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Unread 01-03-2013, 10:27 PM   #31
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They were straight when I put them on, then after a day of driving got like that. I don't notice any difference in the ride. Do you? I think they're supposed to do that.

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Unread 01-04-2013, 09:28 AM   #32
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I dont really have anything to compare to to be honest. I was just curious... Your jeeps looking really good! Do you have any more plans for it?
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Unread 01-04-2013, 02:01 PM   #33
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You'll need to straighten out that control arm. It just got loose from driving around. Speaking of those getting loose, go back and do a second tightening n all the arms and the track bar bolts. Nice looking ZJ!
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Unread 01-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #34
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I dont really have anything to compare to to be honest. I was just curious... Your jeeps looking really good! Do you have any more plans for it?
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You'll need to straighten out that control arm. It just got loose from driving around. Speaking of those getting loose, go back and do a second tightening n all the arms and the track bar bolts. Nice looking ZJ!
Thanks guys.
I just checked the Rubicon Express page and didn't find torque specs for the control arms in the installation instructions, I'm going to tighten and shake down everything in the next few days anyway. Maybe I'll call Kolak or RE and ask them.

My short list of plans right now are; lockers, not sure yet between selectable, automatic or limited slip, still need to research more since this the next biggest investment. Then rock rails, custom front bumper, winch, lights, skids.

My goal is to have all that figured out before August 8th. August 8-11 is the Jeep Jamboree Rubicon trail run.
http://blog.jeep.com/2012/11/26/2013...oree-schedule/

most of our mountain trails open back up in June, those that followed my last build know I wheeled that silver ZJ hard, it doesn't have a straight rocker panel, door, or quarter panel left on it. I'd like to have that protection stuff on, and wheel more responsibly with this one. but chicks dig body damage, and hopefully I'll have a dd car soon so who knows what will happen and how hard I'll wheel this Jeep.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 04:21 PM   #35
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my buddies yellow and black TJs where we do most of the work on our rigs.


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also learned today that after doing the header panel swap to accommodate the 5.9 grill, the '93 bumper cover wont go back on, just zip tied my front license plate on for now, hopefully the fuzz wont hassle me over not having a front bumper.
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Unread 01-06-2013, 09:56 AM   #36
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Technically its a bumper cover
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Unread 01-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #37
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Technically its a bumper cover
right, my cover from the '97 is still in the bushes at my old house, I'll see if that will go on since I had to drill a new hole front and center to make the new header panel go in that blocks the '93 cover from fitting without a lot more trimming that in my mind isn't worth the extra work. silly things

also, met a welder the other day and bs'd a lot about getting some rock rails built. hopefully I can make that happen maybe this month.
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Unread 01-09-2013, 06:40 PM   #38
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Bought a PowerTrax no slip locker for the d35 today.

I was always hesitant to lock the turdy5, thinking as much as lockers are, I'd rather put that money towards an 8.8 or 44 swap, then lock that, but I got the PowerTrax for $175, and I still have my silver ZJ, so if I blow an axle shaft I have spares. Here's a few links about them.
http://www.powertrax.com/noslip.html
http://www.justdifferentials.com/ind...oducts_id=3837
with the 31's and smart wheeling, i.e. not spinning tires and lighting fires, I think it will be sweet set up.
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Unread 01-13-2013, 08:07 PM   #39
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http://www.4wd.com/Jeep-Lighting-Jee...&t_pn=RIG20211
Just saving another link, waiting for the money tree to bloom.
I want to get these for the "A" pillars
also just got the Michelin Stealth wiper blades, not as expensive as the Bosch, RainX, or similar type single flex blades, and they're working great. In the Seattle/Tacoma area they get a lot of use.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 09:04 PM   #40
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fueling up with my buddies XJ on our way to the annual Elbe ORV Park Snow Jam Poker Run

some of the lineup ahead and behind me waiting on registration/sign in and the drivers meeting. the sunny day and the snow combination made a lot of the pictures come out really bright. easy black and white fix, also threw in a few HDR style edits, photography stuff is kind of a hobby for me.




Mt. Rainier, 14,411' find out in a few months if I'm getting sponsored to go for a summit attempt.


some of the toyota group with a lone ranger me and a few XJs got stuck in between.

more yotas, at least one truck in this group had issues or got stuck in between every checkpoint.

always giving good stopping distance before or on top of every hill.

I aired down to 10-12 psi and the BFG All Terrains outperformed every other tire out there in the snow/ice.

no pulling cable for anyone in our group, but nice peace of mind to have along.

various other rigs

built and beat up titan

I'd say whatever the local toyota clubs are spread the word better then the Jeep guys did

Nice LJ

biggest 'a' pillar lights I've seen, and not a bad looking tracker/sidekick

gecko JKU

finally caught up to some wranglers at lunch


ranger with fullsize axels

samurai and 4runner

YJ, TJ, JK, FJ

not to bash toyotas since I believe most of their issues were driver related and/or not having enough weight in the bed, but there were a few times where they tested our patience or were just rude. one section there were two stuck about 4 vehicle lengths apart with a third getting ready to pull the closer one out. I asked if our group, two XJs and my ZJ, could get through before their recovery attempt completely blocked the road and the dude said no. after carefully eyeballing the situation, and with good spotting we snaked all three jeeps between the three toyotas with no issues. one of their comments was what are you going to do when you catch up to the rest of the trucks in the group, and I replied, go around them too. the next group was surprised when we showed up instead of their buddies and graciously let us through.

with the snowy conditions, and ice in places, all the jeeps did better then any truck. I walked up a steep hill climb that the toyota boys all had to take a run at. really wish I had a few of their attempts, and then mine on video. All in all it was still a fun trip. Airing down is probably one of the most unknown simple tricks that for some reason not everyone does. Short story on that, NASA was testing one of their Mars rovers out in the sand dunes when a farmer came along and told them it'd get around better if they let some air out of the tires and the story made a few of the small town papers.

other build progress, haven't installed the powertrax yet but can't wait to see the traction gain there. never got off camber enough where being open made a difference on this trip. next few additions in no particular order are rock rails, front recovery, skids, lighting. then I've been debating on a snorkel, and upgrading to long arms up front, and putting the adj short arms in the back, but haven't decided which route to go from 3.5'' to 4.5''
thats all I can think of for right now, hope you enjoy the pictures, and maybe I'll see ya out there next time.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 07:08 PM   #41
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got an alignment done at les schwab, they let me hang out while they were working so I took advantage of having easy access under the jeep and got a few cell phone pics.
I was toed in (pigeon toed) a little bit causing unnecessary wear on my already bald tires. had this les schwab recommended to me by a local off road shop that said they take all their lifted jeeps there.

added some color captions for fun and to show what/where things are and what I still want to get done.











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Unread 02-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #42
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while looking for skid plates at the JY I came across a wrecked Xterra and am going to try and make this rack work. never seen it done before, hopefully it works out.
14 torx screws, 2 each on the front and rear brackets, and 3 in the middle. Haven't decided if I'm going to trim the front, or level the back, or if I can integrate it with the factory rails.
only had one strap and zipties to get it home. might powdercoat it, or just rattle can it black. from tailgate to windshield its a close fit, but I think it'll look/function good.





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also started to paint the cladding and bumper covers, this was a few days before the roof rack, so you can kind of see the 'after' paint job on one of the sides.



only have the passenger side done, it rained, and then I went up to the mountains over the weekend to scout for deer and elk, so now I have to wash the jeep again before I can finish the other side and bumpers
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Unread 02-11-2013, 06:35 PM   #43
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here's a few pics of the jeep from the last trip up over the mountains


side with painted cladding


not sure what exactly constitutes an HDR edit but I like playing with some of them



coming off the ridge where I saw 20-30 mule deer

max camera zoom from the same spot


not sure whats up with the forum lately. I used to get a lot more love in my old build/picture thread, doesn't seem like the same members are around. If anyones interested I can post some hunting, wildlife, and other landscape pictures I usually take out in Jeep Country. anyway even if you're not commenting/replying hope you enjoy.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 07:29 PM   #44
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HDR is when you take 3 or more photos all at different exposures and combine them to make a well-lit or strange looking photo. Need a fancy camera and a tripod, but that zoom is pretty good so maybe your camera can do it?

And yeah its funny some build threads get tons of love, others get none. But yeah maybe everyone just looks and doesnt comment. If you keep an eye on your views, youll get like 200 views after you post, but no comments.

If you paint up all the side cladding, rear bumper cover, and the front metal crossmember bumper, it makes it look almost like a new car. Looks good man
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Unread 02-12-2013, 05:05 PM   #45
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HDR is when you take 3 or more photos all at different exposures and combine them to make a well-lit or strange looking photo. Need a fancy camera and a tripod, but that zoom is pretty good so maybe your camera can do it?

And yeah its funny some build threads get tons of love, others get none. But yeah maybe everyone just looks and doesnt comment. If you keep an eye on your views, youll get like 200 views after you post, but no comments.

If you paint up all the side cladding, rear bumper cover, and the front metal crossmember bumper, it makes it look almost like a new car. Looks good man
Thanks. I knew it was something along those lines but couldn't remember. I just edit a lot out of one shot.

I use the Olympus Tough TG-820, its shockproof and waterproof so perfect for wheeling, hiking, camping, hunting, mountain biking, I even have a floating wrist strap for being out on the water. I love it, its 12 megapixel, with 5x optical zoom. Then I just do all my editing in photo shop elements or IPhoto. My girlfriend has a nice Canon DSLR with a few lenses and all the lighting, and backdrops to do real photo shoots, but its all bigger and heavier then anything I want to carry outdoors.

I had the cladding and bumpers painted on my other ZJ, I think its the simplest thing you can do to improve the look of these GCs
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