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09-25-2014 12:13 AM
County98 Howdy,

I actually haven't been on here in awhile, lol. Was surprised when I got a thread notification in my email.

I'm afraid I don't have any real advice on widening the track, axle swaps and whatnot are a little out of my depth. There's a lot of really smart folks on here though that can probably help you out there.

As for lift though, last time I was looking around the hot ticket for keeping your center of gravity low and maximizing travel both up and down was MetalCloak.

Maybe look into some flat fenders and their best kit that comes with their 6-pack shocks. I would probably give them a call though and see if their shocks are going to be up to the abuse of exposed struts and all that sand.

I would not rule out a small lift though and watch out for your breakover angle. Good to not tip on the side of dunes, but bad to high center trying to peak.

Good luck!

09-23-2014 09:01 AM
zbaidy Hi County98, I'm new to the forum.

I live in Dubai (Middle East) and have a dedicated 4 Door JK for Dune Bashing. Our terrain here is very different from geography in other parts of the world, even other deserts. To compare to the US I would use Glamis desert in California as the closest comparison. It is powder sand here and We have steep uphill climbs followed by steep downhill descent. For this reason low center of gravity is imperative more than ride height & clearance. I noticed most member are rock climbers which is very different from my needs. You seem to have a very comprehensive Desert systyem in place. Could you make any recommendations to me? This is a dedicated weekend dune bashing toy so I am quite flexible with price.

For me:

A) a low center of gravity so jeep doesn't roll over going up steep dunes or side hills. Need to hug the side walls…
B) One thing I do require is a suspension with a little more up travel than you would typically use for trail riding. The bottom of the dune often times has a sharp angle to it (like the inside of a box), so a suspension with a little more up travel will help soak that up a little better, and I can charge the dune a little faster.
C) I will also need to widen the stance of the Jeep to make it more stable taking side hills. This will increase my stability and avoid rolling over. I heard that the best way to widen a Jeep is with full width Dana 60 front and rear axles. My understanding is that for every inch of lift you should increase track width by two inches. What recommendation do you have?
D) I also understand that I should put most of my money into the best reservoir shocks that I could afford and make sure they were valved for dune riding.

01-30-2014 05:43 AM
County98 I tinted the fronts for Vegas sun, but didn't go as dark as the back. I don't remember the percentage, but they're maybe 1/2 to 2/3 as dark as the factory rears.

I used to do the limo tint thing when I was a kid, but now I just want the UV protection and to keep the glare and heat down. I also didn't do a windshield strip at all.

With too dark of tint I have to roll the windows down at night to see sometimes and then I feel ridiculous, lol.
01-26-2014 10:23 PM
jeepinitup Gorgeous jeep! You tinted your front windows to match right?
11-30-2013 12:27 AM
11-29-2013 06:19 PM
County98 Outback Adventures JK Trailgator.

Outback Adventure Products
11-29-2013 03:23 PM
Maximum Carnage
Originally Posted by County98 View Post

I knew I wanted a tailgate table,
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I might of missed it but where did you get the table from?
10-29-2013 06:09 PM
basecamper County98 that is one sweat Jeep!!

My first thought was wow I love those black wheels with that color scheme which is funny because on most Jeeps I think the black wheels get washed out.

Thanks for the write ups pulled a few ideas for my JK!!
10-29-2013 01:35 PM
RUOMO10 Love this jeep. Awesome job!
10-29-2013 01:18 PM
q8jk but i think the black wheels will look better, never saw i silver method on a white jk
10-29-2013 01:06 PM
q8jk sure ill be posting pics win done,, thank you being soo helpful and friendly .
10-29-2013 10:53 AM
County98 Hmmmm. If intended usage is the same, 80% DD/commuter, with some family friendly trails and camping, and budget? 4 door JKU?

I did a ton of research on all my stuff and don't regret any of it except the bumper light brackets from Q-tec.

I would do it all the same except skip the bumper light setup and get a pair of LED's on the A pillars, which I've done since the pics. Did Dually D2's (driving pattern) on the Rigid mounts.

I'm a huge fan of my AEV lift and would recommend it to anyone, BUT...there is always newer stuff coming out.

Now that the wheels are turning I would do this...

A pillar LED's instead on bumper light setup.
RK's new 1.5" explorer lift with triple rate front and rear springs coming out at Xmas, rancho adjustable shocks.
Same wheel/tire combo, but I would get the silver aluminum instead of the black.

Everything else the same!

Post pics when you get her going!
10-29-2013 08:21 AM
q8jk do you think the same setup as ur commando green, will look good on my bright white jeep ?

if not please tell me what will you do diffrent thanks maan
10-28-2013 11:38 AM
County98 Never thought of that, lol. You're probably right and it's probably both reasons!
10-28-2013 11:25 AM
Brewbek First off thanks for your service, glad you made it back in one piece.

I really like what you've done to your rig. Obviously modded but not looking over the top or like it's strictly an ORV. Great job, looks like all the essentials have been made.

You made a comment about no hood flutter and I bet that's because of the hood vents, the air has more places to go now.

Well done Sir, well done!
10-28-2013 11:00 AM
County98 You're welcome! White was my second choice, lol. I wasn't in to the super bright colors out at the time.
10-28-2013 08:07 AM
q8jk thaaaaank you, one of the most useful threads... i wish i got the commando green color,, got a bright white that i regret.
09-23-2013 01:29 PM
Duckquackers Love the Bouti.... Enjoy and hopefully you get home safely!
09-23-2013 12:30 PM
Originally Posted by County98 View Post
Hiya Duck! Yup, in Djibouti from May to Sep last year. They're not kidding when they say "Africa Hot", lol. Never sweated so much in my life.

Thanks for the good words guys!
Ah... Camp Lemonier. Can't say I miss that spot; unless you're talking about the good chow.
08-21-2013 03:05 PM
County98 Thanks Cosmos! I hadn't looked at those but they'd be handy for not scratching up the doors with keys and such.
08-21-2013 01:49 PM
2012Cosmos County98, you have one AWESOME Rubi man! I bought these, and think they'd look great with your theme....they are functional too!

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08-21-2013 12:32 PM
County98 Thanks!

I looked at the Vector and really like it, but I also like my plate relocated, so not sure if I want to move it back, lol.

The vibration isn't too bad on the Garmin, only bad on washboard roads. I'm gonna keep the setup, but I'm still trying to figure out how to reinforce it somehow that's not too obvious.

Also installed some Dually D2 A pillar lights and really like them! No vibration at all.

I'm gonna retorque and change oil next week, so I'll update some pics.
08-21-2013 11:15 AM
TurbineGuy I'm retired Air Force too.

Two comments.

1. I also have the Teraflex HD hinge carrier, and I also thought the rotopax accessory was poorly designed. I've been looking at the Vector Offroad Yak Pak. Vector Offroad

2. I tried the daystar with my Garmin Montana, and the vibration annoyed me. I finally ended up going with the Garmin windshield suction cup mount... and it works way better. It holds up no matter what terrain I'm on.

Nice looking jeep.
08-18-2013 10:11 PM
legitposter Just read through the whole thread. Awesome.
08-18-2013 09:31 PM
tupper very nice build
08-17-2013 08:12 PM
Wrangler60 I love that color! I'm sad they dropped it for 2014.
08-17-2013 07:46 PM
getahemi That's a beautiful rig. I love the color. You've set it up nicely. You should look into an AEV ProCal. Powerful little device that takes care of a few annoying issues.

EDIT: Oooops. You already have one. Lol.
07-22-2013 08:58 PM
donmeca2020 Very nice jeep and mods. im really digging that table !!
07-22-2013 05:59 PM
07-22-2013 01:27 PM
Duckquackers Yes, Africa hot is hot, and even worse when you are in the air... Welcome back and look into a stablizer for the front control arms to help reduce the feed back.
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