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:
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!
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:
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
- 1" body lift if 35s
- custom drive shaft
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.