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09-12-2013 12:49 AM
DNKC thanks! I really appreciate it! I'm not a perfectionist by any means but try to do the best I can. I'm really happy with it so far. Few things left to do as always.. gotta have something to tinker with!
09-12-2013 12:43 AM
Jeep-YJ-91 You have one very nice Jeep, I just looked at your build and it turned out fantastic. Nice craftsmanship
09-12-2013 12:31 AM
DNKC Suspension is the 4" Old Man Emu Ultimate lift, full kit with adjustable front & rear track bars. Shocks are Rancho RS9000xl adjustable's. CA's are chromolly rubicon express with adjustable uppers. Tom Woods custom rear drive shaft.
09-11-2013 07:59 AM
gsellars Hey Man. What is your suspension build up? Springs, shocks, CAs, track bars?
09-05-2013 12:59 AM
gsellars Thanks man! Glad someone has the MCs with my set up so I could see it!
09-04-2013 11:26 PM
DNKC here go some shots from a couple weekends ago:

09-04-2013 01:53 PM
gsellars Thanks! Yea some action shots would be great
09-04-2013 01:46 PM
DNKC Thanks for the compliments! I'm super happy with how it turned out! Been out wheeling with it a few times and she does extremely well! Ill try to remember to post a couple action shots tonight!

I replied in the other thread but here are the gap measurements. These are from the very top of the center tread lug to the very bottom edge of the flare tubes:

Fronts are just at 11" TDC, and rears are 11 3/4 driver side, just under 12" pass side.
09-04-2013 02:18 AM
gsellars what is does the tire to flare gap measure front and rear?

Loving your TJ. Looking to do something similar to mine ASAP!
04-30-2013 12:33 AM
DNKC Thanks! I appreciate it. Was a LOT of hard work!
04-29-2013 06:03 PM
Jmess Like I said Looks great! Definitely Drool Worthy!
04-29-2013 10:26 AM
Herviss That is one awesome build!
04-29-2013 02:22 AM
Neal5280 You did a great job! Your Jeep is awesome!
04-29-2013 01:19 AM
DNKC And finally some overall shots out in the sun since it was a nice day!

Well there she is! I'm really happy with it. I think she came out real nice! Still unsure on the tire to flare gap but i think it looks ok.
04-29-2013 01:15 AM
DNKC Well it's been a long time coming but I finally got it all done this weekend. Not happy with the wiring in the front for the turn signal ordeal but it works. I ended up just taping up the lenses and leaving them in the engine compartment. Then I made wiring harnesses to run all the LED's off the stock marker/signal wires.

Anyway on the inside here is my new switch setup. Top one is the 3 way for the backup lights, bottom are the heated seat switches:

And here is a shot of my external CB speaker. Found the little guy online for $3! Nice and small, mounted right where I wanted. The only downside is its not real loud.. But you cant have everything I guess.

Here is where I mounted my CB connection. Running the Cobra 75. I bought the 4' extension cable and mounted the main unit up in the dash above the glove box.

Couple shots of the mastercraft seats installed. Real happy with them!! Super comfy, and really hold you in place.

04-27-2013 02:24 AM
Jmess Well I will say it looks really good. And Good Lucky hopefully you can get it all done.
04-26-2013 10:38 PM
DNKC Thanks! I really like the gold as well so I didn't want to just cover it all up with rattle-can or redlined armor. I took all the pieces to a local body shop and had them paint them for me. Turned out really good I think.

With any luck I'll have her back on the road this weekend so I will be able to get some finished pics!
04-26-2013 03:18 PM
Jmess Great Build and Great Looking TJ, I know I love my Inca Gold, I like how you painted the metal cloak fenders it looks really good. I was gonna do something Similar. Did you take them somewhere to color be matched and painted or did you do it yourself?
04-20-2013 01:23 AM
DNKC Linex was $650 with me doing the prep. Steep but I like the product. Just a personal preference thing. Nothing wrong with the DIY versions, just not what I wanted.

Tonight I went and picked up my new Mastercraft Baja RS seats! I custom ordered them in all vinyl. All black, with seat heaters and lumbar adjusters. Man they are comfortable just sitting in them on the floor!! Very happy with them. I can't wait to see how they are driving. My factory seats are very uncomfortable. No pics tonight but I'll get some tomorrow. Big weekend this weekend trying to get as much as I can done. Hoping to be back to driving the beast on monday.
04-18-2013 11:19 PM
Neal5280 I am lovin your TJ! How much did the line-x set you back?
04-18-2013 10:47 PM
GoldenSahara00 Nice build, looking good. Like the way you paint the MCs.
04-18-2013 10:43 PM
DNKC Thanks for the compliments! Your sliders are looking good as well! Yep I got my nutserts but they didn't include that "tool" with mine. I opted to buy an actual nutsert tool and I'm very glad I did! Basically its like a giant rivet gun. It was expensive but worth it in my opinion!

I actually got a call at lunch time and they were done with the line-x! So I went and picked it up tonight. Came out great!! I got a couple of pics but was loosing light and warmth so I had to cut it short. Anyway here a couple shots of it:

04-18-2013 07:41 AM
All Terrain JK Excellent job! I'm just finishing my own big $ build so I can appreciate the time and work that goes into doing things right. Mine was mainly suspension, steering, and drive line but we do have one mod in common.

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Savvy rock sliders, though mine are the tube style. Just bedlined them yesterday. Did you get your nutserts in? This is the "tool" they sent me.

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Not exactly high tech but it works pretty good. You do have to use your man hands for the first couple turns.
Looking forward to seeing your jeep finished. Keep up the good work. Also I love the color.
04-18-2013 12:28 AM
DNKC Well I did get my parts back from paint and pulled a pretty late nighter on monday night. They came out really well on the color! I installed the grille, and the metalcloak fenders on the front. Also installed Drake hood latches as I couldn't get the factory ones off the old fenders.

All in all it came out good. Unfortunately my hood is tweaked so I will have to work on it some more. Also the gap on the MC fender to hood fit is pretty big. I researched it and it seems that to some degree almost all of the installs I found have the same gap. Some worse then others.

Anyway, I got it dropped off to Line-X yesterday, supposed to have it back friday afternoon. Also supposed to get my new mastercraft seats on friday as well. So I got a bunch of work this weekend to get things re-installed!

Here are some pics from when I dropped it off:

04-14-2013 11:41 PM
DNKC Well as per usual, things definitely did not go as planned. I did not get my parts back from paint on Friday so needless to say, she did not get put back together this weekend. I went ahead and pulled the rest of the stuff off the front, and removed the grill. So here is how she looks from the front now:

I decided kind of last minute that I was going to move forward on the Line-X'ing of the tub. So I spent all weekend striping down the interior. I've got probably 10hrs total in cutting, grinding, sanding the ridiculous amount of caulk/sealant that they slathered all over the interior at the factory. I mean they went way WAY overboard with this crap. I bet all total I removed probably 5lbs of the stuff.

Here are some shots of the before:

And during:

The two most important tools I used. A "multi-tool" with scraper blades, and mini wire wheels on my drill. These two were indispensable in getting this crap out. I also recommend a heat gun and putty knives to get into hard to reach places.

It was a tremendous amount of work getting it all out. But in my opinion it would have looked like crap if they would have line-x'd over any of it. I think the end result will really show well because of all the effort I put into it. It's not perfect by any means but I think it came out good!

Now with any luck, I'll get my parts back tomorrow night from paint. I'll have to pull a late-nighter to put the front end back together so I can drive it over and drop it off to Line-X on tuesday.
04-10-2013 11:02 PM
DNKC Thanks I appreciate the compliments!

Been rainy crappy weather here the last couple nights so I haven't really made much progress. Tried to undo the rest of the grill and ran into the well nuts in the A/C Condenser. Gotta sort out how to get those out, and then get them replaced.

My parts are out to paint. Suppose to have them back by friday. I was hoping to get everything put back together this weekend, but I don't think it's going to happen. I'm waiting on new hood latches to arrive and I don't think they are going to make it in time.

Not only that but I noticed tonight something I had kind of forgot about. I have golf ball sized spot of rust under the paint and breaking through on the passenger side rear of the tub. Right where the corner armor is going to be going. I meant to get that ground down and treated but somehow forgot to get it done. So I will have to mess with that before going much further really. I'm betting it will be down another week before I get her up and running again which bums me out..
04-08-2013 01:38 PM
my98tj that's some pretty clean looking wiring. you do good work. i really like where this build is going. keep up the good work!
04-08-2013 12:04 AM
DNKC Well it was another good day today. Got quite a bit done. Phase One and Phase Two are officially complete! First up I got my JCR steering skid installed. Very easy to do, just something I hadn't gotten around too.

Then it was on to wiring. The LED tail lights I had already wired up to the stock connectors. So today I wired up the LED third brake/tail light & license plate light that is part of the Warrior Product spare tire carrier plate mount.

I used a 3 wire connector I had a spare left over from something or other. It's setup like a standard 4 wire trailer light connector. I used it to make the quick connect/disconnect to be able to remove the plate to remove the spare tire. I needed the three wire as I also ran an additional 12v wire through the split loom and into the tailgate. This wire is my 12v I tapped off the factory brake/turn/tail connector harness for the license plate light. (black wire w/ yellow stripe).

It took some doing but I got it wired up with a little bit of slack but not too much. This wiring runs through the JCR tire carrier. I ran everything through split loom to the tailgate. So I also used this split loom to protect the CB antenna cable up to the tailgate as well. The JCR tire carrier has built in antenna mount holes.

I wanted a clean instill on the antenna cable so I decided the best thing to do was to drill through the tailgate and run it inside using grommets just like the factory 3rd brake light.

This shows the factory 3rd brake light wire, license plate 12v wire, and new hole for cb antenna cable.

Here is an overall of the wiring from the tailgate out and through the tire carrier. I still gotta clean up one thing. I only had white adhesive backed zip tie mounts on hand. I'll get some black ones and replace them since it kind of bugs me..

This is how it looks coming out on the inside. Enough slack for the tailgate to open up. When the gate is closed the cable in the loom moves out of the way of the factory 3rd brake light contact connectors.

And a closer look at the inside. I drilled and grommeted the hole just to the left of the factory connectors. This is where the 12v license plate tap wire runs over to the brake light harness.

The CB antenna cable runs under the carpet and up to the front of the tub. I didn't get any pictures but I also wired up the backup lights in the JCR bumper. I ran the hot wire in split loom up to the engine compartment through the passenger side frame rail. I haven't wired up anything in the front yet, but the backup lights will be on a switch in the cab for normal use in reverse, and so I can also switch them on. Still need to finish that part of the install, as well as the actual cb install, and when the seats come the heated seat switches. I figure I'll handle all that after the front end is reassembled.

All my parts are prepped and loaded up to be dropped off to paint tomorrow. Once they come back I'll be ready to move on to Phase Three!
04-06-2013 11:54 PM
DNKC Made some good progress today! Got the mockup for all the armor and fenders complete. Got the front of the slider mounts cut out for the metalcloak fender flares.

First a pic of the new fenders on:

Here is the front of the slider mounts before I cut them:

This is how I decided to cut them:

And after the cuts:

And a few of the final mockup:

Also cut the new grill for the JK style front marker/turn signals. And I started in on the wiring on the rear end. Tomorrow I'll finish up all the wiring. LED tails, LED 3rd brake light, license plate light, selectable back up lights in the JCR bumper.

I'll also put on the JCR steering box skid that I hadn't gotten done yet.
04-05-2013 11:40 PM
DNKC Made some more good progress tonight! I got both the front fenders off. Only got one pic as I kinda forgot about taking more, plus it got dark on me. It only shows the pass side but I got both.

Tomorrow I'll mock-up the slider mounts and get the fronts cut so I'll be ready for paint. Then I got a lot of little odds and ends to do. I figure I'll leave the grill for now until I'm ready to do the final assembly. That way the radiator ail be supported. Then I'll pull it and install the new painted one.
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