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Old July 13th, 2019, 22:10
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We. Did a hell of a lot of work today.

- coil isolators installed
- rebuilt uca joints
- tnt lower control arms installed
- front end pushed out 1”
- caster set to 5*
- axle recentered with track-bar
- Replaced both tre’s on draglink
- Recenter steering wheel
- Greased all pivots and joints in front end
- relocate shackle pivot points
- clean and grease shackle joint
- clearance bumper for shackles
- clearance wheel arches for 37s

My only technical needs to be ready for SF are to fix a power steering leak and get an oring for my front ox locker changed. Just behind that is wire up my winch and install my cab controls.

Only pics i have are of the bumper clearancing i did. Pay no mind to the hackery. An air hammer cutting tool, grinder with a cutting disc, and a big ass hammer were all i used. And i was in a hurry as the sun was setting.


My list for the jeep is actually shrinking as im getting a bit better perspective on this chassis as a whole. Ive just come to the realization that im never going to have a clean jeep and the top will likely come off this probably next year. Im shooting for something like this.



But obviously with a lot less class. Haha

I am on the hunt for either a 2001 4door with power everything. Or a late WJ 4.0 with power everything. Everything i hear about the 4.7 and 4.7 ho says stay away. Even though a v8 would be nice. Ill likely be turboing my rig and we will see how that goes. Hehe. Im going to build an auto rig for steph to drive and it will be a bit nicer and relaxed with a few more creature comforts. Im also considering building a tahoe for her instead of a jeep. But still doing researching on that one.

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Old July 13th, 2019, 22:16
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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.


Hey Rob. I saw a pick of your rig on Facebook i think. Someone snapped a pick of you in oakland maybe. Haha. A bunch of guys were commenting that they see you around Pittsburg all the time.
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Old July 14th, 2019, 00:06
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Nice man glad to see it coming along
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Old July 14th, 2019, 10:58
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Hey Rob. I saw a pick of your rig on Facebook i think. Someone snapped a pick of you in oakland maybe. Haha. A bunch of guys were commenting that they see you around Pittsburg all the time.
How funny. It must have been when I drove to work a few days ago. Or maybe when I drove over to Walnut Creek to check out a car for my younger daughter. Her little Honda CRV was stolen the night of the 4th.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 23:20
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Free replacement chassis acquired
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Old July 22nd, 2019, 07:25
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Nice. Not the 4 door you ultimately wanted but the price is right.
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Old July 22nd, 2019, 09:12
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Nice. Not the 4 door you ultimately wanted but the price is right.

Oh no. Im still on the hunt for a 4door. This will be the next evolution of my jeep. But with actual chassis reinforcements. And actual boatsides. An actual cage. Actual armor on it.

I think i have narrowed down the 4door options though. Im looking for a 97-98 fully loaded 5.2 zj to build for stephs rig. I think its the best compromise of all variables. 5.2 is a reliable enough engine with more power than the 4.0. The zj will have leather heated seats. A little more room. A little bit heavier so overall more comfortable. I think it will be build for 35s. So likely the same axles as my rig or i may build a set of 60s.

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Old July 23rd, 2019, 18:02
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I did send you some links for some 5.9 ZJs haha.
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Old July 24th, 2019, 07:25
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I did send you some links for some 5.9 ZJs haha.


Thx man. I did see those. Ive heard they have issues with cooling. Trying to give my self the best possibility for reliability. And also looking for the deal. Like super cheap. But the price range might go up in a few months. But always keeping an eye out.
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Plus id imagine gas mileage in the 5.9 is like 10-11mpg.
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Old July 24th, 2019, 13:30
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Plus id imagine gas mileage in the 5.9 is like 10-11mpg.


Definitely. Oddly 5.2 mileage is only a hair under the 4.0. I get about 15mpg in the current state. Though i think that will go up a hair with my new 37s. They are 15lbs less each tire than my current 35s. And it will lower my hiway rpm a hair from 2652 down to 2509. Probably should do a tuneup on the engine too though. It has felt like a total dog since i put those nittos on.
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Old July 27th, 2019, 12:13
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Power steering leak is finally fixed. Looks like the return line was all torn up but only on one side at the reservoir fitting. So i didnt see it on inspection. Either way i pulled the pump and double oring sealed the reservoir. Shortened the return line and its fixed. Got two of the tires dismounted. Ill get the other two later today and get them cleaned up and painted tomorrow. Thursday ill be mounting the new meats and checking clearances. Then wiring up my winch.
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Old August 1st, 2019, 23:28
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Got the 37s mounted up. Gonna take them down and get balanced tomorrow. They are easily 4” taller than the nitto 35s i had. Looking forward to traction this season.


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4 inches taller and 15 lbs lighter just sounds crazy.... I wonder how similar axle strain will be between the two different tires.

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Old August 3rd, 2019, 16:17
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Took it for a test drive yesterday. Need to do some more clearancing in the back. Gonna trim my lower quarters and bumper extensions a bit. Steering is super nice. One finger easy even stopped. Need to adjust toe a bit and nut and bolt the front and i think ill be squared away in that department. Im wiring up the winch tomorrow and installing a new boefang chassis radio. I will say the is a crazy amount more body roll with this new spring setup. Gonna take a bit of getting used too. Power is about the same with the “35s”.
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