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Unread 10-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #90001
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Did you already have power locks? What kg did you use?
I got a widow security door lock kit and installed the bulldog keyless entry and remote start.

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Unread 10-28-2013, 01:57 PM   #90002
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Seat risers

Installed a riser kit for the front seats in my 2006 TJ, 65th Anniversary Edition. Got the kit from Fat Bob's Garage via Amazon.

Not sure on other models but the 65th seems to sit low compared to my '98 TJ. This did the trick and in short order with no hassles.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:01 PM   #90003
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Not trying to pick on you really, but do you really need that stuff? Have you wheeled where you have struggled bad enough to need 35s? Have you ever hit your belly? Ever hit your rockers or been close to hitting them?
Re gear, throw a front locker on, and maybe buy some chromo shafts for the rear only. Wheel it like that and have fun with it. I understand the want to buy all those upgrades, im on the same boat, I have plans to do so. What I have learned is that for me its a project, I plan on keeping my jeep for the next few years and will build it in stages, I have a build plan for my current 33s that I am currently working on, plan for my future 35s, plan for my future 37s, and havent decided if I would ever want 40s+.
Everyone has different build plans for different needs, sounds to me like you just want to fix up the jeep quick and add thousands to just DD. But if I were you I would slowly upgrade things on your jeep and wheel it so you actually know what you need.
If you dont plan on wheeling it then in my opinion you definitely dont need the upgrades you listed.
I've hit the belly, gts, and rockers hence the need for the armor. The reason I want 35's is I don't want to run 33's with 4.10's. I don't care how well people say it works, I don't want to run 3,000rpm at 70mph. The 35's would offset that a bit and I can almost guarantee that I would gain mpg over the 33/4.10 combo.

The main reason I want a WK is 4 doors, cargo space, and my God, luxury.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:07 PM   #90004
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I've hit the belly, gts, and rockers hence the need for the armor. The reason I want 35's is I don't want to run 33's with 4.10's. I don't care how well people say it works, I don't want to run 3,000rpm at 70mph. The 35's would offset that a bit and I can almost guarantee that I would gain mpg over the 33/4.10 combo.

The main reason I want a WK is 4 doors, cargo space, and my God, luxury.
So you want to run 35s with 4.10 gears?
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:23 PM   #90005
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So you want to run 35s with 4.10 gears?
Yep. It would put me at 2,600rpm at 70mph. Perfect for cruising.

Like I said earlier, the mods I want to do are for peace of mind for when I do go offroad.

Stock steering = vulnerable even on 33's
Stock gears = suck dick
D30/35 = need upgrades to be reliable.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #90006
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Yep. It would put me at 2,600rpm at 70mph. Perfect for cruising.

Like I said earlier, the mods I want to do are for peace of mind for when I do go offroad.

Stock steering = vulnerable even on 33's
Stock gears = suck dick
D30/35 = need upgrades to be reliable.
What tranny do you have? Just curious.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #90007
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Yep. It would put me at 2,600rpm at 70mph. Perfect for cruising.

Like I said earlier, the mods I want to do are for peace of mind for when I do go offroad.

Stock steering = vulnerable even on 33's
Stock gears = suck dick
D30/35 = need upgrades to be reliable.
go with what you like its your jeep. there is a lot of debate on gears i know i an going yo 5.13 or 5.38 with 37s when im done but thats not for everyone
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:38 PM   #90008
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Yep. It would put me at 2,600rpm at 70mph. Perfect for cruising.

Like I said earlier, the mods I want to do are for peace of mind for when I do go offroad.

Stock steering = vulnerable even on 33's
Stock gears = suck dick
D30/35 = need upgrades to be reliable.
I used to think the 35 needed to be replaced immediately, but now that I have my front locker I didn't even lose traction once. Sure I'm not doing anything crazy, but I'm not exactly doing bunny trails either. I see no reason why my 35 should break. Especially since my duratracs measure at like 31.5"
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:47 PM   #90009
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What tranny do you have? Just curious.
32rh

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go with what you like its your jeep. there is a lot of debate on gears i know i an going yo 5.13 or 5.38 with 37s when im done but thats not for everyone
My big question is do I want to continue to put money in it and have it finished my way or try to sell it as is.

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I used to think the 35 needed to be replaced immediately, but now that I have my front locker I didn't even lose traction once. Sure I'm not doing anything crazy, but I'm not exactly doing bunny trails either. I see no reason why my 35 should break. Especially since my duratracs measure at like 31.5"
Mine measure right at 32". What psi are you running? I first never wanted to get rid of the D35, then I wanted a 44, next came the 8.8, now that I'm broke again, I want to keep the 35. I know I'll never break it with my foot, an auto, and the I6.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:51 PM   #90010
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I'm running 26 psi. And I don't know if it makes a difference but I have 10" wide wheels. I know a 44 would be much better, but ill probably need to get a new driveshaft for it. And then I might as well just get an SYE, but then I need adjustable arms too lol. I'm looking at probably $2000 at least for all of that. I think I'll just buy spare 35 shafts off CL and call it a day.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #90011
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I'm running 26 psi. And I don't know if it makes a difference but I have 10" wide wheels. I know a 44 would be much better, but ill probably need to get a new driveshaft for it. And then I might as well just get an SYE, but then I need adjustable arms too lol. I'm looking at probably $2000 at least for all of that. I think I'll just buy spare 35 shafts off CL and call it a day.
I'm running 20psi but my wheels are 7".

My plan exactly. Might just sell my UCF TT and Savvy rockers and recoup that $700 though.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 03:04 PM   #90012
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Speaking of which, anyone know where I can get stock control arm bushings for a good place?
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Unread 10-28-2013, 03:06 PM   #90013
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Speaking of which, anyone know where I can get stock control arm bushings for a good place?
Did you try rock auto?
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Unread 10-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #90014
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Did you try rock auto?
Not yet. I just thought about it and figured I'd ask lol.
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Welding the suspension brackets on the frame





Welds have yet to be cleaned up - but still looks good. The wavey bit on the top edge is because of the slot / groove to locate the parts to each other that you'll see in previous pictures... Used a bolt with lots of nuts and washers to ensure that the gap between the two plates didn't warp in the heat of the welding.



The front control arms require bends in two different directions. Needed a way to know how much the pipe had rotated in the pipe bender so I made an iPhone holder that clamped to the tube. Worked well!





Control Arms tacked together! MetalCloak's largest Duroflex bushing rod ends and RuffStuff Specialties threaded inserts tack welded at each end. Tomorrow the ends will be seam welded. They don't look that long in these pictures, because they're so thick. Wait til you see a stock control arm next to them.





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