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Steering and more from Ruffstuff!Even Better Heim Pricing! From RuffstuffUSA Standard Chromoly Front Axle Shaft Kits with Dana 30 4

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Unread 12-19-2011, 07:25 PM   #61
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Working on covering my console lid in black leather. Hobby Lobby didn't have any tan at all, so figured black was fitting enough as the Jeep is black.

Supplies:
- 1' x 1 yard black leather
- Razor blade
- Fabric glue
- Gorilla glue
- Foam (I used 2"x12"x12". 2" was too think, 1" would be more ideal)
- Sharpie
- Small clamps
- Weights
- Phillips head screw driver
- Paint stick
- Wax paper

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Remove cover (2 phillips head screws) and lock (press tabs in and pull):


Measure and cut (don't forget the key hole):




Glue foam to cover, weight, clamp with painter's stick (wrap painter's stick in wax paper, figured that out after this step):


Start with gluing leather to console and clamping:


More to come as glue dries....

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Unread 12-19-2011, 07:37 PM   #62
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Cool.. Wanted to do this myself but way too lazy
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Unread 12-19-2011, 09:15 PM   #63
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It really isn't bad at all. Don't waste your time with the glue and whatnot. I ended up resorting to staples (6mm), stacked 3 pieces of the leather together, then stapled. 4 layers seemed to make the perfect thickness and still allowed the staples to enter the plastic. Also note I did not keep the lock mechanism, I keep nothing of value in the center console and wanted the smooth surface instead.

Finished product:


Note, those little bumps are from the stinkin' glue. NO NEED FOR GLUE



Very pleased for less than $20 and couple hours time.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 01:00 AM   #64
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Looks great. I like the idea of having a cushion on the console..
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Unread 12-20-2011, 07:29 AM   #65
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Nice progress. Inspires me to get off my butt and start a build. I have a similar plan. Keep up the good work! Was the handling trade off on the Antirock worth it? Like you, my heep is a DD as well, and want to keep good road manners. Hate having to crawl under the jeep to disco!
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Unread 12-20-2011, 11:01 AM   #66
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Looks great. I like the idea of having a cushion on the console..
Thanks. Yes, it is awesome...nice and comfy.

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Was the handling trade off on the Antirock worth it? Like you, my heep is a DD as well, and want to keep good road manners. Hate having to crawl under the jeep to disco!
Absolutely. I run the AR in the middle hole, and it is still very driver friendly. The enhanced articulation (and proper articulation), no need to get out and disco, ease of install, cost, etc. It is 100% worth it! One of my favorite mods to date.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 10:46 PM   #67
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Pulled my plugs out to inspect, clean, adjust gap.

Before and after:
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Unread 12-26-2011, 06:43 PM   #68
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Final measurements before I go to 33s next week,

Front bumper: 20.5"
Rear bumper: 18.5"
Belly: 11.75"
Gas tank: 13.25"
Rocker: 21.25"
Front diff: 9.5"
Rear diff: 12"
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Unread 12-31-2011, 08:47 AM   #69
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33s complete:



Ride is comparable to my Pro Comp All Terrains, maybe even quieter.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 01:30 PM   #70
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Super nice outside today, decided to give it a bath. Will probably be one of, if not the last hand wash for a while.

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Unread 12-31-2011, 01:52 PM   #71
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How are you liking the km2s on the streen. I'm down to either those or that same size in the A/T on my LJ
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Unread 12-31-2011, 02:28 PM   #72
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How are you liking the km2s on the streen. I'm down to either those or that same size in the A/T on my LJ
I've only put around 25 miles on them so far, I will update this again after a week or so of DD use.

First impressions:
-Very smooth considering the tread pattern. The comfort is actually surprising.
-Low noise is again surprising. Honestly not any louder than my Pro Comp ATs, maybe even quieter.
-Very happy with them, and it seems that BFG really did their homework to produce a street friendly M/T.

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Unread 12-31-2011, 03:45 PM   #73
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what lift do you have with thoose 33's? any rubbing?
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Unread 12-31-2011, 04:37 PM   #74
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2" RE BB + 1" M.O.R.E BL. Planning to flex it out soon to make sure I don' have any rubbing or anything, I may trim my flares to allow more flex if needed. I wish I did more research before I bought the REBB, but the stiffness of the shocks is my only real complaint currently.

Down the road I would love to move to some OME 2.5" springs front & rear. At this point I am trying to better understand what I want and areas where the Jeep is lacking, before throwing money away. Am hopeful it will not be my DD in 1.5-2 years.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 06:52 PM   #75
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2" RE BB + 1" M.O.R.E BL. Planning to flex it out soon to make sure I don' have any rubbing or anything, I may trim my flares to allow more flex if needed. I wish I did more research before I bought the REBB, but the stiffness of the shocks is my only real complaint currently.

Down the road I would love to move to some OME 2.5" springs front & rear. At this point I am trying to better understand what I want and areas where the Jeep is lacking, before throwing money away. Am hopeful it will not be my DD in 1.5-2 years.

Thanks for the reply..
Im asking because I have a 2''BB and Im planning in putting some 32's maybe 33's not shure yet. But before that I will like to do a spring lift to remove the spacers, of 2.5'' lift will be fine for me, also DD, but not too much off roading.
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