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Old 10-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #61
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Quoting all those pictures....tsk tsk.

Thanks mallaki.

I had the sway bar links still connected, but I did electronically disconnect via the e-disco button.

I knew I didn't have much room to play with since I haven't trimmed my Rubicon rock rails, but I didn't think I'd bump up against them so quickly. So I could play around anymore and flex it further.

I had planned to trim them yesterday or today, but I played with my ProCal yesterday. And I have an appointment with the tint shop tomorrow. And the welder for my C gusset job on Saturday. So maybe the trim job will come Sunday or next week.
Right, I forgot this is Rubicon
I need to crawl underneath to manually disconnect mine

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Right, I forgot this is Rubicon
I need to crawl underneath to manually disconnect mine
That's ok.,... Actually rubi or not, it's a good idea to manually disconnect anyways.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #63
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That's ok.,... Actually rubi or not, it's a good idea to manually disconnect anyways.
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I opted for the quick disconnect method when I was installing my front sway bar links. For easy beach driving and fire roads, I'll go with the e-disco. But if I'm going through anything beyond that easy terrain, I'll take a couple minutes and pull the cotter pins on my front links and just zip tie them out of the way.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:53 PM   #64
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Good looking Jeep. I really like the Commando Green! I kicked myself for not waiting and ordering Sahara Tan, and now that I see CG I am really jealous. I'm too far into my JK now to turn back so I am stuck with black (which is still pretty sweet).

I am running very similar setup, except I have the 3.5 Max Travel will is essentially the 2.5 X Factor with longer coils and high steer. Then I've got the Fox 4"-6" shocks but they are the Remote Res version.

IMO JKs look sweet without the Spare back there but I can't bring myself to take it off. Nice job on the "stamp" looks great. Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #65
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IMO JKs look sweet without the Spare back there but I can't bring myself to take it off. Nice job on the "stamp" looks great. Keep up the good work!
Thanks Jager,

Funny you mention the tailgate cover. I'll be putting it up for sale soon I think.

I'm opting to go with the Teraflex HD Carrier to mount my 35" tire, and it will render my tailgate cover useless.

It looks like I put the effort into that all for naught. Oh well, it looks awesome for now.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #66
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Thanks Jager,

Funny you mention the tailgate cover. I'll be putting it up for sale soon I think.

I'm opting to go with the Teraflex HD Carrier to mount my 35" tire, and it will render my tailgate cover useless.

It looks like I put the effort into that all for naught. Oh well, it looks awesome for now.
I like it to! I might do it myself and throw the spare in the back
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:45 PM   #67
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Sssssh! Keep the secret!

Also, with the black wheels, it is difficult to see the detail of the rim design. Good call!

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I know a lot of people are fans of black wheels, especially on this color, but they tend to get lost in the overall view of the Jeep and clash against the tires IMO.
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Man, you should have told me you were doing a big thread on this monster! I need to get out of PM land more often! Looking good!

So, whats the next project?

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+1

I opted for the quick disconnect method when I was installing my front sway bar links. For easy beach driving and fire roads, I'll go with the e-disco. But if I'm going through anything beyond that easy terrain, I'll take a couple minutes and pull the cotter pins on my front links and just zip tie them out of the way.
Elaborate.... Just got my Rubicon. Figured I was good to go with the electronic disconnect...
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:21 AM   #70
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Man, you should have told me you were doing a big thread on this monster! I need to get out of PM land more often! Looking good!

So, whats the next project?

-Jason
Hey Jason, thanks a ton for all your help. I'd like to give a public shout out to him for being patient with me throughout my suspension installation. I was emailing all sorts of dumb questions when I'd get hung up on a certain step in the instructions.

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Elaborate.... Just got my Rubicon. Figured I was good to go with the electronic disconnect...
I've read more than account of the electronic sway disconnect motor going out at precisely the wrong time while on the trails. I opted to give my self some insurance and use the quick disconnects on the sway bar links as an added insurance if that indeed does happen.

Also, while it is a good option for some light offroading, I think you get maximum flex -- which may be needed especially for this lift we have, Tom -- when you fully disconnect the sway bar.
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Kramer; if you are going to manualy disconnect, look at the way I rigged a "parking place" for my links.
Links connected

Disconnected

Beats the hell out of zip ties
Passenger side is mirror image of Driver Side
Make sure to mount them far enough inboard to not be a problem
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #72
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Kramer; if you are going to manualy disconnect, look at the way I rigged a "parking place" for my links.
Oh heck yeah Don! I remember you posting that picture a few weeks ago in another thread and I stored that idea away in my mind.

I mentioned to my welder that this guy online (you!) had a genius idea for storing the links when disconnected. I'll just make sure I add this project to the list the next time I visit him. My C gussets didn't show up last night like I had planned so my trip to the welder is getting pushed back until they arrive.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:59 AM   #73
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I got my windows tinted yesterday.

I wanted to match the front doors to the already slightly tinted rear doors, so I went with 35% on the rear and 18% on the fronts. The windshield is done with a 45% tint.

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I also installed my Tuffy Security Drawer under the seat a few minutes ago.

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #74
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Since my C gussets didn't come in the mail today, I took the opportunity to knock out another very important project.

I trimmed my Rubi rails and pinch seam.

Here's the before shot, which shows I only had about 2" of space between the rail and tire.



Here's the pinch seam without the rail obstructing it and it's marked for death.



And the "after" shot, all cleaned up and ready to flex. (excuse the crappy iPhone camera lens flare in this shot)

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Old 10-13-2012, 02:32 PM   #75
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Since my C gussets didn't come in the mail today, I took the opportunity to knock out another very important project.

And the "after" shot, all cleaned up and ready to flex. (excuse the crappy iPhone camera lens flare in this shot)

Very Nice!
Can you tell us what you used to cut the RubiRails and the pinch seams, and what you did with the pinch seam afterwards?

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Very Nice!
Can you tell us what you used to cut the RubiRails and the pinch seams, and what you did with the pinch seam afterwards?

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Thanks!

I used a reciprocating saw and new metal blade on the Rubi rails.



and then I used my RotoZip and metal cutting wheel on the pinch seam.



After I cut each of them I deburred the edges with a file and painted the exposed metal. I just used a flat black paint with a fine tipped brush on the rails and some Commando Green paint on the pinch seams.

I have about half a pint of Commando Green paint left over from when the painter did my custom tramp stamp paint job.
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Well it was only a matter of time before I removed the doors. I've had a hankering to get them off and there was no way I could ride around with the windows up in this beautiful 80* weather we're having. Since I had my windows tinted yesterday I can't put them down, so I one-upped those bastards and ripped the doors off and let them sit in the sun on my back porch!

I found a clever use of Quadratec magnet. Place it here when you're removing the T-50 torx bits on the door hinges and save your paint.





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Well it was only a matter of time before I removed the doors. I've had a hankering to get them off and there was no way I could ride around with the windows up in this beautiful 80* weather we're having. Since I had my windows tinted yesterday I can't put them down, so I one-upped those bastards and ripped the doors off and let them sit in the sun on my back porch!

I found a clever use of Quadratec magnet. Place it here when you're removing the T-50 torx bits on the door hinges and save your paint.
Too Cool. I did the same today. 82 here in Sunny San Diego. Not as cool as yours, but soon.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:33 PM   #79
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Kramer; you are looking d$*n good!
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Man It was like 38 today lol I wanna take my doors off !
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:40 PM   #81
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Thanks Jager,

Funny you mention the tailgate cover. I'll be putting it up for sale soon I think.

I'm opting to go with the Teraflex HD Carrier to mount my 35" tire, and it will render my tailgate cover useless.

It looks like I put the effort into that all for naught. Oh well, it looks awesome for now.
Let me know when u want to sell. I am definetly interest. Awesome jeep my commando jkur comes in on the 23rd. Can't wait to start the mods. A lot of what u have done is on my list
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:05 PM   #82
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Today was another day of beach Jeepin'.



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You should also be lovin' those GY MT/R's. I have had mine down to 8 psi w/o beadlocks and had no problems --(yet)!! They give excellent traction on the type of soil that we primarily run on up here in ND. (Clay Buttes, etc).
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You should also be lovin' those GY MT/R's. I have had mine down to 8 psi w/o beadlocks and had no problems --(yet)!! They give excellent traction on the type of soil that we primarily run on up here in ND. (Clay Buttes, etc).
They're a fantastic tire so far. They're quieter than I expected and balanced out just fine. Plus they just look badass too!

I run mine at 26 psi right now and I think that's the sweet spot for normal use. I look forward to putting them through the paces offroad eventually.
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Today was another day of beach Jeepin'.
Beautiful Jeep man!
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x2. looking really good kramer!
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Thanks guys! I really appreciate it.

My C gussets should arrive today, as well as my Qtec floor liners and hitch tomorrow. My flip down tailgate MOLLE panel should be here soon as well. I'll be out of town for work until next week so the Jeep gets some R&R until then.
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Did you have any problem putting the Rubi rail cap back on after cutting, or did it just snap right back into place?
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Did you have any problem putting the Rubi rail cap back on after cutting, or did it just snap right back into place?
It has a plastic rivet that holds it in place before you cut the rails. I opted not to drill another hole in the modified Rubi rail to accomodate that rivet. The end cap has enough compression on it to stay put. It just slides right back into place.

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