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Old 08-14-2012, 03:05 PM   #271
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I know this is prrobably the wrong place to post but since we are talking about Rough Country, look what brown santa brought me today.
Congrats man! When is install day? I'd give you a hand if you were local.

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Congrats man! When is install day? I'd give you a hand if you were local.
Im thinking friday and saturday. Did you run into any problems with the install? I heard the upper rear shock bolts are quite a PITA. Also, about how long did it take? I just started spraying everything with pb blaster.

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I've lost count of how many TJ/LJ lifts I've installed. For someone that does this often enough, the only hang-ups generally revolve around rust. Luckily, I don't see much of any rust down here (unless it is a Jeep left at a beach house or something).

Having proper tools is the key to any installation job....no matter what it is.

The parts you have generally take me about an hour and a half to install by myself. Don't feel bad if it takes you longer
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I've lost count of how many TJ/LJ lifts I've installed. For someone that does this often enough, the only hang-ups generally revolve around rust. Luckily, I don't see much of any rust down here (unless it is a Jeep left at a beach house or something).

Having proper tools is the key to any installation job....no matter what it is.

The parts you have generally take me about an hour and a half to install by myself. Don't feel bad if it takes you longer
It's funny because when I first installed mine it took me over 20 hours. A lot of that was because of rust and a few silly mistakes. Now I could probably do a lift in 3-4 hours or less with air tools. It's crazy.
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I've lost count of how many TJ/LJ lifts I've installed. For someone that does this often enough, the only hang-ups generally revolve around rust. Luckily, I don't see much of any rust down here (unless it is a Jeep left at a beach house or something).

Having proper tools is the key to any installation job....no matter what it is.

The parts you have generally take me about an hour and a half to install by myself. Don't feel bad if it takes you longer
I should fly you out to cali to help me haha. Ill keep you updated.
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It's funny because when I first installed mine it took me over 20 hours. A lot of that was because of rust and a few silly mistakes. Now I could probably do a lift in 3-4 hours or less with air tools. It's crazy.
I remember the first lift I installed on my first TJ....2" Rubicon Express budget boost. Took the better part of a day with no impact, a small floor jack, no coil spring compressors, and no experience with this type of suspension.
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I should fly you out to cali to help me haha. Ill keep you updated.
Clean out your PM box. Was trying to send you some tips, but your box is full.
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Cleaned it up. Sorry bout that :/
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #278
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I ordered some hood pins from Poly Performance. I hope to get them installed soon.
Poly Performance JEEP/TRUCK & BUGGY*::*Body & Exterior*::*Body & Fender Hardware*::*Hood Pins - 4X4 Off-Road Parts, JK Synergy Suspension Systems, Fox Racing Shox, Beard, CNC Brakes, Johnny Joints®, Currie Enterprises, Edelbrock, Pit Bull Tires, Rams

They were $41.79 shipped for the two (sold at $15 each + shipping). They come as a "Synergy" part with their "S" stamped on the grommets. Other versions out there that I considered are are from Autofab, Daystar, and Rokmen.


I think I was expecting a more rigid/hard plastic material; these are more of a polyurethane. It does say that in the product discription...I just didn't read it
The Autofab and Daystar pins are $18 each and the Rokmen pins are $70+/pair. These Synergy pins were the best deal for essentially the exact same thing as the others (other than Rokmen).

After reading the install write-up of these non-Rokmen hood pins on a TJ, I saw that it wouldn't be worth the additional $50 (including shipping) for the Rokmen set.



The backstory with deciding on hood pins is that the Jeep had a crap non-OEM style latch on it when I bought the Jeep. It was on there obviously because the stock latch failed. When the crap latch failed, I replaced it with an OEM latch. That one failed and it was replaced under warranty. That one is now tearing as well and is only a matter of a few more 18-wheeler passes before it fails. So the Jeep is up to at least 4 latches since new (possibly more).
That is one reason I am moving toward the hood pins.


The other reason is that I planned to install hood pins when I cut my hood with the hi-line fenders....whenever they happen.


I am looking forward to a 'flutterless' hood!







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Looking forward to the write up on it!
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:44 PM   #280
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I need to run over to my buddy's to raid his hole saw collection so I don't have to spend another $40 on those.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:28 PM   #281
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Washed the Jeep while I had the doors and windows on....then got naked.
The weather is too nice (finally) to keep the Jeep all buttoned up.



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I also finished the bumper this past weekend. I am hoping to get the tube work ordered very soon to have that welded on and the bumper finalized.



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I also finished the bumper this past weekend. I am hoping to get the tube work ordered very soon to have that welded on and the bumper finalized.
Looks very nice! Are you going to add a stinger or some other type of tubing? Its good to see that Katy is actually having nice weather. According to my cousin (who lives there), its been unpredictable and hectic haha
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He is planning on doing a stinger and possibly a grille hoop I think...
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Looks very nice! Are you going to add a stinger or some other type of tubing? Its good to see that Katy is actually having nice weather. According to my cousin (who lives there), its been unpredictable and hectic haha
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He is planning on doing a stinger and possibly a grille hoop I think...
Thanks! As Paul mentioned, I am going to add a winch hoop and grille hoop. They will be tied together.

The weather here has been 'hectic', no doubt. I've actually had the top and doors on for about 2 weeks straight now. It has been raining like every other day, but we finally have clear skies and cooler temps for several days coming.

The awesome thing about the Trektop is the 'sunrider' feature. Although I have had the top and doors on because the weather has been turning so fast, I can flip the top back and let the sun shine in when it appears, and close it up when it's raining.
It is also great in the Fall and Winter when it's chilly/cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon.


I am ordering the tubes prebent from www.jeeptubes.com.
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Louie,

Did you ever get that lift installed?
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On another note, I plan to start sending a few vendors some of my money in the coming months.....Savvy and Rokmen to name a couple high on the list.
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Louie,

Did you ever get that lift installed?
Sure did! I love it. I thought 2.5" wouldnt but noticible but i was wrong. Even a girl noticed that it was lifted :P

Took me 4 days, i had some troubles. Getting the coils in was pretty tricky, the compressors i had didnt help me that much in such a small space. Then i did the tracbar relocation and the torx bolt was stripped out. After that i had the steering stabilizer to do. The bolt that connects it to the tie rod wouldnt come out, had to buy a pitman arm puller and it worked. I have yet to extend the bumpstops.

Im eventually going to add a body lift and put on 33s, but im scared about my Dana 35. But thatll come at another time.
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On another note, I plan to start sending a few vendors some of my money in the coming months.....Savvy and Rokmen to name a couple high on the list.
Details... and feel free to funnel some $$ my way

What you getting from Savvy and Rokmen?
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So I skipped the tube work for the front bumper for now. I did however still place an order with www.jeeptubes.com[/URL]. I just ordered the "narrow hi-line tube fender kit".



I am ordering the 1/8" plate from work to make the horizontal and vertical "skins". I also plan to attempt making the inner fenders.


Hi-lines have always been in the plans, but I decided to jump them forward a couple steps. I will need new tires soon (need + REALLY want) and I would like to make a small jump to 33s. I am not 100% certain on what my suspension setup will be, so rather than do that twice, I decided to skip to the mod that will remain regardless of suspension, but would create the room needed for 33s.

The suspension setup I am interested in contains Currie/Savvy 3" coils, Bilstein 5100s, Rokmen or custom contol arms, and another host of Currie/Savvy parts. I am not ready to jump right into all of that just to fit 33s, and then later decide I want something different. Truth is, I wouldn't mind a bit of rear stretch, so again, I would just like more time to plan out the suspension.

That thought process put me in the mindset of doing the hi-lines and running the stock suspension for now. I am running 3/4" coil spacers and a 1.25" body lift, so I could probably even get away with 35s, but there again opens up another deal. I am not interested in going crazy with a d44/8.8 rear to support 35s.....and then build 60s later for 37s+.
I am planning to swap in some Superior shafts and possibly a lockright or something in the rear, regear, and run the 30/35 combo with the 33s.

That setup will let me continue to have fun wheeling while focusing on the next steps.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:24 PM   #291
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Hey man. Jeep looks great. I think I've seen you but I'm not sure. I live in Katy as well and attend Taylor Highschool. Here is some pics of my jeep =D Maybe you've seen me!

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Sweet man! Good to see another Katy person on here. I will be on the lookout for you. Let me know if I can help with anything Jeep-related.
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Thanks man! I got the same suspension setup as you did when you started. 4 inch stage 2 pro-comp. It's worthless. The guy i bought my jeep from put it on. And who ever installed it did a horrible job. I practically ripped apart the whole lift and re installed everything right. New shocks and coils come in soon. Bought me some 4 inch Currie HDs and a set of Bilstien 5100's. Next after that, I'll buy the Currie control arms, then the JKS trac bars, Anti rock and then finally currie HD steering. But I'll need to work alot of overtime hahahaha
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Good choice on the Currie coils and Bilsteins.
The Currie CAs are plenty nice, but look at the Rokmen arms if you haven't. They use Currie JJs at both ends, but are beefier arms.
Look to Savvy/Currie for the trackbars. They have put together some of the best designed trackbars.

Where are you working?
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Talked to Tim at JeepTubes on the way home from the office. He had just finished bending up my fender tubes. They ship tomorrow.

I will get the 1/8" plate ordered tomorrow. I am getting a 4x8 sheet. The price is decent (I think anyway) - $60 delivered, so I might as well have plenty to build the inner fenders and another small project I have in mind.

As soon as I get these 'ranch hand' bumpers and toolboxes out of the garage (thus installed), I will be ready to start tearing the TJ apart.
Anyone need some nice blue TJ fenders and flares?
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LOL, get in line. I have green fenders and flares ready to let go too.

I'm looking forward to seeing how you bend the sheet. Going to do a rough cut to approximate size then roll over the tube?
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I'm currently in working for my dad here and there but I am looking for a new job:/ thanks for the advice of I appreciate the it!
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I ordered some hood pins from Poly Performance. I hope to get them installed soon.
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They were $41.79 shipped for the two (sold at $15 each + shipping). They come as a "Synergy" part with their "S" stamped on the grommets. Other versions out there that I considered are are from Autofab, Daystar, and Rokmen.

I think I was expecting a more rigid/hard plastic material; these are more of a polyurethane. It does say that in the product discription...I just didn't read it
The Autofab and Daystar pins are $18 each and the Rokmen pins are $70+/pair. These Synergy pins were the best deal for essentially the exact same thing as the others (other than Rokmen).

After reading the install write-up of these non-Rokmen hood pins on a TJ, I saw that it wouldn't be worth the additional $50 (including shipping) for the Rokmen set.

The backstory with deciding on hood pins is that the Jeep had a crap non-OEM style latch on it when I bought the Jeep. It was on there obviously because the stock latch failed. When the crap latch failed, I replaced it with an OEM latch. That one failed and it was replaced under warranty. That one is now tearing as well and is only a matter of a few more 18-wheeler passes before it fails. So the Jeep is up to at least 4 latches since new (possibly more).
That is one reason I am moving toward the hood pins.

The other reason is that I planned to install hood pins when I cut my hood with the hi-line fenders....whenever they happen.

I am looking forward to a 'flutterless' hood!
Was the main reason you didn't go with the Rokmen versions cost? It's such a big cost difference I wonder what the actual product difference is. I'm about to go to hood pins for the same reason you did.
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The ONLY reason I didn't go with the Rokmen pins is cost. They would've been $96 shipped to my door. I am not a cheapo, but $54 more seemed nuts. The only difference is the center rod. The rest of the parts are the exact same.

The Rokmen center rod is longer than all of the other brands. It makes installing them easier from what I can see, but looking over this guy's install thread of the same kind as mine (TJ Hood pin installation & write-up. - JeepForum.com) made the decision very easy to save the $54 for something else.
Rokmen uses the Autofab bushing, so literally, the longer center rod is the only difference.

I should have my hi-line kit here any day, so these pins (still not installed) are just adding to my pile of required parts to run the new fenders.
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LOL, get in line. I have green fenders and flares ready to let go too.

I'm looking forward to seeing how you bend the sheet. Going to do a rough cut to approximate size then roll over the tube?
Mine are a better deal. Blue beats green Mine are a few weeks from being ready to sell though.

I am looking forward to how I bend the sheet too.
I have two ideas. One is pretty simple, the other a bit more drastic. We'll see how I'm feelin with it. Good thing is I have plenty of cardboard, and plenty of steel to mess up.

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