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Old 03-28-2013, 08:27 PM   #31
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wow! Nicely done!

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Your jeep is amazing man! Its the same set up im going for but with a green jeep. Well done! Where did you get your rack from?

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How did you guys get the Bed liners to look smoother then most Bed liners? All the ones I have seen look really rough but y'all's looks ALOT better.
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Your jeep is amazing man! Its the same set up im going for but with a green jeep. Well done! Where did you get your rack from?
Thanks - had the rack made by a small marine outfitter in Austin

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How did you guys get the Bed liners to look smoother then most Bed liners? All the ones I have seen look really rough but y'all's looks ALOT better.
It's the nature of the product. Superliner from Bedliner.com
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:32 PM   #35
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I recently added Metalcloak 3.5" springs

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/meta...ml#post3653358

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replaced my steel Metalcloak arched fenders for aluminum.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/alum...ce-236158.html
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #36
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I recently added Metalcloak 3.5" springs

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/meta...ml#post3653358

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replaced my steel Metalcloak arched fenders for aluminum.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/alum...ce-236158.html
Same springs I'm putting on my jeep when I get my winch. My 3" savvys aren't gonna cut it for what I'm going for.
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I recently added Metalcloak 3.5" springs

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/meta...ml#post3653358
Have any pictures of how it sits at ride height? My plan was to go with their 3.5" springs up front and RC's 2.5" springs in the rear since they're like a slinky and to help level out the jeep like what Imped had done. But if those metalcloaks front and rear sit level then I'll go with those. Also if you do have a shot of it at ride height what is your tire size. Thanks in advance man.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:00 PM   #38
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I am not sure what Imped did with RC 2.5 springs, but I am sitting an inch and a half higher on the MC springs than I was on 933 OME springs with an additional .75 spacer, but I also took 40lbs off the front by swapping fenders.
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I am not sure what Imped did with RC 2.5 springs, but I am sitting an inch and a half higher on the MC springs than I was on 933 OME springs with an additional .75 spacer, but I also took 40lbs off the front by swapping fenders.
I don't know if it was his main reason but he had a taller spring in the front than in the rear to help level it out and to take away from the factory take some. Went with the RC's because of their unsprung length.

Which is why I am so interested in the cloak springs as you are, unsprung length. No more coils unseating at full droop. The jeep will eventually be 4 linked with mid arms in the rear so I would love to have a spring that can support a 12" or maybe even a 14" travel shock.
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I don't know if it was his main reason but he had a taller spring in the front than in the rear to help level it out and to take away from the factory take some. Went with the RC's because of their unsprung length.

Which is why I am so interested in the cloak springs as you are, unsprung length. No more coils unseating at full droop. The jeep will eventually be 4 linked with mid arms in the rear so I would love to have a spring that can support a 12" or maybe even a 14" travel shock.
I will try to snap a picture later today, but you may want to consider selling your rear springsand bbuying the full MC set. I have a feeling the MC fronts are going to be taller. My front ride height (distance between the coil buckets) 16" if that helps.
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Awesome man I appreciate it. 35s I'm guessing?
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:06 PM   #45
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That is one bad arce Jeep. The bed lining looks awesome and the rack-hardtop combo give it a clean safari look!
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #46
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...so I have learned a lot over the past year of building, wheeling and reading. If I had the money, I would have just purchased an 05-06 Rubi, left it stock and wheeled the crap out of it. That leads me to the next set of modifications to the TJ, which I have planned for this spring - a custom 4-link rear and a 3-link front suspension system based on the Metalcloak Duraflex end links.

If all goes well, I will start tearing it down in the next few weeks. I special ordered a set of 1-1/4 right and left hand links from Will at Metalcloak, which should be here early May.

I decided on TMR's frame mounts, since they come fully welded, TNT trusses and axle side brackets from Ballistic Fab. To balance the system, I am upgrading my shocks to Bilstein 7100 series short body shocks, which provide better mounting clearances and should yield a balanced 7" travel up and down - front and rear.

Although this is my first custom Jeep system, it is far from my first custom job, as I have modded out everything from choppers, GP race bikes, 100+ mph power boats and 1,000+HP street cars.

This will be a basic suspension geometry upgrade - no axles, stretch or custom steering, because my goal is to complete the system over a weeks timeframe max and get back on the trails. My plan is to draw a line in the sand after this upgrade and stop here. If I loose an axle, then I will go to a fabricated 609, but hopefully not for a while. Any mods past this point will be for the sole purpose of loosing weight.

The next logical step would be to stretch, upgrade the axles. ORI struts and 42" tires, but I cannot justify the cost for a Jeep and believe the money would be better served to just buy / build a purpose built buggy. A Jeep / Juggy simply cannot compete with a well built tube chassis on similar size tires.

The way I look at it, there are way more trails I can do, while still having fun on 35's. Depending on who I roll with, I can hang with light modded Jeeps and help them conquer new obstacles or go out with buggy's for a challenge. It really trips them out when I can do the same trails in a sleeper TJ on 35's.

Stay tuned, as I will post pictures of the upgrade as it evolves.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #47
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Installed an OR-Fab tire can carrier with Scepter military fuel cans today. Excellent product - heavy, but extremely well made and thought out. Highly recommend for overlanding purposes.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/or-f...cf-214799.html
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...so I have learned a lot over the past year of building, wheeling and reading. If I had the money, I would have just purchased an 05-06 Rubi, left it stock and wheeled the crap out of it. That leads me to the next set of modifications to the TJ, which I have planned for this spring - a custom 4-link rear and a 3-link front suspension system based on the Metalcloak Duraflex end links.

If all goes well, I will start tearing it down in the next few weeks. I special ordered a set of 1-1/4 right and left hand links from Will at Metalcloak, which should be here early May.

I decided on TMR's frame mounts, since they come fully welded, TNT trusses and axle side brackets from Ballistic Fab. To balance the system, I am upgrading my shocks to Bilstein 7100 series short body shocks, which provide better mounting clearances and should yield a balanced 7" travel up and down - front and rear.

Although this is my first custom Jeep system, it is far from my first custom job, as I have modded out everything from choppers, GP race bikes, 100+ mph power boats and 1,000+HP street cars.

This will be a basic suspension geometry upgrade - no axles, stretch or custom steering, because my goal is to complete the system over a weeks timeframe max and get back on the trails. My plan is to draw a line in the sand after this upgrade and stop here. If I loose an axle, then I will go to a fabricated 609, but hopefully not for a while. Any mods past this point will be for the sole purpose of loosing weight.

The next logical step would be to stretch, upgrade the axles. ORI struts and 42" tires, but I cannot justify the cost for a Jeep and believe the money would be better served to just buy / build a purpose built buggy. A Jeep / Juggy simply cannot compete with a well built tube chassis on similar size tires.

The way I look at it, there are way more trails I can do, while still having fun on 35's. Depending on who I roll with, I can hang with light modded Jeeps and help them conquer new obstacles or go out with buggy's for a challenge. It really trips them out when I can do the same trails in a sleeper TJ on 35's.

Stay tuned, as I will post pictures of the upgrade as it evolves.
Just wondering if you have gotten your MC Duroflex joints yet? I am planning to build a set of CAs using them and savvy aluminum CA arms. I am a little nervous though because not many people are using these joints yet. Any thoughts?
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This is crazy...I saw a craigslist posting for the custom roof racks and thought..."That is my dream jeep".Then BAM, I see you here from looking at Imped's build thread lol. Just from pictures I saw exactly everything I wanted to do to mine! I just moved to Austin a couple months ago and been looking for people to talk/wheel with. If I ever get the chance to see that thing up close, I'm gonna be drooling!

Speaking of which....any local clubs you recommend? I've been looking at Austin Jeep Exclusives and Hill Country Crawlers.
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Just wondering if you have gotten your MC Duroflex joints yet? I am planning to build a set of CAs using them and savvy aluminum CA arms. I am a little nervous though because not many people are using these joints yet. Any thoughts?
Yes, I already have my Duroflex joints. I haven't installed them, but they look great. Not concerned about longevity, because they are so easy to rebuild.

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This is crazy...I saw a craigslist posting for the custom roof racks and thought..."That is my dream jeep".Then BAM, I see you here from looking at Imped's build thread lol. Just from pictures I saw exactly everything I wanted to do to mine! I just moved to Austin a couple months ago and been looking for people to talk/wheel with. If I ever get the chance to see that thing up close, I'm gonna be drooling!

Speaking of which....any local clubs you recommend? I've been looking at Austin Jeep Exclusives and Hill Country Crawlers.
Honestly haven't looked into any clubs. I typically just go out to HF whenever and hit up the private ranches when they have open weekends.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #51
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FYI, I am selling all my Metalcloak / Bilstein suspension components, Savvy aluminum corner armor, Rockmen adjustable control arms, UCF gas tank skid, front and rear adjustable Johnny Join track bars and OR-Fab tire can carrier, Metalcloak front aluminum fenders, rear Metalcloak rear 6" flares, Metalcloak rock rails and front / rear Currie bump stop kits. Check out the for sale section for details.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:40 PM   #52
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Have replacement parts lined up already?
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Pretty much with the exception of a fuel cell and struts. Need to order ORi's, new fenders and a fuel cell. I picked up a 2014 JKUR for overlanding, so I'm going to stretch the rear 9" with comp cut outs and fabricate aluminum boat sides.
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How much for the front fenders?
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When are you dropping a "427" in?
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When are you dropping a "427" in?
Need to get the stretch / 4-Link done, then the next stage is D60's, full hydraulic, a front stretch and 40's. Next stage after that is some kind of LSX (probably an LS3 Corvette take out, unless I get a good deal on n LS7), an Atlas and an automatic swap. Not sure if a TH400 will fit, but that would be my preference.
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What does this mean? I have an 05 sport which is fairly stock...? a Savage bowless soft top, which does fit over a Poly rear sport cage, just in case anyone is interested.
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Received a lot of parts over the past few weeks and started tearing down the front end this weekend. I decided to 4-link the front & rear, going with a rear mounted radiator and plan on tubing out the front & rear. I am selling a lot of parts that I don't need - aftermarket and OEM. If anyone is interested, check out my part out thread.







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Are you going with a 14 bolt in the rear or a 60?
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