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Unread 11-28-2010, 09:19 AM   #196
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Nice, now we need to build door handle armor :-)

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Unread 12-20-2010, 10:15 PM   #197
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Still not tech in this build thread. I just keep wheeling it. There is just nothing that breaks on this thing. I still have the weak battery but that is pretty small.
My rig was out on the rocks and trails all day sunday, we went out with a hardcore group. There was three of us and we had a blast.

I had to winch twice. My little guy tires(33'') were the main culprit with the super deep sticky PNW mud.

I have a few pictures. hopefully you guys dig it.


This is one of the first trails we went up. This place was pretty rutted. Also a lot of fun.

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Unread 12-20-2010, 10:22 PM   #198
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A couple of video's
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a very cool hill climb short but pay attention:
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As usual guys let me know what you think.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 05:54 PM   #199
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Hey guys,
Once again time for an update on the ol' War Wagon.
I have been wheeling it pretty hard all winter. She has held up awesome with minimal fuss.

On our last trip I ended up bending the upper control arms on the front. (pictures soon)

Also I have been having a hard time with front dana 30 axle shafts. The 33'' tires ARB have been pretty hard on things.

On a trip yesterday to the local Pick a part we had quite the finds.

for 33$ we got:
1 short side D30 297 shaft w/bearing
1 set of GTP hood louvers (going on a buddy's ZJ)
2 upper control arms
1 ORVIS gas tank skid



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Unread 01-04-2011, 05:58 PM   #200
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Started with the skid plate. I was super pumped to find this in the yard. It was literally laying next to the Orvis edition ZJ. So naturally I was getting out of there hell or highwater with it. When i went to check out my jaw dropped when he said 6.50$. Very cool. This beats fabing one up. It should be plenty durable for my application.

Fist cleaned up the skid with a wire wheel and a little sand paper.



first coat with my favorite color lately Satin black


final coat:


This will be installed later in the week. Pictures to follow of what it will look like.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 06:05 PM   #201
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Since this is the first time i have ever had a problem with the stock upper arms, i decided to just replace them with stock again. Money has been a little tight and I am saving for all the Joints for the LA build.

To make these arms last quite awhile I decided to plate them with some 1/8'' stock. These will really brace the venerable center section of the stock "hat" arms.

So this is what Plated control arms look like: enjoy

tacked into place the 1/8'' strip. The strip is 1.5'' and 9'' long



welded up,
I ended up welding 1.5'' at a time to control heat. Running a continuous bead just generates too much heat.




These will be great. Anxious to get these on the truck towards the end of the week.
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Unread 01-07-2011, 10:39 PM   #202
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Removed the bent control arms.

And man were they bent.

These bent arms were approx. 1/2'' shorter than what they should have been. That was deff. adding to the odd handling quirks the ZJ has had lately.

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Unread 01-07-2011, 10:43 PM   #203
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yeesh, howd you manage to do that to them?
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Unread 01-07-2011, 11:30 PM   #204
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To be honest, Nothing out of the ordinary. They may have been tweaked for awhile so once they started bending it really bent. Our trails are pretty twisty and rock so who knows. If you look through the build thread you can see i treat my ZJ trail rig like a Trail rig.
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Unread 01-08-2011, 12:37 AM   #205
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Well, you've got a 5.5" lift with some heavy gear on your Jeep, it's 17+ years old, and these are stock short arms we're talking about. They're plenty strong for stock applications, but when you get up to a build like you've got, I think LA's are a necessity. Best of luck saving up for them, man. Though I think the reinforced stock arms look pretty nice. If the stock ones without plating lasted as long as they did, these will no doubt do in a pinch until you can replace them. I just imagine 5.5" on short arms must suck.
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Unread 01-10-2011, 07:00 PM   #206
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Looking good bro! Great fab work as always. Those UCA's were smoked. I am still on the lookout for good 8.8. Found a couple, but they have all had bent housings. Keep up the build thread as everything is looking top notch.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 11:15 PM   #207
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Well, you've got a 5.5" lift with some heavy gear on your Jeep, it's 17+ years old, and these are stock short arms we're talking about. They're plenty strong for stock applications, but when you get up to a build like you've got, I think LA's are a necessity. Best of luck saving up for them, man. Though I think the reinforced stock arms look pretty nice. If the stock ones without plating lasted as long as they did, these will no doubt do in a pinch until you can replace them. I just imagine 5.5" on short arms must suck.
The ride of my jeep w/ the short arms is not that bad at all. I think the weight of the steel protection all over it helps quite a bit.

These uppers should last at least for the next 6 mos. I leave to Iraq in May, so it would be nice to put minimal cash/time into my rig for the next few months. It makes more sense to just wheel the snot out of it and enjoy the trails.



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Looking good bro! Great fab work as always. Those UCA's were smoked. I am still on the lookout for good 8.8. Found a couple, but they have all had bent housings. Keep up the build thread as everything is looking top notch.
Thanks man for the compliments. Keep your eye out for the 8.8's you will find a good one. Have you had anyluck finding wheeling spots around you in MO? Hope your doing well.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 08:37 PM   #208
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Found a couple so far. Went out to Flat Nasty (flatnasty.net). Still want to go to SMORR (Southern Missouri Offroad Ranch), Wash!ta and a couple others. There are a lot of rocks around here! Good ol Ozark mountains. The trails remind me of WA, but not as steep. Rolled thoough Moab on the way out here. Go there if you ever have a chance! It is Jeep Mecca!

I see that you are getting ready to roll out, so be safe over there and keep ur head down.
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Unread 02-20-2011, 08:57 AM   #209
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Unread 02-21-2011, 12:04 PM   #210
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bump for updates!
No updates, No time.

But i do have the hard part of your bumper build done......

next updates should be front long arm's, belly skid, die hard platnium battery and more wheeling.
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