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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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Old 10-13-2018, 02:04 PM   #212
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Nice build, keep it up.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:41 PM
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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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Old 04-04-2019, 07:14 PM
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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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Old 04-09-2019, 10:12 PM
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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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Old 04-14-2019, 02:35 PM
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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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Old 04-22-2019, 01:35 PM
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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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Old 04-22-2019, 01:38 PM
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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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Old 04-22-2019, 01:40 PM
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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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