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Unread 01-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #16
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I've been making some progress. Got the top off, roll bar out (the security torx bolts were a nice touch, thanks Jeep), seats out, gas tank out...

Then I had the displeasure of cutting out spot welds. The harbor freight spot weld cutter is like a lot of their tools - oh sure, it will work - you just might want to kill yourself after you are done.



The bed liner the PO sprayed in the tub came off pretty easy with a wire brush in a grinder. I think I'm going to remove the rest of it and re-do it with a higher quality product, since whatever he used looks like crap and is damaged easily.

I also had a chance to call some yards looking for a LJ tub. No luck. It looks like I'm going to have to make patch panels myself. No big deal - should actually save me some money.

More fun pulling the belt rails off.



With any luck I should have the rear of the tub cut off tomorrow.

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Unread 01-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #17
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Unread 01-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #18
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I really like this, you have a solid jeep but I guess you could say it could be cleaned up in some ways. Super 88 is what I plan to run with my future V8, can't decide on a D44 or HP30 though. I believe the Falkens will suit you well, have really good road manners, but when aired down, they do really well offroad. Subscribed
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Unread 01-15-2013, 06:29 PM   #19
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I really like this, you have a solid jeep but I guess you could say it could be cleaned up in some ways. Super 88 is what I plan to run with my future V8, can't decide on a D44 or HP30 though. I believe the Falkens will suit you well, have really good road manners, but when aired down, they do really well offroad. Subscribed
I'm not sure the Falkens will be aggressive enough but they are still on my short list.

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I've been sick the last week so I haven't gotten much done. I have, however managed to do this.



Uh oh... Looks like I'm past the point of no return now! I also had a chance to pick my axles up. I found a HPD30 and D44 out of a JK that have been regeared to 4.10. Perfect! Nice and wide, better brakes, no inverted Y steering.

Here's the front.



This is what it looked like after a few minutes with the plasma.



Here's a look at the rear D44 in front of my old Rubicon D44.



Thicker tubes, bigger brakes, and the center section is defiantly more stout with thicker ribs and overall wider.

Tonight I'm hoping to pick up 5 JK Moab wheels, and tomorrow I am going to try to cut the back of the frame off if all goes well.
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Unread 01-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #20
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Falkens have 18/32" tread depth in some areas. Worth watching if you're considering them:
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Unread 01-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #21
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Falkens have 18/32" tread depth in some areas. Worth watching if you're considering them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWvWxjnJYaU
Like the build so far, will be checkin in!
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Unread 01-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #22
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I'm sorry, these are just street SUV tires in all honesty.

Like the build so far, will be checkin in!
They were used by John Currie in the KOH Everyman Challenge. He placed 1st. Calling them a street tire is just ignorant.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #23
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I'm sorry, these are just street SUV tires in all honesty.
lol what? wheeling in rocks doesnt require insane tread depth or gnarly sidewalls, they require a soft sticky tire. we run these on the truck and i couldnt be happier
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Unread 01-16-2013, 10:05 AM   #24
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They were used by John Currie in the KOH Everyman Challenge. He placed 1st. Calling them a street tire is just ignorant.
Of course these tires were extensively cut. Not exactly stock. They do seem to have very beefy sidewalls, (and heavy weight along with that) and a very attractive price compared with more aggressive tires. I wouldn't call it your average A/T SUV tire by any means.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #25
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I'm eyeing the Cooper STT pretty hard. They look like a good compromise for me.

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Unread 01-16-2013, 11:28 AM   #26
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I'm eyeing the Cooper STT pretty hard. They look like a good compromise for me.

Ran them on my old TJ and loved them. Never couldn't get over rocks or any other obstacle.

As for the falkens, sorry I should have said all-terrain which are not my preferred tire but personal preference dictates.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #27
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I'm eyeing the Cooper STT pretty hard. They look like a good compromise for me.

A little heavy but I like them. Not sure how big of a difference they would be from the MT/R though.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #28
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They were used by John Currie in the KOH Everyman Challenge. He placed 1st. Calling them a street tire is just ignorant.
If I remember correctly, they were also used on a couple Savvy competition rigs and earned Gerald a couple first place finishes.. Underestimated because of its tame tread, but a great tire nonetheless.
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Unread 01-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #29
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Nice to see you kept it. This looks entertaining. If you ever need a helping hand or two, don't hesitate to send me a PM.

Do you plan on moving the axle back so the rear tires are flush to the rear bumper?
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Check out Nitto Trail Grappler's, I am really happy with mine.
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