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post #16 of 37 Old 02-09-2013, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Found a rock at my brothers for a few poser shots.

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post #17 of 37 Old 02-01-2014, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I just realized that it's been almost a year since I've updated. I haven't really had the $$$ to put in to the Jeep like I had planned but I have some parts coming in the next few weeks to get her goin. Tonight I upgraded my interior and dash lights to LED. I did find out that my multipurpose switch isn't working because I can't turn on the interior lights. Here are a few pics:
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My XRC-8 winch and winch plate came in today. I have to say that this is the first thing from quadratec\smittybilt that the packaging sucked. There was a hole in the winch plate box and the nuts and bolts are gone.
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Decided to just go buy the bolts instead of waiting on them to get here. Here's my winch plate and winch ready to rock
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I spent this weekend doing some surgery. We finished up after dark tonight so I'll add some more pics tomorrow.


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post #21 of 37 Old 04-06-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Finished up the projects that I had going on.

Here is the supplies used yesterday:


I started off Plastidipping the wheels. Here are the before pics:





And here are the after pics:





What an amazing transformation that was!
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While the wheels were drying, I started the JK turn signal install.

First, I taped and marked where I wanted them mounted and cut the whole out. The only issue I had was that I couldn't find my dremel tool so I spent a while trying to find it but then realized that I had a small cut off wheel that would do the job. Once I got that going it was an easy process. I was able to run the wires up through the inside part of that hole to connect the lights.


Next, I hooked em up, added a little RTV, and put them in place. I love the classic look this gives you.


Here are a few shots of the finished tube fenders also:


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I had to repost my pictures.

Next up on the list is most likely to get a CB radio and fab up an overhead console to mount it.
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This is coming along very nicely. I have an '02 as well with the same lift and tires as you have on yours with the exception of the size. Now that I look at your pics I see we have the same front bumper as well. haha. Great build though. I like reading over the ones where people have real budgets and aren't just pouring buckets of money into their rig immediately. Makes me feel like I'm not the only one short on $$$ all the time haha. How have you liked the lift/tire combination over the course of time you've had it? My lift has been on since the summer of 2013 and I'm thinking I need to replace at least a few of my joints already which is expected from what I've read on the forum.

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Thanks man! I'm pleased with the lift/tire combo. I haven't had any real issues at all with the lift honestly. My main issue that I've been chasing for a while is driving performance on snow covered roads when I have to use 4hi. To use a racing term, because that's my background, the Jeep is really bad loose. If you are on the gas any at all it tries to spin out with you.
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I know that problem well. I live in eastern Pennsylvania and in coal country the ice and snow seem to punish us constantly. The short wheel base Jeeps are always a treat in the bad weather. I still haven't found a proper combination of parts on any of my Jeeps that helps over anything else. Out of the two door Wranglers I own I think my '04 Rubicon was probably the easiest to drive in those conditions, but I have no idea why for sure. 33" Mastercraft Courser MT's and a 3" lift. My 2007 unlimited on 35" Hankook Dynapro's is great but I attribute that to the longer wheelbase. If you find something that works please share with us because I'm sure there are a lot of people who would benefit from that haha

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Haven't updated in a while. Mostly because I haven't had money to do anything. I've started doing some research for an axle swap. I'm on the look out for an HP30 for the front and either a D44 or 8.8 for the rear in 4.56 or 4.88 gears. Eventually I'd like to go to 35s so I think I need the 4.88s. Hopefully I'll be able to get this done or at least started in the next 6 months or so depending on money.
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I've decided to spend money elsewhere before I jump in to the axle swap. I'm expecting to have roughly $1,500 to spend in the next couple of months so I believe I have my list narrowed down to these items:

Bilstein 5100 shocks front and rear
Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers with step
ZJ Tie Rod Swap
Metal Cloack Duroflex Control Arms

That will be a little over the $1,500 but I'm confident I can scrounge up the extra money. The new shocks and CAs will get me on my way to getting rid of the RC lift. I don't hate it but I'm ready for better parts. The CAs will also help in the future when I'm able to do the axle swaps and SYE.
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Today I changed the oil. I was starting to feel bad because it was overdue. I also upgraded to the ZJ tie rod. Here are a couple of pics. I set the toe right to spec but I still have a pretty good pull to the right. I've been chasing it for a while. Only things left to swap are brake calipers and ball joints.
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I'm waiting on a set of front upper and lower Metalcloak adjustable control arms that I picked up from a member here. I also ordered new Spicer ball joints because it was past time that they were replaced. Next on the list is a set of Bilstein shocks and then this mini phase will be complete.
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