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Old 06-06-2018, 11:35 AM
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@Rapacious thanks for the kind words.


The owner of this white Sahara tired to prank me the other day. My office is in the center of our building so I can't see outside. She comes running in saying its pouring down rain. I was like IS IT REALLY?! Glad I have a towel I guess... Lol It wasn't raining.

Although Last week I did get caught in a pretty bad down pour on my drive home.

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Gotta say now that my Jeep is “complete”
Ha ha ha...... don’t lie 😂
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Ha ha ha...... donít lie 😂
I put "" around it. lol My list of wants are just a lot smaller than before I started modding.

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Thank you! I am really enjoying it.
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I put "" around it. lol My list of wants are just a lot smaller than before I started modding.




Thank you! I am really enjoying it.

Maybe you should just say that "Stage One" is done... That leaves you open for a lot of stages!

I forgot what stage I'm on now anyways! Haha

She came out great!
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The ride looks gorgeous. Solid build and thanks for the detailed and informative post.
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We took the Jeep down to Kansas Rocks today for a shake down run. Surprisingly, not a lot of shaking was done.

Speed limit for most of the drive is 75. Jeep handled that quite well. Once we got there we realized I forgot my air downs. Sadly, I wasn't the only one. So a few of us shared and used keys. Not a fun process with 37s and 30psi of air.

We finally got air'ed down and disconnected and headed off into the woods. Had a great time. I tried a new black trail that I hadn't been on before. It was a challenge but I made it up. So then another member of our group wanted to try so I lead him down to the start of it and then attempted a harder line out. This trail makes a V near the end so I tried the harder side and got hung up on my diff real good. After a few attempts I switched back to the other side and climbed out.

Another challenge I tried got me all the way up but I couldn't get out without risk of hitting my drivers door. So once I got to the top I winched myself up the rest of the way. It was nice to use my winch again. I really like the wireless feature of the X2O. That was the one and only time we used a winch that day. Apparently, my friend that has a JL on 35s also had to do the same thing once he made it to the top as well. He ran it a few weeks back. The guy spotting me today told me hes made it up twice but slammed HARD into a tree both times in his TJ. He told me this after I got to the top. lol It was a fun challenge.

A few other things we tried was this crazy full flexy muddy mess of a trail that puts you basically on your sides. It feels real bad how off camber you get and the mud makes for a challenge. It really is a soupy mess. After the "hard" part you have to get the pleasure of deep flowing water muddy ruts. I ended up taking them in a very fun way of having my front tires on the right rut and my rears in the left and just powering sideways up them.

There were a lot of other fun trails and our group was great. We had 4 of us. One TJ locked on 35s, a JKU Sport open on 35s, a JKU Sahara limited rear on 35s and my Cookie Monster. Later in the day, The Sahara had to leave and we gained another JKU Hard Rock that was fully cloaked. It looked great in Anvil color.

We mostly took it easy the second half of the day. Still staying to blues and blacks that we are used to as well as a lot of unmarked new trails. This park opened up a new section a year ago. So we were playing over there quite a bit.

So how did CM shake out? Well, I think my Rock Hard front skid has to go or get modified. Both my drag link and my tie rod made contact with it. Not too bad but enough that I am going to look for a different option.

The PSC steering box did well. However, I think I need to add a cooler for it. I still need to look into it more but I think I was really cooking the power steering fluid. I haven't had a chance to look at the levels since getting home. It did it's job quite well. But I am pretty sure I will be adding a cooler pretty quickly.

Everything else did their jobs nicely. I am glad I went with the KMC's over the ATX wheels. They did a pretty good job draining mud out of the wheels. The brakes were fantastic. Very impressed with them on the trails. I did however get some dirt or a rock stuck on one for a bit. Nails on a chalkboard!

The Falcons.... I have been running them in the 2-5 fronts and 2-4 rears. I like this setup a lot on the road. When we got to the park I switched them all to the 1 (lightest) setting. They felt great. At the end of the day, after airing up, I forgot to switch them back. I drove about 15 miles of mixed roads with them on the lightest setting. Also, I had a strong cross wind for a lot of that time. While it is soft and soaks up bumps nicely, it's not for me for on road performance. It makes my Jeep feel more top heavy and the cross winds didn't help. We stopped at a gas station (I wasn't going to make it home without some gas) and I flipped them all back to their 2 settings. I really like being able to make those kinds of adjustments so quickly and easily.

Overall, a great time was had by all. I prefer smaller groups when wheeling. You get to know everyone better and you can cover a lot more ground. Plus, I feel you can take more risks because if you do get stuck or have a problem you aren't holding a big group up and you can normally find a solution quickly without too much debate. Also, it's much easier to spot or be spotted.
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Oh I think I finally figured out what all the hype with the Steer Smarts Griffin is about. So I still had some mud in my wheels when we left. I could feel the Jeep giving off that shaking as the tires were out of balance till the mud or whatever sludge finally flung off. However during that time my steering wheel stayed rock solid. Never even giving a hint at the out of balance nature of the wheels.

While I also like how the wheel doesn't over react to bridges and bumps in the road. But I don't think it ever really clicked as I "needed" addition till today.

Full disclosure: I wasn't really sold on the "idea" of the griffin that I bought mine used on ebay while ebay was doing one of their 20% deals. So I ended up scoring mine pretty cheap. Had it not been for the deal I wouldn't have bought one.

I do like it and would recommend it now that I understand it better.
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RCVs: It's still hard to turn when locked on solid ground. It feels different than a U-joint axle does but say you are just on some dirt path and want to turn while locked. It's still not the same as driving unlocked. I've heard a lot of things (miss information) about RCVs. But I just wanted to say what I experienced with them.

Now, when on a trail where you really do need to be locked, I do feel like they work better. I can turn full lock to lock and not have that binding feeling you get with a U-Joint. Or, if you are fully turned it still reacts the way you would want it to. But once you are back to the main loop you are gonna want to unlock. Physics dictate that turning on even ground still sucks when locked.

Honestly, I really like how they feel on the types of trails we run. A lot of the time we will have a ledge at the top of a long rocky climb to get over with a oddball exit with a tree or rock messing up a normal line. Being able to be fully turned at the top and not feel like your u-joint is about to snap is a very nice feeling. Are they worth their price? That's a tough pill to swallow but, for me, I would say, yes.
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@RichL35 Thanks for talking me and my wife into the KMCs. I just washed the Jeep and I can't even imagine cleaning the Slabs out. The drain holes work well. Also the wheel design makes cleaning both sides out pretty easy. The rings took a beating but still look good. I think overall these are easier to clean than my stock wheels were.


Oh and they look bad ass!
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@RichL35 Thanks for talking me and my wife into the KMCs. I just washed the Jeep and I can't even imagine cleaning the Slabs out. The drain holes work well. Also the wheel design makes cleaning both sides out pretty easy. The rings took a beating but still look good. I think overall these are easier to clean than my stock wheels were.


Oh and they look bad ass!


No problem.. my favorite wheel! Glad you like them and don't regret getting them.
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I meant to post this the other day. But am I crazy or does the brown of the mud actually accent the Hydro Blue quite well?
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Here are a few more pics from our way home. I didn't really snap any while on the trials. We had a small group and were constantly on the move.

I was complimented on my Maximus-3 hook anchor. People really seem to like that setup.

Also, I am always amazed at what my cheap ebay grill insert catches on road trips.
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Ok guys, This build has been going pretty strong. However, I am having thoughts. Thoughts of infidelity... Thoughts of another.... I am very strongly considering getting..... An LJ. Yes, an LJ.. not a JL but a 2005 LJ (TJ Unlimited) We went and test drove it today. It very stock. Maybe too stock. haha.

There's a good chance it might make its way to our home this coming week. Now, sigh a sigh of relief. Cookie Monster isn't going anywhere!

This will be my wife's build. I am having it taken for a PPI on Monday. For you all that are following my thread, what say you, should I do it? Talk me out of it before I get in too deep.
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Hell.... LJ's are awesome! If it's in good shape and the frame is solid then I say go for it! Is it a Rubi?

But fair warning... I would make a terrible financial advisor! You have been warned...
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Haha, Thanks Rich, no it's not a Rubi. I wish is were, though.
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I keep hoping a reasonably priced, low mileage, in good condition LJ will fall into my lap. But alas, it hasn’t happened yet. I hope it checks out and you pick it up.
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Good news! We picked up the LJ. I like to joke, I went to buy a JL but found out I'm dyslexic.. please allow me to introduce the Oscar the Grouch Jeep project.

I'm sure I'll start a build thread over in the TJ section. However, I'm mostly am going to let my wife decide what to do with this one. I'll just guide her in the right direction.

We'll probably start with some steering and brakes upgrades and some protection. Rock rails for sure.
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Ok a few more before bed.
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Congrats! She looks like she's been treated well. I'll be following along


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That’s a great looking LJ. I can’t wait to see what you guys do to it!
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She is already talking about a lift and tires and and and. haha She's excited to get started on it. We have a women's trail run this weekend and she wishes she could wheel it. Instead she will be driving mine for the event. (Oh the humanity) I think I have created a monster.
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Here is some guidance.. Show her this picture and a second mortgage application. Told you I would make a terrible financial adviser!

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Just wait until your grill inserts catch a bird! I was so glad I had them in place. Of course min weíre just aluminum mesh gutter guard that I painted and rigged up. I wonder what would have happened to the radiator if the bird made it through the grill like it wanted.

I really like that LJ. Iíve been toying with the same idea. I canít get the whole fam in the current JKU? Itíll either be that or an old JKU that I drop a new motor into it.


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These finally came in, now to figure out how to install. You should get some for Cookie Monster. I have a hydro blue JKU on 37s too!



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Looks good. I like those rock rails a lot. Thats one thing I would like to upgrade in the near future.
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So we went wheeling yesterday. This time it was my wife's turn to wheel. Our club/local Jeep community put on a ladies event at a local off-road park. So all the ladies in our area were encouraged to bring out their Jeep's and wheel regardless of experience. We had a great turn out and had a lot of fun.

We broke into groups. We had two beginner groups, one intermediate, and one experienced group. My wife joined the intermediate after being talked into it by her friend. It was the perfect group for her. She really hasn't driven off-road but with the size and build of Cookie Monster she had no problems conquering the trails we took. We all had a great time even if we got rained on a little.

Some thoughts I am having. I need to adjust my front axle a little. I had pushed it forward a bit when we installed the Tera44. Well, it seems it's too far forward. My drivers side spring perch is able to hit upper trackbar mount. With that, I am debating taking the 3/4" spacer in the front and realignment brackets in the rear off. This would lower me back down to a normal 3.5" lift. Also, I think I am going to add a steering box cooler and maybe an anti-splash vent. I need to call PSC and see what they say. But I do like the idea of keeping the steering box as cool as I can.
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I took CM to a local shop yesterday because I noticed my spring perch comes in contact with my track bar brace. We made some adjustments to my arm lengths and did a little trimming. Apparently my Springs were also hitting the brace a little. So after they got that all cleaned up they put it on their RTI ramp to check their work.
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It's been a little while since I have posted anything. Nothing really new to report. It's been too hot to really do anything on the Jeep. Although, I have ordered a few goodies for it. I still need to install my inner fenders from JCR, I have a steering box cooler coming from PSC, and I have a replacement outer shaft from RCV that needs to go in. There is something wrong with my passengers side RCV. Their customer service is top notch. I plan on attacking that tomorrow.

We are planing a camping vacation so I have been shopping for tents. I feel like buying a house was easier. I am also looking at other camping accessories. We plan on going up to Yellowstone in a few weeks. I would love to have an off-road trailer with tent or even an off-road popup. But those are out of my budget for this year. I would like to get a tailgate table, a nice cooler or maybe even an ARB fridge. Wife likes the idea but I am also trying to save money at the moment. That green LJ has it's eyes on my wallet.

Anyways, thought I would post something up. I am going to a Jeep meet tonight. If I get a good pic of anything I'll post it up. Nothing too exciting yet. I might try to document my RCV replacement. It's not something you see everyday. I hope its as easy to replace as the guy on the phone made it sound.
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