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Old February 15th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #21
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Winch installed and working. i had a little fittment issue between the fair lead and then winch frame but i was able to force it and now it all fits. next little project is to get an in-cab winch control put together and find a set of lights to fit on the front some how. then the skid plates for the belly, im really leaning toward the trailtough on that and a tank skid. i like the one from rocky road but i hear their customer service sucks so i dont think ill go that route.

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Old February 15th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #22
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My old zuk had a nice gas tank skid from Shrockworks. Took a beating pretty well.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #23
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after looking around i think ill go with the petroworks belly pan and the shrockworks tank skid. but money is a little short so im going to try to get my cb tuned and work on an in-cab winch controller. should cost less than $20 i also ordered some 5/8 shckles for the bumper i have some 3/4 but the pins are too large and TSF dosnt carry 5/8 but i found some rated for 5ton working load on ebay.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 08:59 PM   #24
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i may be trading my motorcycle for a two wheel drive samurai thats in better shape. im hoping to get into a truck with a straigt body, better top, undamaged frame and a lower mileage drive train and engine. ill have to paint it black, white is not my color. from what i know everything i have on my samurai could be swapped to the new one and i would try to go SPOA, stock at first and CJ/RUF later.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 02:06 PM   #25
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im trying to replace my rear brakes, but i cant seem to get the drum over the shoes. ive tried everything i know to make a fit but i just cant seem to get it in. i wonder if the shoes arent quite right for some reason.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 01:03 PM   #26
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I went to the mounds yesterday had alot of fun the winch and bumper did very well, the bumper got yanked as hard as it ever should and everything held. my death wobble has gotten worse, and that needs to be fixed. unfortunatly my rear flang bolts loosened up, two fell out and i discovered that the lack of balance has the rear pinionbering all whopped out and things feel loose but thats nothing a new thirdmember cant fix.

so now my priorities have changed to:

replace rear third member
fix bump steer
trail tough belly skid
front axle truss
front diff guard
tank skid
rear diff guard
suspension

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 03:29 PM   #27
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i picked up a set of front chromoly front shafts and im working on a deal for a rear locker tomorrow, but well see if it works out. im hoping it does so i can get rid of the bad pinion bearing and pick up a locker without having to mess around with setting the gears.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #28
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im starting to get a little bored. i theres nothing i really want to buy right now. maybe ill put part of my tax return toward a skid plate.
but i plan on lockers, belly and tank skid plates, chromo rear shafts, axle trusses, diff guards, terraflex revolver shackles, extended brakelines, drive shaft spacers, shock hoops and shocks.

right now i think im going to work on an in-cab winch controller, maybe some lights and i have a warrantied tachometer in the mail.

this is the latest picture, taken with my phone in the driveway.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #29
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I drove the samurai down to toledo and back today to pick up a rear third member with a locker in it. it was a fun drive and im excited about getting it installed.
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really sweet bumper and thesae little things are beast workig on a tin top wright now 34s locked rear 1.6 yellow top opi battery lookig for winch and bumper if you see any
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 06:06 PM   #31
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i bought mine from ZOR Myron is great to work with. the clevis tabs on the front are not standard and he moved the uprights up 3/4" on mine because i didnt want to pay a bunch of money for a bumper that i didnt like in every respect. i wanted the ends tighter to the body. if i see anything thought i ll let you know.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 09:30 PM   #32
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i just installed a rear locker. everything went smoothly until i got to hooking up the drive flange and realized i had a large flange drive shaft and a small flange on the differential. but i swapped flanges now all is good. took a while but its drives great and it locks better.

next up:
in cab winch controls
trail tough skid plate
diff guard
exhaust set up
drive shaft U-jounts
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Old April 5th, 2010, 08:52 PM   #33
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i just finished my winch controls. i ordered a second winch controller from skittybuilt and i removed the remote and i wired it up to a three position momentary switch and a regular toggle switch on the dash. the toggle switch deactivates the momentary switch. i also wired up a clutch safety bypass switch, and the switch at the bottom is wired to shut off the horn so that it dosnt honk all the time when im on the trails. i like the way it worked out. i have the cord stashed under the hood and i went to auto value and i got some 3/4" vaccume caps which happen to fit perfectly over the male end of the winch remote. i would rathere have opened up the solenoid box and wired the controlls directly but this was easier and im not too concerned about ruining the remote socket on the solenoid pack because i have a second already. if i ruine the first ill figure out how to hard wire it.

next up im trying to trade some some unneeded suspension parts for a set of diff guards and maybe some small lift shackles to level out the front. and im going to order a trailtough belly skid and some axle trusses. then onto the exhaust and a new ORV tag and ill be all ready for rocks and valleys.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #34
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i trades some trailtuogh YJ missing link parts for a set of nice diff caps and a set of petroworks shackles and last night i ordered the trailtough skid plate and a set of axle trusses. if i can just get a set of bushings and bolts ill be all set to install all my new parts. orv tag some u joints and ill have the essentials for a trip to rocks and valleys.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 07:27 PM   #35
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i got the shackles installed and i installed a trail tough frame hugger skid plate. everything looks great and fits just like it should.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #36
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just did the front and rear u-joints today, they went pretty smooth once i started using a cut off wheel. but no worries all done. im planning a trip up to rocks and valleys next weekend, now all thats left is to weld on the diff caps, maybe the axle trusses and replace a rear brake lines.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 08:01 PM   #37
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Diff caps and Trailtough skid plate have been installed. i'll have to fix the brake lines when i get back.

i haven't heard of anyone ever redoing the brake lines in a T formation rather than in series like suzuki did. i'm planning on buying a drivers side wheel cylinder for the passenger side. a brass tee, a new extended brake hose (i think off a metro will work well) and some new lines. should do well for the rear. i don't think it will be an issue but i cant find any write ups, so ill try it and let everyone know how it works. should make it 10x easier to bleed the brakes out.

as of now im i have a new timing cover i want to put on and im all ready for rocks and valleys.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #38
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Great build, Are you still planning on doing the SPOA ?
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Old May 9th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #39
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Well as of now the springs and basic configuration wont change. up next on the chopping block is to redo the rear brake hydrolics because a line started seeping. right now one hose comes out of the proportioning valve to a short line on the axle which then attaches to the passangerside wheel cylinder. another line then exits the bottom of the cylinder, there is no bleeder on that side, and goes to the drivers side wheel cylinder which does have a bleeder. im going to buy a longer rear hose to accomidate some terraflex revolvers if i ever get around to them. then attach to a brass Tee and out to a 'drivers side' wheel cylinder on either side. hopefully this will be easier to bleed out effectively. next i need to replace my rear shackles. right now im up i the air between some stock length HD shackles or going ahead with a set of revolvers. $?$? sounds like the normal question. finally im up for some armor. im looking at the rocky-road crawler 2 rear bumper, a shrockworks tank skid and a ser of home made rock sliders. i also run a pretty narrow set of mud tires and my tracker wheels are wider than i want, so im looking for a set of stock samurai wheels. oh how the list grows. Finally my buddy has a sky manufacturing z link im probably going to pick up soon too. one thing at a time.
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i made it to rocks and Valleys this weekend. it was an excellent park. i was a little intimodated when i pulled into the lot and saw a bunch of full sized trucks on one tons and 37-44" tires but it was tons of fun, there was alot to do i ran every blue trail without issue and some of the black. the python was a blast. i was a little worried at first and the rocks made me nervous but it was great. i ran the entire trail and only got hung up once on a big rock, but i winched right off it and finished the trail. good friends great weekend.
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