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Old 10-02-2018, 02:08 PM
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I got my fall catalog yesterday and sure enough the new Stealth Winch was right there on the cover. I am trying to talk myself out of buying it for my JKU. I already have a Smittybuilt X20 that has been great so far. But something about this winch has me drawn like a moth to the flame. Plus the majority of the parts added to my Jeep came from Quadratec and I kinda feel like I should show some kind of advertising for them.

Someone talk me out of it.

In other news I am pretty sure I bent an axle flange. I am going to get that checked out tomorrow.

I also won a few goodies from a club picnic. Mostly for the LJ but I did get an external CB speaker that I am thinking about mounting in the roll bar padding.

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Hello fellow Jeepers. Sorry I haven't been active in a while. It's been a very long, cold winter. Now that we are coming out of the deep freeze it's time to start playing with Jeep again.

Other than regular maintenance nothing has really changed on the Jeep lately. However, I can say that everything seems to be doing great. I still really like the lift and shocks. My ride is probably my favorite thing about my Jeep.

I have a few parts that need to go on. They've been sitting for a while due to the winter. I have a replacement steering pump that should work better with how the fluid flows into it. This will make more sense when I post up about the change. I have inner fenders from JCR and I still have the steering cooler and accessories to put on.

Some upcoming changes: I am debating replacing my rear bumper / tire carrier. I need to take this one apart and see if I can modify it to make it work. The issue is my wheels have a 3.5" back spacing and the adjustment on the carrier will not allow the tire to suck in close enough to the Jeep to keep it firm on the swing bars. So I have some hockey pucks on there but it's not ideal. I am looking for suggestions.

I think a soft top should be one of my next purchases. Not 100% sure what one to go with.

My wife is wanting me to get an ARB fridge before our road trips this summer.

I'll probably get some Bartacts as well. I have a few other ideas as well.

We are really starting to shift focus over to the green LJ. We've started pricing out axles, fenders, lifts, and steering. It's a Sport so it currently has a 30 front and 44 rear. We're going to swap the front to a 44. I need to look into how well the stock rear does with big tires. Looking at the different hi-line fenders like Metal Cloak and Poison Spyder. I keep going back and forth if I should go with long arms or not. We were wanting to keep the lift around 3.5" with a 1" body and the hi-line fenders. SOOOOO I don't know. Thats just short enough to not NEED long arms but..... I don't know. I used a Currie setup on my last TJ and never had an issue with it. So I am thinking I will do it again. I may bite the bullet and to a ram assist on this setup. I am still thinking about adding to the JK. But that will be at the end of the list.

I still need to look into brakes. It has a really bad aftermarket radio that needs to come out. I can't wait to post pics of just how bad it is. The dash speakers are not hooked up. One of the roll bar speakers is just hanging and they added two speakers to the rear that are not bolted down. It's a mess. So I think I might just pull it all out even if I don't replace it right away.

We will be going to the Bantam Jeep fest in June. If anyone is going, we would love to meet up with people.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:21 PM
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So things are going to be changing to CM after all. I ended up buying a new front and rear bumpers. I also am changing out my fenders. I currently have the Poison Spyder slandered width in steel. I am sticking with Poison Spyder as their products are top notch but am going to the extra wide width in aluminum.

I am in need of some new fog lights as my current Hard Rock ones won't mount in the new bumper. I was looking at the @Quadratec LEDs. Does anyone have any experience with the amber version? Any other recommendations? I don't want to spend a fortune on them.

For the LJ I ordered new ball joints, track bar, draglink, and tie rod. I am hoping that will get the steering back into shape. I may add some adjustable control arms so we can set the caster. We've decided we just want to get it driveable for now. I then plan on gutting the radio and getting the interior more liveable. Then next year we will be looking at doing axles and lift.

Once I start getting parts in I'll post some pics of the progress. In the meantime I get the luxury of replacing the windshield on my wife's car tomorrow.
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I've received most of my items. I ended up with Smittybilt XRC Gen 2 bumpers. JW Speaker fog lights and turn signals. Poison Spyder fairlead. Factor 55 Flat Splicer. Quadratec shackles. And the Poison Spyder extra wide aluminum fenders.

For the LJ we got Dana Spicer ball joints, Crown draglink, tie rod, and trackbar.

We plan to get as much installed as we can this weekend. I am going to test fit the fenders then take them up to be bed lined. I feel like that will hold up to the abuse better than paint.

In other news I found a guy selling some half doors for the LJ. They need a little work and repainted. But I love TJ half doors. I would rather have them any day over the full doors.

I will start posting some pics tomorrow. It's pretty rainy today and I can't start working on anything yet.
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I failed all over the place. So Friday I woke up sick with the plague. We it felt like the plague but ended up being some kind of stomach bug. That knocked me out for the weekend. Monday I took my bumper off and got it all ready for its new owner. Today I made a post with pics and stuff and then went to posted and it got deleted. So now I am running out of time. I am going to try to cram most of the work in this weekend so I am ready for a wheeling trip for Good Friday.
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I failed all over the place. So Friday I woke up sick with the plague. We it felt like the plague but ended up being some kind of stomach bug. That knocked me out for the weekend. Monday I took my bumper off and got it all ready for its new owner. Today I made a post with pics and stuff and then went to posted and it got deleted. So now I am running out of time. I am going to try to cram most of the work in this weekend so I am ready for a wheeling trip for Good Friday.
I hate it when you have a great weekend planned, and you're ready to go and then you get sick KO'ing you for the weekend and yet disappearing once Monday comes along xD
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I'm making progress. I've taken both bumpers, fenders, and steering pump off. Should have the steering put back together tonight. I'm also going to test fit the fenders so I can get them out for paint tomorrow.
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I didn't get as much done today as I would have liked but I did manage to get the pumps swapped and I made a mount for the cooler. I also pulled the return line out. It was a harder task than I was expecting. I started testing how we'll run the plumbing to and from the cooler. I think I should have the steering finished tomorrow after work. Really had we had about another hour of work today and another to bleed the system we would have been done today.
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A few updates. I finished the steering pump and cooler install. If you want to know how to make a mess bleeding a steering system I'm your guy. I also installed some JW Speaker turn signals.
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We also worked in the LJ a little. It was getting death wobble from time to time and was being to be very scary to drive. So I replaced the track bar, draglink, and tie rod. No more death wobble but I do think the tires could use a good balance and probably some ball joints.
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Back in Cookie Monster we test fitted the new fenders. I was a little worried about the new width but after seeing it I'm very excited to get them mounted up. I took them in to be bed lined this morning.
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I also installed the new bumper and JW Speaker fog lights. I need to finish up the wiring for the winch tonight and then get started on the rear.
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The bed liner looks fantastic. I wired up the winch and put the control box back on. Because of the way it all sits in there it was a real pain. Had to have my wife's help because her hands are much smaller than my sausages. But it's done now. I haven't installey winch line yet. I have my smittybilt gray line and I also have a blue line that I won at a Jeep event. I haven't decided what color to run yet. Probably sticking to the gray and keeping the blue as a spare. Anyone have any opinions?
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That’s a good looking bumper! I scrolled back to find it’s from smittybilt. How was the install? Hydro blue & electric lime green are some nice color choices
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For as much crap as Smittybilt gets online they do a really good job with packaging. All the hardware was in separate baggies each correctly labeled. The only real hard part was lifting into place. One downside to the design is you have to mount your winch to it before mounting the bumper to the Jeep. The bumper itself was well protected with a sheet of foam around each end and looped around the bar. Then that was wrapped in plastic and then Styrofoam inside the box. Now the box and Styrofoam were both pretty much destroyed in shipping but the bumper survived the trip.

Once lifted into place it uses the same 8 holes as a factory bumper plus two more on the bottom on the crash bar. The instructions say you need to drill those two holes but my Jeep already had them there from the factory. So it was super easy to get it all bolted up. I should have some better pics of it later this week.

A little perspective. It took me longer to mount the stupid control box back on my winch than it did to mount the bumper onto the Jeep. Anyone with a X20 winch can probably relate. Those little alan head bolts are a pain and if the winch is already on the Jeep, having the grill so close makes it even more difficult.

Thanks for the compliments. I'm a fan of bright colors on Jeeps.
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I took the hook off my winch line and installed one of these splicer flatlinks. I need to reinstall it on my Jeep but the wind is crazy today. So instead we're watching the NFL draft and cleaning up.
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I took the hook off my winch line and installed one of these splicer flatlinks. I need to reinstall it on my Jeep but the wind is crazy today. So instead we're watching the NFL draft and cleaning up.
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Wow... That looks like a pain in the A!
Actually, it was really pretty easy. Everyone seems to make a big deal out of it but it's really not hard at all. I watched a few videos mostly to see how to taper it correctly. Then I just reverse engineered what the factory had done. I buried the line a little deeper and did a better job on the taper. I am sure what they did was fine though.
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Sorry for the slow updates. Been kinda busy lately. Anyways, I got the fenders on. They look great. I'm very happy with the size at least on road. Time will tell how I feel about them off road.

I then started work on the rear bumper. I really like the look and I even like the design of this bumper and tire carrier but man if the instructions weren't useless.

It's raining like crazy today and most of this week. Once I get a chance I'll try to get some better pics of everything. I'm going to try to get my new inner fenders installed later this week. The winch line will go back on this Thursday weather permitting. I also need to wire up the lights in the bumper. Not sure how soon I'll get to that.
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Sorry for the slow updates. Been kinda busy lately. Anyways, I got the fenders on. They look great. I'm very happy with the size at least on road. Time will tell how I feel about them off road.

I then started work on the rear bumper. I really like the look and I even like the design of this bumper and tire carrier but man if the instructions weren't useless.

It's raining like crazy today and most of this week. Once I get a chance I'll try to get some better pics of everything. I'm going to try to get my new inner fenders installed later this week. The winch line will go back on this Thursday weather permitting. I also need to wire up the lights in the bumper. Not sure how soon I'll get to that.
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Leaks leaks and more leaks. My power steering is leaking just about everywhere. the reservoir seems to be the worse but I have leaks on the pump and box as well. Ugh. So I started taking that all apart last night. It's such a pain and super messy.

I swapped out the Griffin XD on my draglink. I want to see how it drives without it again. I kinda feel like my steering gets preloaded to one side or the other. So I am going to see if not having it helps. If not it's pretty easy to reinstall.

Not fully Jeep related but I have been fixing up my garage. It's pretty small so I am trying to maximize space. I have built some shelves for storage and bought a work bench. I moved my tool box back up from my basement and reorganized all my tools. Before I would always have to get out a folding table and pull out tools as needed. Now I have a dedicated work place and my tools finally have a home. I also found a great deal on some LED lights at Costco so I bought a bunch. Soon it should look more like a paint booth in there. Before I only have two small lights in there. If I can get my leaks taken care of I will snap some pics of my garage project.

I still need to run the power to the rear bumper's lights and install the inner fenders. I don't want to put them on until I get these leaks taken care of though. I am also planning on adjusting my front axle a little. I need to center it with the bump stops.
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I think all the leaks have been addressed now. I'll keep checking but so far I haven't seen anything new yet. But man it was a mess.

Tonight I am doing some alignment work on the front axle. Moving it forward a bit and double checking the the alignment side to side as well as correcting my toe-in.

I still need to change the gear fluids and install the inner fenders. That should happen in the next few days depending on the weather.
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Hard work does payoff sometimes. I got the axle where I wanted it. I discovered that my control arms weren't quite even from drivers to passengers side. Even if I did pay someone to do just that a while back So I got everything nice and even. I made my own toe alignment tool using some 48" measuring sticks and set my toe-in right at 1/16th. I double checked my track bar alignment. It was spot on. Then adjusted my wheel to be centered and took it all for a test drive.

Driving home on the hwy doing 70 I could take my hands off the wheel and had not issues keeping its track straight and true. This is how I expected it to feel after I had paid some good money for an alignment from a "really good" off-road shop. Because they hadn't done a very good job my tires were wearing pretty poorly. There's still a lot of meat still on them. I am hoping with this next trip I can wear them back into shape. They are just kinda loud at the moment.

I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to check the rears arms and track bar. But I am pretty sure they are fine with how well it drove last night. Although I will still check on Friday. We have a long road trip coming up next week and now that my Jeep drives better than ever I am really looking forward to it.
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Hard work does payoff sometimes. I got the axle where I wanted it. I discovered that my control arms weren't quite even from drivers to passengers side. Even if I did pay someone to do just that a while back So I got everything nice and even. I made my own toe alignment tool using some 48" measuring sticks and set my toe-in right at 1/16th. I double checked my track bar alignment. It was spot on. Then adjusted my wheel to be centered and took it all for a test drive.

Driving home on the hwy doing 70 I could take my hands off the wheel and had not issues keeping its track straight and true. This is how I expected it to feel after I had paid some good money for an alignment from a "really good" off-road shop. Because they hadn't done a very good job my tires were wearing pretty poorly. There's still a lot of meat still on them. I am hoping with this next trip I can wear them back into shape. They are just kinda loud at the moment.

I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to check the rears arms and track bar. But I am pretty sure they are fine with how well it drove last night. Although I will still check on Friday. We have a long road trip coming up next week and now that my Jeep drives better than ever I am really looking forward to it.
Sucks that you can't trust professionals to do a quality job with all their experience and equipment. I suspect just too lazy to do a quality job ! Many times with a magnetic angle finder and a tape measure I have adjusted control arms and aligned front ends with much better results that they had from the professionals. It takes a little time and willingness to unbolt a control arm or track bar but it isn't hard. And with only so many adjustments you can make on the front end it is very doable for someone who understands the measurements they want.

Glad you are finally seeing the results you should have had all this time! It can be very frustrating driving the Jeep when improperly set.
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Hard work does payoff sometimes. I got the axle where I wanted it. I discovered that my control arms weren't quite even from drivers to passengers side. Even if I did pay someone to do just that a while back So I got everything nice and even. I made my own toe alignment tool using some 48" measuring sticks and set my toe-in right at 1/16th. I double checked my track bar alignment. It was spot on. Then adjusted my wheel to be centered and took it all for a test drive.

Driving home on the hwy doing 70 I could take my hands off the wheel and had not issues keeping its track straight and true. This is how I expected it to feel after I had paid some good money for an alignment from a "really good" off-road shop. Because they hadn't done a very good job my tires were wearing pretty poorly. There's still a lot of meat still on them. I am hoping with this next trip I can wear them back into shape. They are just kinda loud at the moment.

I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to check the rears arms and track bar. But I am pretty sure they are fine with how well it drove last night. Although I will still check on Friday. We have a long road trip coming up next week and now that my Jeep drives better than ever I am really looking forward to it.
It's so nice when you get it all dialed in! I've been told "hey it's a lifted Jeep, it's supposed to wander all over the road!"...not if you have it set up properly.

It's not easy to find a shop that understands that and can deliver on it. Keep up the great work stitch1


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Thanks guys. Yeah it takes me longer than the guys with the lasers but at least my way got it done correctly. Yes, I had to drop the arms more than once to get it perfect but close isn't as good as right.

It is frustrating when shops want to say "oh its a jeep" or whatever. Man, for as little as there is on a Jeep why not just take the time to do it right? I would pay double for that service.
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Some updates. I have been busy busy. I ordered an H3R 2.5 lb. HalGuard Fire Extinguisher. I hope I never have to use it. But if I do I think I will be much happier with the outcome with this over the dry chemical I currently keep in the Jeep.

I changed the diff fluid, oil, ran longer diff breather hose, installed JCR inner fenders, fixed a squeaky brake, rotated my tires, and reinstalled my CB antenna. I also cleaned it out and reorganized the stuff I keep in it all the time. Like my winch controller recovery gear and air stuff. I cleaned all the plastic because it's been pretty neglected. Cleaned/conditioned the leather seats and then washed it. I put on this new Meguiar's ceramic wax stuff. I wanted to test it with this road trip to see if it would help get the bugs and mud off when I get back.

Wednesday, we are leaving for the Bantam Jeep Fest in Butler, PA. I've never been north east much and never to PA at all. So this should be a great time. If anyone following my thread is going let me know. I would love to meet up with some people while we're there.
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Some updates. I have been busy busy. I ordered an H3R 2.5 lb. HalGuard Fire Extinguisher. I hope I never have to use it. But if I do I think I will be much happier with the outcome with this over the dry chemical I currently keep in the Jeep.

I changed the diff fluid, oil, ran longer diff breather hose, installed JCR inner fenders, fixed a squeaky brake, rotated my tires, and reinstalled my CB antenna. I also cleaned it out and reorganized the stuff I keep in it all the time. Like my winch controller recovery gear and air stuff. I cleaned all the plastic because it's been pretty neglected. Cleaned/conditioned the leather seats and then washed it. I put on this new Meguiar's ceramic wax stuff. I wanted to test it with this road trip to see if it would help get the bugs and mud off when I get back.

Wednesday, we are leaving for the Bantam Jeep Fest in Butler, PA. I've never been north east much and never to PA at all. So this should be a great time. If anyone following my thread is going let me know. I would love to meet up with some people while we're there.
You have been busy! Looking forward to more pics. Have a great trip to Bantam, Pa. has some beautiful terrain.


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