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Old 02-23-2013, 08:53 AM   #2341
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Haven't been muddy in a while can't wait! Looks so cool totally covered. The best is the looks from the other parents at my kids dance school haha!

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:22 AM   #2342
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Ha ha love it. So jealous.

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #2343
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Man, I could use a day out in MikD's yard. Whoever said "work hard, play hard" didn't have a shitload of bills
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:24 PM   #2344
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:26 AM   #2345
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Good time at Mikes look forward to meeting up again thanks for the invitation!
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #2346
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Good day, gotta do a little more night wheelin! Good group of guys yesterday. Yes even wet wood will burn.......eventually haha!
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #2347
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Glad to know guys got out wheeling yesterday! I got the typical phone call later afternoon with the "hey are you busy? cause im stuck in the mud and need a tow..." of course I was happy to oblige and get the Jeep out and dirty! Like MikD says, they look great covered in mud! Oh and it was an FJ Cruiser that I had to free from the ice and mud...
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:32 PM   #2348
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We had the northeast fj club here 2 months ago. Good group of guys and some really nice rigs.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:46 AM   #2349
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Cant wait for the next invite Mike!
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:11 AM   #2350
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Haha, nothin this weekend but we'll be wheelin next Saturday.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #2351
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Engine overhaul day at my house starting around 11. Stop by , will probably be fireing up the bbq
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:39 PM   #2352
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James, good progress this morning...how far did you get before the beers came out hahahaha!

I tried the 6ft crowbar on the rock, it was way too heavy the bar was bending like crazy!
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:50 PM   #2353
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Wheelin this Saturday!
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #2354
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #2355
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Between 11 and 12 works.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #2356
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Jeep wave

Guys i wanted to give a shout out to all the hudson valley jeepers. I am situated in north Westchester county almost at the border of Putnam county.

I recently bought a 2006 wrangler X Tj that I am planning to build up and get to a wheeling ready state (it is not even close right now .. pic in my profile). I ordered the DPG ultimate off-road kit and received it today Yay!!! A buddy of mine and I were planning to install it but have since decided to take it to a shop.

So help me out here and suggest what is a good place to go for getting the lift installed? I was planning to go to EVB in Danbury but wanted to see you what this groups take was.

Thanks for the help guys. Looking forward to going wheeling and making new friends !!!
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:03 PM   #2357
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Curious why you dont want to install yourself? These are very simple and enjoyable vehicles to work on. Plus you will know how to tix it when you break it wheelin. Is there a certain aspect of the install you are uncomfortable with, maybe we can help??
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I would do the install myself if I were you. Mike brings up a great point, not only will you gain the know how on to install with everyone here helping where they can but now you know how to fix it. I went to EVB and a few other shops inquiring about certain installs and they are expensive. Yeah it will save you time but you will spend more $ that could ultimately go towards more mods.
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@MikD and @JanSport12 - thanks for the offer guys.

The reason we decided to opt out of installing it ourselves is because I think I went in way over my head. I got way too aspirational and ended up ordering the DPG offroad ultimate kit (Old Man Emu Ultimate TJ/LJ Wrangler Kit | dpgoffroad.com), upgraded to nitrous shocks, brown dog motor mounts, the works! I had a $2,000 budget and figured that I can spend most of it on quality parts because I will save on labor by installing it myself.

Now that I have the kit at home I feel that I am not mechanically inclined enough to do the trackbars and stuff. Shocks, coils is not a problem. The body kit kind of worries me. This might be because I have not done any of this before. Plus I am worried that even though we both feel we the tools we might be missing some. A lot of the reviews on the board said impact tools help which we dont have. Also I want the jeep to sit level after it. So between all of that I am just worried that I might be biting more than I can chew. one part of me tells me to not be a sissy and get it on but then the other part of me says you dont want it sitting on jack stands either. I think I did too much research

What are your thoughts guys?

I am more than happy to buy beer, pizza and throw a lift party !!!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:55 AM   #2360
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To give you guys more information on what I ordered attached is the parts list I got from DPG. As you can see I have enough money (??) left from my $2k budget to buy us beer and pizza.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:49 AM   #2361
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Changeing track bars is very simple, they bolt on and you either adjust the length or use a bracket to recenter the axle. Centering the axle is achieved with a tapemeasure, pretty simple. If you do your own regular mantainance you are more than capable. Just a thought, if you intend to wheel it you will eventually work on all of these parts, either get to know them now or on a trail somewhere. I would rather work with them for the first time in a secure controlled enviroment. Stop by and wheel it a little as it is, our trails are stock friendly and you could meet people who have done this stuff many times and maybe answer you questions or at least help you decide if you want to give it a go.
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Thanks for the response Mike. Sounds like a plan to me.

When are you guys going wheeling next? My current tires are bust so I doubt I can wheel at all but I would love to meet you guys.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:04 PM   #2363
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We will be out this Saturday, feel free to stop by and pick some brains...

Here's a hint, break the mods into seperate jobs to make it seem less intimidating. You have a lift, body lift, engine lift. Start on a Friday night after work, do the body lift, then plan to do the rear suspension Saturday morning (start with rear, it's easy and will get you in the groove). After lunch do the front suspension and then quit and have beers. Plan the motor mounts for Sunday. You will need an alignment when done but can get close enough to drive it with a measuring tape, you may be surprised just how close you can get with just a tape and some patience!

You don't have to do it this way but it sure cuts the stress over doing the whole thing at once. It looks like a lot of parts when they are all wrapped up starring at you (mocking you...) but seperate it out and the whole picture changes.

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:20 PM   #2364
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And to mikeD, can you PM me your address again so I can GPS it. I will be coming up after my late tour but I will have plenty of beer, I mean coffee... I just put my tires on tonight and threw in some recovery gear. I can't wait to see what you have done.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #2365
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Just dropped a load of wood for a bonfire, gotta stay warm!!
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We will be out this Saturday, feel free to stop by and pick some brains...

Here's a hint, break the mods into seperate jobs to make it seem less intimidating. You have a lift, body lift, engine lift. Start on a Friday night after work, do the body lift, then plan to do the rear suspension Saturday morning (start with rear, it's easy and will get you in the groove). After lunch do the front suspension and then quit and have beers. Plan the motor mounts for Sunday. You will need an alignment when done but can get close enough to drive it with a measuring tape, you may be surprised just how close you can get with just a tape and some patience!

You don't have to do it this way but it sure cuts the stress over doing the whole thing at once. It looks like a lot of parts when they are all wrapped up starring at you (mocking you...) but seperate it out and the whole picture changes.

JMHO...
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^^^ this is real good advice. All the guys on this forum have an idea to share, some good, some bad. If your up to it I take this method. Or some slight variation.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:55 PM   #2367
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Thanks again for the response Mike Could you please PM me a time (I am picking a friend from JFK at 9:30-10:00, dont forget the time change this weekend) and place so that I can also GPS it. Can I ride shot gun with someone?

@00tj2 - I might take you up on your offer. As a side note do you work at the Alliance Bernstein building in White Plains. I see a yellow Tj like yours parked there every day.
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You guys always plan all the fun when I have to work!!

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