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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:09 pm 
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Glad to see u finally started on this!! I usually love the look of the raw aluminum but agree with the others it just looks off with the green. Paint match it....


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:41 pm 
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Paint next week... :peep:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:38 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:45 pm 
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Paint next week... :peep:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:17 pm 
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Ryno wrote:
Paint next week... :peep:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:44 pm 
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Very cool build so far, I would do the paint because of the rare color.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:11 pm 
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Paint Done. Mocked up one side for now. Full reassembly will have to wait until I get home next week.
No pics till it's all back together. but I will say...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:01 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:45 am 
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Right! We were talking about this rig over the weekend, curious to see how the paint looks vs raw.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:16 pm 
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I think he just left town (again) on vacation/work trip. We might have to wait a week for pictures :thumbsdown:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:26 pm 
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Alright... Yes, I had to take a couple trips for work. Spent to much time in airplanes and got crazy sick for a week and made zero progress. I finally started feeling better last weekend and finished up reassembly of all my now painted aluminum armor mid week. so with out further adieu... Here she is:

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Overall I'm pretty stoked about how it came out. :rock:. I think it's waaay cleaner than raw.
I also ordered up a PSC BFHII rear bumper that should be here this week to round out the back end. Other than that I need to wire in my Icom VHF and my ARB compressor, and maybe mess with some auxiliary lights.
other than that I'm going to take a little break, let the finances recover a little and then figure out the next steps, of suspension, axles, cage, etc.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:37 pm 
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Overall I'm pretty stoked about how it came out. :rock:. I think it's waaay cleaner than raw.

Times a brazillion :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:25 pm 
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:thumbsup: looks awesome man!!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:40 pm 
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Thanks guys! I'm pretty happy. I found myself leaving my office and just wandering through the parking lot at work a couple times this week just so i could see it. :lol:

This weekends work: I had a set of Rigid floods on the A-pillar... They really only flooded my hood. so I moved them down on a fairlead mount and installed a set of Rigid spots on the A pillar.
Turrible garage pic:

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I'm not really sure how I feel about it... The light output is nice, and I don't hate the look, but I've never been a big fan of excessive amounts of aux lights, and this is pushing it for me.

I might just go to a single 10" light bar on the fairlead in a flood/spot combo. :dunno:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:00 pm 
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Ok... Enough of my bitching about my lights not being pretty enough... :p

Let's get technical... Lets talk lift heights and belly clearance. :hmm:

Right now, with 35's, appx. 2.25" of lift and the Clayton belly skid set up I am measuring 14.6875" to the belly pan. and 18.25" to the frame rails.
My suspension plan has always been to go to Claytons 4inch, 3 link, long arm kit and run 37's.

Much of this has been driven by the fact that I had the Clayton belly skid... I got a good deal, and it was one of the first things I bought. It's beefy (albeit very heavy), It's proven, and I've always heard great things about Claytons products.

My 1 and only issue is clearance. the Clayton skid hangs 3.5" from the frame rails.

Based off my current measurements. Going to a 4" lift and 37" tires will land me with a belly clearance of right around 17.5" at the skid. I don't feel like this is enough with 104" wheel base. I want to be some where around 18.5" minimum, granted this is an arbitrary number I pulled out of thin air... because more is better. I know H's rig is somewhere around 20.5 on 38's with Claytons skid. I'm using his belly height, and over all height as my reference. Corrected for 37's that would put him at 20" I'd love 20" I don't want to be near as tall as H's rig.

So this leads me to option number "B"... :spend

Ditch the Clayton belly system.
3" springs. keep it on short arms
1-1.25" body lift
Custom crossmember and trans mount.
1" drop belly skid w/ matching engine skid.
37's

Doing the math on this, assuming +.75" from suspension, +1.0" from the tires, +2.5 from the skid lands me at 18.9" to the belly. A number I am much more comfortable with. If i can do a custom true flat skid, even better. But I have a feeling its going to be tough with the auto trans without doing more body massaging than I want, although Savvy seems to get pretty damn close with their kit. An off the shelf option like that is a possibility too but again... :spend

So... :hmm: :dunno: :bang:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:39 pm 
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Are you smacking the belly on obstacles? That's going to happen with your wheelbase, tire size, and belly clearance but it doesn't mean you're doing it wrong. The higher you go, the worse it will feel on that first side hill :roflmao:

I used to slide over the stock skid constantly when my TJ was on 35s. A belly up skid, like the one from Barnes, will do wonders for your clearance. You should be able to use weld-on brackets for the uppers and lowers, I think Barnes and Poly both make them. Much better for working on the Jeep and the stress on the components.

The Currie 4" short arm kit works really well, same for the Rokmen version. (same kit)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:53 pm 
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Depends on how you plan to use the rig. Yes, in the rock gardens at Reiter and the ledges at Moab, you may hit the Clayton's mounts and drag the belly. That being said, driving the rig on the road and all of the other Northwest trails will be more comfortable, more stable, and drive better on the Clayton's setup.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:03 am 
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What they all said....why are u so worried about belly height if u have such a stout skid? What I learned from my last tj was I want it as low and wide as I can get it....makes it feel so much better on side hills. Sure I'm gonna drag the shit out of everything underneath but that's why i have thick, strong components to handle it!

My vote is go the Clayton route and if u drag a little then so be it. U will not regret it


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:14 am 
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WTH man, you build up this killer Jeep and immediately sell it to some creeper w/a turrible moustache??

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:17 am 
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WTH man, you build up this killer Jeep and immediately sell it to some creeper w/a turrible moustache??

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WTH man, you build up this killer Jeep and immediately sell it to some creeper w/a turrible moustache??

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:10 pm 
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dr drae wrote:
WTH man, you build up this killer Jeep and immediately sell it to some creeper w/a turrible moustache??


I don't know what you're talking about. :dunno:
Also, moustaches are awesome. :f2:
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Sticking with the Clayton stuff.
and my moustache... At least until my wife makes me shave it off

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:54 pm 
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Cleaned up the back end a little with a Poison Spyder BFH rear bumper, and new stainless exhaust courtesy of Borla.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:57 pm 
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So fresh and so clean clean... :cool:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:50 am 
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This weekends projects: Test fitted up my new half doors and started stripping them down so they can go to paint.

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Came home from the Moonshiners swap meet feeling all axle'y motivated, so this started happening:

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High pinion D44 from an F150. Going to narrow to waggy width. ARB, 5.38s, Alloys, High steer, etc. etc.

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