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Unread 08-27-2010, 07:22 AM   #31
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how do you like the rough country trackbar/bracket? did it stiffen everything up?

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Unread 08-27-2010, 10:26 PM   #32
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how do you like the rough country trackbar/bracket? did it stiffen everything up?
It works. It didn't stiffen anything up, but it does make lots of noises. The torque specs in the instructions basically have to be doubled if you want it to work without moving around. It's good for a budget and a mild rig but not the best choice. I'd suggest the IRO trackbar. (I got the trackbar at wholesale price, with connections, that's why I'm rocking it. )


The rocker project got pushed back a little, I'm a fireman and there was a fire in the town over so I took 4 hours off this afternoon to go play. Just a trailer though, but they stopped it. I got to pull ceiling looking for extension, so I had fun.

But I'm basically done the passenger side, need to do some finish work. For some unknown reason the trigger stopped working on the welder, not sure if there's a hidden fuse but I was tired at that point so I packed up shop and called it quits for the day. I'm going to try and do the drivers side tomorrow before I go back to school, assuming I can fix the welder.
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Unread 08-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #33
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1996Black XJ, I heard good things about the IRO trackbar. I'm using the JKS trackbar, install was a bit of a PIA but mostly from a mistake I made. XJ looking good and venting buildings is always fun, I'm an EMT so I work very close with YOUR kind. hahaha. Come up north to Bangor sometime and come wheeling.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 05:14 PM   #34
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Sharp looking XJ, I really like the half doors. I've been thinking of it myself, and after seeing yours I can't wait to do mine. Where in Maine are you? If you're not far from NH/MA we should wheel sometime. That is if I ever finish my jeep...

EDIT: Saw what you said about the welder. Not sure about yours, but the Miller I use is just a 2 wire switch in the gun, its real easy to take apart and check with a meter.
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Unread 09-24-2010, 11:07 AM   #35
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Hows that rocker project goin? Would like to see some pics......
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Unread 10-06-2010, 12:41 PM   #36
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Hows that rocker project goin? Would like to see some pics......
X2!! Lookin good so far!
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Unread 11-08-2010, 05:07 AM   #37
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howd those rockers come out? and what did you did with the floor as i could see in a picture the unibody was seperated from the floor. i have the same problem and looking for ideas
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Unread 02-21-2011, 08:34 PM   #38
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Wow, so yeah.

Better late than never to update this, eh?

Let's update a few things here:

IRO Hack 'n Tap...goes great, very impressed. 0 vibes anymore.

HD Rockers, I got both replaced last fall but neglected to update this thread. I don't frequent JF as much anymore, I spend most of my time on my local 4x4 club's forum. (Being a staff member and all, keeps my time occupied more over there)

Pictures: (Not running the 31s anymore, still rocking the 33 KM2s)

Cut up some 1.5"x1/8" angle for "brackets"




I then took the 2x4 and tacked the brackets on the bottom so I could put the rocker up into place then tack the brackets, cut the other tacks, then fully weld the brackets into place on the inner wall. (Worked great to brace the overall rocker)


Brackets welded up for the most part. It's just sheet metal that I welded to so I couldn't go too crazy with the welds.


Then I put the 2x4 back in and welded that up.


And pounded the upper rocker down and welded that, then covered it with some bondo to clean it up a bit. This photo shows the clearances, etc.


Finished product.




And of course, I had to make sure they worked correctly.


Yes, that's both tires off the ground. (I chocked the wheels, for you safety gurus)
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Unread 02-21-2011, 10:02 PM   #39
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those half doors are awesome, maybe somewhere down the road for me... how are the KM2's holding up for you? I'm upgrading to 32" KM2's soon, just wondering how the tread ware is going for you?
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Unread 02-25-2011, 07:51 AM   #40
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those half doors are awesome, maybe somewhere down the road for me... how are the KM2's holding up for you? I'm upgrading to 32" KM2's soon, just wondering how the tread ware is going for you?
The tread is holding up fine, and I expect a lot of miles out of them. I think I have somewhere in the ball park of 6-8,000 miles on them and they haven't worn too much. If I run them down to near the wear bars I'd say I could get 40,000 no problem.
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