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post #151 of 159 Old 03-15-2017, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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I like your build. I've been thinking about an adjustable track bar, but got some mixed reviews and horror stories when I asked. My 4" superlift has a bracket to relocate the stock track bar, so it should be fine, but my driveline bit the fuel tank skid. I've since cut out the skid plate where it interfered, so maybe I'm just done messing with it.

Since the horror stories all involved the threaded parts of the track bar stripping out and letting the axle go, I was thinking that if I got one, I'd get it adjusted where I wanted it, then have the ends welded. If it never moves, it shouldn't be able to strip. I imagine the issue is that it hammers back and forth on the threads until they wear down. It wouldn't take much of a weld to keep that from happening.

Of course some people had no trouble at all, but that's a pretty catastrophic item to have fail, since the first you know about it, your axle leaves.
I haven't heard anything about bad about the aftermarket Trac bars for the wks but yes that is scary lol. I'm still going to go through with it since someone pointed out how bad my ankle was shifted and somehow I never noticed. But I will definitely routinely check up on it and read more about it on the forums after hearing that lol. Thanks

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post #152 of 159 Old 03-15-2017, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Here is her current setup. Finally threw the lightbar that was originally up top down low so it looks more flush and got a roof light bar and some kcs to finish of all the switches I bought long ago. This was a recent trip to Grandfather Mountain in 20 weather and 25 mph winds!

While I was in that area I heard about a trail at Richland road and I wanted to go check it out but unfortunately I could not figure out exactly where the trailhead started and saw plenty of private property and no trespass signs so I decided it was a no go. Does anyone know where that trail starts? Would like to hit brown mountain and a couple of other trails on some of the trips I'm planning in the future and I would like for that to be a stop since it is so close to boone.
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post #153 of 159 Old 03-18-2017, 02:54 AM
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What are you looking at to notice the axle is shifted? Are you measuring inside the fender or some other reference point? I'd like to see how mine is. I actually had a new stock track bar installed, hoping some of the fuel tank interference was just worn bushings. I don't know if it's better, but I had beaten the skid plate back into position (almost), and with the new track bar, it still bit it once I got offroad, so then I cut along the bottom and removed all that was bent.

FYI, mine seems to have a steel liner that is very snug to the plastic tank, which is under the larger skid plate. The end result is still some steel left covering the plastic. I'm contemplating epoxying some UHMWPE to that steel, large enough so the driveline can't catch an edge, so when it does bump that liner, it itsn't wearing into the steel. I'm going to check it after a few outings and see if it's wearing on the liner.

The superlift, by the way, comes with a module that lets you select tire size and gear ratio. It also comes with a very strong front differential skid plate. It requires some cutting and welding (and I think fabricating a strengthening plate). I had it installed by my local offroad shop due to health issues, so I only heard some comments on it. Steel armadillo makes some skid plates for that lift, so I bought the transmission and transfer case skid plates, which require a

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post #154 of 159 Old 03-18-2017, 02:59 AM
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Oops, I left out that the transfer case skid plate requires a bracket because of the lift. I think they called it a cross member or something, but it was an option when selecting the skid plate. I checked it out on their site, but I had my local shop order all the stuff from them. I find that these sites are more responsive to a shop than an individual, and I like having somebody else deal with the phone calls and questions (they figured out I needed the bracket; I wouldn't have known).

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ARB twin air,Dual AGM group 49, sliders and skids
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post #155 of 159 Old 03-18-2017, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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What are you looking at to notice the axle is shifted? Are you measuring inside the fender or some other reference point? I'd like to see how mine is. I actually had a new stock track bar installed, hoping some of the fuel tank interference was just worn bushings. I don't know if it's better, but I had beaten the skid plate back into position (almost), and with the new track bar, it still bit it once I got offroad, so then I cut along the bottom and removed all that was bent.

FYI, mine seems to have a steel liner that is very snug to the plastic tank, which is under the larger skid plate. The end result is still some steel left covering the plastic. I'm contemplating epoxying some UHMWPE to that steel, large enough so the driveline can't catch an edge, so when it does bump that liner, it itsn't wearing into the steel. I'm going to check it after a few outings and see if it's wearing on the liner.

The superlift, by the way, comes with a module that lets you select tire size and gear ratio. It also comes with a very strong front differential skid plate. It requires some cutting and welding (and I think fabricating a strengthening plate). I had it installed by my local offroad shop due to health issues, so I only heard some comments on it. Steel armadillo makes some skid plates for that lift, so I bought the transmission and transfer case skid plates, which require a
I could just stand straight from the back and just eyeball how much it was shifted in the rear. Probably about and inch or so difference
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post #156 of 159 Old 03-20-2017, 09:44 AM
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I got the idea of blacking out the jeep and just started going from there. I started with plasti dipping that ugly checkered grey interior. Plasti dipping on the interior turned out great and has held up very well.



I then went to tint my tail lights. I used a great walkthrough as seen here..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSKA...NwkyEjQEcOMx8f and they turned out great. only downside is that I cant see a damn thing when I back up at night.



I also plasti dipped all the emblems as well. I plan on removing them emblems in the future though.


I know I'm extremely late to this thread but I was wondering how it was to put that radio in the jeep. Was it as easy as disconnecting the old wires and putting them in the new radio? Thanks
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post #157 of 159 Old 03-20-2017, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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I know I'm extremely late to this thread but I was wondering how it was to put that radio in the jeep. Was it as easy as disconnecting the old wires and putting them in the new radio? Thanks
I honestly didn't do it a buddy if mine did it for me cause I was busy but it was really easy so I'm assuming so.
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post #158 of 159 Old 05-27-2017, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I just got back from Uhwharrie from an Overland meet-up and it was my first time taking the rig on some actual challenging trails. I have the stock laredo so I only have 4 hi and do not have 4 Lo. I really need to fix this because I was pretty much one of the only ones that got stuck and there were other stock rigs with the group and not modified like mine. This car has been paid off for a long time and I don't want to trade in and have payments.

What are the best ideas to go about fixing this issue? I honestly have been thinking about saving up and getting a loan and just getting front and rear air lockers. Would be expensive but still be way cheaper than a car payment and I've already put to much into this rig to switch up.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
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post #159 of 159 Old 05-28-2017, 05:59 PM
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Hack out the fenders, get a D44 rear, RCV front axles, and some 35s. Lol

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