Woohoo! Finally sold my Body Armor trail doors for $200 + shipping. Bank accounts up to about $350 and keeps climbing as I sell more junk. Graduation money is about to roll in. It is EXTREMELY hard not to start buying stuff. I am trying very hard to get the $700 to pay off my dad before I buy.
So I was looking up parts on the internet as usual today and I noticed Rigid Industries has a new product out. They now offer Dually's and D2's as a flush mount unit. This is great news to me. I had an idea a while back to incorporate a pair of amber Dually's as my front turn signals. I have been designing a circuit to run them dim as driving lights and turn signals (to not blind others at night) but to also be able to turn them on full brightness with a switch (for fog use). I wasn't sure how I was going to attach them to the Metalcloak Stubby (my next purchase) but these new flush mount Dually's mean I can just cut the grill and bolt them in where most people would put JK or LED turn signals.
Since my clutch is toast, I did some investigating today. Found a shop that will do the clutch for $200! And got the whole Luk clutch kit for $100! Oh, and I ordered the kit at 2:30 today. Check out the pic:
I got Metalcloaks email about their awesome bumper sale and free shipping and I was 1/2 a second away from pulling the trigger on an aluminum stubby. Then I came to my senses. I went ahead and placed orders at ECGS and 4WS.com to get rid of the money I was tempted to spend at Metalcloak, I think it was better spent.
I had the same issue with ECGS that I had at JB Conversions. I hit place order and an error appeared. And the freakin computer charged me twice! :brickwall. I called Chase and he worked it out for me. He's sending me a Paypal request since the Paypal checkout freaked out.
Well, based on my conversation with Carlos last night, I made a decision.
The good news is I figure I can get all of my money back. There are 2 separate orders there, as I put as much on a Visa $100 gift card as I could. The other $250 I can get back by selling the old bumper for $150 and the Warn winch plate for $100. It's going to pay for itself!
Anyways, tonight I vacuumed the layers of mud out of the floorboard from just driving through Uwharrie last week and got the floor mats back in. Pulled the dash to pull an audio cable out I had routed through there. Put the First Aid ammo can and tool kit in the rig. And finally fixed my back seat LED lighting where the double sided tape failed. Wanted to keep the whole setup hidden but I guess I can handle 3 visible zip ties.
Woohoo! The guy in Concord agreed to $700 for the Wagoneer 44 with brand new 4.88's, new master install kit, Lockrite locker and Warn hubs! I think it was meant to be. And lord I can't wait to have a locker.
Oh, and a month and a half later, my Superior 8.8 4.88 R&P shipped finally. Again, it's a sign.
Took a 3 hour Amtrak ride, delayed 45 min, home to get my axle in time. Somebody fell off the train after one stop and EMS had to be called. But, $700 later, what a beauty she is!
Also finally got to see all my new purchases.
Got in the replacement tone ring from JB Conversions. Had a spot of rust on it but I'll let it slide. Way better than the last one. I was tickled when I saw that he paid my shipping by wrapping bills in the packaging.
And here's where we finish tonight. Rain messed me up. Going on tomorrow. Might sand and paint the old bumper to get rid of the rash. Do the old trailer hitch as well. And somehow the top snap rings on both of the vertical rollers have disappeared so I hope I can find them at Lowe's tomorrow.
And here's as far as I got today. Did all the work to get the bumper on and fitted. Even had to drive a city over to get the stock sway bar brackets ground down. Had all the bolts in and was going to install the bottom right bolt, AKA THE LAST BOLT, and the friggen holes didn't line up. I began loosening all the bolts on the bumper and tried to kick it into place, but no go. So now it sits unfinished under a tarp in the driveway. Have to finish it before I head to Uwharrie next weekend.
And we'll stop there. The rest is just a bunch of rambling about bracketry for 3-link and high steer.
My dad actually got the stubby buttoned up and ready to go before I went to Uwharrie that weekend (Oct. 13). Not shown was where I hit the whole axle/steering assembly in the front with rattlecan. Looks so much better. Once I got back, he also cleaned all of the dirt out of the inside, got my seat and subs back in, had the busted rear window zipper oiled at an upholstery shop and finally washed the whole Jeep. Needless to say, I am grateful. He has also shipped off a pile of parts I sold while up here at NCSU.
I might have missed it, but what are you plans for lug patterns between the Waggy 44 and 8.8?
I am interested in the same thing for mine, but had not researched getting both axles on the same bolt pattern.
The buy-in on a waggy 44 is much less than a TJ Rubi 44, and building it up will take on similar cost, so it makes sense to me.