post #136 of Old 02-26-2012, 07:35 AM
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post #137 of Old 02-27-2012, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Alright...such a busy weekend. I spent all day friday night getting those bumpers finished up (prior post). Barely slept, felt super loopy from chemical fumes and way too much coffee. 4AM, no sleep...yada yada. All this for a big push to go wheeling Sunday. Saturday we ran some errands, got some tools for heading out at Harbor Freight. That place is awesome for certain tools, but some you can't trust...hah.
I highly recommend anyone who's setting up a CB to get an SWR meter. With a little time and adjusting on the antenna, i got it dialed in to 1 SWR. Anything above 3 can be damaging to your radio, and it was so easy to not do.

So the Al's liner had some time to cure, but it was still really soft. I think this was partly because it's been cold here lately, and of course humid. We were extra careful installing the front bumper. It seemed to cling better to the painted surface (front bumper) than the rear bumper which was unpainted. Fail on my part, but i was a bit rushed. I should have hit the rear with a primer and let it dry first.



I'm really pleased with the fitment of the JCR bumper. I'm going to trim my bumper caps and reinstall them for now, but eventually i'll bedline that lower quarter to match the rest of the body:



So sunday rolled around and we decided to hit up Elbe Hills. Preflight checks:



There was a good bit of snow up there, and i found out quickly how crappy MTR's at 24psi are in the snow are. I was sliding everywhere, and it was pretty sketch getting up to the top:



It was sort of embarrassing when we reached the snow park and there was a prius with chains on it that had made it up So we had to pull over and air down to avoid the Prius showing us up We had no idea where the trails were, since we left the trail map at home...Doh.



We ran into a small group running open diffs and 31's. They didn't last too long, so we yanked them and continued :




And i got a chance to test out my new JCR rear bumper:





Notice the well prepared "wheeler" in the background with the abercrombie shirt and designer jeans. He asked me for EVERYTHING, tow strap, shovel, shackles.... Finally i ended up winching him out.



Great day out wheeling. Nothing broke, and since this was a shakedown for my buddies jeep he just got rolling, it was kind of a surprise. By the end of the day the snow was really coming down, and i didn't want to be hitting the highway with those tires. It was skating all over the place til we finally got to dry pavement.

Oh, and it's awesome coming home from a long day to find this at your door a day early



I'll have a detailed writeup on that to follow.

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post #138 of Old 02-27-2012, 10:41 AM
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Meant to ask you how the install went on the JCR steering spacer.
Was it pretty easy? Any issues/things to watch out for?
And did you notice any difference at all after it was in?
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post #139 of Old 02-27-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Meant to ask you how the install went on the JCR steering spacer.
Was it pretty easy? Any issues/things to watch out for?
And did you notice any difference at all after it was in?
Thanks.
It wasn't too bad. A second set of hands helps when you have to push the box back up into it's home for the bolts to go back in. I did have an issue with it hanging...there was fluid dripping from the back of the housing where the shaft came in...Not sure if it's supposed to do that, but once it was tilted back up it stopped...

It's hard to say if it made a huge difference. At one time, a prior owner welded a patch panel on my frame...aka, it cracked somewhere. My jeep creaked and moaned until i put in the rustys brace. It got better. Then the front bumper really stiffened it up. This final piece of the puzzle basically made my front end feel as tight as it's going to, until i plate the frame

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post #140 of Old 02-27-2012, 04:15 PM
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It's hard to say if it made a huge difference.
That's how I feel about the C-Rok steering brace I installed but it is good to know it will help prevent the uni body frame rail from cracking

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post #141 of Old 02-29-2012, 12:27 AM
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Looks like fun...sorry I missed out. Caught a bug that's totally worn me out the past few days; I've been sleeping 12-14 hours a day and feeling exhausted when I wake up. Not sure how well I'd have done with open diffs in the snow anyway.
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post #142 of Old 02-29-2012, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Looks like fun...sorry I missed out. Caught a bug that's totally worn me out the past few days; I've been sleeping 12-14 hours a day and feeling exhausted when I wake up. Not sure how well I'd have done with open diffs in the snow anyway.
Hah, no worries. Figured something had to have come up. My whole family has been sick the last 2 weeks, just won't go away.

You'd have done just fine. Most of the stuff we hit was limited by tire size, but lockers always help. Have you got plans to add some soon? Best mod to be done hands down.

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post #143 of Old 03-01-2012, 01:58 PM
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Love your jeep man, read your whole thing and noticed your only about an hour away. I'm currently building my XJ and can't wait for it to be done. Looking forward to a fun filled and expensive summer of wheeling


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post #144 of Old 03-02-2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Love you jeep man, read your whole thing and noticed your only about an hour away. I'm currently building my XJ and can't wait for it to be done. Looking forward to a fun filled and expensive summer of wheeling
Hah, thank you. Hit me up whenever you're ready to wheel. Hope to see you out there.

Alright, got the Spectre intake installed. Obviously a very straight forward project.

Take a look at what the prior owner did (the main motivation to upgrade this)



It's just a K&N filter strapped onto the floppy dick thing. Pretty lame, they even just left half the lower portion of the stock airbox. But the big fail was how they supported it:



Or rather DIDN'T support it. So the filter was just resting on the box. Pretty awesome.

And now:


The HDR pic makes it a little less shiney looking, but it does have some pop to it. Not normally my thing, but it's under the hood, so i really don't care. It whistles a bit at anything above 15% throttle, but under light load cruise, it makes no noticable difference in noise. 50-100% throttle this thing sounds like a train. It's loud. But just crank the music and you don't hardly notice A pretty straight forward install, a decent product. I recommend it to anyone not afraid to cut up their firewall

Oh yes, so wandering through lowes to get some bolts, i ran across the makings of my next mod. Any ideas what it'll be??



Stay tuned

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Where did you get the maglight mounter thingy?
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post #146 of Old 03-03-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Try amazon:

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-ASXD026-Flashlight-Mounting-Bracket/dp/B00002N9ER/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330814247&sr=8-1[/ame]

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Where did you get the maglight mounter thingy?

Here ya go this is where you can get one here or ebay.

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-ASXD026-Flashlight-Mounting-Bracket/dp/B00002N9ER/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330814777&sr=8-1"]http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-ASXD026-Flashlight-Mounting-Bracket/dp/B00002N9ER/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330814777&sr=8-1[/ame]

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post #148 of Old 03-03-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Another simple mod tonight. This beats the hell out of paying for those companies hoodvents, or trying to find a set of the Lebaron ones everyone seems to covet.


I started by cutting the bottom section off the heat registers. (no pics, sorry). I left a 1/8" lip on the underside to help keep it in position for later fixing it down. Then i cut out some cardboard templates of the size, and positioned them on the hood. After a couple measurements to ensure they were even, an outline with the sharpie. Some blue painters tape and a die grinder did the rest.




Peekaboo .. You can see my intake hiding in there.

A touch of black paint, and some 1/8" rivets did the trick.





For about $20 in materials, it was definitely worth doing.

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post #149 of Old 03-04-2012, 01:08 AM
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XJ looks great man... very nice indeed.

Say, what is the part number on that intake? ME WANT...and not because it is shiny, but because it is awesome! Love the snow trail shots...would love to explore around there one day, LOVE Washington State.

Nice hood vents too!!

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XJ looks great man... very nice indeed.

Say, what is the part number on that intake? ME WANT...and not because it is shiny, but because it is awesome! Love the snow trail shots...would love to explore around there one day, LOVE Washington State.

Nice hood vents too!!
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Honestly once I saw that intake on this thread, I put it on my wishlist of stuff to buy. There's also a $20 mail in rebate for it atm too.
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