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Unread 12-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #16
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Thanks. Love his build.

One thing I learned about my Cherokee build is this- Be VERY sure you want to do a mod BEFORE you start making irreversible cuts into a clean jeep.
This overland is so clean that I do not want to do anything major other than trimming the front bumper for 32's.

I wanted to do this--


528657_10150789254073044_501853043_9549204_9187138 90_n by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

But I realized a few things.
First- The weight of all the material, (two long 2x4 3/16th's pieces of steel, plus the l channel, and the hinge and support) would end up weighing over 100 pounds. Plus the leverage of the huge tire on the back. I want to keep this jeep as alight as possible since it is already the heaviest WJ. (Overland gear)
Second- I would have to find myself a welder, all the material, plus the time, and the guts to hack the back crossmember and bumper on a very rare jeep color.

It looks so clean!!

Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

But I need to have a full size spare. (I have a 5th matching moab waiting for a tire at home.)

So I stumbled upon this-
The detours knucklebone.

rsz_2img_1871 by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

carrier5 by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

carrier4 by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

carrier2 by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Perfect for my purposes.
-Can be removed
-Lighter than a swing out
-Faster for me to obtain
-Keeps the tire centered, where I think it looks best

I think a moab with a KM1 would look good on the back of the overland!
Just can't wait to get the lift so I can get decent tires on this thing, the current donuts are balding.

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Unread 12-29-2013, 12:27 AM   #17
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Got my 3 inch Iro lift ordered. Stuck with the hydro shocks for now. I'm sure they will suck compared to the Bilstiens, but I need to put my rubicon wheels and tires on this thing asap because the stock tires are really really bad haha.

So it will be the 3 inch lift, and I also ordered the OME 10MM trim spacer for the rear. I prefer a slight rake, and I found that when our silver jeep had the 3 inch lift, it sat a little low in the back. The trim spacer brought it right up to where I think it looks best.

Can't wait!
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Unread 12-30-2013, 04:40 PM   #18
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good looking jeep dude, love the color.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 09:33 AM   #19
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Thanks man!

I got my first lift parts- Shocks, hardware, spacers, sway bar links and track bar.

The box with the coil is literally sitting at the Fedex distribution center 2 miles from my house. It ships tomorrow.
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2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:42 AM   #20
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Got the lift done!
I had to actually cut the shock mount off the top of passenger side front shock. Nightmare. Required removal of the pcm, coolant tank, and brackets. Craptastic.
The driverside shock was a pain too, I decided to grind flat spots in the shaft, so I could actually get the vice grips to clamp. Then it came off.

Before-

Before the lift by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Front done- 3 inch coils, hydro shocks. (I painted them silver because white would be ugly.)
And a huge thanks to the previous owner for putting nice rotors on this thing haha

Front parts installed by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Halfway!

Front done by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

For the rear, I removed both shocks and sway bar links. Then I installed the near links, then removed the coils.
To remove the coils, I placed the jack under the opposite side of the axle, and jacked it up until there was enough room to remove/replace coils. No compressor needed.


Rear progress by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Finished.


Rear finished by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Boom!

Finished by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr


Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr


Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

It rides really well... A bit stiffer than our silver wj with bilstiens, but I don't think I need to upgrade the sway bar.

Next I need to trim the front bumper. Rubs in reverse.
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2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 01-09-2014, 09:43 AM   #21
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I sprayed off the wheels too... They were covered in brake dust after being on the silver wj... Nasty napa brake pads.


Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr
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2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 01-09-2014, 10:30 AM   #22
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Very nice!
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Unread 01-11-2014, 03:18 PM   #23
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Turned out really nice! Glad to see you driving a WJ.....☺did you do a new track bar on this one or no?
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Unread 01-16-2014, 10:32 AM   #24
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Some picture updates-
I took the overland to work the otherday, (I work at a jeep dealer), I took the tire sensors out of the Rogue wheels and installed them into my moabs. The tpms is a nice feature.
I purchased another BFG 255/75/17 on ebay, used, which will become the spare.
In other news, the 5 rogue wheels and tires are for sale. haha.

So nice having a lift.

Working on the overland by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

And I did some exploring the other day.

Old, and Kinda New by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

Nature Bats Last by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr

This jeep is amazing offroad. Quadradrive rocks.

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2004 WJ Overland, Onyx Green, 90% dechromed, soon to have JK moab's, BFG MT's, and a 3 inch IRO lift My new DD/ project
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Unread 01-20-2014, 07:16 PM   #25
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But I need to have a full size spare. (I have a 5th matching moab waiting for a tire at home.)

So I stumbled upon this-
The detours knucklebone.


Perfect for my purposes.
-Can be removed
-Lighter than a swing out
-Faster for me to obtain
-Keeps the tire centered, where I think it looks best

I think a moab with a KM1 would look good on the back of the overland!
Just can't wait to get the lift so I can get decent tires on this thing, the current donuts are balding.
Hey man, nice build. I actually sold adavis(black wj you pictures) the tire carrier. Although it was a very well built carrier. If you regularly open the rear door it gets old real fast. I think the swing out carrier is the best option but that's my opinion. Anyway goodluck with the build!
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Unread 01-20-2014, 11:45 PM   #26
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Thanks for the heads up. I know what you mean, my xj has a swing out carrier, and I don't like opening it very often. The latch is a pain especially if your hands are cold.

I see it as my only option besides cutting up my bumper, or getting some huge heavy bumper with swing out. Everything has pros and cons.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 09:56 AM   #27
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Yesterday I was leaving my friends house, I started the w while waiting for some parked cars to move.
I wasn't inside it, and I look over, suddenly the oil pressure had dropped to nothing and the check gauges light was on.
I turned it off instantly, checked the oil (it was fine) then restarted, the pressure was fine!

Sensor maybe?
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Unread 02-16-2014, 11:48 AM   #28
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Sensor bug going around at JF lately, did mine recently, and have seen several threads on it.

Just make sure oil level is Good and Get the sensor changed asap.
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Unread 04-17-2014, 09:21 AM   #29
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I recently had to repaint my front grill, the paint went to hell and simply won't stick to the chrome.
I decided to just buy a new chrome grill and bumper retainer yesterday, and I am putting new chrome headlights back in as well. I hated the fogged headlights, and the way the chrome looked at first, but I am so indecisive that I figured I'd try it out again. I don't want to have a crappy, black with chrome speckled grill.

The grill I painted is broken too... Many of the tabs were already snapped before I even took it off, so it likes to pop out.

I don't mind this look at all.. With the lift and tires.


I also scored these at work the other day... Free. 5, Graphite Moabs off of a 2013 "Oscar Mike" JK. They will get wrapped in some Treadwright 265/70/17 Warden At's. I need a long lasting all terrain which will give me better wet weather and road traction than these BFG km1-ish tires offer. They are getting low on tread anyway.

[IMG]Untitled by Sean Mitchell 707, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Unread 04-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #30
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Sweet score withe wheels. I am running the same tire size at 3".
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