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Old 10-07-2011, 02:37 PM   #121
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The Trektop NX is officially ordered. Thanks Joe (Quadratec) for securing me the last one in stock!

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Enjoy the read too, which top did you go with? I love my Rampage.

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Oops Didn't see that next page. How far is Waller? Got family there.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:23 PM   #124
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Oops Didn't see that next page. How far is Waller? Got family there.
Katy to Waller is about a 40min drive. My buddy has land out there....good for the 4wheeler



I just ordered a set of quick disconnects from Rough Country. The plan is to ultimately run a Currie Antirock, but that won't come along until after I get the 3" coils. These will suit my needs well for the time being; plus, they will be useful when I do get the lift coils where I won't have to get the Antirock immediately.

The RC design is similar to the Rubicon Express Gen II discos, but RC uses a 'tie-rod' style joint at the top of the link instead of the 'heim' style joint that RE uses. The reviews are good on them and for the undisclosed price I paid for them....well, way better than a set of homemade discos.

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Just out of curiosity, and as I haven't even finished reading all 3 pages of this thread.... I'm just curious why you got/are getting rid of the 4" lift to replace it with a 2.5 and 1.5 body... I understand the whole low center of gravity but you will basically be back at 4" of total lift and while I understand that the frame will be 1.5" lower the body will still be at the 4" mark... To me it really doesn't make sense and the amount of weight that will be kept lower is probably too small to ever notice... I'm just curious because I am keeping my jeep lower than most because I wheel in rocks when I can find them but I just can't see the real performance difference between what you had and what your going to other than personnel preference which is more than enough of a reason... It sounds like you work on jeeps and lifts for a living so any information you can offer to me would be welcomed... Thanks.
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Btw, you just sold me on that tuff underseat storage....that thing is big...and long......haha
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Btw, you just sold me on that tuff underseat storage....that thing is big...and long......haha
Umm... Okay buddy. I'm sold on it too, but I'm looking into the one that folds up with the seat because it looks like it would really be in the way when you flip the seat forward.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:22 PM   #128
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I definitely don't work on Jeeps for a living, but I do a lot of installs as more of a hobby.

I completely see where you're coming from asking about the lift heights. I had a few reasons for removing the lift that was on the Jeep.

The multitude of other issues with the setup aside, the coils seemed to be actually pretty decent, but were closer to 5" than 4". I base that off of installing brand new 4" kits that never had that much clearance for a 35" tire.

My plan had always been to add a 1" body lift to allow future mods (belly-up, gas tank skid, etc), so the BL + 5" coils was going to put me much taller than I wanted to be in the end.

I now have the JKS 1.25" body lift installed and I plan on the Savvy/Currie 3" coils which could potentially settle to 4" total. Compared to the 5" coils + 1.25" body lift, I will eventually be at least 2" lower than that setup would've been.
I personally would rather make up an inch of coil lift with an inch of body lift.

On top of the overall height, the coils the Jeep had when I bought it were really too tall for a short-arm setup. Another benefit of going with a 2.5" or 3" coil is that it is more favorable with the short arm geometry.

I plan to run hi-line fenders and 37" tires. With 4" of lift, I should have plenty of up and down travel (of course with everything else done correctly - shocks, bumpstops, etc).
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:24 PM   #129
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Btw, you just sold me on that tuff underseat storage....that thing is big...and long......haha
You won't regret the purchase. I love it. I love being able to park in any parking lot with the doors and top off and have some sense of security of not having my faceplate, sunglasses, ipod, etc stollen. I can't wait to get the full center console one of these days.
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Umm... Okay buddy. I'm sold on it too, but I'm looking into the one that folds up with the seat because it looks like it would really be in the way when you flip the seat forward.
I'm not aware of one that folds up with the seat.
Tuffy does make two different models. One is for Jeeps with the "fold and tumble" front seat, and one is for those that do not have that feature. The case bolts to the tub with both versions.

The "fold and tumble" drawer is about half the size of the non-tumble version.

My TJ had the "fold and tumble" bracket, but I wanted the longer drawer so erickpl traded seat brackets with me.
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Tsx, thanks for your response.. I totally understand your plan now... Makes total sense to stay lower and add the body lift with the tummy tuck.... My plan is to do a tuck in the future and hopefully stay under 4" with the lift. Thinking either keep my 2" spacers or 2.5 lift spurt of like your doing... Thanks again for the response and can't wait to see the pics when it's all done....
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I'm not aware of one that folds up with the seat.
Tuffy does make two different models. One is for Jeeps with the "fold and tumble" front seat, and one is for those that do not have that feature. The case bolts to the tub with both versions.

The "fold and tumble" drawer is about half the size of the non-tumble version.

My TJ had the "fold and tumble" bracket, but I wanted the longer drawer so erickpl traded seat brackets with me.
Yeah, but I have the Tuffy console. The things you store under the seat I store in my console, but there's one thing I'd love to put in an underseat drawer. IF my plan works out for that, I'll have a smaller version next year that will fit in the fold n tumble version just fine.
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Yeah, I am pretty jealous of your full console. Even with the under seat drawer, I desire to have the full console and glove box. I figure if there is storage available in the Jeep, it should actually be secure.
Those sorts of items do not always yield the most 'fun', but they are worthy investments for a daily driver. Plus, I would really love to be able to rest my right arm/elbow on something other than the side of the passenger seat.

That particular item you casually speak of should come only after you get the belly-up done. Just sayin.
Oh, and Tiff looked at safes with me the other day, so I might be getting a step closer to my own item.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:40 AM   #134
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The Bracketron dash bracket and phone mount came in yesterday. I understand these are not super exciting to most, but I am thrilled to have a secure, visible, functional mount for my Evo.


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Old 10-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #135
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Great looking TJ! Congrats on your new home purchase...I love your house.

Thanks for sharing and keep them coming!
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Thanks! We are really enjoying being back in a brand new house. The neighborhood is great and our neighbors are even better. Out next 'block party' will be for Halloween. It's awesome because 6 of the 8 houses in our little circle of the neighborhood have kids +/- one year from our 4 year old son.


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Old 10-14-2011, 04:08 PM   #137
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coming along nicely man. glad to see you thought it through and put some practicality into it as opposed to the PO
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coming along nicely man. glad to see you thought it through and put some practicality into it as opposed to the PO
Thanks! Some plans will change, but I feel pretty good about the direction I am trying to take this Jeep.


The top arrived today.....on my neighbor's front porch.
I got it all unpackaged and so far everything looks good. I will start installing it tomorrow after I finish sanding that dang table and get it ready for new stain.


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Got the Bracketron bracket and phone mount installed.....intense work. Hahaha. Very simple mod, but it is great for me.

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Can you post some pics, of your Aux hook up ?
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:59 PM   #141
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Laid the windows out in the sun to loosen up.



Installed the actual top portion and let it sit in the sun




Installing the windows was fun. Even after sitting in the sun, it is TIGHT. It is a good tight though.
The top looks great and is super quiet. So far, I am very impressed with it. Even in safari mode, there was not any flapping and it stays pretty tight.

Of course I washed it right after taking pics


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Can you post some pics, of your Aux hook up ?
Can't remember if I posted them in here or not...

adapters - one is specific for the Alpine, but substitute that for whatever radio you have. it ends in female RCAs. The next cable starts with male RCAs and ends with a female 3.5mm plug. The last part is the actual flush mount 3.5mm plug.


spliced together so the connectors wouldn't come apart.






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How'd you do this . ( I really like your set up .
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I used this:
FLUSH MOUNT AUX 3.5MM 1/8 AUDIO HEADPHONE JACK 3FT DOCK | eBay

and drilled the tiny hole for it in that switch blank.

I used that location because it is low and out of the way. It can also be moved somewhere else when I need to put a switch there.
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I used this:
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and drilled the tiny hole for it in that switch blank.

I used that location because it is low and out of the way. It can also be moved somewhere else when I need to put a switch there.
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I installed the Rough Country sway bar disconnects yesterday. I like them quite a bit. The design is good and the function is great. The install was a breeze.
The only thing I have concern about is why the upper 'tie rod' style joint does not have a grease zirk. It seems like it should have one for general service.
After previously running the JKS Quicker Discos on a previous TJ, I can't say I would buy them again over these from RC...especially not for the price. I will need to put some miles on them before I can say completely.




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Oh yeah, I ordered a new sub today! I am pretty excited. I enjoy stereos and electronics in general, so this is always fun for me.
I ordered a JL Audio 10w0v2-4.


I ran a 10w0 for a several years, but somehow during the move into the new house, something put a fat hole in the woofer. I have been using an old P.O.S. Sony Explode sub to hold me over, and it has been doing a terrible job at that.
I run a 2-channel amp bridged to 300w, so the 10w0v2 is a great match. The 10w0v2 is actually last year's model (the v3 is out now), but this one has the same specs and is basically the same thing. I believe they did make some changes with the v3, but this one was considerably cheaper ($70 shipped) and I am good with that.
I picked up a sheet of 3/4" MDF to build the enclosure. I am building the enclosure into a 'trunk' to fit behind the back seat. I have some special plans for it, but we'll see how far I take it.
At some point, I might build the in-seat rear seat enclosure to completely open up that back space, but I do like the idea of having locked storage back there.
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oh dang.

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To celebrate 100k miles.....I'm shopping for new seats today! Leaning (litterally in my factory seat) toward the Corbeau Baja RS recliner seats and a Corbeau seat cover for the rear.

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Those look really comfortable. Keep us updated, I love your thread. :wave:

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