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post #436 of 455 Old 12-03-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Went to RBD this past weekend at Morris MTN. My 2nd time at this park both times for RBD. Last year I ran Good Bad and the Ugly right when we got there and ripped my steering box off. This year I wanted revenge, ran it 3 times and then on the 4th time I ripped the balljoints out of the passenger side of the 44... broke both shafts too. Found a big enough socket and banged in some new balljoints to get it off the trail. Wheeled 3 dig the rest of the weekend.

Only picture I snagged.




-Ronnie

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post #437 of 455 Old 12-10-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Added to the fleet and retired the 5.9 ZJ as my daily driver. Picked up a 96 with the 4.0 and 118k miles for $500. Lovin it.


-Ronnie

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post #438 of 455 Old 04-21-2014, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Havent posted in a while. Got full chromos in the front now. Ripped the latch out of my driver side door and passenger door window track is destroyed. Picking up a set of half doors this Saturday. We went to Harlan KY for the OffroadSC.com ride and had an awesome time. Didn't break anything for the first time in 2 years on a trip. Chain in the tc is loose and slopping and my johnny joints needs to be rebuilt. Been saying it for probably 2 years now but gonna build a front bumper real soon. Heres some Harlan pics. Skip so theres about 45 seconds left in the video if its not already edited down. Worth it.









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post #439 of 455 Old 04-28-2014, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Half doors for the niner. Got duplicolor paint match to get rid of the green on the top of the frame. Going to pull the cladding off and rhino line/sand down some of the rough spots. Probably wont get done before Gulches this weekend though.

-Ronnie

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post #440 of 455 Old 04-28-2014, 04:33 PM
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nice build man. Going to be tearing into my 9er next summer. Had been thinking of an HP44 and Super 88. I plan on 37's though. Anything you would have done different on your axle set up?

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post #441 of 455 Old 04-28-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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To be honest with how I wheel I wish I went straight to a set of tons. I plan on running 37s and in order to have the peace of mind and not break stuff every trip I need more than half ton axles. If your easy on the skinny pedal and dont follow buggies on 40s than an HP44 and a matching full width 8.8 would last you. I have confidence in the 88 rear on 37s but the 44 worries me.

If I was to do half tons over though I would get a ford HP44 rather than the jeep low pinion I'm running. And for all things holy don't run a welded front end unless you do hydro assist. Turning in the rocks is impossible.

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post #442 of 455 Old 04-29-2014, 08:31 AM
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understandable. I feel the same. I know an 8.8 (esp. a super 88) would handle the 37's. Just not 100% confident in the 44 being pushed by the 5.9 I have a Ford 9.75'' rear sitting at home I may use (basically a smaller version of the sterling 10.25). I may just jump to a 60 front and be done with it.

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post #443 of 455 Old 04-29-2014, 11:39 AM
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And for all things holy don't run a welded front end unless you do hydro assist. Turning in the rocks is impossible.
Quoted for truth!

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post #444 of 455 Old 05-02-2014, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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understandable. I feel the same. I know an 8.8 (esp. a super 88) would handle the 37's. Just not 100% confident in the 44 being pushed by the 5.9 I have a Ford 9.75'' rear sitting at home I may use (basically a smaller version of the sterling 10.25). I may just jump to a 60 front and be done with it.
Wouldn't be a bad plan. I'm debating keeping my 8.8 and just building a 9" front end and running 37s but for the amount of money it would take to build that I could probably buy a built set of tons front and rear.

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post #445 of 455 Old 05-23-2014, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Might be picking up a Juggy chassis soon to begin swapping parts. Not 100% sure yet but found it on nc4x4 for a good price. Had some more nasty body damage to the ZJ on the last trip.



Also got part 1 of my tramper down.. Just need a truck and trailer now haha

1968 Bethany Chief. Baller status with the pink coral paint. Shes in great shape. It has been in my family since 68 when my grandpa bought it and passed it down through his sons. My uncle just dropped it off yesterday. Ill snag some better closer pictures later. Gonna have the most vintage tramper out there.

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post #446 of 455 Old 05-23-2014, 09:55 PM
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Badass trailer!

I love my vintage too



Sad to see that the nuner might be going, it was my favorite niner build.. you wheel your **** good though you need a truggy!

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Badass trailer!

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Sad to see that the nuner might be going, it was my favorite niner build.. you wheel your **** good though you need a truggy!
NICE! Love that camper. I really don't want to get rid of the ZJ. I've always been a grand guy and love them but the trails we run don't exactly treat a full bodied rig very well. Maybe one day I will find another and build up a trail rig I don't beat the snot out of. I don't know how soon the buggy/juggy swap will start, hell I may backhalf the niner instead of swapping over to something else. Still up in limbo.

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NICE! Love that camper. I really don't want to get rid of the ZJ. I've always been a grand guy and love them but the trails we run don't exactly treat a full bodied rig very well. Maybe one day I will find another and build up a trail rig I don't beat the snot out of. I don't know how soon the buggy/juggy swap will start, hell I may backhalf the niner instead of swapping over to something else. Still up in limbo.
Dove nose and chop the rear past the doors and make is a dove (tail?)

I feel you on the width, even here its alot of tree dodging trails..

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Got a lead on a TJ thats currently on tons and coilovers, decent cage. Hes pulling all the drivetrain/suspension/seats etc to go to a buggy and I am going to try to get the chassis from him. Won't be for a little while though till he tears into it.


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Back from the dead. I have been working on it the past couple weeks. Jeep has sat way to much, got beaten up and abused and neglected. She deserves a makeover.

Started stripping the interior.

Lots of trips of stuff left in the Jeep and leaking water all over made for a nice mess.

Interior was pretty easy, until I got to the passenger seat where the seat was stuck over the bolts. Got out the torches and did some surgery.



So on to paint. I chose to flat black it, using Rustoelum professional. I currently have two coats on it and am waiting to put the third on when I have a nice day. I need to find a matte clear coat as well. I also have not started on the doors, ran in to some rust with my half doors. Once the Jeep is finished I am going to start on the doors. If I decide to pony up for a cage the Jeep may never see doors again. I also need to find new seats, mine were trashed. Either going to get suspension or some WJ seats.






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-Ronnie

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