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Old 03-01-2014, 04:24 PM   #721
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What bumper is this? I like it!
Paul has the Jeeperman rear bumper/tire carrier. Probably the best bumper mounted tire carrier out there.

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Thanks to my agent for answering for me! Lol Patrick is right on both counts. The mounting brackets for the lights just needed a hole drilled in the carrier. No problem at all to install.

Wired to both reverse circuit and a switch they are very flexible.

I've had the Jeeperman for years and love it. SOLID! He has helped me set up my Jeep configuration so I highly recommend him if you're in the Houston area.

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Old 03-20-2014, 01:29 PM   #723
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Not too much progress lately. Took the family to Disney World for spring break. It was an awesome week!

I did just get the UCF 'ultra-high' belly skid and Novak tcase linkage ordered. That officially finishes up all of the armor needs (body and undercarriage) for the jeep.....of course it is not all installed, but I have it .

My new Motobilt front bumper should be here early next week.

The last items I need to collect are the front Metalcloak control arms and Currie steering.
I am going to hold off on the rear MC arms and trackbar, and continue running the RC adjustables until I decide if/when I am going to do a 4-link rear. I don't anticipate doing anything custom with the front suspension, so off-the-shelf arms will do well up front.


The only big thing I have for the future (other than actually getting everything installed) is a d44 for the front. Unless one pops up locally for a smokin' deal, I have my sights set on a built G2 crate 44. When you add everything up, they are a hard deal to beat. I like to spread the cost out when I can, so I am always on the lookout for one locally.




In F250 news, I did start the install of the lift. Only got the rear done, as I got a family emergency call in the middle of it, but that part is taken care of. The tires are on order, but on backorder. Discount said it should only be about 2-3 weeks, which is right on track with my install pace these days. Went with the 35x12.50r20 Toyo MTs.
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Hope that family emergency wasn't something too serious and that all is well now.

So you're doing the UCF UHC skid. Installing a Novak with it too. What other pieces are you installing to accommodate the skid plate install? SYE? Shock relocation brackets? Track bar bracket or one specific to a rotated pinion?

Just wanting to make sure I have what I need for when I order that. You still have the 4cyl and AX5 in there right? Once you get it installed, I'd be curious as to any tweaks you had to do to make it work with the 4cyl setup (thinking exhaust-related mainly, but curious about any others).
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Hope that family emergency wasn't something too serious and that all is well now.

So you're doing the UCF UHC skid. Installing a Novak with it too. What other pieces are you installing to accommodate the skid plate install? SYE? Shock relocation brackets? Track bar bracket or one specific to a rotated pinion?

Just wanting to make sure I have what I need for when I order that. You still have the 4cyl and AX5 in there right? Once you get it installed, I'd be curious as to any tweaks you had to do to make it work with the 4cyl setup (thinking exhaust-related mainly, but curious about any others).

I could be wrong but i believe he has an auto 6cyl
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:27 PM   #726
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I do in fact have the 2.5L, 4cyl, 5spd tranny.

I have upper and lower adjustable control arms already installed. The SYE and CV driveshaft were also installed with the install of the 8.8 axle. The lower shock mounts were rotated up to clear the shock body. The coil mounts on from the Artec truss are also flat on the rear side to give additional clearance.

I will install the Novak linkage while the stock tcase skid is off....no sense trying to do that while it is on.

I am expecting exhaust clearance issues. I am going to take the opportunity to have the exhaust reworked a bit. There is a good and inexpensive exhaust shop here in town that I am going to take it to. I am planning to swap in a new muffler and cat as I think mine have seen better days.
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Okay, so I have adj uppers in back and adj lowers in front.
Probably need to do adj lowers.
I have the relocation brackets.
I have the track bar bracket. (wonder where THOSE came from? )

Still need to order:
Driveshaft
UCF UHC skid
Novak cable

Then install and get the exhaust redone. If you find a good muffler that makes the 4 banger not sound so... you know... let me know.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:04 PM   #728
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If you are in a bind to get it done when the time comes, you could always move your front lowers to the rear....if that ends up being a part holding up progress.

Let me know when you are ready for the driveshaft. I can get you a pretty decent price on one.

I certainly will report back on the muffler. I was looking at a Dynomax catback setup, but I really think I am just going to order a just a muffler by itself since the tube is what needs to be reworked. No sense paying for a kit when it might still need to be modified.

With my open filter type of intake, I already have a bit of that...you know...sound . I don't want to make it sound worse, but I would like to go with a performance muffler while I am at it.
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What kind of driveshafts you dealing with? Tom Woods? Tatton? Local shop?
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:11 AM   #730
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They are local shop shafts that I order through my supplier. I run one and have set a couple guys in my local group up with them.

They were originally supplying Tom Woods shafts, but were able to get the same quality and better service from a local shop.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:39 PM   #731
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My new rock lights came in last week. There are 20 of the little pods in total. They are waterproof, very slim, have good light output, and allow a single screw to mount them.
I do have some other small cube LEDs that I sell for rock light use, but I wanted to give these a shot to see if they were something I want to add to my catalog.


What brand are these? Do you know where you are going to mount them?
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:53 PM   #732
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Here is the ebay link to them.... 20x SMD Module 5050 4 LED Waterproof White Light Lamp 12V | eBay

Saw them used by someone in another thread and looked like they would fit with what I wanted.

There are 20 of them, so I'll put some here and there. haha. I don't know exactly where they will all go, but thinking 4 down each side under the rocker area, 3 up front, 3 in back, 1 per wheel well, and the remaining 2 somewhere down the middle.

I have not actually rolled around under the Jeep to verify any of those locations, but if even get close to those areas, I think it will be pretty well covered.
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I kind of like the idea of having so many instead of 6 little spot lights around the Jeep. Plus for that price it's worth a shot!

Just read the whole build and I have to say I really like what you are doing! I am in the process of building my 98 TJ but it is slow going since I am still graduate school finishing up my geology degree (which means very low income... haha). But hey, there are just a few oil companies looking for geologists in Houston, so maybe I will end up in your area when I graduate and we can go wheeling!
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Here is what those look like. I used 18 and saved two for spares. 2 in front and behind each wheel well. Then one under each seat by the body mount.
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nice!i like that they dont just have the pinpoint look of so many.
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I kind of like the idea of having so many instead of 6 little spot lights around the Jeep. Plus for that price it's worth a shot!

Just read the whole build and I have to say I really like what you are doing! I am in the process of building my 98 TJ but it is slow going since I am still graduate school finishing up my geology degree (which means very low income... haha). But hey, there are just a few oil companies looking for geologists in Houston, so maybe I will end up in your area when I graduate and we can go wheeling!
Where are you studying? Im a geophysics student at Texas A&M.
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Some more Metal Cloak showed up
Front lowers are next.



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Some more Metal Cloak showed up
Front lowers are next.



Those are a ton of fun to put on!
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:47 PM   #739
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Tire clearance anyone??





New battery bracket (supplied by PSC with fenders)





To install the Genright mini-boatside rockers, I needed to install the new fenders since the lower edge of the fender needed to be trimmed to fit the rockers. Kind of a domino effect...had to install both parts to install one. Oh well, getting more done!





Shot from the front showing the 'negative flare' aspect of the fenders. This is Texas! We don't need no stinkin' flares!

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Test fitting the PSC alum. inner fender kit. It's honestly a bit of a pain since there are 1000 bolts to put the pieces together, but it does end up going together nicely. I think a full one-piece fender from them would be nice and would make them look seamless, but I do understand everyone has different needs. I like TNT Customs for that factor, but I prefer the design of these.
The inner fenders in place gives me the final line to trim the rocker guards.


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A couple other do-dads I forgot to mention....


I replaced the soundbar speakers the other day. I replaced the previous set of Kicker KS525 with a newer set of the same speaker. The previous set has always had a little crackle from one of them, and after 2 years, I finally got around to swapping them out. I have been very happy with the speakers themselves (also run them in the dash), and saw no reason to go with anything different.

Once I get the back half of the roll cage installed, I can start working on building the new trunk sub enclosure, and finally get the stereo back to thumpin'.








My UPS guy is going to get a great Christmas present this year. I did tell him this was the last of the really heavy stuff for a while.
UCF Ultra High Clearance tcase skid. Still waiting on the cable from Novak.







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Did you have to drill holes in the inner fender to bolt your accessories back up?

I'm thinking of getting the GenRight Fenders and they seem to have similar inner fenders.
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Did you have to drill holes in the inner fender to bolt your accessories back up?

I'm thinking of getting the GenRight Fenders and they seem to have similar inner fenders.
I will have to drill holes in the new inner fenders, but I have not done so yet. Tomorrow, I plan to finish the rocker guard, lock down the inner fender, trim the battery tray to fit, mount the battery, and get the fuse box mounted to the new inner fender.

The fenders and inner fenders won't be painted for a little while, so they will sit in primer, which will be perfect time to get things mounted on them.


I have been happy with the Genright products I have on the Jeep, but they lost me when they stopped offering the 0-flare option for their hi-lines (I still wanted the negative flare anyway). Their inner fender kit is similar, but is not precut/notched for shocks, coils, etc. There is definitely more finish work involved with the Genright kit. That is good though for someone with a very custom setup.
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Are the holes you will be drilling marked or you have to determine the location?
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Let me know how the accessories on the fenders mount up, I have been looking at those or the genright hiline kit
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Those are the defender xc's right? I will be ordering them in a couple of weeks.
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Are the holes you will be drilling marked or you have to determine the location?
The holes for the accessories are not predrilled. The mounting of all of that is up to the end user. Not everything fits with this setup. The stock airbox won't work (cleanly) nor will the stock washer fluid bottle (cleanly). I have been running a temporary intake setup for a while now. It will eventually be run through the cowl. I also have a smaller washer bottle to mount. There should not be much issue with mounting everything else.
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Let me know how the accessories on the fenders mount up, I have been looking at those or the genright hiline kit
I will certainly post pictures after I get everything lined out.
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Those are the defender xc's right? I will be ordering them in a couple of weeks.
Correct - the Defender XC Negative Flare
TJ DeFender XC - Negative Flares (Steel) | Jeep Front Fender Armor | Poison Spyder Customs

I also got the Defender XC inner fender kit. I wasn't going to go that far with getting their high lines, and try to make my own inner fenders.
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The holes for the accessories are not predrilled. The mounting of all of that is up to the end user. Not everything fits with this setup. The stock airbox won't work (cleanly) nor will the stock washer fluid bottle (cleanly). I have been running a temporary intake setup for a while now. It will eventually be run through the cowl. I also have a smaller washer bottle to mount. There should not be much issue with mounting everything else.

I will certainly post pictures after I get everything lined out.

Correct - the Defender XC Negative Flare
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I also got the Defender XC inner fender kit. I wasn't going to go that far with getting their high lines, and try to make my own inner fenders.
How are you planning on finishing them? Rattle can?
I am very interested to see how they turn out, definitely keep us posted!
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How are you planning on finishing them? Rattle can?
I am very interested to see how they turn out, definitely keep us posted!
I am going to primer them for the time being. I plan to have the whole Jeep repainted sooner or later, and will have them painted with the rest of the Jeep. Although the fenders are aftermarket units, they are still a body part and not really an accessory (so to speak), so I want them painted to match the Jeep. The accessories are all getting the same matte black powdercoat.

With regards to painting, I have not completely ruled out doing it myself. I have never done anything like that before, but I know I am capable of it. Considering the scratches and such that it will see, I almost feel like I would be happier knowing that I spent less money doing it myself.
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Got the rocker trimmed and fully bolted on.








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