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post #226 of 712 Old 03-05-2013, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Check out this place for your control arms material. http://www.rocksolidperformance.com/...luminum-links/
I had not seen that site before. Looks like a good resource. I like the option of aluminum for the weight reduction, but the price is a bit tough to swallow.
2' of DOM steel will cost about $50, where 2' of alum will cost $105. A $55 difference.

Two steel lowers (tube portion only) will weight about 9 pounds.
Two alum lowers (tube portion only) will weight about 2 pounds.

That is a pretty decent weight savings, but on the grand scale (across all eight control arms) you might be talking about a weight difference of a small ice chest. It all adds up of course, but I suppose I am ok with a lower cost, heavier weight Jeep.

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post #227 of 712 Old 03-05-2013, 11:21 AM
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Plus the weight is Low enough it may help some with stability...
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I have basically decided this is the route for my Jeep....steel that is.
For my rockers, I bought a 4x8 sheet of 3/16" plate. Way more than I need for that project, but other things come up. That sheet cost just over $100.
The same size sheet of 3/16" alum was $425.

The weight savings of the finished product in alum would be substantial (several pounds), but the cost makes it not worth it to me. There are countless debates on it all over this forum, so I won't bother with it here. When my TJ is armored up, the cumulative weight total between steel and the same parts in alum will equal about one adult passenger. Considering it's me and one 5-year old passenger (wife never rides in the Jeep), it will be like having an extra adult passenger. The Jeep is capable of handling that.

Anyway, there is my justification. I'm ok with it and that's all that matters. Alum is great and if the cost was the same, I would go for it all over the place.
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Yea I'm with you. I get steel super cheap so I always stick with it over aluminum
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post #230 of 712 Old 03-05-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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So one of my many small projects it making a tailgate license plate/third brake light/cb antenna mount. There are a couple options out there for this, but I had the sheet steel, so why not make my own....not to mention, the version I am copying does not have much room to add a 3rd brake light as I am wanting.


For reference, this TNT version is the design I am working off of....




I cut the sheet to the basic size I needed to work with. Next the four main bolt holes were lined up and drilled. With the plate hanging, I was able to line up the license plate, which determines where the 3rd brake light and cb antenna will go.





To keep 5-0 happy, I bought a set of plate LED light bolts on ebay for a couple bucks. From what I have seen, they are plenty bright.
For the 3rd brake light, I found a short LED bar. I have 4" round LED tail lights to go in, so I wanted to keep all of the rear lights LED for the same intensity and look.

The CB antenna mount will go in about the same place as with the TNT version.





Once the 3rd brake light is located for good, I can determine how high I will cut the bottom radius. I will also do the side curves at the same time.

Since there is no need for all of the material behind the license plate, I will cut out most of the plate behind it.
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Great build so far! I'm in Cinco Ranch-- we should meet up and wheel some time. Are you the guy on Craigslist that does lift installs?
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post #232 of 712 Old 03-13-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Great build so far! I'm in Cinco Ranch-- we should meet up and wheel some time. Are you the guy on Craigslist that does lift installs?
Thanks! We should definitely meet up. I am in Westhiemer Lakes North.
I am that guy. hahaha.
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Thanks! We should definitely meet up. I am in Westhiemer Lakes North.
I am that guy. hahaha.
Ha! I thought so... Recognized your house. I plan on going to the Southern High Rollers wheeling trip on the 23rd. They are going to Sugar Hill Offroad Park. Let me know if you're going and if you want to caravan. I'll PM you my contact info.
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I will have to look up "Southern High Rollers". I went out to Sugar Hill when he first opened. Haven't been back since, but I might try to make it out....nothing technical, but good for a few hours of fun.
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I pulled it out of the garage and washed it yesterday. I also pulled the center caps off the wheels....looking much better.

Oh, and I actually drove it to work today!!





...and I love the hood pins. ZERO hood flutter.



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Looking good!
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Thanks!

I haven't decided if I will trim it some more, or keep it like this......


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post #238 of 712 Old 03-25-2013, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Going to leave it like that. There is just enough material left on either side of the license plate.

I picked up an angle finder the other day and was able to lock in the angles on the mini-boatside rockers. Next step is to notch the underside piece for the body mounts so I can get the basic fitment done, and then bring them in for final welding. Then back to be bolted on.
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Ordered a Tom Woods SYE and CV rear ds. No telling when they will get installed, but I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. The DS might need to be modified since I am only going to be running 2" of suspension lift, but I'll take care of that when it's time.

For now, one more thing off the check list.
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Ordered a Tom Woods SYE and CV rear ds. No telling when they will get installed, but I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. The DS might need to be modified since I am only going to be running 2" of suspension lift, but I'll take care of that when it's time.

For now, one more thing off the check list.
Get a good deal? Where from and how much? I need to do a SYE bad.
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