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Old 08-05-2013, 06:39 AM   #61
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...and 130lb's of UPS goodness just showed up! Its gonna be a long night!
So what did you get, a rear bumper?

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Old 08-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #62
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So what did you get, a rear bumper?
Sorry about the reality show dramatic build up with no finish there...

Yep, got the Ace rear bumper installed. Got the bumper itself installed Wednesday and the tire carrier installed on Thursday. Good thing because I blew a bead on Saturday and normally wouldnt have had a spare with me. Came in kind of handy. I havent had a chance to photo it during the day since the install other than a couple of trail pics.
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I like it. I seen in your first post you were looking at the Expo1 bumper. I have that one and it's a nice piece but the Ace is going to look a whole lot better with the aftermarket flares when you get there.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:07 PM   #64
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I had planned on going exp1 until the new ace came out. I still prefer the lines on the exp1 better but like you mentioned I figured the ace would look better with new flares. I'm pretty happy with the ace so far. I hadn't planned getting the light provisions but I didn't feel like waiting longer for a bumper without.

Should have the TEN factory rear shafts tomorrow and I can finally get rid of my annoying wobble.

Another 130lb package is due in next Monday! My JK is gonna have to go on a diet at this rate.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:37 PM   #65
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Rear axle shafts replaced and the wobble is gone!
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:07 PM   #66
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And some of the wobble is back!

Going through and doing a deep cleaning of each wheel/tire/caliper/etc to make sure there isnt any mud. Also tearing off all of the old wheel weights and sticky crap and having them rebalanced one by one. Hopefully thatll take care of it. Its getting a little annoying.

On an unrelated note, I got in my White Knuckle Off Road rock rails the other day and got them mounted up. Im not sure I really like the look yet. It makes my jeep seem lower or something. Definitely need 37's more than ever now.
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Nice. I just ordered the same rock sliders with a satin finish. 1 more month for me.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:39 AM   #69
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Nice. I just ordered the same rock sliders with a satin finish. 1 more month for me.
Im very happy with the build quality. I had a couple of chips in the powder coat from the UPS knuckleheads. Get lots of cobalt drill bits. I broke 5 and bent 2 during my install. Otherwise its a very easy straight forward install.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #70
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After going through the tires one by one and getting them rebalanced, one of the tires ended up being way out of round. I havent had a chance to put many miles on it with all the rebalanced tires on yet, but so far it seems like the wobble is gone. Hopefully for good this time. Also took the advice of the guy at the tire shop and marked the inside of each tire at the rim so ill be able to see if I spin a tire while im aired down in the future.

Picked up an AGM battery from Advance Auto. After their 20% off sale and the core on an old battery I had laying around, it was just over $100.

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Old 08-30-2013, 12:01 PM   #71
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Updated build status...

Done:
Front Axle and Steering: Rear Axle: Lift: Driveline: Wheels/Tires: Armor: Recovery: Protection/Convenience: Miscellaneous:
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Front Axle and Steering: Rear Axle: Lift: Driveline: Wheels/Tires: Armor: Protection/Convenience: Miscellaneous:
Down the road:
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Is your rear track bar setup AEV or Synergy? I have an AEV setup now and ordered a full set of MC arms about 4 weeks ago. When they finally come in I'll try to let you know if I run into any incompatibility like the track bar hitting the spring or something. I've done some measuring though and think it'll be fine.
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Great Build thread!!!!!
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Is your rear track bar setup AEV or Synergy? I have an AEV setup now and ordered a full set of MC arms about 4 weeks ago. When they finally come in I'll try to let you know if I run into any incompatibility like the track bar hitting the spring or something. I've done some measuring though and think it'll be fine.
My rear setup is all AEV. I had to mount the sway bar end links inboard to clear the tires at full flex but otherwise everything has been working pretty good. For now anyway, I dont have any plans on ditching it. Definitely post back some feedback on your setup once its done. If I remember right we're running pretty similar setups. It might be spring before I get around to swapping the rear control arms. This summer is going by too fast.

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Do you have a higher resolution of the picture from post #40you could send me (doors off, side shot). I've been thinking about the same trek armors.

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Old 08-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #76
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Sure thing Erik. Just sent it your way!
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Thanks a lot, they look great. I've just been concerned with the center grey section and how it will hold up to dirt and stains. My wife's wet okole covers look like crap after 6 months.
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I'd say your building a pretty nice jeep but your already there. Your gonna have an awesome jeep when your done. Congrat's.
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Thanks a lot, they look great. I've just been concerned with the center grey section and how it will hold up to dirt and stains. My wife's wet okole covers look like crap after 6 months.
No problem. So far ive been pretty happy with how they are holding up. They arent completely water proof but they bead 90% of the water right away. If you let a pool of water sit on them, they will eventually leak through a little bit. They dry very fast as well though. As far as stains go, the only thing ive had stain them at all was some very nasty mud. I ended up taking them off and tossing them in the washing machine and that got the majority of the stains out. I would order them again without a second thought if I were in the market for seat covers.

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I got the rear Metalcoak arms on, there's just a couple things to watch for.

On the RH side the AEV bump stop will hit the track bar bolt head with the axle moved back. It didn't really line up with the upper stop anyway so I bought some offset bump stops from Synergy. I got some 4" stops but you should be able to get away with 3" if you're getting flares. With the stock fenders I had to do a little trimming of course in the rear for the 37s but it wasn't bad.

The spring didn't contact the track bar but I did use some spring wedges so maybe that helped. I didn't try it without the wedges.

I used Metalcloak's control arm lengths but the pinion angle seemed too steep. Maybe the lengths are better suited for a two door? I shorted the uppers 3 turns and it looks better, I probably could have even gone a little more.

The 37s fit pretty good. They stuff just inside the fender. I can see how your tires could make contact since they're wide even though they're 35s.

Here's my AEV 3.5 with 37s to encourage you. This pic is actually pre Metalcloak.
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Thanks a lot for posting back with your experiences, I really appreciate it.

Are these the bump stops you went with? Is there any chance you could just clearance the AEV bump stops with an angle grinder or something? I already had to chop into them a bit to clear the sway bar end links after I swapped them around inboard instead of outboard. Not too big of a deal since the synergy's are pretty cheap but I think ive settled on the long term plan of air bumps all around to soften things up on the sand dunes. That plan is a ways down the road but I still hate spending money twice.

Ive actually been thinking about swapping to the metalcloak springs when I toss the rear control arms in. Im hoping they are a slightly smaller coil diameter and will clear the synergy track bar bracket in the front. The AEV coils just barely catch on it and make an awful noise every time I stretch the front out at all. I think im going to add the tom woods in the rear at the same time as well to buy me a little peace of mind on the driveline angles.

Your jeep looks great with the 37's! I think ive talked myself into waiting until spring before I make the swap. The duratracs will be better through the winter and im hoping to still get a few bucks out of them in the spring. Im half thinking about switching to hutchinson rock monsters at the same time, but im having a hard time stomaching the cost.

One last thing, how do things fit up front? Any rubbing on lower control arms at full lock or anywhere else? I just heard from my powder coater tonight, my psc flares are ready to be picked up so hopefully I can get those on this week one night!
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Those are the bump stops. You definitely could trim the AEV stop though since it doesn't hit by much. I was considering it but I really needed to get some an inch taller anyways.

I have AEV brackets up front. Could you just trim yours a bit to make the spring clear?

I haven't noticed any rubbing up front yet. I got the tire stuffed and it all looked good but I couldn't hold the steering wheel at full lock and get out at the same time. It would always return back just a little. I just got the tires and haven't been off road with them yet so who knows what may show up that I didn't account for. I also don't have the front MC arms on yet. I run out of weekend doing the rears. Measuring axle bolt to frame bolt though looks like the length of the MC arms will put my axle in the exact same spot as the AEV drop brackets with stock arms.

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The point on the synergy bracket that comes into contact with the spring is right on a bolt head. Ive seen a few other people with the same problem and synergy's response has been that their coils dont rub. Some people just live with the annoying sound, which I imagine gets somewhat less pronounced in time as it self machines the coil. Some people have chopped a chunk off the bracket. For now im just living with it. But the MC coils might be in order. I just need to verify they are in fact a smaller diameter than the AEV's.

Looking at your stuff pic, if I had to guess, id say your going to "adjust" your fender flare if you are offroad and disco'd and try to turn at all while flexed out like that.

Got the crusher flares back from powdercoat today and they look great. Figured id toss the fronts on tonight real quick. What a pain in the ass. Even after preinstalling them theyre a pain in the ass. Got the driver side front on, but it still needs some adjusting. Not happy with the fit as it stands. So sick of turning a stupid allen key. Tomorrow I get to drive around with one stock flare and one psc flare.
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automaticSuperstatic: I was finishing up my fender flare install tonight and got to wondering...

Do you run your rear sway bar end links on the inside or outside of the swaybar? I noticed one of my end links is still making minor contact with my bump stops even after I shaved them. But I also noticed that if I switched to the synergy bump stops, it looks like theyll be making contact with my end links like crazy. Im guessing you are running yours outside of the swaybar. If thats the case, do you have any issues with the top of the end links contacting the inside of your tire at full droop? Maybe its just because my tires are kind of on the wide side, but I would think youd rub on the tire there. Are you running any wheel spacers or anything? I guess if I end up switching to the hutchinsons it wont be as much of an issue but just curious about your setup.

Ill toss some pics up of the new fender flares in a few days.
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I run my links on the outside so they're nowhere near the bump stops. The Synergy ones though have a forward offset so wouldn't that give you more clearance?

I don't run spacers and I've never made contact with my 35s. I'll have to confirm the 37s don't rub though. When I checked for tire clearance I pulled the rear springs so I could flex it easily in my garage. To pull the springs I disconnected my links and left them undone until I was finished. The 37s are the same width so I should be okay but now you've got me wondering, I'll have to check it out.

I'm pretty sure mine looks like this pic though and the link stays inside the wheel. I'm not sure how it could contact the tire?
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Ah yea, for some reason I was thinking the synergy bump stops were offset rearward which would make things worse. I didnt even think about it. Being offset forward makes more sense and would definitely help my issue on the sway bar link.

The issue with the rubbing was only an issue with the rear axle off the ground. As the axle droops it shifts toward the passenger side a bit. When I had it on a lift, the driver side end link was up against the inside of my tire. It would only be an issue when both rear wheels came off the ground, but at the dunes that happens more often than youd think, so it was enough to concern me. On a 12.5 inch width tire, I think youd be ok.

I took a few pics wheeling this weekend and was excited to check things out only to find that my camera lost its mind and deleted the pics. All I ended up with were a couple of crappy cell phone pics on an RTI ramp. The new flares really open things up though. Lots of room now. I may still need to go 4" bump in the rear to keep 37's out of the flares. At full stuff in the front, I was rubbing on my shock reservoirs and sway bar end links (I just use the electric disco). Need to tweak things a little...
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Here are the cell phone pics on the ramp. It still had a little ways to go but didnt want to freak out the passengers too bad.
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Looking at your stuff pic, if I had to guess, id say your going to "adjust" your fender flare if you are offroad and disco'd and try to turn at all while flexed out like that.
Yep. I finally got to take the 37s off road for the first time this weekend. I thought I was going to tear the front fenders off and I even lost some inner fender out on the trail. The rears were fine. Time to do some more trimming!
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Finally got around to ordering up the synergy bump stops, went with the 3" and figured if I cant stuff the 37"s I can just add something to the top of them when needed. I also ordered up the metalcloak rear sway bar end links since one of my AEV ones is bent from not clearancing the AEV bump stops quite enough and because they were pretty cheap as far as end links go. Plus im turning into a bit of a metalcloak zealot.

Also working on the black friday shopping list:
RCV front shafts
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Maybe some JW Speaker head lights and fog lights if theres a screamin' deal on them.

I think I might switch out to the LOD signature stubby as well.

Lastly, dropping the jeep of December 2nd to get the inside line-x'd!
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Finally got around to ordering up the synergy bump stops, went with the 3" and figured if I cant stuff the 37"s I can just add something to the top of them when needed. I also ordered up the metalcloak rear sway bar end links since one of my AEV ones is bent from not clearancing the AEV bump stops quite enough and because they were pretty cheap as far as end links go. Plus im turning into a bit of a metalcloak zealot. Also working on the black friday shopping list: RCV front shafts Reid knuckles Metalcloak upper and lower rear control arms Metalcloak springs Extended brake lines Maybe some JW Speaker head lights and fog lights if theres a screamin' deal on them. I think I might switch out to the LOD signature stubby as well. Lastly, dropping the jeep of December 2nd to get the inside line-x'd!
I would talk to the guys at MetalCloak before going to the Reid knuckles. I was going to move to them but in talking to MC they advised against it because they will limit up travel on the Duroflex lift.

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