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Unread 10-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #346
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They look long...whats that 8-9"

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Unread 10-24-2013, 09:22 PM   #347
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Ya, 7 3/4 inches at full metal stop. At full stop I'll have less than 1/4" left before the shock bottoms out completely. These are getting welded into the coil bucket, not going into the factory bumpstop location, that's why they are so long.
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Unread 10-24-2013, 09:36 PM   #348
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Yeah...like this...
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Unread 10-29-2013, 09:18 PM   #349
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Got the front bump stops installed. Just need to get another cup and bumper to complete them.

Practically full bump. The cup and bumper are still off.


All welded and painted.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #350
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I ordered the limit straps from poly performance yesterday. So today I got the pieces for the front lower strap brackets cut and everything tacked together.




Where they will be mounted.


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Unread 11-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #351
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Got the front bumstops installed


Then set it down on the wheels with no springs installed. Sitting on the bumpstops. I dont like the fact that I had to bumpstop it so much in order for the shocks not to bottom out. I have PLENTY of room for more up travel before I start hitting metal. But, when I ordered the bilsteins a while back, I didnt think I would be on long arms and just orderd wj 4.5" lift shocks from KOLAK. When I move up to 6" and the 37's ill probably measure for the largest amount of travel I can actually fit. Instead of just a generalized shock. But anyway....






After that I installed the springs all around. Installed the front lower spring retainers I got from ballistic, and set it down on its own weight for the first time in 5 months! I cant wait to wheel this thing on the 29th!
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Unread 11-16-2013, 08:10 PM   #352
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Ive been super busy at work with a lot of side work. But finally got to give the jeep some love today. The poly performance straps came in, so I was able to get the front mounts all welded up


After that I stared on the rear upper adjuster mounts. These also have mounts for my rock lights. This is the beginning of the unibody plating process as well. They will get welded to the rear body crossmember.


Right side clamped in place


Aside from all that, I decided to expand into the fabricating business a little bit more, so I invested in more tools. I bought dimple dies.


My sand blasting cabinet will be here Tuesday. Then I will be ordering a Jd2 model 32 bender with 1.75" die (to get started) within the next week to two weeks. Once that arrives I'll be ordering the hydro upgrade from Swag off-road, as well as bend tech pro software. That should give me a great start. I'm excited to bend tube again, I haven't done it since school and really miss it. I just haven't had the funds to pursue this part of the hobby until l now.
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Unread 11-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #353
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Got the rear lower strap links welded up today. I also got the rear upper mounts welded in as well. I don't know how, but for some reason I was way off on my rear strap measurement. I needed 14" but for some reason I came up with 17". Either way, the correct rear straps are already ordered from poly. It's gonna be down to the wire, but I should be making the black Friday ride in wellsville next week.

Rear lower mounts tacked together


Rear upper mount welded in place.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #354
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So, I just busted *** trying to make it to the black friday ride, but sadly didnt make it on time. Good thing is though, I got a crap ton done, and was able to take the jeep out for a test drive and to try out the flex. All I can say is wow! love me some long arms!






Sad thing is, I just installed that 231HD that I built and its going to be coming right back out. Just picked up a 231 with terra low for a great price from a real good friend of mine. Only thing I worry about now is snapping axle shafts like toothpicks with a 4:1 ratio, and a locked 30 on 33's.




Still have a few very small things to do the dub, but as of now I could wheel it as is. Id like to get the hydro assist installed, as its a PITA to steer with the front axle locked and the wheels loaded. I still have to put the belly skid on, but I wanted to make sure everything was good before I put it up. Then rock lights and some other little stuff, but nothing of huge importance.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 02:07 AM   #355
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Good to see you're putting some of those parts to use finally! Looks good man.

I bet that new 231 will be fun.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 07:08 AM   #356
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Nice! I don't know if I will be able to keep up with you out at SOR
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Unread 11-30-2013, 07:38 AM   #357
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Good to see you're putting some of those parts to use finally! Looks good man.

I bet that new 231 will be fun.
Haha yeah definitely the longest install EVER! I agree, I cant wait to get this 4:1 kit in. I want tear the case halves apart though, and make sure it has a wide chain in it before I put it in. If it doesnt then the wide chain, and terra 2 low kit from my 231 installed now will go into the new one.

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Nice! I don't know if I will be able to keep up with you out at SOR
Ah you will be fine. Its been a while since Ive been there so I would just be taking it easy for a little while. I have to get familiar with the place again.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 08:59 PM   #358
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Subbed like I said great looking Wj
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Unread 12-15-2013, 10:23 PM   #359
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Subbed like I said great looking Wj
Thanks!

As an update.

Ive beed driving and enjoying the wj for the past couple days. I just wanted to make sure the suspension, locker, t-case, and everything worked as it should before the next round of upgrades.

I think my little beater toyota got jealous, as it sprung a coolant leak some where in the back of the engine. Once I get that squared away, ill bring the jeep back in for some more goodies.

Next round of upgrades are going to include:

1: finishing the hydro assist. When the front axle is locked, its a PITA to steer.

2: terra low kit. Ill be tearing apart my 231 hd and robbing the wide chain kit, and terra 2wd low kit, and installing them in the terra low 231 i recently purchased.

3. Dual battery setup. Its always been in my mind to get the electrical system up to par. I think now is the time. Ive got a new switch on its way from otrattw on its way, along with a 12voltguy 100% duty cycle solenoid, ballistic battery box, and a battery cable kit on the way.

stay tuned....
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Unread 12-16-2013, 06:23 AM   #360
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Really cant wait for the Hydro assist pics. I plan on gathering parts for mine in the near future. keep up the good work
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