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post #46 of 748 Old 03-27-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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post #47 of 748 Old 03-28-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Got the rear flares and Trail Gear rock sliders installed.

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I gotta say, these rock sliders are very high quality considering I paid just $110 plus shipping brand new. This is one instance where the "you get what you pay for" saying doesnt really apply. You get WAY more than what you pay for. Too bad you cant get them anymore.
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Got the rear flares and Trail Gear rock sliders installed.

I gotta say, these rock sliders are very high quality considering I paid just $110 plus shipping brand new. This is one instance where the "you get what you pay for" saying doesnt really apply. You get WAY more than what you pay for. Too bad you cant get them anymore.
I was surprised too! Other than being a little weak on coverage at the front, they are great. Can't beat $110.

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post #49 of 748 Old 03-29-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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It runs and drives now (stuck in 4 hi till I get the rear driveshaft in). Transmission is a little noisy and the check engine light is on, but it runs pretty good.

Currently working on the locker pump wiring and the rear driveshaft. If I have this thing done for Saturday it will be barely so.

Pictures will be added tonight when I get home.
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post #50 of 748 Old 03-29-2012, 08:26 PM
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Man that looks great. Nice Job....
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post #51 of 748 Old 03-29-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Got a lot accomplished today. Got the rear driveshaft installed, both axles filled with gear oil, locker pump installed and wired, adjusted the transfer case shifter, and installed new e-brake cables. Then I took it for a drive!

It runs pretty good actually. The 4wd works perfectly and the rear locker works as well.

I still need to check the transmission oil to make sure it isn't low (it was in a rollover), but other than that there is only a bunch of minor things to take care of. New windshield should be going in tomorrow as well. I am going to drive it a lot tomorrow to make sure there are no quirks that need working out.

I have pictures but I can't get them to load currently.
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post #52 of 748 Old 03-29-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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I am using a factory TJ Rubicon driveshaft with the SYE. Yes, the angle is AWFUL, but it has no vibes and will suffice until I get adjustable uppers.

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Mounted the locker pump to the side of the fuse tray. Worked out really well actually.

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This is where the locker switch ended up:

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post #53 of 748 Old 03-30-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep is done. Will be going to URE first thing in the morning.
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post #54 of 748 Old 03-31-2012, 10:55 AM
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Nice work , seems you have found your calling

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post #55 of 748 Old 04-20-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Taking it to URE tomorrow. Hopefully I can get some wheeling pictures.
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post #56 of 748 Old 04-30-2012, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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My LJ just won tjotm, so the TJ its about to reap the benefits of it. I will be using the savvy gift certificate to help purchase some adjustable rear upper control arms, which the TJ is in desperate need of.

When I had it offroad, the rear driveshaft was fine when just flexing, but if I got too much speed on the runoff mounds and the rear axle drooped I could feel the driveshaft binding. Rotating the pinion back some should fix that problem. I have a stock front TJ driveshaft that I have been meaning to get cut down.

Btw, I was extremely impressed by how my tiny little jeep performed offroad. The Hercules Terra Tracs performed extremely well offroad (which surprised me and everyone wheeling with me), and even with stock suspension I was getting very little wheel spin. I think what helped me the most was the 4.10 gears with the smallish tires. I was wheeling with a TJ w/ a 4" lift, 33" MTZs, and 3.07 gears, and he was having to ride the clutch and keep his rpms high in areas where I just stuck it in first gear and idled right through. He would get hung up and start wheel spinning and hopping, I would cruise right through it, even when my rear locker was disengaged.

For anyone looking at stock sized tires that are only in to occasional mild offroading, I highly recommend the Hercules Terra Tracs. Excellent on road and surprisingly capable offroad.
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post #57 of 748 Old 05-07-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Several months back I bought a Bestop Halftop that I was going to modify to use on my LJ. Well, never got around to doing that. Decided I would use it on my TJ.

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I LOVE this top. Way better than the Bestop Supertop, and a thousand times better than the safari, wraparound windjammer, and deck cover combo I have for my LJ. It is quiet (no roll bar straps that flap around), fits tight, is water tight, and the sunrider top and zip out rear window are awesome. Gives the open air feeling of being topless without the hassle of folding down a soft top. Plus, it doesn't limit how far back the front seats can slide like a wraparound windjammer does. At 6'3" I need all the leg room I can get. Well worth the $300 I paid for it used. I will seriously be considering buying another one to modify for my LJ.
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Man I passed one up on CL for 150.00 a week ago.
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post #59 of 748 Old 05-07-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Man I passed one up on CL for 150.00 a week ago.
That's a great deal. What condition was it in? I got mine in basically brand new condition. Also came with factory door surrounds too which is another reason I was willing to pay that much.
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post #60 of 748 Old 05-09-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Just placed my order with savvy for their adjustable rear upper control arms using my TJotM discount. Hopefully they well get here by the 18th. Would like to get them installed before I take it offroad again.
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