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Old 11-25-2011, 07:38 AM   #1
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my build

ok so im new here but not so new to jeeps at least i thought i wasnt till i started lurking on here WOW so i have alot to learn been lurking for a while and finally decided to join. i recently purchased my third jeep because my first two were yj's and ive always wanted a tj so here she is in all her not so glorious glory.













my plan is to build a krawler daily driver my last yj had a 3in fabtec with 33 mud terrians for this one my goal is a low center of gravity with alot of flex. ill take any advice i can get. right now im just saving because i will not do anything till i drive it this winter it will give me time to save up for all the parts plus i dont wanna install a brand new suspension then beat it in the snow right ot of the box. i know it will eventually but id like the "reveal" to be for spring. till then im doing interior and other small ish stuff like some body work. right now i am focusing on the interior and getting it more comfortable inside while i save up for after winter parts....metal cloak fenders wheels and tires a dana 44 if i can find one too anyway will update what i did on the interior soon as well as the outside

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Old 11-25-2011, 07:55 AM   #2
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heck of a start, lookin' good. Lots of potential there!

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Old 11-25-2011, 01:10 PM   #3
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Ditto, looks good with a lot of potentional. I think it is smart to give it some time and pro and con what you really need to just what you want. Helps to have a firm grasp on what kind of driving you will be doing with your Jeep plus, unless you have a heated shop or garage, who wants to do all those exterior mods out in the winter weather!
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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i have made up my mind now i am doing lcof with 35's maybe 37's i think so i can get the most up travel hopefully i do not have too much down travel. i will eventualy do full metal cloak all around as well it has a 2 inch lift on it already but after a while i will do a quality 3 inch lift. as far as i can tell i have no need for long arms so im just not even looking into long arm espically since i am staying low. what do you guys think? i feel like i would be best going with like a low currie and focus on flex and functionality. with that i can keep away from bad angles crazy drive shafts and other stuff that comes with high lifts. keep it low and protect the bottom. right now i ave donee quite a bit of work stickers are all of cb installed and many many interior things done when i can post pics i will explain in detail. but as a teaser...i have modified a air bag switch in my console to hold in one hole my aux lights switch and the other 2 hard wired usb ports using the built in cap to keep it clean
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I personally disagree with a lot of these low center of gravity builds. You might have some nice up travel, but that won't mean sheit when you're dragging your undercarriage along some rocks.

I think 5" of lift with some 35" tires would serve you better, but that's just me.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:18 PM   #6
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I personally disagree with a lot of these low center of gravity builds. You might have some nice up travel, but that won't mean sheit when you're dragging your undercarriage along some rocks.

I think 5" of lift with some 35" tires would serve you better, but that's just me.

well i have decided i am going to be realistic with it i will never see rocks and if i do they will be nothing too serious plus if i build it low and decide to lift it i can but for now i am all about the lcog builds it seems to be the most functional for what i will be doing plus it looks so bad ass
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:18 PM   #7
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Any idea where the "Rough Country " decals came from? Reason i ask is because i have the exact same ones. Just curious.
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:38 AM   #8
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Any idea where the "Rough Country " decals came from? Reason i ask is because i have the exact same ones. Just curious.

honestly i have no clue kinda like the bds ones and the skykacker ones...i have to do more research but i think at one point it had rough country and another time bds but im not sure. it ride rough as...well it rides rough so if i remember correctly it still has the rough country shocks and i think the control arms are bds but i cant remember ugh stupid grave shift making me dumb again,,,,anyway so a little update now that i have time

my list of things done
new console withe modified airbag switch to house hardwired in usb ports and aux switch
cobra cb mounted with custom bracket and a stainless taillight mount a firestick 5 foot antenna
shortened front bumper fixed crooked aux light
new doorstraps glove box straps, internal and external shift boots, grenade shift knob, all new ac vents, ek flashlight holder, pulled the entire dash for cleaning and going over cleaned up a lot of wires also found a bicycle peda inside my dash, removed rear seat and belts, rhionlined doors, cleaned door pannels, cleaned tub painted some bare metal spots, removed old roll bar padding, what i need next is carpet new roll bar pads either seats or nice covers(any recomendations) i want to rhino line the inside of the tailgate for the cj conversion kit. then i think that is it for the interior im trying to keep it as stock looking as possible i want it to be very clean on the inside with a few custom touches like the ek straps ect. i will post pics of it all hopefully today if i have time anyway i think i am all caught up now once the interior is perfect then the exterior..oh man exciting...


one more last thing for my lcof build does it still count if it is 33 tired ugh i want 35 so badly but i think its all in my head its a numbers game i think well i had 33 i want bigger but its so much work for what i dont think will be that beneficial. so what do you guys think will 33 with metal cloak still look good? im starting to lean towards 33 just because less risk easier build and if i change my mind i can always go up but i just dont know would 33 allow me more flex more movemtn upwards?
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:14 PM   #9
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one other question i had is if i build up a d44 does it bolt right up or will i have to get mounts. i decided i do want to run bigger tires but ill do the rear axel first but what should i go with d44 d60 ford 8.8? i cant decide
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If you get a d44 put of another TJ then yes it will bolt right up. An 8.8 will need to have all the brackets fabricated, but thats no big deal since there are plenty of kits out there. As far as which one is better that is up for interpretation, everyone will tell you something different.
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For a LCOG build, get really motivated to do cutting, grinding,.fabricating and getting ingenious and meticulous with angles and clearancing of parts.

Every little inch counts, and its expensive. Its easy to slap a lift kit on and call it a day. LCOG is a fabricated design. Takes alot of out of the box thinking.

2.5" lift plus 1" BL plus a FLAT skid will give you right around 6" at the belly. That throws any idea in someones mind that LCOG rigs drag. Theyd drag if they didnt go flat.

If you do it right, youll love it, do it wrong and youll be in a bad place, especially since alot of the work is fab, you cant just take it off..

But its totally worth it, a very reliable low rig with plenty of clearance and travel, equals a fun and great rig
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For a LCOG build, get really motivated to do cutting, grinding,.fabricating and getting ingenious and meticulous with angles and clearancing of parts.

Every little inch counts, and its expensive. Its easy to slap a lift kit on and call it a day. LCOG is a fabricated design. Takes alot of out of the box thinking.

2.5" lift plus 1" BL plus a FLAT skid will give you right around 6" at the belly. That throws any idea in someones mind that LCOG rigs drag. Theyd drag if they didnt go flat.

If you do it right, youll love it, do it wrong and youll be in a bad place, especially since alot of the work is fab, you cant just take it off..

But its totally worth it, a very reliable low rig with plenty of clearance and travel, equals a fun and great rig
im very ready to fab. welder chop saw and grinder are ready lol anyway so far i think im going to just go into it deep im looking at some bigger doner trucks for axels and all. also looking into coilovers. i figure if im going to do it ill do it right the first time. anyway i figured ill do metal cloak fenders first. then while i do that get axels and work on cleaning them up building and powdercoating. i kinda would like to do some custom suspension work but it is imtimidating. i guess when the time comes ill ask you guys. i did look into coilovers and hoops seems the best way to get low but the only thing i dont understand is the arms. short arm mid custom ugh have yet to decide and i probably never will. i think that 37 will be the best though unless someone talks me into a 35 amyone have ideas

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