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Old 02-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #151
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Last night I decided to tackle the stretch kit. seemed easy. seemed. I was doing it at UNF in our engineering bay under the port. I was informed that the welder was "fixed" so game on. before I got there I took off sway bar and added in the brake line extension. also sized up all the bolt heads so i knew when exactly I would need to undo everything. also took the roll cage out at RCPC cause that should be coming and getting put in today. Got to school last night about 10, checked welder again to make sure we were in business and it was working. SWEET! so Eric and I unded all the old arms and swapped in the new ones like clock work, moved pretty smoothly. You can see the difference in length :droolie: When I went to weld up the spring perch. no effin welder!!!!!!! like WTF I was told that were was no power save mode outside to the sockets but im pretty sure after 11pm there is cause it was right at 11 when it stopped working with the trailer. FML!!!! so now im stuck in the school bay, its about 12am and FE practice exam is at 7...

2 choices... 1) put stock back on and do another time, or fix/find another welder to finish. So I used the piece of crap welder I have in my garage. this thing sucks.. id be better of using bubble gum to hold it together.. you can see the welds aren't pretty at all with this piece of junk. But it held up enough to get me home in 4high with no rear driveshaft (DS is now at Fl power train getting extended)

so I ordered new mounts. haha gonna redo them when they come in but for now this got me out of the bay and back home to reassess

I need to adjust the arms to to center the axle and realign everything. Looks good. 9" tho.. I really only wanted 7" but there was some discrepancy.. I may switch for a custom made 7" stretch when i reweld them in. its hard to tell what i wanna do till i put the bumper back on and roll cage back it. cause it looks all sorts of funny without them lol. but switching is an option. i just won't decide till everything else is put together















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Old 02-16-2013, 02:20 AM   #153
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Today I took the jeep to RCPC to get cage and fix the weld job on the spring mounts. also got back my longer drive shaft from Fl powertrain. AND i got a text from the ex! what a successful day!










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Old 02-16-2013, 04:40 AM   #154
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damn, that is one sweet jeep. I REALLY like the tailgate idea. I haven't purchased a jeep yet, in the works of trying to find one I like now, but I know I will definitely miss the tailgate. How does that hinder the ability to carry a spare tire? What other alternatives would you recommend? Do they make bumper mounted spare tire carriers that swing and if so how good are they?

Sorry for the "noob" questions, but I am new to the jeep and just trying to get an idea if it's worth it to go that route once I do get one. Thanks
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Yes you can run a spare tire with the tail gate. It is rear bumper with a tire carrier. And just like any other jeep parts if you buy quality parts yes its worth it. I believe he is running a poison spyder rear bumper with tire carrier. He does not have it on in these latest pics.
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yeah, I ended up finding the info after doing a little more digging. Thanks for the reply. I really like the tailgate idea on one of these things. I've always used my tailgate as a seat and/or workbench. so not having one would feel like I left my hat or wallet at home too. lol
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Yes you can run a spare tire with the tail gate. It is rear bumper with a tire carrier. And just like any other jeep parts if you buy quality parts yes its worth it. I believe he is running a poison spyder rear bumper with tire carrier. He does not have it on in these latest pics.

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Im running Poison Spyders TJ RockBrawler Rear Bumper W/ Tire Carrier and love it. I used to have a SRC tire carrier and with a 37" tire on the back I couldn't see out of my rear window for nothing. with PSC's they way they mount it at different heights for tires, I am running a 40" spare and I can see just fine through the back window!

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So I drilled and tapped holes for the top to fit. pretty easy. I was tires of the rain and it needed to be done anyways. The TrailGate fits and seals nice and tight in the back. no leaks yet!






Also Ill go back to me cutting up Poison Spyders 3rd most costly products.. the rear bumper lol

I ended up cutting a little more off the ends of the bumper to ensure that i got the most clearance out of them. in doing so i cut 4 1/4" off each side. this ended right where the swing and latch are for it. FEW! :thumbsup:






with some welding, grinding, and cutting....






So now heres the thing. while articulating this thing. I rub the corners due to axle width. you can see that the bumper is shorter then the new corners. BUT this is ok. When making these from PSC it was the 1st set ever since it was custom so my measurement were off by about an inch. nothing a cut off wheel cant fix with another coat of powder tho!


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Old 02-20-2013, 11:12 PM   #158
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If you want even more clearance you could have tapered the bumper and it be plenty strong. Coulda gained another 1/2".
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If you want even more clearance you could have tapered the bumper and it be plenty strong. Coulda gained another 1/2".
I almost did that too. but it looks like the bumper will be fine. its the mid section on the rear corner thats gonna go!

Took the jeep to my buddies house to flex it a little and see where it will rub, and the corners were the winning ticket. SO0o0o0... Im gonna trip an 1" off each side of the corners to clear the wheel well. then re powder... after MOAB tho.. just in case any trouble happens out there. gonna wait till i get the bumper on it so i can cut it evenly in line with the bumper.







If i has a D44 or PR60 rear this wouldn't happen. I have no offset on my rims too so they sit in closer. the 8.8 is narrower then the stock 35 not by much but every in counts here..

Took the pup for a ride to break in the new suspension went barreling down some 'whoop-ti-do's' and blew out a shock! sweet! so new ones were swapped out! also noticed that the JK rear springs lifted the rear end up a little too much, even with the bumper on it. so I changed them out to stock TJ rears, looks much better and the fenders look a whole lot better "fill" wise.




went to school to finish sway bar after cutting the stock spring locations off and ran into some trouble.. the links i have won't reach the top of the frame where i need them to be. so I'm gonna buy some DOM tomorrow and finish the bent center link and get some tubing for swaybar links. needs to be 16" from eye to eye. Pinion angle needs to be adjusted too








played around with some steel to make spring pad hold downs for the bottom rear springs too.. look like boobies :shhh::shhh: just needs to be smoothed round and we are good to go!


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Old 02-28-2013, 12:45 AM   #160
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Forgot all about my Rigid Sr-Series 10" Specter! it came in the mail today so I thought I'd install. I have on the the few remaining JK hood brackets left from Black Diamond Fabrication that I had in the garage so I easily drilled and tapped a new hole for mount! I think it looks killer and completes the hood and front end.







Also got the rear bumper back today so decided to put that on with the tire carrier. Just need to trim the body lines and I should be in good shape with NO RUBBING.. well until its bottomed out but we will get to that stage.






Stopped in to Browning chassis today and picked up steering DOM and a replacement for the tir rod at the pitman arm.. gonna go him there now.. also ordered the tubing for the sway bars that I will use to sleeve the existing when i cut them in half!


hopefully some better photos in the light tomorrow. I really like the look of the Jeep now that the tire carrier is on it. it makes it look more proportional and fitting with the stretch kit.

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oh and look at this beaut

wont have it on till after the steering is finished tho
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:27 PM   #161
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so took it out in the daylight for some photos. Shock length or spring height needs to be assessed tho. I will post a new list of what i ahve fixed or assessed after the weekend to see where im at with it all.












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Old 03-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #162
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Sweet baby Jesus I'm jealous! Very nice.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:09 PM   #163
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Without a doubt, one of the coolest builds. I raise my beer to ya man, and congrats, it's gotta be a blast..!

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #164
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After all that bad assery, you put a mile marker on it... But besides that LOVE this build. It. Is. Sweet.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #165
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Without a doubt, one of the coolest builds. I raise my beer to ya man, and congrats, it's gotta be a blast..!




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After all that bad assery, you put a mile marker on it...
lol I know. It was what i could afford. and till it lets me down... i think im stickin!

while in class tonight I thought i would just write down things i need to do before i leave and also things i need to have with me when i go. I know i made a list earlier and most of it had been complete but this is a new rendition to what i need to do i guess

Jeep
Detail/vacuum
clean motor
Clean K&N
Roll Cage mounted to windshield
Roll cage bolts tightened
Roll cage B-pillar bolts to tub
remote start
Carpet for fenders
grab handles
corners re-powered
swap rear springs (JK adjusted)
Bump stops adjusted
Shock length check
Breather on rear axle
rear Sway bar
RE-Tighten all arms
front steering
front diff cover

Trailer
Brakes
check all lights
Bearings greased
new reflectors
Fire pressures/inspection
Straps
Spare tires

Chevy
Oil change
fuel filter
drive shaft rebalanced
programmer updated
fix A/C
trans flush
t-case flush
rear diff fluid
bleed brakes
spare tire
coolant
brake fluid
washer fluid
detail
paint frame rail

Tools and supplies:
FULL craftsman tool set
Vice grips/channel locks
pipe wrench
BFH
Pry bars
C-clamps
Extra straps
flashlights
tire plug kit
jack
jack stands
wooden blocks
chain
fire extinguisher
blanket/pillow
GPS
charger
laptop/usb
power inverter
jumper cables
flares
electrical wire
tie wire
ducttape
zip ties

Spare fluids:
Oil
trans
coolant
a/c
brake fluid
gear oil
Spare parts:
Jeep
Rear drive shaft
front bearings/races/seals
Vent hoses
Fuel line

Chevy:
Spare fuel pump
rotors
belt
hub
upper a-arm
idler arm

took the 1st trail run with the new suspension. There is a lot of creaking and crackling underneath. all arms are tight but I gotta give them a good crank down to make sure there is no movement or shifting going on. wheeled great, bump stops could be adjusted in a little bit but I an switching the JK springs i modified back in cause the stock TJ springs are too flimsy and bouncy where it bottoms out even with the shocks on the hardest setting.







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Old 03-07-2013, 01:00 PM   #166
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Very Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:43 PM   #167
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GREAT BUILD my poor Jeep will forever look up to yours. Be safe n have fun in MOAB
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:00 AM   #168
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Haha thought the mile marker was very outa place on that jeep as well but ya got it so mise well use it till it breaks!
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #169
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nice thread!
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:11 PM   #170
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2 questions. Are those Poison Spyders TJ Comp Cut Crusher Corners with Crusher Flares? and What did you do with the fuel tank door?
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #171
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SWEET That is one heck of a build.
It reminds me of my friend here that has just about the same thing you do except for the axels. He said the worst upgrade he did was the axels (d60 ft and d70 rear); the best was the ram steering. He also went to a 4.8 stroker to push the 40's.

Have you got something like that in the works???
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Bad ass Jeep! That thing is awesome,
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thanks for all the complements guys!

heres some pics from grad. figured Id label myself so my peeps could find me in the crowd was pretty effective!

Not only did I graduate but i took the whole weekend off work for jeep beach too. man was it a blast! Great time with great friends in the industry. also pretty cool meeting new people and some of the guys on toe forums! Jeeps been pretty solid can't really complain. I ordered new shock towers form the rear and and gonna order Rock Krawler 2.0's with resies for the back. also got some cool things for graduation! Installed an Spod on the wrangler finally! man was that a mess of wires! I didn't know how bad it really was till i looked at all the sires i had tucked away and running all over the place. one of the safest and most effective installs ive done. now if i only didn't break my visors off when i did the roll cage it would be complete haha. also installed new Trek Armor seat covers. These are sweet! water proof and tight fitting. sleek and stylish too. a little wrinkly cause they are new! haha















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Amazing build
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God.. school sucks! Tests come at the worse time, so does work. I'm startin to stress out about this build with everything colliding together on me. Appt complex is NOT happy with the current state of the build

Got the notice on the door today, so I put the old axle under it but still on jacks. Front end should be here tomorrow from River City Powder Coat. But Structures test Thurs, and Thermo quiz Fri, also work all weekend. Test in Vector Analysis Wend. I'm kinda in tweak mode! Remember I have till march 10th to have this thing 100% mobile, I gotta get it together!

Now that I'm done venting... Figured sense I'm taking rotors off to get axle done I'll replace seals bearings and use my rotor machine that has been collecting dust. also to be "cost efficient" I'm (FOR NOW) going with a 'bastard joint' for my drive shafts. Just to cut cost right now and put it into something I can't simple fix. Using all National seals and bearings.. I figure sense its already all apart, I might as well put new in it now, not 75mph on the highway haha

On final tacking on the truss I went with a 7-8 degree caster, stock is 7. wanted to go 5 and I know I said I was set on it, but wanted a window of error in case my gage is off or not on level ground surface. I'm happy with my decision tho.
Tell the Apt complex to go lick chode.
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Don't quite know yet. Cali most likely but maybe Colorado or NYC, haven't really dig deep. Looking for a opening in the industry or just take up a manager store in CA at Oreilly is all else fails

And yeah deff helps with parts. Looked at my account last year.. At just oreilly I spent 5000$ on parts. It's awesome what we can get. We deal with transamerica and keystone and can really get just about anything!
NYC? Boooooo that place blows. Too much noise, too many people.
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Absolutely amazing build man. Good job!
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Absolutely amazing build man. Good job!
Lol thanks man! Yeah I've got the apt maintenance crew in my pocket now so things have quieted down.

And looks like Cali is we're I'm moving at the end of the month, NY choice would have acutely been in up state, near Utica

Maybe now the jeep will get to see some real wheelin around the weekends out there!

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