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Unread 07-09-2012, 03:05 PM   #136
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Trying to find some cheap aluminum corners.
No such item exists. If you want GOOD aluminum corners, those are available. This is a pay to play hobby man, no real way around that.
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Rear LED's are in the works. I'll have to convince the family to lend me cash for a set of 5 KM2's. Not gonna be easy
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Unread 07-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #137
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Dont forget, KM2s arent your only option. Look into other brands! You dont necessarily need the best name, right?
No, but 33x10.50x15's are light and aren't super expensive. I'll most likely have to find a cheaper option.

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No such item exists. If you want GOOD aluminum corners, those are available. This is a pay to play hobby man, no real way around that.

Good luck with that.
What I meant was non-full corner armor just to cover up the damage yet still be functional. I've seen them in steel, just not alum. And thanks.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 03:09 PM   #138
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http://www.quadratec.com/products/92612_1XX_PG.htm

Maxxis tires would save you $30 each. Just an idea. Then again... if you're borrowing money, might as well get what you really want right?
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Unread 07-09-2012, 03:20 PM   #139
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Maxxis tires would save you $30 each. Just an idea. Then again... if you're borrowing money, might as well get what you really want right?
Essentially, yes, that's the idea. STS can M&B 4 KM2's for $960. I'll call aroudn today.
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Unread 07-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #140
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Essentially, yes, that's the idea. STS can M&B 4 KM2's for $960. I'll call aroudn today.
Shoot yeah, call around and make someone work for your money. Make em throw something in for free!
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Unread 07-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #141
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First of all, I love this build. This is a really great example of how some of us just have bad luck and how we stick with it and figure out ways to solve these problems. People are going to tell you to sell your Jeep and get something "different" or "reliable" or worst yet "economical". But that's killing the headache by cutting off the head. Imped is right...this is a pay to play hobby, and an awesome one at that!

Second of all, keep an eye on your local CL at all times. I was able to locate a set of Kumho MT's in 33x12.50x14 for $400. They had about 100 miles on them (literally the trip home for an IH Scout II project) and I got them because I saw the listing and responded within 20 minutes of it being posted...then showed up with cash. Stupid good deals happen all the time on CL. If not tires then other stuff and it pays to search "Jeep TJ" a couple times a day from your phone. I check a couple times a day, lunch and dinner, and find stuff all the time. Be sure and sell stuff you don't need too...extra mod $$.

Finally, keep this up. Great reading!
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Unread 07-09-2012, 06:08 PM   #142
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First of all, I love this build. This is a really great example of how some of us just have bad luck and how we stick with it and figure out ways to solve these problems. People are going to tell you to sell your Jeep and get something "different" or "reliable" or worst yet "economical". But that's killing the headache by cutting off the head. Imped is right...this is a pay to play hobby, and an awesome one at that!

Second of all, keep an eye on your local CL at all times. I was able to locate a set of Kumho MT's in 33x12.50x14 for $400. They had about 100 miles on them (literally the trip home for an IH Scout II project) and I got them because I saw the listing and responded within 20 minutes of it being posted...then showed up with cash. Stupid good deals happen all the time on CL. If not tires then other stuff and it pays to search "Jeep TJ" a couple times a day from your phone. I check a couple times a day, lunch and dinner, and find stuff all the time. Be sure and sell stuff you don't need too...extra mod $$.

Finally, keep this up. Great reading!
This is much appreciated, having a Jeep and not doing any solid wheeling in awhile due to problems is almost depressing. Maintaining and modifying any vehicle is full of obstacles. This is just one, an expensive one, but not something I can't overcome. I emailed a few guys on CL and called a few tire places. I'm selling a few things from the jeep and non-jeep related like you said as well. Thanks for the kind words!
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Unread 07-10-2012, 10:55 PM   #143
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Took a hammer and big vice grips to the corner. Its getting there. Debating if I should get the pinch seam welded together? Its split 3/4 of the way up. LED's will be ordered soon. Looking at a set of MT/R's.

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Unread 07-11-2012, 08:13 AM   #144
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If you're putting corner armor on it, I'd skip it and save money. If anything, beat everything back to a reasonable shape, seam seal that crack, spray some primer/paint to cover any exposed metal, and then bolt up your armor.
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If you're putting corner armor on it, I'd skip it and save money. If anything, beat everything back to a reasonable shape, seam seal that crack, spray some primer/paint to cover any exposed metal, and then bolt up your armor.
My buddy would probably do it for free anyways... just a little concerned about the structural integrity of the tub. Maybe i'm just paranoid.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 01:38 PM   #146
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Corner armor would make it much more solid...weld or no weld. If it costs you nothing then I'd go for it anyway AND on both sides!
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Corner armor would make it much more solid...weld or no weld. If it costs you nothing then I'd go for it anyway AND on both sides!
I may just weld up the seam on the inside then armor it down the road.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #148
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Picked up my 35" BFGs with 1,000 miles on them for $350 on Craigslist. First responder to the posting. I was in Orlando at the time and called my dad in Boston and had him meet the guy that night. Also had a friend get a BRAND new set of Smitty corner armor for $100 in original packaging on CL the other day.

Deals are out there! Also keep in mind that Rokmen makes the steel trail corner guards for a buck thirty or so. Maybe you don't need to drop the cash on full corners.
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Picked up my 35" BFGs with 1,000 miles on them for $350 on Craigslist. First responder to the posting. I was in Orlando at the time and called my dad in Boston and had him meet the guy that night. Also had a friend get a BRAND new set of Smitty corner armor for $100 in original packaging on CL the other day.

Deals are out there! Also keep in mind that Rokmen makes the steel trail corner guards for a buck thirty or so. Maybe you don't need to drop the cash on full corners.
Funny you mention Rokmen. I just called them up this afternoon, because I wanted to see if they have an aluminum version. No dice Only for the LJ. My problem with tires, is that I have work on the 23rd. Which requires a moderate distance of driving. So i'm working with a deadline.

In other news, my new locking gas cap arrived. Useful since I've left 3 of them at various gas stations in the past year. Ordering LED's tomorrow.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 10:53 PM   #150
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Funny you mention Rokmen. I just called them up this afternoon, because I wanted to see if they have an aluminum version. No dice Only for the LJ. My problem with tires, is that I have work on the 23rd. Which requires a moderate distance of driving. So i'm working with a deadline.

In other news, my new locking gas cap arrived. Useful since I've left 3 of them at various gas stations in the past year. Ordering LED's tomorrow.
Why are you pushing for aluminum so badly? If you're really that set on it, call your local metal place and ask them to put a radius bend in a sheet of 3/16 or 1/4" alum. Also, as far as the gas cap- I took a small chain and rivited it to the outer funnel surround, then to the cap itself. Now it's on a chain
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