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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 10:28 pm 
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Hello, I'm Ryno. You might remember me from such build threads as "Boat Anchors and Me: How to build a winch bumper that will stop a container ship" or the " Why Is My Carpet on Fire? XJ rocker replacement thread"

Welcome to the "Bout Damn Time" LJ build. :hi:

Back in '08 I rollflopped my Cherokee at Walker, sold everything off it, chopped up the body, and more or less walked away from Jeeps. Life went on, other hobbies came and went, but try as I might the Jeep itch never really went away. I'd occasionally search Craigslist to see what was out there, or talk Jeeps over a beer or four with friends. I even bought a WK as a daily driver. I thought I had it under control. I was wrong.

Fast forward to this year. I was lucky enough to head to EJS and spend the week riding shotgun in the Power Wagon with the renowned, occasionally bearded fabricationalist, JB. By the second night, while Top Gun played in the background and Alex made us dinner and did our laundry, I began searching for a new Jeep.

I've found it... And it's 'bout damn time.

2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
4.0, AT, 231 transfer case, D30 front, D44 rear 3.73s

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It was a one owner rig, I found in Enumclaw. It's got a ton of miles, but appears to have been well maintained and cared for. Prior to this rig I had never seen an Unlimited in this green, I like it.
Initial plans are a healthy dose of mmmmmaintenace, just so I know for certain where things stand. It's got a newish set of 31" Cooper all terrains on it, so I figure I'll throw a 2" budget boost and some Bilstein 5100s on and drive it like that while I collect parts. One of the first things I do will be bumpers. The OE ones have to go. Soon.

I'm still kicking around a bunch of ideas. I'll update soon with a plan for the build.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 6:27 am 
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I'm still kicking around a bunch of ideas.....


Please say: "Lycoming helicopter turbine and tank tracks."

Kthxby :hi:

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 6:45 am 
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I think JB just earned a new Karma title.

Good to see you back at this. As stated before, I have Clayton's kit, skid, rockers, etc. in stock that I'd make you a smoking deal on. Oh, and a blinging set of axles and 37's. :mrgreen: :spend

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 6:52 am 
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JB wrote:
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I'm still kicking around a bunch of ideas.....


Please say: "Lycoming helicopter turbine and tank tracks."

Kthxby :hi:


Close... I was thinking Merlin. :lol:

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Nice rig! I've never seen one in that color either. I thought it died with the earlier TJs. Looking forward to the fab!

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:thumbsup: Welcome to LJ ownership, also that color is pretty cool.

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 6:05 pm 
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Thank you guys. I'm looking forward to getting going on the big stuff.

So far I've been cleaning and inspecting. Picked up a VCG that I'll likely put in tonight.

On my lunch today I threw some springs in that basically gave me 1.5" front and 2.25" rear lift. Ordering a .75" spacer for the front that I'll install when the Bilsteins show up next week.

I also have some 3" Rigid lights that were left over from a project car a couple years ago. I'm trying to figure out where to mount them. So far best case seems like A pillar, but I don't really like them there.


Shit... I just realized that so far my build thread consists of:
1. Washing my Jeep.
2. Debating where to best mount LED lights
3. Installing a 2 inch lift
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Maybe I should have bought a JK :mrgreen:

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Ryno wrote:
Thank you guys. I'm looking forward to getting going on the big stuff.

So far I've been cleaning and inspecting. Picked up a VCG that I'll likely put in tonight.

On my lunch today I threw some springs in that basically gave me 1.5" front and 2.25" rear lift. Ordering a .75" spacer for the front that I'll install when the Bilsteins show up next week.

I also have some 3" Rigid lights that were left over from a project car a couple years ago. I'm trying to figure out where to mount them. So far best case seems like A pillar, but I don't really like them there.


Shit... I just realized that so far my build thread consists of:
1. Washing my Jeep.
2. Debating where to best mount LED lights
3. Installing a 2 inch lift
:smt009

Maybe I should have bought a JK :mrgreen:


:roflmao: Nice rig BTW!

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1. Washing my Jeep.
2. Debating where to best mount LED lights
3. Installing a 2 inch lift
:smt009

Maybe I should have bought a JK :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 6:27 am 
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I washed my JKU yesterday and was just shopping LED lights. :mad

Is it done yet? :f2:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:05 pm 
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*Matthew Mcconaughey voice* Alright alright alright.... Time for time for updates! :brows: :eek1:


I ended up buying a used hard top, and throwing that on for the winter. I also sold my WK Grand Cherokee, took the 17" JK Moab take offs, with brand new 265, BFG All Terrains that were on that and put them on my LJ. Picked up a Warn Zeon 10s, and a Genright stubby winch bumper and steering box skid. Threw it all together with my previously installed 2 inch lift and got this:

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I rocked it like this for the fall and even managed to do a little light snow wheeling :rock:

For the last 6 months I've basically been stocking up parts My garage started to look like this:
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But I'd been traveling pretty heavily for work this fall so it hadn't left me much time to work on it. Knowing I had a month or so between trips, I decided to start tearing it a apart and doing some real work, beginning with the transmission.
I'm kind of leery or the 42rle trans and wanted to be able to keep an eye on it. I had JB TIGicate some fittings to my trans pan, one for temp sender and one on the bottom to act as a drain plug since I plan on fairly regular trans services and dislike ATF baths. I paired the sensor to an AutoMeter gauge in the center console. I then plumbed in a Derale trans cooler, and while I was in the grill decided to add a Derale power steering cooler, since I like coolers.
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Got the grill all reassembled and thought my coolers looked good, but my OE single core radiator was looking pretty sad. Quick phone call to a friend and I had this Mishimoto 3 core aluminum rad and one of their hose kits:

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While I was under the Jeep, I serviced the Trans and T-case, and since I was 75% of the way there and had some shifter issues the last time I was out I threw in a Novak cable shifter.

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Buttoned everything back up on the underside and slapped on full Clayton belly and engine and trans skids:
Beefy. Beefy. Beefy. Also, Heavy, heavy, heavy.

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all of my cooling/cooler upgrades work well, maybe too well... I can't seem to get my Trans above 110 degrees in daily driving scenarios, which I guess is good because it should keep it cool enough wheeling in the summer.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:58 pm 
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But wait, you say... That last picture doesn't have 32" BFG All Terrains in it.... and are those aluminum fenders I see?
Very good! gold star for you! :p

Next up I started on the body armor, Genright Aluminum High Line fenders:

Front fell off:

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Front fell on:

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These actually went together WAAAAY easier than I was expecting. It really wasn't that bad at all. Having the Genright bracket kit helped, even though I only ended up using 50% of it, customizing some of it as I went.

Component layout on inner fenders. Pretty impressed with the amount of room I still have:

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Everything done up for now, I think it's pretty fresh and clean, clean:

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Point of no return number one for the week was cutting up the hood. Luckily I had My buddy Hans, You might remember him as Xjourney from the NAXJA days there to lend a steady hand and eye for good lines:

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We ended up lifting the grill by a 1/4" to get a tighter line on the front of the hood. Amazing what a difference that little but makes. While he was at it I and him install my PSC hood louver christmas present from my wife:

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A little touch up paint, some door edge molding, and hood pins and it was done. out of the whole thing I think I'm probably happiest with this. He had quite a bit of time into it, mainly while JB and I stood around drank beer and ridiculed him.

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Random Shopping list for the week... Why gas masks? Because 3 men and beer. Everything else is self explanatory:

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Started mocking up the GenRight Alu rear corners. They went pretty smoothly:

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Corners and fenders on, time to start fitting the rockers:

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Cut and notch to fit High Lines:

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Rear High line fenders mocked up and installed:

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The round wheel opening under the square cut fenders looks ridiculous, so lets try this instead. Rear trimmed. LOTS of room:

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Crap... except now the charcoal canister and Evap junk is out in my wheel well:

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No worries. Remove the charcoal canister, reroute some of the evap lines and shift the mounting a little:

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The wiring connecter only looks like its in the path of wheel travel, it's actually way inboard.

Corners and fenders on... I decided I wasn't going to run my tailgate mounted spare so I Booty fabbed up a rear license plate holder, and wired in an ORO LED license plate light/3rd brake combo with the Max built trail tails. You can also see the Genright Crawler Fuel tank skid I installed:

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To top it all off I threw on some 35in Maxxis Bighorns, and this is where I stand today. Sorry, Crappy parking lot shot. I haven't had time to get much else:

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Nice work dude! :cheers:

Do you expect a CEL due to removal of the evap canister?

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Looks good with the 35's. How does it drive with stock gearing? :eek2:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:19 pm 
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So, where are we now and where are we going?

Specs right now:

H&R 1.5" Lift springs.
35x12.5-15 Maxxis Bighorns
American racing 15x8 alu wheels 3.75bs
Clayton Full belly and Engine Skid
GenRight Fuel tank skid
Genright alu corners and rear Alu high line flares
Max Built trail tail lights
Genright Rockers
Genright Alu front High line fenders, with inner fenders
Genright Stubby front Bumper, Warn Zeon10s
Novak Shift cable
Autometer trans temp gauge.
Derale AT trans cooler, PS cooler
Mishimoto 3 core Alu radiator, silicone hose kit.
Poison spyder hood louver
ARB air compressor
Icom Race Radio.
Rigid aux lights
Truck lite head lamps

Carrying on my general plan is to go to 37's

I have a Hi Pinion Dana 44 from a 76 F150 that I can build to match my rear D44. Given my driving style and what I usually feel comfortable trying. I'm pretty confident I can build them to survive me and 37's. The idea is 5.38s, alloys, ARBs, etc.

Suspension is likely going to be a 4" Clayton kit with the 3 link front.

JBizzle and I have kicked around some cage ideas, which will be paired with mastercraft Baja RS seats and some harnesses. Other than that... I basically have vehicular ADD and plans are always changing.... :stirpot

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Nice work dude! :cheers:

Do you expect a CEL due to removal of the evap canister?


Sounds like he relocated it, not removed it.


Ryan, we should plan an old school G2G for beers with Hans and Michael and some of those guys one of these days.

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Horus wrote:
Nice work dude! :cheers:

Do you expect a CEL due to removal of the evap canister?


Thank you!

Not really, but maybe... I basically just took the canister out of the loop and reconnected everything. As long as I don't have any leaks I think I'll be
ok. We'll see, it's easily reversible and there is room to push the canister back a little if i have to put it back in.

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Looks good with the 35's. How does it drive with stock gearing? :eek2:

It's actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I certainly wouldn't want to drive it a long distance or try to maintain any sort of speed up the pass, but for getting around out here it will be fine for a couple months. I Just keep the OD turned off, that helps keep me in a usable power range. just have to see what it does for economy... :drnk: :eek1: :spend

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My million dollar question for the week:

Paint to match or leave raw? :dunno:

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So you eliminated the canister and just hooked the breather filter up to the canister line? If so it should be fine. You might get gas fume smell coming in when it purges vapors..

I vote for raw aluminum. It just looks good like that...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:47 pm 
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So you eliminated the canister and just hooked the breather filter up to the canister line? If so it should be fine. You might get gas fume smell coming in when it purges vapors..

I vote for raw aluminum. It just looks good like that...


Yeah. I'm not real worried about it. I'm kind of digging the raw too.

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Ryan, we should plan an old school G2G for beers with Hans and Michael and some of those guys one of these days.


That would be fun. Like the old school Performance grill meet and greets.

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My million dollar question for the week:

Paint to match or leave raw? :dunno:

I'm not a fan of raw aluminum with darker colors, it looks unfinished to me. It's your call, but I would color match or go black.

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Myke J wrote:
Ryno wrote:
My million dollar question for the week:

Paint to match or leave raw? :dunno:

I'm not a fan of raw aluminum with darker colors, it looks unfinished to me. It's your call, but I would color match or go black.



^This, Color Match...maybe leave the flare raw :dunno:

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Looks awesome dude! :cool:

Ryno wrote:
My million dollar question for the week:

Paint to match or leave raw? :dunno:
I'm leaning paint. The raw looks a little off for some reason, I'm visualizing a super clean sleeper type build/paint scheme.

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I'm not a fan of raw aluminum with darker colors, it looks unfinished to me.


This is my true feeling and paint was my original plan.
I'm just trying to convince myself otherwise because I'm lazy and don't want to take all this shit off again for paint.

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I'm not a fan of raw aluminum with darker colors, it looks unfinished to me.


This is my true feeling and paint was my original plan.
I'm just trying to convince myself otherwise because I'm lazy and don't want to take all this shit off again for paint.

I can respect that :f2:

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Ryno wrote:
My million dollar question for the week:

Paint to match or leave raw? :dunno:

I'm not a fan of raw aluminum with darker colors, it looks unfinished to me. It's your call, but I would color match or go black.



^This, Color Match...maybe leave the flare raw :dunno:


X2 paint body part and flares bare.

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Looks awesome, but have to agree with painting the AL. The dark body color throws it off a bit.

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