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Old 02-16-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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jgorm's diy front fender lift

Mudb8's threads were my initial inspiration but I used this guide as my rough directions.
http://www.higherground4x4.com/Tech/...tructional.pdf
I'm getting there, but it's going to take a couple more days. Its going to be a 3.5" lift so you could fit a 7" larger tire at the same lift!! More pics and up to the date info here.
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Here is a picture (let me know if you cant see it and Ill fix it)

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Old 02-17-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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are you going to do anything with the space voided by lifting the fender below the flares?

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Old 02-17-2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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Maybe. The rubber thing is still not there a and that comes down about 4 to 8". It would be real easy to make a me piece if thick rubber to cover the entire area. More pics uploaded on my forums.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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have you thought about boat-siding the rockers to get them to the same height as the fenders?
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Yeah, I've thought about boat sides a bunch of times, but the suspension and coil overs are a higher priority. I have some 35" MTZs and hutchinson rock monster bead locks on the way (I liked the mtr tread better but they've been on back order for 2 months). My ZJ tie rod setup just showed up today too! It came together nicely! I'm still working on removing hood material so that it will close. Today kicked my ass, broken bolts, broken drill bit in the hole I needed, etc, so I'm still on the first fender with 2 days into this project. My hands and body are beat. I spent way too long pushing as hard as I can on my right angle drill. It sucks drilling metal when you can't get in a good overhead position.
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sucks to hear that man. pretty much par for the course when i work on stuff though. i'm really looking forward to seeing this finished. definitely cheaper than buying hi lines. it's good work so far.

as a side note i am also a member of moddedmustangs (sold mine a while back to buy the jeep) but i thought you were joe from trick tuners.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:05 PM   #7
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Yup, joe from trick tuners. I stopped posting on MM to let business slow down so I could get some other projects like this done instead of spending 2-3 hr a day sending out tunes. I might start posting on MM again, but so far business has been steady at a decent rate where i still have some time to work on other stuff. Working 2+ jobs gets tiring! After the jeep is done its back to mustang projects! they never end.
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Its interesting that you are doing a DIY highline right now, because I am to I decided to start with my drivers side fender though, so today I removed that, and am just beginning to start doing some refitting in its higher location. If possible, would you be willing to take some more pictures of the headlight area? This is one spot that i'm still pondering what to do.

With the way you have yours done, is the line down the outside of the body still straight, or does the front of the fender actually stick out a little? I have never seen a picture that runs perfectly down the edge of the jeep so I can't tell, but it seems as though the fender would stick out, about an inch and a quarter according to my calculations. Does my question make sense? Essentially, is the distance from outside edge to outside edge of your front fenders ( at the very front, right by the turn signal) the exact same distance as the tub at all other locations?

I took some pictures of the work I did, but its darn near 5 in the morning here and I can't see straight. I'll be posting them tomorrow.

What are your plans for the charcoal cansiter etc. system and windshield washer fluid resivour?

Good luck with getting yours done on time I have a 2nd car to drive, and a garage my jeep can be parked in as long as needed. I hope to get it done in a week, but its at work and I get inturrpeted every 10 seconds unless its after hours.
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My charcoal canister was in the back passenger side but I relocated it to the drivers side when I did my rear fender lift. I might hack the top off the windshield fluid tank and glue a piece of flat plastic of the top, or I might buy one of those little catch cans from summit. I'm not in a rush either and have a backup car. My jeep might even be on the lift for a couple weeks while I install the ZJ tie rod, fix the rear main seal, fix the rear axle seal, etc.

Mine definitely doesn't stick out an inch. It looks pretty good from all angles. I'll get some pics that show the body lines today. The rear part at the bottom of the plastic fender sticks out about 1/4" (not the rear part that sits against the body, that looks fine) but I was too lazy to drop the fender and redrill all the holes for the battery box. I sucked it in the best I could and called it a day. Most people will never notice that.
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Did you have a chance to get any of those pictures yet? I'd be curious to see them. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #11
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I put a bunch more pictures on my site
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I'm doing this mod next fall. Looking forward to seeing yours done!
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:35 PM   #13
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I got 3 of my tires in today. Can't wait until I get the wheels in. The winch cables are secure and I just need to mount the solenoid and run wires for the in cab controls. I'll start on the drivers side Friday.
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Looking real good man! Bout time the front catches up to the rears. I'm doing my hiline and DIY tube fenders at the same time. Waiting for some warm weather and free time. Still cold up here in pa.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #15
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Bout time the front catches up to the rears.
haha, yeah this has been in the list of things to do for over a year! The winch power cables took me a while but I have the solenoid mounted where the stock air box was and the plug for the controller is below the passenger headlight. The cables are wrapped in electrical tape, then 20mm plumbers tape, and zip tied to the top of the frame.

I have the passenger side totally done and the drivers side is removed. I didn't get too much done this weekend, but I did get to drive a $2M robot that does heart surgery (super cool) and we went whale watching on my dads boat and found a pod to follow for 30+ min so I can't complain. Here are more pictures.
This looks worse in the pic than it does in real life, but its bent up a bit for sure. I didn't want to get into paint so I didn't smash it up to blend it in.








Before I sucked it in.


Drill a hole, suck it in, and drill another hole above it.


cut that stupid tab out of there! It dented my hood when I bent the fender back to level.


It helped a lot to remove half of the support structure.






there is the dent from that tab


I was extra conservative on my 1st cut, but I ended up needing to cut above my 3.5" off the fender line. I cut the passenger side right at 3.5" all the way.
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Lines up nicely.








drill slow with crap loads of pressure to get nice cuts and save your bits.


I still need to grind down the hood a bit so I can put a piece of that door protector stuff on. Right now its about 1/16 to 1/8" off the hood.




cut off the tips and smash it flat.


make sure to grind off the lower lip before you do too much bending or it will crease badly. I probably could have done a bit more under the turn indicator.


I had to use the inside bolt hole because it was hitting the hood when it was as low as it could go.


I had to enlarge the battery holes to make the tray sit as close to the fender as possible to clear the ecu connectors.




Its super nice to have a lift and work standing up instead of on your back (for wiring the winch cables)




These are all the tools I've used so far. You only need a 10 and 13mm socket for the jeep parts and the 9/16 for my extra bolts.
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nice man, looks really good. What is that rectangle flat piece with the 3 holes for may I ask?

and sounds like you had a good weekend. My big issue with the jeep now is having time to work on it because its my DD. if I could park it and work a few hours a day here and there that would be great but I can't. oh well.
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nice man, looks really good. What is that rectangle flat piece with the 3 holes for may I ask?
That is the support bracket I made to replace all the metal I cut out of the front part of the fender that keeps it from sagging.
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This is how it starts out with one bolt in the front. This side is going together WAY easier and smoother than the first side.
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I had to stop before finished because we needed to take the jeep to mammoth for a boarding trip. Its mostly done but I still need to finish the custom bracket to hold the rear of the drivers fender and my dual mv50 air pumps.

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I'm still working on the air pump setup that will go in the drivers fender well. I made my washer fluid tank out of a bumper milk jug and it works pretty well, but I need to seal up the cap a little better. I got the tires and and it drives great! The gear is perfect for this setup and I like it much better than with the 31s because 6th is now an overdrive. I still start out in second sometimes, but not as much. I hardly notice a difference in acceleration, but braking takes more pedal effort. I did some measurements on the ebc yellow pads after I've had them for nearly 2 years and about 8000mi and there was no improvement in stopping distance over the stock pads. Once I wear off the slick part of these tires I'll do the testing with these to see how much the acceleration goes down, and how much the stopping distance goes up. I did lock these 35s up without issue on my first drive, but I think it was because the tires are more slick when new.
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Here is a walk around video with some info on what to do and showing the fenders from all angles.
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