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Unread 07-22-2013, 06:59 AM   #721
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Took her out for the first offroading with the locker. A buddy of mine lost his fuel pump out in the woods, he lives a couple hours away. Another buddy and I loaded up our jeeps to go rescue him. Used my jeep to pull him out, driving in I was thinking no way was I gonna get my jeep back out with his in tow. Surprisingly it went super smooth!

Things went so smooth we decided to do some wheeling afterwards. My friend who we rescued owns a lot of land on the rocky downeast coast of maine. His rig is an 05 TJ with front and rear dana 44's with arbs. His trails are very tight and technical, difficult without a front locker. My long wheelbase made some of the tight areas nearly impossible. Ended up with some damage. The worst of it is that I ripped out the zipper for my right side window on my top. Here are some pics of some of my damage...





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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #722
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At least she's broken in!
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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #723
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Doesn't look too bad. I always vote for spray paint. It makes touch ups like that quick and easy. But I have to respect the fact that its not a trailer queen. This build has been one of my favorites.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:16 AM   #724
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Thank you for the kind words, I built this baby to beat on! Non functional damage adds character!
Paint damage is minor and expected, I'm upset with myself for not putting the top down. The tear is an easy fix, not sure on the zipper yet. I will get a picture!

I wish that I had pictures from the trail!
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Unread 07-22-2013, 09:51 AM   #725
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Here is the zipper
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Unread 07-22-2013, 04:14 PM   #726
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Called nearly every upholstery and canvas shop in town today. Finally found a guy who was willing to help me out. He is going to replace the zipper, repair the hole and perform some other minor stitching repairs for under 100 dollars. Only downside is the new zipper wil be white, I would have preferred black but really don't care that much!

Here is the jeep without the canvas,
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Unread 08-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #727
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I didn't get any pics but I got the top back from the canvas shop. Came out decent considering how bad it was. I pulled it into the shop tonight to start the steering upgrades. Axle side track bar bolt had allowed out the hole so much it was scary to drive! I will get some pics along the way!
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Unread 08-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #728
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Got most of my steering upgrades done. Still have to build a frame side track bar bracket.

This is the stock beat up steering I started with.



Axle stripped and ready for reassembly





High steer knuckle and axle tube seal installed.


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Unread 08-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #729
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Somehow I failed to notice that the pass side lower coil bucket was rusted out. Kinda frustrating, but turns out that I needed to modify it anyway in order to have full steering ability. The crossover steering link was hitting the bucket and would not allow for a full right turn.

Here is a pic of the rusted mount cut off.



The modified coil bucket that I cut off a spare axle.





Welded in place about 1" back, the steering link now clears



Track bar relocation bracket welded in place. Steering mocked up, need some shorter bolts!


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Oh, I am going to have to notch the frame on the pass side to clear the drag link when that side is stuffed. What do you all recommend?
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Oh, I am going to have to notch the frame on the pass side to clear the drag link when that side is stuffed. What do you all recommend?
I always cut out the needed section and bend a piece to plate the section I cut out.
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That makes sense, I was thinking I would have to use a heavy wall tube to gain back the strength lost from the cut. Should I add any material to the top of the frame?
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That makes sense, I was thinking I would have to use a heavy wall tube to gain back the strength lost from the cut. Should I add any material to the top of the frame?
I did not, you still have the crush zone in front of the notched part?
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My ax15 lost a bearing or had some sort of internal failure. I looked for a reasonable replacement locally to no avail. I ended up buying a beat up 99 XJ and plan to put the aw4 into my rig!

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Unread 08-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #735
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Spent most of my day on a road trip with the family. Tonight I spent some time in the shop though!

Pulled the transmission and transfer case from the XJ along with the flex plate and dust shield. Tomorrow I plan to remove the shifter and wiring. I may begin the installation into the yj!

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