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Old 04-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #31
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ohh i gotcha. mine is going on the back i decided. i may get a snorkel. ill never need it, but i can probably make one pretty easy, so i might as well in cause i run into a situation...

edit: the snorkel would be in the way of the antenna on the side, hence the reason i even mentioned it, and why im not putting mine up front

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:14 PM   #32
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a snorkel would be sweet. Its not first on my list though haha

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Old 04-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #33
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i understand. it would be convenient if you were in NC, cause i could help you build some of your stuff... but your like 2000 miles away...
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:26 PM   #34
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that would be!! too bad, i need to find someone to help me with building stuff so i dont have to buy it
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:28 PM   #35
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im sure there is someone around. post up on here. maybe there is a jeeper
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #36
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got these in the mail today! thanks SandyMushYJ!!!



unfortunately the frame holes in the front do not line up and the bolts do not fit the existing holes (a tiny bit bigger) thats ok though i will use one hole drill another one in and find some new bolts.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:05 PM   #37
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got these in the mail today! thanks SandyMushYJ!!!
Hey no problem. Man, that was quick; props to the USPS! Coast-to-coast in 1.5 days.

Glad to see them put to use.
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If you aren't getting the new bumper soon I highly recommend putting those hoops back on. My YJ was rear ended and as stupid as those hoops are they still protected the body from much worse damage. As it is I still am getting the tailgate replaced because the spare was hit and caved it in. I shudder to think about the possible damage without the hoops.
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If you aren't getting the new bumper soon I highly recommend putting those hoops back on. My YJ was rear ended and as stupid as those hoops are they still protected the body from much worse damage. As it is I still am getting the tailgate replaced because the spare was hit and caved it in. I shudder to think about the possible damage without the hoops.
This is my worry of not having them on. i will probably throw them back on if i cant get a different bumper soon, i just want to repaint them first.



UPDATE: so i think i've been getting pretty lucky with free stuff. my dad got new tires for his jeep and the ones that were on their were some mastercraft ATs that really havent seen much use. So he said if i picked them up from the tire shop i could have em. they're not the best tires but they're free and give me a nice headstart and save some money for now.

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UPDATE: put my soft top on. i had to make a few small pieces for it as the PO didnt give me all the parts cause he'd never put it on and didnt know what went with it. i still need some pieces that i've been gettin by with out but would love to have. i need the clips that go around the rear corners of the tub and both brackets that go in between the windshield frame and roll bar. if anybody has these extra and are willing to sell for a good price i would be interested.


I also got my tow hooks on. they're a little close to the lights so there might be some conflict there but will have to text it out.



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I also got my tow hooks on. they're a little close to the lights so there might be some conflict there but will have to text it out.
Ah, who needs lights? lol.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:22 AM   #42
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Tool Box

So we've had this box in our shed for awhile and i needed a new box to put some tools in and this one had the lock latch but was in bad shape so it needed some work...

It was VERY rusty and the hinges were cracked, rusted, bent, and broken.





Grinded off all the rust and broke off/grinded down the old hinges.



Bought some new hinges and some krylon paint and now it looks a lot better:



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So its been awhile. first off, i've had my soft top on for probably a month or so now and i've been running it without a few parts and some home made parts it was still water tight but it didnt fit as well as it should, so i finally bought the replacement parts. the weather has also been getting nice here in washington so i bought a bikini top too, unfortunately, the day it arrived the weather has gotten Sh!tty again!

My Dads CJ7 is finally ready so we took up some forest service/powerline roads up in the mountains. not too hardcore but found some places to play around and also got into some snow and had to use my tow hooks for the first time.




Also i've been rethinkin my plan for lifting it and i think i'm gonna go with the rough country lift, i know a lot of people say it rides bad but its a jeep also it seems like it does great for the price so i think i'm gonna go for it.

Tell me what ya think.
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nice lookin' jeep! lots of fun arn't they??? I want to recess my tail lights someday like yours are. Looks really sweet...
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looking good man! you should rattle can your hinges and front grill, if you break the blue up it would looks really good imo
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #46
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Post some pics of it lifted soon..

@Zombiekiller hinges are black, so are hood pins, headlight bezels, might get around to painting the grill black but not yet, it has some bubbles in the paint on the grill so if they get worse i'll probably just take some black to it.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:23 PM   #47
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alright, finally an exciting segment of the build! She went through a nice transformation over the past few weeks, got a 4" lift (RC i know, but look at the title of the thread!), some heavy duty greasable Currie Shackles, a high lift, and as a graduation present a Warn VR8000 winch, then i got a smittybilt winch plate to mount it.

Here's how she Sits now:



New winch!!



And some Stickers to personalize it a little bit more, (ironic thing about the American flag is that i picked that up this weekend at an all euro car drive i was on with my buddies).




All in all the lift went really well, i'd been liquid wrenching all the bolts everyday for a week before i installed the lift so they came out easy. only real problem was that with the T case drop, it loosened up my exhaust so it rattled off the skid plate, fixed that today with a homemade hanger. i still have to install the drop pitman arm but steering isnt that bad. Also i can't get the Pin like bolts out of the sway bar to put the extended links on it, we have a press so i'll try to get em out with that.

ADVICE WANTED!!: currently my breaklines are not long enough to have any sort of off road suspension travel, i can drive fine on the road but any real flexing stretches them. are there any kits i can buy that come with the brakelines i need? i dont want to buy steel braided ones because they're expensive and in my mind not worth the money. should i just see if i can buy a bunch of rubber brakeline hosing and use that?
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it looks really good! jealous of the winch
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:04 PM   #49
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just ordered the crown 4x4 brake line extension kit. got the lines for the bigger lift just to be safe, rather have more than enough than just enough.
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Nice build man! I just bought a yj too and plan on doing most of the stuff you did and im a student also lol how do you like that lift?
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:44 AM   #51
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Lift is fine now, haven't tested it off road yet. Also want to see if it sags as fast as people say
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Lift is fine now, haven't tested it off road yet. Also want to see if it sags as fast as people say
I have a college budget build also, and i have installed the RC 4inch lift in January and havent seen much sag.. If you need more clearance tho, you can trim the plastic stock flares right along the little bend contour line .. it gives you about 1-1.5 inches or so.. I got the Idea from someone else, YamJam i believe, and it looks great, nice build btw.. good to see other college students doing the same thing i am
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I have a college budget build also, and i have installed the RC 4inch lift in January and havent seen much sag.. If you need more clearance tho, you can trim the plastic stock flares right along the little bend contour line .. it gives you about 1-1.5 inches or so.. I got the Idea from someone else, YamJam i believe, and it looks great, nice build btw.. good to see other college students doing the same thing i am
got pictures of where you trimmed it? is that inside the plastic fender or on the outside part, i'm going to be doing some trimming once i'm able to go field test how much extra clearence i'll actually need.
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Just looked at your thread, i see what you mean. looks good, might have to do that.
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got pictures of where you trimmed it? is that inside the plastic fender or on the outside part, i'm going to be doing some trimming once i'm able to go field test how much extra clearence i'll actually need.
Uhm, go to page 3 of my build thread, near the bottom.. there is a before and after shot. i just followed the little contour line, where there is the ripple-like part in the plastic flares.. its hard to explain.. lemme know if u understand haha
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yeah yeah i get it, haha didnt know what you meant at first but took a look at your thread, makes sense. might have to do that, just want to know how much extra clearence i'll need.
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I like! Jeep is looking good!
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Update: been doin lots of quick off roading around the area but no longer trips, the jeep continues to amaze me with its ability to drive through anything. Going on first real wheeling trip this weekend to the moses lake dunes and possible up to liberty if the forest fires calm down a bit.

Been buying lots of new stuff, got some white knuckle off road rock rails, they havent arrived yet, still waiting and anxious to get them.

Also got a new CB set up. bought a 4ft firestik with a spring, then a Uniden cb. i also bought the Smittybilt stereo center console and mounted the cb where the radio is designed to go, i really like it so far, lots more storage space and i can actually use it as an arm rest. heres some pics;

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relocated the antenna mount to put the new firestik in the rear.

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Also wanted to mention that i've been ordering a lot of stuff from Northridge4x4 and i really recommend them. For me they're very convenient cause they're also located in WA so its faster shipping but each time i've ordered they've gone the extra mile to help me out. First order i order the medium duty spring for my antenna which is for a 3ft or shorter antenna and i'd ordered the 4ft, they shipped me the heavy duty spring to match instead. The second time i ordered it didnt ship for 3 or 4 days and to make up they shipped it express. they're customer service is awesome and i will be a returning customer.
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Wow! Jeep has come a long way. Lookin great. How's the firestixk? Does it have a lot of flex to it? I need to get an antenna, mount and cable. How much should I be looking at for those?

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