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Unread 09-14-2013, 07:55 PM   #316
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Got a lot done today.

Took my coils out to weld nuts into the coil post, that way I could easily attach some ballistic coil retainers I ordered. I got a small surprise which needed attention, the post were completely rotted! I was able to build some new post out of some 3" exhaust tube. They dont support any weigh, nor are they structural, so the pipe should be fine.

Driver side (they were both this bad)


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Got the skid fully welded and all the pilot holes drilled. Adding the brace helped a ton! I can now lift the jeep by the skid with very little deflection. Now I just have to drill and riv nut the frame.


Also weighed it. It's a little heavier then I expected, but I'm still plenty happy with it.


The IRO skid was 42 pounds. This skid is 25 pounds heavier, but offers 3 times the protection, and tucks up higher. Overall I'm happy with it.

Also started replacing the front upper control arm bushings, but I forgot I let my buddy borrow my press. I should have it back monday, hopefully have the wj finished by next weekend.

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Unread 09-16-2013, 01:13 PM   #317
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Well, everything is slowly coming down to a finished product. Before I finish up though I have one more issue to address. Limit straps. Who is using them? What are you running?

The suspension droops enough on the lift that I can remove the front and rear springs with a quick pull. (thus the ballistic coil retainers im installing). The only thing limiting suspension travel is my bilsteins. Id rather not rip a shock apart in the middle of nowhere, so Im going to install limit straps. Im leaning towards poly performance limit straps and clevis mounts.

Straps http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...p-p-30918.html

Clevis mounts http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...t-p-31177.html

I REALLY like the idea of the clevis mounts! Lets face it, nothing for our jeeps is once size fits all, the ability to add or remove 4" of limit is very nice. Its especially nice for the fact that in the next few months my suspension will be changing once again with the new axles, springs, and shocks.

Aside from them requiring a little more work to install, I really dont see a down side to them. From building my jeep ive realized that adjustability is everything, especially when your as OCD as I am when it comes to my jeep and how it performs.

Thoughts....?
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Unread 09-16-2013, 01:57 PM   #318
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I just used grade 8 bolts welded to the frame and axle but and adjustable mount would be much better I think, that looks like a good set up to me.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #319
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I just used grade 8 bolts welded to the frame and axle but and adjustable mount would be much better I think, that looks like a good set up to me.
Thanks for the reply. I think that's the route I'm going to go as I haven't found anything better/ more versatile. I'll do some measuring tomorrow and get at least the clevis mounts on order. After I get those mounted I'll measure and order straps.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:57 PM   #320
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Measured for bump stops today. Would have got more done, but had to leave the shop early due to my daughter running a high fever.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:17 AM   #321
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ballistic coil retainers

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Unread 09-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #322
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That thing is coming along nicely! keep the hydro assist pics coming, ill probably be looking to do the same kind of set up next year.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 09:46 PM   #323
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That thing is coming along nicely! keep the hydro assist pics coming, ill probably be looking to do the same kind of set up next year.
thanks! The hydro setup install is coming in the next wave of installs. I just have to get this thing on the trails while its somewhat warm outside. After I get my wheeling fix ill be pulling it back in for the assist install. Depending on how close to the wire I am to make this next wheeling trip, I may start at least getting the ram brackets welded in this round.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #324
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Ive come to the conclusion/realization tha the wj might be on the rack for a little while. Im just going to get done the things that need to be done and not rush it. Its already down, so might as well make it how I want it now (or how I can afforde it), and worry about wheeling once its ready. Its just getting to be to difficutl to balance a family life (2yr old that waits for me to come home), work (55-60hrs), and the wj. It will be finished when its finished. That being said....

The trail gear limit strap clevis's came in from poly performance. I ordered 4 clevis's (2 front, 2 rear) as well as 8 mounting tubes. I ordered 8 tubes because not only are they for mounting the clevis, but I can weld them to the axles to support bolts properly for a limit strap lower mounting point. Most people just run the limit straps shock bolt to shock bolt, but the way the wj is designed it just doesnt allow it. The front shocks are stud mount uppers, bar pin lowers. The rears have eyes on each end, but the uppper mount doesnt look strong enough to hold up to limit strap duty. Thats why I went with the clevis mounts.

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Unread 09-26-2013, 06:42 PM   #325
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nice WJ, we'll have to wheel out at SOR sometime
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Unread 09-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #326
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Thanks man. SOR is my first stop once the Wj is finished. I'd rather do the shakedown run there then at wellsville. Ill let you know when I plan on going. Might be this coming month, but I'm not gonna rush it, so we will see.
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Unread 09-26-2013, 08:14 PM   #327
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I haven't been to wellsville yet in mine, school and work has me so slammed right now, i don't think i'm going to make it back out there for a awhile, bad enough i'm passing up the 4WD jambo in columbiana and the fischers 4x4 jambo in ashtabula this weekend, but atleast i'll be wrenching on mine tho
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Unread 09-27-2013, 08:07 AM   #328
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I haven't been to wellsville yet in mine, school and work has me so slammed right now, i don't think i'm going to make it back out there for a awhile, bad enough i'm passing up the 4WD jambo in columbiana and the fischers 4x4 jambo in ashtabula this weekend, but atleast i'll be wrenching on mine tho
Yeah i feel the same way, if im not wheeling it, at least im wrenching on it.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #329
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Let me know when you are goin to go, ill tag along!
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Unread 09-28-2013, 06:41 PM   #330
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Let me know when you are goin to go, ill tag along!
Dude, I keep forgetting your back home. As soon as its back on the road Ill let you know.
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