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Unread 07-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #136
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Next up,

The next trip with my non club club was going to be a lot of rocks and I figured it was about time to build some sliders.

3x3 box tube for the main rail, 2x2 for the mounts and step sides. All 3/16 beef.
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Quick test fit.
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I really like the look of this thing without the fender, hmmmmmmm.

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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 02:15 PM   #137
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I started the new work with rework on the bumper. I didn't have time to finish it the way I wanted to the first time around, I was bolting it up at 11pm the night before a trip.

Stripping it down with the wire wheel.
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Cut the plate flush and ran a bead, much better welds this time around, I'm getting there.
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Side shot.
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Pretty new welds.
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Ugly old welds.
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Priming and paint. New 3/16 skid frame, protection for the lower radiator.
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1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #138
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I finally picked up a metal chop saw. I can cut the same angle twice now!
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Measuring out angles for the mounts to the "frame".
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Bit of a surprise when I took the passenger side plastic rocker cover off. Guess I set down on something last time out, won't have to worry about it anymore!
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Welding 3/16 plate to the end of the mount rails, the plate will get welded to the jeep.
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Welding and mounting the new sliders.
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1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 07-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #139
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I didn't have time for the step side pieces of the sliders, I finished them about an hour before we left to wheel (I sense a theme).

The non club club went up to slick rock near lake alpine. Lots of fun, and lots of rocks. I was on my sliders hard all day and barely dinged em. Probably wouldn't have made it out without em.

Lunch stop, can you see whats wrong with this picture?
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If you guessed the front tire is smaller than the back, you guessed right! I put a slice in the sidewall of my passenger side front tire on the rocks at some point and had to put the 235/75/15 spare on it. Looked slightly smaller than the 31's.

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Distracted by co-pilot, took a chunk out of a tree and bent the bumper in. Kinda annoyed it didn't take out the headlight, I almost had a reason to upgrade to e-codes.

Still having a good time.
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Can you say high centered? Guess I just need to go to LA and 35's, oh well.
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Got through the entrance exam rock, had some fun.
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The whole crew, notable attendees include 2 cj7's and a cj8, one wj and a two door xj. Oh and a few tj/jks I guess.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 09-01-2013, 06:08 AM   #140
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hi, i read that you have the ome lift...how is it? are you happy with it? are you running hd or medium?
thanks
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Unread 09-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #141
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I've got the OME HD, it's great. With bilsteins it rides just as good if not a bit better than stock and gives me plenty of articulation on the trail.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 09-02-2013, 02:58 PM   #142
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thanks man
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Unread 11-01-2013, 02:49 AM   #143
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Alright! Finally got some time to work on the jeep.

Had to pull it out of the backyard with the niner, which was a nice change of pace.
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Pulled a new rear diff cover from the JY and stripped it down. I bent the stock one up pretty bad dragging the diff across the rocks, and it was leaking pretty bad.
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Painted and pretty.
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Rear diff wasn't too bad. Cleaned and filled with royal purple 75-140.
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Also pulled a steering wheel that had no tears in the leather and the audio controls.
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1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 11-01-2013, 02:57 AM   #144
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Got the steps for the sliders welded up. 2x2 3/16 box tube and plenty strong.
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The main rails were a little bashed up from the rocks, but did really well.
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Tacked in place.
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Welds are getting better. Almost ready for axle work.
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Single center support, not that it needs it.
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Primer.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 11-01-2013, 03:02 AM   #145
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Since I bashed the front end up on the trail it was time to cut up the front end. Started by removing the tube from the bumper. Once I get some money for steel I'm going to build a new bumper for a winch.
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Removed the ends of the crossmember and most of the old bumper mounts.
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Left just a bit of metal below the header panel for the airbag sensors since I'm not ready to remove them.
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All that was removed.
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1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 11-07-2013, 11:02 PM   #146
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With the front end trim I needed to ditch the stock airbox. I saw McCloud had done this


He said it fit with minimal trimming and for $20 wandering through pep boys it was worth a shot.

Test fitting.
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A little bit higher than I expected.
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Hood safety catch barely catches and it really aint gonna close all the way without major trimming, I tested the exact same thing on the niner and it fit fine first try without even cutting the insulation. What the ****?
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1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 11:14 PM   #147
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Lookin' good man! I really need to start welding stuff to mine, I've got a dent in the rocker a lot like that one on yours, I'm sure there's more to come for mine since I don't have any sliders yet.

What kinda air filter is that in those last pics? Is that permanent? I kinda dig it even just for looks. haha
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Unread 11-07-2013, 11:24 PM   #148
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My co driver and I had a few days off and she wanted to go down to joshua tree, which is right by Johnson Valley OHV, where they have a little race called King of the Hammers. Only problem was, no working jeep!

I wanted to try a cowl snorkel to fix my airbox problems permanently. The morning we wanted to leave we went all over looking for a filter that would fit in the cowl. No dice. None of the stores had anything other than 6" diameter filters, in all different lengths, but all 6" diameter. Bugger. Grabbed one of the filters anyway to try and rig something up.

Messing with the filter on the stock airhat, gee I bet that would never work.
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But it did, and gave me plenty of space for the charcoal canister.
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Plenty of room in front now.
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Tacked the fog light mounts back on and we're ready for the desert.
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1996 ZJ Green Laredo V8, 2.5" OME and Bilsteins, 31's, Holes drilled in the roof.
1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 11-08-2013, 08:15 AM   #149
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Nice dude. Your rockers remind me of mine a bit. Your welds are getting better:thumbs up:
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Unread 11-08-2013, 09:49 AM   #150
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Perhaps your motor mounts on the 5.9 are shot allowing for more under hood clearance? I know my motor raised up quite a bit after I put in the Iron Man motor mounts.
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