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post #31 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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35" BFG KM2s

Next day went down to Costco for a set of new shoes.... Went with 35x12.5R15 BFG KM2s
Only suppose to be 2" larger than my 33" Pro Comp MTs but with 80%+ tread remaining on the 33s the KM2s over 3"s taller

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post #32 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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With the new 35s Brutus looks just like were he started... I think its time for a new lift!
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post #33 of 123 Old 02-01-2013, 07:10 PM
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Nice selection of parts so far. The Rokmen guys are top shelf!

Bob's boring build:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/b...build-1304260/

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post #34 of 123 Old 02-02-2013, 11:16 AM
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Looks slick dude.
How did you figure out where to drill for your rockhard rear bumper? I never did I just realized now haha. So really theres only 4 bolts holding my bumper on w/ the frame tie in.

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post #35 of 123 Old 02-02-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Nice selection of parts so far. The Rokmen guys are top shelf!
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Looks slick dude.
How did you figure out where to drill for your rockhard rear bumper? I never did I just realized now haha. So really theres only 4 bolts holding my bumper on w/ the frame tie in.
Thanks brother! Yeah the RockHard bumper is too nice a set up and totally capable so I would suggest pulling it back off and drilling out the holes to finish bolting it up...
The good news is you have to have the bumper mounted and the two outside bolts that you already have on snugged anyway so you can find the drill locations. Now that you have it up just take something small and sharp and reach down into the bumper bracket and put some scratches on that crossmember. Then you have to remove the bumper and take those supplied support plates and line them up with the scratches and then with a marker or something mark a more accurate drill points. Then with a good drill bit just drill on through the crossmember but be careful not to hit the gas tank
Simple really and makes a good, stout bumper for your towing hitch or to take shots from rocks
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post #36 of 123 Old 02-02-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Certainly not a bad days work! Coming along nicely.
Thanks! You have a sweet Jeep and build going on! Love your ROKMEN HiLines but Im fearing trying to put them together straight and having both left and right look straight. Did you have a tough time mocking them up before putting tacs on them?
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post #37 of 123 Old 02-03-2013, 06:07 PM
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Jeep looks great!
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post #38 of 123 Old 06-18-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Oryx Hunt

Its been a while since I've updated, seems as if I've worked every day since my last update so I though I pick up again. I took Brutus on a Oryx hunt in NM and he did great! Well kinda.... The total trip was around 1500 miles and there was considerable off roading with getting into and out of washouts and washs, creek beds, and old mine and ranch trails. There was nothing terribly challenging or technical but it put the suspension and steering through its paces and loaded the inside of Brutus with about 100 lbs of sand and dirt, GOOD GRIEF! The Currie, ROKMEN, and RockHard parts all worked perfect and without even knowing they were there, the way it should be
The only complaint I had with the drivabilty was when we were being pounded by 30 to 40 mph sustained winds with 50 mph gusts! Poor Brutus was in three lanes!
I think my destroyed stock rear sway bar busings, rear control arm bushings that fell out a year ago, the AntiRock set to the mid position, and 35x12.5r15s at 28 psi caught up to me???
Anyway, we made it and the made two adjustment for the drive home that helped. Move the AntiRock to the stiffest position and put the KM2s to 32 psi and stayed in 1-1/2 lanes
The trip was fun as hell though! The Hunt was tough as hell! Hiking ridges and canyons and deserts from 4 am to 9 pm straight with 40 lbs of gear and optics in 95* temps.... But I had success and found a young bull on day six
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post #39 of 123 Old 06-19-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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ROKMEN/OME lift

Today I went down to ROKMENs picked up the last of my lift and will start the install tomorrow. Hopefully I finish it by Friday night....
The lift is as follows

ROKMEN control arms
OME 949 rear springs
OME 934 front springs
OME N66 and N67 shocks
ROKMEN front and rear bump stop kits
ROKMEN rear spring relocator kit
JKS OGS151B rear track bar
JKS adjustable rear sway bar links
ROKMEN gas tank skid

I know, nothing revolutionary here, but I want to do it right the first time and think I am. The ROKMEN arms are just bad to the bone and pure beef! And the welds are pure ROKMEN and so damn nice with the time and effort they put in them! Looking at some of their competitors arms they look like bubble gum welds in comparison! Dave told me that even though they have a lifetime warranty he has never had to honor it! Never a bent or broken arm in over seven years to his knowledge and I've never seen or heard of one. So the price for them was well worth it in my book and they are a great platform for the rest of the lift
And yes, Ol Snoop is guarding the stash night and day til it gets bolted on
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post #40 of 123 Old 06-21-2013, 05:00 AM
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Wow that's a great setup. I love those rokmen arms. I'm actual calling today to order my first set of them. Wish I could afford to do it all at once like you. Let me know how you like those shocks.
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post #41 of 123 Old 06-21-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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SA lift install

Thanks brother It was a long night installing the front suspension after a 10 hour workday but ohhhhh so worth it! You're gonna be amazed at the articulation gained from just the arms!
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post #42 of 123 Old 06-21-2013, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Well, yesterday started at 3am for work and I got out of there around 3pm. Got to the shop around 5pm to start the install but needed to eat first so we got started on the install around 7pm..... We finished up around 1am! Good grief was I tired!!!
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post #43 of 123 Old 06-21-2013, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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First thing we did was to get all of our measurements and angles. Wanted to make sure we had pinon angles, ds angles, pumpkin flat angles, etc before we started along with writing down heights at front and rear body, frame, and skid.
After that we started tearing down Brutus, a before shot for you...
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post #44 of 123 Old 06-21-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Drilling out the axle spring perches for the adjustable bump stop kit, my kind of fun, I love it
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post #45 of 123 Old 06-21-2013, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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And the finished product! Unbelievable how much more flex in the axle now!!! I did find out quick I need longer front brake lines now and that the stock front crossmember with trans pan skid will not fit anymore because the drop in the front axle is so great now the drive shaft gets into it real quick.... Problems I actually like having
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