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Can't wait to see them. I got the same jeep and a set of RK springs in the north ridge cart.
On 35 km2s but really thinking 37s.
 

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Your making me want 37s lol. Do you have the 3.21 gaearing?


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Hedges spec list on the bottom shows 3.73 gearing.
 

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Great budget build! Looking forward to seeing more!
 

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thanks for the compliments guys! i just ordered a set of synergy c-gussets from northridge. im going to have a local shop weld them on for me (i really need to invest in a good welder).
 

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brown santa came today!!!

i was going to change the tires myself on my friends harbor freight tire changer, but i was worried about the snow getting inside the tire as i was doing it.

i got one tire changed, but it was a bear. im bringing it to a shop tomorrow to have the rest changed.

but here are some pictures from tonight.









they look HUGE!!! i LOVE the side wall lugs!



and a picture of the new c-gussets from northridge. and im sipping on a glass of malibu orange cream flavored rum at the moment.:beerdrinking:



picture of the cut-offs from the pinch seam. took 2.5" forward and upward. then i filled the opening with jb-kwik weld. then tomorrow, im spraying the area twice (15 minute dry paint) and heading to work. although, it is only 26* here right now.
 

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Where'd you get the coopers and how much?
 

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ordered them from discount tire direct, they were $336 each.

its too dark to get good pictures tonight, so i'll get some up tomorrow.
 

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Can't wait to see it. Buying the RK Springs this week and probably move it over to 37s next year.
 

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Can't wait to see it. Buying the RK Springs this week and probably move it over to 37s next year.
sweet! i could have probably gone with 35's and been good, but it just makes me smile every time i look at it on 37's!



now, its PICTURE TIME!

picture of the cut pinch seams




my jeep next to a stock willy's at buffalo wild wings last night.




having fun in the woods with the new tires. (i LOVE this picture!)




same spot as above




nature's flex ramp. stuff's nicely in the stock fender!




same spot, other side




picture from the rear showing i need flats to get more flex




after i took the trailer through the woods (use this to get wood for the boiler). not sure if i will be able to pull it through the woods with a load on it in the snow yet.

BTW, this could be a NICE background screen!




pic from the front




and a pic from the other side

 

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since i still have 3.73's, 6th gear is useless, and 5th works on flat ground. but overall, i dont mind the gearing too bad. in 4th gear at 55-60, im turning about 2500 rpms (i think?)

it does take more feathering of the clutch to get rolling, but its not bad once its moving.

the braking takes a SIGNIFICANT amount more space to stop/slow down, so i will need to address that soon. but right now, i just increase my follow distance and start slowing down a lot sooner. (last minute red lights SUCK!)

i do get a bit of wander on the road with these tires, but thats to be expected with the wider width and super tall sidewall.

i think im going to get the bilstein dual steering stabilizer to help reduce the bum steer a bit. i dont have any death wobble, but when a tire falls into a valley in the road, it pulls the jeep to that side a bit. it can be a little unnerving at times.

there is a little bit of vibration from the tires at 55 and up (maybe balancing issue?), but its not too too bad. i had a set of cooper st blems that came on a dodge when i bought it(didnt know they were blems at the time) and they could not be balanced. they bounced like a basket ball down the road(in a 32" tire), so im not complaining about a slight vibration from a 100lb+ tire!


i had a little bit of rubbing on the frame behind the front right tire, so i added a couple washers to the spindle stop bolt. i only needed to add it to one side, so i need to get my axle perfectly centered to make it even (about 3/8-1/2" to the drivers currently).

would i get 37's again? IN A HEART BEAT! they bring a smile to my face EVERY, SINGLE, TIME i see them! i think i would regret going 35's over 37's.



i still need to do a couple things to make driveablity a bit better for everyday use, but its not as bad as i thought it would be.

i thought i would be completely under powered with the 3.73's like everyone suggested, but thats simply not the case. i can drop down into 3rd gear on the highway and have plenty of passing power(4k rpms at 70 in 3rd), or cruise along in 5th gear.

with a slushbox, i would have gotten gears firs, but being a manual, its completely fine till i get a set of gears.

im also thinking about getting a locker for the rear, and a detroit true trac LSD for the front(to help preserve the front axle). the BLD just DOES-NOT-CUT-IT with 37's. :nonono:

:awesome: :iamhappy:
 

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Looks good. How about some measurements when you get a chance. To the flair is fine since I wil likely have the same set up (JKU sport with RK 2.5 and 37 coopers or coursers)

Merry Christmas!
 

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Looks good. How about some measurements when you get a chance. To the flair is fine since I wil likely have the same set up (JKU sport with RK 2.5 and 37 coopers or coursers)

Merry Christmas!

i'll try and get some for you tomorrow.

BTW, if your going with RK springs, if at all possible, wait to order the shocks for it until after the lift is installed. i need shocks for a 3.5-4" lift in the, since i have 1.5" spacers on my 2.5" shocks in the back!
 

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Looks good. How about some measurements when you get a chance. To the flair is fine since I wil likely have the same set up (JKU sport with RK 2.5 and 37 coopers or coursers)

Merry Christmas!

sorry about the delay.

i have about 6" from the top of the tire to the bottom of my fender flares. with the RK 2.5 stock mod, i actually gained about 4" in the back and 3" in the front. i added 3/4" spacers to the front to level it out, so i ended up with basically a 4" lift, which im NOT complaining about! :D
 

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new lights!

i got a new set of driving lights for Christmas. i mounted them on top of my bullbar and wired them up directly to my stock fog light wires. i used my flashpaq to allow them to come on with the high beam, but i may change the wiring so that they come on ONLY with the high beam.






















i still need to adjust them tonight, but i think they look great, and i can see the top of them from inside the cab! :bop:


i dont have any pictures of them, but i also got a set of front and rear weathertech floor mats for christmas! they fit PERFECTLY to the jeep, i love it!
 

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got the lights adjusted and they give me the long range light that i have been searching for!

but having them on with the fog light switch is too cumbersome when an oncoming car is approaching.

im going to wire them to the high beam wiring with a relay so that they will only come on with the high beam, which is really the only time i will need/want them on.

but here is the question. do i have the fog light wire's power a relay that feeds the new lights that then gets activated by the high beam? or just power from the battery to a relay, then activated by the high beam?

with the power from the fog wire's, the fog light switch will allow the lights to stay off when on high beam until i pull the fog light switch.

thoughts?
 

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another little update on the build.

i got a set of side steps and rear work lights!




i have had the side steps on for about a week or so and really like them! they are the n-fab nerf bars. really solid as a side step, but they won't support the jeep's weight on a rock. (body/pinch seam mounted)


deleted the stock tire and carrier till i get a new 37" cooper to put on, along with a carrier to fit it. made a custom 3rd brake light temporarily for about $10.




this was taken in the same light as the others, but the glare caused the camera to darken.




side view of the new lights



im pretty happy with how the lights came out. for the $25, you cant beat them!

if you look really close, you can see the switch lit up on the a-pillar in the last picture.


its nice having the extra visibility out of the rear window without the spare back there, but i want to put a spare back in place pretty soon.
 

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been a while since i did an update, but there has been a bit of progress.

i got a set of n-fab side steps and some steel flat fenders!










i LOVE the side steps. they make it much easier to get into the jeep and are pretty strong, although not rock slider strong.

the fenders also gave me the much needed room to flex the 37's under my jeep!


also, on the way right now is a set of 4.88 gears! i should have them installed within a month or so.

and a picture with the kitties, because why not. :thumb:

 
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Flaties look good - Eauto? What's the plan for inners?
 

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they are the e-auto flares. i might trim the stock inners and get them to fit. not entirely sure yet.
 
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