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Old 10-22-2012, 09:59 PM   #301
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Got some other goodies ordered up for the Jeep.......Genright trail stinger and grille hoop as well as some accessories for my CO2 that I had previously not gotten around to (I still need to order a mounting bracket for it though).

Rear corner armor is next on the list when the front fenders are done

Seriously considering an 8.8 and beefed up d30 for 35s......just think I will regret 33s, and I was already planning on upgraded shafts and gears for 33s. It seems like the added expense of getting an 8.8 ready to bolt-in would be worth it vs. putting money into the d35.

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Sounds like your jeep is coming along! I just replaced my sparks, distributor cap, rotor, and wires because the jeep was running horribly. Atleast it was a cheap fix. I need to gather some money so i can buy a BL, MML, and 33 inch tires. Why do you think youd regret 33s?

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I will say this, pick your plan and stick with it. If you keep thinking "well I'll do this instead of this" you'll find your TJ is never really where you want it. Plus I think your wife will kill you if you keep inching things higher in the $$ department.

I got THAT wakeup call before taking the path I did. Kermit has remained relatively unchanged suspension wise since 2006. But the 2.5L, D35 in back, and my wife being a budget analyst pretty much determined that.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:57 AM   #305
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For 8.8 swap look up artec truss. Itl really make it easy.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:08 PM   #306
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I am trying to pick the best plan that will satisfy me for the longest length of time.
I've run 33s and I like them just fine, but I would also like the additional clearance of 35s.

Running 33s, I would upgrade the shafts in the d35. I would also need to regear. What I am considering is taking the money that would be spent on d35 shafts, and spending that on an Artec truss (TJ bracket system) for an 8.8. Getting the correct year 8.8 would give me the 31 spline shafts and disc brakes. At that point, for basically the same cost, I would already have a stronger axle than the upgraded d35.
From there, it would require some additional cost for brake brackets/adapters, and other little items, but that would be a small and worthy cost for the overall upgrade.

At a later date, I still have the option to upgrade the 8.8 further with chromo shafts and an ARB.

I completely know what you are saying though about wavering on mods. That is exactly what I have been trying to avoid. That was my objective from the start with this TJ, being my third one.
I know that I will be more satisfied with 35s for a longer period of time than I would with 33s.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:31 PM   #307
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The fender tube kit showed up today. They definitely leave plenty of material to cut off at the grille.

I think these are going to be pretty nice.....narrow, just how I want them.

I can't wait to start on them! Plate will be in on Friday.



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Old 10-25-2012, 10:14 AM   #308
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Id love to see this rig on 35s. One of my fav wf builds, and if youre thinking you want em now youl definitely want em later.
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Thanks! I would like to see it on 35s as well.

This is essentially what mine would look like size-wise with my current setup and 35s....





Add a flat belly skid and that is some clearance I can work with.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:45 AM   #310
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Very nice man. So have you been wheeling at bridgeport before?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #311
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I haven't heard of Bridgeport. Where is it?
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I haven't heard of Bridgeport. Where is it?
About an hour drive (north i believe) of fort worth. I want to go around start of my summer break.
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About an hour drive (north i believe) of fort worth. I want to go around start of my summer break.
So it will be flat. Not much north of Ft Worth other than Denton and Gainesville. lol

If you're going far enough north, just keep on going and go to Disney, OK or go east into Arkansas to Superlift.

But I'd rather check out some of the stuff out in south Texas, like Palo Duro area.

Any good wheeling spots around Austin?
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So it will be flat. Not much north of Ft Worth other than Denton and Gainesville. lol

If you're going far enough north, just keep on going and go to Disney, OK or go east into Arkansas to Superlift.

But I'd rather check out some of the stuff out in south Texas, like Palo Duro area.

Any good wheeling spots around Austin?
Wouldnt know haha. Im in ft worth lol
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Yeah, i went to school in that area and lived there for some time too (all over DFW actually), but TXSt8TJ is from closer to Austin, so perhaps he had some input.
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There are some great parks outside of Austin. I am very anxious to get out to Marble Falls to Hidden Falls park.


Not really much to do with the "build", but I got around to getting a couple small items I haven't bothered with for a while.
I've been running a CO2 setup for a few years now using a #10 alum. tank and The Source 150psi regulator. I never bothered to get a handle or boot, so here we go. I still need to order a mounting bracket.
I also got a handle keeper for my hi-lift. Something told me the garage wall was not doing a good enough job holding it

My Genright grille hoop and stinger are supposed to ship out on Monday or Tuesday.


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Old 11-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #317
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Nice TJ. Especially the color!
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TXST8TJ, that is one awesome looking rig man! It has came a long way since you bought it. I know you took pictures of the windshield lights rocker switch but do you have any pictures of where you mounted the switch at? I'm curious to see where you put the switch before I chop up my dash putting in a switch lol
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Nice TJ. Especially the color!
Thanks! It's my second TJ in this color. I will be sticking with the same color when the Jeep is repainted.
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TXST8TJ, that is one awesome looking rig man! It has came a long way since you bought it. I know you took pictures of the windshield lights rocker switch but do you have any pictures of where you mounted the switch at? I'm curious to see where you put the switch before I chop up my dash putting in a switch lol
Thank you. After all the work so far, it is finally about to start getting fun!....well, it's always fun, but the Jeep is about to start transforming in a dramatic sort of way.

I put the switch in the facotry switch panel. They are a direct fit and require no modifications.

This is the only pic I could find, I will snap a better picture for you.

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Decided on my intake setup/design. Ordered one piece for it last night. Will pick up the remaining parts locally. I'll share the details when the pieces are together.

I also just ordered a little Poison Spyder do-dad
Ordered it through Northridge4x4. They offer free shipping on orders over $100 (and have great customer service otherwise), so I went ahead and ordered the powdercoated version, which was the cost of shipping if ordered straight through PSC.


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Old 11-08-2012, 05:29 PM   #321
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I have had some requests for dimensions of my trunk/enclosure. I built it one piece at a time, so I didn't have any original plans for it.
I put these together getting the measurements as accurate as I could. The dimensions represent each individual piece.....not the assembled dimensions.

(Naturally, using MS Paint, these are not to scale)

The bottom piece (where sub mounts) rests on the "back" and is secured there. On the inside of the enclosure, I attached a lip for the rest of the bottom piece to attach to. It is nailed and glued from all sides.

I did not include the dimensions of the little box for the brake light cover cutout, but that is easy to figure once those two sides are pieced together. Rather than trying to match the angle needed, I went with straight cuts and a rectangle piece. There is a very minimal loss of air space, and it is an incredibly shorter construction process.

Also, I decided not to add a piece to the driver's side against the side of the tub because it fits so tight, it would not be possible to install it if that piece was there. It is so ridgid otherwise, it's not an issue at all.
you may show it in the next 4 pages and i haven't gotten to it yet, but what did you do with your amp for the sub and where is the amp for your speakers going?
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you may show it in the next 4 pages and i haven't gotten to it yet, but what did you do with your amp for the sub and where is the amp for your speakers going?
I HAD the sub amp mounted under the rear seat. I didn't want it attached to the enclosure/trunk itself because I didn't want it to take away any storage space. I have since removed it from under the rear seat because I never really liked having it there.
I don't like having all the cables run through the tub, and I don't like the idea of it sitting at a low point accessible by water.

I am in the process of working up a mount for under the steering column. It will keep it out of sight, allow for very short cables, and will be better protected from the elements. The only wires being run to the back of the Jeep to the sub will be the speaker wires.....I can deal with that.

For the speakers, I am running an Alpine "Power Pack". It is a very small 4-channel amp that fits behind the radio inside the dash.

I enjoy a good sounding stereo, but I always prefer it to be as stealth as possible.
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I HAD the sub amp mounted under the rear seat. I didn't want it attached to the enclosure/trunk itself because I didn't want it to take away any storage space. I have since removed it from under the rear seat because I never really liked having it there.
I don't like having all the cables run through the tub, and I don't like the idea of it sitting at a low point accessible by water.

I am in the process of working up a mount for under the steering column. It will keep it out of sight, allow for very short cables, and will be better protected from the elements. The only wires being run to the back of the Jeep to the sub will be the speaker wires.....I can deal with that.

For the speakers, I am running an Alpine "Power Pack". It is a very small 4-channel amp that fits behind the radio inside the dash.

I enjoy a good sounding stereo, but I always prefer it to be as stealth as possible.
Awesome thanks, I never like mounting them under the back seat either for that reason. Now all I have to do is buy the sub amp and build the enclosure. Possibly buy an aftermarket deck as much as I don't want to.
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So many benefits to an aftermarket deck. They are very much worth the 'non-stock' appearance....if that is your concern.
I have a Tuffy 'conceal carry drawer' under my driver's seat to lock the faceplate in (as well as a list of other stuff).

What sub are you going to be using?
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TXST8TJ, that is one awesome looking rig man! It has came a long way since you bought it. I know you took pictures of the windshield lights rocker switch but do you have any pictures of where you mounted the switch at? I'm curious to see where you put the switch before I chop up my dash putting in a switch lol
I snapped a couple better shots.



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So many benefits to an aftermarket deck. They are very much worth the 'non-stock' appearance....if that is your concern.
I have a Tuffy 'conceal carry drawer' under my driver's seat to lock the faceplate in (as well as a list of other stuff).

What sub are you going to be using?
Wel crutch field has a pretty nice looking kicker 10" that looks enticing, and that would match the replacement speakers PO put in. I think it's about time for me to actually consider the underwear box a little more. I can't decide on an amp though, because I want alpine all the way around, because I think alpine makes some of the nicest auto audio out there, but the prices for alpine doesn't justify it for a wrangler.
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This is the Alpine "Power Pack" that I run to the dash and soundbar speakers.
Alpine KTP-445U "Power Pack" Upgrade any car radio to 45 watts RMS X 4 at Crutchfield.com
I would highly suggest it for its plug-n-play setup and clean power to the speakers. Having it completely hidden is the best part of the whole thing.

This would be a pretty sweet mono block amp for the money...if you want Alpine ($150).
Alpine MRP-M500 Mono subwoofer amplifier — 500 watts RMS x 1 at 2 ohms at Crutchfield.com
They have a 4-channel from the same series, for the same price.

$300 for Alpine 4-channel and mono-block amps is really pretty great.

I run a JL Audio 10W0 in my TJ. It takes 300w RMS, which that Alpine amp offers. It is plenty for my Jeep.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_13610W0...-4.html?tp=111
If you want a bit more power, run the amp @ 2ohms and step up to a 10W3 for 500 watts.
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I snapped a couple better shots.



Thank you for the pictures TXSt8tj! I have a rocker switch for my lights as well and that's where I wanted to mount them at. I been tired of leaving the switch loose on the floor and having to reach down to turn on the lights. I suppose now I know what my plans are for next weekend
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And if you REALLY want to install switches....

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And if you REALLY want to install switches....
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