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Unread 04-06-2013, 06:45 PM   #46
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Now that this thing is out of my way I can finally put this pile of parts on my car!

JEEP pics to follow!

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Unread 04-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #47
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Sweeeet!
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5.2 crate - fourwheelcustoms 2.25 BB - 31x10.50 BFG at-ko's 249/242 swap - front drive shaft upgrade by driveshaftspecialistincorporated - jcr off-road front bumper - engo 12k lbs winch......
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Unread 04-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #48
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Now that this thing is out of my way I can finally put this pile of parts on my car!

JEEP pics to follow!
That's a pretty sweet car dude!! Did you build that?
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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:12 PM   #49
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Sure did. It's been an on going project for a good friend of mine. Pan off restoration. I built the chassis, installed new floor pans and an airbag kit. 4 wheel disc brakes. All new brake system, etc. Then powdercoated it red. Sam Foose, Chip Foose's dad, did the paint and body while I was doing the chassis. Installed the engine and tranny when it came back and dropped the body on. Then it went off to have some moron do the interior done. I just finished all the rubber seals, complete wiring, stereo install and loose ends. It still needs some tuning but I've drawn the line here. I'm done for a few months with that thing!

After all, I have a Jeep to build! A few pics will follow of the install soon. Let me just say that spring compressors ARE required when doing a 3.5" lift on a ZJ. When I did my TJ a few years back, they weren't required so I thought I could manage without. I was wrong. now off to Autozone to rent some so I can finish the lift tomorrow. In the meantime I pulled the body cladding off and installed an Optima Yellowtop.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:15 PM   #50
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Sure did. It's been an on going project for a good friend of mine. Pan off restoration. I built the chassis, installed new floor pans and an airbag kit. 4 wheel disc brakes. All new brake system, etc. Then powdercoated it red. Sam Foose, Chip Foose's dad, did the paint and body while I was doing the chassis. Installed the engine and tranny when it came back and dropped the body on. Then it went off to have some moron do the interior done. I just finished all the rubber seals, complete wiring, stereo install and loose ends. It still needs some tuning but I've drawn the line here. I'm done for a few months with that thing!

After all, I have a Jeep to build! A few pics will follow of the install soon. Let me just say that sling compressors ARE required when doing a 3.5" lift on a ZJ. When I did my TJ a few years back, they weren't required so I thought I could manage without. I was wrong. now off to Autozone to rent some so I can finish the lift tomorrow. In the meantime I pulled the body cladding off and installed an Optima Yellowtop.
Wow , props on the vw. What do you do for a living?
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Unread 04-06-2013, 10:41 PM   #51
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Thanks! I manage sales and tech for a mail order aircooled VW company. Been doing it for nearly 16 years. Built many a VW including the two pictured on this thread. We also have some other helpful to me companies in house. We sell King and Fox shocks and some other off road stuff too. Helpful in getting my ZJ parts at a very discounted price!
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Unread 04-07-2013, 12:27 AM   #52
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So here are the pics...
As seen in the first pic them coils are gonna need to be compressed a bit to get in there.

Second pic shows the 265/70R17 (spare tire, left over from my Duramax slightly worn) STUFFED but clearing, kinda. The front bumper is in the way but it's gone anyway. Got the JCR to build and install.

Third pic shows the bumpstop hitting (the opposite side is fully dropped with no shocks on) so no need for extended brake lines to run disconnects for the sway bar!

Fourth pic shows Bilstein hardware with the Rubicon Express Mono-tube shocks. In actuality the shocks are just painted Bilsteins.... GOOD TO KNOW! A side note on the shocks. They are plenty long for the 3.5" lift, they won't limit droop. After some measuring however, they will be the new bump stop. fully compressed they are just about an 1+ too long. That being the case, I may just pull the foams from the bumps and keep the steel cup in place as a back up.

Then again, I might get CRAZY and throw some Fox bump cans in there!
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Unread 04-07-2013, 01:08 AM   #53
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So here are the pics...
As seen in the first pic them coils are gonna need to be compressed a bit to get in there.

Second pic shows the 265/70R17 (spare tire, left over from my Duramax slightly worn) STUFFED but clearing, kinda. The front bumper is in the way but it's gone anyway. Got the JCR to build and install.

Third pic shows the bumpstop hitting (the opposite side is fully dropped with no shocks on) so no need for extended brake lines to run disconnects for the sway bar!

Fourth pic shows Bilstein hardware with the Rubicon Express Mono-tube shocks. In actuality the shocks are just painted Bilsteins.... GOOD TO KNOW! A side note on the shocks. They are plenty long for the 3.5" lift, they won't limit droop. After some measuring however, they will be the new bump stop. fully compressed they are just about an 1+ too long. That being the case, I may just pull the foams from the bumps and keep the steel cup in place as a back up.

Then again, I might get CRAZY and throw some Fox bump cans in there!
Do you get the bikes twin shocks for cheap?
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Unread 04-07-2013, 10:49 AM   #54
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I'm assuming you meant Bilstein shocks, so yes. They were part of the lift kit and it was all pretty cheap.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #55
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I'm assuming you meant Bilstein shocks, so yes. They were part of the lift kit and it was all pretty cheap.
Haha yeah I'm sorry auto correct. How
Much could you get shocks for?
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:09 PM   #56
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It all depends on what you are looking for. Our off road division has an account with TransAmerican (4 wheel parts wholesale division) plus we are direct with King and Fox so the options are many.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #57
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It all depends on what you are looking for. Our off road division has an account with TransAmerican (4 wheel parts wholesale division) plus we are direct with King and Fox so the options are many.
4 bilestein shocks for a stock jeep
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #58
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For stock Bilsteins I'd search on Google shopping honestly. They aren't really our forte. Google shopping will usually find you the cheapest price.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #59
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For stock Bilsteins I'd search on Google shopping honestly. They aren't really our forte. Google shopping will usually find you the cheapest price.
Alright thanks alot bud .
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Unread 04-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #60
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Cool man. Besides I don't know what the rules of the forum are ad far as businesses "advertising". I want to keep this thread about my Jeep, not my job.
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