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Unread 07-05-2012, 07:13 AM   #31
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Nice work man, I am not far from ya either!

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Unread 07-05-2012, 09:36 AM   #32
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Nice work man, I am not far from ya either!

Thanks, I appreciate it. It's a slow build for sure. I think I decided on keeping it until I'm out of college. Three more years and this thing will hopefully be where I want it and it will turn into a trail rig.
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Unread 07-05-2012, 04:54 PM   #33
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Here are some pics from removing the grille. Didn't think I would have to loosen the light buckets, but I couldn't get the harness for the head lights out without doing so. Going to take my sway bar off next and sand it down. whoever the PO had paint it, didn't even kill the rust on it. Heard my block was finally out of the vat and getting ready to magna flux it to check for cracks.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #34
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Finally my motor work is done and ready for me to pick it up. I ordered new motor mounts and I have to pick those up as well.
In my spare time I started messing around with some paracord while sitting around the shop. Made some orange and black grab handles, that I think came out really well.
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Unread 08-14-2012, 10:22 PM   #35
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Finally back up and running again. Bed lined the grille and it came out great. Replaced all the air bags and dash cover too. Also replaced my headlights to auto pal housings and h4 bulbs.

The only bad thing that happened so far was the back glass got broke out of the hard top on the trailer. No idea how. Looked back and saw the wiper swinging.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 06:45 PM   #36
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Finally getting to play a little with the jeep. Missed driving this thing. Looks like I need to add some more length to the bump stop.

Next week I'm going to pull a limited slip ford 8.8 with 4.10 gears. Plan on putting the artec truss system on that.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 06:52 PM   #37
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Finally getting to play a little with the jeep. Missed driving this thing. Looks like I need to add some more length to the bump stop.

Next week I'm going to pull a limited slip ford 8.8 with 4.10 gears. Plan on putting the artec truss system on that.
Is that cadron settlement park out by the river?
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Unread 08-24-2012, 07:00 PM   #38
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Haha yes it is.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 07:28 PM   #39
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We went night fishing out there for years till the place became unsafe after dark. You know anyone looking for a 97 TJ on Tons and 40s? Got a club member try to sell his Jeep http://www.arkansascrawlers.com/main...ad.php?t=17612
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Unread 08-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #40
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That's a nice rig. But I don't know of anyone looking for a trail rig right now.

Is there anywhere legal around here to trail ride?
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Unread 08-24-2012, 11:36 PM   #41
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That's a nice rig. But I don't know of anyone looking for a trail rig right now.

Is there anywhere legal around here to trail ride?
He still has it taged and drives it on the street. Legal trail rides in this area would be up in the national forest there are a lot of trails up around cleveland area. Superlift is a blast there are some awesome trails out there. http://www.orvpark.com/ Byrds adventure center is a fun park to visit it has a little of everything to do there. http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/
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Unread 08-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #42
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Yeah I've been to both of those. Fun run is my favorite I've been on at super lift. Never wheeled at byrds, but have raced dirt bikes there.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #43
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Checked my transfer case today and it was about half a quart low. Then found the cause to a weird noise I was having. The exhaust hanger above the skid plate never had the exhaust put back on it, so it was bouncing around in there.
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Unread 09-01-2012, 06:11 PM   #44
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Picked up a ford 8.8 axle out of a 96 explorer. Has 4.10 gears and limited slip. Cost me $98 bucks for axle minus the calipers and rotors. Also took the yoke with the flange.
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Unread 09-02-2012, 05:11 PM   #45
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Cut the stock muffler off today and installed a thrush turbo muffler and dumped it right after the muffler. It drones pretty bad over 2500rpm, so I'll most likely end up running the exhaust back to the back like the factory one. Other than that it sounds good on the little 2.5l and doesn't sound like a ricer.
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