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post #61 of 110 Old 07-13-2013, 09:09 AM
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This grey one is actually more expensive than the NC4x4 top. I couldn't decide if I liked the grey or black better.
More expensive ? Must be High Country 4x4 I prefer the black top , but the gray doesn't look bad .


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post #62 of 110 Old 07-13-2013, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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You got it. I've always had a pretty good relationship with those guys and they have been good at price matching for me, but it is true they like their stuff. They have two brutes though which are very nice.

I think the general consensus is go with the black top so road trip it is.

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post #63 of 110 Old 07-13-2013, 04:08 PM
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You got it. I've always had a pretty good relationship with those guys and they have been good at price matching for me, but it is true they like their stuff. They have two brutes though which are very nice.

I think the general consensus is go with the black top so road trip it is.
They have a lot of inventory , and its not terribly overpriced for the convenience . When we go to Tweetsie I swing by and I usually buy something .

The black top is in Fayetteville isnt it ?

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post #64 of 110 Old 07-13-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it is a bit of a haul for me. Jankoid has one also and he is closer in albemarle.

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Yes it is a bit of a haul for me. Jankoid has one also and he is closer in albemarle.
He has a lot of stuff , take lots of money

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post #66 of 110 Old 07-15-2013, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hardtop crappy cell phone madness:





I used to be that hardcore driving the Jeep with the top off until the first snow kind of guy. But I admit, I enjoyed the nice quiet ride home yesterday with the hardtop.

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I used to be that hardcore driving the Jeep with the top off until the first snow kind of guy. But I admit, I enjoyed the nice quiet ride home yesterday with the hardtop.
Looks good , but I can never ride in your Jeep now as I do not want to know what this "quiet" thing is .

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post #68 of 110 Old 07-31-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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This past weekend I took the Jeep on a drive to Charlotte and noticed that I have developed some driveline vibes. They are present from 45-55mph and then go away. Also if I get on the gas hard to pass a vehicle I experience driveline vibes. I am only running a 2" RE spacer lift and the UCF belly up skid. This should put me at about 3.5" of driveline lift. But as you can see in the above picture I have a huge rear rake, even with a full tank of gas and hard top on. My front tire to fender flare clearance is 5.5" and the rear is 7.75". I wanted to remove the rake for looks but more importantly to fix the driveline vibrations. So I took the rear 1.75" spacer out and that left me with a 6.5" rear tire to fender clearance. I know it seeems like it should be 6.25" but I swear I'm left with 6.5" in the rear. I took it for a test spin and the vibrations were gone.

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post #69 of 110 Old 09-07-2013, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well I just got back from the LJ's first big trip. I just went on a trip to Ontario Canada and back, from NC. Total mileage was about 2,000 miles. The Jeep performed pretty well with a few problems.

On the way up I noticed I started to develop the odor of gear oil. I noticed that I have a front pinion leak, and gear oil was blanketing the under belly of the Jeep. I kept a check on the gear oil, it was fine for the trip.

On the way back I started to notice a noise best described as a rattle. I started noticing it in 5th and 6th gear. When shifting into gear under heavy acceleration I could hear the rattle noise in both of these gears. The noise seemed to go away after being in gear for awhile. About 800 miles after this noise started it spread to 4th gear and also now during in-gear deceleration. My mechanical engineering buddy said he thought it was the throw out bearing on the clutch. The clutch also makes a noise when pressing the pedal in, but this noise has been there since I bought the Jeep. Clutch throw out bearing diagnosis seem correct?

ALSO...around 65-75 I've picked up another vibration which feels like a driveline vibration. I have a UCF tummy tuck which gives me about 1.5" transfer case lift, and I have 1.75" spacers in the front with stock springs in the rear. Surely I don't need a SYE with this small of a lift. Maybe I need adjustable upper control arms to tilt the pinion?

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Looking good man! I like what you are doing with it. I am taking a slightly different direction with my XJ, but I like it.

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post #71 of 110 Old 09-17-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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A few things I've been up to recently.

I hate the under hood light. I also hate having to hold a flashlight to check out something at night. So I took some Genright led lights and put them under the hood.



And then I embarked on the chore of replacing the under coating I sprayed on last year with some Rustoleum hammered paint to take care of the rust. I get to deal with salt here four months out of the year so keeping the rust in check is important. I pulled off my corner armor to check behind it and also repaint the corners and exogate. In the process I noticed the bottom of my tailgate was pretty rusted under the seal. I pulled off the seal and took care of the rust. I decided to change the paint color to hammered paint also, time will tell if I like it.




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post #72 of 110 Old 09-26-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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The powder coat on the exogate that I've had for about a year wasn't the best. So I hammered it when I did the corners.

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In this picture I had the tire carrier mounted more towards the passenger side but the hard top rear glass wouldn't close so I moved back to the center and the gate closes now.



I also painted the Xenon flat flares, after about 3 years they have faded pretty good.


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post #73 of 110 Old 10-15-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Repainted flares installed:



I also removed the bump stop so the tire can have maximum up travel. The tire barely touches the flare at max stuff.






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post #75 of 110 Old 10-25-2013, 12:27 PM
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Looking great! Love the two tone interior. Want to paint mine like that

I never make the same mistake twice - it's more like three or four times.
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