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Old 01-28-2014, 08:43 AM   #631
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Picked up the bumper from the coater. Looks great! They finished the engine skid, battery bracket, and fairlead light mount yesterday. Need to go pick those up.





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That is an awesome bumper!

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Holy cow, what an amazing thread/blog! This thing is addicting. I have an 03 TJ I just picked up after Christmas and want to do some of the same things you did on yours. I'm sure you know how much your posts has helped fellow readers out and would like to say thanks again and keep up the great work.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:44 PM   #634
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That is an awesome bumper!
Thanks! I realllllly like it. I wanted the super low profile, but wanted the hitch just in case I ever build the camping trailer I have all the parts/material stacked up to build in storage.....that's a totally different build.
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Holy cow, what an amazing thread/blog! This thing is addicting. I have an 03 TJ I just picked up after Christmas and want to do some of the same things you did on yours. I'm sure you know how much your posts has helped fellow readers out and would like to say thanks again and keep up the great work.
Thank you very much for the inspiring words. I would like to say that you haven't seen anything yet.....we'll just have to see



A report from the axle shop. The Jeep is on the lift and the rear is getting torn into.




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Old 01-29-2014, 11:49 AM   #635
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Picked up the engine skid and custom fairlead LED light bar mount from coating. Crossing my fingers that I get the Jeep back this week.







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Old 01-29-2014, 01:36 PM   #636
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I had some credit with qtec and these were on the list, so I got a pair of Corbeau 4-point haenesses for the front. It will be a bit before they get installed, but they will be there when ready.



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Nice! I need a bar behind my seats before I can consider the 4 or 5 pointers. With the hills we have here, 5 pointers may be in my future, but these Corbeaus REALLY keep you planted unless you bounce down a hill.

I'm surprised you aren't installing the 8.8 yourself. Is that because they had to weld the parts on and wanted to ensure it was all in the right spots?

Did you pick up a locker from JCW while they were on blowout for $377?

That powdercoating place looks like they do great work! What kind of pricing did you get on the fenders for powdercoating? I would love to have coated mine, but with the hits they'll take, I just went with Rustoleum. Easier to touch up.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:58 PM   #638
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The new rear cage section has a harness bar. I will have new tabs welded on as the ones on it now are not the same.
I am honestly not sure if I would use them for all wheeling, but if I get into some extreme stuff, they will be there. Like you said, the Baja seats really keep you sucked in, so the stock belts work well.

For the 8.8.....yeah, a mixture of things. The truss/brackets needed to be welded on, the gears and locker installed, etc. It just made sense to let him bolt it in place as well to make sure there are no alignment issues....easier for him to fix on the spot.

I was going to order an ARB for a front TJ d44 just to hold on to, but I got sidetracked (after texting with you that night) and never got the chance to get back online to order one. By the time I got online the next morning to order, they had already fixed the price.
It was going to be a gamble that I would need it when I get the d44. There is a good chance that I will end up with a built G2 axle that will come with an ARB installed.
JCW did honor the price error (it was an error). My buddy here in town just got his yesterday.

The coating guys do awesome work and are great guys in general. They have some really big customers (Hennessey Motorsports and Nasa to name a couple).
I did not get a price on the front fenders. I am going to have them painted to match the Jeep. I want those to remain body color. I did have them coat the new battery bracket PSC supplies with the fenders, and will likely have the inner fenders coated (still unsure about those).

For some reference though, the engine skid was $50 and that fairlead light bracket was $5.
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Pricing seems more reasonable than I would have thought. If the skid was $50, I'd imagine about 100-125 for the fenders. It also makes sense to have them do it all if they were already doing that much of the 8.8 build, so good call there. You'll have less headache and having to go back for any issues if they address them at build/install time.

I bet JCW took a BATH on those locker prices, but now ARB is probably happier to have that many more out in the market than they did before. LOL Sorry if the txt's got in the way of you making the order.

Looking forward to the next round of pics with some of these parts finally installed on your Jeep! Going to look REALLY sharp - until you wheel it the first time and it gets nice and dirty!
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Yeah, they are very fair with the pricing. The best part is they are a local shop where I can drop in any time.

I know it might seem silly to some to coat some of this stuff, like the skids, because they will get scratched, but it's more for the areas you don't see that I wanted to make sure are sealed. The upper side of the engine skid will never see a scratch, and I also know that it will never rust either. Their coating is better than my spray paint job.
For the parts that will get scratched, of course I can touch those up with paint.

The axle guy is also installing my SYE and ds while it's there. For what he is charging, I can't pay myself to do it. And the bigger picture is that it will all be dialed in while he has it.

You didn't distract me....the 4-month old did. Haha.

Here is the most updated pic he sent me. Said it should be bolted in tomorrow.


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Old 01-30-2014, 06:57 PM   #641
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....wait, these won't fit on the Jeep. I hope I can find something to put them on.



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Old 01-30-2014, 07:20 PM   #642
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just like to say thank you for all the information on how your doing things. on your jeep. for those of us that are slower paced it is very helpful!!

thank you again and thanks for all the photo updates!!
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Thank you for the kind words. I feel like all I have been doing for the last couple of months is just post pictures of parts, and not of progression.....it is coming though!

I would say I have been very much on a slow pace with the build of this Jeep, up until recently. My side business has been doing well and has allowed me to put some money into parts for both my Jeep and truck.

I hit a point where I really wanted to start seeing some progress made with the Jeep so I can wheel it confidently. There are still a few key components I would like to invest in the near future. I plan to wheel it as it is for a bit and then take a closer look at the suspension. I am thinking more along the lines of what Imped has done with his....rear mid-arm 4-link with a mild stretch. There is a lot that goes into this, so I am not going to rush it. I really need to dial in what my exact needs are....after some good wheeling. In the meantime, skid plates, bumpers, and cage work are all awesome things to add.


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Old 01-31-2014, 03:38 AM   #644
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Just got done reading the whole thread. What an awesome build and great documentation of the whole process. I hope one day my jeep will look as badass as your does.
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Those wheels for the Ford eh?
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....wait, these won't fit on the Jeep. I hope I can find something to put them on.



you can always donate the to my jeep build ill deal with the heave of trading for the right ones to fit my jeep
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Just got done reading the whole thread. What an awesome build and great documentation of the whole process. I hope one day my jeep will look as badass as your does.
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Thank you! You know, part of the fun of all this jeep stuff we do is just sitting around talking about it. Documenting as you go just makes it easier to see where you've been, and where you are headed.
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Those wheels for the Ford eh?
Yes sir! The lift is going on in a week or two, which I have been holding off on just waiting for my tires to wear out more......and they have done just that. I love Michelins, but they do not last for anything on these big trucks. I am sitting at 27k miles with two tires needing to be changed now and the other two right behind.
The service guy at the dealership said that Ford actually issued a statement to the dealerships that they have found the tires do not hold up to the horsepower of the truck. That's what they say anyway....and no prorating or exchanging of tires from Ford.

Probably going with a BFG AT. I need new wheels to fit them.
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you can always donate the to my jeep build ill deal with the heave of trading for the right ones to fit my jeep
Haha. Thank you for the offer. The truck asked to have them first.
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From the shop.
He called tonight and said it is on all four tires. Should be done soon!


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[QUOTE=TXST8tj;Haha. Thank you for the offer. The truck asked to have them first.[/QUOTE]

had to try! lol
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Here is another reason that you wanted those wizard brake flip brackets.
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Yeap, that is exactly it. I know I will outboard the shocks at some point and will be happy to have that taken care of.
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My son and I went out to the axle shop tho morning to drop something off. The shop owner and I got a good laugh when my 6 year old hugged the jeep. I guess he misses it too!
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had to try! lol
LOL, Get in line.
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My son and I went out to the axle shop tho morning to drop something off. The shop owner and I got a good laugh when my 6 year old hugged the jeep. I guess he misses it too!
You know that it is really HIS jeep - he's just letting you work/play/drive it until he turns 16.
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You know that it is really HIS jeep - he's just letting you work/play/drive it until he turns 16.
yup oh and don't scratch it he knows them better then you do! lol
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Last expected shipment for a little while. Getting a little backed up with parts. I have been very excited about running an Antirock though.


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Love my antirock. Your build is very similar to mine. I like it.
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Love my antirock. Your build is very similar to mine. I like it.
I need to check yours out!



It's finally home!!!!






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I still have seat envy
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ok call me stupid. dose the anti rock allow you to run it with out the disconnect? or just replace the sway bar?

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