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Old 09-18-2019, 02:28 PM
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Just wanted to share my build. Please feel free to criticize or ask questions. I will share some pics but if you have anything specific you want to see let me know:
-Mopar lift
-metalcloak: rocker exoskin, tube fenders, steering stabilizer flip bracket, rear diff skid.
-Rockhard patriot tube rock sliders - angled up
-Wet Okole seat covers
-Rugged Ridge 3rd break like ring
-Maximus-3 stinger bar for OEM steel bumper
-Cooltech CB antenna mount
-Rugged ridge aluminum hood latch
-Tazer JL mini
-Rugged Ridge trail runner classic steel wheel with 37" Milestar Patagonia
-Steersmart YETI XD Tie Rod
-Fox shox 2.0 Performance series TS steering stabilizer
-Northridge 4x4 HD grade 8 bolt upgrade kit
-Rancho front diff slider
-Quadratec Q-performance Stealth Winch 10K with synthetic rope
-Front and rear shock mount sliders

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Old 09-19-2019, 09:09 AM
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-Dynomax muffler elimination pipe.

Here are some pics.


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Old 09-20-2019, 06:56 AM
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Just ordered some Total Metal Innovations (TMI) weld-on beadlocks for my Rugged Ridge steel wheels. This set-up will just be for wheeling and I plan on running tire balance beads - they come with the beadlock kit from TMI. I will post some pics once im done welding them up. I will continue to run my OEM wheels for daily driving.

The wheels are black but im trying to decide on a fun color for the outer ring, so far my color choices have been limited to black for all the aftermarket stuff. Since these wheels are just for wheeling it might be fun to add a little color.

I was kinda boring and went with the design call "Gear Lock"

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Old 09-26-2019, 01:15 PM
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TMI shipped the beadlocks so hopefully I will get to weld them up in the next couple weeks.

I have been thinking about replacing my rear bumper for a while, mostly because it is such a pain to clean after wheeling. It really collects mud and dirt! I also gets in the way for mounting a 37" spare. With that being said, I got my hands on one of Rusty's Rear Fascia Cover Kit. This is a three piece kit that covers the vulnerable part of the rear end that is often damaged from the OEM bumper flexing into the body when wheeling. I also got Rusty's Xtreme Trail Stubby Rear Bumper, which is barely a bumper . I will post some pics once I get it installed. I have to figure out my license plate situation. Here is a pic with one of the three rear fascia pieces installed.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:07 PM
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Finished installing the Rusty Fiscia protection kit and bumper. It is a minimalist look, but I like it so far. I reinstalled the bumper sensors, which was the biggest pain in the whole project.

My next issue is figuring out what do do with the license plate and plate light. Im looking at the Rough Country relocation bracket.
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Figure out my rear license plate. Got a relocation mount from rough country. I was a bit of a pain wiring in the license plate light. I actually tapped in to the wiring harness for the passenger taillight.
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Finished welding up the beadlocks and painting. Just waiting on the tires to come in. I will be using balancing beads. The outer ring is metallic blue.
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When I installed by metalcloak fenders I just cut down the inner liners and went with that. I am probably going to eventually get some front inner fender liners, but I think for the rear I am going to go with spray in bed liner. Thoughts?
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Here is a quick pic of the outer ring painted metallic blue sitting on top of the anti conning tabs
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When I installed by metalcloak fenders I just cut down the inner liners and went with that. I am probably going to eventually get some front inner fender liners, but I think for the rear I am going to go with spray in bed liner. Thoughts?
Sand or wire wheel the inner fenderwell before spraying. Mine has held up well with just the Rustoleum brand rattle can bedliner spray. Easy to touch up if it get marked up too.
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One of the things that has really bothered me about the JL is how low the rear shock mounts sit. I installed sliders over them a while back, which have taken a couple good hits. When I was originally looking at lifts I really liked how the Metalcloak kit moved the rear lower shock mounts up a couple inches and you could chop off a couple inches.

Well I decided to get the EVO manufacturing relocation kit and gain myself 2.5" of clearance. Im not exactly sure how its going to work out with the current shock and bump stop height (2" over stock right now), but im hoping it will all work. I called Fox and they said the shock should be fine riding at a more compressed position as long as it does not bottom out on extension up or down. My plan is to put a floor jack under the rear tire and make sure the bump stops are the correct height, EVO seemed to think I would need 3" of bump stop so I guess we will see.
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Nice Job

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Old 10-15-2019, 08:49 AM
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Finished everything with the TMI weld-on beadlocks. They are mounted and have balancing beads, which work great. The tires are 37*12.5*17 Yokohama Geolander MTs. They are surprisingly quiet on the road. But they do seem to be very heavy, maybe its just because I have never lifted another 37??
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I tried my best to test the bump stops with the 37s, I have an almost 2 foot high ramp that I built but that wasn't enough to max out the flex. I guess I will have to wait till my next wheeling trip, which is this weekend.
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I also completed the installation of the EVO Manufacturing rear shock relocation bracket. I tested the compression and rebound of the shock and was not able to fully test it to see if the bump stops would keep the shock from bottoming out, but from what I was able to see it looked good.

During the installation I did discover one of the less than a year old Fox shocks was dead. I wonder if this shock can be re-built.

You can see in one of the pictures how much I cut off of the post that has the mount. The extra clearance will be great and it looks much better.
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Looks really good! Did you go with the Thin fenders out of necessity, or just a preference? I have a 2 door rubi and am thinking about 37's.
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Finished applying the spray in Bed Liner in the rear inner fenders, it was supper easy! I used a kit I got from Amazon (Custom Coat BLACK 0.875 Gallon Urethane Spray-On Truck Bed Liner Kit with Spray Gun with Regulator.) I used two cans to give both wheel wells two coats.

You guys may find this to be a bit ghetto, but I used heavy duty duck tape from gorilla to tape off some of the more vulerable stuff in the wheel well, such as some connectors and a combination of tape and pieces of plastic I cut out of the OEM liners to cover the gas line. Then I sprayed the bed liner over all of it. It turned out great.
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I Went with the high, thin fenders to give me maximum clearance, protection for the side of the jeep, and cause I liked the look. You get a good couple extra inches of clearance with them over the OEM fenders. I got the Metalcloak ones because I liked how they kept the Led lights in the front and I just like the lines/flow of them better than other options.
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Another quick note. I read a lot of people saying you would loose 8th gear with the 8-speed auto and 37s if you did NOT changing the gears to something like a 4.56. I have been driving around with them for a couple days now and my JL has had no issues going into 8th normally. For example when I settle out at 55-60 its in 8th. There has been no noticeable difference in power either. I am not sure about MPG, I will update after my trip this weekend. I have a 5hr drive to Uwharrie, NC
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Another quick note. I read a lot of people saying you would loose 8th gear with the 8-speed auto and 37s if you did NOT changing the gears to something like a 4.56. I have been driving around with them for a couple days now and my JL has had no issues going into 8th normally. For example when I settle out at 55-60 its in 8th. There has been no noticeable difference in power either. I am not sure about MPG, I will update after my trip this weekend. I have a 5hr drive to Uwharrie, NC
It's hard to "loose" 8th gear but I suppose you could.

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