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03-13-2014 10:10 PM
Kiddmen57 Fixed a damaged and leaking ear diff cover. I had snagged it on a rock or ledge over the weekend and it was seeping, sometimes pretty good. I picked up a couple Ballistic covers (local shop to me) and slapped some red paint on them. I think these will take significantly more abuse than the stock covers.





01-22-2014 08:53 PM
Kiddmen57
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Originally Posted by smud View Post
Great work with everything! One of my favorites on the forum!
Thanks! There are so many awesome jeeps out there that you just have to find what works for you.
Looking back, I kinda wish I had gone with blue accents instead of red. But it's too late to turn back now.

My next addition will be some diff covers. Details to come upon completion.
01-22-2014 07:20 AM
smud Great work with everything! One of my favorites on the forum!
01-21-2014 09:00 PM
Kiddmen57 After about 7 months of putting it off I finally installed my TrekArmors today. Overall am very impressed, a few minor things bug me but I sometimes have unrealistic expectations. Ordered with red stitching and logos. Yes, the child seat was purchased to match the trek armor colors!

Had to get her all gussied up first though.





01-11-2014 09:34 PM
Kiddmen57 Also, took a bit longer than should have, but here are some more pics from the trails.









These were from New Year's Day. This was also the day I experienced two rollovers. First the jeep rolled past 10,000 miles. Then a bit later I was riding shotgun when my friend rolled his truck over. Thank goodness for roll cages and 5 point harnesses.

01-11-2014 09:20 PM
Kiddmen57 I spent this afternoon making a bar to mount accessories such as a phone, GPS, and my HAM radio head up out of the way on the dash. Vector Off-road offers a dock that sits in the upper dash pocket but I didn't want the hoop and wanted something that had a wider span. More like the one they make for the 2007-2010. Luckily, while snooping around on top of the dash I noticed two small access panels. Popped them out and there were two studs with plenty of meat to thread on to.

So I turned some steel into standoffs. I also took some 1" scope rings I had lying around and modified them to mount the cross bar. All said and done it took about 4 hours. The cross bar could be a bit longer and is currently a piece of EMT conduit. Once I get some clamp mounts I'll load up the bar and access how well it can handle the loading. If all goes well, I plan on replacing the tube with a true 1" OD aluminum tube and adding a few inches to get it the full width of the dash.









08-29-2013 05:25 PM
Jameson22
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Originally Posted by Kiddmen57 View Post

Those are the JE Reel OE kits front and rear. I talked to Jim himself at Overland Expo, and although they recommend them for up to 3" and 33's, he basically said I'd be OK with 3.5 and 35's since I don't do extreme off roading. Mostly overland stuff.

The OE kits do not replace the factory yokes, which was a concern since I had the transmission replaced under warranty already. Install was extremely easy. No issues so far ~1000 miles including a trip through the mountains.
I got ya man I'm I stalling an Adams on my rig Saturday due to a torn cv boot on my stock
08-29-2013 04:59 PM
Kiddmen57 Here are a couple crappy cell shots of it with tires. I'll get some good shots next run.



08-29-2013 04:54 PM
Kiddmen57
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Originally Posted by Jameson22 View Post
Are those Adams drive shafts you installed?
Those are the JE Reel OE kits front and rear. I talked to Jim himself at Overland Expo, and although they recommend them for up to 3" and 33's, he basically said I'd be OK with 3.5 and 35's since I don't do extreme off roading. Mostly overland stuff.

The OE kits do not replace the factory yokes, which was a concern since I had the transmission replaced under warranty already. Install was extremely easy. No issues so far ~1000 miles including a trip through the mountains.
08-29-2013 03:50 PM
Gunner I really like how you hid the winch. Nice work.
08-29-2013 02:59 PM
TwoNin9r Sub.
08-29-2013 02:33 PM
Jameson22
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Originally Posted by Kiddmen57 View Post
Oh yeah, I have an appointment for some BFG AT 315/70/17's in the morning.
Are those Adams drive shafts you installed?
08-29-2013 01:48 PM
lysol More pics please!
Very nice so far.
08-11-2013 11:29 PM
County98 Looks awesome. Nice job!
08-11-2013 10:25 PM
Kiddmen57 Oh yeah, I have an appointment for some BFG AT 315/70/17's in the morning.
08-11-2013 10:21 PM
Kiddmen57 Major Mod weekend. On Thursday, all of my care packages arrived courtesy of Northridge 4x4. I had to use a trailer to get the pallet of parts home.



Ready to go home and a before pic


Got up bright and early and headed to a friends shop to use the lift. It took all of 13 hours to install the AEV 3.5 lift, front and rear drive shafts, wheel spacers, eat lunch, drive home, and install the rear bumper.







Drilling out the knuckle for the high steer went very well



After heading home with the new lift we kept the momentum going and installed the AEV rear bumper and tire carrier.

Sunday morning started a bit later with the goal of the front bumper and winch. I had already been hacking on the AEV front bumper. I dont like the look or feel of the plastic crush can covers, so I decided to cut the cans off.



Used EVO's D-Ring brackets instead.


I also wanted a very clean look from the front, so I bought the AEV winch cover plate and a remote kit for the winch. I also clocked the end one bolt to move the engagement lever back. It did require me to trip the grille a bit, and I still have to clean it up, but otherwise a very low key install. The AEV non-winch plate use bolts and nuts, with a winch in there, I wanted access without having to remove the whole bumper, so I welded the nuts to the back of the plate. "What winch"?





detail of grille trimming, still need to clean it up a bit more


Still need to fab a bracket for the contactor, and extend the control socket somewhere nice



And after 18 total hours of labor, all is in and well!





08-07-2013 10:35 PM
Kiddmen57 Tonight will be very hard to fall asleep. the White and Purple santa is due to deliver a truckload (literally) of goodies from Northridge 4x4. Also on the truck should be even more goodies dropped shipped from a couple other vendors. Stay tuned over the next few days for more details.....
08-07-2013 10:28 PM
Kiddmen57
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Originally Posted by dawhitesJKU View Post
thanks for the help kiddmen57 w/ the cb. its very detailed and helpful.
NP. Glad it was useful. That's one of the things I like most about the internet age, I can learn from others, as well as pass on knowledge.
08-02-2013 04:43 PM
dawhitesJKU thanks for the help kiddmen57 w/ the cb. its very detailed and helpful.
06-27-2013 12:03 PM
Kiddmen57 Over the last few weeks I have received my Trek Armors but have not had time to install them. Had the transmission issues continue and finally had a new transmission installed under warranty (so far so good). Had my front two widows tinted to keep my arm from frying in the sun.

And discovered a creak in the body mounts that i cannot for the life of me figure out. Everything its nice and tight. When I pull up or down on my ace slider it clunks. Also does it over larger bumps and with body roll during turns. I may try removing the rail, and re-installing.
06-12-2013 12:09 PM
Kiddmen57 Exhaust Update:
I set an appointment shortly after returning from SD to add a back pipe to the DynoMax evolution kit. What a difference. you can still hear it when under acceleration but under normal cursing load the drone just melts away. Much better in my opinion. I can hold a conversation in the jeep at highway speeds again. Had the shop tuck the outlet up tight to the bumper. You can barely see it standing behind the jeep. Bonus, the big ugly siver boat anchor is still gone!

05-28-2013 11:56 PM
fastNugly
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Originally Posted by Kiddmen57 View Post
So, coming back from SD I was ready to shoot myself with the drone inside the jeep from this exhaust. Way to annoying to let it continue like this. Have an appointment this Saturday to add a pipe to the back of the jeep. Will report back.
Yikes!
I fear drone and hate it with passion....
05-28-2013 04:49 PM
Kiddmen57 So, coming back from SD I was ready to shoot myself with the drone inside the jeep from this exhaust. Way to annoying to let it continue like this. Have an appointment this Saturday to add a pipe to the back of the jeep. Will report back.
05-22-2013 04:10 PM
Kiddmen57 OK. After receiving the correct parts today I ran home at lunch and installed the kit. Took all of 15 minutes to bolt it up. Work to work was 30 minutes total, still had time to go eat!

Maybe I'm just getting older but this thing is LOUD. nice idle, and nice cruising speed (45-55 ~2000 RPM) but getting up to 45 from a stop is obnoxious. I'm going to wait a few weeks to see if it milds out a bit. If not I might add a longer pipe over the axle and out the back to quiet it down some. The real test is drone at freeway speeds. I'll be testing this in the morning on my way to San Diego.

Who at Chrysler thought....lets put this nut on the top side of the clamp with about 2" of clearance.....arrrg


the kit


looks nice


But hangs down low. No lower than gas tank but I hit that on everything so....
05-19-2013 10:37 PM
Kiddmen57 So i had a moment of weakness and impulse bought a DynoMax evolution kit for the jeep. Tonight I wrestled my OE exhaust out from under the vehicle and started to install the dynomax kit. the first pipe did not line up to the hanger. I was quite annoyed until I researched and discovered I had the kit for the 2007-2011 4 door. So hopefully Amazon ships the new kit out of Phoenix like the last on and I have it by Wednesday so I don't have to re-install the OE exhaust for my trip over the holiday weekend. crossing my fingers. Will report back once all done.
05-14-2013 06:49 PM
Kiddmen57 Put on the Mopar plastic sill plates. Won't be forging much water in the desert so I didn't seal the body seam underneath them.

05-12-2013 10:37 PM
Kiddmen57 Took her out this weekend for a more official break in. Will be looking into lift and tires sooner than I thought

My pics from the trip
Chiva 5-11-13 Photos by kiddmen57 | Photobucket


05-06-2013 10:05 PM
County98 Jeep looks great! Subscribing so I can mimic your installs in a month or so, lol.

Great job!
05-06-2013 09:29 PM
Kiddmen57 CB Antenna

Got my Firefly antenna on today and tuned in. AS expected SWR was not as good as my 4Runner was. 1.5-1.6 on 1 and 40, but 1.1 on 20. I try to stick to 23 so that will be just fine.



05-05-2013 04:01 PM
Kiddmen57 Simple mod also this afternoon. Fuel Door installed.

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