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Unread 01-26-2009, 12:08 AM   #106
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trimming & bump-stop extensions

this has come up several times with people as well...

i junked the inside liners day 1, also had to remove the washer bottle right from the start, and i went ahead and ditched the fog lights. i might could have kept the fogs, but the tires were hitting them some, so i thought i would just take them out before running the risk of ripping them out on the trail.

as far as trimming, i masked off a nice clean line with tape and then used metal shears to cut the bumper... i have tried everything from a dremel to a jigsaw to a utility knife and found the shears to make a nice cut. a dremel with a sanding drum will clean up any ragged places you might make from starting and stopping with the shears.





that last pic was before i had appropriate bump-stop extensions (as you can see there's no room to turn much). i had to go with 5" extension front and rear even after some decent trimming. that doesn't leave me with much up-travel and so i'll eventually either fully commit and trim the crap out of the fenders (and then i can shorten the extensions)... or i'll go to a 6" lift instead of the current 4.5"... time will tell

fyi, this will vary greatly for everyone... even if you are running the same lift and springs. it not only depends on lift and your tire size, but the backspacing and width of your wheels will have a lot to do with it. there have been several people with similiar lifts and similiar size tires that haven't had to trim as much as i did.

UPDATE:

took some pictures of how the rear is trimmed...






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Unread 01-27-2009, 03:25 AM   #107
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I wanna see it parked next to an all stock jeep
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Unread 01-27-2009, 01:50 PM   #108
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wheeled quite a few of the obstacles on the Woodpecker trail yesterday:



























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Unread 01-27-2009, 01:57 PM   #109
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pretty! I need to move my washer bottle bad. Love those tires!
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Unread 01-27-2009, 02:42 PM   #110
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and the carnage from the Woodpecker trip:





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Unread 01-27-2009, 02:44 PM   #111
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Looks like you got your moneys worth on the sliders!!! Nice pics.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 03:26 PM   #112
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If you cut it off it cant get scratched !
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Unread 01-27-2009, 03:44 PM   #113
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whatever happened with your WJ being an "expedition" rig? ; rock crawling it is the only way .

Looking good, the scratches only add more character to your already sick WJ.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 05:18 PM   #114
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whatever happened with your WJ being an "expedition" rig? ; rock crawling it is the only way .

Looking good, the scratches only add more character to your already sick WJ.
lol, well once i get some money to do a nice roof basket and lights it will look more "expeditiony"... i'm still trying to keep it somewhat nice for long trips, but you gotta do the hardcore trails sometimes too i'll be doing a trip to anza borego next month, and death valley in a couple months.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 05:23 PM   #115
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lol, well once i get some money to do a nice roof basket and lights it will look more "expeditiony"... i'm still trying to keep it somewhat nice for long trips, but you gotta do the hardcore trails sometimes too i'll be doing a trip to anza borego next month, and death valley in a couple months.
Let me know if you make it out here. There's some good stuff kinda half way between us.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 05:25 PM   #116
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Let me know if you make it out here. There's some good stuff kinda half way between us.
here's the anza borego trip info, anyone is welcome to sign up and come along, it's a free club...

http://www.savagesun4x4expeditions.c...read.php?t=561
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Unread 01-27-2009, 05:28 PM   #117
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sweet. hopefully my POS will be fixed by then.
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Unread 01-27-2009, 07:27 PM   #118
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lol, well once i get some money to do a nice roof basket and lights it will look more "expeditiony"... i'm still trying to keep it somewhat nice for long trips, but you gotta do the hardcore trails sometimes too i'll be doing a trip to anza borego next month, and death valley in a couple months.
Let me know when you head out to Anza Borrego, I wheel out there all the time .

What part of AB will you be?
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Unread 01-29-2009, 07:10 PM   #119
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finally got my clayton belly skid plate installed last weekend, it's just a ZJ one that clayton sent me, then i had a local fabricator bend and weld up the tube for the rear mount. normally clayton sends a pre-bent tube with the skid, but i was concerned it might not clear my exhaust, so i told him to just send me the plate.

the plate is pure beef, 1/4" steel all the way, with nice countersunk holes. unfortunately, since this was a ZJ specific plate, the holes for the transmission mounts don't line up with anything (not without moving it far to a side instead of centered) clayton told me he would be making WJ specific skids last fall, but i've yet to see it on his site.

overall it's a nice skid, but i think i would have come out cheaper to just have the fabricator come up with something on his own... (by the time i paid for the skid, plus shipping, plus the install).

one extra thing i had the fabricator do was punch the 5 drain holes you see. i had a full belly skid on my old XJ and it was always a PITA to wash out mud from, so i thought drain holes would be nice!
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Unread 01-30-2009, 12:59 AM   #120
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that looks tight man! now you got me thinking I should weld up one of my own as well!!!! still in love with your rig man.. keep up the "expedition"
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