Went out to Gorman with some old High school friends who also has a Jeep and a Toyota 4x4. Testing flex on the staircase.
While we were out there, I was stupid and driving too fast on a sandy trail with aired down tires and disconnected swaybars and this happened. Not my favorite moment but a learning experience.
We had 10 people with us that day, so with 10 people we managed to flip over the jeep using just manpower. Only damage I had was my windshield frame got dented. Metalcloak fenders were spotless and the rear plastic fenders were dented. I did not roll, I meerly tipped over. Never doing that again.
Then I found a great deal on a HPD30 off CL. 4.88 gears, Alloy USA Chromo shafts, Alloy USA tube seals, Aussie Locker, Ruff Stuff Diff cover and Ruff Stuff steering kit. All for $500, the catch was that it was setup for coilovers so I had to weld on shock and coil buckets in order to mount everything up.
Well, when I flipped my Jeep, I had to drive it off the trail with a small amount of ATF in the tranny, since it all drained out the dip stick. Turns out a couple months later my tranny died because of my stupidty in trying to drive it off the trail with little ATF. Here is the new 4-speed tranny with only 60k miles on it and here it is being swapped out in the garage. Took me and my Dad 8 hours to get everything to swapped. Those axles on the side are for the willys.
I have a lot of plans for electrical stuff and I didn't want to pay $500+ for a sPod even though I really liked their concept. So I made my own basic "sPod" I call the TKPod
I outfitted a box to have 14 fuse holders and 12 relays that will control 12 switches in the cab. All the wires will run as a bundle into the cab including all the power, ground and load wires for each switch. If I want to hook up an accessory to the box, all I do is connect the positive to the appropiate relay wire and connect the ground to the fuse holder ground spots, as well as adding the right fuse to the correct fuse spot and done. Really easy and really simple, it just took a **** load of time to wire everything.
In all I spend around $300 for everything + labor to set it up. In the end I have 12 switches that are independent of the Jeeps electrical system that so far has worked without any problems. Also if I ever get into an accident the switches will be imprinted in my passengers face
Bumpstop, locker and flex test to make sure its all working.
Picked up some rocklights that I found people at pirate raving about. Spend $40 and got 25 LED pods in the mail. Also ordered a 10" light bar from lifetimeleds.
Went out to Calico again with the wranglerforum. It was a Meet N Greet so we had close to 80 jeeps at the meetup. We broke off into several groups and started hitting the trails. My passenger side coil kept falling off, so in the third picture I was going into the obstacle with a coil sitting in my passenger seat, and because of that I blew that shock out.
Got myself a new sound system along with a Sony headunit with bluetooth and Sirus radio.
How she sits now.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading the history of me and my Jeep. There were a couple mods that I did add but didnt have the pictures for and had no idea where it went in chronological order from oldest to newest. I will document my build jeep in this thread from here on out. Thank you for reading!
(Sorry if I spelled something wrong, I was trying to type all this out as fast as I could)