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Unread 03-26-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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THOR - DD/Weekend Warrior

Build plans...
Suspension: Savvy arms, bumpstops, rear shock outboard, Currie steering, Currie trackbars, Currie AR f/r
Axles: HP30 locked and chromos, Locked 8.8, 4.88's
Armor: Rokmen corners, sliders, flattish belly
Drivetrain: 1" MML, SYE and rear DS
Body: 1" BL, Metalcloaks, Rampage frameless top, GR8tops exo-gate
Powertrain: 5.9L Magnum


After a little over a year of having the jeep and being on here, I've decided to start a build. My first goal was to do something different and try to stay lighweight, but the supporting mods for such a thing are out of my budget. Instead im working towards a reliable rig I can wheel on the weekends yet stay comfortable on the road. Saving weight will be taken into consideration, I just can't base my build off it. Brief timeline:

The week I got it.



Playing around in a pit behind my house.





Put in a Pioneer deck.



And some Infinty Kappas in the dash with Nalin Mfg. brackets.



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Unread 03-26-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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The great thing about stock Jeeps is that they are very capable!!! I nice small lift and bigger tires make it that much better!!! A little bit of money spent in the right places will get you almost anywhere you want to go!!! Looks like you are on the right track!
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Unread 03-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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The great thing about stock Jeeps is that they are very capable!!! I nice small lift and bigger tires make it that much better!!! A little bit of money spent in the right places will get you almost anywhere you want to go!!! Looks like you are on the right track!
Thanks, more pics to come. Imgur is being a b**** right now. I'll post future plans as well.
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Unread 03-26-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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Painted and sold my steps.



Sold my carpet.



Painted the wheels Duplicolor Graphite



Birthday presents included a bumper from Smittybilt and some Hella 500's.



Ordered a 2" spring lift from BDS that summer. Searched around for some tires on CL.

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Unread 03-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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My grandpa and I took two weekends to install the lift and toss on the bigger tires.







All cleaned up. Picked up a set of BFG 32's for $300.

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Unread 03-26-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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Looks good.
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Unread 03-26-2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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Looks good.
As does yours
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Unread 03-26-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
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I've had some fun on the 32's from last summer till this winter.







My current project has been building a sub box designed by SirGCal. I'll get some shots of it finished.



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Unread 03-26-2012, 06:32 PM   #9
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This past new-years eve, I was on my way from my dads in Jersey to PA when my t-case blew in half at 60 mph. I was getting vibes to and from Jersey. Several weeks before I had a case of the angry sparrows. I was unable to pull off my front driveshaft due to the placement of the bolts. I procrastinated and result was not driving for like 2 months.

Today I scored an NP231 off CL for $70 with 70k miles on it from a 2000 4-cylinder 5 speed. Everything seems to work fine. My next obstacle is ripping off the skidplate since two of the bolts won't budge and the other 4 keep spinning. I've tried the pry-bar trick, the jack lift trick, torching, PB Blaster, impact wrench, and saw-zall.. My last option is to see if I can fit the grinder cutting wheel in between the frame and skid. If not, I have an appointment with the mechanic for Thursday, so he can take care of it. My rear DS is already rebuilt with new Spicer u-joints and the front is waiting to be rebuilt once the skid is off.
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Future plans list moved to first page...
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Unread 03-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #11
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Unread 03-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #12
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After some poking around I think I might go with:

Rokmen Crossmember Bumper

http://www.rokmen.com/rokmen-rear-bumper.html

TnT Fab. Tire-carrier

http://www.tntcustoms.com/tjljreartirecarrier.aspx
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Unread 03-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #13
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Cleaned up the donor t-case today. Noticed some hairline cracks, after a little research, I'm pretty convinced its from the casting process. Also, after tipping upside down, some fluid spilled out of the over flow valve. Was pretty darn brown. I'm debating if I should split this thing open to clean it out before I do the swap... opinions?

Yea.



After a little cleaning.




Main cracks. Few smaller ones elsewhere.

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Unread 03-28-2012, 05:05 AM   #14
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Bump on splitting the t-case
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Unread 03-28-2012, 06:22 AM   #15
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You've got next to no money in it. If you break it...no big deal. I say to open it while it's out and take a look inside. It doesn't take a massive amount of time and you'll feel better knowing that you've got a solid setup once you've had a look inside and fixed anything that's amiss. If not, it's going to bother you...and if it doesn't bother you, then it should.

The cracks you showed look more like flashing lines from the mold casting...they look kind of raised up to me due to the angle of the photo. I'd try taking a file to a small area and seeing if you can polish them down...if they're cracks, you'll know pretty quickly how deep they go.
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