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Unread 08-30-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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AUGUST TJ of the MONTH CONTEST!!! MO2500 IS the WINNER!!!

Congrats man. You have some serious fab skills.

Name: Mike

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Custom Mid-arm 4 link rear suspension
5" rear stretch to 98.5" wheelbase
Fully Tubed Back-half Frame with custom coilover hoops
12" Fox Coilovers setup with 6" up/down travel with ~2" of lift over stock
Profender Air-Bumps
Currie Anti-rocks Front and Rear
XJ Dana 44 Rear w/Custom 4-link Truss, and Disc Brake Conversion
Locked Front and Rear
4340 Chromo Axle Shafts
4.88 Gears
35" Maxxis Creepy Crawlers
Raceline 15" Monster Beadlocks w/ Aluminum Rings
Currie Front Track Bar and Bump Stops
Rokmen Rocker Guards for an LJ Unlimited
Savvy Corner Blanks with a custom hi-line cut
Custom 1" Raised Body Mounts
1" Brown Dog Motor Mount Lift
Custom Front Hi-Line fenders
Custom Front Winch Bumper w/Grill Hoop
Custom Steering Box Skid
Custom Rear Crossmember Bumper
Custom Full DOM Roll Cage
Custom Flat Belly Skid plate sheeted with UHMW plastic and separate transmission crossmember
Custom Exhaust to twist around the 4 link
GenRight Hood Louvers
LED Flush Mount Brake and Marker Lights
RCI 15 Gallon Fuel Cell
Tom Woods Driveshafts
Cage Mounted Suspension Seats w/5-pt Harnesses
Warn M8000 Winch w/AmSteel Blue Synthetic and Viking Safety Thimble
U-Pol Raptor Lined Interior
Quick Release Fire Extinguishers
AGM Battery
Uniden CB Radio
Sony Marine Sound System
Many other small items I'm forgetting to list....

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About 4 years ago I purchased this Jeep off Ebay as my first vehicle. I was 18 at the time and had no idea what I was getting myself into. Although it was high-mileage 4 cyl it was completely stock, rust free and an excellent platform to start with and learn on. I found myself getting addicted to wrenching and modifying little things at first but that started progressing quickly. After a year I purchased my first MIG welder and that's when the real potential for a great trail rig was realized.

By this time I had a goal. My goal was (and still is) to build the most bad*** Jeep on 35s that can follow most rigs running 40s. I decided to skip the bolt on mods and start building everything I could, never compromising on any project and always working to improve the offroad performance. I designed and built a full roll cage that is tied into the frame in 6 places to improve safety. I've now set out on the task to improve the performance of the suspension. I built a rear mid-arm 4-link with 12" Fox COs and Currie Anti-rock that performs absolutely flawlessly. The Jeep will handle just about anything I put in front of it. I'm collecting parts now to build a mid-arm 3-link up front that I'm hoping will work just as well as the rear.

Overall this Jeep has been an awesome learning experience for me. If you had asked me 4 years ago if I'd be cutting the frame in half and designing and fabricating my own suspensions from scratch I would have told you that you were crazy. Yet, hear I am, having a blast modifying and wheeling my Jeep all over the country. Only a Jeep can give you that experience!







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Unread 08-30-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Congrats buddy, you deserve it.
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Unread 08-30-2012, 12:08 PM   #3
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Damn man! haven't been on here much this month & totally missed this! Congrats bro!!!! Definitely deserve it!
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Unread 08-30-2012, 01:43 PM   #4
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Unread 08-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #5
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Sweet! I love the 3 red marker lights on the bumper/crossmember (can't tell which in that pic). Might have to steal that idea
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Unread 08-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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Awesome! Thank you guys

I feel honored to have been considered among all the great Jeeps this month!
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Unread 08-30-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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Congrats Mike!
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Unread 08-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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Sweet! I love the 3 red marker lights on the bumper/crossmember (can't tell which in that pic).
Well both actually. I fabricated a new rear crossmember that also serves as my rear bumper and used three 2" LED flush mount marker lights. I made a build for the crossmember in the Fabrication section Here. Steal any ideas you would like, that's why I post them

Allows for a great departure angle with my 5" stretch.

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Unread 08-30-2012, 04:11 PM   #9
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Well both actually. I fabricated a new rear crossmember that also serves as my rear bumper and used three 2" LED flush mount marker lights. I made a build for the crossmember in the Fabrication section Here. Steal any ideas you would like, that's why I post them

Allows for a great departure angle with my 5" stretch.

Fantastic job. That'll go on the list. Can't do it yet though. Gotta destroy this 8 mo. old Rampage bumper first. I'll probably try it with 3 3/4" marker lights, since I don't think 2" markers will clear the hitch.
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Unread 08-31-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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Congrats man.
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Unread 09-01-2012, 06:04 AM   #11
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Congrats, it's quite impressive!
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Congrats Mike, it was an honor wheeling with you this past summer and you definitely have some serious fab skills that I admire. I'm looking forward to following in your footsteps.
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Unread 09-05-2012, 01:09 PM   #13
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Congrats! Great looking jeep.
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Unread 09-05-2012, 01:15 PM   #14
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Thanks guys
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Unread 09-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #15
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Super Rig for sure! Nice job
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