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post #151 of 205 Old 06-25-2013, 04:36 AM
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Time to make some decisions...

Krawl Off-Road is having a Shock Sale in which I could get 50% off shocks with the purchase of a lift kit. I've got $978.52 in the bank set aside for my Jeep. Here are my spending options:

1) $899 - Rock Krawler 2.5" Flex system with springs, front control arms, extended front brake lines, and Teraflex shock extenders, or...

2) $709 - Rock Krawler 2.5" Stock Mod with springs and Bilstein shocks, plus $100 for AEV Control Arm Brackets.

At that point, it's basically a $90 difference (assuming free shipping) and I end up running Control Arm Brackets and stock brake lines instead of RK control arms.

Thoughts? Anything I'm missing? Input? Help?
getting new control arms are worth the extra money spent. so I would go with option one with shocks not extenders


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post #152 of 205 Old 06-25-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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getting new control arms are worth the extra money spent. so I would go with option one with shocks not extenders
That's been my conclusion as well. However, I wasn't able to save enough money to justify spending $200 that I haven't set aside yet, so I'm probably just going to wait a couple months until I can go with the 2.5" Flex with shocks.

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post #153 of 205 Old 07-03-2013, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Just finished detailing my interior...


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post #154 of 205 Old 07-04-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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KrawlOff-Road.com is having a 5% off sale for Independence Day, so I just placed an order for the Rock Krawler 2.5" Flex System and Teraflex exhaust spacer for a grand total of $899.17. The 5% off means I basically paid 17 cents for the exhaust spacers. Once my Jeep fund gets back up to $360 I'll buy some Bilstein 5100s (also contemplating the OME Nitrocharger shocks) and a big slab of prime rib for ncb. I figure I can sell my JKUR springs, JKR shocks, and stock control arms for about $100-120 if I'm patient.

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post #155 of 205 Old 07-09-2013, 10:36 PM
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Any idea when you'll get the kit? I'm interested in getting the teraflex kit and would love to see your install/hear your thoughts.

... and see what it's really going to take to build one...and then I'm going to triple that cost/time estimate and see how I feel.

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post #156 of 205 Old 07-09-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea when you'll get the kit? I'm interested in getting the teraflex kit and would love to see your install/hear your thoughts.
I'm sure what I've ordered will arrive soon, but I probably won't have the shocks until late August. I decided the Rock Krawler was a no-brainer over the Teraflex for my needs due to its expandability over time. The Teraflex kit just didn't seem as right for my needs.

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post #157 of 205 Old 07-17-2013, 09:14 AM
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Sorry we couldn't meet up while I was out there. I ended up moving back to the boring flat lands to be with my woman. I'm planning on going out again soon though, possibly September/October and would love to meet up for a beer or burger. You took some awesome routes definitely.

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KrawlOff-Road.com is having a 5% off sale for Independence Day, so I just placed an order for the Rock Krawler 2.5" Flex System and Teraflex exhaust spacer for a grand total of $899.17. The 5% off means I basically paid 17 cents for the exhaust spacers. Once my Jeep fund gets back up to $360 I'll buy some Bilstein 5100s (also contemplating the OME Nitrocharger shocks) and a big slab of prime rib for ncb. I figure I can sell my JKUR springs, JKR shocks, and stock control arms for about $100-120 if I'm patient.
Nice purchase. Let me know when you want to install the new swag. I was recently in London and will soon travel again in the quest for the next company jet. I'm good with beer and pizza.
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post #159 of 205 Old 07-17-2013, 10:07 PM
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getting new control arms are worth the extra money spent. so I would go with option one with shocks not extenders
I agree

BDS shocks are a whopping $39 each - we install them regularly (damn near daily) and have great feedback.
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post #160 of 205 Old 11-06-2013, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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My Warn PowerPlant has been making some scary noises when I run the compressor lately, so I took it to the original retailer (4 Wheel Parts in Westminster) today for them to have a look. I'm getting a brand new replacement unit next week.

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Can anyone tell me what the highlighted hose in the following photo is for? And also... how bad it is if I drove a very dusty trail with it apparently detached from the air box? I cleaned my air filter before the last wheeling trip, and I appear to have neglected to reattach that thing.

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post #162 of 205 Old 11-11-2013, 12:04 PM
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Being that it is the only line coming off of the airbox past the air filter it must be to the positive crankcase ventilation valve, or PCV valve. I would think about changing your oil if you are concerned, but due to the fact that it is closed usually nothing can travel in from that line it's coming out because of pressure from the crankcase going back into your intake system so I wouldn't worry too much. Pull your intake hoses and see if your throttle body is dirty as dust could have entered into the intake system that way.

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post #163 of 205 Old 12-29-2013, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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On Christmas Day, I installed my new ACE bumper and tire carrier. The installation had a few problems so I will have to drop it and redo it, but it's good enough for the short term!

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When I originally decided to install LED light strips around my roll bar, I had to place them in a very conspicuous place on the inside of the bar because the removable door frame would otherwise crush them (as seen below).

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The problem is that the light strip really isn't very attractive, and it prevents me from being able to keep them on dimly at night for soft interior lighting. I decided I wanted to remedy this, so I purchased a waterproof RGB LED strip with a black PCB (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00D8WNHXE) along with an RF remote control (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009C2Z3D6) that would quickly let me switch between red, blue, green, and any combination thereof.

In order to mount my new LED strip out of sight, I broke out the Dremel and cut away at my plastic door frames:

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Now when I'm driving at night, I just turn on my RGB lights to red and I get a nice soft glow that doesn't interfere with my night vision but still allows me to see inside my Jeep instead of feeling like I'm sitting in a black hole.

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post #165 of 205 Old 04-21-2014, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Installed Delrin door hinge bushings over the weekend. It was a pain to get the old ones out, but the difference is much greater than I'd expected. $30 well spent!

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