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icp1327 05-15-2011 10:38 PM

My TJ "Bessie Lou"
 
Just got this last December...love this thing...with gas prices going up I should really drive the wife's car but we love this thing and we take it everywhere!

The first project I have tackled on it was taking the crappy spacer lift kit and air bags off(soon to be sold on craigslist). Man was that ride rough...but I put a 3" BDS lift in and I love it. I will get pics of that up when it stops raining.

Next on the list is a Rokmen Mercenary, new mirrors (since they never stay in place), some KC's, winch, and hopefully some sliders. Then a SYE (to re-gain the dropped transfer case clearance). I will be buying the Mercenary this week and the lights too.

Her name is "Old Bessie Lou" or "Bessie Lou" for short.

http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/4...stwrangler.jpg

icp1327 05-28-2011 02:34 AM

Still waiting on my Rokmen....the wait is killing me but I have been told it will be worth it!!!!

hgesell 05-28-2011 08:42 AM

Nice ride.

kjeeper10 05-28-2011 12:24 PM

Very nice man. Love the wheels with the red. My Yj way back was the same color. I miss the red. My Tj now is siver.

icp1327 06-16-2011 12:36 AM

It is pretty hot...I think my wife gets jealous that I am spending so much time with her!!! Got all the new parts, the bumper is painted but I jacked up my back at drill so I can't put it on yet. Later this week I hope...but here are some more pictures...

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...umperweb2.jpg/http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...pBumperWeb.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...BumperWeb2.jpg

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...bumperweb.jpg/

All Primed...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...erPrimeWeb.jpg
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...rprimeweb.jpg/

icp1327 06-16-2011 12:43 AM

While I am on "light" duty I am also designing my power distribution block...got to keep that engine compartment looking good!!!!

-Radar

icp1327 06-16-2011 12:59 AM

Here is the bumper fully painted...don't know where the post I just made went....

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...edBlackWeb.jpg

The driving lights...I also have a pair of long range KCs that are going on the windshield mounts...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p.../LightsWeb.jpg

Mattstevens 06-16-2011 01:11 AM

what kind of bumber is that?

icp1327 06-16-2011 01:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mattstevens (Post 1309551)
what kind of bumber is that?

Rokmen Mercenary...great company. Dave and those guys treated me well and the craftsmanship is amazing and best of all it is American made!!!

-Radar

KBR97 06-16-2011 12:17 PM

That bumper is one of a few on my wish list.:thumb:

donnieR32 06-16-2011 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by icp1327 (Post 1241872)
Just got this last December...love this thing...with gas prices going up I should really drive the wife's car but we love this thing and we take it everywhere!

The first project I have tackled on it was taking the crappy spacer lift kit and air bags off(soon to be sold on craigslist). Man was that ride rough...but I put a 3" BDS lift in and I love it. I will get pics of that up when it stops raining.

Next on the list is a Rokmen Mercenary, new mirrors (since they never stay in place), some KC's, winch, and hopefully some sliders. Then a SYE (to re-gain the dropped transfer case clearance). I will be buying the Mercenary this week and the lights too.

Her name is "Old Bessie Lou" or "Bessie Lou" for short.

http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/4...stwrangler.jpg

Looks great..did you have to make any other adjustments with the suspension..like a Transfer case drop or anything like that? I'm trying to get as much detail as I can about 3" lifts and what ALL they entail. Thanks.

icp1327 06-17-2011 01:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donnieR32 (Post 1311477)
Looks great..did you have to make any other adjustments with the suspension..like a Transfer case drop or anything like that? I'm trying to get as much detail as I can about 3" lifts and what ALL they entail. Thanks.

Right now it does have the tcase drop...that will change in the future but I am buying other stuff right now. Eventually I will get a SYE...eventually.

donnieR32 06-17-2011 01:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by icp1327 (Post 1312055)
Right now it does have the tcase drop...that will change in the future but I am buying other stuff right now. Eventually I will get a SYE...eventually.

So having that lift without the SYE hasn't caused any damage or issues for you?

icp1327 06-17-2011 02:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donnieR32 (Post 1312082)
So having that lift without the SYE hasn't caused any damage or issues for you?

Nope...well at least none that I have noticed. With the drop it really didn't change anything. She drives better than when I got her...

-Radar

icp1327 06-28-2011 10:57 PM

So I feel stupid...I have a jacked up back (injured right after finishing painting the bumper) and today I got a buddy to come over to only find out that this isn't the right bumper....I don't know how that got all jacked up.

There are two extra holes on the back that look like could attach under the sway bar...guess I am calling Rokmen in the morning....

Scoob 06-28-2011 11:08 PM

Looks to me like it might be a bumper set up for an anti-rock sway bar?

icp1327 06-28-2011 11:22 PM

I have no idea...this is the first time I have really dove deep into my bumper. I got the lift installed by one of my Assistant Coaches (for my sons football team) shop.

It just really sucks because I have waited all this time and had her all nice and painted...I guess such is life, but they were great to work with when ordering so I am hopeful about the outcome.

Captain Paul 06-28-2011 11:43 PM

What is the out come??

icp1327 06-28-2011 11:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Paul (Post 1339361)
What is the out come??


Whats going to happen...don't know yet. Stopped the whole process and left them a message, like I said...they were good to me when ordering so I am hopeful.

ClPeller 06-28-2011 11:50 PM

Nice jeep. And I have a quick question. I don't want to jack your thread, but I recently installed a 3" BDS as well. And I was wondering how exactly does a SYE eliminate the need for the T-case drop? I'm pretty new to all this stuff, so I still have a lot to learn..

icp1327 06-29-2011 12:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ClPeller (Post 1339389)
Nice jeep. And I have a quick question. I don't want to jack your thread, but I recently installed a 3" BDS as well. And I was wondering how exactly does a SYE eliminate the need for the T-case drop? I'm pretty new to all this stuff, so I still have a lot to learn..


Same here, if I am wrong please correct me...as far as I know it just adjusts your drive line angle allowing you to push that thing back up into the guts of the Jeep body...as it sits now I have to have it down to keep the driveline "level"...

Is this right wise Jeepers?

icp1327 06-30-2011 01:48 AM

Alright got some good pics of the install tonight...best of all Rokmen has shined through with their AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE. I was informed by Jeff that they have changed the design. You now have to take off the old bumper and the sway bar. Slide the Mercenary under the sway bar and re-bolt it. One problem...you now need longer bolts for the back attachment of the sway bar. Will post pictures.

-Radar

icp1327 07-31-2011 03:33 AM

The bumper has been on for a while.....
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...erInstall1.jpg

First I took off the tow hooks...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...erInstall3.jpg

Then I took off the bumper, there is one bolt on the bottom....

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...erInstall4.jpg

Next...the new style bumper requires you take off the sway bar...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...tallBolts6.jpg

My make shift breaker bar...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...llbreaker8.jpg

These can be a pain to get off...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...erInstall7.jpg

Just slide the bumper right on...it will look as sexy as this....

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...stallfinal.jpg


There was really only one issue....the back bolts didn't fit (sway bar bolts). I called Rokmen about it...they said it normally works. So either the angle is a little wrong on the bumper or my frame is off.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...llProblem1.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...llProblem2.jpg



Overall an awesome bumper...extremely well built. I will buy from them again. It is really nice and I would recommend this to anyone!!!

icp1327 07-31-2011 03:36 AM

Took her in the sticks in Southern Idaho...tons of fun except being responsible for my own search and rescue...the only problem is that someone stole one of my shackles while we were camping!!!! Jerks....I would have let them have it if they just said they needed one.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...JeepTrail1.jpg

icp1327 08-16-2011 01:45 AM

Went to lunch today and got this little surprise bump from the lady behind me....

This is her car...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...Jeep/image.jpg

This is what happened to my rear...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p.../Jeep/Rear.jpg

This is what happened to the dude in front of me....

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...eep/image3.jpg

Finally this is what happened to my awesome Rokmen Mercenary...

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/p...eep/image6.jpg

If you look beyond some of the dirt from some puddles I took the kids through, you can see the little itty bitty scratch....

Baltimore 08-16-2011 01:54 AM

Hahah bumper looking good, but tailgate not so good. :(

icp1327 09-03-2011 05:43 AM

So I got the insurance company to come look at this earlier this week, finally. I am getting a second quote on Tuesday. When it is all said and done I am debating on one thing...do I just pull the body corners out and add corner armor instead of repainting? Any thoughts, I could save money doing it and save even more if I add the warrior tailgate cover.....hmmmmm....


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