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Building a Bumper?Ruffstuff Axle Simple Swap Kit!~Artec JK 1 TON SWAP~

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Unread 08-15-2013, 03:15 PM   #136
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Thanks for the kudos!

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Unread 08-25-2013, 10:09 AM   #137
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There she be....almost anyway. Got to pull the rear glass to do the upper portion of the rear hatch. Gonna wait to get some glass struts before I pull it though so it will wait a few days.







Until I build a proper rear bumper I think I'm just gonna scuff the stock one and Hammerite paint it to match the front.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #138
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where is the rest of the jeep all i see are bumpers and wheels?
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Unread 08-25-2013, 11:57 AM   #139
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It's hiding.... haha!
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Unread 08-25-2013, 02:37 PM   #140
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Very nice man. I like!
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Unread 08-26-2013, 10:47 AM   #141
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Thank you GC!
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Unread 10-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #142
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After a few weeks off from the ZJ, finally got back to it. I was able to get a day off (had to take the daughter to a doctors appointment, nothing major) so I picked up some steel to finish my front bumper and get my sliders made.

Bumper is first, bent up the tubes last night:







Saturday I'll cut em, notch em, weld em in place and splash on some paint!
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Unread 10-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #143
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All done with the grill guard. The main hoop is 1.75, .120 wall. The side bars are 1, .120 wall.




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Unread 10-13-2013, 04:56 PM   #144
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That looks really good. Very clean.
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Unread 10-14-2013, 06:35 AM   #145
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Very Nice.
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Unread 10-14-2013, 09:41 AM   #146
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Thank ya, thank ya! I'm very happy with the way she's coming along. After the holidays (and after baby #3 arrives) I'll get to making the roof rack and rear bumper. In the meantime, if I can get my wood flooring installed quickly, I can get the rock sliders made and installed since I now have the steel for em.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 10:13 AM   #147
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Killer! Makes me miss my ZJ..

Get that rear made!
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Unread 10-22-2013, 10:20 PM   #148
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I'm trying, I'm trying!
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Unread 03-31-2014, 04:32 PM   #149
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http://s109.photobucket.com/user/SME...?sort=3&page=1

Well, FINALLY got the ZJ out for her virgin run. The photobucket is linked above. All in all she didn't do too bad at all. Got quite a few compliments from the group I went with on how well such a simply modded ZJ (3.5 lift, wheels and tires) handled the trail.

It was by no means perfect however. Some minor body rubbing on a portion called "The Squeeze". I lost the front right lower control arm mount on a small boulder. Fortunately after the most technical portions of the trail we did. Still had to drive about 20 miles off road (sand washes, some minor rocky areas and lots of washboard) to get to paved roads. Then another 100 miles to home. All without that lower control arm!

Fortunately the winch cable and a ratchet strap helped keep the right sit in line and other than the occasion tire rubbing on the firewall you wouldn't know any better driving it.

So some new lower control arm mounts are on order. Along with some ACOS adjusters to replace the poly spacers on top of the RE springs. While the front axle is dropped I am going to weld up and gusset all the mounts... better safe than sorry!

Here are some high/lowlight pics:















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Unread 04-01-2014, 12:25 AM   #150
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I bet that was fun! I've dented my lca mounts too, appearently its a common breaking point on the stock d30 mounts. This incident of yours reminds me I need to make a skid for it...

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