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Unread 01-26-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Heres my build thread. I'll update it every once in awhile with whatever. Wheeling pics, upgrade pics, etc.

I found an old pic. So heres where she started.



And Here is where she is today.



TIRES:
35x12.5r15 Goodyear MT/R Kevlars

SUSPENSION:
Rough Country 2.5" springs
Rough Country wheel spacers 1.25"
Rough Country steering stabilizer
Metal Cloak Front and Rear adjustable track bars
Metal Cloak Front and Rear Upper control arms
DIY Lower Control arms w/ Duroflex Bushings
DIY Duroflex Bushings in axle housing
V8 Cherokee Tie Rod
Curry Antirock Front
Rancho 9000xl 11" Front shocks (modified mounts)
Rancho 9000xl 10" Rear shocks (Outboarded)

Driveline:
HP D30 Front w/ 4.56 Yukon gears, Auburn ected II
D44 Rear w/ 4.56 Motive Gears, Auburn ected II, Ten Factory alloy shafts, spicer heavy duty diff cover
SS SYE
CV driveshaft Rear
Undercover Fabworks Aluminum transfer case skid

BODY:
Metal Cloak Overline Front fendrs w/ 4" flares
Savvy Aluminum Front Bumper w/ Smittybilt xrc-8 comp winch
Big Daddy Offroad rocker guards
Savvy Aluminum full corner guards w/ Raised & Trimmed rear fenders
Savvy Gas Tank Skid
DIY (partial) half hard top
Tonnue cover
DIY aluminum tailgate (swing down)

MISC
Full sound system Infinity 6.5" front, 4.5" rear on amp, Pioneer 12" sub on amp
Winch Control on dash
HID retrofit w/ projectors
LED Stop and turn signals
LED Rock lights
Big alternator
Marine Deep Cycle Battery
Electric fan
Cowl Intake

On the TO DO list.
Relocate Rear Trackbar Mount
Fix grill (dent)
Fix windshield frame (dent)
Vent hood
Adjustable height suspension?
Paint everything...

So Ill post pics and info on my build as it goes along with pics of offroading and whatnot.


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Unread 01-27-2010, 12:31 AM   #2
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how you likin those duras?

Love mine, good lookin Jeep
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Unread 01-27-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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Im lovin them. I got them for a great price and I havent had any problem on any obstacle that Ive encountered. In fact Ive only been stuck once in a ditch on a forest service road.. that was covered by 4 feet of snow....

Here is a pic of the rear seat subwoofer setup and hi-lift mounted inside. Currently I dont have the hi-lift in there since I have never used it, except once in the parking lot after I bought it. The stock bottle jack works great for everything I do. I would reccomend someone get something else before they get one, probably a tire pump like the mv-55 airing down tires is alot more useful than the jack. But if you want to mount it in the back like mine you can use some 2.5" exhaust clamps.


Oh and there is the flex a lite electric fan. I have it set kinda low, It never gets hot, on the trail or in traffic.



and some snow wheeling. This is where I learned about airing down. Its like night and day the amount of grip you get from airing down to just 15psi.


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Unread 01-27-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
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Some poser pics at Walker Valley ORV.






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Unread 01-27-2010, 10:49 PM   #5
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Well The BigDaddy aluminum sliders came in today. One of my good friends let me use his garage and a couple hours later I had them installed. I got mine in bare aluminum cause I read the powdercoat chips off easy.

Cons:
Crappy finish! They were scuffed up, dirty, and some of the edges needed to be sanded to get rid of burrs.
It also came with really ****ty directions.
Incomplete hardware.
Not clear which side was which, but I figured it out.
Doesnt use any of the factory holes that were rivited from the stock rocker trim.

Pros:
Good Packaging.
1/4 Thick aluminum.
Button head bolts and lock nuts.
Good fitment.
Lightweight. 15lbs a side.

Some pics.
One from this morning with no rocker trim or steps.


And Installed.





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Unread 01-27-2010, 10:51 PM   #6
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I also have to note that they dont go very far underneight and arent full length, just fender to fender. Tomorrow I'll have to see how they clean up.
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Unread 01-30-2010, 10:35 PM   #7
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Some pics of the Cleaned up rock sliders. I went over them with 600wet sand paper, and then some mothers aluminum polish. Then lined the top with some 2" grip tape. They turned out great! I still need to stop by the hardware store and pick up a couple bolts.




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Unread 01-30-2010, 11:11 PM   #8
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cool man keep the updates commin
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Unread 02-01-2010, 07:02 PM   #9
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The winch came in. Checked with savvy to see if the bumper shipped. Not yet.. at least I know its not lost in ups land. I hope it comes in this week tho.

Pick of whats in the xrc box




The winch(fairlead, winch line, winch) comes in at 50lbs! Not bad if you ask me. I just cant wait to get stuck and try it out. Im planning on taking the solinoid out of the box and mounting it in the engine bay out of the elements. Im thinking also mounting the plug for the remote into the cowl or into the grill. Im not sure yet. I also wouldnt mind having the remote inside the jeep, it seems like everyone I have seen hooks up their controller and running it thru the window when they use it. I've only seen two people use their winches tho.

Either way around it Im mounting the solinoid in another location and I cant wait for my bumper to come in so I can mount the winch!!
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Unread 02-02-2010, 09:08 PM   #10
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Took the top off the jeep and put the bakini top on today. I also installed an adjustable track bar. Im not sure of the brand Im thinking it might be a superlift trackbar. I also picked up a tom woods cv shaft




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Unread 02-02-2010, 09:09 PM   #11
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Im still waiting on that savvy bumper! I ordered a week and a half ago.
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Unread 02-09-2010, 12:29 AM   #12
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The savvy bumper came in today. I mounted everything up. Ill have some pictures tomorrow, since its too dark for pics now. The only issues I had were one of the bottom bolt holes not lining up and I had to redrill the holes to mount the winch 1/2" foreward. After Getting everything bolted up I tested out the winch, everything worked great and This looks way better than stock.

I am going to keep the factory tow hooks and I need to take the factory fog lights off of the stock bumper and mount them to this bumper. It looks like there was some mounts included just for the fog lights, Im not sure if they were inteded to be used with the factory tow hooks tho. Either way they will be mounted tomorrow or most likely weds. I have to think of a way to mount the front lisence plate too... hmm...
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Unread 02-09-2010, 10:43 AM   #13
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Some pics of the Bumper mounted. And where you connect the winch controller Way cleaner than the solinoid on the winch. I need to clean up the swaybar and mount the foglights.





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Unread 02-09-2010, 12:35 PM   #14
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looks really good man!
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Unread 02-09-2010, 12:40 PM   #15
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Good job/ great idea on the plug, looks great, can you get me a pic from inside the engine bay?
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