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The Original 3/8" Ruffstuff Diff Cover!Ruffstuff 3 Link Kit!The Ruffstuff Optima Battery Box!

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Unread 07-06-2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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The skids turned out nice , in retrospect I should have made mine .

In some of the above pictures I recognize Oak Ridge , but where is the old shack ?
Old shack is the "cabin" at Gore. Its Across the lake. Not too much to look at, but the wood stove works and keeps the place warmer than a tent.

In retrospect I should have bought mine. Haha. They did turn out nice, just lots of work. Buying them wasn't in the budget. I got the 3/16th for free (thanks John), all i had to buy for the skids was the angle iron and miscellaneous supplies. Disappointed the engine skid couldn't be higher but making two pieces helped some. The 42RLE pan sits too low.

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Unread 07-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #17
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Skids going on finally.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 10:24 AM   #18
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Niiiiice!!! I love seeing home made stuff!!!
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Unread 07-08-2012, 09:10 AM   #19
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Those look really nice buddy. I'm bummed I won't make the first voyage out with them installed.
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Unread 07-08-2012, 03:01 PM   #20
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Thanks lee. Definitely bummed you can't make it.

Current state. Done with the exception of a rear driveshaft. Aussie in the front with no rear driveshaft makes driving on the road interesting.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 01:06 PM   #21
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just thought I would throw this out there for anyone looking to do something similar. My goals for this round of changes was to 1. gain more belly clearance and 2. lock the front axle. I dont think I could have done for less money without skimping on quality parts. doing a TT properly is not a cheap mod. I was even able to use my OEM track bar and OME bracket.

end result:

1. gained 3.5" of belly clearance at center of the T-case. the center section is the lowest point for 20 some inches in the center, then agles up to the frame at the edges. gained 2.5" at the tranny pan (damn 42RLE) and also added protection to my oil pan. (its seen a few good hits so far).

2. front end locked with an Aussie
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Unread 07-09-2012, 04:54 PM   #22
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This round is, do I dare say it, FINISHED. Locker clicks a bit in 2wd without the doors or radio. But if this is as loud as it gets I can handle it just fine. It's not too loud really. Other than that is invisible in 2wd.

Old driveshaft meet your replacement.

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Shaft went in without any hiccups.

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Took some measurements. 18" to frame. 17" to the center of the t-case skid.

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Before, no skids, after
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Getting on a RTI ramp tomorrow.
Can't wait for the weekend, Ready to go wheeling at Rausch Creek.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 05:15 PM   #23
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Looks great, I love a cleanly built rig.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #24
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Looks great, I love a cleanly built rig.
Thanks man. I'm trying to keep it clean, but every time I take it out it gets a few more scars. Nothing major yet. But I have a feeling it's only a matter of time.

Thanks for the compliment.

Your jeep is awesome though.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #25
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Like the build the skid turned out great! Do you go to tech currently? i stop there all the time on my trip to college. The wheeling scars always stink but you get used to them!
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Unread 07-09-2012, 07:21 PM   #26
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I don't go to tech anymore. Graduated in 2007.

Loved my time there though.

Where do you go if your stopping at tech? Radford?
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Unread 07-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #27
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Got on an RTI ramp today after work. Scored a 935 going forward. Tried going up backwards but my passenger fender was seeing a lot of tire lovin' so I stopped before it got worse. Not too shabby…
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Unread 08-01-2012, 07:17 AM   #28
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Took the Jeep out to Rausch Creek a few weekends ago for a shake down run. Havent had the chance to post the pictures on here, but just got around to posting the video i made for the club. https://vimeo.com/46728028

Overall, the jeep performed awesome. Combine the added ground clearance with a the Aussie front locker and the new MTR's and the Jeep took me places i didnt think was possible. I didnt push it too hard b/c I wanted to test everything out. Locker clicking offroad is hard to get used to and something about the rear track bar is making noise when the rear comes up, but i havent been able to identify the cause of the noise.

Wheeled two days and drove home with no major problems. But i did manage to bend my V8 ZJ tie rod on day 1 and the drag link on day 2. Also managed to put a dent in the OEM d30 diff cover, which i'm surprised took me so long to do. also need to touch up all the painted steel parts from the rock rash they now have.

Picked up a Currie steering set up and a ruffstuff d30 diff cover from one of my local club HRC members (dcorn on JF) thanks buddy! all for $60 and a case of Blue Moon.

I need to clean up / straighten / paint the Currie steering and replace the 3 TREs so that i can swap out my steering for the 3rd time. (two V8 ZJ set ups and now the Currie) I emailed Gerald from savvy to find out what the price would be for the heat treated tie rod if i was to upgrade the steering instead of just replacing the TREs in the old tie rod. normally he gets back to me quickly, but i havent heard back from him in a few days.

hopefully I can get the steering and diff cover replaced in the next few weeks, I've got some more wheeling I want to do.

next up: hopefully a BTF sport cage kit or custom sport cage with a little help from my friends. http://www.bluetorchfab.com/Product/...-Cage-Kit.aspx
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Unread 08-02-2012, 07:31 AM   #29
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Another good video buddy. Looks like everybody had a good time. I'm still sorry I missed it, but we'll out together later in the year.
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Unread 08-02-2012, 07:53 AM   #30
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Another good video buddy. Looks like everybody had a good time. I'm still sorry I missed it, but we'll out together later in the year.
thanks dude.

hopefully we do get out, but I might be done with the big Oak Ridge trail rides. Still gotta get you up to RC or Gore.

contemplating a tie rod flip when i rebuild my currie steering. one thing leads to another....
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