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Post  Racer38 on 4/28/2012, 12:16 pm

Well I purchased the TJ from a dealer on 8 Mar 2012, its a Florida vehicle and the frame is pretty much spotless for rust. It was owned by a young lady who obviously did nothing but highway driving. The top has probably never been taken off as the zipper ends are corroded off. 119k on the ODO. It came with an upgraded rear D44 with 3.73 gears and disc brakes with a LSD. So I was ahead of the game before I started.



The first two weeks it received a Zone 4" suspension lift, spider wheel spacers, 33 x 12.5 GY MT/R tires, JKS Disco's, RE Front Trac Bar, Front bumper with Gen II 8500 Superwinch, Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier, side rocker armor, and a new radio. I also added a Hood mounted HiLift !



Here is the rest of the list that I will be working on for the rest of the summer.
1" Body lift
1" MML
Under Cover Fab Works tummy tuck with engine and tranny coverage
SYE and CV DS
JKS Control Arms
HP 30 Front Diff
Aussie Locker up front

This list is in no specific order.

After my last time out wheeling I had to do the rear DS U Joints, I was surprised they lasted this long with 121k on them.
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Post  Ryan McKee on 4/28/2012, 2:10 pm

I still can't believe those are only 33s. They looked like 35s the whole time we were wheeling. Jeep has come a long way in a very short time!

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Post  Racer38 on 5/18/2012, 8:45 am

New Rampage Frameless Top is now installed. It has storage in the top for the windows which is really nice. When it warms up just pop of the windows and away you go !







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Post  janesy on 5/18/2012, 8:56 am

Diggin' the frameless top! I wish I had just pulled the trigger on that or the Trektop NX like I had planned, but got such a good deal on a used Rampage complete. Not too happy with it so far... Let me know how you like it once you have it on there longer, as I may just get one.

And great looking rig!
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Post  dongalonga on 5/18/2012, 6:02 pm

Looks good. Too bad the weather will be so nice no one will know!
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Post  Racer38 on 5/24/2012, 5:48 am

Finished the SYE and rear DS last night so no more T Case Drop. Next on the list is a 1.25 Body Lift and a 1" MM Lift, then the tummy tuck.
Hopefully in July I will be adding a brand new G2 Danna 44 with ARB Locker in the front.
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Post  Andrew Miller on 5/24/2012, 10:17 am

Jeep is looking great! The rampage looks awesome on your TJ, i wasnt a huge fan of it on mine. Good luck with your upcoming plans!

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Post  Andrew Miller on 5/24/2012, 10:21 am

How do you like having that hi-lift jack mounted on your hood? I am thinking about doing that and i was telling my dad, but he is a little skeptical about the idea. Thinks its gonna obstruct the view a little bit.

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Post  dongalonga on 5/24/2012, 2:30 pm

Very nice. I will be doing my SYE/DS soon. I need to go get a pair of snap ring pliers.
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Post  Racer38 on 5/25/2012, 7:23 am

Amills60 wrote:How do you like having that hi-lift jack mounted on your hood? I am thinking about doing that and i was telling my dad, but he is a little skeptical about the idea. Thinks its gonna obstruct the view a little bit.

Its really not an issue and doesnt obstruct much. It is also very secure with bolts and nylon lock nuts. This makes it a bit more difficult to remove but way more secure.
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Post  Racer38 on 5/25/2012, 7:24 am

dongalonga wrote:Very nice. I will be doing my SYE/DS soon. I need to go get a pair of snap ring pliers.

Its really a pain getting the lock rings off, even with a decent set of lock ring pliers.
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Post  Racer38 on 5/25/2012, 7:25 am

Ok, today is the Motor Mount lift and the 1.25" Body lift. I need the body lift so I am not grinding up the fenders at full flex, and it will also give me some room when I add the Tummy Tuck skid pan set up.

I'll post pictures this afternoon when its done !
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Post  janesy on 5/25/2012, 7:59 am

Nice! Just hope you sprayed a copious amount of PB blaster on all the bolts, makes the job super easy. I even drilled tiny holes above the body mounts under the cab to stick the straw in to spray from above. All bolts came out with just hand tools no problem.
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Post  Racer38 on 5/25/2012, 8:05 am

janesy wrote:Nice! Just hope you sprayed a copious amount of PB blaster on all the bolts, makes the job super easy. I even drilled tiny holes above the body mounts under the cab to stick the straw in to spray from above. All bolts came out with just hand tools no problem.

Really no need on my Jeep .. It came up from Florida with virtually no rust, I have already checked all the body bolts and every thing is nice and free. Now I am just waiting on the Brown Truck.

Motor Mount lift is a bit more of a pain in the butt as I am just adding the 1" spacers to the stock mounts.
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Post  janesy on 5/25/2012, 8:48 am

Racer38 wrote:Really no need on my Jeep .. It came up from Florida with virtually no rust, I have already checked all the body bolts and every thing is nice and free. Now I am just waiting on the Brown Truck.

Motor Mount lift is a bit more of a pain in the butt as I am just adding the 1" spacers to the stock mounts.

Thats awesome then! Makes it much easier not dealing with rust, so many bolts on mine are basically welded with rust...

As for the MML, I did the same with the spacers under the stock mounts. Not bad of a job still, but I bet the complete 1" taller mounts would make it just slightly easier.

Only thing that was kinda a pain was the drivers side mount, as the AC compressor (if you have it, which you most likely do since its a FL Jeep) is in the way of the thru bolt. I just followed a write-up on JF that has you unbolt the bracket from the engine and take it out as a whole, then take the thru bolt out once out. When putting back together you can put the bolt in from the other side making it easier to put back in...

Even if you already have this info, disregard, just a couple tips to make the job go smoother... Good luck.
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Post  CrawlingForward on 5/25/2012, 11:23 am

Nice build! I'm looking forward to wheeling with it sometime. Your pace of buildup is ridiculous, ha ha.

Question: I love the sliders. Who made them?

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Post  Racer38 on 5/25/2012, 11:49 am

CrawlingForward wrote:Nice build! I'm looking forward to wheeling with it sometime. Your pace of buildup is ridiculous, ha ha.

Question: I love the sliders. Who made them?

The rock sliders are e-bay specials from eautogrills, couldnt beat the price !
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Post  durajeep on 5/25/2012, 5:46 pm

I was thinking the same thing those slider are awesome looking. How do you like them so far?
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Post  Racer38 on 5/25/2012, 7:31 pm

Love the sliders, so far havent even rubbed them yet. I'm sure its coming.

Motor Mount lift and Body lift completed, pictures will be taken and posted when I recover !
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Post  Racer38 on 5/26/2012, 4:19 pm

Ok updated pics with the SYE / DS, 1" MML and the 1.25 Body Lift ..



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Post  Racer38 on 6/27/2012, 6:12 pm

Well I won a pair of Clayton Short arms in a raffle. After looking at them I have decided that I will do a full clayton arm upgrade to my rig. Man these things are beefy, I put them up front and noticed the Zone arm bushings are almost shot already. No more mushy feel up front with the new arms. Now I just need some expendable cash !!!
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Post  Racer38 on 11/23/2012, 7:54 pm

Well I now have a full set of Clayton control arms fron & back uppers and lowers. I also got the Clayton skid system which gave me another 1.5" clearance and just glides over the rocks .. Now I need to get some pictures on here !! Oh almost forgot, I scored a 2005 hard top that looks new, installed that with the wiring kit for the winter !
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Post  Racer38 on 3/26/2014, 5:25 pm

Been a while since I have been on the site, I have completely retired now so I have tons of time for wheeling !!

Lets see so much has been done on the rig since the last post I'm not sure where to begin..

Wheels
Clayton Engine skid added to the tummy tuck
Wider Flares
Spectre Intake
Winch Rope no more cable
Assie Locker Up Front
Tom Woods Front Drive Shaft
New front hubs and axle u joints
New Soft Top, the Rampage didnt last
Bilstein Shocks
Next week Mitchell DriveTrain for 4:56 gears and an OX Locker on the back.

So when I get it back next week I'll snap some pics for the update.
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Post  CrawlingForward on 3/26/2014, 5:42 pm

Ooh! How'd you like the Tummy Tuck!

Savin' up my pennies for that one!

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Post  Racer38 on 3/26/2014, 5:49 pm

CrawlingForward wrote:Ooh!  How'd you like the Tummy Tuck!

Savin' up my pennies for that one!

Its a must have !! The Clayton system is awesome. My only complaint is they use counter sunk allen bolts, so word to the wise! Use lots of anti seize on them. It also makes oil changes a challenge as I have to drop the front pan, but its worth the extra effort for the protection, I have bashed the hell out of it last season with no worries.
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