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Old 02-27-2012, 07:43 PM   #31
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I was actually thinking about getting the rc 2.5 suspension lift for my tj. And maybe a 1 bl later on. I have to get new tires this week.

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Awesome job, you guys have great skills....

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Old 02-27-2012, 08:35 PM   #33
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:32 PM   #34
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Awesome job, you guys have great skills....
Haha. I'm going solo on the labor on this. I'm such a good friend

This isn't anything yet....
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What is your impression of those power steps? Do they tuck up nicely and out of the way for a clean look?

Do they seem sturdy?
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The power steps are A W E S O M E. Bestop and AMP Research both have fantastic kits. Honestly, I'm not sure that they are not the same kits, just rebranded. I have installed both brands and cannot discern a difference between the two.

The wiring harness is top notch. The harness comes fully "assembled" and pre-wire loomed. Once the steps are in place and the wires are routed, it is literally plug-and-play. My wife laughs when I get excited about installing a set because the quality is so great, it's an installers dream.

Depending on the model of vehicle, there is little to no drilling required. The Dodge below required a couple extra holes, the Ford required none.

Each side is capable of holding 600 pounds! I am 275 and don't hear a peep out of them with all my weight on them.

Depending on the truck, they tuck away almost where you can't see them. On the Dodge 1500 I installed a set on, they completely disappeared. On the F-150 I installed them on, they tuck right against the lower rocker, but unless you were looking, you probably would not notice them.

I can say that the Bestop steps are cheaper (by a few hundred dollars) than the Amp Research steps. As I mentioned, I cannot find a difference between the two.

I would love to put them on Tiffany's new Tahoe!





With the steps retracted
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I'd be curious to see how they look on a Chevy Tahoe or Avalanche.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #38
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The 1.25" body lift and 1" motor mount lift are done.


Still have plenty of work to do on it, but at least the lifts are done.





....oh, and washed it too!!
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The Jeep was dropped off to get painted! The wheels and tires will go on when the paint is done. It's getting a spray-in bedliner too.

There will be some pink accents on this Jeep, per my buddy's daughter's request. She's excited about it, so that's all that matters.

We swapped the bumpers from my buddy's white TJ to this TJ. He got some different bumpers and a winch for his Jeep. The lights are KC Apollo series fog (bumper) and long range (windshield).

Other changes are Smittybilt seat covers, Bestop rollbar padding, Bestop under seat lock box, and a new headunit. I will be building a rear trunk/sub enclosure when the paint and bedliner are done.



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Is a body lift easy to install?
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Got the pictures! woot. Here you go!





Sounds pretty good. I messed up when cutting the hole for the terminal. i forgot and cut it too low :/ It left a small hole where air escapes from, gotta fix it. You can see that i covered the outside of it with a piece of wood. I also elevated the amp, which gave me a vibrating problem that was really loud, so as a temporary fix i stuffed a rag under it, probably not a good thing for heat but oh well. Also I only put one coat on it so i have to do another which sucks cause getting that box in is a bitch.

All credit goes to you though man. The dimensions were straight on. Im playing all these songs on my ipod and they all sound brand new haha.
nice setup, might go that way if i snatch up another tj, happy with my 8" w7 on 2500watt right now tho, lol fits perfect also, ill snap a pic and throw it on here in a bit.
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I made myself that same sub box and the used rustoleum bed liner spray on it, my box kicks butt for a 10" sub I love it! I have a 10" solobaric kicker sub and a Alpine 500m amp

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Any vibrations on that lift? It looks good
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Is a body lift easy to install?
A 1"-1.25" body lift is extremely easy to install. I install them in about 45 minutes on a TJ. Simple hand tools are used, along with a floor jack and block of wood.

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I made myself that same sub box and the used rustoleum bed liner spray on it, my box kicks butt for a 10" sub I love it! I have a 10" solobaric kicker sub and a Alpine 500m amp
Looks great. Did you make that using my plans? Just making sure everything measured out correctly for you.
I will be building the same thing for this TJ.

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No vibrations. I installed a 1" motor mount lift along with the body lift to combat any vibes that may have occured with the suspension lift.
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can't wait to see it.
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For a minute there, I thought it was YOUR TJ going into the booth.

If I ever repaint Kermit, I'm going Corvette burnt orange or Jeep Rescue Green. But I don't see it happening.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:32 AM   #47
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Nice. I'm doing about the same as you with my '97. Got her for about 4000.00 and put new top, mirrors, bumpers, flares, wheels and tires on her. I'm pretty much going with the same lift as you, RC 2.25. I don't need a huge lift, its my DD, just want 31's. After the lift she gets totally re-painted.

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good to see another jump master! nice work on the tj too!
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How's the ride on the RC 2.5" suspension lift? I've been looking at it but want to make sure I won't get any complaining out of my passengers about it.
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Great deal! Gonna be a great TJ when finished!
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For a minute there, I thought it was YOUR TJ going into the booth.

If I ever repaint Kermit, I'm going Corvette burnt orange or Jeep Rescue Green. But I don't see it happening.
I wish it was mine going for a repaint. If it was, it would mean that I have my new front fenders, which would add to my excitement as much as a new paint job. Plus, you would've heard all about it by now

The same person will likely paint my Jeep when the day comes (guy I work with). He's charging $1000 for the full paint job including any body work needed. The spray-in bedliner is also included in that.

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How's the ride on the RC 2.5" suspension lift? I've been looking at it but want to make sure I won't get any complaining out of my passengers about it.
The ride is fine. I personally don't have any issue with it from the several that I have driven with the setup. i don't run the kit on my personal TJ, so I can't give you a long term update from my seat. Ride quality is something so specific to each individual, that it is almost silly having the conversation.
With that said, I find this ride to be respectable. At the same time, I also like an OME setup or Bilstein setup (regarding shocks). Some people would say you can't possibly like the RC if you like the OME......it is what it is.
For $300, I don't think you can really complain. If it's not what you want in the end.....well, I've pissed away $300 at the bar in a night. At least you can resell the kit
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It should have been painted this weekend.

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This thread has been a long time coming for an update.

We are hoping to have it back to my house by the start of next week. The Jeep basically sat in primer for the last few months. We have been crazy busy at work, which means our painter has been busy. Rather than push the issue, we're all just being patient.

My buddy's daughter won't be 16 for a couple more months, so we're still fine on time to completion to deliver it as her birthday present......she has only seen the Jeep the day he brought it home, when it was a nightmarish mess.

The paint is done. There is more wet sanding and clear to come in the next couple days though.
He pulled it out of the booth to take some pics. Of course they are cell phone shots, so they are small and not detailed. Pretty excited about the color though.







My buddy emailed me a craigslist link early yesterday morning for some wheels and tires. In the email he said, "$500 for wheels and tires, take a look....are they a good deal?"

I opened the link to find five 35" BFG MTs (older KM style) on AEV Pintler (argent) wheels....for $500.
I called him and told him to pick them up immediately. Luckily the guy had just put the listing up late the night before, and still had them.

The tires are large and concerning to me with the stock axles, but this will be 100% street driven, to and from school.
When she complains about not having any power, he will cave and pay for the axles to be regeared. At that time, I will make the push for alloy shafts.


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As soon as I get the Jeep back, I will finish up the stereo install, install some 3/4" spacers/swaybar links/tb bracket, and it will pretty much be ready to go.
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good deal for 2k
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That is one lucky teenager! I would have been thrilled to have a $1000 clunker given to me at 16. Heck, I would've been ecstatic to have a driving permit. Let alone end up with an awesome fixed-up TJ! Sweet deal. You're doing a great job. Coming along nicely!!
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Loaded up and ready to head back to the house for more work.
We ended up ordering more stuff for it. I am excited to get it all out of my garage. I've got my own TJ to work on. Haha.





Currently looking for a local powdercoater to coat the AEV wheels.
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great project! keep up the good work!
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Thanks! I would say it has been fun, but it was with the guy painting it so long that it's almost like starting all over with it.

It's not the Jeep that most of us on here would build, but it is going to be a great Jeep for her, and it is definitely going to look nice and clean.

I can say that it has been fun bringing it back to life from a neglected, yet daily driven TJ.
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Loaded up and ready to head back to the house for more work.
We ended up ordering more stuff for it. I am excited to get it all out of my garage. I've got my own TJ to work on. Haha.





Currently looking for a local powdercoater to coat the AEV wheels.

is it me or the trailer and the jeep have the same wheels
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Kind of pointless post, but.....ready to unload and park in the garage.





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