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Unread 07-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #5071
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Looks like you got a good deal on control arms. I noticed in the last couple weeks of catch up reading you have been doing a headlight upgrade as well. I could not be happier with mine, 150% improvement over stock. I'm pretty sure I sent you a parts list and price estimate based on my purchase a few months back. $280 for CIBIS bulbs and a harness upgrade was pretty tough to beat. Getting ready to do the louver panel with a Monstaliner racing strip kind of idea across the leading edge of the hood and down the center of the raised body line on the hood. Looking at doing the whole of the hard top, inner tub, rocker panels and door latches as well. Waiting on the 40 color sample chips to arrive to decide on the color to accent the metallic khaki of my LJ Rubi.
I'm working on collecting parts for a headlight upgrade - upgrayedd - but I haven't started, yet. You did send me a build list, which was muchly helpful; thank you for doing so!

Sounds like you have a good design worked up for your paint/bedliner combination; I'd say that doing the latches will be difficult, though, unless you keep the paint out of the cracks and crevasses. I had trouble with thin layers of paint gumming up the works and/or being rubbed off when the latch was worked.

Today's Jeeping, incidentally, will be focused on getting the other control arms painted and ready to install; the installation itself will happen this coming week.

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Unread 07-06-2013, 12:37 PM   #5072
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Ha ha, two d's for a double dose of his Jeeping! Great thread, it's fun to follow. I'll be implementing a bunch of these ideas here in the midwest.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 01:00 PM   #5073
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Ha ha, two d's for a double dose of his Jeeping! Great thread, it's fun to follow. I'll be implementing a bunch of these ideas here in the midwest.
Hey! Someone got the "Upgrayedd" joke!

I'm glad you're liking the thread; hopefully some of the upcoming stuff will prove interesting, once I find a way to afford it.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 01:25 PM   #5074
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Isn't that the truth! I scored a'95 XJ for $600, but now I find myself dragging abandoned file cabinets out of the ditch to use as floor pans and rocker panels. No kidding! I'll learn how to weld one way or another. Rusty but trusty, the I6 and AW4 are going strong.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #5075
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Isn't that the truth! I scored a'95 XJ for $600, but now I find myself dragging abandoned file cabinets out of the ditch to use as floor pans and rocker panels. No kidding! I'll learn how to weld one way or another. Rusty but trusty, the I6 and AW4 are going strong.
Hey, scrounging up materials is one of the most vital skillz you can have in the Wasteland. It's much more valuable than being able to paint control arms, which is about all I got done today; that's good news, however, because it means that I'm almost ready to get them installed this coming week.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 07:53 PM   #5076
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It's much more valuable than being able to paint control arms, which is about all I got done today; that's good news, however, because it means that I'm almost ready to get them installed this coming week.
You have become the spray paint master as of late . I will be at Marks sometime this week , should I bring by some Rust Oleum shirts
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You have become the spray paint master as of late . I will be at Marks sometime this week , should I bring by some Rust Oleum shirts
Oh hell yes you should. I might have Greta torn apart all week, but I'll get over there one way or another.
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Hey! Someone got the "Upgrayedd" joke!
Don't worry, there's plenty of 'tards out there living kickass lives. My first wife was 'tarded and she's a pilot now!
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Today's Jeeping: The lower control arms are all painted - I even took a picture or two - and are drying overnight so the installation can commence on Monday or Tuesday. I'm going to get some penetrating oil on all of the control arm bolts tomorrow and fix a leak in the air compressor (drain valve) so I'll have full air-tool functionality when it comes time to ditch the stock arms.

Aside from that, everything I did today was not terribly Jeep-related; I made a set of drop brackets for a canoe seat, cleaned up a kayak that I've been meaning to use, and did a bit of theorizing on the best way to transport a boat now that I have this half-cab in play. A few days ago I actually hauled my solo canoe a short distance on Greta just to see how difficult it would be to work a rack around the half-cab...and it's not going to be easy. For the short trip I actually just snugged the boat down directly on top of the windshield and the doubled top bows, and everything worked really well; having those two factory bows 5" apart from each other and in a direct vertical orientation means that I have a light-duty rack built in to my top...but for a long trip, this would not work well.

So, now the debate is whether or not to make a low-profile rack that won't be stupidly obtrusive, or to save some more pennies and go all the way back to the trailer plan. Maybe I can just buy that Jeep-tub model from Beasley and design a canoe/kayak rack for the top of it...
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Today's Jeeping: Prep for the control arm installation.
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Today's Jeeping: Prep for the control arm installation.
Prep ? Get out the impact and start yanking stuff apart
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Prep ? Get out the impact and start yanking stuff apart
That would be the sensible method, yes.
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Unread 07-09-2013, 09:24 AM   #5084
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Unread 07-09-2013, 04:57 PM   #5085
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Agreed. And also did your other shocks show up? Or did I miss that?
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