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Today 08:57 PM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by JPi1 View Post
Not so much a "Quick Dollar" as it is 90% of the customers aren't ready to pay what the costs are to fab parts. If I say it's going to cost $10,000 to build you a custom suspension system, plus shocks and misc parts, the first thing I'll hear is "this is what I found on the internet for 1/4 the cost". There are many systems that are more concerned about how easy the kit will be to bolt on in the driveway, or if we make it this way, the consumer won't need to do an exhaust mod. We've found Rock Krawler is not one of these. And still at a cost that is comparable to the "Walmart" systems.
Speaking of rock krawler how do you like their rear 3 link kits and are they comparable to a 4 link, either a double or single triangulated?
Today 08:37 PM
JPi1
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Originally Posted by iwaxmyjimmy View Post
I've met some really good fabricators that were self taught. They just picked up a torch and started building stuff. I've started out with small projects and as my confidence and skills increased I added tougher things to try and tackle. So far so good, still getting better with my welds and how I do fabricate things. I'm not going to try and discourage anyone from trying to work on their own rig because that's not how this sport was built. Being encouraging and willing to lend a helping hand to someone is what it's all about. Granted there is some joking and constructive criticism that comes along with it. But I do like the money I save and the freedom to think outside of the box. Manufactures do make good products but also sacrifice function/strength for ease of install or manufacturing time. When I'm out in the garage taking up a lot of my free time, I'm building my own rig and doing things that work but don't necessary conform to the bolt on style of things most manufactures and shops push for to make a quick dollar. Plus that personal satisfaction of having more belly height on stock 32s and a RK 2.5 lift than most have on a 4" lift and 37s is pretty cool too. I'll be going to 35s next month and probably won't drag the belly on easy trails like John Bull, calico and the like. I'm building for the hammers with only 35s for right now. I'll go to 37s after I regear and get some chromoly shafts to make it reliable.
Not so much a "Quick Dollar" as it is 90% of the customers aren't ready to pay what the costs are to fab parts. If I say it's going to cost $10,000 to build you a custom suspension system, plus shocks and misc parts, the first thing I'll hear is "this is what I found on the internet for 1/4 the cost". There are many systems that are more concerned about how easy the kit will be to bolt on in the driveway, or if we make it this way, the consumer won't need to do an exhaust mod. We've found Rock Krawler is not one of these. And still at a cost that is comparable to the "Walmart" systems.
Today 01:16 PM
ELMOSYJ
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Originally Posted by JoeBot13 View Post
I know a lot of you are going to the meet and greet the following weekend ... but if you are available this weekend we can use the help: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f55/big...l#post12133465

C'mon everyone we need your help. Let's show these wounded warriors how much we appreciate their sacrifice. Please
Today 01:14 PM
ELMOSYJ
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Originally Posted by iwaxmyjimmy View Post
I've met some really good fabricators that were self taught. They just picked up a torch and started building stuff. I've started out with small projects and as my confidence and skills increased I added tougher things to try and tackle. So far so good, still getting better with my welds and how I do fabricate things. I'm not going to try and discourage anyone from trying to work on their own rig because that's not how this sport was built. Being encouraging and willing to lend a helping hand to someone is what it's all about. Granted there is some joking and constructive criticism that comes along with it. But I do like the money I save and the freedom to think outside of the box. Manufactures do make good products but also sacrifice function/strength for ease of install or manufacturing time. When I'm out in the garage taking up a lot of my free time, I'm building my own rig and doing things that work but don't necessary conform to the bolt on style of things most manufactures and shops push for to make a quick dollar. Plus that personal satisfaction of having more belly height on stock 32s and a RK 2.5 lift than most have on a 4" lift and 37s is pretty cool too. I'll be going to 35s next month and probably won't drag the belly on easy trails like John Bull, calico and the like. I'm building for the hammers with only 35s for right now. I'll go to 37s after I regear and get some chromoly shafts to make it reliable.

That is how America was built
Today 12:39 PM
JoeBot13 I know a lot of you are going to the meet and greet the following weekend ... but if you are available this weekend we can use the help:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f55/big...l#post12133465
Today 12:14 PM
RKCWLER Beautiful day today with blue skies and a slight breeze. Wish it could stay this way all summer long.
Today 11:34 AM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by Serg5000 View Post
Good morning everyone.
Good morning Serg
Today 11:34 AM
Serg5000 Good morning everyone.
Today 11:33 AM
iwaxmyjimmy I've met some really good fabricators that were self taught. They just picked up a torch and started building stuff. I've started out with small projects and as my confidence and skills increased I added tougher things to try and tackle. So far so good, still getting better with my welds and how I do fabricate things. I'm not going to try and discourage anyone from trying to work on their own rig because that's not how this sport was built. Being encouraging and willing to lend a helping hand to someone is what it's all about. Granted there is some joking and constructive criticism that comes along with it. But I do like the money I save and the freedom to think outside of the box.

Manufactures do make good products but also sacrifice function/strength for ease of install or manufacturing time. When I'm out in the garage taking up a lot of my free time, I'm building my own rig and doing things that work but don't necessary conform to the bolt on style of things most manufactures and shops push for to make a quick dollar. Plus that personal satisfaction of having more belly height on stock 32s and a RK 2.5 lift than most have on a 4" lift and 37s is pretty cool too. I'll be going to 35s next month and probably won't drag the belly on easy trails like John Bull, calico and the like. I'm building for the hammers with only 35s for right now. I'll go to 37s after I regear and get some chromoly shafts to make it reliable.
Today 10:10 AM
Socaltrailrider
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Originally Posted by JPi1 View Post
Here you go!
Good one Stan...lol
Today 09:06 AM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by JPi1 View Post
Here you go!
That's one serious track bar mount. Lol
Today 09:04 AM
JPi1
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Originally Posted by JeepHerz View Post
I hear ya Jimmy. If the hubster couldn't mechanically fix or upgrade everything I'd still have a stock Jeep. He wants a welder but I figure that's more work that would require his "free" time in the garage. I certainly should be willing to pay for some welding and give him a free day. Hey wait...I've seen Flashdance. Maybe I should buy a welder!
Here you go!
Today 07:53 AM
Ditchdoc Attachment 1324985

Saw this on my Facebook. I just got bonerfied!!!
Today 12:33 AM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by JeepHerz View Post
Hey wait...I've seen Flashdance. Maybe I should buy a welder!
Oh lord, I can't wait for the you tube of this, hahah!
Today 12:12 AM
JeepHerz I hear ya Jimmy. If the hubster couldn't mechanically fix or upgrade everything I'd still have a stock Jeep. He wants a welder but I figure that's more work that would require his "free" time in the garage. I certainly should be willing to pay for some welding and give him a free day.
Hey wait...I've seen Flashdance. Maybe I should buy a welder!
Yesterday 11:55 PM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by JeepHerz View Post
Might see you there when I drop mine off. Stan is welding new LCA skids on to replace my ah, newly custom fit bolt-ons. Thanks guys. You've convinced me my husband does NOT need a welder. Beating the crap out of my exhaust as well. I know its a Jeep but the rattle drives me nuts. Might be time for an AFE hi-tuck exhaust. Gets rid of the resonator- which I've also mangled. I also have a evap. tank skid that I can't use because RR didn't know about the resonator apparently. AFE is down the street and used Adrian's G35 to design their prototype....maybe I can get a good group buy price. As long as it doesn't sound like a rice burner....
I'll take a few burnt hairs for how much I've saved and the freedom to fab and build damn near anything for my jeep. Over the past month I've saved easily a grand if not two. Then again I had a lot of free time.
Yesterday 11:35 PM
JeepHerz
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Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
Just sitting home bored. Going to Stans weds morning for the new sliders. The old ones are hanging in the breeze. I have to do something about my exhaust. The tip is taco'd again and it is vibrating the whole jeep. Guess it's gonna get cut off and tucked up some. I did mostly stick welding. When I was learning I set the crotch of my coveralls on fire. Dang hurt like the dickens slapping out that fire.
Might see you there when I drop mine off. Stan is welding new LCA skids on to replace my ah, newly custom fit bolt-ons. Thanks guys. You've convinced me my husband does NOT need a welder.
Beating the crap out of my exhaust as well. I know its a Jeep but the rattle drives me nuts. Might be time for an AFE hi-tuck exhaust. Gets rid of the resonator- which I've also mangled. I also have a evap. tank skid that I can't use because RR didn't know about the resonator apparently. AFE is down the street and used Adrian's G35 to design their prototype....maybe I can get a good group buy price. As long as it doesn't sound like a rice burner....
Yesterday 10:27 PM
RKCWLER I would not arc/stick weld any overhead without full protection. I'm talking leather covered arms and upper body. The arc splatter carries much more heat than MIG and will burn right through cotton and melt polyester to your skin.
Yesterday 10:21 PM
Gunner Just sitting home bored. Going to Stans weds morning for the new sliders. The old ones are hanging in the breeze. I have to do something about my exhaust. The tip is taco'd again and it is vibrating the whole jeep. Guess it's gonna get cut off and tucked up some. I did mostly stick welding. When I was learning I set the crotch of my coveralls on fire. Dang hurt like the dickens slapping out that fire.
Yesterday 10:15 PM
aw12345
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Originally Posted by iwaxmyjimmy View Post
Welding over head is a pain in the ass ain't it? Lol
Nah it takes a bit of practice to get a nice bead, welding uphil with a mig is more interesting. Now welding overhead with 1/4" sticks isn't fun one of those loogies burn for a long time. Trying not to lay underneath your welding area helps too
Yesterday 09:18 PM
WOKNROX
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Originally Posted by Serg5000 View Post
I like welding overhead. As for ear protection, I grab a paper towel and roll it up the wet it. When the slag hits it, it puts it out instantly.
I don't mind it either. I use a wet painters sock to protect me from burns.
You can get 3 packs from Home Depot or Lowe's for only a couple bucks.
Yesterday 06:30 PM
Serg5000 I like welding overhead. As for ear protection, I grab a paper towel and roll it up the wet it. When the slag hits it, it puts it out instantly.
Yesterday 04:28 PM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by RKCWLER View Post
Yes, especially for the MIG splatter. I use the Huntsman 3/4 helmet (used for TIG welding) because it is very light and got a hot one roll into the left ear. But, I learned a long time ago to put ear plugs in whenever the welding is at or above your head. Saved my eardrums many times and the hot splatter usually melts into the ear plug and not your skin.
Yeah I try not to as much as I can my helmet covers my face pretty good but I'll have to try that ear plug thing next time.
Yesterday 04:17 PM
RKCWLER
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Originally Posted by iwaxmyjimmy View Post
Welding over head is a pain in the ass ain't it? Lol
Yes, especially for the MIG splatter. I use the Huntsman 3/4 helmet (used for TIG welding) because it is very light and got a hot one roll into the left ear. But, I learned a long time ago to put ear plugs in whenever the welding is at or above your head. Saved my eardrums many times and the hot splatter usually melts into the ear plug and not your skin.
Yesterday 04:14 PM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by iwaxmyjimmy View Post
It's the gravity lol it sucks lol
Gravity is definitely not our friend in many instances, lol.
Yesterday 04:10 PM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by Lab Lover View Post
Just close your eyes
It's the gravity lol it sucks lol
Yesterday 03:52 PM
Lab Lover
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Originally Posted by iwaxmyjimmy View Post
Welding over head is a pain in the ass ain't it? Lol
Just close your eyes
Yesterday 02:55 PM
iwaxmyjimmy
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Originally Posted by RKCWLER View Post
I finished off my front LCA skids this morning. First I welded the inside of the OEM brackets. Then I welded the skids on, wire brush them, primed and painted.
Welding over head is a pain in the ass ain't it? Lol
Yesterday 02:49 PM
RKCWLER I finished off my front LCA skids this morning. First I welded the inside of the OEM brackets. Then I welded the skids on, wire brush them, primed and painted.
Yesterday 01:43 PM
Ditchdoc I may also have a 16" double axle trailer with a removable 4' ramp that may come available for sale here in a few weeks. If you are interested let me know.
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