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Unread 11-16-2012, 10:40 PM   #61
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Update: Sept 14th 2012

Stopped by advanced auto today before work and purchased the following items:

6 Quarts Synthetic Diff Fluid (Front and Rear)
4 Cans of Clear Coat
2 Cans Factory Paint
2 Cans Gloss Black

Can't wait to change the diff fluid next week...

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Unread 11-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #62
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Update: Sept 18th 2012

Installed my new exhaust since the stock one was rubbing my shock and having bad vibes. Its a magnaflow offroad series 17125. It has a nice tone at idle, and its alot louder when driving. Its ok to have for the 4.0. Its no v8

Forgot to mention that my step-dad melted my arb air line while cutting off the exhaust with the torch... Going to ride up to Eric's on Sunday hopefully and will knock that repair out.

Also it decided to throw the p0138 and p0141 codes. (02 Sensor) Crawled underneath the Jeep and tightened it back up, it seemed to be a bit loose. Is hand tightening it ok?

Started on remounting Dave Halltrail's Engine Skid. Got the frame brackets mounted and the arms hanging down loosely. Looks like were going to have to take a cut off wheel and trim them up due to the belly up, it hangs lower now in the front.

Thats all for today.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 09:37 AM   #63
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Update: September 24th 2012

Well Sunday I rode up to Erics and got there around 10:30 am. Figured this was going to be a quick repair on the ARB line. Blew the relay on the ARB compressor. So no locker still in the rear. We did change the front diff fluid so it was not a total loss.

I decided to finally work on the hardtop. After wetsanding it a while ago, we set it up on 55 gallon drums and taped up everything. Shot it with our paint gun with TSC Gloss Black. It turned out really well.

Tonight (9/24/2012) we installed the Halltrail Fab Rocker Guards. Went really smooth and glad there done, one less thing to do. Also took care of the transmission tunnel heat, we installed the old bolts with some RTV sealant. Should hold them in place and keep the heat off my leg.



Not sure if I uploaded a photo or not but here is my expensive muffler:



Forgot to mention my list:

Fix ARB Air Compressor / Test Locker
Flush Rear Diff
Install Engine Skid
Install Backup Light
Machine Alignment to help diagnose wandering issue
Paint and Body Work
Winterize Jeep
Order Front Bumper / Sell Misc. Parts
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Unread 11-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #64
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I'm ready to see some more wheeling pictures. This is a nice Jeep. You have done a great job on it.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #65
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I'm ready to see some more wheeling pictures. This is a nice Jeep. You have done a great job on it.
Check the first page, there are plenty of wheeling photos on my website:

I will take into consideration of putting some on photobucket for the thread.

http://www.valley4x4.org/apps/photos/
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Unread 11-23-2012, 03:43 PM   #66
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Update: September 30th 2012

I am getting prepped for next weekend's trail ride. Its so close to being ready. We added another coat of paint to the hardtop and painted the rear corner armor / fenders. We also installed Halltrails Engine Skid, its about 17" of clearance with the belly up skid. Also placed an order for my Genright Front Bumper, but that may be a few weeks out before it comes in. Heres what I am down too:

For trail riding:

Fix ARB Air Compressor / Test Locker
Flush Rear Diff
Camping Supplies, Food, Tools, etc.

For winter / street driving:

Install Backup Light
Machine Alignment
Paint and Body Work
Winterize Jeep
Order Front Bumper / Sell Misc. Parts
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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:35 PM   #67
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Great looking rig! I like your choice on the HP front D30, nice on clearance.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 12:51 AM   #68
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Great looking rig! I like your choice on the HP front D30, nice on clearance.
So far so good with the one wheeling trip on it. (Next update)

I have questioned myself if I should have went with a HP44 or something stronger, cause it would allow me to run even larger tires. However its been rebuilt with all new components except for the shafts and I will upgrade them when the decided to break.

I skimmed through your build as well, looks like a decent rig. I am really interested in the outlet setup in the ashtray.
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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:54 AM   #69
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I skimmed through your build as well, looks like a decent rig. I am really interested in the outlet setup in the ashtray.

That's hillarious! I have done a thousand mods to my rig (some of which extremely costly) and the power converter outlets get more comments than anything else. go figure lol
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Unread 11-26-2012, 04:47 PM   #70
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Update: October 4th 2012

ARB Air Locker has been resolved, a new replacement relay did the trick. Just finished changing the diff fluid so we are good for this weekend! Still packing and getting all my supplies ready.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #71
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Update: October 7th 2012

Well this weekend was a good one to go wheeling. A little on the cool side but not unbearable. Finally for once it didnt rain/sleet/snow while I was camping. Anyway I didnt get any definite responses from MJC (local club) so I hooked up with one of my club buddies and his samurai. We also had another samurai join us. They were on 31's locked and leafed and I was on 35's locked front and rear. This was my first shakedown run but after running a couple trails I could just feel the difference in a properly setup rig. We stuck to the main properly and ran all over the place. We ran mostly blues and blacks for the day and I tried a couple lines on tombstone but was denied. Noteable trails we ran were yellowjacket, trail 13, trail 22, snakebite, alot of greens, powerline hill, and alot more that I cant remember. The Jeep preformed very well with the low lift and having lockers. It has very good suspension articulation and was very surprising. Damage for the day I put a hole in my soft top after leaning into a tree and ripped the shock mount off the Ford 8.8. The samurais had some body damage but not much else. Overall a very good day trail riding. I will post more photos and hopefully some gopro videos soon when my buddies sober up. Any questions about the rig or what not don't hesistate to ask.

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Unread 11-27-2012, 08:03 PM   #72
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That was the best update, and no comments lol.

Update: October 19th 2012

So after the trailride, the Jeep was in need of some repair. I swapped my hardtop on after replacing the seals. We also made progress on painting one of the doors, however we did not finish the driver side yet. I also took the Jeep up to Eric and he rewelded the shock back on. I do think this is going to be a future problem so may need to come up with a better solution to remount them. Any suggestions?







I also scheduled an appointment to get some window tint done at IAG in Westminster. So in preparation for that, I decided it was time to redo the reverse lights as I have not had any in months. Basically rewired the entire thing, wired it into the switch as well as when the transmission goes into reverse, heat shrank everything and did it the right way. Also retaped and wire loomed the rear led lights, that was also a prior hackjob.



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Unread 11-27-2012, 08:12 PM   #73
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Looks like you all had a good time and glad to hear the jeep performed well

The 2 month delay on updates is throwing me off, what's with that?
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Unread 11-27-2012, 08:21 PM   #74
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Looks like you all had a good time and glad to hear the jeep performed well
The 2 month delay on updates is throwing me off, what's with that?
I have a build on a local forum, (MJC) which I keep up to date.

I started my build thread on here after most of the work had already been completed. I update in order every few days, to make it seem like a legit build.
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Unread 11-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #75
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So the doors... were they a different color to begin with? What kind of paint did you use? What kind of prep?

I have some half doors on the way that are black (I think) and my Jeep is Gray. I'm thinking about leaving them black but looking for advice if I want to shoot them with a can.

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