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Old 05-06-2017, 10:04 AM
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That looks worse than I thought it would be. In that case, I might choose the Hooligan stiffener and also make an inside the rail tie in that is welded to the stiffener, essentially making a c-channel type repair around the unibody in that area. You could also plate the bottom with some 1/4" flat stock and bolt it to some nut strips inside the unibody, like the way the trailer hitch mounts.

Just an idea, whatever you decide, just go overkill so you don't have any problems in the future!
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:20 AM
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That looks worse than I thought it would be. In that case, I might choose the Hooligan stiffener and also make an inside the rail tie in that is welded to the stiffener, essentially making a c-channel type repair around the unibody in that area. You could also plate the bottom with some 1/4" flat stock and bolt it to some nut strips inside the unibody, like the way the trailer hitch mounts.

Just an idea, whatever you decide, just go overkill so you don't have any problems in the future!
I've seen people cut out whole portion of the rear railing and replace it with 2x4 tubing, or some really thick plating. Plating is my preferred method of dealing with the damage but I will do whatever is necessary. Overkill is always the way to go! I would rather have it done right the first time and NEVER have to deal with it again. Thanks for the responses guys, I appreciate all the help and advice!
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:12 AM
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She's going to be on jackstands for a few weeks until I can overhaul the brakes in the rear. Thought it would be a good time to touch up some rust underneath. Eventually I want to sandblast and POR15 the whole undercarriage.


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I decided to take a look at the rear brakes today, kind of wish I didn't... The rear wheel cylinders on both sides are completely shot, spewing fluid everywhere. I uploaded a video to show you guys. No wonder the pedal was so squishy!

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Old 05-19-2017, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by CantDrive55 View Post
I decided to take a look at the rear brakes today, kind of wish I didn't... The rear wheel cylinders on both sides are completely shot, spewing fluid everywhere. I uploaded a video to show you guys. No wonder the pedal was so squishy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLMcdkX9QuU
Woof! At least wheel cylinders are cheap and easy to replace........... Unless its like my Xj, where the wheel cylinders needed replacement, and the lines were super rusty, so that led to the replacement of all my hard lines. That sucked lol
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by CantDrive55
I decided to take a look at the rear brakes today, kind of wish I didn't... The rear wheel cylinders on both sides are completely shot, spewing fluid everywhere. I uploaded a video to show you guys. No wonder the pedal was so squishy!

Instead of rebuilding mine I just did the disc brake conversion
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:39 PM
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Instead of rebuilding mine I just did the disc brake conversion
I was thinking about it, and realized I have more important things to do. I just picked up new drums, shoes, and hardware, and both hard brake lines busted off as I went to unscrew the lines... I'm going to Advanced Auto in the morning and see if they can't find me a a pre-flared brake line. They have them for $7 for 3 feet with them being double flared with the fittings already. I will update this tomorrow hopefully if I don't run into any more problems.
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:26 AM
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I ran 33's on my 3" lift but I had cut fender with bushwacker flat flares
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I ran 33's on my 3" lift but I had cut fender with bushwacker flat flares
When I need tires I will most likely trim and install some Napier Precision fender flares I do like the combo of 3" and 33s.

So I threatened to set her on fire today. Over the weekend I decided to tackle the rear brakes. What was supposed to take a few hours turned into a whole day. First, I replaced both wheel cylinders. While taking off the brake lines from them, they both decided to snap off for me, no matter how much PB Blaster, heat, and careful turning I did. Then, for the life of me I couldn't get the spring retainers on the shoes. Once those were on I could get the rest of the hardware on no problem and the rest was smooth sailing. I still need to install new brake lines and bleed the brakes.
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I will be buying preflared brake lines. While I have the tools, I do not have the time or patience. One 2' piece and one 4' piece is only about $12. I think that's worth the price rather than making my own.
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Jeeps still been sitting in the driveway, waiting to get paid so I can get brake lines installed, then I still need to adjust and bleed the brakes. We've been working on my girlfriend's jeep trying to fix a few small things on hers. We also recently painted it Apocalypse Orange Monstaliner. I've been thinking of making her a build thread as well.



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Looks good. How much monstaliner did you use? Did you do the door jambs?
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Looks good. How much monstaliner did you use? Did you do the door jambs?
Bought the 2 gallon kit. Car was black before so we left the door jambs as is. However, we still need to touch up a couple spots and cut the rust of the rocker so I will be ordering another gallon in a few weeks so we can do all the jambs and touch ups.

**To not confuse anybody, this is my girlfriend's jeep not my jeep!**

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Got around to installing the brake lines and bleeding the brake system. However, now, when I drive, there's a constant tiny grinding noise in the rear, sounds like from the passenger rear tire. So obviously something is up with the brakes. I gave up and will be dropping it off tomorrow to a family friend's shop to see what's going wrong.
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After getting it back from the shop, verdict was seized up parking brake and the return spring was installed backwards on one side. New parking cables on both sides, fixed the spring, and it's back in action. Got it inspected yesterday and passed with flying colors. Decided to celebrate with a trip to the beach in Corolla, NC.
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As soon as I finish up my girlfriends jeep to get it running decent, this build will get much more interesting. I plan to cut out the oem shackle boxes and replace it with relocation boxes, get some extended shackles, a coil spacer up front, new lower control arms, trackbar, hack n tap sye, and so on. I really want to move up to 4.5" of lift with 33s or 35s. I like the stock flares but I also like beefy tires. hmm...
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