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post #61 of 130 Old 09-07-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up some 33 12.5 super swampers from craigslist. $550 for all five with wheels. Too bad those wheels wont work but I can surely sell them or trade them for something else so I'm not worried. Dude I bought them from cut the side lugs off of one of them to make it fit but I figured that one could be my spare. The rest are all intact. Also snagged an adjustable track bar for $40 from craigslist.

Bought a RC kit with 3" coils, u-bolts and add-a-leafs. I won't be using the add-a-leafs. Got the kit on the cheap, $70 for the whole thing so I figured it was a good price just for coils and u-bolts alone. Got a set of 1" coil spring spacers to give me that extra inch and put me at right about 4" front and back.

I've also got some 4 degree steel leaf spring shims on the way to help with my driveline angle on the bastard pack. Still looking for a donor s-10 or dakota to get my bastard pack from. That's about the last thing I need to get started. (other than some randoms like brake lines, etc.)

So who needs some 6 lug 5.5 bolt pattern wheels??? lol


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post #62 of 130 Old 09-08-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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So here's a question. Spacers or new wheels? I know the obvious best choice would be new wheels but for the sake of saving $150, I could just buy some spacers and that'll give me 4 inchs of backspace to fit my tires onto my stock wheels. New wheels are tempting but man I like to keep my money in my pocket! Thoughts??

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post #63 of 130 Old 09-08-2012, 06:09 PM
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Shop around. You can still find steel wheels for just a little more than you pay for spacers. I got mine from Rough Country scratch n dent for just under 200 shipped.
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If you get high quality spacers and check the torque on the lugs regularly there is no issue running them.

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post #65 of 130 Old 09-09-2012, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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I'm probably going to break down and get wheels. It may be a little more expensive but I think it'll make me more satisfied with the whole build. I wouldn't have a problem with running spacers but new wheels for just a bit more money will be better in the long run.
So now the question is; with my 33 12.5 tires should I go with 3.75" BS just to be safe or would 4" BS be enough? I'm thinking the 3.75" would be the best choice but having no experience in this I just want to get some input.

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post #66 of 130 Old 09-10-2012, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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4wheelparts.com has some wheels buy 3 get one free so I snagged five of em. Stoked to get this thing going!

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post #67 of 130 Old 09-16-2012, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Got the lift all finished today. 3" RC coils and 1" spacer on the front, s10 bastard pack on the rear. Getting the new meats put on tomorrow.

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post #68 of 130 Old 09-17-2012, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Here she is with the new meats. Got some fender trimming to do but all in all Im very satisfied with the look

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Here she is with the new meats. Got some fender trimming to do but all in all Im very satisfied with the look

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Here she is with the new meats. Got some fender trimming to do but all in all Im very satisfied with the look

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Wow what an improvement. Looks great man

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post #71 of 130 Old 09-18-2012, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'm very satisfied with the way it turned out. Especially with the bastard pack, seems like you never know how those things will turn out. I was worried about having to re-gear but as of right now I can't even tell a difference. Once I get my trans temp gauge installed, I'll determine if I want to re-gear based on how hot the tranny is getting on wheeling trips.

So next I'll be trimming those front fenders back a tad so I can actually steer. Then I'm taking that bent up front bumper off and will roll bumperless for a while.

Got some moderate vibes even with my 4 degree shims so I'm debating on a TC drop or full on SYE. While the vibes aren't horrible, they're bad enough to cause some damage later on down the road and I don't like buying u-joints (or anything else for that matter) so it needs fixed.

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post #72 of 130 Old 09-18-2012, 05:39 AM
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Man, Jeep looks good, nice work! The wheels and tars look kickarse. Really impressed with how the BP turned out - nice and level.

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post #73 of 130 Old 10-02-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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put a trans temp sensor in and replaced my crimped tranny line. Not too much else going on. Trying to decide on a decent SYE to go with a xj front driveshaft from the junkyard. Also about to herculine the floor. Oh, and a new cheapo cd player. Gotta have tunes man

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What kinda trams temp unit did u get? I really like that !

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What kinda trams temp unit did u get? I really like that !

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