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12-21-2011 04:02 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by jcf View Post
Nice job kb
Thanks.

Um...what is that in your avatar? It looks very...European.

Not knocking it; just wondering if it's a model, something I could buy for the various munchkins in my life.
12-20-2011 05:47 PM
RedBones Nice looking jeep.
I love that back bumper.
12-20-2011 12:56 PM
Bigsexywrangler
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Originally Posted by kbwwolf

No problem. I found the best price on Amazon, by the way. Oddly, the rear cost more than the front. Go figure.
Ya I noticed that..strange!
12-19-2011 10:27 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by Cv2065 View Post
Looks awesome man. The industrial background with lights and smoke is killer!

Thanks dude. You got your ca's on, right? Have you driven it yet?
12-19-2011 10:19 PM
Cv2065 Looks awesome man. The industrial background with lights and smoke is killer!
12-19-2011 10:15 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by RyanMcLovin View Post
does anyone have safety tests done after a lift in comparison to none? i want to lift but saftey is an issue
Lifts are relatively safe as long as you manage your Jeep's steering and suspension geometry. On a 3" lift, that's done with adjustable control arms, which set your caster (the angle of your steering as viewed from the side), and adjustable trackbars (to re-center your axles). There are other adjustments involved, but those are the two that most affect handling and driveability.

If you install a lift without the necessary parts, it can be unsafe. Also, if you don't know HOW to install a lift properly, it can be unsafe. Improperly torqued trackbar bolts, or tightening your control arms while your Jeep's still on a lift can cause the dreaded Death Wobble (the real one.)

For a straight coil lift the procedure is much simpler (and much less expensive). Probably the easiest, cheapest ways to add lift to your Jeep without changing much at all are to buy a leveling kit, which eliminates the "rake" that Jeeps come with, or purchase a pair of front/rear Rubicon springs. The Rubi take-offs, if they're the right stiffness (19 front/60 rear) can give you 2" of lift with virtually no downside.

How might this be unsafe? Well, when you lift your Jeep you're altering the center of gravity. If you drive like a fool, you may find it easier to roll your Jeep. Then again, that holds true for stock rigs, as well.

In short, if you want a lift, do a little homework, find one that you feel comfortable with, and go for it.
12-19-2011 12:50 AM
jcf Nice job kb
12-19-2011 12:27 AM
RyanMcLovin does anyone have safety tests done after a lift in comparison to none? i want to lift but saftey is an issue
12-19-2011 12:21 AM
BRoDoLF those last two pics are sick!
12-18-2011 11:32 PM
oakley Very Nice looking. No get her dirty!!!.
12-18-2011 08:56 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by tbrown View Post
Not sure if asked. But what is holding your rear tire on.
A Smittybilt Oversize Tire Carrier (mfr # 2743). Seems pretty sturdy so far...then again, the DuraTrac and the ATX Teflon rims are a pretty light combo.

Probably gonna change it come summer, though, to an OR-FAB tire carrier that mounts on the tailgate hinges.
12-18-2011 08:35 PM
TBrownSTL Not sure if asked. But what is holding your rear tire on.
12-18-2011 08:28 PM
Getnwithit SWEET RIde !!!! nice work
12-18-2011 06:48 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by Bigsexywrangler View Post
I'm looking them up online now. Thanks again sir
No problem. I found the best price on Amazon, by the way. Oddly, the rear cost more than the front. Go figure.
12-18-2011 06:40 PM
Bigsexywrangler
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Originally Posted by kbwwolf

Here's the scoop on the bumpers. Be aware, they come in textured black (powdercoat) and gloss black. I bought the textured version, and the mfr #'s I'm giving you are for those.

NOTE: If you buy them from Amazon, it will say "gloss black", but if you use the mfr #'s I give you they will send you the powdercoated type. Typing "Rampage" then the mfr # into any vendor's search field will bring up the bumper if they carry it.

Front Rampage Recovery bumper: 88510
Rear Rampage Recovery bumper: 88605

The front comes with a winch mounting plate...if you buy or have a winch already, you'll need countersunk hardware to mount it, since threaded mounting holes are provided. Both front and rear bumpers have cutouts for fog lights. I used my stock fogs on the front, and installed a set of Rampage fogs in the rear (run off my sPOD to a dedicated switch so they'll only turn on when I want em to). The mfr # for the lights is 5083059.
I'm looking them up online now. Thanks again sir
12-18-2011 02:20 PM
theStickbug That is a fantastic looking Jeep! Great job on that build.

You've shown me another wheel choice, as well. I've been trying to find some on DTD, so I never saw the ATX wheels til you posted. I have even more choices to consider now! I'm thinking of the 33" Duratracs, tho. I don't have a lift yet.

Again, great looking Jeep!
12-18-2011 01:00 PM
Campo Looks great! Well done!
12-18-2011 12:48 PM
Roadhawg Great looking jeep !!!
12-18-2011 10:54 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by willee51 View Post
Great build! The "Black Widow" in now back on the road

Looking at the pix (from the rear), did you replace brake lines also (which ones)??
Thanks, Willee.

I didn't have to replace the brake lines. There were brake line extension brackets included with the lift, but I think what you're referring to in the earlier photo are the wires hanging below my rear bumper. Those were for the fog lights I installed in the bumper's cutouts...just hadn't hooked them up when that photo was taken.

Here's a photo of the brake line extension bracket, the silver bracket mounted under the tub between the spring and shock.

Attachment 83886
12-18-2011 10:43 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by Bigsexywrangler View Post
Where did u find those n how much. Those r the first bumpers I have seen I like.
Here's the scoop on the bumpers. Be aware, they come in textured black (powdercoat) and gloss black. I bought the textured version, and the mfr #'s I'm giving you are for those.

NOTE: If you buy them from Amazon, it will say "gloss black", but if you use the mfr #'s I give you they will send you the powdercoated type. Typing "Rampage" then the mfr # into any vendor's search field will bring up the bumper if they carry it.

Front Rampage Recovery bumper: 88510
Rear Rampage Recovery bumper: 88605

The front comes with a winch mounting plate...if you buy or have a winch already, you'll need countersunk hardware to mount it, since threaded mounting holes are provided. Both front and rear bumpers have cutouts for fog lights. I used my stock fogs on the front, and installed a set of Rampage fogs in the rear (run off my sPOD to a dedicated switch so they'll only turn on when I want em to). The mfr # for the lights is 5083059.
12-18-2011 10:18 AM
KarlG Really, really nice.
12-18-2011 06:17 AM
willee51
Real Nice

Great build! The "Black Widow" in now back on the road

Looking at the pix (from the rear), did you replace brake lines also (which ones)??
12-18-2011 01:53 AM
Bigsexywrangler
Quote:
Originally Posted by kbwwolf

Thank you. The bumpers are Rampage Recovery bumpers (left the winch plate off on the front till I buy a winch in the spring). No spacers.
Where did u find those n how much. Those r the first bumpers I have seen I like.
12-17-2011 11:47 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by 2011_Rubicon View Post
Excellent!! What kind/size tires and lift do you have? The jeep looks like it sits perfect, IMO.
The tires are 315/75R16 DuraTracs. The lift is a 3" Premium Plus lift made by Full Traction Suspension. Because the shocks are 27.5" (Bilstein 5100's), I bought a JE Reel 1310 front driveshaft so the ds and exhaust wouldn't hit when the shocks are fully extended.
12-17-2011 11:20 PM
OutlawJK Great Looking JKU
12-17-2011 08:42 PM
h20squirter damn nice rig, pretty close to what i am wanting to build.
12-17-2011 07:00 PM
cbboard great looking rig!
12-17-2011 06:39 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by Cudda View Post
Looks great! Very nice!

What fenders are those, I really like them?
Thanks. Bushwacker flat fender flares.
12-17-2011 06:36 PM
Cudda Looks great! Very nice!

What fenders are those, I really like them?
12-17-2011 05:59 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 View Post
day-um Wolf
Is that the same jeep? Lol
Congrats.
Nice poser shots with the steam and shat
lol...had to do industrial...hopefully next time it'll be covered in mud.

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Originally Posted by FOUR FLUSHER View Post
Great pics, shows off your rig well. You should have posted a pic of your smile while you're walking toward your jeep. Well done!
ETA on your new top?
I talked to Tim a couple weeks ago, he was taking the frames in to be powdercoated, said he'd be shipping after that...but my guess is after Christmas.

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Originally Posted by MTH View Post
Wow, really looks great.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that you're, ya know, a PROFESSIONAL photographer. The rest of us are out there clicking with our iPhones while your snapping shots that look like they should be in a photo spread for NatGeo.
But somehow I think your JKU would still look awesome if I was standing right next to it . . .
Now that I think about it, I don't know HOW to take a photo with my iphone. Damn...

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Originally Posted by ESP View Post
Ok so can we get wolf to come on the trail ride tomorrow here in NC and take pics??? Seriously...very nice.
Man, I'd be all over that. This time of year, I miss NC. Used to live in Raleigh (back when Jimmy V won the big one with the Wolfpack), and in Franklin County for awhile.

Thanks for all the nice comments, everybody. You all had a hand in it, or I'd still be trying to decide what size tires to buy.
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