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Unread 11-10-2008, 09:48 PM   #76
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yes! well it's supposed to go on the WJ.. that's the idea anyway...

clayton told me he just needed to make a different rear bar for the ZJ skid to work with the WJ, i told him to just send me the plate and I would have a local guy create and weld the bar to make sure it doesn't interfere with my exhaust.

you can see on this post over on MC how it mounts and why you might need to make the bends in the bar different depending how how/where your exhuast is shaped and mounted: http://www.mallcrawlin.com/forum/sho...9&postcount=27
Very nice ksmith .......So Clayton, in the near future, will officially have the full belly skid assembly available specifically for the WJ in the near future???

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Unread 11-10-2008, 09:56 PM   #77
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Very nice ksmith .......So Clayton, in the near future, will officially have the full belly skid assembly available specifically for the WJ in the near future???
when i first talked to him about this in september he said "We have a ZJ skid that will work ... it just needs a little bit of modification that I need to get done this fall."

it's fall! so email him and ask him when they will be ready for mass production!
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Unread 11-10-2008, 10:10 PM   #78
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Very nice build so far, very jelious. What do you do for a living that you can afford these kind of parts?
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Unread 11-10-2008, 10:14 PM   #79
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Very nice build so far, very jelious. What do you do for a living that you can afford these kind of parts?
thanks very much! i am a self-employed software developer, i do mostly ASP.NET, also some PHP and FLASH ActionScript among other things

oh and being single with no other real hobbies helps!

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Unread 11-11-2008, 09:42 AM   #80
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your WJ looks wicked. i want my girlfriend to let me do this to hers, but no dice. keep it up. its lookin real good
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Unread 11-11-2008, 06:29 PM   #81
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cb antenna mounting

put cb antenna in a while back, just getting around to posting pics...

i did the same tail light area mount as several other people, but with a couple variations to clean it up a bit. for the mount i went with the firestik SS-134 which is a little narrower than i've seen others using... we'll see how it holds up: http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-13.htm

then for the cable and stud, i used the firstik K4-8R18 firering style connector so that it wouldn't hang down into the light as much: http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/k4-8r18.htm

here's a pic of where i routed the wire into the cabin. from there, i then ran along the door jam, then under the carpet beneath the passenger seat (had to remove the seat to manage), then up into the center console and to the CB unit:


here is a shot from outside with the tail light removed. i used some industrial aluminum tape to secure the cable, and 3 screws along with JB Weld to secure the mount. the yellow thing in the picture is unrelated, just a load-equalizing resistor for my LED blinkers:


another difference, i used a dremel to notch out the tail light to have room for the mount and cable, so that it would sit in the exact same location as stock instead of with a slight down-angle:


here you can see the final result:


for an antenna, i'm using a 3' FireFly (FL3-B) that i already had, i'll probably switch to 4ft when i get around to buying one. the FireFly series is just a little lighter than the FireStik series and works fine unless you are running a linear amp with high wattage.
[i need to update this later with a pic of the antenna actually installed]

i also went ahead and ran a mount and cable for a HAM radio even though i don't yet have one (figured as long as everything was torn apart!). i did the exact same wire routing and mounting bar, but used a Diamond Antenna C213 cable. i'll probably go with the Diamond NR770HB antenna once i get a HAM rig and license:


one final shot from the back showing both mounts:
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Unread 11-19-2008, 08:03 PM   #82
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did nearly 900 miles this past weekend visiting the Mojave Preserve and running the Mojave Road. the jeep ran perfect, no issues doing 85 on the freeway then airing down and running across the desert for days, love my WJ!!

here's a pic from the trip:


rest of pics... http://picasaweb.google.com/kristoff...veRoadJeepTrip
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Unread 11-19-2008, 08:45 PM   #83
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put cb antenna in a while back, just getting around to posting pics...

i did the same tail light area mount as several other people, but with a couple variations to clean it up a bit. for the mount i went with the firestik SS-134 which is a little narrower than i've seen others using... we'll see how it holds up: http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/SS-13.htm

then for the cable and stud, i used the firstik K4-8R18 firering style connector so that it wouldn't hang down into the light as much: http://www.firestik.com/Catalog/k4-8r18.htm

here's a pic of where i routed the wire into the cabin. from there, i then ran along the door jam, then under the carpet beneath the passenger seat (had to remove the seat to manage), then up into the center console and to the CB unit:


here is a shot from outside with the tail light removed. i used some industrial aluminum tape to secure the cable, and 3 screws along with JB Weld to secure the mount. the yellow thing in the picture is unrelated, just a load-equalizing resistor for my LED blinkers:


another difference, i used a dremel to notch out the tail light to have room for the mount and cable, so that it would sit in the exact same location as stock instead of with a slight down-angle:


here you can see the final result:


for an antenna, i'm using a 3' FireFly (FL3-B) that i already had, i'll probably switch to 4ft when i get around to buying one. the FireFly series is just a little lighter than the FireStik series and works fine unless you are running a linear amp with high wattage.
[i need to update this later with a pic of the antenna actually installed]

i also went ahead and ran a mount and cable for a HAM radio even though i don't yet have one (figured as long as everything was torn apart!). i did the exact same wire routing and mounting bar, but used a Diamond Antenna C213 cable. i'll probably go with the Diamond NR770HB antenna once i get a HAM rig and license:


one final shot from the back showing both mounts:
If you are going with a dual bander, I strongly suggest the Diamond SG7900...
best gain antenna there is, not really long, and excellent performance....
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Unread 12-01-2008, 01:19 AM   #84
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did some scenic runs this weekend. it rained last week, so we found plenty of mud... here's the dirty Jeep:

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Unread 12-22-2008, 09:25 PM   #85
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video of me getting stupid in the snow at the Cinders in Flagstaff, AZ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0-lF6XRzmA

and a hill climb in the snow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ahx8NG8e0

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Unread 12-22-2008, 11:54 PM   #86
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Does the rear sit lower with the Teraflex springs? How do they compare to IRO springs?
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Unread 12-23-2008, 12:15 AM   #87
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so at 4.5in lift and 33in mud tires, how much and what kind of rubbing do you get if any?
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Unread 12-23-2008, 12:54 AM   #88
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ksmith, have you used those KM2's in the snow on the road yet? If so how is the traction with those? Sweet jeep yo!!!!
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Unread 12-23-2008, 02:59 AM   #89
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i have the exact same tires as him (same size and all) and they work great for me! they only slide if i "want" them to ha ha its hard to even do doughnuts ha ha

dude, looks like a great trip... about that wj trade? im still down! ha ha jk, so when are you going to come up to moab next? have you ever been? i got LOTS, so let me know dude and i'll totally come down and we can hit the trails!
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Unread 12-23-2008, 01:59 PM   #90
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ksmith, have you used those KM2's in the snow on the road yet? If so how is the traction with those? Sweet jeep yo!!!!
put about 8k miles on them as a daily driver and offroad, they work great everywhere and are pretty quiet on the road, love those tires infact!
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