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Old 03-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #14821
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Added New e-Autogrilles Rock Crawler bumper tonight & a ENGO E9000 winch. For under $500 I don't think you can go wrong !
BOTH for under 500?!

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:36 PM   #14823
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Added New e-Autogrilles Rock Crawler bumper tonight & a ENGO E9000 winch. For under $500 I don't think you can go wrong !
Nice! I tried to purchase their back bumper/tire carrier but after days of waiting and an invalid tracking number I contacted them to find that they were out of stock. They offered an alternative which was more expensive but did offer a discount. I choose the refund and bought one from Dirtworx. Picked it up in Corona almost immediately! Great bumper and guaranteed for life!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:39 PM   #14824
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Made a way to hang my hard top. I secured 4 eye bolts to the ceiling and used a set of ratcheting tie downs. I also made 2 brackets from some steel to spread the load out where the straps lift the hard top in the back.

Even with the small ratchet straps, it is very easy to lift. As a precaution, I also attached safety ropes in case a strap fails. I just don't trust the little ratchets that much.

Does anyone hang a hard this way for long-term? I'm wondering if it will warp.

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:45 PM   #14825
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Made a way to hang my hard top. I secured 4 eye bolts to the ceiling and used a set of ratcheting tie downs. I also made 2 brackets from some steel to spread the load out where the straps lift the hard top in the back.

Even with the small ratchet straps, it is very easy to lift. As a precaution, I also attached safety ropes in case a strap fails. I just don't trust the little ratchets that much.

Does anyone hang a hard this way for long-term? I'm wondering if it will warp.
I hang mine that way all summer. Which works out to be about 5-6 months. No issues.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:26 PM   #14826
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Started the list for the next tj today
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:35 PM   #14827
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Started the list for the next tj today
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:57 PM   #14828
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:27 PM   #14829
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Started the list for the next tj today
Total comes to 4,500 in upgrades. That doesn't include the front axle, tires or lockers
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:05 AM   #14830
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installed the new front shocks, driver side was a piece of cake ... the passenger side required some enginuity ... i beat in both sides of the metal "boot"/shield ... and used a c clamp to grip it so i could loosen the nut ... the top was rounded off pretty good



... then i rescued a grand cherokee that was stuck

... was again amazed at what my jeep could do with just my street tires on ( swampers are now off for good, except for dedicated trail days) and i can honestly say i recommend the procomp pro runner monotube shocks ... ride just as good as my buddies ome shocks about 15 less a piece .. and i think they look nicer


i love my heep
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:25 AM   #14831
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installed the new front shocks, driver side was a piece of cake ... the passenger side required some enginuity ... i beat in both sides of the metal "boot"/shield ... and used a c clamp to grip it so i could loosen the nut ... the top was rounded off pretty good

... then i rescued a grand cherokee that was stuck

... was again amazed at what my jeep could do with just my street tires on ( swampers are now off for good, except for dedicated trail days) and i can honestly say i recommend the procomp pro runner monotube shocks ... ride just as good as my buddies ome shocks about 15 less a piece .. and i think they look nicer

i love my heep
Holy hell! Is there any lift on that thing?
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:56 AM   #14832
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Holy hell! Is there any lift on that thing?

i assume you meant the cherokee? no he was bone stock ... had no clue what he was doing offroad ... was him and a couple of his buddies on base

they got in a little over there heads
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:06 AM   #14833
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Installed my new black soft top with tinted windows and a set of full doors. Total cost = $100

Also picked up a full size spare, nearly new 31" BFG AT with rim = $25

My black/green color scheme is finally complete!

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Old 03-26-2013, 02:41 AM   #14834
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Installed my new black soft top with tinted windows and a set of full doors. Total cost = $100

Also picked up a full size spare, nearly new 31" BFG AT with rim = $25

My black/green color scheme is finally complete!
How did you find a soft top and doors for $100?!?
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:50 AM   #14835
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How did you find a soft top and doors for $100?!?
Well doors were a straight trade for my halfs, the soft top came from a guy who took it off his Jeep the day he bought it, had no idea what it was worth/didn't care, offered him a crisp hundo, and he agreed. Also came out $250 ahead. Best Monday of my life.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:55 AM   #14836
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Re: What I did to my TJ today

Changed my upstream O2 sensor. It looked pretty beat up. My guess is that it is the original with 120000 miles on it.

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:28 AM   #14837
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Well doors were a straight trade for my halfs, the soft top came from a guy who took it off his Jeep the day he bought it, had no idea what it was worth/didn't care, offered him a crisp hundo, and he agreed. Also came out $250 ahead. Best Monday of my life.
Sounds like an awesome Monday to me
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:03 AM   #14838
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Made a way to hang my hard top. I secured 4 eye bolts to the ceiling and used a set of ratcheting tie downs. I also made 2 brackets from some steel to spread the load out where the straps lift the hard top in the back.

Even with the small ratchet straps, it is very easy to lift. As a precaution, I also attached safety ropes in case a strap fails. I just don't trust the little ratchets that much.

Does anyone hang a hard this way for long-term? I'm wondering if it will warp.
When I built mine I used a boat trailer crank and a few pulleys a some rope from home depot I can raise my top about thirteen feet with no worries. If you would like to know more just ask or pm me
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:14 AM   #14839
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When I built mine I used a boat trailer crank and a few pulleys a some rope from home depot I can raise my top about thirteen feet with no worries. If you would like to know more just ask or pm me
I think a lot of us would like to know more. I am trying to do that exact same thing.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:43 AM   #14840
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I think a lot of us would like to know more. I am trying to do that exact same thing.
Here's what I did


I had the platform from a hardtop dolly I built....60''x30''

Most of the supplies i used, I bought a cheap hand winch from harbor freight, 12 eye hooks, 4 single roller pulleys, 2 double roller pulleys, 4 small and 4 large quick chain links, a small "D" ring, some rope and some cable clamps


Put the eye hooks in the joist and in the platform, hung the single pulleys from the ceiling, put 2 mor eye hooks out in front center so I had a straighter pull to the winch and ran the ropes.


Had to make a guide in the corner for the winch strap



The hardest part was getting the platform to lift up level.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:55 PM   #14841
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Installed my new bumper

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Old 03-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #14842
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Finally took off the src sliders.. looks totally different.. I almost wish I had never bought them.. on a down side..
While I was under the jeep I noticed a seal (I think ) leaking from the front if the transmission. Bummer
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:37 PM   #14843
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Got my new u joints installed on my drivers side front axle and busted out the old ones on my passenger side. My axle oil slingers got melted from the torch... Hunted down some online after three auto parts stores and the Chrysler dealership could help me. Researched for about an hour trying to figure out just how important they are and found some that can snap around the axle so I can put everything back together and snap those on when they come in. Hopefully me and Peety (my jeep) will be back on and off the roads soon.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:37 PM   #14844
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Don't look at it as a leaking seal. Consider it a clutch upgrade opportunity. And transmission mount. And on. And on.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #14845
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I installed a Fosgate pbr300x1 amp on my Kicker 6.5" sub (replaced the factory one), installed a Fosgate pbr300x4 on new Polk 521's in dash, and 651's in roll bar, and replaced all of my instrument panel lights and HVAC lights with lights from superbrightleds.com.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:48 PM   #14846
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Don't look at it as a leaking seal. Consider it a clutch upgrade opportunity. And transmission mount. And on. And on.
Its an auto... lol may o can convince wifey to let me just do a conversion
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #14847
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I will take pics and post them later tonight but in short what I did was mount a boat crank to the wall using 2x4s as support then took rope from home depot that was rated at 150lbs put in on the crank and ran it up to the ceiling through a fixed pulley . Then through one more fixed pulley above the center on the hard top . Then I ran the same rope through the cab with carabineers in an x pattern for stability. Then connected them all to the single rope. (Used a double pulley so I was lifting half the weight) (in order to do the double pulley I ran the rope through the top fixed pulley through a regular pully then too an S clip and tied the rope to the bottom of the S and clipped the top to the fixed pulley). It is also very important to mount the fixed pulleys on a beam in the ceiling or to a 2x4 to spread the weight load
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Finally greased my fittings

Finally got to greasing up susan b. I love being underneath her, but not as much as being inside her. So I greased the 7 grease fitting i could find, 2 were cracked, now I have to find some replacement boots, advanced doesn't carry any, oh well. Can't wait for the weekend and some top down fun
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:41 PM   #14849
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Here's what I did

I had the platform from a hardtop dolly I built....60''x30''

Most of the supplies i used, I bought a cheap hand winch from harbor freight, 12 eye hooks, 4 single roller pulleys, 2 double roller pulleys, 4 small and 4 large quick chain links, a small "D" ring, some rope and some cable clamps

Put the eye hooks in the joist and in the platform, hung the single pulleys from the ceiling, put 2 mor eye hooks out in front center so I had a straighter pull to the winch and ran the ropes.

Had to make a guide in the corner for the winch strap

The hardest part was getting the platform to lift up level.
so, you can't actually do that with it on the jeep, can you? It looks like you'd have to take it off, set on the platform, then lift.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:42 PM   #14850
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this is how is everything was put together from start to finish and how should look at the end
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