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Old April 22nd, 2015, 02:52 AM   #61
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I think if anything, the Galaxie has the better chance on the chopping block then buggy. But never say never.


Here's the plan and reason for all of this....

Short term.
I purchased an 06 f350 last June. I've been daily driving it since. I've put almost 25k on it. It's now at 150kish. If the loan comes through w/o paying it off early it could be 300k+ in mileage. For what I owe, my payments, I don't want to rack on that many needless miles.

So I decided I wanted something else to drive in spring summer fall. I wanted something I know my wife and son would like. I wanted something 4wd and something "convertible" like. I was paying cash and didn't wanna finance. So the only thing within my price range was a jeep. Mpg wasn't a concern. I wasn't looking to save $ not driving my truck. So "the other gray lj" was bought.

I also wanted to be able to enjoy light wheeling, day trips without lugging my trailer around etc etc.

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In approximately 6 years I have every intention of picking up and relocating West (grand Junction, co). Tentatively the buggy will most likely get sold prior to the move. When I get out there, I want to adventure wheel. Leave Friday come home Sunday exploring and camping in between. So nearing that 6 year mark yes the jeep will get bigger, will get tougher etc. Do in the next couple years, I'll be acquiring/building the toys, items, whatever I want in life. Then the next couple years bank everything, save everything. Then relocate with my toys and possessions with a nice bank roll and no debt to Colorado. When in Colorado find a less demanding, less strain full job that will allow me to take it easy (physically) and enjoy time with my wife.

Why 6 years, my son will graduate high school in 6 years and have his choice to stay in Michigan or move to Colorado. "his plans" are to stay in Michigan. But he's 12 and what does he know about planing.

This isn't a new plan, I've had this plan pretty much ever since I went and spent a week wheeling in moab a couple years ago.
Too funny; had a similar conversation on our way back from Moab this year. Colorado is a great location. Great wheeling and scenery in Colorado PLUS it's close to Moab and California isn't that far either. KOH and the Rubicon and Fordyce. All the awesome wheeling is out West.

By the way, Jeep looks great. I like all the justifiable upgrades. I'm sure there's many more in your future. It's just the way it is
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 09:15 PM   #62
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Well, dropped the rear driveshaft off to get shortened. Got the tcase installed, new muffler, rokmen skid installed and lined with plastic on the bottom. Exhaust tone is nice not loud but a good rumbly tone.

Gears and lockers showed up today. Should see my compressor and winch tomorrow. Hoping to get everything done by next weekend.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 04:31 AM   #63
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Wow. Moving fast.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 05:53 AM   #64
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Wow. Moving fast.
This. Thing is looking great man. And fast at that.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 06:49 AM   #65
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john only knows 1 speed
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Well, dropped the rear driveshaft off to get shortened. Got the tcase installed, new muffler, rokmen skid installed and lined with plastic on the bottom. Exhaust tone is nice not loud but a good rumbly tone.

Gears and lockers showed up today. Should see my compressor and winch tomorrow. Hoping to get everything done by next weekend.

He has fast shipping lol


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Old April 23rd, 2015, 07:42 AM   #67
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 01:54 PM   #68
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Except we forgot I needed the ring gear spacers until I went to install the ring gear on the locker this morning he's sending them out at no charge hoping I see them tomorrow.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 03:02 PM   #70
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Except we forgot I needed the ring gear spacers until I went to install the ring gear on the locker this morning he's sending them out at no charge hoping I see them tomorrow.
What gear ratio?
Why ring gear spacers?
I was looking all over for d44 ring gear spacers a while back, never found any.
Was thinking of having them made.
Wanted to go 5.89 on rubi lockers.
they just came out with thick 5.38s, so I settled for those.

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Old April 23rd, 2015, 03:43 PM   #71
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4.88/4.89
Zip lockers front/rear

My ring gear bolts are 3/8,yhe locker is drilled for 7/16. So the spacers take up the extra bore space centering the bolts in the holes.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 04:52 PM   #72
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Ahh. The bolt spacers. I get it now.
I thought mabey u were gonna run like 4.88s, on a 3.73 carrier or something odd like that.
I was surprised the 5.38s I just got were dual drilled for either bolt size.

5.13s are availabel for the tj xj dana 30s now too.
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I wouldn't a little beefier pinion, and this winter I am doing a 5.3 swap. Biggest tire I plan to eventually run is 37s. But the 35s for awhile. I think the 4.88s will serve me well.

My next big purchase will be rcvs.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 06:39 PM   #74
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For your 14b front right?
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 08:45 PM   #75
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and this winter I am doing a 5.3 swap. .
gonna follow that one. want to do the same to the wifes
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 09:07 PM   #76
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New winch installed and wired up. Got my 12 volt guy dash winch controller wired in as well. Also I installed a new fuse box under the dash for the new electronics.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 09:11 PM   #77
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Old April 24th, 2015, 05:41 AM   #78
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Where are the bolts that hold the bumper from the top and bottom at the front of the frame? All I see are the 4 bumper bolts in back.
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There isn't any at the front? 4 top, 4 bottom. Front of frame isn't capped, it's open.
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There should be 4 spots at the front of the frame about 3-4 inches in front of the rear ones where the front bumper bolts are. Top and bottom. Haven't seen 4 bottom bolts before. Done many of those. Maybe the LJ's are different.
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