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Post  dongalonga on 9/6/2012, 7:35 pm

Unfortunately, Dominic came it pretty high on his quote. This should be a 1-2 hour job. I suppose I will get ahold of Elias4wd.
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Post  dongalonga on 9/13/2012, 5:50 pm

315/70R17 Duratacs are on.

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I also installed a MBPR Tire Carrier Reinforcement kit and MBPR spare tire spacer. I have Daystar tire carrier bump stops and a Rough Country Series II budget boost coming in soon.

After a flex test it was apparent it will be necessary. I am rubbing in the rear when disconnected.
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Post  dongalonga on 9/19/2012, 7:03 pm

RC 2.5" Budget Boost is in as well. That should take care of the rear rub.

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Post  janesy on 9/19/2012, 8:08 pm

Badass. Love the rig man! And I'm sure you'll love the Rubi w/ how capable it is, especially with the bigger meats!
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Post  dongalonga on 9/19/2012, 9:19 pm

Yeah I LOVE this rig! So much nicer than my TJ was. I must be getting old. I like the plushness lol.
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Post  Ryan McKee on 9/20/2012, 7:46 am

I just want it to go on record that 3 weeks ago you said you "wouldn't be lifting it" and I said... YES YOU WILL!

I am right, as always Twisted Evil

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Post  dongalonga on 9/20/2012, 1:03 pm

I was waiting for that. I just want to say in my defense that I had no intention of lifting it. All of my research said it would not be necessary. However, my rig flexed a little more than expected and that is never a bad thing.
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Post  dongalonga on 9/27/2012, 3:05 pm

Spare in on. All done for the time being.

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Post  dongalonga on 11/3/2012, 3:58 am

SO I have been doing a ton of research on front bumpers as of late. I have been looking for an ultra lightweight and compact bumper that retains the factory fog lights. Here is what I came up with:

Expedition One DX Series with side wings and Rubi Skid
http://www.expeditiononestore.com/JK-Wrangler-Products_c4.htm

Total price shipped is $662.

Then add an Engo 9000S winch and we are at +/- 100lbs gained. Not too shabby!
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Post  dongalonga on 4/15/2013, 5:49 pm

What a day!

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Post  Mark on 4/15/2013, 5:51 pm

What a shame, sorry to see such a thing has happened to your new jeep.
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Post  dongalonga on 4/15/2013, 6:18 pm

I think the inner c may be slightly bent. Can't really tell with the eye ball though. I will make sure it gets fixed right.
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Post  saxmanclay on 4/15/2013, 8:07 pm

Holy crap. Glad you're okay.

When I got into an accident with my Jeep, it didn't look too bad (like yours). But they ended up replacing the whole front axle on mine just because it was safer. Since your Jeep is newer, that's probably what they'll do for you.
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Post  dongalonga on 4/15/2013, 9:15 pm

I figure the front inner c is bad. The tire looks off camber on that side. The inside of the door jamb near the floor is all jacked up as well. The damage is pretty extensive.
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Post  Andrew Miller on 4/16/2013, 12:49 am

That's awful! Glad you are ok, hope the jeep is fixed and back on the road soon!

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Post  Ryan McKee on 4/16/2013, 5:29 am

Man Shaun, what a shame. You okay? Was your wife with you? I assume they were at fault?

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Post  dongalonga on 4/16/2013, 12:32 pm

I was alone. I actually feel great today. I slept really well and took some naproxen before bed. That and I drank a ton of water. I find when I'm injured those three things make all the difference.

Time to call the insurance company back!
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Post  dongalonga on 4/16/2013, 5:05 pm

So far over $6k worth of damage. They of course put refurbished parts and aftermarket parts in that quote. I will not sign off on a repairs that are not 100% OEM parts. This jeep has less than 10k miles on it!

Of course no one around me has any SUVs available for rental. Stuck in the house tonight I suppose.
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Post  dongalonga on 4/16/2013, 7:35 pm

I also learned that MA law requires insurance companies to use OEM parts for vehicles with <20k miles! For once MA laws work in my favor!

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer/insurance/auto-insurance/faq.html#q5
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Post  saxmanclay on 4/17/2013, 7:54 am

dongalonga wrote:I also learned that MA law requires insurance companies to use OEM parts for vehicles with <20k miles! For once MA laws work in my favor!

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer/insurance/auto-insurance/faq.html#q5

It's a Christmas miracle! cheers
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Post  CrawlingForward on 4/17/2013, 10:26 am

Oh, man. That sucks. Good luck with insurance!

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Post  nsjbill on 4/17/2013, 11:01 am

That's a real shame. I am glad everyone is ok but your poor Jeep. Hopefully some good will come out of it.

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Post  dongalonga on 4/17/2013, 12:46 pm

Front axle damage. The whole thing got shifted to the drivers side about an inch or so.

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Post  dongalonga on 4/18/2013, 7:25 pm

Went to the shop today. A couple of good things will come out of this. MetalCloak rock sliders and my Artec inner c gussets will be installed on the new axle.
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Post  saxmanclay on 4/18/2013, 10:19 pm

dongalonga wrote:Went to the shop today. A couple of good things will come out of this. MetalCloak rock sliders and my Artec inner c gussets will be installed on the new axle.

Sweeeeeeeeeeet.
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