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Unread 11-10-2009, 03:59 PM   #31
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Here's my post-install pics of my C4x4 hooks. They were supposed to be black but I'll just address that when I sandblast my other rims.

I did have to trim my air dam. Others have just trimmed the opening a little lower but I went ahead and cleared it out all together. I used a speed square to draw a straight line on the back of the parts and cut them out with a small pneumatic saw. I used a Dremel with a grinding wheel to dress the cuts as the saw I used melts through plastic more than it does actually cut it.



The keepers have some type of sub par black oxide coating and they rusted immediately. If you're going to use them, you should paint them before you install the kit.



One thing I did differently than most people is that in my hooks, there are only the bolt heads. The threads are up in the "frame". I had to slightly notch the factory bumper mounts to clear the front bolt in this fashion but I think the clear, smooth hook space is worth the additional effort. I also had to slightly square off the washers on the front bolts to fit inside the brackets.



All in all it's a nice kit but it's really taking me some getting used to on how to work on these things. These hooks will be trail tested this weekend.



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Unread 11-21-2009, 09:21 PM   #32
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No real build info, just some pics. One of the primary reasons for me ending up with an XJ and equipping it as I have was to haul our ATVs from Virginia Beach to Busco Beach in Goldsboro, NC. This was the maiden voyage and we have returned successfully...and exhausted. I got 12 mpg on the way down and almost 11 mpg on the way back.










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Unread 11-24-2009, 06:33 AM   #33
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This is a small rack I made to keep the toolbox and cooler from sliding around while keeping a storage section. In the photos above you can see a 5 gallon CARB can fits well in it too.

I'm going to notch it out in front of the cooler so it's easier to remove but the orange tool box is on top of another flat toolbox and most of that height is needed to keep it in place. I also need to set it up so the cooler doesn't have to stay in to keep the toolbox in place. I hardly ever need the cooler but I often need the additional cargo space.


The day I built it



Primed (going to paint it black) and in use
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Unread 12-05-2009, 01:55 AM   #34
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Looks good.

BUT... the reason I used the factory tube... is because anything else will hit the hood, making it hard to close. (Because there's a rib in the hood .) Just something to consider.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 02:10 PM   #35
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I finally got to wheel some! A local Jeep dealership has a small offroad playground out back. I didn't push my luck on anything, just played on some hills and watched the rest of the guys get crazy. It was fun!











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Unread 12-12-2009, 07:33 PM   #36
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From today, I'm planning a locker (well, that was planned since I bought it), rock sliders and a couple skid plates. When I shred the front plastic, I'll get a bumper and continue on from there.
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Unread 12-20-2009, 08:03 PM   #37
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Yea man I love the little set of trails they have behind Starr, I know a few of the technicians there pretty well, I was around when they were developing the trails, Ive been to both of the Starr Motor Off road days. They are awesome events, im sure theyll have another one this May, you should def be there.
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Unread 12-21-2009, 07:05 AM   #38
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I can see where it could get too crowded there but yeah, it's a great little spot.
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Unread 12-21-2009, 12:50 PM   #39
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Any updates?
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2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 12-21-2009, 01:44 PM   #40
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I flushed the heater core after I did the little bit of wheeling above. I really should have done it before then so my girlfriend wasn't freezing and we could have stayed out there a little longer. Maybe. She was scared to death and closed her eyes for most of it. Which I can't believe, because she has her own ATV and we ride all the time and she goes through crazy stuff with it.

For a good idea of what I'm talking about, take a look at YouTube - busco beach riding It's not my video but that hill is around 40' tall, I'd guess, and she's fearless on stuff like that. We were going over like 3' tall mounds and she swore we were going to flip over and die.

She did say that if the Jeep was lifted and bigger, she'd feel a lot better about things. 3" and 31s may be on the slate for next year. We'll see how things go.

I have a rough price on the material to fab my own rock sliders but Christmas has sorta wrung all the extra money out of me so far. Plus I need tighter measurements. The 2x2 I was looking at is like 52 an inch. Everything else is up there as well so the tighter my measurements are, the less money I'll be cutting off and throwing away. The best news is that my "presents" this year are the family is pitching in with me to my Aussie for the rear.
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Unread 01-03-2010, 12:40 AM   #41
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It looks like within the next couple weeks I'll have some adjustable rear shackles and a rear locker ordered. Hopefully I'll have them in before the Shoe Creek run on the 30th.
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Unread 01-03-2010, 11:29 AM   #42
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nice build thread! looks like your getting everything in order for the shoe creek run. im still trying to come i just need to save some more money.
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Unread 01-03-2010, 12:11 PM   #43
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Save the headache.

My aj's sliders are perfect, and the install was super easy.

Oh, and those c4x4 hooks are great, I only used them once while I had them, but I scarred a few boulders with them. They save the stock bumper well.
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Unread 01-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #44
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I like the XJ man! Looks familiar...


Started like this



And as of now looking like this



As you can see from the pictures... No hooks Still makes no sense for them to be an "option" on a Jeep. Should be standard. I've looked at these. http://omix-ada.com/instructions/11236.05.pdf They look similar to the ones you used. The local 4x4 shop carries them. Are you happy with your tow hooks? Looks like it's essentially the same set up.
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Unread 01-03-2010, 02:42 PM   #45
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Nice Cherokee.
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