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06-27-2013 07:44 AM
Terry J Finally got everything wired up and just where I want it. So here are some finished pics.
06-26-2013 09:46 AM
Nissantech Looks good man!
06-26-2013 08:50 AM
MFsoftball22 Yea that helps a lot. I really like the way they look and it sounds like they are not to bad on clearance. I think that a set of these will be in my near future.

Thanks
06-25-2013 07:18 PM
Terry J
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Originally Posted by MFsoftball22 View Post
How do you like the Smitty SRC Side Armor Steps on your jeep?
About how much lower does the bottom of the Step sit from the bottom of the body panel? (judging ground clearance)

Thanks
ok From the bottom of the body panel to the lowest poing on the rail is 6" then i have 19 from the floor to the bottom of the rail. Hope that helps.
06-25-2013 10:50 AM
MFsoftball22
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Originally Posted by Terry J View Post
Yeah i hear ya on the lifts and suspension. Ive been wheeling awhile just with big boy vehicles like blazers. Im a chevy person by heart but i grew up around jeeps with my dad and liked this one when i seen it and needed something for huntin so I bought it. Been a mechanic my whole life so working on them has never been a big deal for me. I imagine once i get into it some better springs and shock will probably do what i need. Nothing fancy. lol
I got ya. Yea Im a Chevy man myself as my Grandpa work for them his whole life. Spings and Shocks are def a good start and should solve your problem. There are just a lot of people out there who throw things together and really have no idea. they want a lift so they take the cheapest route instead of doing it right. I spend a lot of time fixing the PO half a$$ work and it sucks. Not a certified mechanic myself but have gained a lot of knowledge as I have a brother and numerous friends that are and a co-manager that is a GM certified Master Technician who also worked for a 4X4 Performance Shop for 5 years.

Got to love the Jeeps for Hunting Too
06-25-2013 10:24 AM
Terry J
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Originally Posted by MFsoftball22 View Post
I would appreciate that. That is my opinion too. I have Nerf Bars right now and looking to get rid of them. They would already be off if my GF wasnt so short LOL. She def needs a step and I am thinking the same way, might as well make it practical. I need something that she can use to get in and out but I dont want it to rob a bunch of ground clearance. Thats why i looked at the Rocker Panels with step but think those will be way too high for her to use as a step, esp when I lift more. But I would appreciate the info. Thanks

As far as your stiff lift. I would do some research as there is a lot more that goes into lifting a vehicle than most people think. Its not just throw some lift springs on and go. There are a lot of good threads on here for lifts. They go from DD to Hardcore Off Roaders. There will be info on a lift that would suit you good for your needs and all the info you need to properly lift or fix your current lift. I have read many of the threads and have narrowed mine down to 2. I have been doing research on both and weighing the pros and cons of each. This is what you need to do if you want get the best lift for your money and have it done right. Might have to read through some pissing matches from time to time but there is a lot of good info out there to help you find the best lift for you. Just my $0.02
Yeah i hear ya on the lifts and suspension. Ive been wheeling awhile just with big boy vehicles like blazers. Im a chevy person by heart but i grew up around jeeps with my dad and liked this one when i seen it and needed something for huntin so I bought it. Been a mechanic my whole life so working on them has never been a big deal for me. I imagine once i get into it some better springs and shock will probably do what i need. Nothing fancy. lol
06-25-2013 09:59 AM
TJZ
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Originally Posted by Terry J View Post

Yes it does!! Looks good too!! What kind of top do you have? Mines a pain to take on and off. It dosent just fold down. I wish i had the hard top it originally came with but the PO im assuming sold it.
Stock Soft Top on mine. I keep it down almost all year here in Az. I was thinking of going to a frameless top as this one is a pain in the ass too. I run with my Cargo Net Most of the time.


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06-25-2013 09:52 AM
MFsoftball22
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Originally Posted by Terry J View Post
Ill get some measurements tonight for ya. I just put them on but seem nice so far. Wife is 5'6" and really needed a step more than i needed rock rails but i figure if im gonna put steps on it at least they can be functional and not ugly like nerf bars. JMO.. My jeep has a 4" lift i think. It came with it so i dont really know. I do know it rides like a sherman tank so someday ill probably change the lift out for something a bit more flexible.
I would appreciate that. That is my opinion too. I have Nerf Bars right now and looking to get rid of them. They would already be off if my GF wasnt so short LOL. She def needs a step and I am thinking the same way, might as well make it practical. I need something that she can use to get in and out but I dont want it to rob a bunch of ground clearance. Thats why i looked at the Rocker Panels with step but think those will be way too high for her to use as a step, esp when I lift more. But I would appreciate the info. Thanks

As far as your stiff lift. I would do some research as there is a lot more that goes into lifting a vehicle than most people think. Its not just throw some lift springs on and go. There are a lot of good threads on here for lifts. They go from DD to Hardcore Off Roaders. There will be info on a lift that would suit you good for your needs and all the info you need to properly lift or fix your current lift. I have read many of the threads and have narrowed mine down to 2. I have been doing research on both and weighing the pros and cons of each. This is what you need to do if you want get the best lift for your money and have it done right. Might have to read through some pissing matches from time to time but there is a lot of good info out there to help you find the best lift for you. Just my $0.02
06-25-2013 09:33 AM
Terry J
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Originally Posted by TJZ View Post
Looks a lot like my Rig


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Yes it does!! Looks good too!! What kind of top do you have? Mines a pain to take on and off. It dosent just fold down. I wish i had the hard top it originally came with but the PO im assuming sold it.
06-25-2013 09:29 AM
Terry J
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Originally Posted by SinfulDragon View Post
Just went out and looked at my winch setup.
I have the head of the bolt on the inside of the winch fairlead and the nuts on the outside. Looking at it, if I did that in reverse, I too would be hitting the body of the winch with the bolt. I can't really tell from the pictures how you have yours, but maybe all you need to do is flip them around
Yeah that would have worked had i put the fairlead on first. Probably should have done that anyway. I might go back and pull it all apart and change it to that. I have to say that winch is not on the light side though. LOL
06-25-2013 09:26 AM
Terry J
Quote:
Originally Posted by MFsoftball22 View Post
How do you like the Smitty SRC Side Armor Steps on your jeep?
About how much lower does the bottom of the Step sit from the bottom of the body panel? (judging ground clearance)

I have been looking at a couple different side rails/steps. I looked at the Smitty Side Armor Guards, Rock Sliders with Step, and the Rocker Guards. I'm thinking that these might be the best fit for me as my GF is only 5'2" and needs something to step on to get in. That is with a 3" lift. I plan on going to a 5+ in. lift sometime soon so she will def need a step. Just trying to get some info on them.

Thanks
Ill get some measurements tonight for ya. I just put them on but seem nice so far. Wife is 5'6" and really needed a step more than i needed rock rails but i figure if im gonna put steps on it at least they can be functional and not ugly like nerf bars. JMO.. My jeep has a 4" lift i think. It came with it so i dont really know. I do know it rides like a sherman tank so someday ill probably change the lift out for something a bit more flexible.
06-25-2013 09:24 AM
TJZ
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Originally Posted by Terry J View Post
The big brown truck showed up yesterday and brought be some more goodies for the Jeep. Rock Rails/Steps for the wife installed Pretty easily with only 2 broken drill bits. However..

The winch is a Superwinch Tigershark 9500. I read a bunch of reviews and it is an entry level winch but for no more off roading than i do Its more of a play pretty so entry level was fine for me. The bumper is a smitybuilt XRC bumper. I just figured for posterity someone might buy this same combo and i figured i would relay my issues so far. 1. The tabs for the lights and this winch dont go well together. the tab on the pass side has to be bent up slightly to get the winch control box to fit underneath it. 2. When adding KC lights with the big rubber grommets that sandwhich in between the tab when fastening do not fit on the bottom. 3. The winch fairlead bolts are too long and wont tighten all the way without jamming up against the winch frame. So im gonna have to find some solutions for these small things. Should be that big of an issue just figured id add my .02 cents on this combo.
Looks a lot like my Rig


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06-25-2013 09:21 AM
SinfulDragon Just went out and looked at my winch setup.
I have the head of the bolt on the inside of the winch fairlead and the nuts on the outside. Looking at it, if I did that in reverse, I too would be hitting the body of the winch with the bolt. I can't really tell from the pictures how you have yours, but maybe all you need to do is flip them around
06-25-2013 09:19 AM
Terry J
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Originally Posted by SinfulDragon View Post
Have that same bumper, I like it a lot.
Some washers will provide a quick fix for your bolts that are too long (or a grinder could cut them to size quickly as well).

Your rails/steps.... those don't bolt into the body, I like the idea of that but how sturdy are they? do they flex when you are on them? what if you bounce a little bit? Do they tie into the body mounts or directly to the frame where the steps were? any chance of a part number on them that you would share so I can scout them out. My wife could use some steps and the kids would probably appreciate them as well.
The steps bolt directly to the frame. You have to position it where you want it and mark and drill 5/16th's holes in the frame and then bolt it to the frame using the self taping bolts provided. Ill probably go back later on down the road and weld them in place just for some extra insurance. Im almost 300#s and i can stand and jump up and down so id say they are pretty sturdy. Here is the part number on Summit's website where i ordered them from. SMT-76631 I have a few places close by I can get shorter bolts for the fairlead I just didnt have time last night. Figured that would be the easiest fix and as for the lights I figure smaller washers for the bottom would remedy that as well.

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Originally Posted by Kentuckytj View Post
I like the combo. The bump looks good in my opinion. I'm debating on getting a winch as well. I do not Offroad but might drive down a logging road from time to time. I would like to have the little extra insurance.
Thanks. I like the combo as well just figured id share the quirks Ive run into so far. Ill probably use the winch to pull my buddies out on occasion and during dear season for hoisting and cleaning the deer. I dont really wheel anymore but occasionally ill go watch and play in a mud puddle or two. Some of the roads getting to my buddies cabin can be a bit tricky but all in all its more for just in case.
06-25-2013 09:15 AM
MFsoftball22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry J View Post
The big brown truck showed up yesterday and brought be some more goodies for the Jeep. Rock Rails/Steps for the wife installed Pretty easily with only 2 broken drill bits. However..

The winch is a Superwinch Tigershark 9500. I read a bunch of reviews and it is an entry level winch but for no more off roading than i do Its more of a play pretty so entry level was fine for me. The bumper is a smitybuilt XRC bumper. I just figured for posterity someone might buy this same combo and i figured i would relay my issues so far. 1. The tabs for the lights and this winch dont go well together. the tab on the pass side has to be bent up slightly to get the winch control box to fit underneath it. 2. When adding KC lights with the big rubber grommets that sandwhich in between the tab when fastening do not fit on the bottom. 3. The winch fairlead bolts are too long and wont tighten all the way without jamming up against the winch frame. So im gonna have to find some solutions for these small things. Should be that big of an issue just figured id add my .02 cents on this combo.
How do you like the Smitty SRC Side Armor Steps on your jeep?
About how much lower does the bottom of the Step sit from the bottom of the body panel? (judging ground clearance)

I have been looking at a couple different side rails/steps. I looked at the Smitty Side Armor Guards, Rock Sliders with Step, and the Rocker Guards. I'm thinking that these might be the best fit for me as my GF is only 5'2" and needs something to step on to get in. That is with a 3" lift. I plan on going to a 5+ in. lift sometime soon so she will def need a step. Just trying to get some info on them.

Thanks
06-25-2013 08:46 AM
Kentuckytj I like the combo. The bump looks good in my opinion. I'm debating on getting a winch as well. I do not Offroad but might drive down a logging road from time to time. I would like to have the little extra insurance.
06-25-2013 08:46 AM
SinfulDragon Have that same bumper, I like it a lot.
Some washers will provide a quick fix for your bolts that are too long (or a grinder could cut them to size quickly as well).

Your rails/steps.... those don't bolt into the body, I like the idea of that but how sturdy are they? do they flex when you are on them? what if you bounce a little bit? Do they tie into the body mounts or directly to the frame where the steps were? any chance of a part number on them that you would share so I can scout them out. My wife could use some steps and the kids would probably appreciate them as well.
06-25-2013 08:13 AM
Terry J
Smitybuilt XRC Bumper and Superwinch

The big brown truck showed up yesterday and brought be some more goodies for the Jeep. Rock Rails/Steps for the wife installed Pretty easily with only 2 broken drill bits. However..

The winch is a Superwinch Tigershark 9500. I read a bunch of reviews and it is an entry level winch but for no more off roading than i do Its more of a play pretty so entry level was fine for me. The bumper is a smitybuilt XRC bumper. I just figured for posterity someone might buy this same combo and i figured i would relay my issues so far. 1. The tabs for the lights and this winch dont go well together. the tab on the pass side has to be bent up slightly to get the winch control box to fit underneath it. 2. When adding KC lights with the big rubber grommets that sandwhich in between the tab when fastening do not fit on the bottom. 3. The winch fairlead bolts are too long and wont tighten all the way without jamming up against the winch frame. So im gonna have to find some solutions for these small things. Should be that big of an issue just figured id add my .02 cents on this combo.

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