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Old 03-24-2014, 02:37 PM   #1
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Pwdr's Swamp Thing Build

In early December (2013) I sold my 1995 XJ (4.5 RE lift with 33s.) Shortly after, 16 December I purchased a 05 LJ from a dealership on EBAY. The Jeep was delivered on 23 December. The LJ had some cosmetic mods:Front bumper with winch, windshield lights, and rear bumper end caps.








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Old 03-24-2014, 04:45 PM   #2
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3 March 2014
To me LJ's look awkward stock...
First thing first...
BDS 3in basic lift with FOX shocks
Rubicon 16x8 33's DC AT's


AND MY LITTLE HELPER


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Old 03-24-2014, 05:06 PM   #3
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22 March 2014
Next upgrade the steering
Rugged Ridge ORV steering dampener
ZJ drag links
METALCLOAK Front track bar



METALCLOAK track bar is a beefy piece, but it was hell to install. The axle bracket needed to drilled out to 1/2" and the frame mount needed to drilled out to 5/8!
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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First outing:



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Old 04-08-2014, 10:41 AM   #5
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28 March 2014
Next mod was rough country extended front brake lines. The install was easy however, the retaining "c" clip already broke, surprise, surprise.

4 April 2014
The jeep came with Polk Audio speakers in all four cornors. The sound was getting washed out so I added a 4ch. marine amp.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #6
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14 april 2014-
Mod Pods-modified for 6.5 in Kicker CS speakers
Installed Kicker 6.5 Component speakers.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:10 PM   #7
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2 May 2014-
I received my Rough Country long arm kit (TJ NOT LJ) and UCF weld mounts a few weeks ago and finally started prepping everything. I simultaneously begin prepping the long arm kit by putting the rod end together (PITA-quality pliers are mandatory), and tacking in the UCF Mounts. The long arms came with the powder coating in poor condition so I rattle canned the arms flat black:
UCF mounts-
They are super beefy and shipped quickly. My only issue is, the didn't come with any instructions. After a quick call I was emailed instructions, they were not very comprehensive.
The Rear
I measured from the front most body mount and stripped the frame with a wire brush and tacked in the mounts. The drivers side was easy peasy:

How ever the passenger side was a PITA. I couldn't clear exhaust to prep the frame. I attempted to remove the skid plate when this happened:

All 4 tranny mount bolts sheared in half !! After that, I the cut exhaust after the cat and above the rear axle. Currently the drive train is being supported by 3 ratchet straps until I can buy a new tranny mount.
The front:
Was sketchy, I placed them 1in in front the first skid plate recessed bolt hole and centered per the instructions:





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Old 05-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #8
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Next mod was rough country extended front brake lines. The install was easy however, the retaining "c" clip already broke, surprise, surprise.

4 April 2014
The jeep came with Polk Audio speakers in all four cornors. The sound was getting washed out so I added a 4ch. marine amp.


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Old 05-02-2014, 09:33 PM   #9
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When I bought the Jeep it had this narly ragged old grey top, the zippers were fraying, it was a POS. I ordered a used top from a fellow member and added the best top quilted liner while everything was torn apart.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:30 PM   #10
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Had a local 4x4 shop (Express 4x4) finish welding the mount(s) in $50. Once the jeep got home, I primed the mounts and finished it off with rubberized undercoating. Part of the install forced my to cut off the corners of my skid plate

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Old 05-08-2014, 07:12 PM   #11
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Started the hard work today (1:15 work time)
I started with the rear first:
removed rear tires
removed oem upper control arms
removed oem lower control arms
removed oem upper control arm mount (passenger side)
cleaned bare metal with acetone
sprayed one coat of flat black primer
sprayed one coat of 3M rubberized under coating



I found that supporting the axle with ratchet straps allows the axle to stay in proper alignment, this makes for easy removal of the CA bolts.


I butchered the mount trying to get it off. I'm not that graceful using a 4 1/2 cut off wheel and a sledge hammer.



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Old 05-09-2014, 10:30 PM   #12
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Spent a few hours trying to install the rear links. The issues at hand is the links are roughtly .25 ins longer than stock CA at a lift height of 3in. Right now I have the rear lower control arms installed. Tomorrow I'm going to make sure the axle is centered and I will try to install the upper arms. My greatest concern is "clocking" the axle or pushing it back enough to install the upper control arms. On a side note, I almost feel like center the front and rear axle is above my technical level. I might install the long arm kit and pay a local shop to QAQC my work.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:44 PM   #13
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11-12 MAY 2014
Slap in the ass and call me suzie

looks like screwed up on the front control arm brackets. I had to cut them off and re-measure:


all cleaned up:


I don't feel comfortable reusing the mounts:


I'm in bind now, the front frame mounts have been cut off leaving me with no way to have the mounts re-welded onto the frame. I'm going to hack up the rough country mounts so I can bolt them into the frame and tac the corners in. I hoping that should be safe enough to get to a shop and let them finish the welding.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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Successfully cut off both ucf front mounts off. I hacked up the RC mounts and bolted them into the frame. I was able to hand tighten the front links on. I will have the mounts fully welded on and have the bolt holes welded in, fingers crossed.




This was a frustrating picture to take, a bare frame with some extra scars on it.
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:25 PM   #15
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Installed Spyder Knocker sliders-
Painted with rusteolum bed liner and primer.










Cherry bomb muffler and simple u bolt clamp. Eventually i'll have everything welded in.



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Old 05-31-2014, 05:38 PM   #16
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Memorial Day- traveled to SMOAR
Spent two days and ruptured 2 tires and brake line. I was super lucky to be able to replace the line with a Ram 2500 at a local O' Reily's.









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