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03-07-2021 10:25 AM
tbunch
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Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
Ever look at using pneumatic bumps, Tanner?
Absolutely, it’s in the future plans, but what I found is that I can’t fit them outside of the frame rails like I wanted to, due to clearance issues with the coilovers. I’ll likely French the mounts into the inside of the frame rails, but it will require re-working several things and may require pulling the motor to do it right, just haven’t felt ambitious enough to tackle it yet. Once I’m happy with my coilover tuning I’ll probably circle back to them.
03-07-2021 08:19 AM
VirgMart I really like your steering wheel
03-07-2021 06:40 AM
NashvilleTJ Ever look at using pneumatic bumps, Tanner?
03-05-2021 11:06 PM
tbunch Quick little re-configuration I tackled today. When I did the front bump stops last year, for some reason I cannot recall I made them super tall. In all my real world testing I was leaving about 2” of uptravel on the table. Since the next goal is to re-valve the front coilovers I need to have that uptravel to prevent constantly bottoming out.

So out with the plasma and I blasted off the massive chunks I built on there before. As you can see, it was quite a bit.
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I then made some plates out of 3/16 angle iron, drilled mounting holes, welded nuts on the backside and hole sawed the frame to accommodate the captured nuts, welded it all together, little spray paint and viola, I have uptravel now!
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It’s not big thing, but the little things kinda make or break a rig. Hopefully this gives me the space I need to drastically soften up my compression. I tested it with the suck down and aside from needing to very slightly rotate my hydro assist, it all clears fine. I think before I was just being excessively safe.
03-02-2021 12:22 PM
tbunch One little upgrade that I’m really stoked on, even if my wife doesn’t understand it. My buddy who is doing a super fancy buggy build asked me if I was interested in buying his steering wheel. Mine works fine, but it is falling apart, has a very old rubber grip and is filthy and rusty. And I’ve been eyeballing his for a minute. He offered it to me at a price I couldn’t refuse and now it’s a done deal!
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It’s a grant in a custom color scheme with custom stitching, one of a kind, but it doesn’t match his color scheme. I must say, it adds that extra bit off class to the interior that it really needs!
03-02-2021 12:12 PM
tbunch
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Originally Posted by 87TPIYJ View Post
You will love night wheeling when you can see!
It will be a game changer!
03-02-2021 12:11 PM
tbunch
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Originally Posted by daddyjeep87 View Post
I'm glad Nixon and Momma are doing well.

The dash turned out good. I assume you are going to label those switches at some point?
Appreciate that!

Actually I probably won’t label them. I originally did put labels on, but it looked so tacky that I took them off. The layout is actually really easy to remember though. If I find labels that look good then I may add them, but for now I can remember them.
03-01-2021 11:50 AM
daddyjeep87 I'm glad Nixon and Momma are doing well.

The dash turned out good. I assume you are going to label those switches at some point?
03-01-2021 03:34 AM
87TPIYJ You will love night wheeling when you can see!
02-28-2021 10:55 PM
tbunch
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Originally Posted by Jparadise81 View Post
Awesome build!
I appreciate that!
02-28-2021 12:34 PM
Jparadise81 Awesome build!
02-28-2021 09:40 AM
tbunch
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Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
Tanner - you really need to stop doing things half-way...

That’s really cool. I bet that really stiffens up the cage as well. Clean, functional and totally trick. Beautiful work.

Although you may have misrouted the hot wire going through the heim joint. [emoji6]

And congratulations on the new little one. Future wheeler in the making.
Appreciate it, it’s nice to be at a stage on this build where I can worry about looks and style, rather than just getting it on its wheels. Much more will come in time I’m sure.
02-28-2021 07:33 AM
NashvilleTJ
Tanners 79 CJ5 Build

Tanner - you really need to stop doing things half-way...

That’s really cool. I bet that really stiffens up the cage as well. Clean, functional and totally trick. Beautiful work.

Although you may have misrouted the hot wire going through the heim joint. [emoji6]

And congratulations on the new little one. Future wheeler in the making.
02-27-2021 07:06 PM
tbunch To much for one post so the continuation. Eventually I was able to final mount the dash, some of the key features were the following: winches wired to dash, battery kill switch, push button start, an array of off-road lights, and gauges that actually work! Voltage, oil pressure and coolant temp. Very basic.

In the effort for basic I had also desecrated the stock steering column, mostly so I could ditch all the wiring for a simpler setup, its cleaner, has a different quick release wheel and is easy to service if needed. It’s got the original shaft bearing at the firewall and a heim style bearing at the dash. It has a little play, but not more than the stock column did. I can also adjust it if want it closer or further away from the seating position.

Oh, and I have brake lights now! Turn signals need some tweaking though. I have them on an independent repeater to a dash switch, but it’s triggering both lights for some reason, bugs to work out.
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Anyways, the final product:
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It’s not perfect, but it’s worlds better than what it was both in looks, functionality and serviceability. I’m quite excited to get out and use it!

Oh, and I have lighting now!
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I’ve always hated night wheeling because I can never see, hopefully this is a game changer!

Still need to finish the skid and then onto the next project on this thing.
02-27-2021 06:53 PM
tbunch Ok, first things first, I have a new little wheeling buddy. My son Nixon was born Jan 25th and everyone is healthy. Exciting, exhausting times!
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I took a couple weeks off and between diaper changes and helping momma out I was able to sneak in a project that was mostly done in the house.

For years the wiring in the Jeep has been an eyesore that has been steadily declining. As I remove things and make everything more basic there has become a rats nest of useless wires, junky tie ins, things that don’t work.. etc, etc.
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The original plan was to just clean things up and refresh the dash, but as these things go it snowballed quickly, so rather than bore you with every detail I’ll do the cliff notes version:

Started by designing a dash that mounted to the cage, 1” tube, 16ga sheet.
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Ordered tons of stuff for wiring/gauges buttons etc.

Removed all of the rats nest from the firewall back.

I made a whole new fuse/relay panel to run all the lights and accessories I’m adding
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Welded and painted things, then worked inside to wire the panel and the dash.
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Ran lots of wires for a full array of lights for night wheeling, used zillions of little zip ties to bundle each wire and create cohesive wire bundles. I then cut all the zip ties out and wrapped with fabric look wrap to make nice, chunky bundles that you can’t see.
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Also installed a kill switch that isolates the ground circuit. This has both winches and all the chassis grounds going to an HD distribution block that is on the kill switch. A little extra safety.
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