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Unread 04-16-2014, 05:03 AM   #1
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Ho'ok So, Here's my new Jeep. Chilling. Damn that is a pretty sweet Tj you might say? WRONG. Ok well I've been on here for a fair while now and just never really did anything cool enough to post up.... until now

Lil history first. Grabbed my first Xj when I was in high school and rocked the piss outta it in stock form until a few years ago when my buddy and myself tossed on a 2" and I grabbed some winter tires. Its still sitting back home with 140 on the clock and next to no rust. When I was 21 I moved to Massachusetts with my brother and found a 97 Tj out there with the 4.0/ax15 combo for 3500. So needless to say I had a blast with the little guy and got to get good with a short wheelbase and manual off roading. Ended up selling it when I moved back to Michigan due to the payments, still probably one of the things I kick myself over the most, but the beauty of the Jeep in the mitten state is they hold retarded amounts of value so I came out ahead at least.

About this time year I got some itchy feet again and decided to pack my bags and hit the road, Had a few buddys out in Boom town USA so I pointed west and drove into the sun set. Been out here for about a year and finally got around to getting something going.

I've been looking around since the start of the year for something to sink my teeth into and really get going but its been pretty slim pickings round these parts Jeep wize. Thought about a biting the bullet and pulling trigger on a new Rubiwagon, finding a 100k XJ limited, or just a TJ with like 50k to keep and build for a while. As things would have it none of those really panned out, but found this beast in town here. Price was right, it was 5min away as opposed to 1200mi away, and the guy didn't really care about price so much just as it went to a good home.

And here we are. 2001 TJ 4.0 with 141k, AW4, Dana 30 open, Dana 35 locked, 4.10s, Metal Cloak fronts, Smittybuild rears, Warn 8000, Light Force lights, new radiator, T-case drop and SYE, some short arm lift I haven't figured out yet, and studded 33x10.5 KM2s. And all for 6800, I mean really, how the hell do you pass that up?










Then I kinda hit some mud behind my work..... Who knew the smittybilt 3.75" rear fenders don't really provide all that much coverage.







So yeah that's where I'm at so far. Lemme know any thoughts or input if you want, so far I'm stuck to my phone for a camera but might pull trigger on a solid camera in a bit here.


Sofar plans include rear flairs with more coverage like 6" MC or something, New tires to save these studded ones for next winter, and start looking into a 8.8/44 for the rear. And going to try and figure a snorkel down the road here as well.

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Unread 09-19-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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OK so I may need some insight here if anyone has any to give.

I'm probably going to jump to 37/38s and am going to need to pull the 35 before doing so.... That being said I still haven't figured out what route I want to go yet. I have a line on a set of kingpin 60s from a 78 ford, 4.10 gears and disk breaks all the way around for 1500 to the bed of my pickup. I know its going to be a lotta work to shorten them down to get it to a more manageable width, Id rather have a wider than stock wheelbase but not sure if I want to run them full width. Just kinda looks goofy IMHO.

That being said:

I know a 8.8 is cheap and easy but my thoughts are if I'm going to do it... Do it right the first time and never have to worry about it down the road again. I picked up a Miller Bobcat and am starting to get the hang of stick so fabing anything wouldn't scare me off all that much. I'll have all winter to work on them and want to get everything wrapped up by spring to hit the Easter Moab Safari, might be a long shot but gives me motivation.

I've read some H1 wheels will help tuck the tires closer in to the tub makeing running the 60s not so obtrusive in daily use, but they would still be out a bit more than I'm hopein for. I know once I jump to 37+ a stretch would be in order so I'm thinking adj longarms would be in the same time frame. I'm not opposed to going for a set of crate 60s if it comes down to it but just seeing 3k an axle kinda makes me cringe.


Anyone have some hands on with any kind of 60 swap and what they wish they would have done differently?
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Unread 09-28-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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Bump for kingpin advise?
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Ok, Well since this thread has been such a plethora of good advice I'll keep on it.

I passed on the set of 60s I had a lead on & probably gunna cheap out and find a 31 spline 8.8 with 4.10s. Untill the price of oil goes back up I'm going to keep it somewhat mild.


Anyone have advise on a good 35" MTR thats good in the snow?

Also I cant decide what sliders to shoot for...
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Unread 11-10-2014, 09:04 AM   #5
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Ok, Well since this thread has been such a plethora of good advice I'll keep on it.

I passed on the set of 60s I had a lead on & probably gunna cheap out and find a 31 spline 8.8 with 4.10s. Untill the price of oil goes back up I'm going to keep it somewhat mild.


Anyone have advise on a good 35" MTR thats good in the snow?

Also I cant decide what sliders to shoot for...
My vote(s) are BFG KM2 and Rokmen sliders. Love the BFGs and pretty sure the Rokmens have inside tub support.

Guna truss the 8.8 then?
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Unread 11-11-2014, 08:31 PM   #6
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Not a bad call on the Rokmen rails. They look solid enough for anything I'd throw at em and if I needed to trim anything to make them fit with the Metal Cloaks it wouldn't cut to close to the mounting points.

I have a set of 33x10.5 KM2s and liked them, took them off for the summer to save the studs but they still got wore down a good bit. Any idea what kind of life expedience one could expect outta a set miles wise?

And if I can find one in decent shape it may be worth it to keep it around a while. I really don't to anything to crazy with the skinny pedal but if nothing else it would be a good excuse to get better with stick welding.
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Not a bad call on the Rokmen rails. They look solid enough for anything I'd throw at em and if I needed to trim anything to make them fit with the Metal Cloaks it wouldn't cut to close to the mounting points.

I have a set of 33x10.5 KM2s and liked them, took them off for the summer to save the studs but they still got wore down a good bit. Any idea what kind of life expedience one could expect outta a set miles wise?

And if I can find one in decent shape it may be worth it to keep it around a while. I really don't to anything to crazy with the skinny pedal but if nothing else it would be a good excuse to get better with stick welding.
I know you can get a decent 8.8 by me for 100 bucks or less all day and all night. And like you said it would make a great welding project, especially with the housings and such being cast.

I have a set of BFGs on my JK and have had almost 45,000 on em and still going. It's vital that you rotate them though or you will be dead. They still have at least 10,000 more easy.
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Nice, do you think it'ed be worth it to spring for their Kevlar variant? There pretty spendy but probably worth it in the long run.

And for welding carbon to cast, its good that I work at a welding shop. Cant beat the info and for what I can buy supplies at...

So far its been in the mid teens out here and we have all of 2 junk yards to root threw so it may be a bit yet until I can find something worth pulling trigger on. Also going to start tearing into my truck on the weekends to rebuild/ restore it, should be good tho.
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I wouldn't buy Kevlar just because my tires have worked very well in sharp rocks, all temps, and terrains. I think the normal variant is ok.

And if you have a shop, I say do it!
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Happy easter all!

So long time no update.

So far its just been a lotta little things for El Jeepo.

Went door less and picked up some mirrors at O'Rilies for like 30 bucks and used some 1/2" bolts threw the hood hinges to stay legal. Sprayed them bedliner black and called that good. Just rode it like that for the better part of last summer. Got some old 35s to see how it did and was able to stuff them all in the back to the way to the tire shop.

Ended up moving to a new place and got my hands on a shop of my own to start messing around with. Winch came in handy to get the welder out of the back of my truck and on the cart to roll around as needed. Neighbors hate me when I use it but thats life, ya win some ya loose some.

My old battery left me dead at work once so grabbed a Yellow top with winch terminals and Its been fine threw a lotta winching/Auxfan & everything. And got my shop all set up.
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Last Oct I made the switch and decided to run synthetic, From what I've read this stuff doesnt go rotten as quickly and with the few miles I put on it I'm thinking of just doing 2 changes a year: Spring and Fall, and changing filters every 3 months. I figure if anything goes Its a good excuse to stroke it but First hand input is always welcome.

After looking around for some armor I found this gem on Genrights clearance section of their site and scooped it up for 500. Callin it a Win. Solid as all hell, good swing out, and even has mounts for my Hi-Lift.

Started a Jeep on facebook for out here and its been sucking up a lotta my free time but in a good way, One kid knew about some hills behinde Halliburton and we messed around there for a bit. That bugger was steep as hell, like scary steep and big. My buddy made it up bout 1/3 of the way and we winched him up and over because backing up probably would have ended badly, But still fun non-the less. One pic is from where he was stuck at. Per usual Pics don't do it justice.

My room mate is a welder up here and offered to help my not butcher a bumper in exchange for using my machine at work for a few weeks, So one thing lead to another and I found 8' of 3/16 4x2 in the garage ond day after work
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So off came the Winch, Lights, and Sways. I was kinda going with Warns classic winch bumper idea. Simple, Stout, and easy to Mimic. Ended up using 1/4" plate for the winch mount and MIGed it all the way around. Put some caps on and had a few pin holes after I thought I was done, My roommate took a look at it and made fun of me till I re-capped it right. But on the plus side I won a bet at work that It would hold air so If I ever get a on board compressor I have a solid tank to plumb to.

Held off on paint for a few weeks on it and pulled trigger on a set of 35" MTRs and UFC? A Pillar guards with the 50" light bar.
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A kid in the Jeep club out here works at a tire shop and I traded him my 33"x10.5 KM2 spare to mount and balance the new meats.

Few of flex before and after. Defiantly think the 35s round it out a bit more but with the hi-Lined fenders I'm thinking 37s would have been a safer bet, or drop it down an inch or two might not hurt.

After a few years out here it still amazes me how far you can really see.
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And then I find myself at this cross road. Two days ago I was playing around a few dirt hills out here and was able to grenade the 35 out back. SO, I ask you all this.

What would you guys recommend for rears, I might be able to get my hands on a 8.8 thats locked and already geared to 4.10. At that point I would just get a truss with all my hook ups and run it for a while, Thats option A

Option B would be G2 Dana 44 with an Arb and 4.88 gears and disk breaks.

Option C would be G2 Dana 60 with a Detroit & 4.88 gears.

Thoughts? I have enough saved to go for the 60 as I found one for around ~3200 but can budget things out for up to 4k.

I'm at 35s now and should have gone for 37s to be honest, Just Axles was the only thing holding me back at that time. I'm probably going to top out at 37s/38s tops down the road here, More than likely run 35s for a while and then bump to 37s after the rest of everything can handle it.

Probably the 44 is a safe bet but in put would be welcome as well
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Soooo..... 60 or 8.8?
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