Ok so im new to the whole jeep scene so hope you can bear with my questions!!! I currently have a 4" pro comp lift and want to upgrade to 35s, I want to go with the tube fenders aswell... I want to make sure the tires will fit... I would like my jeep to look similar to yours at the stage with the 35s. Any input would be greatly appriciated!!!
Since you already have the lift, all you would need is:
Front and rear tube fendors, body match the front
Black wheels with M/Ts
I have tow hooks up front and I have always hooked up to those. No problems as of yet.
There are some other bumper/stingers out there that have d-ring mounts. Clayton at Poison Spyder (no longer the owner) was really cool with me and hooked me up with a nice deal on mine, so that's why I run it.
Ahh I see. I didn't take the time to see that you still had the stock tow hooks on there. I have always been a little skeptical about pulling on them. But if it works for you, I'm sure it'll work for me. Looks like I'll be ordering this bumper in the next day or two. Thanks man!
awesome rig! Just wondering what you painted your frame with and what prep work you did?
I am using a Krylon no rust semi flat black. The stuff is awesome!! Only problem is that it is $6 a can I just taped up the crap I didn't want to get paint on, grabbed a cardboard shield and sprayed away.
So the beadlocks weren't as bad as I thought they would be. We had three of us working as a team and the tires went on pretty quickly. I had to watch a youtube video on how to mount them, but other than that it was pretty straight forward. While we had the tires off, I went ahead and lengthened the Rokmen short arms front and rear to get me to 95" wheelbase.
Pics (some are cellphone, sorry)-
UPS dropping off the goods:
Getting to work on the lock rings:
Bolted up and ready for install:
Short arms stretched and wheels mounted up:
So the wheelbase is too far back to take it off-roading with the current armor, which means it will have to be removed and the tub cut. That will only be temporary until i get the stretch kit on and bolt up some new stretch corners.
now that your getting rid of the rear armor, how did you like it? XRC stuff tends to get a bad rap but on a budget they look like the best choice.
They were great! I almost kept them and just comp cut them, but I don't think 37"s are big enough to make a comp cut look good.
So between now and when I started cutting the suspension off, I had to go try out the new beadlocks! This meant cutting off some sheet metal to make room for the tires and 1" short arm "stretch". 1st thing I learned is that I do not cut circles very well.
Pulled the rubber tub out and prepped for the blade:
Marked my line with a highlighter:
Started cutting. There were several little braces that made it a pain, but it eventually cut off. All of the marks or stains on the rotor is my sweat.:
Steel removed, half circle complete:
Wheels mounted back up for fitment:
I finished this up on a Friday so we could head out to The Gulches on Saturday. Great off-road park and the tires didn't rub at all! This is still on 3.5" springs.
Pics from the day:
Fully stuffed, no rubbing:
It's ugly as hell, but it is just temporary. Much more cutting to be made.......
Excellent, excellent build. How difficult was the axle swap and can 44s support 37s? How are they on gas? Sorry if you mentioned this before I probably got lost in the pics!
Axle swap was pretty easy. I have done 4 or 5 now, so it has become pretty routine.
The 37"s max out the built 44's for sure. I don't hammer it and I never let the rig bounce when trying to crawl over something, so I may have better luck than others. Some people swear the 44 is fine, but most hardcore guys would say go with a 60 and not worry about it. While mine may never break, it will always be in the back of my mind.
Gas milage on these pretty much sucks. They are tall and they are heavy... not a great combo.
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