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Unread 02-22-2011, 11:22 AM   #16
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Might it be worth my while to get something like the JKS quicker discos and ditch the rubi system?

check out SKIVVESS Build thread/posts on this subject , he has JKS AND electric discos and has skewered his pricey 35s, he's talking currie now. If I tried to tell you the details I would get it wrong. He on the other hand seems to know what he is talking about.

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Unread 02-22-2011, 11:57 AM   #17
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Anybody have experience with the LOD bumpers? My guy at Trailquest (trailquestDOTcom) is recommending their front bumper, despite the fact that he does not and cannot sell it, and can sell the rugged ridge modular that I called him about.
w/stinger
http://www.lodoffroad.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16162&cat=23&page=1

w/ bullbar
http://www.lodoffroad.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16133&cat=23&page=1

Going to go give a shot at the flares now...wish me luck!

EDIT: Thanks gsaxe, I'll have a peek at skivees posts
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Unread 02-22-2011, 12:00 PM   #18
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Going to go give a shot at the flares now...wish me luck!



How thick is the steel? In the pictures i was worried they were like 1/8" flimsy metal that would dent easy.
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Unread 02-22-2011, 01:13 PM   #19
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I love my stinger! Looking good, I need to get around to making a build thread. Keep the pics coming
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Unread 02-22-2011, 02:47 PM   #20
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Anybody have experience with the LOD bumpers? My guy at Trailquest (trailquestDOTcom) is recommending their front bumper, despite the fact that he does not and cannot sell it, and can sell the rugged ridge modular that I called him about.
w/stinger
http://www.lodoffroad.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16162&cat=23&page=1

w/ bullbar
http://www.lodoffroad.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16133&cat=23&page=1

Going to go give a shot at the flares now...wish me luck!

EDIT: Thanks gsaxe, I'll have a peek at skivees posts

LoD is good stuff but you are going to wait for it.
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Unread 02-22-2011, 03:42 PM   #21
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LoD is good stuff but you are going to wait for it.
Yeah that is what I was told...3 or 4 weeks before they even ship?

P.S.

I'm done with the fender flares Photobucket/my offices internet connection is taking foreeeever.
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Unread 02-22-2011, 04:01 PM   #22
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Ok so step one for the fronts is to remove the five(5) 10mm bolts on the underside of the factory flares. After you get those out, grab a hold and pull real hard...bunch of popping noises as the plastic plugs snap.

Step two: Put on your patience hat, removing the sheered plastic plugs is a pain in the arse. Here's a pic of the rear with some of the plastic plugs still in there (the rear does not require unbolting...just a couple strong pulls)


Step three (front) cut the front inner fender linings approx. flush with the body (I eyeballed the **** of this, again remember to put on your patience cap ) Also, remember to change out of your favorite J-Crew pants...



Step three, loosely attach all eight(8) bolts with two washers and one nut...the center three or four are a huuuuge PITA, especially if you have big hands. The directions say some drilling may be required, but my holes were almost perfectly in line, I was able to push and shove for a couple of them. Tighten down (not too tight). Reattach inner fender lining with two of the original 10mm bolts and a larger (I think I used a 1/2") washer through the large holes in the top center of the liner.
Should look something like this


My trouble here is...notice the gap on the bottom at the rear (door side, not bumper side). Maybe I trimmed too much, but there is nowhere that you can attach this portion...suggestions? Or does anyone make custom linings that you guys know of?

Repeat for the passenger side.

Rear was a piece of cake...pull the old ones off, tighten down two more bolts+2washers&a nut/ea. in the top center of the rears. Install five self tapping screws (included). USE AN ELECTRIC DRILL, I almost overtightened one with the electric drill...I can't imagine what would have happened if I was thoughtless enough to use an air ratchet.

OH on the fronts, you need to tuck away the plug from the side marker lamps...here is where I stored them:

Passenger side, beside the air box


Driver side


And the finished product:




And you can see that the pinch seam really needs done! I'm going to have my body shop do this for me next week (after the first of the month)...Do y'all think it's possible to trim it down far enough to flush up with the flare (they're a very good body shop)?
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Unread 02-22-2011, 04:04 PM   #23
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Disregard the abused teraflex and jeepforum stickers on the windshield forgot they were there when I was scraping ice after work one day
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Unread 02-22-2011, 04:12 PM   #24
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How thick is the steel? In the pictures i was worried they were like 1/8" flimsy metal that would dent easy.
I don't think it will dent very easily, being that they are very narrow (well inside of the outer edge of the tire). I wouldn't stand on them or anything, but I think they're a damn good buy considering the very inexpensive cost (relatively speaking) and the ease of install.

I'll put it this way...they're much heavier duty than bushwackers or xenons and they cost me $378 shipped. If you're looking for the strength of full replacement tube fenders, however, look elsewhere

Like here My wife even said these were sexy, and she doesn't give two flying four-letter words about a Jeep

http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/138.htm
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Unread 02-22-2011, 05:06 PM   #25
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Good stuff - looking better and better!!!
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Unread 02-22-2011, 05:25 PM   #26
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Good stuff - looking better and better!!!
Thanks, man Need to make a decision on my front bumper now...I'm was considering the poison spyder BFH front bumper with trail stinger...but can't retain factory fogs, so it's down to the LOD referenced above, possibly the rugged ridge modular (but I really want to go a route less traveled) so I think I'm ruling it out. I have some more research to do I guess haha. Man I wish I had the fab skills some of the guys in here do *cough*rutdigger*cough*
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Unread 02-22-2011, 05:44 PM   #27
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I think i will be picking up these fenders down the line for sure...

They look great man, i wish i had gotten flame red and not black, but once i black out everything il be happy (even if red does add 10 HP)


Where did you pick them up for that price shipped?
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Unread 02-22-2011, 05:48 PM   #28
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Wow, great looking fenders man. I am impressed.

any chance of a straight on frontal shot?
Thanks man! You know, I didn't snap one straight on and the light is non-existant outside...carport, no garage for our condo But I think we're having large one-cars built in the next year or so I'll snap a shot tomorrow for you

On that note...can't wait for the batter-half's sister to graduate from college - we're going to rent our condo to her and finally buy a house (with a gigantic freaking garage)
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Unread 02-22-2011, 05:51 PM   #29
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I think i will be picking up these fenders down the line for sure...

They look great man, i wish i had gotten flame red and not black, but once i black out everything il be happy (even if red does add 10 HP)


Where did you pick them up for that price shipped?
E-bay...I'll find the ebay store for you...hang on

I wish I had bought black! But the residual on my dad's lease was unbelievable...about $2,500 less than what I could have bought a similar miled/equipped rubi on smartauction or at the columbus fair auto auction. Red is growing on me

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Unread 02-22-2011, 09:02 PM   #30
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Thanks, man Need to make a decision on my front bumper now...I'm was considering the poison spyder BFH front bumper with trail stinger...but can't retain factory fogs, so it's down to the LOD referenced above, possibly the rugged ridge modular (but I really want to go a route less traveled) so I think I'm ruling it out. I have some more research to do I guess haha. Man I wish I had the fab skills some of the guys in here do *cough*rutdigger*cough*
Like you, I was considering the Rugged Ridge but it seems every other Jeep has one. Very popular bumper based on the simplicity and cost. If you want something that is less common but along the same stubby style my vote is an OR-Fab, planning on ordering mine this week. Northridge4x4 has them at the best price and free shipping, they've even got a discount code "discount" going for 5% off. I'm liking the fender flares, definitely need a stubby to go with them.
Your rig is looking good, looking forward to follow your progress.
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