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Old 05-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #31
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A leaking pinion seal prompted me to go ahead and do a SYE and CV shaft install. I used a Rugged Ridge SYE, Rough Country X-flex rear upper adjustable control arms, and had my driveshaft made by a company called Tatton's. I got a skyjacker adjustable rear track bar and JKS track bar bracket on the cheap from a forum member that didn't need them anymore.

Cutting the spring perch was scary, considering how close the brake line is to where the angle grinder had to be:


While I had the transfer case skid off, I decided to clean it up and paint it. I used a few coats of rustoleum rust reformer as a primer, then rustoleum bedliner on the bottom to finish it off. I left the top as only primer to make it easier to clean.


After it was all put together I had about a week waiting on my driveshaft to be made and shipped. I used this time to do a few things I'd been putting off. I sanded down the surface rust on my frame, gave it a good bath, and put a few coats of the rustoleum rust reformer on it. I also liberally applied it to the inside of the frame. My frame went from this:


To this:


I also finally got around to painting my center caps orange:



The SYE setup completely fixed every issue I was having as a result of the transfer case drop. As one Jeeper to another, do not, under any circumstances, ever believe that a tcase drop will work for a 4" lift. I dropped it about 3" or so and still had vibrations, but I couldn't take it any lower or my shifter wouldn't work. I still had to do some heavy trimming to get it to work good enough to drive. My transfer case shifter, even with the supplied drop bracket, would only let me shift into two settings. I opted for 2hi and 4hi, and couldn't get into 4lo without disconnecting the linkage and doing it manually. The vibrations are what caused my pinion seal to start leaking, to the tune of a quarter quart per day. A tcase drop of the magnitude required for a 4" lift is not worth the trouble, and I hope my misfortune with trying it can convince at least one person to save up and do the SYE at the same time as the lift.

Anyway, here is what my Jeep looks like now. I'm going on my first serious offroad trip since the lift this Saturday. Can't wait to see what those Dick Cepek tires can do!

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Old 05-07-2013, 09:12 PM   #32
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Looks good! I like the Orange center caps. Are you planning on painting the fender flares or leaving them grey?

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Old 05-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #33
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So you did the center caps, I'm debating on the yellow still.....
Yours looks good, great build...
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #34
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Looks good! I like the Orange center caps. Are you planning on painting the fender flares or leaving them grey?
When time permits, they're getting the bedliner treatment. I tried using mothers back to black but they're just too far gone for that to fix.


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So you did the center caps, I'm debating on the yellow still.....
Yours looks good, great build...
The only downside is that when you put them into the wheels it's impossible not to scratch at least one side of them. I remedied that with a small paintbrush. I love how they look, and my wife just sighed when she saw it. I'd say I got away with it.

I'd love to see painted center caps on a yellow Jeep, and you'll probably be able to find a close match for the paint easier. I've had several random people compliment the center caps, and a few others ask if they can copy it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #35
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Looking good....
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:05 PM   #36
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New bumpers!

I got tube bumpers for the front and rear. Before you mock, I traded my stock bumpers for them as an even trade. On the shot from the rear you can see where I added a fifth brake light between the roll bar speakers. You can also see a decal I put on the windshield for the Louisville Jeep Owners Club.





I finally got to take it offroading with the new lift and tires. It did really well, the extra ground clearance makes a lot of difference. The tires don't grip like the super swampers I had on my old truck did, but they also don't wear out on the road like they did either. They do really well in the rain and snow, too. I pulled lots of people out of ditches over the winter without spinning a tire. That was nice.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:32 AM   #37
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Love the orange and black combo!!! I am doing the on my car. My TJ on the other hand is looking like black and gold ( not 100% on that yet). My car bought it thinking really comp orange man that is just such a bright color cops are going to love me, but car only came in limited colors. Bought it and I have fallen in love with the orange!! Cars see me unlike past cars where people pulled out in front of me all the time. I completely understand empty pockets due to Jeep. Just Empty Every Pocket!!!!!!!!!!
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I got tube bumpers for the front and rear. Before you mock, I traded my stock bumpers for them as an even trade. On the shot from the rear you can see where I added a fifth brake light between the roll bar speakers. You can also see a decal I put on the windshield for the Louisville Jeep Owners Club.

I finally got to take it offroading with the new lift and tires. It did really well, the extra ground clearance makes a lot of difference. The tires don't grip like the super swampers I had on my old truck did, but they also don't wear out on the road like they did either. They do really well in the rain and snow, too. I pulled lots of people out of ditches over the winter without spinning a tire. That was nice.
Love the orange. One day I will have my TJ painted this color.

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