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JKAnimal
05-10-2013, 03:59 PM
My Jeep story starts with my "friends"... I have several buddies with Jeeps and every year they go to Colorado for 7 days to run trails. They camp in the mountains and only come back to civilization for gas and groceries as needed. In Sept. of 2011 I was a ride along passenger/driver on one of these trips. That was my first time to ride or drive in a Jeep. The entire trip everyone was joking about how long it would be before I had a Jeep and I was very adamant I didn't need another vehicle.

As fate would have it, in November of 2011 I had to trade in my F150 Platinum company pickup (which I loved!) and get two high mileage 4x4 crew trucks for my guys working in WY. This left me without a vehicle and on the search. Of course I knew immediately what I was going to get :yup:.

After a lot of searching I found a Jeep I wanted and made it happen. I bought the Jeep December 18th and have never looked back.

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The first mods I bought were armor and bumpers because I knew I would be headed into the mountains in Sept. of 2012. I debated a lift but felt recovery tow points and associated recovery gear was more important. I figured I would give the Jeep a run through the trails at stock height and see how it went. There is still a running joke about how I got my lift on Upper Reno Divide. I gained 2" of clearance I didn't have before the trip. There is a particularly rocky section in the middle of a skree field. While going over the obstacle I hung the resonator on it and yanked the exhaust loose at the engine. :doh: $800 to fix.

I also ended up going all overlander (:cheesy:) and getting a roof rack. It has honestly been great for hauling just about anything I need to haul and it's almost as good as a pickup truck bed. The roof rack also provides a great place for my Rigid LEDs.

So here are some pics of the progress.

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Special Jeep Parking here :D
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Stock Flex

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So far the Truck-Lite LED headlights, the Rigid Industries LEDs and the Rugged Ridge Billet hood latches are my favorite mods.

Edit: Scratch the above. The Enforcer and 37s is definitely the best mod yet!!

In hind sight I'd have done a couple things different if I had been more informed about where I wanted the Jeep to end up I'd have bought EVO instead of Smitty but it's done it's job.

So Now It's lift time! And since I am now more informed I went with the Enforcer 4" 37" package with the 2.5" Kings and red shiny knobs. :wings:

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More to come soon. Next I need to get my C gussets welded on and make sure I have what I need to put the lift on.

Edit: This is how it sits now. Fenders trimmed and up on 37s.

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Linebacker
05-10-2013, 05:02 PM
Sweet build so far! When you travel to Colorado, do you mostly go to the San Juans in the Silverton - Ouray - Telluride area? Lots of Texans do.:thumb:

Notajerryskid
05-10-2013, 05:02 PM
First to like and comment!!!!:beer:

Crap was beat by a sec

Linebacker
05-10-2013, 05:04 PM
:cheesy::bleh::cheesy:

JKAnimal
05-10-2013, 05:04 PM
Next on the list to buy is:
New 1310 front drive shaft may go with rear also just for the double Cardin.
37" Nitto Trail Grapplers
Brake bleed kit

I am debating wether or not to ditch my smittybilt and just get a quarter-pounder and stinger with the rock skins and EVO sliders. :idontknow:

I fear that my current bumper setup will end up rubbing on the 37s.

JKAnimal
05-10-2013, 05:05 PM
First to like and comment!!!!:beer:

Crap was beat by a sec


:cheesy::bleh::cheesy:

:cheesy::cheesy:

JKAnimal
05-10-2013, 05:08 PM
Sweet build so far! When you travel to Colorado, do you mostly go to the San Juans in the Silverton - Ouray - Telluride area? Lots of Texans do.:thumb:

Last year we were in the Crested Butte, Gunnison, Marble area.

We ran most of the trails in Area 2 in the Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4 Wheel Drive Trails book.

The first year we were in the Fairplay, Breckenridge, Keystone area. Red Cone is awesome!

OverlanderJK
05-10-2013, 05:09 PM
Next on the list to buy is:
New 1310 front drive shaft may go with rear also just for the double Cardin.
37" Nitto Trail Grapplers
Brake bleed kit

I am debating wether or not to ditch my smittybilt and just get a quarter-pounder and stinger with the rock skins and EVO sliders. :idontknow:

I fear that my current bumper setup will end up rubbing on the 37s.

You already have the bumpers. Hack the tubes off that are on the side and run it as a stubby. :thumb:

JKAnimal
05-10-2013, 05:11 PM
You already have the bumpers. Hack the tubes off that are on the side and run it as a stubby. :thumb:


I've been seriously considering that! Sawzall will probably make a pretty quick job of it.

Linebacker
05-10-2013, 05:16 PM
Last year we were in the Crested Butte, Gunnison, Marble area.

We ran most of the trails in Area 2 in the Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4 Wheel Drive Trails book.

The first year we were in the Fairplay, Breckenridge, Keystone area. Red Cone is awesome!

You're hitting all the good spots and I'm with you on Red Cone. Colorado Backroads is probably the best guide. Jeep Trails to Colorado Ghost Towns is another good one. The first printing was about 50 yrs ago and the trails have changed, but it's interesting to compare both books. Best of luck with the Enforcer build out.:yup:

FoxC
05-10-2013, 06:31 PM
Enforcers Unite!!!:rock: Cant wait to see it lifted...:thumb:

paychex.308
05-10-2013, 07:01 PM
are your rear shocks/res. held together with the custom KING hose clamps or the new mystery clamp?


andrew -

TrailReady
05-10-2013, 07:04 PM
Enforcers Unite!!!:rock: Cant wait to see it lifted...:thumb:

Lol, serious! The Enforcer club is growing daily :rock:

gig3m
05-10-2013, 07:55 PM
Can't wait to see it lifted. In person! :)

JKAnimal
05-10-2013, 08:01 PM
are your rear shocks/res. held together with the custom KING hose clamps or the new mystery clamp?


andrew -

Yes. High tech isn't it! :cheesy:

I was thinking about moving the res. to the frame rail. Not sure if that is do-able though. Seems like I've seen a few rigs done like that.


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Rex
05-10-2013, 11:19 PM
Solid Build, I liked the fact you went with tow points and armor for the beginning mods (because that's what I did) haha.

Can't wait to see that lift installed. :thumb:

- Rex

MTG
05-10-2013, 11:49 PM
Very nice! Get that lift on!

JKAnimal
05-11-2013, 01:17 AM
Can't wait to see it lifted. In person! :)

Good to see you out here Kyle! I can't wait either!:yup:

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for d-virginizing yourself on my thread! :clap2:

JKAnimal
05-11-2013, 01:19 AM
Very nice! Get that lift on!

I really only made this thread so you'd have another to derail. ;)

Just kidding this thread has no rails. :beer:

LittleWhiteWrangler
05-13-2013, 03:57 PM
Looks good. Now go get that lift on and the 37's!

JKAnimal
05-13-2013, 03:59 PM
I am going to chop the bumper tubes off the Smitty SRC today! Sawzall and grinder are ready! :thumb:

Hopefully the lift goes on this week. :rock:

JKAnimal
05-14-2013, 02:02 AM
The bumper is now a stubby. I just need to do a little grinding and painting to finish it off.

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JKAnimal
05-14-2013, 02:04 AM
I also got the C gussets welded on today. I'm going to try to have the lift on by the weekend.


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RockyJk
05-14-2013, 02:39 AM
The bumper is now a stubby. I just need to do a little grinding and painting to finish it off.

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I bet it looks a lot better like that :thumbup:

JKAnimal
05-14-2013, 02:47 AM
I bet it looks a lot better like that :thumbup:

This was the other side before the cut.

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RockyJk
05-14-2013, 04:23 AM
This was the other side before the cut.

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U don't need all those extra tubes haha :thumbup: is there going to be holes on the bumper from where those tubes were??

JKAnimal
05-14-2013, 11:48 PM
Finished the bumper.
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Also slapped some paint on it to keep it from rusting.

Now onto the lift.

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Hopefully done in a day or two. No help goes slower.


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GCM 2
05-15-2013, 12:07 AM
Finished the bumper.
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Also slapped some paint on it to keep it from rusting.

that is looking great! Get a pic that shows it head on now. :thumb:

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 12:10 AM
that is looking great! Get a pic that shows it head on now. :thumb:

Haha. It's lifted.

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paychex.308
05-15-2013, 12:11 AM
Haha. It's lifted.

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LOOKS REALLY GOOD! Nice job! You just gonna rattle can bedline it?

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 12:15 AM
LOOKS REALLY GOOD! Nice job! You just gonna rattle can bedline it?

Yeah I need to. The texture isn't a good match now. Didn't really see much at lowes. Thought I might try this stuff.
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Haven't tested it yet. I need to hit the gussets too.


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OverlanderJK
05-15-2013, 12:16 AM
Looks awesome!

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 12:21 AM
Yeah I need to. The texture isn't a good match now. Didn't really see much at lowes. Thought I might try this stuff.
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Haven't tested it yet. I need to hit the gussets too.


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Try autozone or the like by you. They should have the spray bedliner which should give you a bit more texture. Looks good though!

LetsGoMuddin
05-15-2013, 12:26 AM
Looks really good! Could you rattle can the entire bumper? I bet you've got some scratches that could be painted too!;)

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 12:34 AM
Ok quick question. Do the longer springs go up front? I am assuming they do just from looking at what's there now compared to the back.


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OverlanderJK
05-15-2013, 01:17 AM
The skinnier ones go in the front. Fatter in the back.

JKWrangs
05-15-2013, 01:18 AM
I have the same bumper and have been thinking about cutting it too. when you cut the tubes off, we're there holes in the other part of the bumper or was I just solid?

StrizzyChris
05-15-2013, 02:05 AM
I have the same bumper and have been thinking about cutting it too. when you cut the tubes off, we're there holes in the other part of the bumper or was I just solid?


Finished the bumper.
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Also slapped some paint on it to keep it from rusting.

This pic makes it look solid and no hole.

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 02:48 AM
I have the same bumper and have been thinking about cutting it too. when you cut the tubes off, we're there holes in the other part of the bumper or was I just solid?

It's solid.


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JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 02:51 AM
Actually after closer inspection the taller one is the only one that fits over the bump stop.
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JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 02:52 AM
Shocks and rear tomorrow. Done for the night.
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paychex.308
05-15-2013, 03:13 AM
Shocks and rear tomorrow. Done for the night.
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things are happening!!!!

andrew -

firecrew1
05-15-2013, 03:24 AM
That looks like a good night with the Jeep. looking forward to seeing the finished product

hinrichs
05-15-2013, 12:49 PM
cant wait to see it finished, bumpers looks great :thumb:

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 03:41 PM
I was talking to my wife last night about painting the gussets and she suggested using press and seal for masking stuff off. Pintrest is where she saw it. It worked great!

Used a little foil too.

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Never thought I'd get great advice about painting from my wife! :crazyeyes:


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Lane87
05-15-2013, 03:46 PM
I was talking to my wife last night about painting the gussets and she suggested using press and seal for masking stuff off. Pintrest is where she saw it. It worked great!

Used a little foil too.

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Never thought I'd get great advice about painting from my wife! :crazyeyes:


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Good idea!

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 03:51 PM
did we ever clear up the rear shock res. question? is the KING custom hose clamp or the new "mystery" clamp?


andrew -

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 03:54 PM
did we ever clear up the rear shock res. question? is the KING custom hose clamp or the new "mystery" clamp?


andrew -

It's the hose clamp. :rolleyes2:

I think I posted that back somewhere :bleh:

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 03:58 PM
It's the hose clamp. :rolleyes2:

I think I posted that back somewhere :bleh:

ya maybe i remember you did! :D have we solved the mystery of the clamp yet????

andrew -

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 04:01 PM
ya maybe i remember you did! :D have we solved the mystery of the clamp yet????

andrew -

I honestly haven't seen any pics with a new clamp. I looked on their sight. Where did you see it?

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 04:06 PM
I honestly haven't seen any pics with a new clamp. I looked on their sight. Where did you see it?

someone posted in the "what you did this week" thread a bit ago. i will see if i can find it....

andrew -

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 04:24 PM
Aluminum

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It seems it was Punisher417s KINGS that have the mystery aluminum clamp...

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 05:10 PM
Aluminum

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It seems it was Punisher417s KINGS that have the mystery aluminum clamp...

That's pretty cool! Much nicer than the hose clamps. :doh:

Fox shocks are kind of like that. Hmmm..:thinking: There are no rubber isolators between the shock and the Res. either. seems a little odd.

I wonder if that is something aftermarket?

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 05:18 PM
nope, he said that is how ORE installed them..... hence the mystery

andrew -

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 08:34 PM
Shocks and springs in and torqued.. Now on to the LCAs and drag link flip.

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OverlanderJK
05-15-2013, 08:41 PM
You did loosen the LCA bolts before jacking it up right? If you didn't you will have one hell of a time getting them off. Ask me how I know.

ProfessionalDriver
05-15-2013, 08:41 PM
Shocks and springs in and torqued.. Now on to the LCAs and drag link flip.

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Shiny red knobs! :shock: Looks good!

paychex.308
05-15-2013, 08:44 PM
Shocks and springs in and torqued.. Now on to the LCAs and drag link flip.

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shinny red knobbie thingies on the fronts too.... look at you mr. all groweds-up!!!!

andrew -

JKAnimal
05-15-2013, 09:31 PM
You did loosen the LCA bolts before jacking it up right? If you didn't you will have one hell of a time getting them off. Ask me how I know.

Lol. I didn't loosen them but did have to jack the axle back up some to get the bolts out. These new ones are being a little bitchy going in. Gonna wait till some help arrives.

I'll start on the drag link flip till they get here.😜


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OverlanderJK
05-15-2013, 11:07 PM
Lol. I didn't loosen them but did have to jack the axle back up some to get the bolts out. These new ones are being a little bitchy going in. Gonna wait till some help arrives.

I'll start on the drag link flip till they get here.😜


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From personal experience I would put the wheels on and put the jeep on the ground. Then jack it up whichever way you need to to get them in. It's really hard to get it right without playing around with it a lot.

GCM 2
05-16-2013, 12:50 AM
That's pretty cool! Much nicer than the hose clamps. :doh:

Fox shocks are kind of like that. Hmmm..:thinking: There are no rubber isolators between the shock and the Res. either. seems a little odd.

I wonder if that is something aftermarket?

Gentlemen, may I have your attention! Google search > reservoir shock clamps > see results > choose who you want to purchase from.........I have provided a screen capture of examples. You are welcome ;)

paychex.308
05-16-2013, 01:13 AM
Gentlemen, may I have your attention! Google search > reservoir shock clamps > see results > choose who you want to purchase from.........I have provided a screen capture of examples. You are welcome ;)

well yes we have all seen those sir. the question is more, "is KING now putting them on?" or "is ORE installing them?" the owner of said shocks, Punisher, said he didnt buy them or ask for them, they just showed up that way... Just wondering if they were special KING clamps valved/tuned for my Plush Ride Coils :D


Thank you though sir!!!

andrew -

JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 03:57 AM
Gentlemen, may I have your attention! Google search > reservoir shock clamps > see results > choose who you want to purchase from.........I have provided a screen capture of examples. You are welcome ;)

Very nice! I'll just buy my own. I'm def going to ditch the hose clamps. 👍

Your the bee's knees GCM.


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JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 04:07 AM
From personal experience I would put the wheels on and put the jeep on the ground. Then jack it up whichever way you need to to get them in. It's really hard to get it right without playing around with it a lot.

I should have done this. Ask me how I know.

Warning-if you have the LCA skids on its a PINTA to get the LCAs in!!!! Don't put the skids on until after the lift.

Anyway those effers are on there.

I'm missing the bushing for the drag link flip kit. It wasn't in the bag.

Luckily I had a couple friends stop by and help out.


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OverlanderJK
05-16-2013, 04:08 AM
I should have done this. Ask me how I know.

Warning-if you have the LCA skids on its a PINTA to get the LCAs in!!!! Don't put the skids on until after the lift.

Anyway those effers are on there.

I'm missing the bushing for the drag link flip kit. It wasn't in the bag.

Luckily I had a couple friends stop by and help out.


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Pain in the ass huh?

MTG
05-16-2013, 04:54 AM
Gentlemen, may I have your attention! Google search > reservoir shock clamps > see results > choose who you want to purchase from.........I have provided a screen capture of examples. You are welcome ;)

Do you think these will work?

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MTG
05-16-2013, 04:57 AM
Warning-if you have the LCA skids on its a PINTA to get the LCAs in!!!! Don't put the skids on until after the lift.

I'm missing the bushing for the drag link flip kit. It wasn't in the bag.



Couldn't you just put the axle side in first?

Check the box and make sure it wasn't taped to the inside.

paychex.308
05-16-2013, 06:07 AM
Do you think these will work?

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i think they could work. i am pretty sure my wife has a set of those, i will throw them o tomorrow and let you know....

andrew -

GCM 2
05-16-2013, 11:45 AM
Do you think these will work?

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No, those will only work with the Double Porn Down set ups, and only if you are using the Long Dong 3 way skids. You will also need to purchase in person from Ace and Gary's "dirty off road" shop, entrance around back.

JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 12:44 PM
Couldn't you just put the axle side in first?

Check the box and make sure it wasn't taped to the inside.

Lol. I did that but we still had to pull the axle forward to to get the frame side in.😜


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JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 12:47 PM
No, those will only work with the Double Porn Down set ups, and only if you are using the Long Dong 3 way skids. You will also need to purchase in person from Ace and Gary's "dirty off road" shop, entrance around back.

Damn I guess I didn't do enough research. I didn't know the DPD and LDSkids were an option. Wonder if I can return the Enforcer? :cheesy:


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GCM 2
05-16-2013, 01:01 PM
Damn I guess I didn't do enough research. I didn't know the DPD and LDSkids were an option..........


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Apparently you are hanging out at the wrong Meet and Greets.......learn to explore your boundaries.

JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 01:02 PM
Day 3 begins. Anyone have any thoughts on JKS adjustable track bars? They look like they are good, and they have johnny joints. missed ordering adjustable track bars. I'm sure I can live for a while with the stockers.

JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 01:04 PM
Apparently you are hanging out at the wrong Meet and Greets.......learn to explore your boundaries.

That's why I have you guys! :brows:

paychex.308
05-16-2013, 02:57 PM
Day 3 begins. Anyone have any thoughts on JKS adjustable track bars? They look like they are good, and they have johnny joints. missed ordering adjustable track bars. I'm sure I can live for a while with the stockers.

with the flip kit in front and rcc bracket in the rear, there is no need for adjustable track bars! save your money for something else...

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cozdude
05-16-2013, 03:22 PM
No, those will only work with the Double Porn Down set ups, and only if you are using the Long Dong 3 way skids. You will also need to purchase in person from Ace and Gary's "dirty off road" shop, entrance around back.

:cheesy: :cheesy: omg too funny!

JKAnimal
05-16-2013, 08:44 PM
with the flip kit in front and rcc bracket in the rear, there is no need for adjustable track bars! save your money for something else...

andrew -

Ok good to know. I was just looking at the front track bar and having a little trouble lining it up but I got it on. :rolleyes2:

JKAnimal
05-17-2013, 01:16 AM
Nearly done. Just a few things tomorrow. 4-wheel jeeps overnighted the crush sleeve for the drag link flip. I honestly don't see why it's needed.

Is there a way to keep the brake lines safe from getting snagged?

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paychex.308
05-17-2013, 01:32 AM
mite i make a suggestion sir.... while it is up and apart, relocate your rear "hard" brakelines to run the line either inside of the frame or through the frame (which is what I did) lots of rear sway bar rubbing on that brakeline location.... just my thoughts! :p

andrew -

JKAnimal
05-17-2013, 01:48 AM
mite i make a suggestion sir.... while it is up and apart, relocate your rear "hard" brakelines to run the line either inside of the frame or through the frame (which is what I did) lots of rear sway bar rubbing on that brakeline location.... just my thoughts! :p

andrew -

That's a good suggestion 👍

I'll look at it in the AM.


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OverlanderJK
05-17-2013, 03:51 AM
I just used a piece of 1" square tube I had lying around for my crush sleeve. It's holding up fine so far and I'm sure it will the whole time.

GCM 2
05-17-2013, 01:12 PM
Nearly done. Just a few things tomorrow. 4-wheel jeeps overnighted the crush sleeve for the drag link flip. I honestly don't see why it's needed.

Is there a way to keep the brake lines safe from getting snagged?

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Dang it! If I was at home I could snap a photo of how I had to run my rear lines inside the frame rails. I actually sheared my driver side line off the frame rail during the Wayalife "Florence Junction Video" run. Fortunately, it was just dangling with zero leaks, no hard or soft lines was compromised.

JKAnimal
05-17-2013, 01:34 PM
Dang it! If I was at home I could snap a photo of how I had to run my rear lines inside the frame rails. I actually sheared my driver side line off the frame rail during the Wayalife "Florence Junction Video" run. Fortunately, it was just dangling with zero leaks, no hard or soft lines was compromised.

I'll take a look and see if I can figure out a good path. Throw some pics up when you can.

You too Paychex. Let's see some pics of your setup!📷


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MTG
05-17-2013, 01:42 PM
Just bend the hard lines up a bit even on top of the frame. Throw a zip tie on it and call it a day. 👍

The only thing that can grab back there is the bolt from your sway bar end link. In fact, it looks like you already have the tell tale scratch from that bolt on your frame rail. I have the same one...only mine had a brake line in it. :doh:

paychex.308
05-17-2013, 03:30 PM
so here is what I did on mines...

GENTLY bend the line in the position you choose, I ran my line alone the top of the frame and used a couple of zip ties to secure it.
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I then ran the line down the "inside" of the frame through an existing hole. I did have to widen the bottom of the hole to get the fitting inside, but after a little work, it fit. Now connecting the lines one inside was a bit tricky as well, but I just pushed the lines up enough to get to them through the top and got it done. I also used a 3/4" square furniture plug from Lowes (that I had to modify a bit) to secure the line in the hole to avoid any vibration damage.
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Line coming out of the bottom of the frame.
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Hope this helps. there are a number of ways to accomplish this, just be GENTLE and have a plan so that you are not over bending your lines.

JKAnimal
05-17-2013, 03:45 PM
so here is what I did on mines...

GENTLY bend the line in the position you choose, I ran my line alone the top of the frame and used a couple of zip ties to secure it.
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I then ran the line down the "inside" of the frame through an existing hole. I did have to widen the bottom of the hole to get the fitting inside, but after a little work, it fit. Now connecting the lines one inside was a bit tricky as well, but I just pushed the lines up enough to get to them through the top and got it done. I also used a 3/4" square furniture plug from Lowes (that I had to modify a bit) to secure the line in the hole to avoid any vibration damage.
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Line coming out of the bottom of the frame.
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Hope this helps. there are a number of ways to accomplish this, just be GENTLE and have a plan so that you are not over bending your lines.

That makes me nervous bending those steel lines... Looks good though.

Jumping tracks here. Those aren't the sway bar end links I got with my kit. Here is what I got.

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Those others look much better. As it is I am missing bolts because those links didn't come with any. Guess I'll give trail jeeps a call again.



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paychex.308
05-17-2013, 03:50 PM
That makes me nervous bending those steel lines... Looks good though.

Jumping tracks here. Those aren't the sway bar end links I got with my kit. Here is what I got.

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Those others look much better. As it is I am missing bolts because those links didn't come with any. Guess I'll give trail jeeps a call again.

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Dont be nervous, just be GENTLE... the line will bend pretty easy, just work in small sections. Trust, you will want them out of the way as that silly sway bar bolt WILL catch your lines at some point...

As far as the links, ya give them a call and see if they are an upgrade or if they are supposed to be standard.

JKAnimal
05-17-2013, 05:07 PM
I just used a piece of 1" square tube I had lying around for my crush sleeve. It's holding up fine so far and I'm sure it will the whole time.

How do you fit a square tube in a round hole? :thinking: :idontknow:

You'll have to show me that trick sometime! :cheesy:

Crush sleeve arrived today. Now that I have it in my hand I understand why you need it. The existing hole in the knuckle where the drag link goes is tapered so the drag link basically press fits into the knuckle. After you ream it with the 13/16th bit the sleeve reverses the taper so the new drag link fits properly. That's pretty cool! :yup:

JKAnimal
05-18-2013, 12:47 AM
Done!!

37" Nittos tomorrow!

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OverlanderJK
05-18-2013, 03:44 AM
That was for the track bar. My bad. But if you file down the edges of the steel tub with a nail file it will turn round. :cheesy:

paychex.308
05-18-2013, 03:56 AM
Done!!

37" Nittos tomorrow!

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looks really good!!! is that your silly dome popping up behind the front end?


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JKAnimal
05-19-2013, 12:10 AM
Got the totes on this morning. It's Badass! Couldn't get the alignment until Tuesday. 💩

But I am very impressed by the ride already and the gears feel fine. Haven't gone very fast with it out of alignment. The traction control is kicking in.

I also need to adjust the Draglink to straighten the steering wheel.

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MTG
05-19-2013, 12:17 AM
Got the totes on this morning. It's Badass! Couldn't get the alignment until Tuesday. 

But I am very impressed by the ride already and the gears feel fine. Haven't gone very fast with it out of alignment. The traction control is kicking in.

I also need to adjust the Draglink to straighten the steering wheel.

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Looks great! You should just the the alignment yourself following wayoflife's write up. :yup: :thumb:

LetsGoMuddin
05-19-2013, 12:24 AM
Awesome! When you hit the trails, take some pics so we can see them all drity! :thumb:

RockyJk
05-19-2013, 12:49 AM
Came out good!! :thumbup::thumbup:

Bacon
05-19-2013, 01:25 AM
if you straighten your steering wheel, your ESP will stop acting up.

JKAnimal
05-19-2013, 01:40 AM
if you straighten your steering wheel, your ESP will stop acting up.

Cool. I figured that might be the problem. I'll fix that tomorrow. I took the day off today pretty much. My wife and kids missed me.


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JKAnimal
05-19-2013, 01:43 AM
Looks great! You should just the the alignment yourself following wayoflife's write up. :yup: :thumb:

Great suggestion! I'll do that tomorrow for sure. I am ready to test it out!

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MTG
05-19-2013, 01:47 AM
Great suggestion! I'll do that tomorrow for sure. I am ready to test it out!

Should I re-torque the bolts now it's been driven?


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I think I waited a few hundred miles. Can't remember. I just read back a page or two with a little more time.

1) the sway bar links you have are the new design.
2) isn't it amazing how well it drives? I swear some people don't believe me when I tell them.

I really like your jeep. I would have thought triple crush would be too much, but the black roof rack really tones it down. Well done.

OverlanderJK
05-19-2013, 01:50 AM
Looks sweet! Nice work!

JKAnimal
05-19-2013, 02:19 AM
Thanks guys! I really can't believe the difference.

It was really fun and I feel like I really know my Jeep much better.

I packed the old front brake lines as spares and I'll keep the front drive shaft as a spare.

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ProfessionalDriver
05-19-2013, 02:21 AM
Looks great man!

TrailReady
05-20-2013, 12:33 PM
What a difference the 37's make! Great looking rig man..

paychex.308
05-20-2013, 01:20 PM
the Nittos really were the finishing touch! That is a great looking rig you have there my friend! as MTG stated, the ride is far better than anyone thinks! Congrats!

andrew -

hinrichs
05-20-2013, 06:47 PM
looks perfect on the new shoes :thumb:

JKAnimal
05-21-2013, 01:23 AM
Got the steering straightened up and been driving around all day. I really like the ride! I haven't had a chance to test out 4wd yet. I am going to have to pull my sliders and trim more pinch seam in the rear. There is only about 2" of clearance before it hits.

I have a friend that will probably buy the smitty sliders and I will upgrade to EVO step style sliders. I hear they take a while to get built and delivered so I'll order very soon.

Otherwise the gearing and stuff seems fine. Brakes are a little slower to stop and steering seems good.

Has anyone upgraded their steering suppressor for the larger tires? It feels a little squishy.

Didn't get a chance to do the alignment over the weekend but I'm scheduled for tomorrow at my tire dealer. :brows:

JKAnimal
05-21-2013, 08:07 PM
This guy is the Original Animal!


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JKAnimal
05-28-2013, 11:32 PM
So it's gears time! I've read through many of the threads discussing gears and I am in the debate between 5.13 or 4.88. I hopefully will be pulling our little camper to the OHV parks and then setting up camp there for the weekend to wheel. I'd like to have plenty of power for pulling the trailer through the hills and mountains.

I know 5.13 are the normal recommended gear for 37s but from a power standpoint what does that mean. I have stared and stared at the RPM chart for doing 70 with different tire sizes and gears and I am still not sure if I know how it relates to the power side of things. I need to hurry up and decide so I can get rolling.

Please give me your opinions! Thanks,

John

paychex.308
05-28-2013, 11:34 PM
I am a fan of the 5.13s!!! I have great power on and off road.

OverlanderJK
05-29-2013, 12:01 AM
You will be fine with 4.88's being you have a '12 but if it was me I would do 5.13's just to have some extra.

TheDuff
05-29-2013, 12:07 AM
I've ridden in a '12 jku on 37's with 4.88's. Seemed great to me on the highway. Pm ttfhell and ask him what he thinks about his 4.88s

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MTG
05-29-2013, 12:07 AM
5.13s are nice with the 3.6. :yup:

paychex.308
05-29-2013, 12:47 AM
I didnt even think about the difference in the motor. The 5.13s with your 3.6L will be perfect!!!

JKAnimal
05-29-2013, 12:47 AM
I am a fan of the 5.13s!!! I have great power on and off road.


You will be fine with 4.88's being you have a '12 but if it was me I would do 5.13's just to have some extra.


5.13s are nice with the 3.6. :yup:

Have any of you guys towed a trailer or say a boat or anything since your gear change? Just curious.

JKAnimal
05-29-2013, 12:48 AM
I didnt even think about the difference in the motor. The 5.13s with your 3.6L will be perfect!!!

Ok I just don't want to come up short...:thinking: in the towing department.:idontknow:

MTG
05-29-2013, 12:48 AM
Have any of you guys towed a trailer or say a boat or anything since your gear change? Just curious.

Nope. My boat is at the max towing capacity of the jeep...without all the mods I've done to it. Sorry.

paychex.308
05-29-2013, 12:49 AM
No sorry! Cant help with that!

paychex.308
05-29-2013, 12:50 AM
Ok I just don't want to come up short...:thinking: in the towing department.:idontknow:

I am gonna guess that the tow weight is gonna hold you back more than the power.

JKAnimal
05-29-2013, 12:52 AM
Nope. My boat is at the max towing capacity of the jeep...without all the mods I've done to it. Sorry.

That sucks... My little trailer is only about 1600-1700 pounds if that.

You have a boat puller don't you?

JKAnimal
05-29-2013, 12:57 AM
I am gonna guess that the tow weight is gonna hold you back more than the power.

The trailer/camper isn't very heavy. Unfortunately all my pics are too large to post up. Let me modify a few an show the camper.

Man I felt like I had a HUGE trailer behind me this weekend. It was windy and I could barely hit 70. 4.10s and 37s is a bitch if your traveling in hilly areas! :icon_crazy:

paychex.308
05-29-2013, 12:59 AM
Ya wind will do that!!! Brutal on driving just the jeep, cant imagine pulling a trailer in it!?!?! That is pretty lite though and shouldnt be a problem with either gear you choose. I would go with the 5.13s though!

FoxC
05-29-2013, 01:04 AM
I love my 4.88's, but if I had to tow with my jeep I'd go 5.13's.:yup:

JKAnimal
05-29-2013, 01:04 AM
Ya wind will do that!!! Brutal on driving just the jeep, cant imagine pulling a trailer in it!?!?! That is pretty lite though and shouldnt be a problem with either gear you choose. I would go with the 5.13s though!

The tires really feel like they want to follow the ruts in the road. Almost like they are doing the driving. The steering acts like the suppressor can't handle the bigger tires. I drove without a steering suppressor when I had the 32s on and it felt like it does now. It feels squishy when I turn the wheel if that makes sense.

Edit: After getting the gears in the Jeep drives like a dream! I think the first tire shop didn't do a good alignment. >:(

JKAnimal
05-29-2013, 01:08 AM
I love my 4.88's, but if I had to tow with my jeep I'd go 5.13's.:yup:

Good to know. This seems to be the general consensus. :thumb:

Looks like I'll head toward the 5.13s.

Have any of you guys ever changed out gears? Not sure I want to attempt it.

JKAnimal
06-10-2013, 03:50 AM
Finally started trimming my fenders. Don't have the liners back in but it looks good. Still need a little finishing work also. Headed to get my 5.13s tomorrow morning bright and early.:rock:

That color difference is the dew. Very humid here today.

OverlanderJK
06-10-2013, 03:57 AM
Looking good! :thumb:

MTG
06-10-2013, 04:02 AM
Finally started trimming my fenders. Don't have the liners back in but it looks good. Still need a little finishing work also. Headed to get my 5.13s tomorrow morning bright and early.:rock:

That color difference is the dew. Very humid here today.

I have to say that I didn't think I would like color matched flares trimmed, but the few I have seen do look good. Including yours. :thumb:

Are you going to use trim on the edges or leave it raw?

hinrichs
06-10-2013, 01:35 PM
cant wait to see what you think on gears, looking at doing mine down the road, 4.10 are annoying on the way to wheel where im at, but not bad enough yet to make me want to spend the $$$ yet. Also interested to see what you do with the steering stablilizer as im in the same boat as you. Im tempted to try the redneck ram assist system or the diy one that prime went with.

JKAnimal
06-10-2013, 01:44 PM
I have to say that I didn't think I would like color matched flares trimmed, but the few I have seen do look good. Including yours. :thumb:

Are you going to use trim on the edges or leave it raw?

After looking at them in the daylight I think I'll probably go raw. They aren't quite as straight as I want so I will continue to work on them with the rasp until they are perfect👍.

I'm kind of anal like that. I'll probably also look at getting some touch up paint. The paint held up really well.


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06-10-2013, 01:48 PM
cant wait to see what you think on gears, looking at doing mine down the road, 4.10 are annoying on the way to wheel where im at, but not bad enough yet to make me want to spend the $$$ yet. Also interested to see what you do with the steering stablilizer as im in the same boat as you. Im tempted to try the redneck ram assist system or the diy one that prime went with.

Yeah the 4.10 are a little sluggish for sure. Animal is up on the rack now.

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06-10-2013, 02:35 PM
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06-12-2013, 08:57 PM
I've been stuck in the office and super busy but I am finally turning loose. I finished the first step of the gear break in. Drove the final 15-20 mi yesterday. It was 20 minutes of pure heaven. :yup:

The first thing I noticed about the 5.13s was how easy the reverse and take off were. I really really like them so far. My shift points seem a little earlier then what they were with the 32s and 4.10 but it's is not a problem. I can actually accelerate while in 6th again, even up hill. I only have about 50 miles on the 5.13s so far and I'm going a little easy on them but WOW what a difference from 4.10 and 37s!! I'd almost say it's zippy.:rock:

I'm going to finish trimming the rear fenders today and I'll post up some pics. We have a Father's Day weekend planned at Hidden Falls ORV park Friday - Sunday. I'm really excited!! :rock:

OverlanderJK
06-12-2013, 09:00 PM
I've been stuck in the office and super busy but I am finally turning loose. I finished the first step of the gear break in. Drove the final 15-20 mi yesterday.

I only have about 50 miles on the 5.13s so far and I'm going a little easy

Isn't the gear break in 500 miles? That's what I am guessing you meant?

JKAnimal
06-12-2013, 09:03 PM
Isn't the gear break in 500 miles? That's what I am guessing you meant?

Yes 500 mi total but the very first step is to drive 15-20 miles then stop and let the diffs cool down completely. Do that 3 times total then put regular miles on up to 500. At 500 you change the gear oil and check the gears. I guess your done after that.

Edit: They say if you don't intend to tow then 250 is good but I will be towing our little camper around so I'm going the full 500. Honestly I have alot of driving to do. :)

JKAnimal
06-19-2013, 10:10 PM
Okay so the trip to Hidden Falls was great except for the tent :). There was no breeze on Friday night so it was really hot. Think I'm putting the tent away for cooler weather. :D

I'll post up the few pics I took. I'm waiting to get some pics from friends also. Lots of limestone ledges and rocks. Very nice place to visit smack dab in the middle of Texas hill country.

That's my ugly mug holding the snake. Honey Badger don't give a shit bout snakes. :)
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JKAnimal
06-19-2013, 11:37 PM
Had to post this. My 8 yr old built to today. It's his sniper rifle. 👍36082


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06-19-2013, 11:40 PM
Had to post this. My 8 yr old built to today. It's his sniper rifle. 👍36082


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awesome!


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JKAnimal
07-13-2013, 03:44 PM
So we left TX Thursday for a family trip to Baily CO and caught a few easy trails on the way up. We drove up Phantom Canyon Rd. yesterday and then headed up Gold Camp Road to CO Springs. Nice views and cool history. Here are a few pics.

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Dirt climber
07-24-2013, 11:45 PM
What roof rack do you have

JKAnimal
07-25-2013, 01:00 AM
What roof rack do you have

It's the wild boar roof rack. I really like it. Its almost as good as a pickup bed.


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JKAnimal
12-04-2013, 01:05 AM
Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I posted in my own thread. :crazyeyes: Were does the time go?

The newest editions since the last post are as follows:

ARB Twin Compressor mounted under the passenger seat. The switch is on the A pillar.
Carolina Metal Master's under seat bracket
Dynatrac Pro-Steer ball joints, Link to install thread ----->http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?10709-Dynatrac-Prosteer-Ball-Joint-Interference/page4&highlight=dynatrac+ball+joint
Welcome Distributing Grab Handles

I'll post up some pics.

This year I really put my Enforcer to the test in CO we stayed in Area 1 from the Charles Wells books and knocked a few of those trails off the bucket list. Even though flash floods were expected in the area we had very little rain on the trails and it was a great camping trip. I'll post a pic thread and link back.

cozdude
12-04-2013, 02:03 AM
Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I posted in my own thread. :crazyeyes: Were does the time go?

The newest editions since the last post are as follows:

ARB Twin Compressor mounted under the passenger seat. The switch is on the A pillar.
Carolina Metal Master's under seat bracket
Dynatrac Pro-Steer ball joints, Link to install thread ----->http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?10709-Dynatrac-Prosteer-Ball-Joint-Interference/page4&highlight=dynatrac+ball+joint
Welcome Distributing Grab Handles

I'll post up some pics.

This year I really put my Enforcer to the test in CO we stayed in Area 1 from the Charles Wells books and knocked a few of those trails off the bucket list. Even though flash floods were expected in the area we had very little rain on the trails and it was a great camping trip. I'll post a pic thread and link back.

How are you liking your twin under the seat? I have mine under the hood and it is loud so I can't imagine it under the seat.


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JKAnimal
12-04-2013, 02:51 AM
How are you liking your twin under the seat? I have mine under the hood and it is loud so I can't imagine it under the seat.


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Honestly I really like it. Its a little noisy but it's not bad. I actually really like the harmonics of both compressors running at the same time. It also adds a little extra heat to the inside when it's cold. :)

I definitely would say it's not painfully loud. Usually everyone is out of the Jeep socializing when airing up anyway so it hasn't been an issue.


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Brankz
12-04-2013, 02:56 AM
well yes we have all seen those sir. the question is more, "is KING now putting them on?" or "is ORE installing them?" the owner of said shocks, Punisher, said he didnt buy them or ask for them, they just showed up that way... Just wondering if they were special KING clamps valved/tuned for my Plush Ride Coils :D


Thank you though sir!!!

andrew -

What happened to paychex?
He's still here in wal ?

JKAnimal
12-04-2013, 02:58 AM
What happened to paychex?
He's still here in wal ?

I was wondering that too. I haven't been doing much on here for a few months so there's kind of a new crowd.



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10frank9
12-04-2013, 03:01 AM
What happened to paychex?
He's still here in wal ?

Back to your thread Brannks. Nothing to see here, move along now. Nothing to see.

Brankz
12-04-2013, 03:02 AM
Back to your thread Brannks. Nothing to see here, move along now. Nothing to see.

Ok sir, I'm moving back to my thread

JKAnimal
12-04-2013, 03:02 AM
Back to your thread Brannks. Nothing to see here, move along now. Nothing to see.

Lmao! Branks police!





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cozdude
12-04-2013, 05:49 AM
Honestly I really like it. Its a little noisy but it's not bad. I actually really like the harmonics of both compressors running at the same time. It also adds a little extra heat to the inside when it's cold. :)

I definitely would say it's not painfully loud. Usually everyone is out of the Jeep socializing when airing up anyway so it hasn't been an issue.


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Lol I like the sound of the twins running as well. It just sounds strong!

I didn't think of everyone being out of the jeep when airing up so good point. I'm running an air locker off of it so I guess it could be loud (if it was in the cab) when I turn it on to run the locker other than that it wouldn't matter:


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JKAnimal
12-04-2013, 07:29 PM
Here are a few pics from my CO trip this year:

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munstie
12-04-2013, 08:06 PM
Always enjoy seeing pic's form Colorado, great scenery out there.

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rubicrawl
12-04-2013, 08:10 PM
Wow love Colorado I would love to take a Colorado trip this year for first time I was thinking of going for my bday in June we will see great pics by the way

Pushrod
12-04-2013, 11:31 PM
I love the Alpine Loop, we spent 14 days camping at the Amphitheater Campground in Ouray and drove all over the area, some trails more than once. Some of the high passes had just been plowed a couple of weeks when we were there in last of July first of August so those planning to go keep that in mind. I'm sure Poughkeepsie was nothing for the Animal! We came across a guy pulling his Z71 out of Mineral Springs with a Yukon, he had trashed his transmission and spent the night on the mountain waiting for his uncle to bring his Yukon to pull it out. Your rig looks great.

JKAnimal
12-04-2013, 11:39 PM
I love the Alpine Loop, we spent 14 days camping at the Amphitheater Campground in Ouray and drove all over the area, some trails more than once. Some of the high passes had just been plowed a couple of weeks when we were there in last of July first of August so those planning to go keep that in mind. I'm sure Poughkeepsie was nothing for the Animal! We came across a guy pulling his Z71 out of Mineral Springs with a Yukon, he had trashed his transmission and spent the night on the mountain waiting for his uncle to bring his Yukon to pull it out. Your rig looks great.

That sounds like fun! We camped for 7 days near Ouray. If you head south out of Ouray there is the Mineral Creek trail head. We found a nice camp spot maybe 1/4 mile or less from the Poughkeepsie Gulch split. It was a great time!

iRonin
06-03-2014, 07:54 PM
Subbed - this past weekend was the first time I've gotten to wheel with Dok/ANIMAL, and got to see first hand just how much of a difference 37s make in practice on a JKU. Great break-over and drop angles; I was so jealous watching this rig crawl over ledges while my belly tapped on the same lines running 35s. Definitely inspired to move onto phase two and maybe even crank up a build thread for Thanos to keep me motivated!! :)

JKAnimal
06-04-2014, 12:11 AM
Subbed - this past weekend was the first time I've gotten to wheel with Dok/ANIMAL, and got to see first hand just how much of a difference 37s make in practice on a JKU. Great break-over and drop angles; I was so jealous watching this rig crawl over ledges while my belly tapped on the same lines running 35s. Definitely inspired to move onto phase two and maybe even crank up a build thread for Thanos to keep me motivated!! :)

Thanks!

Well for me it was really the first time seeing a rig with EVO sliders and the QP and I was a little jealous how sweet they look! Definitely in my future!

Aside from a few minor clearance issues we both rolled through almost the same lines! Your Jeep is set up very nicely! And is very capable with the 35s!

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06-04-2014, 01:29 AM
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07-15-2014, 04:01 PM
Installed the Jkini from Spiderweb Shade. I rarely take the entire top off so this was a great shade!

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TrailRidden
07-15-2014, 06:45 PM
The spider web shades are sweet! I hear they really help. Great photos :yup:

CCTX50
07-16-2014, 12:40 AM
Just read the entire thread. Great build! I have a 13 JKUR and am looking at different builds in an attempt to build mine up.

Living down in Corpus Christi there is not much at all to crawl. Hopefully will make it out to HFs soon. If you ever get down this way look me up.


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JKAnimal
07-16-2014, 01:30 AM
Thanks.

The Enforcer has been a great lift! You can't beat the plush ride coils! This is my everyday driver and I love it! You could probably cut cost on the shocks and go with Bilstien or Rancho. I chose the Kings for their reputation for longevity and adjustability.


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