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Old 05-19-2012, 05:05 PM   #61
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Actually if I went with ACA I really wouldn't be able to get any more flex than I have now since I'm hitting the bump stops in that ramp pose. Any more than that and the tires would be into the metal. If I go with something like the Rokmen CAs it would be more for the strength increase. I bent a stock CA on my LJ...it doesn't take much.

I also think the Detroit in the rear and TruTrac in front will compensate on the trail for the lack of huge flex and get me through most situations if I drive smart.
IIRC, the stock control arms have a stop in them to keep from droping to much, so with ACAs, you might be able to get more droop. if your shocks are the ones i think they are, they might be a tad longer then stock as well. might be able to creep up that ramp a little more before the back tire comes off the ground.
granted, all this is working off info that i acquired at least a year ago, so i could very well be wrong

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:14 PM   #62
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IIRC, the stock control arms have a stop in them to keep from droping to much, so with ACAs, you might be able to get more droop. if your shocks are the ones i think they are, they might be a tad longer then stock as well. might be able to creep up that ramp a little more before the back tire comes off the ground.
granted, all this is working off info that i acquired at least a year ago, so i could very well be wrong
You could be correct too. I hadn't thought about increased droop, which would be a big plus. I will have to look into that. But I need armor and then axle work first anyway. That's lots of thousands of dollars that I don't have.

Plus I'm starting to not care for my front fenders much anymore so I may be going with the MCEs after all and JK turns in the grill. MCEs are almost an exact match to the fenders on an original WWII era GPW.

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:27 PM   #63
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I like how you did your fenders.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:12 PM   #64
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I like how you did your fenders.
Thanks Nick. But what I'm thinking is that the way I did mine more resembles the M38A1 Korean war era than the MB/GPW WWII era that would have been what my Dad drove. MB first pic and M38A1 second.
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Love the old school Army Jeep look, nicely done!!
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You could be correct too. I hadn't thought about increased droop, which would be a big plus. I will have to look into that. But I need armor and then axle work first anyway. That's lots of thousands of dollars that I don't have.

Plus I'm starting to not care for my front fenders much anymore so I may be going with the MCEs after all and JK turns in the grill. MCEs are almost an exact match to the fenders on an original WWII era GPW.
aint that what a little over time is for
which ever way you go, its looking great.
your build gives me horrible ideas seing as how ive still gott the montero

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I like how you did your fenders.
it all looks good

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Thanks Nick. But what I'm thinking is that the way I did mine more resembles the M38A1 Korean war era than the MB/GPW WWII era that would have been what my Dad drove. MB first pic and M38A1 second.
the problem is, i like both. shame there aint a way to keep both. either way it will look good.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:51 PM   #67
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Installed the Rokmen sliders. Not too bad, but it would have been easier if I hadn't done it by myself. Eh...why do things the easy way?

Bare metal from Rokmen. Very heavy and heavy duty.

Got the inner tub re-inforcements too.


Primed them with this. Came in a shade of OD too. Slightly different but that's ok I painted them with the original Krylon anyway.



Improvised jack support (ie helping hand!)


Internal support attached to tub with the three middle bolts and riveted to the seat hump with six 3/16" rivets.


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Plenty of underbody coverage. The only thing to worry about there is the one body mount that hangs down.


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After I painted them the same as the body they blend in so well I hardly notice them.



Later this week I think I will order the Rokmen steering box skid.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:45 PM   #68
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Looks good Gus, you ready to wheel it yet
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Looks good Gus, you ready to wheel it yet
Only mild trails until I get the belly armor on.
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Mounted the fire extinguisher in front of the driver's seat. Out of my way but handy if needed.




Ordered Rokmen steering box skid.
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Got the Rokmen steering box skid. Probably put in on tomorrow.

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Installed Solid diff covers:


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Old 07-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #74
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UCF ultra high clearance t case skid, gas tank skid, and engine skid...all 1/4" aluminum. Also new gas tank straps and Novak t case linkage. Ready to go on next week! Also Crown HD steering ordered and Warn VR8000 will be installed soon. Probably go with the UCF aluminum winch plate.

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Old 07-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #75
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UCF ultra high clearance t case skid, gas tank skid, and engine skid...all 1/4" aluminum. Also new gas tank straps and Novak t case linkage. Ready to go on next week! Also Crown HD steering ordered and Warn VR8000 will be installed soon. Probably go with the UCF aluminum winch plate.
Man all that aluminum together probably don't weigh as much I my all steal gas tank skid. Looks good I cant wait to see it on your jeep
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #76
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Man all that aluminum together probably don't weigh as much I my all steal gas tank skid. Looks good I cant wait to see it on your jeep
Going on wednesday i hope. I think the total shipping weight was under 70# The winch plate I'm probably getting from Matt weighs 8# and is equivelent to using a steel plate and synthetic rope in weight savings with only a 4% decrease in strength
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Going on wednesday i hope. I think the total shipping weight was under 70# The winch plate I'm probably getting from Matt weighs 8# and is equivelent to using a steel plate and synthetic rope in weight savings with only a 4% decrease in strength
You are putting together one fine looking rig Gus,I like the low look with big tire
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #78
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One thing I am a little concerned about with the ultra high clearance t case skid is the exhaust. I may end up taking it to the custom bend shop. I dont think i should have vibe issues since i have no suspension.lift other than a 3/4" spacer and the Novak should take care of the linkage.
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One thing I am a little concerned about with the ultra high clearance t case skid is the exhaust. I may end up taking it to the custom bend shop. I dont think i should have vibe issues since i have no suspension.lift other than a 3/4" spacer and the Novak should take care of the linkage.
I had to redo my exhaust when I did the long arm lift, stock muffler was to long and tail pipe need to be bent around the rear shock
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Got the UCF 1/4" aluminum gas tank, engine, and ultra high clearance tcase skid installed and the Novak linkage. Gained over 2" clearance under tcase and about an inch under the tank.



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looks damn good gus.
how does the driveshaft look with the skid in place?
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I like the UCF stuff Gus. Looks good.
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looks damn good gus.
how does the driveshaft look with the skid in place?
Acceptable...barely. i get some minor vibes when i take off in first up to about 20mph if i get on it. Once the torque settles it goes away. I might consider adjustable rear upper CAs eventually depending in what i decide to do.with the.rear axle. And maybe just do the sye cv.
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I like the UCF stuff Gus. Looks good.
Yeah its nice ... and very light weight.
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Looks good Gus
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Awesome and personalized looking Jeep....Super thread..
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Installed Skid Row control arm skids.



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Just ordered all the axle upgrades. Lots going to be happening as i wrap this build up over the next month.

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