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Unread 03-21-2011, 10:34 PM   #16
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Sonic next time your in the area P.M. one of us and maybe we could go for a trail ride.

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Unread 03-22-2011, 12:29 AM   #17
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Sounds good to me!!!
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Unread 03-26-2011, 08:52 PM   #18
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Where in the sierras do you usually go wheeling? I've been trying to plan a trip up there this summer but haven't decided on a trail yet. We were thinking rubicon but thats way out of our league haha. Any suggestions?
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Unread 04-19-2011, 11:55 AM   #19
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Hey are you going to do any work on either of these Jeeps you own?
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Unread 04-19-2011, 01:12 PM   #20
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Nice build.
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Unread 04-20-2011, 12:00 PM   #21
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Prune, there are a bunch of trails up hwy. 4 by bear valley, and 108 by Pinecrest. I have a buddy who bought a trail book... They have weird number designations instead of names.

Well, Jim, I need to go back to dayshift where I had weekdays off!!! I definitely had more time with the Jeeps. The wife and I have sync'd calendars on our phones... So that means she knows when I'm not doing anything on the weekends, and she schedules things like three months in advance!!!

Thanks Prryan!!!
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Unread 04-22-2011, 07:12 PM   #22
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The steering appears to be stock, with the Rough Country tie rod upgrade. The stock tie rod pencil is the weak link in the suspension, so many folks do th ZJ upgrade, the RC upgrade is another cost effective way to beef up the steering. I have it on my Jeep and it does it's job. It is well suited to run up to 35s as well, unless you get to the point of breaking tie rod ends or the drag link, this setup will do just fine

http://roughcountry.com/jeep_xtras_1143.html

It looks like the front lower control arms are aftermarket, but the rears are stock? Also looks like red control arm bushings? Are they poly? If so, I would get them swapped out in place of rubber, or stock arms with rubber bushings before they damage the brackets.

The 6spd is wonderful when it works. Mine is at 93k and grinding 3rd bad. They were underfilled from the factory and Chrysler considered the fluid "lifetime" Do youself a favor and pick up 2qts of Pennzoil Synchromesh from Advance Auto Parts and change out that fluid. Keep in mind the regear charts and most advice for the 5spd is different than the 6spd due to the much lower 1st gear and not as deep overdrive. Personally on my Jeep, 3.73s and 33s feels perfect. 4.10 would be the deepest I'd go if you plan on sticking with 33s. If the have 35s in the future, then from what I've gathered and experienced, 4.56 are the way to go and not the common 4.88 as said with the 5spd. This is if you plan on DD and lots of highway trips. If mostly an offroad toy, then you may want to gear lower.

Keep an eye on the OPDA, they are made to self destruct from the factory. Inspect yours and to the fogmod.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 01:20 PM   #23
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NightWolf,

Thanks for the tips… I was thinking 3.73's since I found a deal on a couple axles a while back, but had 4.10's in the last TJ, so I was kind of hesitant… now it is too late for the others, but that at least I know to snatch them up if I find them again!

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In preperation for summer, I took the top off, well, folded it down. Anyway, I've always hated the carpet in the TJ, so I took it out… the floor was WAY TOO YELLOW, so I thought I'd dull it a bit by throwing some cheap flat black paint over it since I was too cheap… I had read about the Dupli-color bed liner being horrible, but when I was at OSH, I saw it for $8 a can I figured it wouldn't be any worse than plain flat black paint.





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Unread 04-27-2011, 01:34 PM   #24
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Looks like you got a solid jeep to start with.

I'm in CA also, I'm down for wheelin if you need more jeeps
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Unread 04-27-2011, 02:30 PM   #25
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Third, I'm just over the hill (or two) from you, will let you know when I head to the trails… don't have a lot of time right now… but hopefully in a month or so.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 09:20 PM   #26
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hit me up for any trails rides you guys may do, me and my buddy are always down to wheel with some fellow jeepers.
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Unread 05-26-2011, 06:31 AM   #27
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Hey Bill I was looking around and ran across this picture of a swing away tire holder. This one is mounted to the roll bar and maybe the bumper which I know you don't want but the concept is similiar to what you are thinking about. Also he's using the CJ tailgate the way they were meant to be used.

Oh and you've been away from the Jeep fab work long enough.....it's time to get busy.
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Unread 05-26-2011, 11:48 AM   #28
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Thanks Jim!!! The CJ tailgate is on the way so I will start working on the TJ again soon!!! I have had the thought to put the CJ on the way back burner and wait til I can afford to do like you and Coiz did with the 5.0, or maybe an LS engine, but I'm confused about tranny and T-Case if I go that route, darn short 5!!! My head gets flooded with all these grand thoughts!!!

I was thinking about trying to figure out how to put a Jerry can on it too, so that will add some more thought to my process… that mount is pretty much what I'm going for. So, back to google sketch up for some more drawing!!!

OK, so here is what I came up with to have enough room for Jerry Cans behind the wheel… I think it makes the wheel look like it sticks out too far. I was lazy and imported my tire mount drawing and it is obviously a little wide, but it is just for reference.





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Unread 06-06-2011, 08:26 AM   #29
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Hey Bill have you gotten started on the carrier yet?

Don't look now but us CJ guys have had another one go astray and buy a TJ. Eaglekeeper went to the dark side.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:43 AM   #30
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OK, Well, I figured I'd update the build…

In preparation for the Rubicon Trail trip MVigo invited me on, I finished spraying the tub with the cheap bedliner and made my own bikini top…






Haven't worked on the spare mount yet, so I strapped it in…



All in all it was a great time…



Only had to winch out once…



I should have winched out in one more spot, but I thought I could get through…



Well, that was an easy fix, but now I'm chasing down vibrations… replaced u-joints, still there. Doesn't do it with the rear driveshaft disconnected. There is a weird clunk and some movement when I push up on the rear of the T/C… I think a SYE and an 8.8 are in my future!!!
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