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    Freaking JK Guru myz28u's Avatar
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    Myz28u's build thread: Titled "Against the Grain"

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    Well this is my build. It is ever changing in the ideas and direction. Its is titled "Against the Grain" because it is just that. Its not going to be filled with a slew of aftermarket bolt on parts that everyone seems to think you need. Rather it is a build focusing simply on what will work and what wont. There are a lot of internet stereotypes about what you have to have to do this or that. Well i dont like to follow the rules, I like to do it my way and see what works and what doesnt. Some may think my decisions or wrong or stupid and thats fine, but in the end, it is my Jeep that is funded with my money. If you want a say in how i build it, then start forking over some greenbacks and you can gladly call a few shots. This does not mean that i do not want input or that i know everything, feel free to leave ideas or suggestions please. And ask questions if you have any.

    The day I traded my 2011 JKU for my 2012 JKU
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    Plasti dipped jeep emblem on the day i bought it.
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    Tinted the hard top glass 20%
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    Ordered and installed LoD rock sliders. They are to protect the Jeep while offroad but also the body from rocks being flung from the tires.
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    Crushed the front bumper while wheeling so I chopped the front bumper and installed some Rough Country metal end caps
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    Installed a teraflex Leveling kit
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    Made some rear grab handles
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    Ditched the 265/75 16 Falken wildpeaks for some 315/75 16 cooper discover stt's
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    Chopped factory front flares to gain clearance for the 35"s
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    .....more to come gotta go to work
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    Freaking JK Guru myz28u's Avatar
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    More fender chop photos
    Taped off the fenders probably 5 times to get the look I wanted. Then to start I used a cutoff wheel to start to slots from the inside (just below the fender frame).
    Uwed an air saw with a fine tooth metal blade to cut the fenders. The fine tooth blade more so melts the platic than cuts, but this rrsults in a cleaner finished cut.


    I chopped all the frame pieces that weren't going to be used. Had to removed the frame for the final cuts and angle measurement.



    Relocated the side marker light to th3 iner fender well. This is temporary until I can pick up some small LEDside markers


    Then I added some trim to make the fender look more finshed.

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    Damn! Right off the bat you bolted something on.



    Just kidding, and subscribed.
    Good luck with the build.

    It will be refreshing to read an actual build thread and not some dumb kid just dumping everything they make on bolt on parts so they can get attention or make it to S.E.M.A. I am however entertained when they actually show up to wheel and are scared to to anything but run dirt trails.

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    Freaking JK Guru myz28u's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtman View Post
    Damn! Right off the bat you bolted something on.
    The original plan was to build a set but at the time I didn't have access to a welder without relying on a friend. He was tied up with other projects
    Got my welder fixed now though


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    Quote Originally Posted by thedirtman View Post
    damn! Right off the bat you bolted something on.



    just kidding, and subscribed.
    Good luck with the build.

    It will be refreshing to read an actual build thread and not some dumb kid just dumping everything they make on bolt on parts so they can get attention or make it to s.e.m.a. I am however entertained when they actually show up to wheel and are scared to to anything but run dirt trails.
    ouch!! Lol
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    Interested to see where a build out of necessity rather than want takes you. Looks good so far.
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    My build thread- http://www.jkfreaks.com/forums/showt...ld-up-of-JKarl

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    Freaking JK Guru myz28u's Avatar
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    Checked full stuff today. Thought I was going to need about an inch of extra bump but it cleared fully in the front during full stuff. Ill try to clean the pic up later. I used a creek behind my house to tuck the front tire

    The coils are almost at full compression but the factory bumpstop is fully compressed so they are doing their job.
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    Front drivers tire on the bank, passenger front tire in the creek. Its hard to see because the grass/weeds are over a foot tall.
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    There is no rubbing in the front with the springs infull compression. I can still get my fingers between the fender frame and the tire. It is close but I feel it will be ok.
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    And for those wondering, my tires measure 34.4" mounted on jeep wth 28psi. I've got 16x9 wheels with 4.75" bs.
    On 2" front pucks and 1" rear pucks.
    Stock shocks, no extensions.
    No rubbing. And shocks dont bottom out.
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    Those are your factory coils that are smushed together like that? I've not seen mine flattened out like that. Anyways- that leads to my next question- are your bumpstops long enough to keep your factory shocks from being over-compressed? You know (other's may not realize) that the bumpstops are dual purpose.

    Also....what did you use to trim the flares? They look sharply cut, not like when I've seen razors hit this plastic.
    2010 Mango Tango 2dr on 33" STT's plus bumpers- no more, no less.

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    I used an air saw with a fine tooth blade to cut them. Then filed them.

    As far as shocks, yes I had already calculated that the stock shock would not bottom out under those conditions.
    And these are factory coils

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    Will be following this one! Great choices on the tires and skids!!
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