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Old 02-17-2014, 07:19 PM   #31
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Haven't updated for a while. The jeep has been more of a DD lately because of the snow. But it's given me the chance to evaluate how the MTR's do in this weather.

As with any mud terrain, they do better in unpacked snow vs packed.
Unpacked snow-probably a solid 7.5 or 8/10
Packed snow- 7/10
Ice- 6.5-7/10
That being said, I'm glad I chose these because of the siping. I drive on trails and the road, with the occasional mud. I feel these are perfect for me.

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Old 03-04-2014, 07:15 PM   #32
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Finally got my new bumper installed last Friday. I really like it. It's a great quality and it fit great.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:40 AM   #33
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Went for a ride yesterday. Nothing extreme but it was really fun. I need some tj flares in the rear ASAP lol.
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #34
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Ordered a winch from quadratec late Wednesday night, and it got delivered on Friday! I was impressed with the shipping. Today I got everything installed, wired and pre-wound the cable. I plan on moving the solenoid under the hood when I get the wire for it.

Not that I want to get stuck, but I still want to try it out lol.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:44 AM   #35
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tires and bumper look good! and that winch is badass. you shoulda drove up to the peak of that rock though, the jeep definitely could have handled that
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:24 AM   #36
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tires and bumper look good! and that winch is badass. you shoulda drove up to the peak of that rock though, the jeep definitely could have handled that
Thanks! You're probably right about that rock. It was the first time out since the new tires and I was just getting a feel for everything. Planning to go wheeling this weekend, so hopefully some new pics then.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:34 AM   #37
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Got bored yesterday so I decided to make a new rope for my winch hook. The one that came with it was kind of plain and boring. Made it from neon green and black paracord, and put a loop in it for a handle.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:40 PM   #38
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I decided that the cheap plastic fog lights weren't cutting it. Plus with the winch I figured the low current draw of LEDs would be good. So instead of spending over $150 on a pair of lights, I found a pair for just under $50 on amazon. I put the new lights on the other day and I'm impressed, they're brighter than my headlights!

Now on to the next project..
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:38 PM   #39
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Picked up a set of rear tj flares today at a salvage yard for only $12. They came from two different TJs because one was smashed on the drivers side and the other was smashed on the passenger side. They are really faded and discolored, but I plan to bedline or rattle can them black so no big deal.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:58 PM   #40
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Finished moving the solenoid box under the hood. I have the wire in place to do in cab winch controls. But I haven't put the switches in the dash yet.
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:48 PM   #41
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use a torch on the fenders, there are a few write ups on it so do some research, but if you do it right, it burns off the top layer and restores them, it will look much better than bedliner and last longer. I'm about to do it this week since i need to get it to pass inspection.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:45 PM   #42
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use a torch on the fenders, there are a few write ups on it so do some research, but if you do it right, it burns off the top layer and restores them, it will look much better than bedliner and last longer. I'm about to do it this week since i need to get it to pass inspection.
Thanks man. Ill look it up. But now I'm starting to lean more towards metalcloaks. Just need to do more research and budgeting.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:29 PM   #43
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Found out yesterday the chirp I had started noticing was a bad wheel bearing. So today I got a new one and am installing it right now. Everything came apart smooth, probably since I had it apart replacing this ujoint a few months ago. And it all went back together smooth. Just remember if you're doing this, DON'T FORGET THE DUST SHIELD.

I forgot mine. Now I'm taking everything back apart just to put it back together.

Here's a picture of everything off with the new (timken ) bearing about to go in.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:17 AM   #44
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It's been a long time since I posted on here. But not much has changed. Since my last post, I've replaced the passenger side wheel bearing.

Also I took the jeep on an extended weekend to Seneca rocks/spruce knob. During the trip the brakes felt soft and I even lost brakes twice. As soon as I got back the jeep went to my mechanic. He rebuilt both drums, replaced both rear axle seals, and new rear ujoint.

A month ago I bought a new truck, so now the jeep can finally be the toy.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:23 AM   #45
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So now that the jeep is a toy I've got more ideas spinning in my head than I know what to do with. Ideas like three link front and four link rear with coilovers. Stretching the wheelbase a little. New cage. Metalcloaks (finally).

This means I'll probably be asking you guys a lot more questions than usual. But with the new truck, the pace is going to be a little slow.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:38 PM   #46
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This week I was finally able to get a welder. It's a Hobart handler. I'm going to start the learning curve soon so hopefully I'll have some real updates for you guys.
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Are you still happy with the LEDs you bought from Amazon?
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Old 11-01-2014, 03:49 PM   #48
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Yep. They work just as good now as when I got them. Even though they've gotten wet a time or two
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Good, I'm gonna look into them when I get to that point. They look good and the price is nice, too.
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Good looking rig! I can't wait to see how it evolves now that it's your toy.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:39 PM   #51
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Good looking rig! I can't wait to see how it evolves now that it's your toy.
thanks!

So today I went for an hour+ drive in the jeep. It was fun to take it out again. When I got home I made new door handles.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:29 PM   #53
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Ok. Finally something worth posting about! Ive finally started to modify my front bumper to my liking.
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Then I went to work. I pulled it off the jeep, and unbolted the excessively huge cattle guard bars. And started cutting.


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Here is what I have to this point. Back on the jeep. I've always liked this look.

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I'll leave it like this for now and see if it grows on me. Otherwise I will cut up the cattle guard to make a winch guard. I really like the look of the PS stubby with brawler bar. So maybe someday I'll make something similar once my fab skills improve.

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Old 03-06-2015, 06:29 PM   #54
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I don't know if this question will get enough exposure here, so if I don't get any reply's in a day or two I'll make a new thread.

I want to have some type of d ring tabs or other recovery points on the front bumper. Does anyone have any ideas on how to achieve this? The bumper is about 1/8" steel. My thought was to put a 6" wide plate reinforcement behind each recovery point. And I've seen d ring tabs that look awesome. Here is the tab and a rough sketch of my idea.

The black is the existing bumper. The red is what I'm thinking for a reinforcement patch. The blue is the tab, and the green is where I'll weld.

Does this sound like a good idea? Any input is appreciated. And if there are better options, tell me.
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I dont see y u cohldnt do that but i do know they make some d ring tabs that r weld threw and have a longet base on them so u dont weld on the angles
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Thanks. I've been looking at other shapes of tabs as well. When I decide which way I'm going, I'll get that done too.

A buddy and I went for a ride today and I got the jeep more stuck then it has ever been! It was a lot of fun though. The recent flood washed away the trail. And I slid to the right into the creek. Then I made a new ditch (around 3.5' deep) trying to get out. Thought it was going to roll when it first dropped in. Had to winch myself about 60' to get traction and out of the mud.
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Looks like a hell of a day lol

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