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Old 10-07-2013, 06:11 PM   #61
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Glad to see you got your Jeep back Bob! Bet you can't wait to go get it dirty!

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Old 10-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #62
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #63
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The jeep is lookin good Bob...
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #64
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So question. I am already thinking about the 37's I should have put on it. Not gonna do it but how much did I lose by going to a 4 door JK over the 2 door TJ? I added 23 inches of wheelbase with the same 4" lift and 35" tires and it is 5 inches wider. I have yet to really wheel her but I am looking forward to it. The TJ has a crawl ratio of 55 the JK has 65 to 1. That ought to give it some more time to bite the rocks. I like a slow crawl due to back problems. But the break over is gonna be worse. But it has a flatter tummy, not like mine.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #65
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Just keep in mind that a JK has better ground clearance to begin with than the TJ. You can do 35's with 2.5" lift. You could do 35's with no lift and flat fenders.

So 4" is good for a JK on 35's (or 37's and flats). However, as we discovered on 2N17X a couple weeks ago, the length could be an issue on some obstacles. Though to this day, that one spot on 2N17X is the only spot my JKU couldn't make it whereas a lifted TJ can.

Just figure a TJ on 35's is equal to a JK on 37's for most situations. That said, if I win the lottery, I'm buying a 2 door JK and stretching it.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:57 PM   #66
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I saw Ken & Barry do some impressive stuff in their JKUR's last weekend. Both did really well on John Bull and a couple times I think that longer wheel base was a plus.

I still don't want to take the Pumpkin through there though, haha. Maybe after I win the Green Poison Spyder Jeep, so I have a backup if I hurt it

I think you are going to be very happy with your setup Bob. You may have swapped being able to take a couple lines on different trails for comfort, but it's just a swap and not a sacrifice. You will be able to get your off road fix and still be able to move that evening

And.....that Commando will look awesome out on the trail!! Mike is in love with that color after seeing Barry's at Big Bear.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #67
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I'm thinking about Calico on the 9th. If I am ok to wheel then. BillOTD is doing a 3 day there that weekend.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:37 PM   #68
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So question. I am already thinking about the 37's I should have put on it. Not gonna do it but how much did I lose by going to a 4 door JK over the 2 door TJ? I added 23 inches of wheelbase with the same 4" lift and 35" tires and it is 5 inches wider. I have yet to really wheel her but I am looking forward to it. The TJ has a crawl ratio of 55 the JK has 65 to 1. That ought to give it some more time to bite the rocks. I like a slow crawl due to back problems. But the break over is gonna be worse. But it has a flatter tummy, not like mine.
Nice build!

We have very similar builds.

I think you will be amazed at the difference between you're old jeep and the new JKUR. What it lacks in ground clearence it makes up in stability.

I have run every trail on Big Bear on my 35" Toyos with little issues. Looks like you are well armored so you should be fine. You're rock rails will get some action if you wheel the jeep hard.

I have considered 37's at the next go around but there are two issues with that. I'm not ready to drop the $ on flat fenders and powdercoat and I commute about 60 miles round trip a day and Don't want to completely destroy my MPG.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:30 PM   #69
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Nice jeep. I'm retired so I guess the drop won't be such a big deal for me. I don't commute anymore.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #70
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Bob- your Jeep is looking awesome!

I saw a rig your color yesterday and immediately thought of you. I wasn't a huge fan of that color, but it's growing on me...kind of like that smurf blue. Can't wait to see it get dirty!

P.S. Of course it was completely stock, and he looked at me like a was a crazy chick ( well ) waving at him! Probably thought I was trying to pick up on him..LOL
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #71
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Thanks I really did want this color. I hope to do it as a military Tribute Jeep. I go to the Casket pickups with the PGR and then Honor guard flying flags all the way to the funeral home. I like that kind of stuff. Still patriotic like you.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:27 PM   #72
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Just an update on how things are working since I have been able to wheel the Jeep a few times..

First I am pretty satisfied with the crawl ratio for what I do. At least so far..I have found that if I drive barefoot I have a lot more control. I have nerve damage in my back which affects my right foot. With boots on I have to lift my whole leg to back off on the gas. Hard to do fine control with your leg..I'm lots smoother, so you'll see me wheeling in flip flops or Van's.

Second thing. The RSE steps rock. I love them for getting in and out of the jeep. BUT I have bent them..When used as a pivot for the Extra Credit on Calico I bent them enough that they did not close all the way..I have to take a grinder to them. My thought on a fix is to have Stan weld 1/2 inch steel rods above and below the step to beef up the area that is exposed to the rocks. That will give me almost 3/4 inch's of protection.

Third thing.. I am looking at front bumpers..Right now the top of my list is the GENRIGHT Aluminum with bars.. I am going to try to do lightweight on this build..The winch I have already decided on is the Warn 9.5 CTIs. 66 pounds with the Spydura rope. Most of the steel stubby bumpers I have looked at are all in the 90+ pound range.

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:52 PM   #73
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That is a great looking bumper! Great idea on the step, I can't wait to see you on Saturday.
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Just an update on how things are working since I have been able to wheel the Jeep a few times..

First I am pretty satisfied with the crawl ratio for what I do. At least so far..I have found that if I drive barefoot I have a lot more control. I have nerve damage in my back which affects my right foot. With boots on I have to lift my whole leg to back off on the gas. Hard to do fine control with your leg..I'm lots smoother, so you'll see me wheeling in flip flops or Van's.

Second thing. The RSE steps rock. I love them for getting in and out of the jeep. BUT I have bent them..When used as a pivot for the Extra Credit on Calico I bent them enough that they did not close all the way..I have to take a grinder to them. My thought on a fix is to have Stan weld 1/2 inch steel rods above and below the step to beef up the area that is exposed to the rocks. That will give me almost 3/4 inch's of protection.

Third thing.. I am looking at front bumpers..Right now the top of my list is the GENRIGHT Aluminum with bars.. I am going to try to do lightweight on this build..The winch I have already decided on is the Warn 9.5 CTIs. 66 pounds with the Spydura rope. Most of the steel stubby bumpers I have looked at are all in the 90+ pound range.

http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....0#.Uv0BtHlN2f0
You really made some nice choices on that JKU Bob.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:40 AM   #75
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Thanks. I am looking real hard at the next phase.

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