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Old 02-07-2013, 09:22 AM
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I bought this jeep mid September 2012 and the guy that had it before me had just put a rusy's 3.5 add a leaf, 31's, steel front bumper and an xrc8500 about a month before I picked it up. I was just looking for a bone stock one but I got this for the cost of stock one so why not right?

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4.5-5.5 long arm
detours tailbone tire carrier
33" Duratrax
8.8 swap
flat flares

Anyway, here's a picture of the day I got it. The street I live on a super narrow street which is why its on the curb. No poser pics....yet

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I was washing my other "means of transportation" and realized I have way to much to drive...
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I had the jeep for one day before I took it up a local canyon for some fun. Needless to say, I realized that quick discos and flares were going to be my next purchase!

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:27 AM
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Good start.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:38 AM
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Good start.
Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:57 AM
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So I got back from my first time out with this jeep and purchased these

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The install on the fender flares was pretty straight forward and I would recommend them to anyone looking. I love the jks discos but I wish they came with a little more mounting hardware. I installed the discos first and was curious about how far she'd flex, so I did this

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next up, the flares
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mocked them up to see how much I'd have to cut
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pretty hard to see the lines but you've got to cut a s!#* ton off!

I cut it all off and masked it up for some paint before the final install
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and vuala!
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the install went really smooth until I was cutting the last fender and the grinder bucked out of my hand and did this on the way...
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all in all, great product and i would recommend them to anyone! just wear a thicker pair of gloves

I also went wheeling that night to try them out and only got a few pictures before the snow started to fall.
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I did get a chance to go one more time with my girlfriend before they closed the trail for the winter. I only two pictures at the lake but they're good ones!
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by xj-gp View Post
So I got back from my first time out with this jeep and purchased these



The install on the fender flares was pretty straight forward and I would recommend them to anyone looking. I love the jks discos but I wish they came with a little more mounting hardware. I installed the discos first and was curious about how far she'd flex, so I did this



next up, the flares


mocked them up to see how much I'd have to cut



pretty hard to see the lines but you've got to cut a s!#* ton off!

I cut it all off and masked it up for some paint before the final install


and vuala!


Subscribed! Looks great so far. Really enjoyed you mini write up on the fender flares. What size tires do you think you can fit in there now?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:42 AM
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I saw you're looking for some Duratrac's! I'm not sure if you want to buy new, but I'm selling my old ones and I'm just south of you.

http://www.rme4x4.com/showthread.php...418#post888418
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:44 AM
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I saw you're looking for some Duratrac's! I'm not sure if you want to buy new, but I'm selling my old ones and I'm just south of you.

http://www.rme4x4.com/showthread.php...418#post888418
i actually just bought some! i wish i would have posted this up early. that would have worked perfect
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Bummer! I need money for 37's
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:51 AM
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after driving it around with flat flares and 31's I decided i wanted some bigger meats. I found some 33's mounted on some steelies with valve stem guards installed. i dont really see the need for them but they were dirt cheap so i figured why not. they needed a little work so i sanded them down and painted them. turned out half decent for a rattle can job!

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after getting them all mounted up, I wanted more lift. this seems to be a never ending process!
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:08 AM
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well, I didnt last long on that 3.5" rustys lift with 33's before i wanted more! I ordered a 4.5 Rubicon Express super flex lift and some new 33" duratrax. Really happy I spent the extra money and got the RE lift.

oh yeah, i build a custom fiberglass sub box but lost my old phone that had all the pictures on it. you can see the finished product here though.

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I got home and laid everything out and was planning on taking super detailed pictures of the whole install and right after pulled everything off the front axle, i got called into work the next day. I rushed through and took a few snap shots on the way. sorry i dont have more to show.

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Front springs next to rustys 3.5's. the RE springs are definitely a softer spring rate.
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these pictures do no justice to how beefy their stuff is! killer product!
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like i said early, i didnt take many pictures because i had to have it done by 8 am the next morning. but here's the front end all done. they sent me the wrong front shocks but i should have the right ones by the weekend.
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and here's how she sits on a 4.5" RE super flex and 33" duratrax. Barley fits in my garage now.
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I love those wheels! Nice build.
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Are those welded to the wheel?
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:24 AM
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drove the jeep to work and the rear drive line was vibrating like crazy so i ordered the Iron Rock Offroad hack n' tap, stopped by pick n pull on my way home a grabbed a front drive line for 35 bucks.
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The install was pretty straight forward. follow the instructions and youll be good to go!
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Removed the driveline...
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measured, cut, and tapped where it needed to be.
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super happy with the way it turned out and love the fact that you can pick up spare drivelins for $35!
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:25 AM
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Are those welded to the wheel?
yeah they're welded on. you can them up for around 100 bucks from rustys i think?
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Bummer! I need money for 37's
37's!? are you running them on an xj? i ran 36's on my jk and thought those were big haha.
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