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Old 05-13-2010, 09:47 AM   #31
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The new top definitely is a step up. It will be back off as soon as I get home, but it's just nice to know I have it available if needed.

It is a bit of a dog with the 4cyl, 4.10s, and 35s, but it gets the job done for now. My office parking garage is 10 miles from my driveway. So 20 miles a day on straight/flat highway. It could be worse.
When these tires wear out the rest of the way, I have a felling that I will swap in some 33s. I figure by the time the 33s wear out, I will have the next set of axles built and ready to drop in for 37s. No sense in struggling with a new set of 35s when I have plenty of other things to do.
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Yes he is. He'll save money on 33's vs 35's too

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So my Jeep has taken a slightly humorous (looking) turn.
I did some work for a guy on his 06 LJ. Long story short, after the job was all done and said for, he gave me the stock suspension that was removed when I installed his new 4" lift, and he gave me his near brand new 30" tires mounted on stock Ravines.

Considering I have been anxious to get my current 4"-5" lift uninstalled from the Jeep, I jumped at his generosity.
I pulled the 35s and black steelies off last weekend and mounted up the Goodyear 30" tires.
As soon as I have the time (too busy working on other people's Jeeps) I am going to put the stock LJ suspension on there and then install the JKS 1.25" body lift and motor mount.
At that point, I will be more comfortable (and economical with the smaller tires) until I get the 2.5" OME kit.

As it is now, after running the 35s with the 4cyl and stock gearing for 2 months, running the 30s makes the Jeep feel like it has a 6cyl.

As funny as it looks, it was the right decision right now. The 35s were out of tread and I was not going to invest in a new set of 35s as they do not belong in my eventual build, and they are just too much for the d35.


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Old 06-30-2010, 02:16 PM   #34
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lookin good, you definaly have a good plan in operation on this Jeep!
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:17 PM   #35
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I finally got around to installing my pair of Kicker KS525s in the dash using MJMautoinnovations speaker brackets. They are not hooked to the amp yet, but already sound immensely better than the stock 4x6s.

I mounted up my full door brackets to the garage wall to make storing the doors easier and safer. I can also sling the soft top over one of the brackets when it is off (which hasn't been in a couple months because of the rain every day).
Brackets are a pretty simple design that hold 50# each. They are attached to a 2x6 that is bolted to the wall with four lag bolts (each). The system worked very well for the doors on my 2002 TJ, so I was happy to get them on the wall.


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Old 09-29-2010, 11:04 AM   #36
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Not much has changed with my Jeep....still. Not that I am surprised. I tend to work on other's Jeeps more than my own.
I was off from work on Monday without any 'honey-dos' to take care of (which is surprising since we're selling our house), so I got a couple things done with the Jeep.

I had a nail in one of my tires. The tire shop would not fix the tire because two of the lug studs needed to be replaced on that wheel and it was 'unsafe'. No problem. I needed the nail taken out and I needed the studs replaced. It just forced me to get both done. I picked up two new studs and swapped them in. Took it back to the tire shop and had the tire fixed and got a lifetime rotate and balance while I was at it.

Took the Jeep home and washed it. The weather decided to get absolutely beautiful here in Texas this week, so off came the doors and top.




Picked up an antenna mount for my CB antenna. I've had the radio and antenna since my first TJ, but they've been sitting in a box on the shelf waiting for me to do something with them.
I mounted the antenna on the back of the bumper and ran the coax on the underside along the frame rail. It's extra thick and protected, so I'm not too worried about it getting damaged.
I bought the radio mount from Jeep Outfitters for my second TJ, but never used it. It puts the radio at a perfect spot to use. It also puts it in the perfect spot to be stollen. Luckily I have a quick disconnect for the power so I can pull it out if I leave the Jeep outside for the night, which I hardly ever do. If someone steals it while out and about or in my parking garage at work....they need the $30 radio more than I do.
I figure without a console and with the top off, there really is no secure and functional place to put it, so I might as well make use of the mount that doesn't require any drilling to install.




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That is one shiny 97 TJ...

Needs black steelies though... and lose the bumper milk jugs... and ... hehe
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #38
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'tis a 2001 TJ, and it does shine up nicely! When I am able to do the hiline front fenders one day, I would like to have the doors repainted along with the fenders because they hold the only real paint issues that won't get covered up with armor...and that just comes in the form of a giant scratch/scuff on the driver's door.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:35 PM   #39
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Vinyl overlay.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:33 PM   #40
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If I could attach the song, "Lowrider" here...I would. I've been singing it to myself the last couple of days every time I drive it.



I had the day off from work on Monday so I began removing the 4" Rough Country Series II lift. Between running a couple errands to include looking for a stock pitman arm locally, ACE Hardware for various nuts and bolts, and having lunch with my wife, etc, I was only able to get the rear taken care of.

Everything went fairly smooth. The rear track bar bracket was welded on instead of being bolted on, so I got to spend some careful time cutting that off.




In all, I removed and replaced coil springs, shocks, lower control arms, sway bar links, and track bar bracket.
The front has some good fun in-store for me too. There is a lower track bar bracket welded on (not sure why it was installed in the first place) and a dropped pitman arm (not sure why that was installed either) that both need to be removed in addition to the usual coils, shocks, sway bar links, and lower control arms.
I should have my new stock pitman arm on Friday, so I can get the front taken care of this weekend.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:39 PM   #41
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While I was out running around looking for a stock pitman arm at local 4x4 shops, I grabbed two tow hooks for the front from 4WP. They were $4 each and I couldn't believe I had not addressed that earlier, so they were also installed. While at ACE, I got some longer grade-8 bolts and lock washers for the install.

I would like to find a stock rear tow hook online somewhere cheap enough, otherwise, I will just get another of these hooks and bolt it to the rear frame.

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I think I've got a stock rear hook you can have for shipping. I'll look through the garage tomorrow morning...
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:05 PM   #43
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what did you paint your fender flairs with?
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:18 PM   #44
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I think I've got a stock rear hook you can have for shipping. I'll look through the garage tomorrow morning...
I would gladly take the hook off your hands for shipping if you find it. I appreciate the offer. Just shoot me a PM and let me know.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:21 PM   #45
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what did you paint your fender flairs with?
I used Krylon Fusion Satin Black. As long as you prep and apply enough coats, it holds up VERY well. It is the third TJ I've used it on. When these chip or fade, I'll clean them up again and repaint. It lasted about 2 years on my first TJ. I didn't have the second TJ longer than a year, but they were still as good as new when I sold it.
I've had these painted since about May (without looking back through the thread to verify) and they have not chipped or faded.
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How did you prep your fender flairs? I need to redo mine and while my demo flair doesn't look too bad, I'm just curious to know how you prepped yours
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:57 AM   #47
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Everyone does their different, but here is what I did....

Removed them from the jeep. It's not 100% necessary, but I prefer to do so. I feel like I can do a better job cleaning them and don't have to worry about overspray getting on the Jeep.
I use the pressure washer first to get any deep dirt off. If not a pressure washer, a high pressure spray nozzle helps.
I wash them with soapy water to get grease and other dirt off. I have a green scotch pad thing that I use for anything else that hasn't come off. Then I rinse.
I towel dry them and then lay them out in the sun to fully dry. You don't want these even moist when you paint.
Once completely dry, it's time for paint. I have done this two ways....hanging the flares and laying them flat on the ground on cardboard.
I prefer hanging them. I opened both garage doors and used some scrap 12v wire...whatever you have works....wire, string, etc. I have one of those cheap spray can handles that attaches to the top of the paint can. I think it helps with keeping your spray consistent...not actually necessary though.

I did at least 3 coats per flare. Remember it's best to do several light coats than go too heavy on one or two coats.
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Just ordered the 1" motor mount lift from Rough Country. I already have a JKS 1.25 bl sitting patiently in the box in the garage.
I have installed the JKS MML and the RC MML. There is almost no difference other than color of the alum. blocks, but the RC studs have a flat spot on each side so you can use a wrench to tighten them...the JKS does not have this.

While I was at it, I went ahead and ordered a pair of 3/4" spacers for the front. I figure since I'm going stock, I know it is going to have a slight rake to the front. The spacer's minimal height will be enough to help level it out, but they are not enough to cause any 'harshness' through the shocks.
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That's a nice jeep!! Almost thought it was mine. Hey is your new top grey? Also what kind of prep work would I need to do for my chrome headlight bezzels and the chrome plated grille inserts? I would just take the inserts out but they have rubbed my paint on the grille where they go so I'll just paint them dull black!! Also do you think if I paint my flares the dull black as the headlight bezzels and inserts do you think it would look goofy with me having a grey top? Here's my 05' TJ, I seen you said you live in Katy, right? I live in the kingwood area just north of humble!!
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Thanks! My new top is black denim. It has very good color to it....one of the better things I can say about it.
For the headlight and grille inserts, just sand them down to get any dirt and/or grime off. You don't have to go too crazy with the sanding; just enough to scuff up the plating.
The headlight rings are plastic, so you'll want to use a paint for plastics like Krylon Fusion. I'm not sure what your grille inserts are, but metal or plastic, they will take the Fusion all the same.

I think yours would look great with black flares, rings, and inserts. It will set the soft top off nicely. Give me a honk if you swing through katy.
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Thanks! My new top is black denim. It has very good color to it....one of the better things I can say about it.
For the headlight and grille inserts, just sand them down to get any dirt and/or grime off. You don't have to go too crazy with the sanding; just enough to scuff up the plating.
The headlight rings are plastic, so you'll want to use a paint for plastics like Krylon Fusion. I'm not sure what your grille inserts are, but metal or plastic, they will take the Fusion all the same.

I think yours would look great with black flares, rings, and inserts. It will set the soft top off nicely. Give me a honk if you swing through katy.
My headlight rings are metal and my grill inserts are plastic so the krylon fusion will work fine for them and my flares? Thanks I think it would accent the top aswell but my soon to be wife thinks it would look goofy but I just looked at her and said "OH YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKIN ABOUT" and she gave me this kinda mean look and I said what babe it's a jeep thing you wouldn't understand and she said oh I understand alright... I understand if you talk to me again like that you won't be getting any thing to fix your jeep up!! I then had to retract my statement and coward down and tell her I'm sorry and I love you. She giggled and walked back in the house, lol but yeah I go out towards Katy all the time so maybe we can hook up and go do some wheelin!!
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Your headlight rings are not metal if they are stock. It's just a chrome paint. You will want to follow his process above, but you'll also want to be sure you scuff them really well. If they are shiny before applying the paint, then you didn't scuff enough.

The Krylon Fusion black will work well on them. TXSt8TJ wouldn't steer ya wrong.
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Hmm, maybe they switched to metal headlight rings in the newer models. All three of my TJs had plastic rings.
Yeah, I find it ideal to bite my tongue in situations like that .

I used the same Fusion 'Satin Black' color on the flares and the headlight rings. They still have a slight shine to them, but they are not glossy. I think a 'Gloss Black' would be too much. A 'Flat' black would actually look pretty good too. I think that is the route I would go next go round.
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Hmm, maybe they switched to metal headlight rings in the newer models. All three of my TJs had plastic rings.
Yeah, I find it ideal to bite my tongue in situations like that .

I used the same Fusion 'Satin Black' color on the flares and the headlight rings. They still have a slight shine to them, but they are not glossy. I think a 'Gloss Black' would be too much. A 'Flat' black would actually look pretty good too. I think that is the route I would go next go round.
Yeah I really like the flat black look!! Don't want even the slightest sheen to them. Also what kind of paint would you recommend me doing my AR Baja rims? Wanna do those flat black too!! And how should I prep those?
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Your headlight rings are not metal if they are stock. It's just a chrome paint. You will want to follow his process above, but you'll also want to be sure you scuff them really well. If they are shiny before applying the paint, then you didn't scuff enough.

The Krylon Fusion black will work well on them. TXSt8TJ wouldn't steer ya wrong.
Yeah I know TXSt8TJ wouldn't steer me wrong. From watching his work on his tj I can tell he really knows what he's doing!! Also yes my headlight rings are chrome metal... I've already taking them off the last time I went on the trails I got into some deep mud and water and had clay stuck up behind my headlights so I had to remove them in order to clean back there and when I set them down on my concrete driveway and I heard them when they hit and I was like hmm that sounded like metal and picked them back up and sure enough they were!!
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Also after I scuff everything should I just wipe them down with a wet rag or alcohol or something??
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Yeap...wipe them down and let them dry. Alcohol will get any grease off etc, but a moist rag will do the job.
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I got the front lowered this morning. Cutting off the track bar bracket was fun, but not as bad as the rear bracket. The pitman arm came off with ease...with the PA puller.
The passenger side lower CA was a bit of a pain to get in. They had welded on some steel as support since the arm tore the mount from the axle. I had to trim it some to get the aftermarket arm out and the stock arm in.

I think it sits pretty level on its own. I'm not sure I need the 3/4" spacers afterall. I'll put some miles on it and wait for any settling.




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Id would be worried about the D35 with those 35's........
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