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Unread 02-27-2014, 07:03 PM   #346
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Why'd you go day star over brown dog?
To be honest I never heard of brown dog till you mentioned it and figured can't go wrong with Daystar. I hope lol.

Just checked out their site, look good!

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Are you auto or standard? I read some of the other kits aren't auto compatible but there's nothing mentioned on this kit. I am Auto btw.

*edit. I see you were auto. Hope you still are.
Hmm maybe because of the linkage. I hope it won't be an issue as I'm raising the driveline an inch as well. I won't know till i drive though. The fan shroud still needs to be installed after the motor mounts.. Btw I am still auto.

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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:51 PM   #347
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Ok last question and I'll stop hijacking your thread. When are you going to fab me up some front fenders like yours and send them to me in Austin?
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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:14 PM   #348
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What?! I thought everyone has heard of them. Well if day star doesn't work, brown dog will. Haha
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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:39 PM   #349
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We finally got a chance to install the 1" Daystar leveling kit. Very straight forward install, all the bolts broke lose using simple hand tools and new ones went in no problem: Finished product: I'm digging the new look, no more rub!
Just pointing out its a bl and not a leveling kit, looks good by the way!! And ftw I run and swear by brown dog!

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Unread 02-28-2014, 01:10 PM   #350
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Ok last question and I'll stop hijacking your thread. When are you going to fab me up some front fenders like yours and send them to me in Austin?
Haha, you're not hijacking by any means. We got the equipment to do it with now, gotta finish a few jobs and then I can make you a set

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What?! I thought everyone has heard of them. Well if day star doesn't work, brown dog will. Haha
Lol, now you got me worried a bit. Are we talking motor vibration being the only factor or are there other benefits with brown dog? They look damn near identical so makes me think only difference is whatever material used for bushings.

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Just pointing out its a bl and not a leveling kit, looks good by the way!! And ftw I run and swear by brown dog!

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That's right bl not leveling kit and thank you!!

BTW I'm still trying to make my way through your build thread, very impressive my man!
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Unread 02-28-2014, 01:15 PM   #351
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Haha, you're not hijacking by any means. We got the equipment to do it with now, gotta finish a few jobs and then I can make you a set Lol, now you got me worried a bit. Are we talking motor vibration being the only factor or are there other benefits with brown dog? They look damn near identical so makes me think only difference is whatever material used for bushings. That's right bl not leveling kit and thank you!! BTW I'm still trying to make my way through your build thread, very impressive my man!

I don't know anything about the daystar. Brown dog has two different types of bushings and its rated to not to fail in a 20ton press. Plus you can call and talk directly with the owner, Tim, damn near any time of the day lol.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 05:19 PM   #352
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Thanks man, I'll keep that in mind if the Daystar don't work out for some reason.

Meanwhile we got the notcher and bender assembled. Still have to weld up a stand we already picked up metal for!








These things are freaking beefy, love the quality so far, can't wait to put it to use.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 12:35 AM   #353
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We had to make a solid mount for the bender to sit on. Got some metal from a local shop at a decent rate, cut it home on our chop saw:


Nice and straight cut, took 10min or so to cut:


Took to my buddy's house for a proper 220v arc weld:


Got through 3/8th plate:


Ready for paint:


Test fitting the bender:



Onto the Daystar 1" motor mount lift:


Original mounts pulled:


Test fitting the new mounts:


Falling asleep waiting on my buddy to finish the passenger side:


Have to remove giant Fram filter to get the motor mount bolt out:


Used alignment bars to get everything back in place:


Driver's side done:


Passenger side done:


Fan shroud fits perfect in its original location, no need to re-drill holes! (excuse my dirty engine bay, soon will be washed!)


Went for a quick test drive down to an auto parts store:



The ride is definitely smoother due to body lift, motor mounts are great quality and fit like a glove. There's absolutely zero vibrations I noticed over stock mounts. It's smooth and definitely helps out the drive-line angle and hides the oil pan a bit from under the jeep. I would definitely recommend this setup for anyone in the market for bl/ml.

Next on the list, extended stainless brake lines and fluid flush
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Unread 05-22-2014, 11:04 PM   #354
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Update 05.22.14

Been a while since I've updated this thread. It's been a rough past couple of months, but we're keeping our heads up and moving forward! Leave the bad behind, onto the positive things:

We picked up a 1991 Sahara for my dad a couple of months ago. 130k on the clock, in pristine condition. I've been working on it with my father, setting it up for his needs. Jeep seems to fit him well and he's enjoying his new toy:

Day we picked it up from the dealer:


After the following: bilstein shocks, pro-comp front and rear bumpers, kc-hilites front bar with LED offroad lights, Sahara rear tire cover, new markers, taillights, blinkers and few other little things:













Took a friend out shooting:



Setup the JD2 bender and learned how to bend some tube:








It was fun while it lasted, I no longer own the bender or a notcher, long story I'll pick another one up as soon as finances allow.


Cleaned up the Jeeps today:





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I've been meaning to do something about poor light output. Stock headlights and Hella 500s with stock bulbs leave a lot to be desired. I decided to pay a little shop called DDM tuning a visit. Left the shop with a great deal on the following:

New headlights that accept H4 bulb, H4 HID kit with high and low beam along with 55w ballasts! H3 HID kit conversion for Hella 500s also with 55w ballasts! To get the rear covered, I picked up a 5" LED flood light:


The 5" LED:


Headlights:


Planning on getting everything installed this weekend or early next week. Will be sure to post before and after light output
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Good to hear from you again, looking forward to seeing how those lights turn out! I agree, the stock lights leave much to be desired....
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Good to hear from you again, looking forward to seeing how those lights turn out! I agree, the stock lights leave much to be desired....
Got the new headlights installed with HIDs tonight :








Had to cut the tabs out and make a little more space:


















slim 55w ballast
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The lights look great man! I'm still down for a set of those fenders shipped to 78640 if you're interested.
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Looks great! Sure beats the dim yellow light out of a stock set!
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The lights look great man! I'm still down for a set of those fenders shipped to 78640 if you're interested.
Thanks man, I dig 'em too! I'm interested in making you a set, just dont know how soon Been busy trying to get this business off the ground..

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Looks great! Sure beats the dim yellow light out of a stock set!
Yes it does, my dad's Jeep is next. HIDs are worth every penny and I have no idea why I waited that long...


Update 5.31

Some fabrication done on the Jeep today. We cut off the rock sliders and welded reinforcement plates onto the frame. Then we moved the rock sliders up 1" to fill in the exposed gap due to a recently installed body lift. We also welded light tabs onto the windshield mounts in order to run LED spot lights!


Chopped that thing right off:


Had to grind the frame clean:




Cutting up some reinforcement plates:




Much better:


My buddy came over to help out a bit:


She looks so naked without sides, also much higher too:


Using jack stands to get a perfect new fit:


All welded up:




Welding on the light tabs:


Test fitting LED spot lights:


All done! Much better raised up to where it needs be:
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Just took her in on a trade, 1982 Jeep CJ7 Laredo with 2003 TJ 4.0 fuel injected engine, AX15 transmission and beefed up soft-locked AMC20. She's sitting on 4" Bilstein lift with full YJ suspension and steering conversion. Dana 300 transfer case turning Tom Woods CV drive-shaft and 4.54 gears!!!













Future plans include full frame resto
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