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Unread 03-31-2012, 08:50 PM   #76
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A tree bit my XJ...


Cracked header panel and buckled the fender

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Unread 03-31-2012, 08:54 PM   #77
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As for the next things on the list before the next trip...

-some kind of tie rod upgrade---anyone have any suggestions?
-Rear bumpstop plates and lower stops
-rear shock hoops and some 12 or 14 inch shocks
-and I might start plating around the steering box and bracing it
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Unread 04-01-2012, 09:08 AM   #78
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Sexy front bumper, did you fab the whole thing?
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Unread 04-01-2012, 11:13 AM   #79
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I need to brace my steering box badddd.

While your at it, I would look into lower control arms, longer brakelines, and trim the back of the shock mounting plate for LCA clearance to maximize your droop. The LCOG setup is looking good, and if you do some of those things you can unlock even more potential from the shortarms. Stock LCA's are a huge limiting factor in a small lift/big tire setup like this.

Looks really good though! I should have bought 35's!
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Unread 04-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #80
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Sexy front bumper, did you fab the whole thing?
Nope! I didn't fab any of it other than cutting up an old pre runner bar from another bumper and welding it up to this one. Here is the guy that sells them...

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1011786
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Unread 04-01-2012, 05:56 PM   #81
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I need to brace my steering box badddd.

While your at it, I would look into lower control arms, longer brakelines, and trim the back of the shock mounting plate for LCA clearance to maximize your droop. The LCOG setup is looking good, and if you do some of those things you can unlock even more potential from the shortarms. Stock LCA's are a huge limiting factor in a small lift/big tire setup like this.

Looks really good though! I should have bought 35's!
Thanks man! I relocated the front brake lines and as for control arms, I think I am going to stay short arm. My angles aren't bad and I can get the flex I need. I will eventually either build some or buy some Currie's or Clayton's with Johnny Joints. But for now I have other, more important things to work out. Stock arms aren't as bad as people make them out to be. The bushings in them last almost forever and being made of stamp steel they have some flex, which isn't a bad thing.
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Unread 04-01-2012, 06:23 PM   #82
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They are awful man. I've bent a few and it will mess up a ride home for sure
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Unread 04-02-2012, 06:19 AM   #83
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They are awful man. I've bent a few and it will mess up a ride home for sure
Oh, I'm sure. There isn't much to them. I just haven't bent one yet.
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Oh, I'm sure. There isn't much to them. I just haven't bent one yet.
Ive never bent one but have no idea how haha. The only problem I have with them is that they max out and limit droop. But I can certainly understand having more pressing issues. My Jeep has needed brake work since day one. Now Im a decent way into my build and I still havent touched them!

Keep up the good work, looking good. Curious to see how well the 8.25 handles the 35's.
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Unread 04-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #85
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Get a Tire Rod from IRO..it's beef!
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Unread 04-02-2012, 02:41 PM   #86
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Ive never bent one but have no idea how haha. The only problem I have with them is that they max out and limit droop. But I can certainly understand having more pressing issues. My Jeep has needed brake work since day one. Now Im a decent way into my build and I still havent touched them!

Keep up the good work, looking good. Curious to see how well the 8.25 handles the 35's.
I bounced on the 8.25 a good bit but it's unlocked. However, if it goes, I got an 8.8.
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Unread 04-02-2012, 02:41 PM   #87
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Get a Tire Rod from IRO..it's beef!
I was considering one of those.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 06:55 PM   #88
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So I got some of these from diybeadlocks.com and painted them....



then made some bumpstops from hockey pucks....



and now I can flex like this. No, it isn't rubbing anywhere.



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My only complaint is that they are 1/4". I think he has a 3/8" option, and I should have opted for that. I am a little worried about the plates bending so I may brace them to the axle tube.
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Unread 04-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #90
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My only complaint is that they are 1/4". I think he has a 3/8" option, and I should have opted for that. I am a little worried about the plates bending so I may brace them to the axle tube.

Arms, get some aftermarket short arms. 16.5" fixed length & adjustable uppers if you can. Adjustable uppers set your caster, and the 16.5" lowers, are the longest fixed lowers offer, but they will give you a .5" stretch...not much bit hey! Or I believe you could run OEM JK arms, they are like 17.xx or something & are bent to clear wide tires. That'd be a cheap option as well.

I have a 3" lift, my lowers are set at 18.5"..2.5" stretch it rides 10x better and flexs better..I used to rub the back of the fender well at full lock and it was limiting me. My uppers were set at 16.5 & adjusted slightly longer to correct caster.
My concerns go to the axle. Outer C's, upper control arm mount and possibly sleeving it to help hold the 35's.


Theres a set of Dunlop mud rovers for sale for 200 bucks by me to..35's about 60% of tread.
But then I need a tire carrier that will hold a spare, cuz my factory swing out won't
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