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#1 jawbreaker

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:12 PM

Just bought a 98 XJ with 68,000 mi. It will be a good template to start from, I just ordered a lift and winch bumper for the front and started fabricating a roof fack and soon a rear bumper. Now I don't have to beat up my big truck.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:15 PM

Nice! ;)

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:21 PM

Where are the pics????
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:22 PM

I keep forgetting to add the attachments. Here's a coupleAttached File  1.jpg   19.88KB   22 downloadsAttached File  2.jpg   18.37KB   9 downloads

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:44 PM

Nice... That dog will hunt... A camo paint job sure would look nice her... ;) Frank

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 04:05 PM

yep needs some camo

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 04:07 PM

I am going to start with a desert tan paint job first and then will think about camo.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 04:48 PM

I really like the desert tan and has its own type of camo and looks great.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 06:32 PM

Nice! Mine is a 2000. What size tires ya going with?? What are ya gonna do with the large spare?? Mine gets thrown in the back for long trips, but most likely will end up on a roof rack this winter.
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 06:34 PM

That should be great!

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 06:49 PM

I'm going with 31"or 32" and will put it on the roof rack. I will post pics of the build, the material for the roof rack will run about 60-70 dollars and will take about 4 to 6 hours of fabrication if I'm just screwing around in the garage. Wanna, if you want to build on let e know, they are cheap and easy to do. As for the camo, I was thinking of getting some of the camo netting and when I need some camo I can drape it over the roof rack. Sometimes it's good to have a vehicle that doesn't look like a hunting vehicle.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 06:51 PM

Look at bigger brakes if you are going that big in tires.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 06:56 PM

31's shouldn't be a problem but I will probably upgrade as soon a I need new pads since I will have it torn apart then but I haven't even looked at the brakes yet so it may need it now. I leave for my elk hunt on friday so I will be ready to work on the jeep hard when I get back.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 07:01 PM

Okay but when you start putting on any oversize tire braking becomes a problem. Read this and you'll understand my point better.http://www.4x4abc.co...ath_brakes.htmlBeen there and done this! :rofl2:

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 07:49 PM

Yu've got PM Jawbreaker
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 07:55 PM

Hey, think I could get a lift?! lol congrats bro!

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 08:51 PM

I'm going with 31"or 32" and will put it on the roof rack. I will post pics of the build, the material for the roof rack will run about 60-70 dollars and will take about 4 to 6 hours of fabrication if I'm just screwing around in the garage.Wanna, if you want to build on let e know, they are cheap and easy to do.As for the camo, I was thinking of getting some of the camo netting and when I need some camo I can drape it over the roof rack. Sometimes it's good to have a vehicle that doesn't look like a hunting vehicle.

Ron, my hunting partner uses a military desert camo net that he got from the local GI Joe shop. His F150 is white and it's hard to see the white unless you're standing 50 feet from it. I'll have to take a picture of his camo net job next time we're out. It works great!
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:42 PM

here's the rack that I got started on sundayAttached File  1.jpg   13.26KB   7 downloadsAttached File  2.jpg   19.84KB   7 downloads

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:53 PM

Ron just remember, the heavier the rack the less weight you'll be able to carry in it safely. Plus, if you lift your Jeep and put the larger tires on it, you don't want it to be top heavy while offroading. Oh yeah, here's a photo of mine blending into the local surroundings...Attached File  IMG_0437.JPG   48.42KB   70 downloadsHa, ha.... The coyotes don't even notice my Jeep or me on top of that platform.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 07:23 PM

Maybe I shouldcut it down to 4'x4' to drop the weight down a bit. I only need to carry a full size spare a shovel and a hi lift jack. It's only tacked up right now.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 07:43 PM

Okay but when you start putting on any oversize tire braking becomes a problem. Read this and you'll understand my point better.http://www.4x4abc.co...ath_brakes.htmlBeen there and done this! :grgp6jh:

Several years ago I had a fellow worker stick some huge tires and rims on his Lincoln SUV without up grading the brake calibers and disc's. We'll he had his brake system freeze up on his front wheels and the repairs were over $2000.00 without any upgrades. Very costly lesson.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 07:49 PM

I am going to look into upgrades. The stock tires are 29"s and I'm going to run 31"s. I need to see how much difference 1" from centerine actually makes. I can see it if I was going to rn 33s or something drastic but I don't think 31s will matter( I will make sure that 31s aren't too big for stock brakes)

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:02 PM

What is the wall thickness of the tubing you are using in your rack?

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:30 PM

As far as tire size, Id think that 31's unless really wide wouldnt need upgrading. I had a Mitssubishi 4x4 truck and put 31/10/50's and it went through 2 sets of tires with no mishaps. Id just make sure that the brakes are in good repair.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:13 PM

SJ the wall size is .120 for all of it. I may buy soe .095 for the top portion to help cut down th weight( I can always use the .120 left over on a rack for some one else or another project). I like the bigger size incase I want to have extra room for camping gear so I will weigh it before cutting it down.Onery, I will only be running 31-10.50 r15 and am planning on going through the brakes when I get back ffrom Utah. I will still check with some mechanics to make sure I'm safe.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

31-10.50 r15 BFG's is what I am running (and have been running them for about 4 years). Everything works fine. I have a 3.5" lift and my tires rub every now and then when I get a little crazy. ;)I have posted a pic of mine on here before. I'll look for it.EDIT:Here it is. :lol:Posted Image
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:28 PM

Sometimes it's good to have a vehicle that doesn't look like a hunting vehicle.

Why do you say this?

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:38 PM

Because you can get hassled by non hunters and even have your vehicle vandalized.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 06:18 PM

someone might get shot too :rolleyes: in TX.

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 06:27 PM

They'd get their butt kicked here if I caught someone vandalizing a vehicle. But I've heard and seen it done because in California the antis think it's okay to do something like that. You know they're saving the planet and all one animal at a time. :rolleyes:

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