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05-28-2019 04:35 PM
caronaxtr2 Didn't get much done over the last couple of days, but last weekend went on a wheelin' trip with my nephew. It was his first time out wheelin' EVER.



He had a blast & wants to go more often now. I think I've found my new wheelin' partner.

Don't have pictures of he day out, but after it all the WJ was a little muddy...



*********** Actually found photo's in my Camera **************













I've said it before, my WJ performs Excellent! With the ARB's locked in I was unstoppable & ended up winching out a few 4 door Rubi's......

Well yesterday I spend a few hours cleaning her up with the power washer & packing for next weeks road trip to Bantam PA for the Jeep Festival.



Since Monday was Memorial Day, I was playin around & Barnes4wd was having a 15% discount.



So bought this


About $50.00 off the price...


05-16-2019 05:53 PM
caronaxtr2
Quote:
Originally Posted by 07wurubi View Post
The bolt protector, never seen that before. Pretty cool idea to protect the head of the bolts from rocks on the skid plate.
They're machined really nice too. For the price you can't beat them!


05-16-2019 09:46 AM
07wurubi The bolt protector, never seen that before. Pretty cool idea to protect the head of the bolts from rocks on the skid plate.
05-15-2019 07:06 PM
caronaxtr2 So got the front end buttoned up for now, still have to go through everything & double check that everything is tight.

Started working on the rear this afternoon after work, Mehhh, didn't have much luck, some bolts were seized up pretty good & I didn't have the correct sockets for my impact. I'll head over to Lowes tomorrow & buy what I need along with some more BP Blaster.

Just to get an idea of what it'll look like when she's all lifted



Some more goodies showed up today from Barnes4x4

New Track bar bolt & nut



Also picked up some of their 1/2" Bolt Protectors for the skid.





They are really nice. I think i'll go with the UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid so the protectors will work nice with that.

I added the Barnes 4x4 stickers to my pile, can't wait till I can use em..



My packet of info just came for Bantam next month. This will be my first time going down to Bantam for the festival.

***** anyone have any tips on getting the Torx bolt out of the rear Track Bar? Those Torx bolts are going to be the death of me! *****
05-14-2019 07:14 PM
caronaxtr2 Brown Santa showed up today;

My winch came in so I figured i'd go out after work & mount it up.



Mounted up



I ran the power & ground up under & through the grill & exited behind the passenger headlight. From there, I ran it right to the battery.

Plenty of clearance between the grill & the back of the winch. All I have to do now is zip-tie the wires together so they don't rub the grill.



Other goodies came if from Amazon.



RTIC Cooler, some tubs for dry storage, and other camping supplies. My buddy & I are heading down to the Bantam Jeep Festival in a couple of weeks.
05-12-2019 09:35 AM
caronaxtr2
Quote:
Originally Posted by smccollamjr View Post
To clarify, the gear shift is close to stock location horizontally, but it is taller.
Cool, gotcha. Actually, I thought with the body lift the shifter would be lower, but with those skid plates gaining 3" +/- in clearance it makes seance that it would be 2" +/- higher.

Thanks for the clarification!

Figured I'd better post some pictures of what I got done yesterday or ya'll might think it didn't happen...

You know.....



Drivers side, Passengers side is basically the same (as I'd expect anyone reading this tread to know that...)





This puts in prospective the size of the control arms.



As I was taking the control arms off, I found more damage of the accident. The upper passenger side was bent up pretty good.

2 other small issues I came across (other than the track bar) with bolts were the upper passenger side bolt (frame side) hit the exhaust pipe. Super PIA along with the Drivers side lower (axle side) hit the differential. Again PIA, but finally got it all out.

It's now 10degrees cooler than yesterday (low 40's) so I really don't think I'll go outside today & do much of anything in the garage. I hate the cold!

Today will be Internet Shopping.
- Track Bar Nut & Bolt
- Spring retainer spring & bolt
- Extended front Brake lines
- Bump Stops

I will say as the build goes on, I will pass my $10,000 budget but as we all know as we get into our builds you find other things you need. I may also purchase the aluminum drop down tailgate.

Got this link from laxman1306 on here:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/264236575810?ul_noapp=true

05-11-2019 08:35 PM
smccollamjr
Project: Underestimated - 2001 TJ LCG Build

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Originally Posted by caronaxtr2 View Post
Cool, I do have the 1"MML that I'll be installing within the next few days & with the 1"BL my hopes are with one of the skid plates everything (shifter) should fall back into the "stock" location. I like the UCF skid a little more than the Barnes4x4 one mainly because of the tranny mount bolts are concealed. Thanks for the info!

To clarify, the gear shift is close to stock location horizontally, but it is taller.
05-11-2019 07:16 PM
caronaxtr2 Weather broke today, mid 50's...... Really sad for Mid May that mid 50's is good working weather........

Walked into the Garage & just stood there & looked at lil' ol' underestimated....



Figured I should really swap the hoods, the original hood just makes me sad.. so did this...



then as I looked at the hood, as it's lived it's whole life here in Buffalo NY it's got some rust spots. I started sanding some of the hood down with a Scotch Bright & sand paper where the rust was.



Did a little more, I know i'll be using the Monstaliner & you have to scuff it up anyways so I just made some slow progress on the bodywork..



After wasting an hour or so with all that, I figured I might as well dig into the lift kit. Laid everything out & honestly I'm pretty impressed with Rough Country with this kit. You really get a lot for the money. Now I know, I know it's still a Rough Country kit & as things break I'll replace parts with better parts, but this kit is not bad for a budge kit.



Front suspension parts:


Rear suspension parts:


Front Track Bar & Quick Disconnects:


I got the front all completed (except for putting the tires back on & double checking all bolts).

I am really happy with this TJ being from West Virginia. Just about every bolt came out without any problems. Although, those stupid Torx bolts.... Why does Jeep use those stupid things. The Track Bar mount (axle side) wouldn't come out. destroyed 2 torx bits trying & ended up taking the track bar out in pieces.



Now I have to buy a new track bar bolt & a Spring retainer clip & bolt. The hunt is on........

Tomorrow is another day, & I hope to get the rear done tomorrow.
05-10-2019 04:09 PM
caronaxtr2
Quote:
Originally Posted by smccollamjr View Post
Ive got the UCF skid with an 1.25 BL and a MML. Works great. I did the MML lift first and my shifter (NV3550) would hit the console in 2nd, 4th, and reverse. When I installed the UCF skid it put the shifter pretty close to where it was. If you install the skid without a MML the shifter may be close to the dash in 1st, 3rd, and 5th.
Cool, I do have the 1"MML that I'll be installing within the next few days & with the 1"BL my hopes are with one of the skid plates everything (shifter) should fall back into the "stock" location. I like the UCF skid a little more than the Barnes4x4 one mainly because of the tranny mount bolts are concealed. Thanks for the info!
05-09-2019 07:07 PM
smccollamjr Ive got the UCF skid with an 1.25 BL and a MML. Works great. I did the MML lift first and my shifter (NV3550) would hit the console in 2nd, 4th, and reverse. When I installed the UCF skid it put the shifter pretty close to where it was. If you install the skid without a MML the shifter may be close to the dash in 1st, 3rd, and 5th.
05-09-2019 03:37 PM
caronaxtr2 So been himin' & hawin' about purchasing more parts, but figured what the hell...

Picked up my SYE, I've used an Advanced Adapters SYE on my Cherokee, but I liked what the JB Conversions have so I picked one up.



Also been looking at another Smittybilt 9500# winch with Synthetic Rope. I have the same one on my WJ & am very happy with it. I use it all the time on my WJ & it's worked flawlessly!



I am also looking at the UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid Plate (Steel). Wondering if anyone here is using this skid or not. It's not priced too bad & the only other skid plate I'm looking at as an option is the Barnes4x4 flat skid.....

UCF Ultra High Skid (Option#1)



Barnes4x4 Flat Skid (Option#2)



Anyone have any thoughts on skid plates? I believe I can run either one as I already have the 1" Body Lift installed I shouldn't have any clearance issues. Correct me if I'm wrong......


05-06-2019 08:04 PM
caronaxtr2
Quote:
Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
High pinion 30 for $100 is a steel. Nice.
Agreed, when I'm not looking for something sometimes it just fall in your lap....

One more step completed, I finished working on the replacement grill..

A little flashback, Started with this


Then got to this point...


Not happy with the blinkers, I changed to LED's with a flange so I bought these.


Painted the plastic housings


Pulled the tape off &....


Opened up the holes for the LED's, Sanded the grill down, & ground off the little bit of rust


Painted flat black (for now)


Back


Cleaned up the "U" support bracket behind the grill


All bolted together......


And Installed.






Everything went together without an issue, except when you're bolting the fenders to the grill, make sure the headlight plug doesn't fall between the fender & the grill....... boy that was a surprise... don't know if you can see the wire but yep, its between the grill & fender....


I finished up the body lift once the grill was installed. Next step is to fit the new hood on, clean it up & spray the inside Black. I'll also start on the suspension lift this weekend if the weather holds out..

Comparison... Original ===> Banged out "fix" ===> New to me grill...


04-30-2019 02:07 PM
NashvilleTJ
Project: Underestimated - 2001 TJ LCG Build

High pinion 30 for $100 is a steel. Nice.
04-28-2019 03:05 PM
caronaxtr2 Haven't gotten much of anything done on the TJ as the weather went to hell again......

I did however get a call from the guy i bought my WJ from & he had a D35 & a D30 out of a 92 Cherokee.

After looking at the D30, I offered him a fat Hundo ($100.00) for it. He was looking for more than that for it so he didn't jump on it right away, but a few days later I get a call from him and he says "come get this thing out of my way"...

SCORE... High Pinion Dana 30 & its from down south so it's not rusted to crap!



Next will be tear down both axles & send them out to the sand blaster.

04-13-2019 05:24 PM
caronaxtr2
Passed NYSDOT Inspection

4/9/19 (Tuesday) came & my father & I loaded the TJ up on a Dolly from U-Haul & drove it down for its' inspection. After a stressful couple of hours I get "You Passed".

That's a big load off my shoulders, now i can get this thing going.

Today 4/13/19 (Saturday) I went out & put the 1" daystar body lift on. Everything went fine, even the 2 rear body mounts near the gas tank. I thought they'd be the problem areas, but that was cake. The only mount that gave me a hard time was the first passenger side body mount (near the front tire). Because of the accident it was in, the body mount shifted a bit & for some reason that one bolt snapped off & was rusted in. Thank god for BP Blaster & my Vice Grip pliers. After an hour or so of spraying it down & working the bolt back & forth it finally gave free & came out.

The Daystar kit is really nice, here is everything laid out before installation.


Bill of materials:


Everything laid out the way it'll be installed


Before the install, here are the stock fender heights:

Drivers Side Rear: 33 1/4"


Drivers Side Front: 31 1/4"


Passengers Side Front: 31 1/2"


Passenger Side Rear: 33 1/4"


Measurements after the body lift:

Drivers Side Rear: 34 3/8"


Drives Side Front: 32 3/4"


Passenger Side Front: 33"


Passenger Side Rear: 34 1/2"




Here are the Before & After (I thought I took a before picture). Hard to tell, but based on the above dimensions, everything went up roughly 1"





Maybe this is better...

Before:


After:


Tomorrow, I plan to install the Brown Dog 1" lift motor mounts & also hope to install the Green/Blue grill & start on the suspension lift.......

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