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Old May 28th, 2019, 12:29
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Alrighty. Got most everything done but no suspension mods done. Winch mount is awesome and steering was effortless until another ps leak cropped up that i need to fix.

Kinda over dragging my ass over everything so...
Ordered some new re leaf springs and metalcloak front coils. Those will be goin in soon with the traction bar and control arms and 37s.

Still got to wire up the winch and add the in cab controls. Also soon re doing the atlas triple shifters to have them land a bit better.

I have a ton of crap for sale too. Also looking for a new chassis probably. Steph is kinda over the 2door. Although she is also kinda down to build a wj as well. So i might be heading that direction and keep the gorilla beat.
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Old May 28th, 2019, 12:49
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Re: Vanilla Gorrilla blog

The vanilla gorilla was looking good all weekend. A wj would be cool to see done up. The rear A arm thing is junk you'll want to do a real 4 link in the rear
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Old May 30th, 2019, 17:19
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If you decide WJ, you should just buy one of Jon's WJ's. That will force him to get the Waggy done quicker and use that as his mild wheeler/camping rig. Haha
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Old May 31st, 2019, 00:10
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If you decide WJ, you should just buy one of Jon's WJ's. That will force him to get the Waggy done quicker and use that as his mild wheeler/camping rig. Haha


Good thinking.
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Old June 16th, 2019, 22:34
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Swapped in some re 4.5” leafs and metalcloak 6” tj coils. Somehow i am missing my coil isolators so i ordered some. And these leffs are like 3” longer than my iro 3.5” leafs so i need to adjust my shackles and do some clearancing on my bumper. At least its not lopsided anymore. Ill be swapping in my tnt lower control arms and adjusting wheelbase a bit. And adding my traction bar after i drive it a bit and get the leafs to settle in.




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Old June 17th, 2019, 09:08
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Yeah I dont know why the 5.5” leaves are so much longer than the other leaves its weird.
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Old June 17th, 2019, 23:18
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Yeah these are about 3” longer than the iro 3.5” leafs i had before and those were longer than stock. Idk. Pretty lame they dont let you know that.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 11:31
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So iron and re leaves are longer? So no relocations would be needed. Tats nice.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 16:15
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Re: Vanilla Gorrilla blog

I was reading around online and found that these are 55" mains on the RE 5.5" leaves. So a boomerang shackle is a must , RE 2705 or something like that.

Im tempted to order the RE boomerang shackles just because it would be cheaper than spending 300$ on getting these main leaves shortened, but then I loose the slider boxes, so I will probably end up shortening the mains
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Old June 27th, 2019, 17:00
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Hey Gordo, have you had a chance to get an idea how soft, or firm, the MetalCloak coils are yet? I replaced my Full Traction 6" coils (too soft) with some BDS 5" coils claimed to be 240lbs/in to see if I could get my rear springs to work more. Not sure they work any better that the F/T's though.
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Old June 27th, 2019, 22:56
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I havent driven it yet. The shackles are contacting the bumper so i need to clearance that before i test drive it. Should be able to get it together this weekend though.
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Apples to oranges but I enjoy the ride of my 3.5 inch metalcloak coils. I tried to get a spring rate from them, but I was told they didn't give that information out by their text department ....

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You can do it.....
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regarding the leaves, I recently installed the same set of leaves prior to renofest and have almost no uptravel with the slider boxes since these leaves are so long - 55" mains versus a 52" main. Im getting rid of the leaf sliders since it would be too expensive to have these leaves cut down and custom length mains and I am going back to RE boomerang shackles. Also, the slider boxes are mangled to hell even with the additional bracing I welded on so I am blowing out the delrin pucks pretty quick anyway.
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Apples to oranges but I enjoy the ride of my 3.5 inch metalcloak coils. I tried to get a spring rate from them, but I was told they didn't give that information out by their text department ....

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I tried to get the same info and got the same anwser. It's really annoying considering this info is avalible for basically all other manufacturers.
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99 XJ Limited, AW4, 242, Colombia Edition WJ Seats, Stock. Future 4.5" lift, TnT LA, 33s armor, 231 SYE, D30/44 4.56, rear locker, etc
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