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AOP is a great park. Itís about an hour and a half from me. Woolyís is closer, and is good for me for a quick fix as itís only about 50 miles south. The big daddy is Winrock, north of Knoxville. Thatís about a 4 or 5 hour drive, and has some great cabin and camping facilities. Getting down into AL, there is Chocalocca, about 3-4 hours as I recall. They have some crazy buggy runs. Taking challenge, trails and travel into account, AOP is a good choice.

The good news about Woolyís is that your GPS may remember a bunch of those trails...


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AOP is a great park. Itís about an hour and a half from me. Woolyís is closer, and is good for me for a quick fix as itís only about 50 miles south. The big daddy is Winrock, north of Knoxville. Thatís about a 4 or 5 hour drive, and has some great cabin and camping facilities. Getting down into AL, there is Chocalocca, about 3-4 hours as I recall. They have some crazy buggy runs. Taking challenge, trails and travel into account, AOP is a good choice.

The good news about Woolyís is that your GPS may remember a bunch of those trails...
Well I haven't been to any of those. I think we need to get John to move closer so we can get more trips in. Maybe you can show me how to work the GPS when we meet up. I can do very basic things on it but the owners manual is pretty pointless.

I would be lying if I said i wasn't a little nervous to meet up and wheel with you guys. Both of your builds are so meticulous and built to perfection and mine is a hack
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Well I haven't been to any of those. I think we need to get John to move closer so we can get more trips in. Maybe you can show me how to work the GPS when we meet up. I can do very basic things on it but the owners manual is pretty pointless.

I would be lying if I said i wasn't a little nervous to meet up and wheel with you guys. Both of your builds are so meticulous and built to perfection and mine is a hack
Too funny. Because when I was writing the post about you bending a 2x.250 tie rod - I was thinking I was a bit scared to wheel with you!
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Too funny. Because when I was writing the post about you bending a 2x.250 tie rod - I was thinking I was a bit scared to wheel with you!
Probably has more to do with my driving skill than anything. I actually can't wait to get together with the LJ and our 2 fake LJs haha. I will admit though that I have a feeling I will be coming home shortly after and pulling my 4.0 after wheeling with the big boy V8's.
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Maybe Golden Mountain. I'll be down once I get my back sorted out.


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Maybe Golden Mountain. I'll be down once I get my back sorted out.
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So I've been trying to get all the bugs worked out of the Jeep. I have a tendency to ride her dirty and put her away wet. Today I adjusted my shift linkage and took her for a test drive again. After my street test drive was satisfactory, I wanted to take her in the woods real quick and see if I find anything wrong.


Found a little spot to play in about 100 yards from my house.




It rains about 5 days a week here so the mud was pretty nasty here. No big deal, I'll switch on the front ARB and pull myself out of....... wait. Why is my ARB pump just running but my locker isn't kicking on? Hmmm. Oh well I can still get out, I have a huge one ton built rig on 41.5" tall tires. I got this....


Well that lead to me just spinning tires in this slop




There is NO WAY I'm walking home and telling the wife I got stuck in the woods. So I winched myself out. While winching myself I had barely any voltage, no matter how much I revved the engine. Looks like I will be investigating the ARB issue and also getting my alternator checked and probably replaced. Better to have found both issues at my house vs. 5 hrs away on the trail


After a quick wash now the Jeep is getting the battery charged back up

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Lol! I've done the "My Jeep is huge and well built, what's a little mud?" Thing myself at least twice... I know better now....
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Itís going to be a fun trip for sure. Man I used your build to take a lot of guess work out. Hopefully the ARB is just your line somewhere. When mine was brand new it had a bad bonded seal. Thatís inside the locker.

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Itís going to be a fun trip for sure. Man I used your build to take a lot of guess work out. Hopefully the ARB is just your line somewhere. When mine was brand new it had a bad bonded seal. Thatís inside the locker.
I got the ARB figured out. The compression fitting that goes into the bulkhead fitting loosened up a bit and caused the copper air line to fall back inside the axle. I was able to catch it fortunately before the ring gear chewed it up. I reattached everything and so far it seems to be hold air and engaging the locker.

Also got the voltage issue figured out. Both of my Alternator fuses popped. They were 40A and are supposed to be 50A.
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Keeping on the theme of fixing up a bunch of neglected items on the rig I decided to start attacking my body mounts. A few of them have seen better days.


Here is the body mount that I going to use as my guinea pig. It needed some attention as its folding up like cardboard and the welds have started to crack and tear.






Started by cutting it off with a sawzall.




I don't see a problem




I'm going to use this 3x4 1/4" tubing that I have. This is the same tube that I used for the frame stretch.




Measured it to size and threw it on the bandsaw.




Then I tossed it on the drill press and cut out the 1.5" hole for the body mount.




And now a quick test fit before I go any further.




Shaped it up and compared it to the old.






And finally welded it in place.







I'll start working my way around the Jeep and replacing the others. I think the 1/4" should take a lot more abuse then the thin factory mounts.
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Nice work. Have you thought about boxing it in like swag does with a hole to access the bolt and bottom bushing? That will substantially increase the strength.

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Nice work. Have you thought about boxing it in like swag does with a hole to access the bolt and bottom bushing? That will substantially increase the strength.
That's not a bad idea. I'm not sure how i'd make this big oval hole to get the body mount out. I'm sure I could figure it out though. I actually looked at some aftermarket ones including the Swag ones but I'm not willing to spend money on something I could make for free.
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The 1/4" should take a ton more abuse than the factory ones. I don't think I would bother trying to box them.

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Chris - Iím not sure but it looks like you are running body lift pucks? If so, you could go back to a stock puck and mount the brackets an inch higher on the frame to game some clearance.
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