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Old 12-10-2016, 04:47 AM
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1995 rio grande rebuild

Hello everyone I recently acquired my moms jeep after my brother had a little accident and hit a tree. I have already started rebuilding all parts are in order I also went ahead and replaced the brakes and some lined including power steering lines. Also ordered a rough country 2.5 inch lift kit for it with all new springs and shocks. I have all the parts on order I will keep everyone posted on the rebuild.

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Old 12-14-2016, 01:02 AM
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Little update the rio grande is getting a new transfer case put in. So I had a little time to repaint the rims and get them mounted on the new bfg km2
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Nice job on the rims and the tires look great. Did you check the frame to see if it got bent from the accident? Hope your brother fared better than the Jeep did!! Keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:48 PM
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thanks. yeah we checked the frame it looks good im not sure how he managed to do that much damage without hurting the frame looks like he totally missed the frame when he did that. i plan on doing some regearing eventually but that will probably be a little later.
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Wow, that's a shame, but at least you ended up with a chance to rebuild it.
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Yeah no doubt. I am planning on putting some 4.88 gears in it right after I get it painted will keep y'all posted
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Also I'm still waiting to get it back from my mechanic it was suppose to get the transfer case rebuilt. When he hit the tree it forced the diff back and the front driveshaft split my transfer case. Well turns out I need a whole new case if I would have known that I would have done it myself but anyway it costed me $725 for a new case I should have it back next week and I'll post some pics of the lift and tires.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:13 PM
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Little update on the rio grands for the tires mounted today also fixed my 4x4 starting to come together next is paint
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Following this rebuild.

I wish I had the skills to do a rebuild like this. Great job so far!


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Old 12-17-2016, 11:23 AM
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Thank you sir
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:29 AM
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Little update on the jeep I have decided to raptor line the outside of it will probably begin doing it the 1st of the year till then I will keep everyone posted with pics of prep work and other stuff
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Because the axle got pushed back far enough to break the TC, I suggest you check your Left front spring for a sheared center bolt or perhaps it even being bent.

Have you pulled the top of your cowl forward so that your drivers door will align?
You can use the old hood hinge and a come-along or bolt the damaged fender back in place at the top and pull on it.
Or a combination of both.
If you pull on a fixed object (tree or utility pole) you may have to block the frame under the cowl. Put the tip of the left frame horn against the fixed object and use your tree protector that you typically use for recovery as the other point to pull from.

The best way to align the cowl is have a body shop do it. It can be done in a "backyard" setting but will still require some sturdy tools.

I enjoy following builds such as yours. Don't be shy about asking questions.

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All springs were replaced the cowl is fine as well. Thanks
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Little updat I stripped it to the tub today will be raptor lining the inside next week will keep everyone updated
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Well here it is everyone had a little setback due to waiting on my hood to come in so I went ahead and painted everything but the hood and fenders figured I would give a little update of how that went. The silver raptor lining turned out great!
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Took some bondo and time but looks good
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Raptor lined the inside yesterday.
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I've never been a fan of lining the exterior but yours looks really good. Did you spray it or roll it? How long did it take to dry?
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I sprayed the outside at 65 psi that way it would be a nice fine texture. Not 100 percent sure on the dry time but it is dry to the touch in 2 hours. Would not recommend driving for 24 hours after painting tho.
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Here is a better pic of it in the sun. Been waiting on my hood to come in so I can get some good pics
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Little accident? That was a heck of a hit. First thing that came to mind was that the frame was bent. I would be very careful and check everything and make sure it is aligned correctly. Would be bad to do all that work to find out there was an alignment issue down the road.
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Old 01-07-2017, 04:37 PM
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Everything was checked.
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Well here it is. Still waiting on flares and bumpers to come in but I figured I would give a sneak peak
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