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Unread 03-02-2013, 10:26 AM   #31
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I agree, this was a great platform to start with, but you're certainly taking this CJ to an entirely different level!

All top-notch work, with a very tastefully approach!

Wish I was close, as you'd definitely have my business!

Looking forward to following along with your progress, and thanks for taking the time to snap/post so many pics too!


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Unread 03-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #32
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You do fine work! is your holster just setting there or do you have it mounted to the console?
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Unread 03-02-2013, 12:51 PM   #33
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dont know if i missed this in your thread...

but what lift and size tires are you running on the 5?
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Unread 03-02-2013, 01:38 PM   #34
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I agree, this was a great platform to start with, but you're certainly taking this CJ to an entirely different level!

All top-notch work, with a very tastefully approach!

Wish I was close, as you'd definitely have my business!

Looking forward to following along with your progress, and thanks for taking the time to snap/post so many pics too!


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Thanks for the thumbs up! It has been a long time since I have done a project that does not have to be "profitable". It lets me do it the way I would like to, the down side is the time it takes. I have to say, most of the ideas have come from this forum. There is a mass of talent here, guys free with knowledge and experience.

I like to post pics! Most of the ideas I have come up with are inspired from other pics on the forum. Can't tell you how many times I have looked at some one elses threads and pics and not understood what they were trying to convey. Then I get to that spot in a project and that "ah-ha" moment hits!

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Unread 03-02-2013, 01:50 PM   #35
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The Holster is velcroed with the 2" industrial sticky stuff. It is a adjustable #1 holster so it will fit various guns by adjusting the velcro, it will even accomodate a laser or light. The one issue is that there is a storage spot under the seat and it has to be pulled off if I need to tilt the seat to get in the storage area (tools). That is the main reason I used velcro, also it can be tilted forward or back for comfort. it is accesible to both driver and passenger.

The lift on the front is a 2.5" rancho lift, I can see the specs still on a sticker, it was done when the 44 was swapped in a couple of years ago. The rear is probably a 2.5" but is sagging a bit, it looks level becuase the shackles are longer than stock, probably a half inch lift. It also has a 1.5" body puck lift. The tires are 33" km2s.

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Unread 03-02-2013, 05:20 PM   #36
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WOW. What great fabricating skills. Great job.

What width are your rims? I assume the tires are 12:00's?
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WOW. What great fabricating skills. Great job.

What width are your rims? I assume the tires are 12:00's?
The rims are 8's, Ya the tires are 12.50's. I am hoping to build some beadlocks on 5x8x2.5 backspace to give it a bit more width. The rims now have a 3.625 backspace, so I should be able to gain an extra 3.5 to 4" width without to much hassle. I like the procomp steel rock wheels, they have a pretty good reputation in the rocks.

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Unread 03-06-2013, 10:53 PM   #38
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Here are some pics from the last week or so. I decided to rework the front bumper instead of making a new one. I liked the bumper but felt the recovery points were too weak, they had 5/8" shackle holes and really needed 3/4" for the winch I have, so I cut a pair out of 1" and even cut the hole, they came out good. I did a taper style to give me more weld surface since they did not go through the bumper. The stinger is short and flat. The stinger will tie in to the tube fenders when I get them done. I have decided to go with the new trailtubes.com narrow flair kit they have. It is reasonably priced and they look good.

Most of the hardware on the bumper and winch plate were grade 5! I spent 40 bucks on gr8 hardware today and used 1/2" instead of 7/16". Even the winch itself had 3/8" gr5, changed those too. What a pain getting to some of those bolts.

Also have some pics of the sliders with the anti slip tape, very grippy.

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Unread 03-06-2013, 11:01 PM   #39
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Oh ya, here are some other smaller project pics. The tie rod flip went good for the most part, one of the inserts did not seat as well as I would have liked and does not engage the lock enough IMO. We'll see. Also redid the air line using nylon and pushlock fittings, much cleaner. Added a manifold for the ARB solenoids and will have a quick connect for a air hose too under the hood. Console works great and is comfortable to use.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 01:56 AM   #40
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Took her back to storage today. Probably for a week at least. Painting a bathroom and lots of kids parties to go to. Irish fair tomorrow at the L.A fair grounds. Did get the light bar wired and grommeted today. Those HIDs are really bright. almost double of any LED I could get at the same price. They take about 5 seconds to stop humming and reach max lumen output. 55 watt each. I left a short pigtail on the output just in case I need an extra 12v for a whip/flag or maybe an LED light bar. It will turn on/off with the HID switch.

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Unread 03-09-2013, 05:52 AM   #41
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She is looking great and I am stealing some of your ideas
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Unread 03-15-2013, 09:09 PM   #42
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Started work on my rear bumper today. I used the CNC plaz to do the grunt work. Still a lot of hard work. You can see in the pics the progression. First was to cut both sides of the rectangle tube (2x4x.1875) Used the laser attachment to get perfect alignment on both sides. Then I used the cut off saw to remove the excess. It was cut long to be able to use the length to fold over the ends. Using the grinder, I put a bevel on the weld areas before bending to make sure I could get nice flat welds. I used light heat from the torch to encourage it to move in the right direction and C clamps to close the gaps. Next bumper, I would not leave as much of the web (curved part of the corner) and cut right up to the vertical 2" edge. It would make the folding easier and I did have a little crushing that had to be hammered out. It would cure both of these problems.
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From there it was to my weld shop. It was busy and I waited till lunch to take over a table. Welds went good, I did them by hand to be quick. After that was back to the cutting shop (my garage LOL) and some grinding! I love grinding, it is a solitary stress relieving activity were you can be a little creative. After the big grinding, I smoothed everything out with a soft 100 grit disc and fit all the shackle holders and reciever tubes. Also have some super bright LEDS for the bumper B/U lights that only needed a 3/8" hole. But needed a access door in the back for wiring and tightening the nuts down. Last pic is of the LEDs inserted in the holes.
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Unread 03-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #44
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Man those toys make me jealous that bumper looks sweet also.
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Unread 03-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #45
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Man those toys make me jealous that bumper looks sweet also.
It is fun to use them in non-work projects! It has been over ten years since I built up a offroad machine. Last one was a scout (just found some pics i used to sell her). Never even heard of HID much less a LED that could do more than light a panel indicator. LOL. A bunch has changed, I used to have catalogs and manuals stacked to the moon, now I just get on JF to learn.

One of the things I look for when researching and learning is photos. In the digital computer age they are still worth a thousand words. So, will return the favor LOL.

Got a bit more done today on the bumper made a few mistakes too... The spindle hole seemed too far away from the mount. So I plugged and re-drilled 2.5" closer to the mount. Maybe it will have less flex or wobble, the thing that stresses and breaks steel.

Got a new roll of .035 and a bottle of gas, so good to go for the rest of the project.

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