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Old 12-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #61
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You can see the new frame sections. I painted them prior to install. We tacked them in place and started to weld them in with his mig.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:54 PM   #62
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All welded in with out issue, my brake line are fragile and need to be replaced. So we bent them Out of the way the best we could. you can see how bad the drivers side bottom frame was. The pass side was ok, plasma cutter cut it good, till we hit the real rusty spots. Then boom, good as new! On the snowy road again!
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:00 AM   #63
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Good job Very clean. Just in time for more NH road salt lol
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #64
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Haha, thanks! I was worries about the salt so I painted as much of the panel as possible before the install. This spring I'll scrape, paint and undercoat the rest of the frame. As soon as it warm enough for the paint to dry. Slow and steady the build continues!
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:31 PM   #65
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Haha, thanks! I was worries about the salt so I painted as much of the panel as possible before the install. This spring I'll scrape, paint and undercoat the rest of the frame. As soon as it warm enough for the paint to dry. Slow and steady the build continues!
Looks good, now time to fix those collapsed body mounts. Mine are the same way..
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:52 PM   #66
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I have finally got around to getting some 5.25 speakers for the fronts. Ive had the adaptor for a few months. Im happpy I can now toss the small factory fronts, unless someone wants them... I painted my adaptors black so they wont rust. (they shipped out bare metal). I got some Pioneer speakers tonight at Best Buy, they were having an after Christmas sale. At least they will mathc the Rears and the HU. Ill toss them in after work tomorrow morning.

Next up: exhaust, I may grab a muffer tomorrow as well. I hate the sound of my Flowmaster, it may sound bad because its on its way out but who knows till I cut it down. Going for a quiet factory sound. Wish me luck!
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #67
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Great build and good job bringing that jeep back from the grave. As for you losing your wheel incident, are your spacers hub centric?? If not then you need to get them off ASAP. Not sure if you know what that means or not?? Don't mean to talk down in any way but sometimes people don't know.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #68
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I pulled them all off. They all were on super tight and seemed ok. It must have just been a freak thing on the rear. I'm just going to look for a cheap set of rims with back spacing so I don't run at full lock.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:35 PM   #69
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I got a spare minute before work and thought I'd put on some new wipers and install my new 5.25 Pioneer front speakers. I was surprised to see the fronts were actually aftermarket Pioneer 4x6 inch speakers. I would recommend attaching your 5.25 speaker to the adaptor brackets before you install the bracket. My 5.25 brackets hit a piece of metal from the factory bracket... So I grabbed a hack saw blade and cut it then bent it out of the way. The new speakers sound good, matched with the 6 inch pioneers in the sound bar.
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your build is moving along, I need to update my stereo system,BAD. only one speaker works in my sound bar. annoying. def like your progress. SUB!
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:11 AM   #71
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If anyone wants my old speakers... Just ask. They all work fine. Just PM me so my build thread doesn't get all cluttered with shipping quote questions.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:24 PM   #72
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Rainy day update: I used my gift card at autozone to grab an OEM style muffler. I went with Walker because they're a well known brand. The muffler I grabbed was $40.00 and change. It's called the SoundFX which worried me a bit, because I didn't want it to be loud. Got it welded up a few mins later, boom, music to my ears! But the honeymoon period was over 10 seconds later when I noticed my swaybar end link was broken.... Back to the parts store.... While I was there, I got a new tentioner pulley because now that my jeep is quite...that little squeak is driving me nuts! Well we have two size pulleys for your jeep and it does not say which one will fit... One is big, one is small. Ok, buy both.

( it was the bigger one)
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:34 PM   #73
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So I got all my parts Laid out. The pulley was kind of a pain because of where it was located... There was very little clearance. I tried going in from the top, but gravity hates me. I ended up laying on my back and installing it from the bottom, then, Tightening it up top side.

To whoever at Jeep decided to use god awful star key bolts in a size no one has in their tool box, a big FU! The star key head stripped, the nut was rusted on... Every attempt at a peaceful resolution came to a halt when my friend sawzall came to the party...

Now I need a a new bolt, back to the parts store.... "We don't have those" ahhhh! Ok, off to Home Depot! Jack pot! Bigger, better and NO star key!

Got that installed... Oh crap, I forgot to tighten the top nut... Why won't the top nut tighten? Hmm, it keeps spinning... Oh, because I was supposed to tighten that down first!!! Arrrggg!!! Bottom comes off again. Top goes on smoothly, bottom goes on smooth. Another Battle fought, another tie. See you next round Jeep!
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:47 PM   #74
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Very impressed with how your going about this build. Great job. So how much you think you have invested so far?
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See you in 4000 miles those sway bar links will go bad again I had the same problem
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:30 PM   #76
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See you in 4000 miles those sway bar links will go bad again I had the same problem
No!!!!! It's just a temp fix till I get my lift and sway bar quick disconnects!

Not sure on money. Spent..... Id hate to add it up as it's a "low budget build". I think I have more time, sweat, blood and tears involved than anything else. I'm happy to do it and it's kinda fun. Jeep drives so much better now than when I first got it.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:48 AM   #77
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Well, I got some free time this morning.... About 2 minutes!!! I went to auto zone and got a new 4x4 switch ($21.00). My 4x4 dash light never came on and it annoyed me. It was 2 degrees out in New Hampshire this morning. My hands were so cold they started burning. It was a 1 minute job thankfully. I had to run in the house after the install and warm them up before I could even start the jeep and check to see if the switch worked. Crazy cold but a success!
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:16 AM   #78
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This build is awesome, inspires me to keep tinkering with mine. Now if I can snag my lil grad job and plan my escape plan....

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Old 01-24-2014, 09:20 AM   #79
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Big upgrade coming this afternoon, God bless Craigslist! Stay tuned.....
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:42 PM   #80
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I didn't want to jinx myself and say it till it actually happened.... But I scored a set of full hard doors on craigslist today for $250.00 I didn't even try to barter with the kid. I just paid him and smiled. Same color interior and exterior. I have to swap out the locks. Put them on in his drive way and drove home. So quiet, sooo warm!
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:00 PM   #81
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Nice find man! Does the full doors really make a difference in sound and temperature compared to the half doors?
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:17 PM   #82
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Nice find man! Does the full doors really make a difference in sound and temperature compared to the half doors?
Yeah, 100% it's a different jeep. I had to have the radio on 33 to hear it on the highway. The heat had to be on full blast and it was still a bit chilly due to the drafts. Now the heats on 2, the radio is in 15, and I can talk with the wife in a normal voice. Worth $250.00 all day.
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Yeah, 100% it's a different jeep. I had to have the radio on 33 to hear it on the highway. The heat had to be on full blast and it was still a bit chilly due to the drafts. Now the heats on 2, the radio is in 15, and I can talk with the wife in a normal voice. Worth $250.00 all day.
Yeah, I have never had the half doors but it does seem like a big difference
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Yeah, I have never had the half doors but it does seem like a big difference
I have half doors with fiberglass uppers and it's just like having full doors except the windows are like a school bus
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:03 PM   #85
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So I'm excited to update, I scored a little bit of a lift. I found some brand new 2 inch coil spring spacers on craigslist for $80.00 I offered the guy $40.00. He lived near me and said he sold his jeep before he could install them. So we settled on $40.00,
I'm going to install these (hopefully soon) as a "get me by" till I can get my lift kit. I'm still torn between savvy and maybe metal cloak or currie. Probably savvy. I have a fund set a side that I keep squirreling money into!

Well here's what they look like. I plan on getting a used set is 32's or 33's to run around town, just for fun.
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Wow, $250 for doors is a steal. Big bonus for color and interior! Around here (michigan) they go for $800 to $1000.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:01 PM   #87
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Got some new parts, all show No go! I pulled the headlight bezels, scuffed them up and hit them with several coats of fusion. I also added some grill inserts to black out the front a little. Changes it up a bit from stock. Here is a before and after, it's dark out so the after may need to be retaken in the day.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:41 AM   #88
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Here's a better pic of black accents in the daylight. The change is subtle but I think it works well.
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Awesome build. Enjoyed reading every bit of it and like the way you are going about it. A true inspiration. Subscribed!
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