do!
Orlando was pretty sweet. Huge turn out for Orlando Jeep Club and 4WheelParts. The Jeep did fantastic on the highway. I do feel vibration in the rear driveshaft, could be worn tires but feels more like a driveshaft vibe. at 70mph I run 2800RPM not too bad for a 42" tire. Just a few days till the poker run and I'm slammed with things to do. Its spring break and I'm off school tho.. so that helps!
Also getting my Axial ready for MOAB. Kha and I doing a preliminary run lol. Pretty sure the Poison Spyder Venom Chassis graphics says it all
Wow what a past few weeks. Just got done with spring break at UNF and 2 different shows in FL. busy busy busy. shocks fixed, new e-brakes on there way, and oil change done. Just a little goes a long way. I put on the smittybuilt rolbar net on about a week ago. I was and am no fan of smittybuilt but I gave them one last shot....After my garage door string caught one of the squares and ripped it.. It was official, I hate SB. They just can't make good quality product. I'm sorry if i offend anyone by it but they just down right suck.
Trying to get everything together for Moab as well as tighten up all my loose ends at school before I leave. Was really surprised that my professors were cool with me leaving.. maybe its cause I told them it was work related, and work funds my education.. which is true, but 'work' and 'doin work!' are two different things.. o well they don't need to know the details. haha
still working on getting a 50" E-brake cable to mod up from the conversion. I cam make a 60" work, but its a little too long even at full flex. I just have to FIND the 50".. least what will for for my application without modifying, a lot. lol, other then that I'm still hitting the exhaust on compression with the front drive shaft, gonna have to heat up more and move closer to oil pan. Jeep Beach is just around the corner after Easter Jeep Safari, so there may be some heavy mods coming my way. we shall see.
The Matanzas Jeep Club Poker Run was awesome, good friends and good times. Its always nice seeing the people that give you the most support, glad we were able to be apart and help out with the raffles in in throwing in what we could.
As I mentioned before on how bad the smittybuilt top was i don't even have a picture of it close up on it, it was on for 2 days, and went right back in the box. You can see how it tore easily and how thin it is. DO NOT BUY! IMO at least. waste of money.. I returned it to keystone today for full refund.
Been playing with the Axial RC too now that Moab is approaching, have to get it ready for the competitions with Kha, BigJay, and the boys.. gonna get intense!! Just ordered aluminum hubs and knuckled as well as aired down the front tires with a new set of aluminum beadlocks! muuuuuch better on approach being so torquie.
Somewhere between the mix I helped SuttonBorn put on his PSC Flat Fenders. came out pretty nice, the brown one got a 2" budget boost lift haha just been cranking out projects here i guess
Also finally got my designs together for some 3D Modeling i've been waiting on, came out great too i was pretty skeptical on the design but after 2 trial runs they came out flawless!
Man what a trip! EJS was soo0o0o0o0 sick. Getting to see the west coast Spyder family was awesome. also getting to meet Jeremy and Justin at Rock Krawler was great. ITs cool seeing the people behind the product. Met a ton of good people and made good friends. I can't say I regret missing 13 days of school and work for that trip
Finished a little trimming of the rear fenders too, just as a precaution for flex with the 42's. FINALLY found a E-Brake cable that will work with the 8.8 to the TJ( maybe it was just me who found this hard to find? I dunno) its part number "BC93528" for future reference. Should have pictures of it tomorrow, it got late and I was starving haha.
Got a list of parts coming my way for Jeep Beach next weekend. Gonna be a tight schedule with finals this week but should be able to get all the mods in. Also finally took measurements for cromo steering, that should be here Monday, along with the bumper on Tuesday, shackles, lugs, and a few other items
Thank God the school semester at UNF is over! wootwoot! Jeep beach is right around the bend, got so much stuff to finish up for it. Heres my list. ADD mounting a Spare tire too
Also here is a look at the difference in the length of my old cables in the rear vs. the new ones i finally got to work for the E-brakes.
Also got my new muffler from Magnaflow today! Thanks Jim!
Going with a 6" tube rather then the 4" i have complained about previously being too loud. Jim took care of me in setting me up with what hes running on his LJ with a 5.5 X Factor Long Arm from Rock Krawler, sweet rig! Also picked these up for Damon from Rigid Industries for Jeep Beach, got them for his Rigid F350 Chaser Truck.
Seems like im doing a ton of running around lately with parts and product. Man am I glad school is out!
Tomorrow I'm getting the muffler put in, and my Rear BrawlerBumper from Poison Spyder should be in at the powder coaters place. Also the cromo steering is still not here but a busy few days. Last time I took the Jeep for a spin in the woods she got a lil hot on me. Think I'm only runnin straight h20 in radiator, gotta check it out, but picked these up anyways. (Bumba de agua?) Taking off my KC's for Rigids!!!!! finally!
Today was the commence of hardcore fix up on the TJ. Started by turning in my last final exam at 10AM!!!! wootwoot! Got the Spare tire mounted on my 5th rim. Tim at North Florida Off Road let me borrow it for the time being. It's a 37BFG, hmm this a sign? :shhh: It barly fit in the Isusu tho fit like a glove.
RCPC got my Spyder Packages. I'm only spraying it semi-gloss black. no time to fool around with matching pices to paint code. looks sharp. the side by side shot is my Poison Spyder BrawlerBumper next to my buddies JK Ace? bumper? I LOVE the sleekness of mine. Finally say goodbye to the old SB XRC, sold it to a buddy tonight. RCPC said should have the PSC bumper finished tomorrow.. fingers crossed
So0o0 only got 1 steering bar today, the center link... no drag bar called, said for tomorrow.. they better be right, ha knuckles are drilled.. no turning back now! 3/4 drill bit did the trick for the new heim set up. somehow i didn't get a pic of the cromo CL ( i dunno how i didn't) but turned out sharp, i think at least. finished both the E-brake cables tonight too.
Even got the new Magnaflow Muffler installed today. What a difference! I know previously i said i hated the way it sounded and I wasn't pleased at all, well i can say this time i am 100% satisfiedJim did a awesome job at helping me out on the size and part number to run.
Drained coolant some and it was just about all water, nasty color and just about no ANti freez. Hopefully that will solve my overheating issue. Fan clutch is tight as can be and the radiator is bout a year old. (bomba de agua? yo no se)
Axial is in prep to match the TJ haha gotta have a Mini Me!
So I didn't have my laptop with me when I went down to Jeep Beach so I didn't get a chance to get on here and post much. I had a heck of the night before I left trying to finish everything. Put on the steering, rear bumper, new muffler that sounds GREAT!, finished e-brake cables, Axial got a paint job, radiator flush, took off my KC's.. it was a crazo Wednesday, ended pulling an all nighter just to finish and meet everyone in Daytona Thursday morning haha. Here are just a few of before the weekend began..
When installing the drag ling I had to grind down my sway bar link bracket to get full turning ability to the right.. nothing too big but just tedious.
Also when installing the rear bumper my exhaust was sticking out too far to get the bumper to light up so i had to ratchet strap it to the frame and pull it back to install the bumper. You can also see where i was having trouble keeping the prethreded bolts in the bumper to stay in place while i tried to ligh up all 10 bolt holes. (i kept an extra set of 2 bolt mounts on it to give it more support cause I'm ocd like that, and i could get to it easily from the pass side. With a little love it slid into place perfectly! Nice and uptight to the body. I'll post before and after comparisons of the new bumper to the old and you guys can tell me what you think.
I promise I'm gonna take shots of the rear bumper differences! every time I go to its dark out cause of work. Full time now that spring is out.. kinda sucks casue I'm still taking a summer class. Tomorrow, I'm gotta get it tomorrow. Feel like I do huge posts with tons of pictures cause I don't stay on top of this thing like I wish I could. Here are some more shots from Jeep Beach tho. Took my KC's off and installed the Rigid Dually D2's! WAY better. Look at the comparison to a 6" KC on my buddies truck. Blows them out of the water. And I can't stress enough how much of a difference the DeFenders make while wheelin! Definitely need them with 42's
So as I mentioned earlier I went and took pictures of the bumper, Its dirty from playing in the woods Saturday night but you can see the clearance difference as well as the departure angles from the bottom sides of the bumpers. Also you can see the height of the Poison Spyder Rear Brawler bumper is much lower in caring the spare then the XRC was. I love this thing, the swing portion has roller bearings and races for strength and durability for the heaviest tire, as well as a latching mechanism built for a solid clasp, which means no rattling. All and all this thing is far better the the XRC.
Been cranking out side jobs for some extra cash, yet it seems like I'm still broke. o well. put in a radiator in a Toyota 4Runner tonight, not to bad, about an hr job. also fixed this trike looking thing for my neighbor things pretty sweet, and fast!
Also thinking about ordering a Antirock Sway Bar for the Rear end. Really needs one and I don't like the feeling of rear steer when I get off camber bad. Tires should be a top option, but I'm looking at well over 1500 for a set, even at cost for them.. booo
Forgot all about my new antenna! from AntennaWorks, sleek, firm rubber, and stubby. (get ur minds out of the gutters!!!) perfect from what the stock one was, no more bangin around on the Rigid Duallys!
Ended up pulling my buddy out of the mud tonight haha. Thank you SI12000 Mile Marker played around a little bit too, its so hard to get a front shot at night cause the duallys are so bright!
So I have like 10000000 things coming to me in the mail.. mostly Axial parts haha but some others too. Since I have no more money for real Jeep parts. I figured I'd tear into the Axial tonight. I already have the Poison Spyder Diffs, alumi hubs front and rear with alumi knuckles and steering; With beadlock wheels. Installed the PSC BFH front bumper on it (Replica of*) lol high steer and chassis mounted steering box (rather then at the top of axle) so many screws! and I think a paint job under neither is necessary. Tomorrow at work I will buy some paint!