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Unread 05-07-2011, 08:27 PM   #76
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great build so far. I look forward to seeing your progress

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Unread 05-07-2011, 09:16 PM   #77
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Hey thanks, its getting there.

So............ I know im going to catch a lot of shat for this BUT. Curiosity got to me and I discoed my front sway bar and went for a short drive. (I dont have quick discos and have never tried it.) Honestly my old 1985 blazer was MUCH worse without a sway bar. My jeep really isnt that bad so I came home and took the sway bar off completely. Im going to drive it this way for a while and see if I want it off or on.

I also flexed it out on some dirt piles around the house..... NICE! Another benefit is about half my rattles went away. I think my upper links are shot they are just completely floppy with no resistance, and I think they was one of the rattles I had.

I know all the warnings about not having a sway bar so please don't tell me. I am not a newb to off roading nor flexible daily drivers. My old blazer was incredibly flexible, and would lean over far enough to lift an inside front tire in a hard turn. I do know the danger.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 10:05 AM   #78
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I have been slacking lately. Im sure some of you are waiting to see the finished winch. Its kind of on hold until I decide how to modify my bumper.
I also have my brooks customs light bar to work on.

Sort of build related. The other day the jeep got caught in the rain and it ruined my pioneer dvd head unit. So I splurged and got a new HU sub and amp. Its a pioneer MVH-8200 it doesn't have a CD or tape player just memory card, ipod(or equivalent) USB, and mini jack ports. The amp is a 500w mono Rockford fosgate. and the sub is a Rockford fosgate P3 12" shallow mount in a matching sealed box. It fits and sounds great. although I really didnt need to spend the money cuz my jeep NEED so many other things.

The bumper..... this rampage recovery bumper has been good for the money. However there are a few issues I have with it. The mounting holes are BIG slotted ones, so far it has been enough, but I really dont like the slots. it is also is not built to hold a winch without some sort of winch plate. winch plate means more weight, so I have to modify the bumper to avoid the extra weight. It needs a fairlead mount welded on the slots filled and I need to add a bit to the top to make it tie into the sway bar bolt holes. You know just for that extra strength for the winch.

Its been rainy lately so I havent had a chance to work on the bumper.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #79
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Very nice ride. Anxious to see the warn put back together. I'm thinking of rebuilding my 9500hs.
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Unread 05-20-2011, 07:40 PM   #80
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OK one step closer. I got my fairlead mount welded onto the bumper. I have been debating weather or not the 3/16 bumper was enough to mount the winch directly to it. My answer is no so I am going to add a 1/4" plate to the top and tie into the 4 bumper bolt holes and 2 of the swaybar boltholes. I hope to have that done tomorrow but I am not certain that I have enough 1/4" plate.

some pics with the winch just sitting there.



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Unread 05-22-2011, 12:55 PM   #81
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OK so he Warn all finally put back together, mounted, spooled and ready to pull me out of something I shouldn't have been in. Its so smooth and flawless, and WAY faster than my old Ramsey. I'm shickled titless! Overall I spent $651 rebuilding the Warn and adding the viking winchline. I figured just off quick internet priced this winch new would cost over $1800 with the synthetic rope.




and a few driveway poser flex shots since I was showing my baby bro how it does without the swaybar.



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Unread 05-26-2011, 10:44 PM   #82
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Had to drive out to the field to work all week, found some deep puddles, couldn't resist painting my jeep desert tan.


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Unread 05-27-2011, 08:27 AM   #83
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LOL Nice custom spray job! I get that too for driving down any gravel road after a nice rainfall w/ my no flares.

As for the swaybar being disconnected, it's not that big of a deal, but honestly I think it would be a smart investment to get an antirock adjustable sway bar.

BTW that winch looks great! Excellent job restoring it back to life. I should have you build me a winch
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Unread 05-27-2011, 06:57 PM   #84
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As far as the sway bar goes, for the most part im fine with it off, but its does get a little sketchy on high speed rough dirt roads. But I dont do that very often. It does wander a bit more on the highway when the wind is blowing. I do want an antirock swaybar but there are many things I NEED before that.

Shocks, brakes, SYE, drive line, control arms, ENGINE SWAP.
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Unread 05-27-2011, 11:27 PM   #85
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So I think next on the list NEEDS to be shocks and brakes.
Im leaning towards OME shocks but dont know if I want the old nitrochargers or the new sports.

I am sure I will be contacting Mr Blane for brakes.

The next ZERO budget mod might be to lift the rear seat and build and under seat storage box. or I could finally install the air compressor and tank LOL who knows.
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Unread 05-27-2011, 11:31 PM   #86
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Nice TJ! I've got the same front bumper and love it... not many guys are running it.
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Unread 05-28-2011, 11:46 PM   #87
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Scored a free jack from a 88-99 GM truck not all that exciting but I personally like this jack.



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Unread 06-04-2011, 10:48 AM   #88
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Yesterday I spent about 2 hours cleaning the inside of my jeep. I noticed a few things.

In no particular order

1 The factory paint inside the tub is very thin. In fact a lot of places you can see the primer with black paint speckles. I need to Monsta line the inside of my tub.

2 There are a LOT of dirt trap areas, like around the roll bars seat mounts exc.

3 The big oval floor drains appear to be better drains but seam to be glued down good.

4 My GM pilfered jack fits nicely under the rear seat. I think I will make some sort of solid mount under there for it.

5 There is ZERO rust in my tub so far!

6 bolting down a subwoofer makes it hard to just hose out the interior.

After that I cleaned the windows and applied rainX to them 3 times to make sure they got a nice even coating. I love rainX its one of those few wonder products that actually works.

Today... I am going to possibly re-weld my spare tire mount and add some 2" strap to reinforce it. Order a few small things like a heater control knob and all new winch mount bolts and nuts (2 or 3 of the big square nuts looked a little ragged in the threads I thought they would be fine, but I will feel better just replacing all 4 nuts and bolts with new ones.) I might think about mounting my air tank under the jeep while I have the welder out. And I might mount the air compressor in the ABS tray under the hood.

Then again I might get lazy and not do any of that LMFAO.
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Unread 06-05-2011, 01:02 AM   #89
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Well I got the tire carrier mount fixed and zip tied the air compressor to the ABS tray, and ordered the stuff I needed to order.

On the heater control knob... I ended up ordering the billet alum knobs from rugged ridge.... I may have to paint them, not sure I will like the bling, but I figured they probably wont break. Then again they might just be plastic with an aluminum cap.......... that would suck
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Unread 06-05-2011, 01:08 AM   #90
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OH yea before I forget.

A little over 1 year update on the bumpers. They are tough enough but honestly the powder coat SUCKS. The bumpers actually are not that bad really, but the tire carrier is flaking off all over.

HOWEVER! this isnt a serious downfall for me personally. I have done some welding to them and no powder coat will hold up to that
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