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Unread 07-14-2013, 09:16 AM   #106
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Nice build! I have those same SB rock sliders. The build quality isn't bad but their powder coating sucks. Keep up the good work.

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Unread 07-15-2013, 08:53 PM   #107
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Could not be more excited to unload this into my garage tonight - 8.8 w/ 4.56 gears and a Detroit locker & BTF diff cover! All I have to do is clean it up and cut his truss off and weld on the Rock Krawler truss. And I got it for about half of what it cost to build, & it was local.
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Next up is to pick up a SYE...
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Unread 07-15-2013, 08:55 PM   #108
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Sweet find!
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Unread 07-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #109
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New stuff in the mail today. Can't wait to get this installed!
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Unread 07-21-2013, 06:09 AM   #110
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As I am planning out my build I believe I have decided the direction I want to go with it. I know for sure that I want to use the Poison Spyder DeFender XC fenders with the 3" tapered flare, and in the back I'll use the crusher corners with the 3" DeFender flare. That clearance should give me the ability to run 37" tires with the same size lift I have now (3.25" susp., 1.25" BL = 4.5"). I'll be installing the Rock Krawler X-Factor plus long arm upgrade kit that I bought, as well as the 8.8 soon. After that I'll work on regearing the front to 4.56, which should work well with my 3spd auto. As far as when I'll be purchasing the fenders & wheels & tires, I'm still working that out, but I believe I have narrowed my wheel choices down to these two in 17"...

First, the Raceline Raptor 981 black in 17x9. This wheel would be $200 cheaper overall.


Second, the Method NV305 black in 17x8.5.


And these tires.... Nitto Trail Grappler in 37x12.50x17


One thing I want to be sure of is the stance it will have with the new wheels. The stance I like and prefer is what I had on my previous YJ, a 10" wheel with 3.75" backspacing. Because these 17" aren't available in that backspacing, the only option I have is to use spacers. The backspacing on the Raceline Raptor is 5" so if I used a 1.5" spacer, that would essentially put the backspacing at 3.5", which I'm comfortable with. Or I could buy the wheels in the 5x5 lug pattern and utilize the adapters that I am currently using on the JK Moab wheels I'm running, giving the same stance.

On the Method NV305 wheels, from what I can tell, you can't get the NV in 5 on 4.5, so I'd have to use 5 on 5 with the adapters. That wheel has a 4.75" backspacing, and with the adapters that would put the backspacing at 3.25".

I am leaning towards the raceline's because I like its looks best, and it is cheaper, but I'm not set on it 100% yet. I know one thing - it is exciting to have things coming together. The Sheriff's Jeepfest ( http://www.sheriffsjeepfest.com/ ) is coming up the weekend after Labor Day weekend, and I plan on attending that event. I believe it is the largest event that takes place in Georgia. I'm not sure if I can get the 8.8 and long arm kit on by that time, but I'm going to try.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #111
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I like the racelines! No point in spending nearly $200 a piece on wheel a unless there beadlocks!
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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:52 PM   #112
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I look forward to your review on those nitto. Nitto get mixed review around here some love them and some hate them. Some get crazy miles out of them and some get very few miles from them.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #113
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Just registered & can't wait! September 6-8...
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Unread 07-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #114
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Just registered & can't wait!
September 6-8, 2013
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Unread 07-24-2013, 06:54 AM   #115
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Yesterday I finally got to install my Poison Spyder hood louver, which other than my windshield banner, was my first PS product on my jeep & I couldn't be happier with it.

It took a while because I took my time & enjoyed it.

Laying out the template
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Template taped down & holes center punched
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First hole with the hole saw
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More holes...
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At this point I had broken the hole saw so I cut out the first section using my jig saw with metal-cutting blade
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All holes cut
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Edges cleaned up & painted, & mounting holes drilled.
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After that I removed everything & got rid of all the metal shavings, and reinstalled everything.
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Very happy with how it turned out & how it looks. The instructions called for removing the hood, but I chose to make sure I had clearance below & do all the cutting with the hood on. But I didn't realize just how much metal shavings would be all over the motor, and I had to blow/vacuum all that out. If I had it to go over again I probably would go ahead & remove the hood.

Now I'm planning to start working on the 8.8 to get it ready to go in. It feels good to finally be making some progress
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Unread 07-24-2013, 12:29 PM   #116
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Looks good. Removing the hood saved me a ton of time on the cleanup
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Unread 07-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #117
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Today I got a lot done on the 8.8. I got the old truss removed & the axle tubes cleaned up and ready for the new Rock Krawler truss.


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Here is the Rock Krawler truss just sitting on the axle.


And I removed & started cleaning up the BTF diff cover.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 08:48 PM   #118
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Got a lot done to the 8.8. All the rust wire-wheeled off, and close to ready for paint (except where I'll be welding the Rock Krawler 4-link truss).

I even got some help from my daughter...


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I did discover that the passenger side axle shaft is bent, so I need to start looking for a replacement.

Any opinions on painting the diff cover? The jeep is silver w/ black rock sliders, hood louver, & eventually high line fenders, and right now I do t have a "third" color.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 10:01 PM   #119
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Really enjoying this build thread.

How do you like your bearcat?

I love mine, I push that CB on the guys in my club all the time. I was running one in my jeep and really enjoyed the weather feature on it to. The alarm, and automatic warnings are very useful on the trails. After I almost got caught in the twisters that ripped through Oklahoma earlier this year, I replaced the high powered, expensive cb I had in my 18 wheeler with one. Although that weather alarm does scare the **** out of you the first time you hear it go off.

Looking great.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 11:58 AM   #120
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Really enjoying this build thread.

How do you like your bearcat?

I love mine, I push that CB on the guys in my club all the time. I was running one in my jeep and really enjoyed the weather feature on it to. The alarm, and automatic warnings are very useful on the trails. After I almost got caught in the twisters that ripped through Oklahoma earlier this year, I replaced the high powered, expensive cb I had in my 18 wheeler with one. Although that weather alarm does scare the **** out of you the first time you hear it go off.

Looking great.
Thanks. I like it and the ability to change the illumination colors. I haven't gotten to use it much yet though. The antenna needs to be adjusted I believe because the SWR meter on the CB shows that its way too high. But I haven't read up on how to do that and don't have any equipment to do it myself.

I bet that was scary with weather that bad.

Thanks again!
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