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05-07-2014 10:34 AM
NotThere Great Build, great documentation. Love the Zombie Jeeps.
05-01-2014 11:33 PM
Lt. Ray T. No "Issues" as of yet, but I know it is a matter of time. Plans in the works for an anti-wrap bar are in the works. Figuring on fabbing up my own.
04-25-2014 11:35 PM
Ez roller Good choice on the colors, looks great, have you had any axel wrap issues since the SOA ?
04-24-2014 05:21 PM
Lt. Ray T. Another upgrade went down. Sprung for me a new Quadritech Q9500i Wench. Have to say, very impressed so far. Also pulled the trigger on some much needed windown tint. Made such a difference. So here is the latest...



Still have not installed the new engine, havent had time, but did aquire my new Borla Stainless headder and new 3 core aluminum radiator for when I do. If the days only had 35 or so hours in them....lol
02-07-2014 09:17 PM
Lt. Ray T. Thanks Charlie.. Now for a few more updates...

First, New power Plant. Still on the stand, havent had the time to put it into place yet, old motor still running fine so no rush.



I did aquire some new shoes. 36x12.50.16 swamper radials... Havent been able to try them out yet, but will soon.....muhaaaaa



And today I took out the old RC 4" lift and went SOA with stock springs. Love the new ride and look, but like my new clearance with my Swampers even more. No more rubbing.....



Sorry the pics are so dark, will get better ones later..

And another.



Just realized that I never took a pic of the sound bar, oh well, also note to anyone out there, the above described home made sound bar keeps the speakers safe and dry, but the radio don't like water.....lol.... So guess it will be to shop for a new one soon... Meanwhile I will just enjoy the roar of my new tires.....
11-24-2013 09:18 PM
charleybrwn13 Nice build and great write-ups. sub'd
11-24-2013 07:10 PM
Lt. Ray T. Wow, it's been a while since I was on here. Been so busy I haven't had the time to go online much. SO While I have not taken many pictures or have done much more work to the lil monster, I am in the middle of some stuff that I should post.

1. made my own directed sound bar to hang over the seats on the roll bar. It actually worked out really cool. Used PVC pipe with 45 degree elbows. Recessed speakers into the straight part of the tube, then put the elbows on. Hung it and directed the openings toward the seats. This worked out really cool. Not only did it turn out pretty nice, and makes good sound, but the speakers are protected from rain and mud, and you can actually hear the music wen driving down the road and all for under 100 bucks speakers and all. Need to upload the pics to photobucket and get them posted up.

Also, just finished cutting a new power plant for the old girl. Experiencing a bit of blow by pushing some oil out of the top of the valve cover, so the clock started ticking. Rather than wait till I needed a motor, figured what the heck, get started.

Took a 85ish 4.2, wound up cutting it 60 over due to it having been built once before. 8 to 1 pistons, shaved the head a bit, heavier crank, interesting cam, and adding a header. According to the computer program that we plugged all this into, will wind up with around 168 Hp, and in the same neighborhood of torque. Should be a nice difference from my stock tired 4.2. Of course will be adding a bit of green flare to it to make it mine. With a bit of luck, will be poking it under the hood in the next few weeks. With hope before my ACL surgery that I am having to get, cause if not, It will be a bit longer before we can put it in. So we will see.

Next will probably be some Chrom-alloy axels for the front end. Thinking of upgrading to 36 swampers and am thinking it will be a good idea before I experience some crazy failure.

So this should bring us up to date on the project that will probably never end.
06-05-2013 11:51 PM
Jpond53 Dude that green is SO sick!!! My favorite color is neon green and I've been debating on keeping my rig blacked out or green and that thing looks super sick. I really like the grill as well makes it look mean...great job it looks awesome I envy it!
06-05-2013 09:49 PM
Lt. Ray T. HEI distributor from White Preformance Installed today. Dang thing went in in just a few minutes, and what a difference. I can't wait to see how my fuel milage reacts, but I already know how much better the thing runs. Night and day difference. Now I can clear up some of the mess of wires under the hood.

Also got in my new balanced front drive shaft from Adams Driveshaft. If you need an long travel drive shaft, these are the guys to call. Super fast, super friendly, and very cost effective. Thing turned out great.
05-08-2013 09:17 PM
Lt. Ray T.
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Originally Posted by mbailey9971 View Post
so I noticed that the new models I have seen these past few months there is a green that is similar....that sucks I would think...not quite one of a kind anymore....although yours does look much better than the stock ones.
Yea, when I was looking through the chip book at the paint supply place, I found that color, and thought to myself, who in their right mind would paint their jeep that color. I knew we could pull it off, so I went for it figuring it would be a one of a kind.

A few weeks after I painted it, I was with my wife at the Toyota dealership in a near by town, which is located immediately across teh street from a Jeep dealer. As we pulled in, she told me to look over there, this is when I saw the Gecko Jeep for the first time. Oh well, guess there are more knuckle heads in the world than I figured...lol All is good, I have not seen another YJ that color, but there is one in here that is similar also... Oh well, all is good.
05-08-2013 05:24 PM
mbailey9971
Zombie Green

so I noticed that the new models I have seen these past few months there is a green that is similar....that sucks I would think...not quite one of a kind anymore....although yours does look much better than the stock ones.
05-02-2013 04:32 PM
Lt. Ray T.
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Originally Posted by 88 Red Wrangler View Post
that's a sweet lookin rig there LT! Diggin the green. I actually like the original color that it was in but man, that new green just screams!!!
Thanks
05-02-2013 11:59 AM
88 Red Wrangler that's a sweet lookin rig there LT! Diggin the green. I actually like the original color that it was in but man, that new green just screams!!!
05-02-2013 09:50 AM
Lt. Ray T.
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Originally Posted by jj.91.yj View Post
Wow must say nice jeep looks really good love the color what is it ? And I am in fact wanting to make a set of matching bumpers for mine like the one you made as I was reading I saw where you said you had to re enforce the bumpers what did you do for that do you have picture ? And did u just weld it to the front ? Please any help
Yea, I welded the front strait to the frame. As for the rear, Initially, I just bolted it to the rear frame cap where the factory hoops bolted. (4 bolts each side) the problem I learned with that is the bolt holes are more to the top of that frame piece. So when I pulled on someone with the hitch which is extended down from the botom of the bumper, it created some leverage which allowed the actual frame cap to bend up. SO to fix this, I straitened the frame end, and rather than just using bolts to hold the bumper on, I welded from top to botom on both sides of the mounting brackets and across the top. I also added an additional bracket to the center of the bumper that I also welded to the center of the frame end.

So if I manage to bend it now, I will have bent the entire frame end rather than just bulge out the bolt holes. If for some crazy reason this happens, I will pull the bumper back off, and get me a nice rigid piece of chanel and make a new frame end cap for it and just get rid of the factory one. But I think the problem is licked at this point. Which is why I added the bull noses to pull from the center of the bumper rather than pulling up from the botom creating leverage. Pulling strait out will be much more solid I am sure. I will take a few close ups tonight and post them up.

As far as the color, I used Valspar single stage paint from Car Quest. I don't remember the exact name, but if you swing by there and look at their Valspar chip book, you will see it.
05-01-2013 11:11 PM
jj.91.yj Wow must say nice jeep looks really good love the color what is it ? And I am in fact wanting to make a set of matching bumpers for mine like the one you made as I was reading I saw where you said you had to re enforce the bumpers what did you do for that do you have picture ? And did u just weld it to the front ? Please any help
05-01-2013 08:57 PM
Lt. Ray T. OK, so today, installed my Zombie Wrangler decal, capped off my new bumpers, and added some bull noses to the rear bumper so I can pull from D Rings rather than the hitch.... (Did some yanking on the hitch this past weekend, and it didn't work out too good. Kind of bent up the rear frame cap. So we bent it back, welded up a bit of support. Should be much stronger now...





And the aftermath from the weekend in the woods.... grin!
04-26-2013 10:23 PM
Lt. Ray T. Ok. So have been a bit busy lately, but time to catch up on a few things....

Got my zombie permit in the other day.

Installed so I am all legal and stuff...



And of course, what zombie killer don't need Kabar "Zombie Eddition".



But on to important things... Like new front bumper..



After Bull Rings Installed..



And D Rings.


And of course matching rear...





Ran out of time before I could cap the ends off and bed liner them. But before that, Thinking of adding an air coupling to pump them up for some spare air. Made them out of 3/16th steel, so they should hold a good bit of pressure, just not sure if there would be enough volume to fill a 35" tire.... This is where I would love some expert opinions.....
04-26-2013 10:04 PM
Lt. Ray T.
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Originally Posted by jokerchief462 View Post
LT thanks for all the continuing info. The rear install is great almost have the bucks and sounds like the way to go for me. The tips will be used. Great looking rig and hope to get to Fl soon and have a beer with you.
Heck yea bro. We will round up the troops and hit the pit... Good times for all....
04-26-2013 12:22 PM
mbannin
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Originally Posted by amerdt4 View Post
Nice ! But you should title this "start to where it is today " ...It's a Jeep , it's never finished
Amen!
04-26-2013 12:12 PM
jokerchief462 LT thanks for all the continuing info. The rear install is great almost have the bucks and sounds like the way to go for me. The tips will be used. Great looking rig and hope to get to Fl soon and have a beer with you.
04-25-2013 11:13 PM
ziloh22 Awesome color man!
04-01-2013 09:18 PM
88YJNoob Thanks so much for the explanation and advice, definitely cleared up a few things.
04-01-2013 06:31 PM
Lt. Ray T.
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Originally Posted by 88YJNoob View Post
Read through your build today...very cool. Love the color.

So I'm almost ready to order my 8.8 from East Coast...Was it really just a bolt-in deal?
Yes, it was absolutely bolt in. It dropped off the Fed Ex truck around lunch, I got off work around 6 and started working on it around 7 or 7:30 and was rollin by midnight. Went in really nice.

Only had one little hickup with it, the U bolts they sent were for something else, Two of them were the correct ones and two were square. They sent out the correct ones right away with no questions and got them to me fast.

Some advise when you order that you can take or leave.
1. have them put in the new e break shoes, they really are a pain in the but to do with the axle installed. Worth the 45 bucks they want.

I didn't get the new breaks with mine, and when I got them, I did wind up replacing the pads, but the calipers and rotors were fine. Used, but fine. So that is up to you if you pay the extra $$ to have all new breaks.

2. Be sure to have them sent you the instructions on how to adjust the E breaks. It is stupid simple once you see how to do it, but untill I asked, I couldn't get them adjusted correctly. Once I got the instructions, took about 5 minutes.

3. Especially if you have the SYE installed with the expensive CV shaft, pay attention here. I had them install the regular yoke for an extra $50. rather than the bolt on flange that comes on the 8.8. this is supposed to save about 1/2 of an inch in lenght over using the flange and adapter combination. I did this because I didn't have a bunch of room for my CV shaft to colaps. The spring pads do come with the three holes so you can set the entire rear end back if you need to get a bit more room. Good thing, because when mine came in, even with the yoke installed, I was going to have to cut and shorten my drive shaft if I couldn't set that thing back that extra hole. So I wold say err on the side of caution and pay the 50 bucks for the yoke. Just in case.

Other than that, just be sure to order what you want. I could have built the same rear end myself for about 250 less than what I paid, but it would have been soo much more work, and I wouldn't have the 2 year warranty. So, I would say, if you don't know how to set up a rear end, and are not a good welder, which I am neither, get that thing. If you know how to set up gears, and are a good welder, then you can build your own quite a bit cheeper, if you don't mind the time.

I got mine with the Youkon Grizzley locker and love it. Is quite a bit quieter than a lunchbox type auto locker, but yet quite a bit less expensive than a selectable. If I drove in snow or ice ever, I woul have went with the selectable, but since we don't get any of that usually here if Florida, the auto locker works great.

Botom line, they built me a good rear end, for not a bad price, and great customer support.
04-01-2013 06:17 PM
Lt. Ray T.
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Originally Posted by Arch View Post
Looks awesome Ray. Are you one of those guys who likes or hates tint? just my opinion but I think a little tint on the hard top would look amazing!
Fear not, tint is on the "To Do" list. Just had other stuff to get to first....
04-01-2013 03:20 PM
sevenservices great job!
04-01-2013 01:03 PM
88YJNoob Read through your build today...very cool. Love the color.

So I'm almost ready to order my 8.8 from East Coast...Was it really just a bolt-in deal?
04-01-2013 11:35 AM
Arch Looks awesome Ray. Are you one of those guys who likes or hates tint? just my opinion but I think a little tint on the hard top would look amazing!
04-01-2013 11:19 AM
Lt. Ray T. OK, Update time. Since my last post I have done a few things. 8.8 arrived from East Coast Gear Supply, and I couldn't be happier. Also fabbed and installed some sway bar disconnects that turned out pretty good. SO here are some pics.

Here are the Disconnects I fabbed up while still raw.


Here they are painted and installed.


My much awaited Rear end made it in.



So after we got it all bolted in it was time to see how much flex we had...







And of course, this aided in finding a weak spot in the suspention.... OOPS!


So after a short and I mean short wait from Moris 4x4, all was well again. Here is the most recent pic of my ole girl after a good bath after a day of wheeling in Ocala.

02-23-2013 09:52 PM
Lt. Ray T. Man, lots have happened since I last posted here. Lets see. Locked up the front end. Ordered and am currently waiting for my 8.8 rear to arrive from East Coast Gear Supply, Installed new Rough Country suspention lift, and bump stops. And have done some wheeling.... Still Loving my rig!
11-28-2012 10:33 PM
Lt. Ray T. Seat covers fineally made it in. These things turned out great. Time will tell about their durability, but they seem to be pretty tough.



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