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Rockridge 4WD IS Taking Zone Offroad Suspension Lift Kits BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS!! You asked, we deliver!Rough Country Lift Kits and Parts!

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Unread 11-24-2012, 12:19 PM   #886
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Learn to weld, use the 4 link calculator, build a midarm suspension. It isn't rocket science and doesn't cost the world. You can built a pretty darn good suspension for less than what a decent short arm suspension costs.
Some brackets, JJ's or heims and some thickwalled DOM and ingenuity and it's all better
I'm hoping that Blaine will eventually build me one and install, that way I know it's RIGHT!

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Unread 11-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #887
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I'm hoping that Blaine will eventually build me one and install, that way I know it's RIGHT!
He does put together some pretty cool stuff doesn't he
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Unread 11-24-2012, 01:08 PM   #888
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Never to early to begin dreaming and figuring out how much $$$ I'm going to need to save! Here is my hopeful list of stuff I'd like to do (maybe not all the same time, but...)

- Blackmagic/PSC Hydro Assist Steering
- Poly Performance Cage
- Raceline Monster Beadlocks
- Remove RE Long Arm
- Currie/Savvy 4” or MrBlaine built “Midarm”
- Fox Remote Reservoir shocks Wayne/AllTech tuned
- Under Armor / Flat Belly Skid
- Front Fenders/ Rear Flares (Metalcloak or Poison Spyder?)

- No Plans to Change Axles, TCase
- Probably No Stretch or Fuel Cell (Need to keep Rear Seat option)
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Unread 11-25-2012, 11:15 PM   #889
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I'm hoping that Blaine will eventually build me one and install, that way I know it's RIGHT!
I finished David's up. 26.25" arms, 3 link front, 4 link triangulated upper rear, nearly off the shelf brackets, small mods made to a pair of RE trusses, and very easy to build.

After watching it work all week in JV, there isn't much I would change about it.

It only has one small issue and that is the cost of parts. All totalled, they aren't cheap.

14 Currie 2.5" JJ's
2 sets of Genright brackets
2 RE mini trusses
8' of heat treated 4130 1.75" tubing from Poly
7' of 4130 in 1.5" x .120 wall

There is roughly 600 in JJ's, 400 in material, 700 in brackets, some misc stuff, a few days to weld it all in and remove some old stuff.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 11:23 PM   #890
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I finished David's up. 26.25" arms, 3 link front, 4 link triangulated upper rear, nearly off the shelf brackets, small mods made to a pair of RE trusses, and very easy to build.

After watching it work all week in JV, there isn't much I would change about it.

It only has one small issue and that is the cost of parts. All totalled, they aren't cheap.

14 Currie 2.5" JJ's
2 sets of Genright brackets
2 RE mini trusses
8' of heat treated 4130 1.75" tubing from Poly
7' of 4130 in 1.5" x .120 wall

There is roughly 600 in JJ's, 400 in material, 700 in brackets, some misc stuff, a few days to weld it all in and remove some old stuff.
YES PLEASE!

It's only money... and I have to believe that my RE Tri-Link with new Bushings and rebuilt/cleaned up Arms would have some re-sale value to offset some of that $$$ (probably to someone who hasn't read my thread and heard me complain about it!).

You busy in early April?
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Unread 11-26-2012, 06:38 PM   #891
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Never to early to begin dreaming and figuring out how much $$$ I'm going to need to save! Here is my hopeful list of stuff I'd like to do (maybe not all the same time, but...)

- Blackmagic/PSC Hydro Assist Steering
- Poly Performance Cage
- Raceline Monster Beadlocks
- Remove RE Long Arm
- Currie/Savvy 4” or MrBlaine built “Midarm”
- Fox Remote Reservoir shocks Wayne/AllTech tuned
- Under Armor / Flat Belly Skid
- Front Fenders/ Rear Flares (Metalcloak or Poison Spyder?)

- No Plans to Change Axles, TCase
- Probably No Stretch or Fuel Cell (Need to keep Rear Seat option)
It's probably in this thread somewhere but why would you replace the rock hard cage? I was under the impression they are a pretty good cage. I was looking at picking one up.

Love how your rig btw, It's got lots of character marks.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #892
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It's probably in this thread somewhere but why would you replace the rock hard cage? I was under the impression they are a pretty good cage. I was looking at picking one up.

Love how your rig btw, It's got lots of character marks.
Thanks for the compliments!

It was somewhat an impulsive decision. There was a guy in my club who was in the market and looking for a cage. so I had a buyer at a decent $. Additionally after talking to a number of folks, I decided that if I ever "really needed" a cage I'd want it to be a complete replacement with the replacement a-pillar's instead of just new tube clamped to the weak stock stuff. I also wanted a "real" through the dash and never felt good about the possibility of the dash mounted side of the RH Cage folding in on my legs (in the unlikely event of a bad roll/accident).

The RockHard cage was fine, fit and finish was good, welding was solid, etc. I wasn't a huge fan of the clamps as some didn't seem to close tight as I would have like and I stripped and (broke a couple) a number of the bolts (could have been powder coating).

So like a number of my early build/mod decisions, this is one that I wish I'd done differently from the start and will now end up paying more $$$ to do it "right" (right = my opinion)
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Unread 11-26-2012, 08:22 PM   #893
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Thanks for the compliments!

It was somewhat an impulsive decision. There was a guy in my club who was in the market and looking for a cage. so I had a buyer at a decent $. Additionally after talking to a number of folks, I decided that if I ever "really needed" a cage I'd want it to be a complete replacement with the replacement a-pillar's instead of just new tube clamped to the weak stock stuff. I also wanted a "real" through the dash and never felt good about the possibility of the dash mounted side of the RH Cage folding in on my legs (in the unlikely event of a bad roll/accident).

The RockHard cage was fine, fit and finish was good, welding was solid, etc. I wasn't a huge fan of the clamps as some didn't seem to close tight as I would have like and I stripped and (broke a couple) a number of the bolts (could have been powder coating).

So like a number of my early build/mod decisions, this is one that I wish I'd done differently from the start and will now end up paying more $$$ to do it "right" (right = my opinion)
Thanks for the feedback, I have looked at the Poly cage, but I don't know if i trust my welding skills yet. That's the only reason I was considering the Rock Hard. I'm no too fond of cutting the dash either, but if I put a cage in I want it to be as strong as possible. It doesn't hurt that the full poly cage is only $850 tied to the floor when just the front rock hard section is $560 not tied in.
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Unread 11-26-2012, 08:30 PM   #894
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Thanks for the feedback, I have looked at the Poly cage, but I don't know if i trust my welding skills yet. That's the only reason I was considering the Rock Hard. I'm no too fond of cutting the dash either, but if I put a cage in I want it to be as strong as possible.
I don't plan on doing either myself, but hopefully will be taking it to someone who I know has done a number of these... Have seen both the welding and the dash cutting results and both are top notch!

I'm not sure where in SoCal you are, but he is in your "neck of the woods".
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I don't plan on doing either myself, but hopefully will be taking it to someone who I know has done a number of these... Have seen both the welding and the dash cutting results and both are top notch!

I'm not sure where in SoCal you are, but he is in your "neck of the woods".
I know who you are talking about I just got my brakes from him. I don't live too far away .
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I know who you are talking about I just got my brakes from him. I don't live too far away .
I know he's pretty busy, but for the quality of work I've seen, his labor rates are quite reasonable...it's worth the 8+ hour drive for me to have him work on my Jeep!
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Unread 11-28-2012, 03:42 PM   #897
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Awesome! Looking forward to the install. Do they only offer one color?
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Awesome! Looking forward to the install. Do they only offer one color?
I think so, yah... a Greyish thing... not sure it's warm enough in the garage to install it today... it has to flatten out a bit from the shipping. Will take a another pic when I remove it from the boxes.
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Yep, that stuff likes to be warm when installing. I'll be curious to see how they cut the front for easy removal. Not sure how they route it under the center console. I would think that would make it difficult to remove easily.
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