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JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:40 PM
Hey guys, i'm sure you've seen me around the forum posting pictures of camaro girl along with a few pics of my Jeep thrown in the mix. This thread here is dedicated to the latest ongoing modifications and changes to my Jeep Roxy. Throughout the thread i will also include small write ups on the products i've installed, with helpful hints and tips along the way.

It has been a loonngg month, trying to prepare the Jeep and ourselves for Topless for Tatas, while getting into my new job as an RN. The plan for TFT was to order in either new wheels and tires or a new rear bumper and carrier (or both) because 1.) My tailgate couldn't handle a serious wheeling trip with a 35 on it, as it's been on there the past 4 years, and 2.) i have a non matching spare which wouldn't cooperate on the road with the ESP system.

After getting the Poison Spyder hood louver on the Jeep i got word of the PSC video testimonials for their product reviews. So Camaro_Girl and I made a testimonial video for them, shown below:


As i was sitting in Orientation for my new job i got a few text messages from fellow Jeepers saying congratulations. Confused and excited I took a few minutes to investigate and found out that we had won the grand prize for the testimonial win, $1,000 in PSC Gear. :wootrock::thumb::applouse::mike::beer:

We made our list of parts and placed the order in a few days, and after i made some calculations i was able to place the order for the rear bumper tire carrier i wanted, the JCR Offroad Crusader Series bumper and tire carrier. So these orders were all placed within a few days, and the PSC stuff was supposed to be here a week before TFT, and the bumper was supposed to ship the Monday before we left on Thursday.

Long story short i had all my parts the week before, so i was siked to get moving on the build.

The Poison Spyder Customs Order;

Evap Skid
Side Armor
Rocker Knockers
2 hoodies
3 shirts
2 hats
1 Emblem

JCR Offroad;

Crusader Series Rear Bumper / Tire Carrier
Added Goodies: D-rings and back-up lights

Also, I had a bad heim joint in my Rock Krawler trackbar, and had a replacement ordered which was due to be here the tuesday before we left, which it arrived on time.

Rock Krawler Suspension;

Replacement Trackbar Heim Joint

Since i had the parts, most of my free time went into prepping them for the Jeep, as they were all bare metal (except the Evap skid)

It was like Christmas!!!









Parts Party in the garage, it was surely Christmas in July;



Like I said I had to prep all of this stuff, so I got to work as soon as I could and burned lots of midnight oil, spending two nights until 5am

JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:42 PM
Everything was cleaned and prepped for primer!!

And then primed on the next table;




Bumper pieces and parts;


Then it was time to bust out the Duplicolor Spray on Bedliner (Blue can)


As Hookem Stated in his bumper thread, The texture of the bedliner will depend on how close you spray the bedliner to the piece. 12”-18” will result in a smooth/bumpy finish, as the grits of the liner fill their own voids making it smooth. If you spray from 20”-26” away you will get a finish that is more gritty with a better appearance in my opinion. As long as it’s prepped well, you shouldn’t have any issues with the bedliner adhering to the surface. (I used Rustoleum self-etching primer)









JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:44 PM
So, what’s a Jeep if you can’t make it your own right? I had no choice but to accent my new bedlined mods with red to match my theme;


PSC Evap

PSC Rocker Knockers, I added a painted piece in between the rails and punched piece, it came out SICK

Then while everything dried, I started tearing down my Jeep, taking off the stainless side steps, and then installing the evap canister skid.
To install this skid;

Removed the clips and hoses from the canister, and remove the three bolts holding the canister to the underside of the body.


There is a metal tab that you must lift up with a flat blade to remove the stock mounting plate from the canister, then you place the canister in the skid, and start the two front bolts. Attach the rear mount to the skid, and then tighten the rear mount to the skid. Snug the canister down with the metal strap, and reinstall the hoses and clips. Tighten down the rear mount to the body, and also tighten the metal strap on the canister, make it really snug but not too tight to crack the plastic casing. Finish by tightening the front two bolts with hand wrenches.

When all this was going on, I also ordered some new wheels and tires from a local place, Highline Autoworks out of Sandusky, Ohio. Big thanks to Tony for getting these in so quickly and at a great price.

Highline Autoworks;
(5) 35x12.50R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
(5) 17x9 Pro Comp 3036

So I picked these tires and wheels up in my little trailer, and set these aside until I had the tire carrier and stuff ready.



The next mod installed was the rear bumper and tire carrier, without a spare tire as it would be changed soon.
The removal of the stock rear bumper was the easiest thing I have ever done to my Jeep. With basic hand tools, it took me a max of 20 minutes to get it off the Jeep and clean the rear and touch up the rust with fresh paint.



To put this bumper on; make sure you test fit and make sure everything fits before you finish it up. Remove the rear bumper and tire carrier on the tailgate, touch up what you want to take care of and place the mounting tabs into the frame.


At this time if you’ve purchase back up lights for the bumper, mount those now as there isn’t space when the bumper is on. Also, put on the stainless plate for the tire carrier at this time. (The wiring might be a bit of a pain with big hands, but it is doable.) Get somebody to help you (preferably two people unless your helped knows how to turn a wrench), and start the big bolts in the frame. Keep your helper nearby as you’ll need them to lift/pivot the bumper to your liking as you tighten down the bolts.
To prep the tire carrier, be sure to pack the spindle bearings with grease, (put a big gob of grease in your hand and press the bearing edges down into it to force grease up through the bearings until the whole bearing is greased) put the bottom bearing into the carrier and tap it into place with a large socket to secure it. Place the carrier onto the bumper, semi-locked into place. Pack the top bearing with grease and place that into the carrier as well, tap that one in and place the large washer ontop, followed by the nut (1.5” socket) tighten down snug, but not so much as to let the bearing bind due to tension. I put extra grease in the carrier bearing area to ensure it was lubricated.

Now you can finish mounting the latch mechanism if you haven’t already. Adjust it so that the clamping mechanism is really tight.


At this time I didn’t have the time or need to wire up the back-up lights, but that will come later. At this time if you have your spare tire ready, you can mount the spare tire bracketry and adjust it for the height and backspacing you’d like, it’s very simply to do this but it’s a tight fit, so do so gently to not ruin your new finish.

Wednesday night Badpunkin came over to assist with some parts and pieces on Roxy, where we managed to remove the bad heim joint from the RK trackbar (MAJOR PITA) and replace it with the new heim joint. We also managed to smash the end of my right index finger.. To which Camaro_Girl dressed the wound accordingly using her superior nursing skillset. We also managed to get the Rubicon rails off, Spare mounted up and adjusted, and the new wheels and tires mounted on the Jeep!

It was too late to take pics, but I got some the next morning;


JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:46 PM
So it was Thursday, We found out that Badpunkin couldn’t make the TFT trip the day before, but he offered his garage, tools and skills to help me install the rest of the Poison Spyder gear on the Jeep Thursday night, as we rescheduled to leave first thing Friday AM. So Thursday, I organized my tools and shit needed to finish up Roxy’s mods before we left, and then I packed my little trailer up with the rocker knockers and side armor, padded and protected for scratches and the trip to Badpunkin’s. I was able to get the Jeep into a local shop to ensure the alignment was in spec for the 7 hours trip to PA, and after a run to the store for food for the weekend we had the Jeep packed and ready to get to Cleveland!

So after grabbing a bite to eat, Linc and I got to work on Roxy, aligning the side armor, and getting those damn nutserts started. (I also forgot that I bought some thing rubber liner, and I made some gaskets for the side armor, very easy to do.
So, for the side armor, line it up on the body with some clamps, use some carpet or something in between the finish and the clamps to not screw it up, and make your marks for your holes, but only drill out the top two corner holes to hang the armor.
Here’s the major secret we learned when installing the nutserts (using PSC’s “tool”) Drill the holes with your little drill bit, but instead of drilling it out with a 25/64 bit next, drill the hole out with a 3/8 bit. If the nutsert won’t fit in the hole snug, chase the 25/64 bit through it once to open it up a little bit. We found that if you follow this process, you don’t have to crank on the nutserts, which will fuck them up and distort them, further screwing up the bolts.

So set those nutserts in the corners, mark the rest of your holes and drill and nutsert the rest of them, do the same thing for the opposite side. If you follow this process, it will go a lot easier, but take your time. It took use a few hours to do all the side armor.
After the side armor was installed we could finally do the last thing on the list, the Rocker Knockers. These were a fairly easy install, a little marking and drilling required, but the directions were fine and the rails went on great, without any issue.

We finished the Jeep and cleaned up our tools at 2:15am, got ourselves cleaned up and caught a few hours of sleep. Camaro_Girl and I left for Topless @ 7am that morning, with Roxy all bolted up and ready to go.


Roxy is a new beast! Looks great and is well armored for the trail.
We arrived at Topless and setup camp, Roxy sitting stout patiently waiting for the trails. And she sure got her workout the next day.















JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:48 PM


We all made it off the trail with no damage with an exception for the guys from Knuckles offroad with a busted u joint. Roxy did great, even with some decent rubbing in the fender flares (this will be dealt with soon enough!)


Got Roxy home in one piece and cleaned her up for some nice fresh pics;




Last night I was able to wire up the back up lights! I tapped them into the stock reverse lights using the supplied kit from JCR Offroad (Westin 55w Halogen lights) which uses a relay to use the battery power, switched by the reverse lights, or you can also add a switch to them (which I’ll add eventually) Instead of running a + lead all the way to the battery, I was able to tap into the constant power available to the subwoofer, (which is off when the accessories are off) These lights are super bright, and work fantastic!!


This is the latest update for Roxy, stay tuned to the new goodies Camaro_Girl brought home from the raffle!

08-11-2012, 10:52 PM
wow didnt know you won a contest for psc. congrats. like all the new mods. curious how the trail grapplers do for you. the rig's looking great

JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:56 PM
Major Thanks goes out to Poison Spyder Customs for the amazing chance to win $1,000 in gear, thank you guys so much for your opportunities and products, they went on great and are a true quality product. I would not hesitate to buy from you guys.

Another Big thanks goes out to JCR Offroad, for getting my bumper and tire carrier done faster than expected and shipped out as quick as you did. Everything went together perfectly and is a true quality product, no squeaks creeks or rattles and it's super nice.

Another thanks to Highline Autoworks of Sandusky, OH. Thanks for getting my tires and wheels in Tony!

Mr. Bruski; Great spottign at topless for tata's. It was much appreciated and we really showed what two doors and good driving/spotting are capable of doing. We had each others backs on the trail and i can't wait for next time.

Knuckles Offroad, you guys got some great pictures! and it was great to have you guys on the trail with us. Thanks for the help spotting and the good times.

Lastly, to Mr. Badpunkin himself, thank you so much for coming out here to give me a hand with the Jeep and smashing my finger. It's always a great time and i appreciate the help. Thanks for having us over thursday evening and lending another hand for Roxy and I then as well. The Jeep turned out great and we now know a decent amount about nutserts. Thanks for letting us crash at your place for a few hours, your hospitality is next to/better than family in my book. You can always count on me for help anytime. Thanks buddy.

JMG Designs LLC
08-11-2012, 10:58 PM
wow didnt know you won a contest for psc. congrats. like all the new mods. curious how the trail grapplers do for you. the rig's looking great

The trail grapplers ride great on the road, are no louder than my duratracs (IMO) and they do awesome on the trail. I aired them down to 20psi, and they grabbed the rocks perfectly. So much so that i had little to no wheelspin all day saturday, and my Jeep went where ever i wanted it to go.

I ran Nitto Terra's in the past and they were great tires. I have no doubt the Trails will fill or surpass those expectations. (with an exception for winter conditions ie; ice and hard snow)

08-11-2012, 11:11 PM
Looks awesome, Mike. Really digging the new look, and way to get out there and thoroughly test it right away.

08-11-2012, 11:29 PM
Awesome write up ! i have to get around to doing write up one of these days
Your jeep looks awesome and loved the new look
Had an awesome time at T4T and deff glad we had each other there as spotters we did a damn good job getting around without lockers :-D
cant wait for next time maybe ill plan a trip up twards you guys sooner and do a weekend thing

08-11-2012, 11:33 PM
That's a sweet rig! This has given me some inspiration for my silver 2 door!

08-11-2012, 11:41 PM
Nicely done, Mike. I love the accents on the knockers, skid, and bumper. I'm jealous over the trail grapplers though. One day I'll have me a set. :sigh:

Great job!

Beamed over from transporter room 3. All errors a result of a malfunctioning Heisenberg compensator.

JMG Designs LLC
08-12-2012, 01:04 AM
Thanks everybody! I really appreciate the compliments as i've put so much time effort and curse words into my Jeep, like we all have. One main thing i forgot to mention, that i've recently remembered is that all these parts i've put on my Jeep lately are all 100% made in the USA. If you look closely on all the boxes infront of the Jeep they all wear a proud sticker, but i don't care about any sticker. The quality of these products are top notch, and all went on with out any alteration, with accurate directions. That's what it's all about. I have no doubt these new mods will withstand anything i throw at them, and back their products accordingly.

08-12-2012, 01:17 AM
Looks good

08-12-2012, 03:27 AM
Sexy jeep man! Diggin the psc stuff :) way to rep another sick 2 dr

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08-12-2012, 07:15 AM
Wow good job and write up...and nice looking rig

08-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Looks great! Everything ties in real nice. Roxy definitely has a new look.

Southern Discomfort
08-12-2012, 10:26 AM
Very nice!!!

JMG Designs LLC
08-23-2012, 07:35 PM
Just a quick update.

I did the grill mod with the gutter guard from Lowes today.

One packed of the metal gutter guard
Four packs of 1" square zip tie blocks (10 count)
Black zip ties
Loctite super glue
One can of clear coat

I think it turned out awesome!! Roxy looks pretty bitchin now.



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08-23-2012, 08:25 PM
Great Build!! Great Choice in Mods.. Looks fantastic

JMG Designs LLC
08-24-2012, 02:13 PM
Thanks Echo! Still more to come... lol

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08-24-2012, 04:19 PM
The jeep is coming together nicely. Good work. Need to make it out east and hit some of those trails in the pics. Looks fun.

X Rayzor Wolf X
08-24-2012, 04:29 PM
Nice build man. Love poison spyder stuff. Rock on.

JMG Designs LLC
09-02-2012, 06:47 PM

One of the next upgrades. Stay tuned!

09-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Rock on!

Whoa that was fun !!!

JMG Designs LLC
09-03-2012, 05:59 AM
Part number ES3624 for JK tie rod and drag link ends, $16.00 per end plus shipping from RockAuto.com and i got them in 1.5 days.

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09-03-2012, 09:30 AM
Looks good Mike.

JMG Designs LLC
10-08-2012, 11:12 AM
Thanks Steve!

Anybody in for the next wrench party?? It should be pretty soon.

To-Do list for Roxy;

-Fuel Pump
-Tie Rod and Draglink End (Maybe total highsteer?)
-Bushwacker Flats
-Brakeline Brackets
-Possible steering stabilizer/Trackbar bracket

Much to do. Might not even be feasible in one day, but we plan to do a wrench party to help with some of it. I now have a second car so it can be a two day thing.

10-24-2012, 07:22 PM
Come on man, where are the new pics???

10-24-2012, 07:33 PM
Yeah Erica.....where are the new pics?? Go grab the camera off his desk and share them.......unless Ludski is in them :(

JMG Designs LLC
10-24-2012, 08:56 PM
Alright alright! Damn are these things are nice. I spent a few hours the past couple nights installing the new Bushwacker flats that Camaro_Girl got me for my birthday! Thanks babe.



More pictures to come as well as a product review!

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10-24-2012, 10:06 PM
That looks good Mike

10-24-2012, 10:09 PM
Looks good Mike

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JMG Designs LLC
10-25-2012, 04:25 AM
Thanks guys, like i said more pocs to come tomorrow!

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Buick Guy
10-25-2012, 09:34 AM
Looks good!

JMG Designs LLC
10-30-2012, 06:00 PM
Well, Hospital's don't close, so looks like Roxy's going to take me to work today. Just ordered the new wheel speed sensor's through Neuworth (thanks man!) so her dash will STFU and the cruise will work again.

Here is Rox standing proud, waiting. I pulled her up the the house so i don't have to get drenched, made sure everything works and that the leaking was only from the torrential rain the past two days..


10-30-2012, 06:04 PM
looks really clean man

JMG Designs LLC
10-30-2012, 06:07 PM
A 48 hour power-washing will do that! lol We now have a lake in our front yard..

JMG Designs LLC
11-03-2012, 05:25 PM
So yesterday I got the fuel tank out from under the Jeep, got the lock ring off, and then the fuel pump assembly comes right out once the lock ring is off. I will be doing a write up on this process as there is nothing out there on this just yet.

First thing i did was disconnect the rubber hose from the evap canister, and naturally it broke the nub right off the white plastic part of the evap canister.. Later in the day i found out that the little white part alone can be ordered, and luckily my local dealer had several on the shelf for only $9 bucks.

Long story short Roxy has a new fuel pump, free from cracks and this should fix her gas fume issue. I also cleaned out my connections for my driver side wheel speed sensors and that fixed my dash light issue, only for them to come back late last night, but this might be due to the leaking rear driver side axle seal. Then i did a tire rotation and re-installed the evap canister and skid with the new part and wrapped her all up.

It was a long day yesterday but worth it.

11-03-2012, 09:14 PM
Sounds like a pain in the butt but necessary job. Glad you got it done! We will no longer be able to track Roxy by her scent.

11-03-2012, 10:26 PM
Your jeep is looking good man. Really sharp.

JMG Designs LLC
01-10-2013, 03:47 PM
Spent some money today/yesterday. :beer:

http://image.atvrideronline.com/f/14806601/0902_atvp_01_z+heavy_duty_tire_repair_kit+power_ta nk_logo.jpg



Stay tuned for an update!


01-10-2013, 03:48 PM
I think I have an idea of what's in store. Can't wait to see it all together.

JMG Designs LLC
01-10-2013, 03:51 PM
placed two orders today, hopefully i can get this stuff in and on before hocking, but it will be in/on for the meet in february. You know, the one Karl is going to.

01-10-2013, 03:52 PM
Oh sweet you bought Powertank, Bilstein, and Teraflex decals! Just kidding, can't wait to see whats to see it all together.

JMG Designs LLC
01-10-2013, 03:55 PM
Stickers are mods too!

JMG Designs LLC
04-03-2014, 07:21 PM
Wow this thread hasn't been bumped in over a year. This is sad... I think it's time for an update.




Bye bye tax return (bitter sweet)

Picked up a front Rubi 44 with 10k on it. No damage. Brand New RCV axle shafts. Found a rear Rubi 44 with 6k on it. No damage. RK 3 link truss, bomb proof rear TB bracket and high clearance shock mounts. Stock shafts.

04-03-2014, 08:42 PM
Nice score!

04-03-2014, 09:20 PM
Congrats! !

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04-04-2014, 03:49 AM
Ignore my comment on my thread! I've seen that rear axle on craigslist a few times, I have searched all over and it was one of the better ones out there, good pick up. Jealous of those RCV's you're throwing in the front as well! Should come together and be rather bomb proof. What's your plans for wiring the lockers?

JMG Designs LLC
04-04-2014, 04:46 AM
No idea but i plan on doing a full write up on the install including removal of old, installation of new, adjusting control arms, replacing hub assemblies and wiring of lockers. I will be resourcing Ringer who has done this install as well to guide me through. Of course there will be a big wrench party too.

04-04-2014, 10:42 AM
O I better be involved in that. That looks like a bud light platinum project!!

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JMG Designs LLC
04-04-2014, 12:19 PM
Of course!

JMG Designs LLC
04-06-2014, 01:52 AM
Roxanne Rebuild 2014;


Front Rubicon 44 w/ Factory E-Locker
4.10 Gear ratio
Artec Armor
Poison Spyder Diff Cover
RCV Axle Shafts
Flipped Drag Link
New front hub assemblies
Teraflex Steering Stabilizer
Synergy Ball Joints
Rock Krawler Upper Control Arms
Rebuilding Teraflex Lower Control Arms
Swapping 1310 Drive Shaft Yoke


Rear Rubicon 44 w/ Factory E-Locker
4.10 Gear ratio
Rock Krawler Upper / Lower Control Arms
Already Installed;
-Rock Krawler Three Link Truss
-Rock Krawler High Clearance Shock Mounts
-Rock Krawler Bomb Proof Track Bar Mount
Swapping used 1310 Drive Shaft yoke back to stock flange


While the axles are out wire brushing all the rust i can get to and painting.
Oil & Filter change
spark plugs and wires
Diagnosing / Fixing Bottom end oil leak
Grease the F**k out of Everything
Rear Bumper & Carrier Refinish
Rocker Knocker Refinish
Side Armor Refinish (? Removal)
Refinish Rock Krawler 2.5 Coils or Sell and Buy New Triple rates.
Bandage and Document wounds/injuries that occur during rebuild

04-06-2014, 10:22 AM
Awesome! Should be badass. What is your timeline for the rebuild? Gonna make it to May SOR?

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JMG Designs LLC
04-06-2014, 05:48 PM
Jonny i'm not really sure. I will be ordering the front end stuff this week so i should have everything in the next week, especially since it'll be coming from northridge.

In the meantime i have already taken off my spare and spare tire bracket. Might drop the rocker knockers today and take those apart too. Since it is warming up I can now finally get to work on JMG orders too as well as the Freakfest donation, so i plan to start cranking on that stuff too.

It will be balls to the wall crazy around here for a while though between work, house work, JMG work and Jeep stuff.

Between all that I would like to set up a wrench party for the reassembly.

JMG Designs LLC
04-09-2014, 03:34 AM
Picked up the Front 44 today with the help of HDFLX. Everything is in good shape except for one of the RCV Sphere Boots got torn up during shipping.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140409_240953_941_zpsjtpxnu4u.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140409_240953_941_zpsjtpxnu4u.jpg.html)

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140409_014103_131_zpsaip6oca2.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140409_014103_131_zpsaip6oca2.jpg.html)

Rearrenged the shop, cleaned a little and added more lights for the long nights ahead. This is where the Jeep will sit until it is time to roll again.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140409_014149_374_zpsiglscst9.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140409_014149_374_zpsiglscst9.jpg.html)

Tinked around tonight and removed the front drive shaft, transfercase skid, steering stabilizer and the sway bar links. Thursday night i plan to hit it hard and hopefully get the rest of the front pulled and either tear off the unit bearings and knuckles or save it for friday.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140409_013837_302_zpsgh089nw2.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140409_013837_302_zpsgh089nw2.jpg.html)

New hub assemblies should be in on thursday with the spark plugs and stuff, i have one last order to put in for Northridge4x4 (synergy ball joints, artec armor, etc) and that should wrap everything up for parts.

04-09-2014, 08:25 AM
If its ever really late nights let me know if you need a helping hand. I think you had similar working hours to mine.

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JMG Designs LLC
04-09-2014, 03:55 PM
Yeah i was out until 2, but like tomorrow night i may be out there til 4 or so. Same with friday.

04-09-2014, 04:39 PM
Thats definitely a solid plan to keep you busy. Good luck with it all!
I'm also swapping in a rubi front w/ RCV's. It's already sleeved and gussted but going full bore and adding in an Artec truss too. Also changing out the gears to 5:13's. Just re-painted my rocker knockers and touched up a lot of the frame last weekend and going to be continuing the rust control this weekend. Looks like we both have plenty of work ahead of us!

JMG Designs LLC
04-09-2014, 04:46 PM
Yeah i've got to do some rust control as well.. I'm not going to sleeve the axle, but just do the Artec armor and that should be plenty strong for anything i'm planning on doing. It'll be a lot of work but it'll be worth it.

04-09-2014, 04:57 PM
Yeah i've got to do some rust control as well.. I'm not going to sleeve the axle, but just do the Artec armor and that should be plenty strong for anything i'm planning on doing. It'll be a lot of work but it'll be worth it.

Right on. You'll be all set for sure! I considered just leaving it as is with the sleeves, but for the extra couple bucks and a friend to help with the welding I figure this is just cheap insurance that will make this thing bombproof.

JMG Designs LLC
04-09-2014, 05:00 PM
Where did you pick up a front with rcvs?

04-09-2014, 05:39 PM
Where did you pick up a front with rcvs?

Took a chance on an older JKF post from a fella that was only 2.5 hours away from me up here in MA and he had not sold yet. We negotiated a bit and boom - here we go. Hahaha

04-09-2014, 05:47 PM
Yeah i've got to do some rust control as well.. I'm not going to sleeve the axle, but just do the Artec armor and that should be plenty strong for anything i'm planning on doing. It'll be a lot of work but it'll be worth it.

And who would that be work for? Haha

JMG Designs LLC
04-09-2014, 06:11 PM
Hoping Erica's dad would be able to show me the works of welding and i would help him help me.

Unless you get bored and wanna come out here, i won't stop you. You would be fed and given beverages.

...You're limited by my sewing machine's capability. lol

04-09-2014, 06:31 PM
Haha, I don't mind helping if you need it, but my welder is not portable at about 700 lbs

Jonny might have words with you though if you get above his fender install on my to do list.

JMG Designs LLC
04-09-2014, 06:37 PM
It's no problem. I need to learn and i'm sure Erica's dad would enjoy teaching me.

04-09-2014, 10:45 PM
Master fabricator cant weld a hitch and wheels on a welder! !

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JMG Designs LLC
04-10-2014, 09:28 AM
Delivery yesterday.
Box of new bubs and plugs


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04-10-2014, 10:28 AM
Where did you order the plugs from and are those the best to put in rather than oem? I'm at 56k Miles and want to do plugs soon.

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JMG Designs LLC
04-10-2014, 04:27 PM
while researching your same question i saw that many people had run the NGK iridium and had good reviews from them "It ran smoother" "felt more peppy" "engine sounded smoother, with no knocking". Things along those lines are why i figured i would try these. It was either try a plug that i knew would work, or do OEM plugs. E3's don't work well in the 3.8L and neither do many of the big named fuel economy plugs. I will post back when the Jeep is back and running with these.

04-10-2014, 05:41 PM
What's the part number? And are they not available at the local store? Why and where did our order them?

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JMG Designs LLC
04-10-2014, 07:25 PM
I ordered them from rockauto $6.? a piece... cheaper than in the store at autozone. They are "NGK Iridium IX".

Number on the box is LXTR5AIX-13 Stock No. 2314

JMG Designs LLC
04-14-2014, 02:10 AM
Update; This is how the Jeep has sat since Thursday night;
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140411_031414_991_zpspgbvovu3.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140411_031414_991_zpspgbvovu3.jpg.html)

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140411_031442_305_zps7bto3e0g.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140411_031442_305_zps7bto3e0g.jpg.html)

Buyer picked up the Front Dana30 today and put some $ in my pocket, this week should have several deliveries from northridge.

Since the whole front is out and won't be going back in until the truss and everything is done, I'll be fixing this;
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140411_031538_906_zps1dhrg7hp.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140411_031538_906_zps1dhrg7hp.jpg.html)

Now that everything up front is out, what is your guys best way to remove rust and grease from hardware and parts? I'm thinking about soaking all the hardware in a bucket of coke. But as far as the coils go the powder coat from RK is nearly gone, what's the best way to clean all that shit off? or just basic just wire brush it all down and paint.

While the 30 was out, popped the cover and check everything out and it was in perfect shape. Sure the ball joints could be done, but for 110k miles, it really wasn't bad at all. I was pretty impressed. When geared right and taken care of i think the 30 would do just fine with heavy 35's and armored up a bit.

04-14-2014, 07:57 AM
Hey Mike, I like the Beer Bottle shaped tow hook on the front bumper. Nice addition and quite practical!!! I think I have seen in before on some other JK Freak threads.

04-14-2014, 09:50 AM
Beer bottle tow hooks are quite common I have them on the front and back. Mike remember I'm just down the road from you. Hit me up

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04-14-2014, 11:16 AM
From what I've heard from the fellas at Yankee Lake, beer bottles make your rig much more capable and invincible when you use them on the trails.

I'm getting excited for ya Mike! it's looking great!

JMG Designs LLC
04-14-2014, 02:30 PM
The Miller Lite Tow how is a special edition add-on that i found at Wal-Mart. Limited time only.

Also, it has the vortec opening so it'll improve MPG.

JMG Designs LLC
04-19-2014, 06:24 AM
Tonight and last night went pretty well, Thanks Jayson for your help in removing the rear axle!

Jeep as it sits now;
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140418_012550_196_zpspnja8hj3.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140418_012550_196_zpspnja8hj3.jpg.html)

Next on the list until the front axle is done;
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m305/Yamaha90_2006/IMG_20140411_031538_906_zps1dhrg7hp.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Yamaha90_2006/media/IMG_20140411_031538_906_zps1dhrg7hp.jpg.html)

I did the Oil Pan and sub pan removal and gasket replacement tonight, took my time and did everything carefully. Hopefully everything sealed well and there won't be any further leaks. Also took the time to clean everything with de-greaser and brake cleaner so the oil pans look like new now. There are specific torque settings for the dust cover for the transmission, so again hopefully that's good to go too.

Tomorrow (today) I'll probably line up the truss and ensure fitment and then start grinding on the housing. Synergy BJ's were delivered yesterday too, but the truss will go on before doing those.

04-20-2014, 01:14 AM
Good stuff! Can't wait to see it finished and out on the trials!

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JMG Designs LLC
04-25-2014, 06:58 PM
Can't seem to get the passenger rear axle shaft out. Tried the reversed rotor method, and beat it to death with a hammer. Hands are swollen and painful. Retainer plate is off and even the parking brake assembly. Can't get the parking brake bracket off to transfer to the new rubi rear.

Main question is, should i even bother putting the parking brake assembly back together once i DO get the shaft out? Or should i just gut the parking brake since it doesn't work and falls out of adjustment anyway?

04-26-2014, 05:46 AM
Now that everything up front is out, what is your guys best way to remove rust and grease from hardware and parts? I'm thinking about soaking all the hardware in a bucket of coke.

Apple cider vinegar! Put a few gallons in a bucket and soak.

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JMG Designs LLC
04-27-2014, 12:50 AM
I did this and it surprisingly didnt help too much. I will be using buckets of never seize for the reinstall!!

JMG Designs LLC
04-27-2014, 01:28 AM
Rear Axle Shaft Removal;
Video compliments to Andrew5000 (Thanks man!) Backhoe Thanks to Tony and thanks HD for helping trailer the axle and your connections to awesome resources!


04-27-2014, 02:43 AM
Rear Axle Shaft Removal;
Video compliments to Andrew5000 (Thanks man!) Backhoe Thanks to Tony and thanks HD for helping trailer the axle and your connections to awesome resources!


Hahaha that's badass!

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04-27-2014, 04:40 AM
Now that's using a big boy tool! I'm glad you guys were able to get it finally. What do you think was holding it in?

04-27-2014, 09:19 AM
My pleasure HDFlex Dad was the engineer. Good job Tony. Now we can go to phase 2 lol

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04-27-2014, 11:38 AM
Video not working for me? Who knows?

Glad you got it out, Mike.

Oddly enough, I also have a vehicle named Roxanne, my 2006 Monte Carlo SS.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee77/mad717/mc4.jpg (http://s229.photobucket.com/user/mad717/media/mc4.jpg.html)

JMG Designs LLC
04-27-2014, 01:27 PM

updated video link.

Mark, Nice monte carlo!

Andy, the splines were straight as an arrow. No real visual clues as to why this thing wouldn't come out, except the very end of the bearing (on the outside edge) was a little rusty. These past few days i've been soaking it in PB blaster as well? Hellifiknow. Backhoe for the win.

04-27-2014, 02:31 PM
Thanks for fixing the video.

That is the way to deal with stubborn shafts. If I ever have this issue I know exactly what to do!

04-27-2014, 06:09 PM
That's what happens when u put great minds together

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04-27-2014, 06:45 PM
That's how we roll in Vermilion, right Mike!?! Haha

JMG Designs LLC
04-28-2014, 12:09 AM
After days of beating that shaft by hand, it took a big backhoe to get it done right.

JMG Designs LLC
04-28-2014, 12:10 AM
Caliper brackets installed on new rubi rear, parking brakes reassembled, axle shafts cleaned, greased and installed! (Thanks HD)

Later this week: front armor kit, more painting and rear axle install.

04-28-2014, 12:15 AM

04-28-2014, 12:34 AM
After days of beating that shaft by hand, it took a big backhoe to get it done right.

I guess a good hoe can get the shaft off quicker than you can beat it off!


04-28-2014, 08:06 AM
Sweet Build Man! I just joined the forum and I'm located in your area. I'm sure we will cross paths at some time.

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04-28-2014, 09:56 AM
I guess a good hoe can get the shaft off quicker than you can beat it off!


LOL! That's hilarious!

04-28-2014, 10:05 AM
I guess a good hoe can get the shaft off quicker than you can beat it off!


Must have been a big hoe if it took that much to get it off.

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JMG Designs LLC
04-28-2014, 02:41 PM
Sweet Build Man! I just joined the forum and I'm located in your area. I'm sure we will cross paths at some time.

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If you have a blacked out four door with black rubicon wheels i actually just saw your Jeep over by Giant Eagle or Don Tequila's. Ive been incognito in my car while the Jeep is on jacks. The fuel saving have been nice. Lol

04-28-2014, 03:02 PM
If you have a blacked out four door with black rubicon wheels i actually just saw your Jeep over by Giant Eagle or Don Tequila's. Ive been incognito in my car while the Jeep is on jacks. The fuel saving have been nice. Lol

I hear you on the fuel saving part! Actually my business office is in downtown Amherst at the 5-points. It's usually parked in the lot during the day. I have a Granite 4-Door semi-blacked out. Your build is pretty sweet.

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JMG Designs LLC
04-28-2014, 03:56 PM
what is your business? I'm always going through the 5 points

04-28-2014, 04:20 PM
what is your business? I'm always going through the 5 points

I own BCT Alarm Services... We Install, Service, & Maintain Access Control, Video Surveillance, Fire Alarm Systems, & Residential and Commercial Burglar Alarm Systems and Monitoring. We have been based in Elyria up until last summer when we relocated our offices to downtown Amherst. Were upstairs in the 5-Points building across from the gas station.

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05-10-2014, 06:23 AM
Mike- what's the latest on your jeep?

05-29-2014, 04:51 AM
Yeah Mike, time for an update doncha think?

05-29-2014, 07:23 AM
Yeah Mike, time for an update doncha think?

Yea Mike what's goin on! Inquiring minds want to know.

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JMG Designs LLC
05-29-2014, 04:10 PM
I will be making a post up for tonight, i have also been working on the Rubi axle swap write up. Good news is she's alive and well! In need of an alignment though.

JMG Designs LLC
05-30-2014, 03:17 AM
Y90 Rubicon Axle Swap Thread posted in Axle & Drivetrain section.

Jeep back on the road! Not completely back together, but hell that's what tomorrow is for!








So Erica's dad and I prepped and burned on the Artec Armor kit, took us about 5 hours over two nights. Then the next two I spent installing the axle and buttoning up little stuff.

Jayson and I installed the ball joints and set control arm lengths temporarily until i can have 4WP align everything Front and Rear. Thanks again for all your help brother!!

Sunday i filled the diffs and rolled it out of the garage. Tuesday we had the Jeep up on the lift, torqued the suspension, ditched the big ugly muffle off the back and threw in a Dynomax Ultraflow under the Jeep. Not only does it run really well with the new plugs and wires, it sounds great!

and the real reason to finish the Jeep,

JK & Wife/Girlfriend pics!!

05-30-2014, 11:20 AM
Looks good Mike. You will enjoy having the lockers for when things get sketchy. Hopefully get mine wrapped up and we can run some trails in July.

05-30-2014, 11:59 AM
Looks good dude. Feels great to get everything swapped in and turning don't it?!

JMG Designs LLC
05-30-2014, 04:31 PM
Indeed it does. Later today i clean the garage and install the front drive shaft and skid plate.. and finally start punching more stitches in screen tops!

JMG Designs LLC
10-07-2014, 05:02 PM
Roxy is getting a little old and has a lot of miles. She needs a face lift..


10-07-2014, 06:20 PM
Don't see it! Post damn it!!

10-07-2014, 06:20 PM
Im gonna guess PSC

JMG Designs LLC
10-07-2014, 08:14 PM
Bumper is at the powder coater now, planning on picking it up Thursday morning. Not a bad guess! Current question is do i cut the crash bar off or not?

10-07-2014, 08:50 PM
Cut it.

10-07-2014, 09:22 PM
Do it... it looks better and you'll have more clearance. I think I'm getting the same one. Who did you order it from?

JMG Designs LLC
10-07-2014, 10:30 PM
Ill probably chop it off tomorrow. We ordered direct from Spyder headquarters.

10-08-2014, 12:40 AM
I'm guessing brawler lite. The only issue with cutting off the crash bar is that the bumper bolts to it, but your crash bar is bent and won't bolt up anyway. I'm saying cut off.

10-08-2014, 04:14 AM
Just the lower part of the crash bar no?

JMG Designs LLC
10-14-2014, 01:34 AM
I'm guessing brawler lite. The only issue with cutting off the crash bar is that the bumper bolts to it, but your crash bar is bent and won't bolt up anyway. I'm saying cut off.

Actually, the bumper installation has nothing to do with the crash bar. The skid might, but I didn't get the skid. I'll be losing the crash bar tomorrow. Finished up the new bumper install and mounted all the lights!

Poison Spyder Customs Brawler Mid with Brawler Bar;



Poison Spyder's quality of this Brawler mid is an easy A+. After inspecting and test fitting the bumper, all the mounts and holes were very clean and bur-free. The mounting bolts slid right through the frame horns with ease. Getting to the inside mounting bolts was a slight pain due to the fogs and the crash bar being there during the install. Otherwise the install went great. The bumper has clean lines that match up to the grill perfectly. The powder coat guys were even asking the details on the bumper because they were so impressed with the craftsmanship.

Bad Bear
10-14-2014, 08:52 AM

10-14-2014, 02:56 PM
Looks awesome!

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10-15-2014, 11:21 AM
Very Nice

10-15-2014, 11:27 AM

JMG Designs LLC
10-15-2014, 02:37 PM
Thanks guys, it seems like everybody has the Brawler Lite bumper so i wanted to mix it up a little. The size difference is only about 3 inches on each side, not too much wider than the brawler lite.