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Unread 10-25-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Well its time for me to build my jeep my way My goal is Low Center Of Gravity. I shall start with the history of my Jeep wrangler. Its a 1998 SE 2.5L 4 Cylinder.

I brought my jeep home April 1st 2011.
2" Body lift, 31's

Since then I removed the body lift. Herculined the interior. Touched up the Fenders. Replaced the lights (on light bar) Chopped front bumper. Installed Cobra ultra 19 CB.

The plan is 2" lift, Xenon fenders, lockers, Stinger, Winch, Driver brake light CB mount, JKS Discos, and many more!!

The day I brought my jeep home,
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Unread 10-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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I bought the lift (budget boost for now), its the 2" Rubicon Express coil spacer lift with out the shocks ($60). Without shocks because I'm not going to wheel it yet. Plus building my money pool. So collecting parts as of now. What would be a good shock to go with? I'm thinking the ProComp ES1000's
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Unread 10-26-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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Here's the bumper chop. PO must of hit a tree. Tired of my jeep looking like I'm a bad driver so here she is now;
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Unread 10-26-2011, 01:23 PM   #4
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I'd skip the Xenon fenders & go with tube fenders. Xenons gain you nothing but looks. Where tubes will gain you a bit more tire clearance by eliminating the mounting flange on the stock fenders. The Xenon's still use this flange.

I'm going to assume you have D30 front & D35 rear. Therefore I would go Aussie in the front & leave the rear open until you upgrade later in life, then lock it. I always said I was going to lock my D35, but now I'm just thinking I'll run with the crowd & not drop a dime into the turd.

Check out Impeds build. Float Test Great reasonable, not over the top, build with a lot of great info.
Edit: READ ALL 180 PAGES.

Final thought, tow points!!!! Get some D ring mounts.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 02:01 PM   #5
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I'd skip the Xenon fenders & go with tube fenders. Xenons gain you nothing but looks. Where tubes will gain you a bit more tire clearance by eliminating the mounting flange on the stock fenders. The Xenon's still use this flange.

I'm going to assume you have D30 front & D35 rear. Therefore I would go Aussie in the front & leave the rear open until you upgrade later in life, then lock it. I always said I was going to lock my D35, but now I'm just thinking I'll run with the crowd & not drop a dime into the turd.

Check out Impeds build. Float Test Great reasonable, not over the top, build with a lot of great info.
Edit: READ ALL 180 PAGES.

Final thought, tow points!!!! Get some D ring mounts.
Thank you! It's a lot to take in at once.

I think when I get my stinger I will include D rings in the search.

Xenon Fenders; the reason I was choosing these is because my friend is upgrading to metal cloaks and I would be able to get these dirt cheap. Maybe I might upgrade to Metal Cloak fronts and Xenons rear.

I'm also going to protect my vitals; oil pan, steering box, and radiator. When I was at Uwharrie I kept thinking in the back of my mind. What if a rock hits my oil pan.. That whole day I only scratched transfer plate once. Thanks to my spotter.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 04:00 PM   #6
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You really need some good tow points. you can buy the ones that bolt onto the front bumper bolts & hold a d ring & you can throw a d ring in a receiver hitch for the rear. Makes life a lot easier on you & the person pulling you out.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 06:41 PM   #7
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You really need some good tow points. you can buy the ones that bolt onto the front bumper bolts & hold a d ring & you can throw a d ring in a receiver hitch for the rear. Makes life a lot easier on you & the person pulling you out.
We use straps that have the hooks on the ends. The Jeeps frame has holes in the front/rear. Large enough to fit the hook
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Unread 10-26-2011, 06:55 PM   #8
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We use straps that have the hooks on the ends. The Jeeps frame has holes in the front/rear. Large enough to fit the hook
Are you using actual snatch straps or cheap tow ropes you can buy at walmart?
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Unread 10-26-2011, 07:03 PM   #9
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We use straps that have the hooks on the ends. The Jeeps frame has holes in the front/rear. Large enough to fit the hook
You shouldn't use those straps, if they break they can/will damage some thing or someone.

but thats all i'm saying on that. Ive learned my lesson with those, then again i was stuck bad enough that a skidder had to get me out.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 07:31 PM   #10
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You shouldn't use those straps, if they break they can/will damage some thing or someone.

but thats all i'm saying on that. Ive learned my lesson with those, then again i was stuck bad enough that a skidder had to get me out.
Its a 2" x 30' tow strap. we don't get stuck a lot. i will be upgrading my recovery system soon.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 07:46 PM   #11
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spend the money for good shocks if you get shocks.. I have a 4" lift with the pro comps es 1000's.. love my jeep but she rides like a brick. I was talking to a friend (non jeeper) after a ride in my jeep about my suspension system and he said "what suspension?" I don't know what to tell you to get, but I do know that es 1000s ride bad.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 07:55 PM   #12
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get some zone off road or bds shocks, they are solid for money.
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Unread 10-26-2011, 08:24 PM   #13
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I'd skip the Xenon fenders & go with tube fenders. Xenons gain you nothing but looks. Where tubes will gain you a bit more tire clearance by eliminating the mounting flange on the stock fenders. The Xenon's still use this flange.

I'm going to assume you have D30 front & D35 rear. Therefore I would go Aussie in the front & leave the rear open until you upgrade later in life, then lock it. I always said I was going to lock my D35, but now I'm just thinking I'll run with the crowd & not drop a dime into the turd.

Check out Impeds build. Float Test Great reasonable, not over the top, build with a lot of great info.
Edit: READ ALL 180 PAGES.

Final thought, tow points!!!! Get some D ring mounts.
How does the Aussie work out? the price is amazing!
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Unread 10-26-2011, 11:55 PM   #14
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I've had an aussie in mine since 2007 with no problems and have had excellent offroad traction. I didn't look at where you reside, but if you get some snow, just be careful and learn how to drive with it installed. It will be a whole different animal with the Aussie or any other type of auto locker installed up front.
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Unread 10-27-2011, 06:45 AM   #15
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How does the Aussie work out? the price is amazing!
I haven't taken it offroad yet with the Aussie, just installed it last weekend. I've played on some stuff around the house, an old silo pad, wood pile, etc. & it locks up hard & climbs right up those things now. Super inexpensive & super easy to install. You can't hear it click on tight turns either unless you have your head out the window & really listen.

A little trick I learned a few weeks back if you have an open rear & your one wheel starts spinning. Pull up on the parking brake slightly to give some resistance to that one rear spinning tire. No where near as good as a locker or LSD, but might be that extra nudge you need to get over whatever it is. I tried this last week too & kept my tire from spinning when it did on my previous attempt. I think this trick & the Aussie are going to make a world of difference with the Jeep's ability. I plan to give a healthy workout on the 5th.

The hook type straps aren't safe because there is no positive "locking" system to hold them on the Jeep. The hooks can come out & that's bad, not just for your recovery, but for those standing around.
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