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Old 09-07-2010, 05:58 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Bought a gallon of Herculiner a little while back and put it on this weekend. Prep took a decent amount of time but since there are so many little or angled sections of the tub on mine it took way longer just to get the first coat on since I had to brush and not roll. Here it is at two coats and I'm happy with it:





Now I can move into building a new center console.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:20 AM   #102 (permalink)
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looks sweet, nice job
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:55 AM   #103 (permalink)
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make sure and splurge on the U.V. protectant! shit fades really bad if you dont. Or at least it did 8 years ago when I use it on a project
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:48 AM   #104 (permalink)
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New 44"s, turn signal lamps, and some other clean-up:



Just have to get my locker cables routed, exhaust fixed, front driveshaft put back in place, and it'll be trail-ready.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:22 AM   #105 (permalink)
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How about some more pics.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:24 AM   #106 (permalink)
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nice build... im looking at doing ORI's. post up how you like them on the trail and on the road. they seem like a good way to go from what ive read. would like some feed back on how they work before shelling out the $$$$.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:04 AM   #107 (permalink)
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I haven't hit the trail with them yet but on-road performance is great so far. There is very little body sway on corners now and they stay extremely stiff on a level surface. I'm sure I'll have to dial them in a little but as-is they work well.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:48 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Been quiet lately but I've been busy getting some CO2-actuated lockers going. Bought some Clippard rams and a Powertank Jet Pak setup to run it all. Pics and a full write-up coming soon, I'm off to fill the tanks tomorrow.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:07 PM   #109 (permalink)
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Been quiet for a while but I've been researching air-actuated lockers and have been setting that up. I'll have some pics of that once it's done (still need to mount the rams to the axles) but for now I've been able to get 4WD back and fix my exhaust. The new carrier bearing is in place for the front driveshaft (not at an angle now) and works well, even at speeds up to 45 MPH which is the fastest I've gone so far. The exhaust has been re-routed to go behind the oil pan and works out great too.







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Old 12-25-2010, 09:52 PM   #110 (permalink)
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do you have any upclose pics as to how you mounted the ori's on the rear axle and up in the tub?
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do you have any upclose pics as to how you mounted the ori's on the rear axle and up in the tub?
Got a couple from during the build:



There are two welded tabs on the back of the top tube to hold the strut in place there. They had to be set to the back to get a good angle relative to the axle and where we were mounting it there.



Pretty straightforward, two tabs again. The placement was needed because of where the portal connected to the center section.
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What was the problem with the carrier bearing mount, and what did you do to fix it?
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What was the problem with the carrier bearing mount, and what did you do to fix it?
The mount was angled down towards the axle. The bearing really needed a perfectly-level angle from the transfer case because at high speeds there would be too much vibration in the bearing and it cracked its housing. Now that the mount is straight the bearing is too, and while there's a little more angle on the second shaft it's not a big deal and things run a lot better now. Vibration is pretty minimal.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:26 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Like most built Jeeps I have issues with 4WD shifting, so I acquired a new Advance Adapters cable 4WD shifter:



I hope to get that installed in the next week or two.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:47 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Would have been sick if you were able to keep that uber low stance.
I say F all of the super duper everything is all in something elses way super low crap. I see nothing wrong with actually having a little more height and having it useful. His ride kicks ass hands down just the way it is
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:40 AM   #116 (permalink)
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I say F all of the super duper everything is all in something elses way super low crap. I see nothing wrong with actually having a little more height and having it useful. His ride kicks ass hands down just the way it is
Right on!!!!!!!! I luv the low stance look and if all your gonna do is crawl its cool. If you ever plan to haul some ass down a bumpy road u better have some up-travel, or some really good bump stops.

That bitch is way cool just the way it is,,,,,,let see some crawling pics
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:18 PM   #117 (permalink)
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did you weld the lower strut mounts to the short piece between the axle housing and the portal box? i thought that piece was cast?
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:32 PM   #118 (permalink)
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Yeah, it's on that section but the piece didn't seem cast when ground down.
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Yeah, it's on that section but the piece didn't seem cast when ground down.
do you think they are forged?
i have to redo my CO mounts (i built them 90 deg to the ground) and i would like to build the new mounts on that piece to kick them out some, but i thought it was cast
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New 44"s, turn signal lamps, and some other clean-up:



Just have to get my locker cables routed, exhaust fixed, front driveshaft put back in place, and it'll be trail-ready.
Killer Jeep man. I love the yellow. That is one of the cleanest well done "big" jeeps I've seen. Where did you get those mirror relocation brackets and who makes them? They look really good with the 03+ mirrors.

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Old 12-31-2010, 07:42 PM   #121 (permalink)
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The portal tubes must be forged I guess because the mounts are fine and without wear or stress. Mounting there has worked well for me.

As for the mirror mounts, I don't think they even have a brand name but I found them on Quadratec. They were pretty cheap, maybe $20.

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Old 01-29-2011, 02:46 PM   #122 (permalink)
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The new 4WD linkage is in:



Turned out to be pretty easy, just took a little time to get some rusted bolts off. I actually stripped the torx bolt that went into the transfer case (for the shift lever) so another bolt had to be welded onto the end to get it off. Everything else was straightforward though.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:06 PM   #123 (permalink)
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Awesome rig man. I have to agree that this is one of the cleanest "big jeeps" I have seen.

As far as the ORIs... what are your lower pressures set at? I run 100 PSI in mine (the minimum recommended) and they are great on the trail, nice and soft for crawling, but body roll is an issue on the street and jumping it is... eh... They bottom out pretty hard and I have 5" of up travel, even with small jumps (a few feet in the air) it still lands hard.

I thought about raising the lowers' pressure just a touch, maybe 115 PSI or so. I know with 150 PSI (maximum is 200) they tend to bounce driving down the road; learned that from a customers rig. I was dealing with ORI directly when I bought mine, so I called for a suggestion and their response was that you cannot drive them on the street. I asked why, and was told simply because they were not designed for that. No help from them at all. So basically, I was just curious as to what you run and if you noticed any bouncing on the road at that pressure. Did you take any oil out of the uppers?
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The portal tubes must be forged I guess because the mounts are fine and without wear or stress. Mounting there has worked well for me.
I really, really, really want to know if you’re right (I hope you are), because if you are, within a week or so I will mount my COs there too.
I have read prolly all the 404 builds and I can’t find any others mounted there (but that certainly doesn’t mean there aren’t any), do you know of anyone already abusing their junk with the mounts there?
You didn’t do anything special or out of the ordinary when you welded them there did you?
Thanks, and great lookin TJ,
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:29 AM   #125 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure I've got between 150-200 PSI in mine but it's been a while since they were charged so I can't quite remember. I don't experience any jostling or bouncing down the road and they hold corners well. They unload when I want them to but hold a strong stance otherwise.

I don't know of anyone else who mounted them like I do, but I don't know anyone who has ORIs and 'mogs either.
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