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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:02 PM   #31
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We had a couple of wheeling trips coming up, so I decided to hold of on the bedliner for a couple of months.
Meanwhile I switched to full syntetic oil and did some maintenance. New fuel filter, cleaned the K&N,
new belt and PCV valve, also installed a temporary Hi-Lift mount:



Went out on another trail run with couple of buddies with Jeeps:



Almost rolled the Jeep this time. I figured this would be a good opportunity to finally take out the track bars and disconnect sways:


Found a set of tube doors on CL for $100:


Quick test in the mud near by:



Picked up some cargo netting from walmart and got a set of GSXR motorcycle mirrors from a friend of mine:


Finished product:


We went shooting shortly after:




I relocated the brake lines to allow more slack and threw together a set of sway bar disconnects:










Removing the track bars did wonders on the ride quality and flex! Very happy those were out and I could finally enjoy the ride!

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Unread 05-14-2013, 05:00 AM   #32
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Unread 05-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #33
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^ Thanks man


I painted the frame, leafs and other underbody stuff with Rust-Oleum flat any rust paint:



Then hit the rock sliders and rock guards with Rust-Oleum bed liner spray:






After:
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Unread 05-14-2013, 01:25 PM   #34
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Since I came very close to rolling the Jeep on the last trip and already have a back injury, I ordered OR-Fab full bolt in cage. Came in couple of weeks later:


Installing:





Still waiting on the dash bar. Fits great otherwise...

Next day at work:
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Unread 05-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #35
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While back my buddy got me sponsored by Bestop, they sent out a free bikini top. Figured this would be a good time to use it. By now the dash bar showed up. I quickly installed it and wetsanded the rust and corrosion off my wheels and changed rear diff fluid:






Figured fresh fluid will help hold the D35 over for the next couple of months till the 8.8 goes in:
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Unread 05-14-2013, 03:33 PM   #36
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Man your build is coming together fast and looking good What size pins do you have on your sway bar disconnects?
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Unread 05-16-2013, 02:24 AM   #37
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Man your build is coming together fast and looking good What size pins do you have on your sway bar disconnects?
Thanks man. Still have so much to do, it's a never ending project

I forget pin size exactly. They are the same size as in the DIY.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 02:45 AM   #38
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Considering how well the Jeep rode on the road with track bars off, we were curious to see how we'll it did off road.

Took another trip out to Corral:







Drive back was freezing cold:



Best trip yet. Track bar delete along with sway bar disconnects did wonders.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:13 AM   #39
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I had a sudden urge to go bigger. More lift, bigger tires, new rear axle, tube fenders, etc.. Keeping in mind I'm in a chair and getting in/out of Jeep with even more lift and 33s/35s would be a pain. I didn't let that stop me. Called Superlift with a spur of the moment sponsorship proposal. Got the Jeep sponsored! They put an order to send out a 3.5" heavy duty lift kit!

Meanwhile I was checking out the C&C fabrication tube fenders with 3" flare. Their DIY kit was going for $245 on eBay. I went ahead and placed the order. Right after my buddy at 4 Wheel parts gave me a killer deal on Smittybilt tube fenders for the rear.

List of stuff I needed to source at this point:
- 8.8 rear end with 4.10 gears
- 4.11 gears for the D30
- 33s or 35s
- SYE
- 1" body lift if 35s
- custom drive shaft

Of course a few other things, tools, time, etc...
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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:39 AM   #40
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While I was waiting for stuff to come in, ebay $10 red LEDs were next on the list:



Pics make the red look washed out, they sure look good in person:
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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:41 AM   #41
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My new center console showed up in excellent condition:



Then a friend of mine showed up in new to him 1969 FJ40:
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Fast forward few weeks. I was slammed with work and other projects and got impatient. Paid someone to come and weld my DIY fender pieces together:










Unfortunately he didn't get a chance to finish by the time I had to leave for work. Paying for another visit was out of the question as he charges 2hr minimum at $60/hr on site. I've already paid for 2hrs and decided to get a welder of my own. Fenders seemed about 90% completed in terms of welding. I still had to clean them up, prep, fill, sand, primer, paint and install.

$360 into the tube project at this point Should have ordered a welder to begin with.
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Weekend comes and I make the first cut into the body!:



Removing rock guards. I have to shape them to fit with new front and rear tube fenders. (smittybilt rears are out of the picture for now):


Glad I took these off, some surface rust has settled in:


A friend showed up to give me a hand:



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Unread 05-16-2013, 04:35 AM   #44
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We cut some more:




Test fitting the C&C fenders:

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Unread 05-16-2013, 04:39 AM   #45
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Since the mobile welder eye balled the mounting brackets, they were 1" off. We ground those off and test fitted the bracket alone:


At this point we ran out of cutting discs, beer and needed a welder.

Next day I made a quick run to Harbor Freight and picked some cheap-o welding gear:
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