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Unread 02-14-2013, 11:30 AM   #46
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Ok, today I am installing my T&T Sliders. So far I have jacked the sliders in place, measured where the pinch seam needed trimmed, trimmed the pinch seam, and jacked the sliders back in place for a test fit. Then I painted where I had trimmed and now I am on a chili lunch break while I update the build thread. Stay tuned for the rest of the install. . .

Pinch seam marked

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Pinch seam trimmed

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Test fit passenger's side

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Test fit driver's side

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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:38 AM   #47
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I didn't quite get the sliders completely installed yesterday. Being Valentine's day and everything I decided to do the right thing and not spend the day in the garage.

So, I got the sliders in place and all the bolts installed for the cups attached to the frame rail. I still need to drill holes and attach the sliders to the pinch seam and then drill holes through the cups/tubes. A bolt goes through there to keep the sliders from shifting in/out of the mounting cups.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:43 AM   #48
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One of the cups bolted to the frame rail. There are 3 of these per slider.

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Slider installed, most of the way at least. When I bolt it to the pinch seam it will draw it up against the rocker panel. Right now they are hanging down a bit.

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Sorry the pics are dark and suck. Once I get the steering installed I'll pull the Jeep out into the driveway and take some better ones.


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Unread 02-27-2013, 10:05 AM   #49
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BEEFIER is better!

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Unread 02-28-2013, 07:14 PM   #50
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Searching for the best option for wheel adapters/spacers right now and going to go that route to match my axle bolt patterns and widen my D44. Right now there is 6" difference. Didn't realize that before or I would have went the adapter route to begin with instead of entertaining the idea of running two differnt bolt patterns.

In the meantime I thought I'd try my hand at welding. Start out with scrap metal? Eh, I was too impatient for that and attempted to weld my one rear shock mount on.

Looks like someone put boogers all over it. Hahahahahaha can't say it looks purty or that I have a career in welding, but it sure as hell is fun By the way, my Dad DID make a career out of welding. . . Just never bothered to teach me. I hit this with a hammer and it's still on there. Not sure if it will hold up past that, but I guess I'll find out.



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Unread 02-28-2013, 07:24 PM   #51
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And here is my steering. . .



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Still have to paint it. If it ends up having too much play in it I'll buy the tapered inserts, but it seems to be ok.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 08:48 AM   #52
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I hit up the welds on the rear shock mount with a flap wheel and gave it another go. So, here is my 2nd attempt at welding. . . ever. . . Better or worse? I whacked the **** out of it with a 3lb sledge and it's still holding so. . . . go ahead and let the criticism and advice fly. I can only get better, right? Definitely can't get much worse . Hahahahahaha



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And I'm thinking of going with this stance. Maybe 33's on the front and 42's on the rear. All the cool kikds are doing it.



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*edit* WOW! All these pics look like ****! Sorry about that. I'll get this out in the daylight and snap pics of everything as soon as I can.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 10:37 AM   #53
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Pulled all tires to verify what I reserched as far as axle width last night. Verified that rear is 65" and front is 60.5. After 2" adapters I'll be golden at 64.5" in the front and 65" in the rear. Yes ladies and gentle persons. . . I am able to do simple math

Wheels back on, tailpipe removed so shocks could be installed. . . Need to torque lug nuts and air up tires a bit and we're ready for another road test! It will have to wait until tommorrow though, because I have to get to work now and don't get off until 10pm.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 09:27 AM   #54
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SUCCESS!!! I got the tires aired up to around 30psi (can't find my nice tire gauge), lug nuts torgued to 100-110 ft/lbs, and took it for a spin arond the neighborhood. WOW! With the shocks in place and the new steering it feels GREAT! I'm so frickin excited. The mini spool in the rear is obvious in slow tight turns, but with the miniscule street time the XJ is going to see it won't be an issue. It doesn't bother me at all it is just very noticeable. The steering is excellent. Solid as a rock and no play at all. A little bit of body roll with any speed in the corners, but that is to be expected. I'll take it easy and that won't be an issue. No more bouncing or being "pushed through the corners". I DO hear a bit of a noise up front, but I'm hoping that my brakes are just dragging a little bit. I need to bleed them again. They are working great, but the peddle is too soft and goes too far to the floor when applied.

One thing that needs addressed is the rear shock mounting. Since I have low quality RC shocks I am not able to mount them upside down and the shock body is hitting the corner of the mount if I tighten it the whole way. Not sure if I should attempt to grind down that corner of the shock mount and maybe weld it a bit to strengthen it or if I should just put a spacer on the mounting bolt to stand the shock off a bit further. Thoughts?

Then I will attempt to fab up a tailpipe since the new shock mounting location doesn't work with the old one.

So, the short list is that I plan on knocking out on my two days off (wed/thurs).....

- shock mounts
- exhaust
- remove steering to paint and then reinstall (just rattle can bedliner like I do everything or metallic red? OR metallic red with bedliner over it, so when I scrape the bedliner it looks like it is bleeding?)
- final adjustment of steering/alignment
- bleed the brakes again

and the extended list....

- adjust suspension
- find some place to test the flex and see how I need to bumpstop
- bumpstop and limit staps
- front wheel adapters (sourced, but need to purchase)
- rear bumper/tire carrier (sourced, but need to purchase)
- adjust emergency brake
- address small issues needed to pass inspection (fender flares, windshield wipers...)
- repaint just about everything when it warms up. I will probably keep the top part grey, but I may go with a metallic grey. Then I'm not sure if I should keep the whole bottom just black bedliner like it is now or if I should paint over the bedliner to match the top. Or even do bedliner all over the entire Jeep and then over it with grey in some areas and keep other areas like the rear quarter panels and lower doors just black? I did a motorcycle tank with bedliner and then metallic silver over top of it and I dig the look. Eh, I'll throw up a poll when I get closer to making that decision to see what you guys think.

and I'm sure the list will just grow loonger and longer as I continue. It IS getting shorter though. Slowly....but progress is being made.

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Sorry for the rambling, but I tend to do this when I'm excited
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Unread 03-07-2013, 09:32 AM   #55
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2" adapters ordered yesterday and rear bumper/tire carrier ordered 10 min ago. Progress. . .
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Unread 03-09-2013, 07:31 AM   #56
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New exhaust and transfer case skid plate installed on Thursday.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 06:02 PM   #57
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Rear bumper/tire carrier is finished. Just need to coordinate when to pick it up.

Wheel adapters are also finished and on the way via Big Brown Santa! They should be arriving on Tuesday.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 09:49 PM   #58
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Ok, I don't have much of an update, but I DO have some pics. I got my wheel adapters from Big Brown Santa today and my bumper is made.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #59
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I got some pics of the bumper during the fabrication process from Kreider's Kustoms and I will be meeting him on Thursday to pick it up. Can't wait!
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Unread 04-04-2013, 06:15 PM   #60
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Picked up my rear bumper today. No complaints at all. It is beefy as hell and I can't wait to see what it looks like mounted. Guess I need to hurry up and cut and fold my rear 1/4 panels already.

I'll post up some pics tomorrow.
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