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Old March 29th, 2012, 07:29 PM   #181
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Some small wins on the LJ (equating to big $$$ savings) Wednesday night. First of all, we confirmed that there will be plenty of room between the Dana 70U rear diff and the Rokmen fuel tank skid. The stock rear sway bar will also work beautifully, saving me big $$$ on a rear Anti-Rock (or something similar). BJ (Robert) over at RockSolid also determined a good mounting set-up for the rear shocks.

More progress to come this coming week. Next on the dockett...Rokmen rear coil spring relocation!

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Gas tank removed from the Jeep (to fit for the new Rokmen skid plate).



We test-fit the Rokmen gas tank skid. Holy beautiful fittment! The Rokmen skid plate definitely adds some clearance behind the rear axle (and underneath). Great news...no need to relocate the tank rearward. There's plenty of space for the Dana 70U rear axle to clear. Woot!
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Old March 31st, 2012, 05:32 PM   #182
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AEV front flares installed...sexy! The rear flares will require extensive body cutting/grinding before mounting.



PSC hydro assist bling!



PSC steering box installed.



Thanks to Gordon at RockSolid for hooking me up with a used Warn winch plate, and 8274 winch! I'm very excited, as I hadn't given much thought yet to a winch choice. (I'm getting one of the two 8274s shown below.) The winch plate will likely be blasted/powdercoated before mounting.




Gordon at RockSolid making quick work of my rear spring bucket removal. Gordon also grinded them clean-'n-purty in about 5-10 minutes (something that quite literally would have taken me 1 1/2 hours, because I'm so anal-retentive about it...LOL). I told him I don't know whether to thank him, or be pissed that his skills are so much better (faster) than mine.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 05:45 PM   #183
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The jeep looks great in person Craig! If you ever need anything just give me a shout, ill be more than happy to do some welding or whatever for you.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 05:50 PM   #184
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The jeep looks great in person Craig! If you ever need anything just give me a shout, ill be more than happy to do some welding or whatever for you.
Thanks Chad. Much appreciated!
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Old April 1st, 2012, 02:36 PM   #185
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Rokmen spring relocation in-progress. I do have to say, BJ at RockSolid Performance can definitely rock out the beautiful welds (even overhead ones). Impressive!


Rokmen spring relocation complete, thanks to RockSolid Performance. Thanks guys! Rokmen...another great fit with your products. I'm highly impressed with your stuff!
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Winch plate is now powdercoated.


Components for flush-mount rear receiver hitch (Thanks Mike @ RockSolid Performance).


I have a Rokmen flush-mount rear bumper on order, but need a 2" receiver hitch to pull my military trailer (the Rokmen bumper doesn't have one). I carefully cut a hole in my rear crossmember, did some careful trimming back behind, and RockSolid built some adding bracing for the 2nd-to-last crossmember. The plate behind the 2nd crossmember (facing the front of the vehicle) is the secondary towing support. The U-shaped plate facing rearward will be welded in to help index the tub in the correct position, and provide additional vertical support. The 2" receiver tube will be trimmed down to fit, and will be welded to the rear bumper when it arrives. The tube will slip through the hole in the rear crossmember, and will bolt to the 2nd crossmember. The hitch pin hole will be drilled between the two crossmembers.


From the back side of the 2nd crossmember (plate will be welded in place).
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Old April 9th, 2012, 08:33 PM   #187
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I had a pleasant surprise tonight when I showed up at RockSolid Performance... The guys had my gas tank reinstalled, along with my new Rokmen skid. They also got the rear suspension & axle reinstalled, and made mounts to utilize the stock rear sway bar.

This is precisely why my LJ is at their shop. Were it not, you'd be looking at lame incremental Jeep updates for another 18-24 months.


Advance Adapters HD SYE & Parts Mike pinion brake were also installed. The transfer case also got a new 38T speedometer gear, which should keep the speedo accurate.
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Old April 9th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #188
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I like the pinion brake, might have to look into that...
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I thought this was supposed to be a "slow" build.......

Looks awesome man. You've actually given me some fresh ideas for my LJ. But it will truly be a "slow roast."
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I thought this was supposed to be a "slow" build.......

Looks awesome man. You've actually given me some fresh ideas for my LJ. But it will truly be a "slow roast."
Thanks! It's been a full year since I tore into it, Shawn. It was time to move things from the Crock Pot into the frying pan.

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Looking great Craig!
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Thanks! It's been a full year since I tore into it, Shawn. It was time to move things from the Crock Pot into the frying pan.

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I like the rear spring bucket relocation. I'm actually going to look into those brackets for mine.

OME springs still? Do you need to add a spacer in the rear after relocating spring bucket to level things out?

How bad was modifying the inner fender supports for the AEV kit? Looks pretty straight forward, but haven't taken mine apart yet.
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Is the purpose of the pinion brake just to replace a parking brake at the rear axle?
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Looking great Craig!
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I like the rear spring bucket relocation. I'm actually going to look into those brackets for mine.

OME springs still? Do you need to add a spacer in the rear after relocating spring bucket to level things out?

How bad was modifying the inner fender supports for the AEV kit? Looks pretty straight forward, but haven't taken mine apart yet.
The spring relocation kit is nice piece, and I have nothing but good things to say about Rokmen products. It is not supposed to add any lift, which is why I went with this set-up. We haven't had the vehicle back on its own weight to confirm yet (it's still on the lift), but it should be the same level ride as before the relocation. And yes, the OME springs are used front & rear.

The AEV inner fender support mod is an easy one with a welder & grinder. It's a 2-3 hour job, and I'm slow/picky. Of course, I welded/filled/ground down the seam on the outside for a more factory look (NOTE: Nobody's going to see them). The fit of my replacement brackets to the firewall was a little off. I just had to ovalize the holes that mount to the firewall.


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The LJ is coming along!

First of all, the used Warn 8274 will be getting a brand new cable, along with a new 4.5-hp. motor. Based on its reputation, it should give me many, many years of trouble-free service.

The skid plate & long arm brackets are now powdercoated & installed, and the control arms are 75% painted (stealthy black). The stuff is looking much better now! I'll be finishing up the control arms tomorrow night, with the exception of the upper fronts, which will be painted after the steering/track bar set-up is designed & built.



I started test-fitting the Rokmen aluminum corner armor, along with the AEV rear flares. The flares will be painted the same silver body color (hood & front fenders are going into the body shop tomorrow to start being cut in). We were strategizing (I'm copywriting that word...LOL) on how to trim the corners to accommodate the flare without a gap at the transition to the body. We think we have a solution. More to come.
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Friends don't let friends drive stock. I want a LJ now.
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does the rokmen skid move the tank back an inch for more track bar clearance?
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does the rokmen skid move the tank back an inch for more track bar clearance?
I didn't get an exact measurement, but I'm confident that it moved it back about an inch (which is what Rokmen claims, as well).


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Hood & fenders are at the body shop getting the OEM silver paint cut in. (no pics).


The first hole I ever drilled in the body of my Jeep (4/21/2012). "The first cut is the deepest."



Rokmen aluminum corner guards installed.



The Rokmen aluminum corners will be trimmed to fit tightly to the AEV flares. Passenger-side AEV flare is now installed (driver side to be installed tomorrow).



Repainted front & rear driveshafts and control arms reinstalled.




The new track bar bracket, compliments of Mike at RockSolid Performance.



Front axle at full stuff.



The new roller fairlead. There's just enough room for a small RockSolid Performance sticker above it.



End of day (Saturday) beauty shot. I love the look of the installed rear corner guards (which will be painted the body color) & AEV flares.
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Holy shit Craig that is looking awesome! I wish mine was coming along like yours is.
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