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Old July 5th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #21
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I love the jeep man. I have a 97 TJ red just like urs. Mine has tube fenders and i pulled the rear flares off and i have 33 swampers not boggers. Also i have a ford 8.8 rear axles not a 35. I dont remember if u said what gears you have in it. I have a lockrite in the front as well but just limited slip in the rear and i'm beginning to not like it. nice jeep tho man keep it up
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Old July 5th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #22
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This makes me excited about my budget tj build! Looks awesome!
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Old July 6th, 2010, 07:35 AM   #23
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This makes me excited about my budget tj build! Looks awesome!
Thanks.
It's really a simple formula that works. Cage/lockers/33's/minimal lift and not enough power to break anything. Fuel injected and low enough geared (except for highway) so it worked on the rocks. The aftermath from Moab really showed me what I NEEDED to work on, instead of just throwing everything on it in the expectation to use it in the future.

Eventually i'll buy an Unlimited and build that, but at least i'll have a running/driving/wheelable little rig during the build.

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Old July 6th, 2010, 07:54 AM   #24
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Cool Build.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #25
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Wow 2 years since i've bought this already? I will get on this thing during the spring with:
- Rear bumper
- Tank skid
- Belly up
- Exhaust

to be continued...
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Old February 18th, 2011, 09:40 AM   #26
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is that just a stock roll bar with all the padding removed? or did you add to it?

my buddy has a TJ and wants me to add some tubes to it for him. But never seen it with the pads off.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #27
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is that just a stock roll bar with all the padding removed? or did you add to it?

my buddy has a TJ and wants me to add some tubes to it for him. But never seen it with the pads off.
I put the BTF downriggers and added those tubes. You can really improve the stock cage with a bunch of straight tubes. I haven't bought a bender yet and it is better than doing nothing.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 01:14 PM   #28
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Id like some more pictures of how those brackets tie in.. Got me interested in the front cage.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:53 AM   #29
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Id like some more pictures of how those brackets tie in.. Got me interested in the front cage.
The brackets bolt to the dashboard area and continue down to the floor. You can tie them into the frame easy enough.

I re-used the stock bars that go from the windshield frame to the stock main hoop for simplicity only. I wanted to be able to use the stock softtop door surrounds without issue.

It's not a cool custom bent cage with 11xbillion times the strength, but it sure beats the factory crap. Now I can put down the windshield without total fear of death.

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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:23 AM   #30
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Cool write up! I love anything on a budget. We all dream of 1 tons and stretch kits but something real with alittle forethought goes a long way. Also the fact that youve wheeled it helps too.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 10:53 AM   #31
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Nice
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Old March 11th, 2011, 05:09 PM   #32
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nice looking tj itll be sweet with the tons under it
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Old March 11th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #33
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I realy like the frame to the cage around the front window.

I have had more fun in my life with the units, that are not perfect and you are not concerned about scratching them.

The jeep looks great have fun with it, fix what you break, wheel it until you break it.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #34
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Really great job! I loved looking at the transformation!
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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #35
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Well I've been back at this thing lately.
Got some parts...


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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #36
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Seats needed some attention...


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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #37
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Gas Tank skid and bumper will hold up to Moab better now. Tires balanced out well (Radials) and I even drove it to South Carolina without too much issue. It rolled 189,000 on the way down. That 4 banger is lovin life! Next up is a new starter and wheelin!
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Old May 1st, 2011, 07:01 AM   #38
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What brand are those skids?
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Old May 1st, 2011, 07:30 PM   #39
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Gas tank is Rokmen.
Tranny/Tcase is UCF.

Just checked out the Gulches ORV park in SC today. I will be taking the Jeep there next weekend!
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 11:49 AM   #40
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Got the jeep out a couple weekends ago at the Gulches in SC. Nice little place with some hardcore climbs. I didn't get too crazy, but we did check out the whole park and it is fun to go once in a while.







Next up - change the f'in loud ass timing chain.
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