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rketr 05-17-2010 07:22 PM

Project: GOTROK
 
It has been a while since I've updated anybody on the progress of my TJ. Finally got to drive it today (after almost 2 years of not moving).

Still more to do before I'm "done", but here are some updates:

Changed the license plate (just for fun -- probly the cheapest upgrade on the rig):
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0152.jpg

Armor Plating Across Sides and back, converted to LED lights, and comp cut rear:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0154.jpg
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0153.jpg

14" Coil Over Sway-A-Way shocks in the rear:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0155.jpg

14 Bolt Rear axle (5.38's, Detroit, Mosier Alloys):
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0156.jpg

A little bling:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0157.jpg

1410 with yoke protector:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0158.jpg

4-link rear:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0159.jpg

16" coil over Sway-A-Way in the front:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0161.jpg

rketr 05-17-2010 07:23 PM

Remote reservoir across engine:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0169.jpg
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0172.jpg

Full PSC hydraulic steering with axle stinger:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0177.jpg

Custom Gas filler neck (this was a hard one to figure out :p):
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0181.jpg
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0182.jpg
and yes, it leaks...gonna fix that :rolleyes:

KC lights, LED turn signals:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0164.jpg

Staun internal beadlocks (see dual valve stems?):
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0186.jpg

rketr 05-17-2010 07:24 PM

Tube fenders (almost done), 41x14.5 Iroks, Warn winch, etc, etc, etc:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0166.jpg
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0168.jpg




Yeah, baby!
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0160.jpg

nyvulcanman 05-17-2010 08:19 PM

thats a very good looking rig

cavediverjc 05-17-2010 08:23 PM

Looks awesome man!! Nice work. Do you have any problems running the full-hydro steering on the street? That thing is badass...... :D

abw0004 05-17-2010 08:53 PM

I really like what you have done man! Have you done anything to the engine?

rketr 05-17-2010 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nyvulcanman (Post 626913)
thats a very good looking rig

Thank ya, thank ya :D



Quote:

Originally Posted by cavediverjc (Post 626915)
Looks awesome man!! Nice work. Do you have any problems running the full-hydro steering on the street? That thing is badass...... :D

Hard to say right now. I drove it today only to find that it is in dire need of a full alignment. Right now it wanders all over the road. Will be getting the alignment done next week so it should be a lot more streetable after that.



Quote:

Originally Posted by abw0004 (Post 626948)
I really like what you have done man! Have you done anything to the engine?

Yes and no. The engine itself is stock, but I've done a dual batter upgrade, installed an Airaid intake, and recently picked up a Superchips programmer for it (mostly to help diagnose and clear OBD codes).

jpdocdave 05-17-2010 10:25 PM

holy full width axles, haha, just messing with ya. that thing is beastly, and built. nice work, where are you planning on taking it for a maiden run?

rketr 05-17-2010 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 627043)
holy full width axles, haha, just messing with ya. that thing is beastly, and built. nice work, where are you planning on taking it for a maiden run?

Probly just out to my ranch for the day or so. Nothing hard, just something to jostle everything around a bit.

After that I'll likely go to a local ranch for a day run. Easy to moderate trails to stretch its legs a bit.

Hardest part that I'm already starting to think about is the width. Outside edge to outside edge of the front tires is a whopping 89"! :eek: I think I'm going to have to get creative to get around and thru stuff...

Rawkon 05-18-2010 02:29 AM

awesome looking rig man! the steering will always feel funny, full hydro is nothing like a typical steering sytem, the hardest thing to get use too is the wheel not self centering. get some pics when you start beating on it!!! way cool rig

Ageless Stranger 05-18-2010 02:55 AM

That is simply amazing. :jawdrop:

csamn2007 05-18-2010 03:14 AM

Badass rig.

jgano23 05-18-2010 09:01 AM

awesome rig. it's come a long way.

abw0004 05-18-2010 03:38 PM

Do you have any before pictures?? Or has it always looked like this?

rketr 05-18-2010 11:20 PM

Actually, yes. I try to keep pics of its progress as the years go by.


Here it is brand new when I bought it back in March of '03:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...03070005-1.jpg



First mods -- 33x12.5's with 3.5" RE long arm -- March '04:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0625.jpg



Next round -- 35x12.5's with 4.5" RE long arm -- February '07:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_8398.jpg



Latest round -- 41x14.5's with ?? custom lift -- May '10:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0187.jpg

blkrubi88 05-19-2010 12:21 PM

Looks like your doing a good job, that things a BEAST!

abw0004 05-19-2010 04:39 PM

night and day difference from what it once was man

Indy 05-19-2010 05:09 PM

Awesome looking rig man!! Can't wait to see pictures of it flexing.

rketr 05-19-2010 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blkrubi88 (Post 628592)
Looks like your doing a good job, that things a BEAST!

Thanks.

Hard part is that I'm a computer security guy by trade...this was the first time I've done any body work, first time I opened an axle, had never mounted tires before, knew nothing about suspension, etc.

This rig is turning out to be the epitome of "be sure and do your research." However, that is the best part! I've had to research and figure EVERYTHING out myself...especially since I did all the work in my driveway over the last 2 years :punk:

nyvulcanman 05-19-2010 07:45 PM

for doing everything yourself that rig looks great you did a very good job with it

cavediverjc 05-19-2010 09:15 PM

I keep finding myself coming back to this thread, just for the pics!! :D

blkrubi88 05-20-2010 07:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rketr (Post 628972)
Thanks.

Hard part is that I'm a computer security guy by trade...this was the first time I've done any body work, first time I opened an axle, had never mounted tires before, knew nothing about suspension, etc.

This rig is turning out to be the epitome of "be sure and do your research." However, that is the best part! I've had to research and figure EVERYTHING out myself...especially since I did all the work in my driveway over the last 2 years :punk:


Wow, from the looks of your Jeep, I thought you did that for a living, I can only imagine what that thing would look like if you actually knew what you were doing!:punk: Keep up the good work and the pics!

rketr 05-20-2010 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blkrubi88 (Post 629494)
Wow, from the looks of your Jeep, I thought you did that for a living, I can only imagine what that thing would look like if you actually knew what you were doing!:punk: Keep up the good work and the pics!

:rofl: My point exactly!

cherokee980 05-20-2010 11:41 AM

Sweet!!!!

Ageless Stranger 05-20-2010 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blkrubi88 (Post 629494)
Wow, from the looks of your Jeep, I thought you did that for a living, I can only imagine what that thing would look like if you actually knew what you were doing!:punk: Keep up the good work and the pics!

Quote:

Originally Posted by rketr (Post 629739)
:rofl: My point exactly!


:rofl: I was wondering how you would take that comment. :D

Wow. I just saw the progression photos. Amazing to see the trasformation. :appl: Hats off man!

rketr 05-20-2010 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ageless Stranger (Post 629757)
:rofl: I was wondering how you would take that comment. :D

Wow. I just saw the progression photos. Amazing to see the trasformation. :appl: Hats off man!

I'll be the first to admit that, when starting a project, I have no idea what the hell I'm doing. That said, I'm pretty good at figuring things out and am not scared of a challenge.

To that, after I finish this round of mods, the next thing will be to drop a LS in there. I wanna open the hood and see "Corvette" :punk:

Hard part there is gonna be convincing the wife to let me do it :D

Ageless Stranger 05-20-2010 11:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rketr (Post 629770)
Hard part there is gonna be convincing the wife to let me do it :D

I've heard it's easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. I don't suggest that, or subscribe to that theory myself. It's just what I've heard. :D

blkrubi88 05-20-2010 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rketr (Post 626864)
14" Coil Over Sway-A-Way shocks in the rear:
http://i839.photobucket.com/albums/z...r/DSC_0155.jpg

Even the zip ties look bada** on this Jeep!:rofl:

When you finish yours, feel free to get more practice on mine!:D

rketr 05-20-2010 04:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blkrubi88 (Post 629809)
Even the zip ties look bada** on this Jeep!:rofl:

When you finish yours, feel free to get more practice on mine!:D

Yeah, that was a "hurry-up-we-gotta-move-it-because-the-HOA-is-bitching-again" mod. Doubt it'll stay that way :D

blkrubi88 05-21-2010 08:20 AM

What other plans do you have for the beast?


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