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post #91 of 118 Old 02-04-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Installed the Novak today. Install wasn't bad, just takes time as you are in such a tight space (I didn't take the skid or front driveshaft out). The instructions are decent, but not great. Install, adjustment, and test drive took about 2.5 hours.

I found it easier just to unbolt everything that comes out, then just pull it all out. That way you aren't fighting with all of those push in connections (they are a pain to get out in a tight space). Then if it all won't come out as one unit you can just pull everything apart.

One reason the install took so long was I chose to take the Novak out as one unit, then make sure the nuts that hold the cable in place on the brackets were super tight on the benchtop.

Factory CRAP out:



Novak all buttoned up:



This was well worth the price, and install time. Shifting from any of the ranges to another is seamless and smooth. No exaggeration, this is something that should be on everyone's list.



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post #92 of 118 Old 02-21-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Friends and I headed to Interlake on Monday, had a great time. Thankfully the trails were not too wet, seems they haven't had much precipitation up that way. My Jeep is much more capable than before, was able to get through most anything without much issue at all (although we did steer away from a few trails we came across to play it safe). Waiting on more pictures from the others.







Friend in his CJ on 33s got stuck in this water hole at the end of a trail, was able to quickly get him out.



There was a hill climb that had my number, gave it several tries - but no luck. At the top of the trail on the driver's side there are big roots from a tree next to it, so its hard to get over. Really wanting a front locker now!

Also got sick of the long antenna hitting the windshield frame on the tails, so sourced this 13" antenna from Autozone for $14. Yes, the Jeep is still very dirty, going to address tomorrow - it has already been washed once with a pressure washer



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post #93 of 118 Old 02-22-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Rear aux lights added today:



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post #94 of 118 Old 03-26-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well, time for a change. Naked tailgate:



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post #95 of 118 Old 04-08-2012, 05:49 PM
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Well, time for a change. Naked tailgate:

i'm liking the naked tail gate


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post #96 of 118 Old 04-08-2012, 06:57 PM
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GAH... i love those 33x10.5x15 tires... the skinny look is amazing!!! how do you like them in the mudd?
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post #97 of 118 Old 04-08-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. The tires did really well last time I was out. No traction issues anywhere. Friend on 33x12.50 BFG ATs was stuck a few times, I was able to pull him out with no issue. They ride good on the street also.


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post #98 of 118 Old 04-22-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Couple of updated pics. Only real change is I replaced my RE shocks in the rear with Skyjacker 7000s. I didn't really want to, but one of my RE shocks started leaking fluid. The Skyjackers were cheap and should hold me over until I revamp my rear suspension.







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post #99 of 118 Old 09-19-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Sold hard top as the Jeep is no longer a DD. Rampage soft top and header bar, Bestop door surrounds and tailgate bar are in route and set to arrive later this week.



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post #100 of 118 Old 09-21-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Best top door surrounds installed last night. Planning to move forward with the rest of the top this weekend if time allows.


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post #101 of 118 Old 09-23-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Install wasn't terrible, if it were warmer out I think it would have been easier.

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post #102 of 118 Old 02-11-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Welp, time to bring this thing back from the grave...

Have gone wheeling a couple of times since this last post and all is well. But am kicking around the idea of replacing my front 2" spacers with 3" springs and new (correct length) shocks. This would properly level out the Jeep.

My main question is - while I am in the process of replacing said items would it be worth my while to chop and extend my front shock towers with Ford f-series towers? As I have a BL I believe I would be able to extend the tower appx 3". Cost of longer shocks would be negligible, Ford towers are dirt cheap, welder access is sorted.


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post #103 of 118 Old 02-16-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well. AEV ran out of their 3" front springs. Called, and they are fully out of stock and from what I hear they will not be restocking them. I believe AEV is getting out of the TJ market to focus on the JK. Ended up ordering a set of 3" front BDS springs and longer Skyjacker Nitro front shocks. I would have preferred Bilstein or Fox, but want to wait until I replace all 4 to match. At that time I will probably outboard the rear and do Ford towers up front.


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post #104 of 118 Old 02-18-2013, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Spring cleaning for the TJ today:

-Removed all of the carpet from the Jeep, vacuumed, soaked the carpet in water+oxyclean, rinsed. Is sitting in the sun drying right now.
-Gave the front axle a quick shot with brake cleaner, scuffed it with a wire brush, let it dry, hit it with a quick coat of flat black spray paint.

Before:



After:



Took a few minutes to grease the steering, and spray the shock mounts with PB Blaster as new shocks and springs will be going in this weekend.


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post #105 of 118 Old 02-18-2013, 11:50 PM
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Good desicion on the bds springs, installed them this week and big diffenrence, you'll like them.
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