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Old 07-19-2012, 10:18 AM   #91
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #92
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Got the winch installed. Used plastic wire loom to help protect the cables.


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Old 07-21-2012, 03:34 PM   #93
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Also got my Rokmen rear lowers but for some reason they didnt deliver the uppers yet. These really are monsters.

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Old 08-04-2012, 11:42 AM   #94
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D44 arrived. Just waiting on the Rokmen uppers to get it all installed.

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Old 08-04-2012, 01:11 PM   #95
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Also got the Crown HD steering installed.


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Old 08-04-2012, 01:25 PM   #96
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Also got the Crown HD steering installed.
I like your new steering set up, what that set you back
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:54 PM   #97
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I like your new steering set up, what that set you back
With the stabilser about $240. Its 1" solid.
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:03 PM   #98
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With the stabilser about $240. Its 1" solid.
That's a good price, I need to replace mine
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:09 PM   #99
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Axle work started and coming along. During the tcase tear down for the sye realized there was no oil in it. Apparently the output seal was bad and although it didnt drip out on the ground it spun out under the tub. Chain stretched and pump cracked but the rest looks ok and a lot will be new anyway. Good thing i didnt off road it like that though. Heres the G2 D44 installed and the Rokmen LCAs. Still waiting on uppers. Also a pic of the Novak linkage.


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Old 08-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #100
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D44 arrived. Just waiting on the Rokmen uppers to get it all installed.

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What made you decide to buy a crate D44? Did you compare it to an 8.8 from ECGS?
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:48 PM   #101
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What made you decide to buy a crate D44? Did you compare it to an 8.8 from ECGS?
Never wanted an 8.8 It was between the 44 and doing the super 35. Came into a little money so i went with the new axle. Nothing wrong with the 8.8 if you have the skills to do the work...which i do not. The 44 was a cheaper labor job than the s35 would have been and for sure cheaper than a 8.8. Direct bolt in plus upgraded to disc brakes. 33 spline cromoly shafts and Detroit locker. Got the trutrac in front and 4.56 gears. I'm happy!
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Never wanted an 8.8 It was between the 44 and doing the super 35. Came into a little money so i went with the new axle. Nothing wrong with the 8.8 if you have the skills to do the work...which i do not. The 44 was a cheaper labor job than the s35 would have been and for sure cheaper than a 8.8. Direct bolt in plus upgraded to disc brakes. 33 spline cromoly shafts and Detroit locker. Got the trutrac in front and 4.56 gears. I'm happy!
Where did you buy the axle?
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I'm jealous Gus. That thing looks awesome. This is going to make Jake look like a mall crawler.

Oh and if you run out of things to do and you come into any more of that er... uh... oh yea, Money (been so long since I've seen it, I forgot what it was called) Blue could use a little help
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #104
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Where did you buy the axle?
4WP here in Cleveland. The G2 is a decent axle for a reasonable price. With a Detroit, 33 spline cromoly shafts and disc brake upgrade it was around $2400. I replaced the aluminum cover with one from Solid though. Same cover in front.
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4WP here in Cleveland. The G2 is a decent axle for a reasonable price. With a Detroit, 33 spline cromoly shafts and disc brake upgrade it was around $2400. I replaced the aluminum cover with one from Solid though. Same cover in front.
That's almost exactly what I paid ECGS for my 8.8 with stock 31 spline axle shafts and an ARB. Very competitive pricing, it would seem.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #106
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I'm jealous Gus. That thing looks awesome. This is going to make Jake look like a mall crawler.

Oh and if you run out of things to do and you come into any more of that er... uh... oh yea, Money (been so long since I've seen it, I forgot what it was called) Blue could use a little help
Haha...thanks Julie. We'll see how good it does in a couple weeks. May end up lifting it a little eventually but first i need a cage the front CAs and a currie antirock. More OT! And I'd love to help you build Blue! But I think I would be too broke after the divorce to finish it!
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:07 PM   #107
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That's almost exactly what I paid ECGS for my 8.8 with stock 31 spline axle shafts and an ARB. Very competitive pricing, it would seem.
But you saved a crapload cuz you gots skillz and didnt have to pay for labor!
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That's almost exactly what I paid ECGS for my 8.8 with stock 31 spline axle shafts and an ARB. Very competitive pricing, it would seem.
Oh yeah...the super 35 would have only have been abot $500 cheaper total since labor costs were higher to install the gears locker etc. The 44 comes built already. Plus i would still have an old 35 really. So it was a no brainer once i had the cash.
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But you saved a crapload cuz you gots skillz and didnt have to pay for labor!
What labor? Putting the axle in the Jeep?
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What labor? Putting the axle in the Jeep?
A lot of this build stuff i do myself. This wasnt one of them.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:14 PM   #111
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Upper CAs in and pinion adjusted. No more vibes and the chatter i was getting that we thought was the tcase bearings was the cv shaft since the pinion wasn't set. Whew.
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now its time to take it out and get it dirty
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:55 PM   #113
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Yep. Going out Friday thru Sunday for a nice long Labor day weekend wheeling trip at Southington Offroad
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #114
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Few pics from the weekend.


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looks like yall had some fun out there gus.
were you happy with how the jeep performed?
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:10 PM   #116
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Yes I was. I will be going back in October to do some more difficult technical trails. Have to get my cage in first. Should be installing that this weekend. Plus scored a brand new never installed set of MCE fenders for $250! Then the front upper and lower Rokmen CAs. Also on the list is Rokmen full corners since I bashed the driver side on a tree.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:47 PM   #117
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Problem: As the weather gets cooler I am going to want to wheel with doors on, but the stock mirrors are imovable. Stuck in the outward position even a pipe wrench couldn't get them to turn in. As huge as these mirrors are it is inevitable that they would get ripped off on the first tree to get in the way, likely doing considerable damage to my half doors as well.

Solution: Utilize my Harley mirrors somehow and remove for wheeling. Except with the doors on I lose the hinge mounting points. So I went to Lowes and bought some 1/2" round steel tube, same diameter as the door hinge. Cut two pieces 1 1/4" long and bevel ground the edges.
I removed the stock mirrors, only breaking one t25 in the process. The tube pieces will be welded on in the area where the stock mirrors were by a guy in our club. Once done a shot of OD green and Voila! Easy removable Harley mirrors all year long with or without doors!


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Got the ORF cage installed. Pretty simple bolt in. Seems very strong with floor tie in, dash backing plate, crossbars streamers etc. I'm confident it would.do the job if needed. Had to trim some plastic off the.door.surrouds to clear the grab handles. Painted the back half flat black to match.


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