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Unread 11-05-2011, 06:08 PM   #526
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Save that $$ from the 35! It is always nice to have some coin laying around when you need to jump on a deal or fix something that broke. It is probably burning a hole in your pocket...but no use just blowing it on some part you don't need or want. That's my 2 cents!
I appreciate your input. You are a wise man my friend. I think this is what I'll do.
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Went through your build while at work today...Good sh%*!
Thanks much man. It's getting there...slowly but surely. I'm really looking forward to the day when it is for the completely dialed.

In other news...Went snow wheeling today. It was a good time. Twas a bit of a ****show to say the least. But all in all it was a good time.

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Unread 11-06-2011, 08:31 AM   #527
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need snow wheeling pics
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Unread 11-06-2011, 02:39 PM   #528
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Awesome.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 12:52 AM   #529
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Here are some pictures of the shock out-boarding process using Ferd F-teen-thousand shock towers and 12" travel Bilstein 5125 shocks. It took a decent while with nothing but a cutoff wheel. A big thanks to my homie Tommy for laying down the welds and letting me use his garage.
Me eying up the location:

Making the cut:


I cut a notch in the bracket itself to allow for a stronger weld.




Finished product:

A very dirty Jeep with a shiny, clean new Bilstein 5125 in the fender well:


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need snow wheeling pics
Ask and you shall receive! I have a few poser shots my buddy Gavin (SirWinston) and another friend took:

I slid sideways down a hill and got up close and personal with a tree near the end of the trail. The winch saved the day once again.

Winching out a friend's Jeep:



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Awesome.
Thank you! I like it too!

On a side note, I'd like to express my satisfaction with my second generation Superwinch LP8500. I've used it over a dozen times since I got it one year ago. For a $400 dollar winch, I really could not be more happy. I can't compare it to any other winch on the market as this is the only one I've used. That being said, it works very well for me. I only have 2 issues with my winch setup:
  1. It drains my battery during long pulls. This isn't the winches fault. I could probably benefit from a better battery.
  2. The winch line is starting to fray a bit in a few places. I think this is partially attributed to the steel hawse fair lead provided with these winches.
In the future, I will be upgrading to a synthetic line of some sort. With it beginning to fray, the steel winch line kind of scares me. I'd like to upgrade to a synthetic line BEFORE my steel line bites the dust.
In other news, I ordered a new tow strap today. My current 2"x30' strap has served me well for the past 3 years...but the stitching is coming apart (smittybilt...enough said). I ordered a 4"x30' strap. Hopefully that will last a bit longer.

Lastly...a shot I took a while back:
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:12 AM   #530
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i love that stance
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:17 AM   #531
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So how much uptravel vs downtravel do you have with the outboarded bilsteins?
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:44 AM   #532
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Love the Jeep. It makes me wish i had thought a little harder when planning mine out.

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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:24 AM   #533
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Alright, now time to take a road trip to flagstaff and come do mine
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Unread 11-07-2011, 10:54 AM   #534
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Very jealous. I'm hoping we get a good amount of snow this year and it's not when I'm working on mine. I had a blast a couple of years ago when we had over 2ft (thats a lot for MD)
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Unread 11-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #535
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i love that stance
Thanks...I like it too. I think it's pretty proportional.

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So how much uptravel vs downtravel do you have with the outboarded bilsteins?
The shocks have a little over 12" of travel. I have 5.5" of up travel, so I should have about 6.5" of downtravel.

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Love the Jeep. It makes me wish i had thought a little harder when planning mine out.
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Thank you for the complement man...with having such a well built rig, what do you mean??

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Alright, now time to take a road trip to flagstaff and come do mine
I don't think I'll be making it to AZ any time soon...but if you have any questions about the process feel free to ask!

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Very jealous. I'm hoping we get a good amount of snow this year and it's not when I'm working on mine. I had a blast a couple of years ago when we had over 2ft (thats a lot for MD)
The snow definitely adds elements of fun and challenge. What was normally a very easy trail became more or less impossible to complete even for vehicles with bigger tires and lockers.
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Unread 11-16-2011, 12:48 PM   #536
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Well, the SuperWinch pulled through once again. With the help of my snatch block, yesterday I pulled a 9000lb Cummins Ram 2500 out that had been frozen in a mud hole for a few days...The little budget winch continues to impress.
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Unread 11-16-2011, 01:20 PM   #537
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Nice lookin rig, quick question what does a snatch block do exactly?
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Unread 11-16-2011, 02:31 PM   #538
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Nice lookin rig, quick question what does a snatch block do exactly?
A snatch block allows you to change the direction of your winch line if you can not get the vehicle into position to make a straight pull. Say, a vehicle needs to be recovered in such a way that it needs to be pulled from an area where another vehicle can't get to or that would put the recovery vehicle in danger of becoming stuck or rendered useless.

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You can also double, triple, quadruple, ect. the pulling power of your winch by running the winch line through a snatch block (or several) attached to an anchor point and then hooking the winch line back to the vehicle with the winch. By using a snatch block, an 8,000lb winch could theoretically pull 16,000 pounds because the 16,000 pounds is equally divided between 2 lengths of winchline each carrying 8,000 lbs (this is of coarse ignoring things like friction). This however also decreases the recovery speed because the winch has to pull twice the line to move the same distance as a straight pull but can be useful in some situations.

an example (also from google)
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Unread 11-16-2011, 02:52 PM   #539
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^^^ makes perfect sence, thanks Mike
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Unread 11-16-2011, 04:44 PM   #540
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Nice lookin rig
Thanks for the complement!

In other news, I ordered a second MV50 compressor today off of amazon. Overall, I've been satisfied with my current unit. It is just fast enough. While I've never timed it exactly, it probably takes a little under 15 minutes to fill all four 35s from 12-25 psi. Having two on board, it will be nice to cut that time in half.
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