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Old 12-26-2013, 02:46 PM   #31
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Awesome build, looks just like I wish mine did! I just need to additional jobs to pay for it all

How much are you asking for the tires and wheels and are you willing to ship them? I am in New Jersey. I've got a stock sport S and the stock tires are horrible in the snow and rain. There are so many of these stock Sport tires for sale on Craig's List it's not even funny. Seems like people cant get them off their Jeeps fast enough.

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Old 12-26-2013, 04:52 PM   #32
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Very nice!

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:00 PM   #33
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Love that lift. I need that lift for the Jamboree in September
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:09 PM   #34
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How much are you asking for the tires and wheels and are you willing to ship them? I am in New Jersey. I've got a stock sport S and the stock tires are horrible in the snow and rain. There are so many of these stock Sport tires for sale on Craig's List it's not even funny. Seems like people cant get them off their Jeeps fast enough.
I was with a friend driving along when a Sport pulled along side us at a light. He pointed at it, commented about the wheel/tire combination and said "You're getting rid of a 3/4 ton diesel truck for that? Have you lost your marbles? Those tires look to have come from a Prius." So I agree with you, the smaller wheel/tire combinations on some of the Jeep models are pretty weak.

I'm looking for $1,100 for the wheels/tires. Shipping is never cheap these days but I have no problem shipping them at all. If you're serious, shoot me a pm.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:36 AM   #35
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Just an update.

So far, no issues with any of the hardware I installed. I really like the changes made to the vehicle and would do them again on another one without hesitation. I'm not impressed with Jeep's "tinkertoy approach" to the steering components and plan on addressing them as well as a front axle change to a Dynatrac assembly with RCV's. The 315/70/17 tires impart a much greater load on the steering system than the stock rubber did so I plan to beef up the related componentry to match the larger tire upgrade. The factory, Teflon lined ball joints simply weren't designed for this much wheel/tire.

The snow melted (temporarily) and the rain had stopped so I pulled out my camera while running errands yesterday and took a few shots, as much as the rig is a bit dirty and could really use a shower. I didn't have a tripod with me so I left my camera settings in Auto Mode. So my apologies in advance for the noise. Anyway, I've been noticing something about the matte black Savegre wheels - they are growing on me. I don't know how to describe it but they seem to change with respect to color/design with dynamic lighting conditions. Depending on brightness, they offer a different look, much like the Anvil looks different when viewed from different angles and at different times of the day. I also dig the way the Ace Rails compliment the "tubular" theme of the rear AEV bumper. Yes?











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Old 01-15-2014, 11:33 AM   #36
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Looking great! Thanks for sharing. May I ask where you purchased the sun visor decal from?
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:21 PM   #37
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Pixiedecals.com, IIRC. Great to deal with.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:27 PM   #38
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That is a badass looking Jeep right there. I love the look of the 4 door with the color match top, unfortunately both were out of my budget
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:33 PM   #39
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The absolute epitome of clean and the statement, "less is more." Keep up the good work bro!
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:50 PM   #40
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Thanks Sushi! I have added some more so I hope it doesn't upset the balance of less.

Sorry for some of the dark photos but I added a side rack from Springtail. I wanted to store some recovery gear so I picked up an ammo can that fit the rack perfectly and lined the inside of it with rubber and resprayed over the olive drab with a couple coates of Anvil. I'm very happy with it and look forward to a complimentary rack on the passenger side once Springtail is done with it.







The rack is rock solid and doesn't encroach upon the useable space out back. I'm very happy with it.

I've had something else in mind for a while, something that would allow me to transport a gas can or a propane bottle outside of the vehicle. I don't like the idea of a potential static electricity incident. And while I like the idea of an integrated tire carrier/fuel tank such what AEV offers, I have visions of some jackwad (I've never used that word before but it came to mind and seemed appropriate) unthreading the cap and tossing a cigarette butt in there.

So I set out to fabricate a small rack that would tie into the trailer hitch and the bumper, not obstruct the tailgate from swinging open, not give up too much clearance out back, and be extremely robust - much more so than the oversize and awkward units currently available for sale.

A couple of sketches, some measurements, and a couple of nights to sleep on it and the wheels were in motion. My plan involved buying as little as possible by resourcing some materials I've saved from some demolition jobs I've done in the past.

I used some 2" x 2" square tubing (a mullion from a door frame I changed at a local high school), 1" x 1" and 3/4" x 3/4" square tubing (the crap that Home Depot sells), some 2/4" x 3/4" angle (from a food service kitchen demo job I did at an elementary school), thin aluminum diamond plate sheet (Home Depot again), and some miscellaneous small hardware. A fresh zip cutting disc in a 4" grinder and I warmed up the mig. Below zero in my unheated shop I didn't take the time to take any photos. But I brought the assembly down into the basement and laid on a phosphate coat (for etching) in preparation for some POR15.



I had everything hanging next to the sump pump on some hanger wire. I then applied two coats of gloss POR15 (if I had some flat stuff I would have used that but I didn't).





So this is how it works. You start by sliding the one tube into the trailer hitch receiver (its only half way inserted in the next photo)...



With the basket pushed into the hitch all the way, a standard 5/8" trailer pin gets inserted...



On the left side, I used a bracket I fabricated using some 2" x 2" angle, a steel spacer and nut all welded and blended together. The notch is to clear a weld that AEV does near the D-ring hole on that side. I also bonded hard sheet rubber to the bracket so that the metal surfaces weren't making direct contact (to minimize the potential for moisture to be trapped and to not crack or compromise the bumper's powder coating).





I used two way contact cement to bond the rubber to the steel. It works very well.



One horizontal 5/8" bolt and one 5/8" vertical bolt and it's on! The nut for the vertical bolt was welded inside the tubing prior to welding on an end cap.





Here you can see how the bracket is isolated by a layer of hard rubber. The bracket fits the bumper perfectly.

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So here's a fuel jug that I use for the lawn mower. I'll use bungee chords (etc) when transporting fuel but don't have them in place here.



When I pull the pin I can lower the back gate down, making it easy to slide in a full fuel jug as opposed to slide it down and inside at an angle. I can also open the tailgate with it down.





Here's the other 5 gallon gas tank I use and a propane tank to show fitment...





Here it is today from a few different angles.













I think I reached some of my original target goals. I didn't consider it originally but it makes a perfect step if you need to be able to see/wash the roof at a manual car wash (for example). It is very strong and no less that 21" above the ground with my AEV 2.5" lift. Aesthetically, its a bit geometric and doesn't flow as well as the AEV bumper does but fits it well. I think V2.0 would be a mandrel tube assembly that wasn't as contradictory. For now, I'm very happy with it and when I want to remove it I only have to remove two bolts and a hitch pin.

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So here's a fuel jug that I use for the lawn mower. I'll use bungee chords (etc) when transporting fuel but don't have them in place here.



When I pull the pin I can lower the back gate down, making it easy to slide in a full fuel jug as opposed to slide it down and inside at an angle. I can also open the tailgate with it down.





Here's the other 5 gallon gas tank I use and a propane tank to show fitment...





Here it is today from a few different angles.













I think I reached some of my original target goals. I didn't consider it originally but it makes a perfect step if you need to be able to see/wash the roof at a manual car wash (for example). It is very strong and no less that 21" above the ground with my AEV 2.5" lift. Aesthetically, its a bit geometric and doesn't flow as well as the AEV bumper does but fits it well. I think V2.0 would be a mandrel tube assembly that wasn't as contradictory. For now, I'm very happy with it and when I want to remove it I only have to remove two bolts and a hitch pin.

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That look awesome!!! I love the practicality of it!!! So when are you going to make this available for sale and for how much? If not you, I would seriously consider selling your plans to a company like Springtail or the like. This looks like it could take off in the Jeep/SUV market!!! Im jealous of your skill and innovation!!!! Well done Sir!http://www.wranglerforum.com/images/smilies/awesome.png
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:35 AM   #43
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Lol, thanks man. I was working on drawing everything up in Spaceclaim but was itching too much to simply get started fabricating.



V2.0 would be more aesthetically pleasing - definitely. I have a ways to go in terms of learning 3D CAD, etc, but I'm trying to move forward with the hopes that I could indeed produce viable and extremely durable hardware. We shall see.
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Lol no, it still looks great! Just very tasteful in regards to mods. Ok, I'll stop brown nosing now. haha
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #45
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Love the Anvil color, your JK looks fantastic with those mods!
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:12 PM   #46
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That rack/step thingy is awesome!!!

Reminiscent of the carrier I made for my smoker:
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:45 PM   #47
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Thanks again guys. And I love the smoker carrier! I've been using my Tig welder for a year or so now but have yet to play with aluminum, such as what it looks like you are using. I figure if I can keep at it I can eventually work my way up to something like this...

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Lol. Can anybody say "WTF?"
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Aluminum's not that bad to TIG, just takes a little practice.
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Really appreciate you post! I've saved up and have the funds to execute but have been waiting for an example of a 2.5" AEV set-up. You've confirmed my desires. Outside of the correction brackets do you have any other recommendations for gear not included in the lift? Thanks again.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:15 AM   #50
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Hmm. I wouldn't use AEV's brackets for the front sway bar links but rather I'd purchase and install a set of factory REAR links and use those instead. This has been well documented elsewhere. I did add a JKS adjustable front track bar, something to consider if you want the front axle to be centered. AEV doesn't include one for the front on their 2.5" kits.
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Enjoyed Looking Over Your Build… Thanks For Taking The Time To Document! Build Looks Great!!! How Are You Liking The Duratracs?? Thanks
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Thanks for bringing this thread up to the top so I could find it!

The Duratracs....absolutely love them. This winter has been rather brutal. Where I am we are well over 100" of snow this year and the temperatures have been extremely cold dating back to November. I rarely used 4WD though and the Duratracs instilled nothing but confidence. They make no noise at all and I mean none. Downside? Well the sizing doesn't bode well for those whose interests lie in extrapolating the highest mpg numbers possible from one of these tanks. But that's it. I'm running them at about 31lbs of pressure and the wear pattern looks to be just about perfect. I'd recommend them to anyone considering them and would definitely buy them again.

For fun, I've been trying to learn some CAD as I find it very interesting. My first project has been to complete a rendering of the AEV bumper "basket" I fabricated.







And if it'll work, an animated GIF that depicts the range of motion the gate has...



I have a lot to learn but I'm going to keep moving forward with things like this.
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Wow - very nice work!!!! Thanks from taking the time to post the detail as it helps the newer guys like me.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:16 PM   #54
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Awesome work. Guys like you are inspiring. I don't have the facilities, tools nor the skill but I thoroughly enjoy seeing work like this done by the folks who need to fill a need for something. It's very cool.
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Thanks from both of you. Now that the brutal winter is almost gone I'm looking forward to toying with this thing again. My mind is leaning towards pulling the front axle and welding a truss to it, RCV axles, Synergy ball joints, etc. I've been driving it too much as of late though and its still a bit nippy around here in the morning/evening for laying on my back out in the shop.

I'll try to do things that are a bit different though.
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I look forward to it, Tob. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Thanks Gord, much appreciated.

And hey, my father went to medical school at University of Ottawa, then moved to Hawaii. I once asked him why he didn't stay there after graduation and he looked at me and said "too damn cold" and that he wasn't about to suffer through one more Ottawa winter.

So where did we ultimately end up? Just outside of Buffalo. The winters aren't much better here either. Especially this last one.
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Too funny. I'd imagine our winters are very similar. The real question is why he didn't stay in Hawaii. It blows my mind that some people actually live there. Must be an incredible experience.
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Spectacular build bro !!! i love anvil with all the AEV parts.
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Thanks Don.

I just hit 2,000 miles. So far, the engine has remained as weak as it was the day I got it and thus the power has been remain unchanged. At least the gas mileage is lousy.

Looking forward to Doc getting me the latest version of Springtail's passenger side JKU rack. Beyond that, the only work I've done on the Jeep was to wax it (had to do it at least once) and to clean up the undercarriage after it suffered through one of the nastiest (read:saltiest) winters we've had around here since 1977. May the next one not be for another 30+ years as well.

Anyway, here's a few shots of its current status through the body of my Canon 6D...






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