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Old 05-27-2011, 10:38 PM
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Just a quick post with some before and after pics of my latest XJ build. I picked her up for dirt cheap last year after returning from overseas. When I headed back out, I began to stockpile parts here, there, and everywhere. I do need to thank a few people:
Huntingman2706217 for the 44 and cleaning it up for me. Also for building the rear brakes.
Andy at Ironman4x4fab.com for all of parts on this build. His stuff is super stout and he's just a great guy to deal with. Also for building the perfect straight trackbar to finish off the axle. Good luck with the baby Andy!
Mark at Detoursusa for always being an assclown when I break stuff and for being a good friend. This is my 2nd set of these bumpers from Mark and he has yet to let me down.
Midas in San Antonio for getting me set up with a new Flowmaster, A/C, and steering box at the last minute before my drive back up to the East Coast.
Dirk at DPG for getting me set up with the OME parts.
Chase at East Coast Gear Supply for having a 4.56 gear set on the shelf on my way down to GA.
My girl Trigger (avatar pic) and my best friend Sara. Trigger for putting up with the XJ in general and Sara for letting me stockpile crap at her house and driving me down from VA to GA to pick up the heep.
The dude with the red truck-boat-truck at Sixditch for hours of laughs.
Last but not least to Kevin and Nathan at Sixditch Enterprises in Atlanta, GA. Over the past few months, I've worked with these guys on this build. Not only does Kevin own the shop, but he and Nathan have become good friends...see the brief break in the pics below for an explanation.

When I got her back to TX last year:



Leaving San Antonio. Detours bumpers mounted and the back filled with tires and suspension parts:


Arriving at Sixditch in Atlanta 2 days later:


Random Pictures of the install. Parts list is at the bottom of the post. Installation took a few days. We took our time and ran into constant problems, since she was a northern XJ. The surface rust from road salt underneath wasn't horrible, but there were a lot of broken bolts that snagged us up:













Some mandatory flex pics. She's sitting a tad high in the rear, waiting for the leaf packs to settle:












The best part of this whole build was on my return from Sixditch up to VA. Right around Chapel Hill, my Hack and Tap decided to spit the bolt and my SYE became...well.....a slip yoke again. I was dead in the water. One quick call to Sixditch, and Kevin and Nathan were enroute with tools and a new TC with an Advance Adapters HD SYE installed. If a 5 1/2 hour drive in the middle of the night doesn't scream customer service, I don't know what you'd call it. Thanks for Sheetz for letting us do the swap in their parking lot.
The Sixditch Quick Response Vehicle. Kevin in the foreground and Nathan with the white sunglasses in the back:

Nathan invited some of his buddies to help out:

Kevin half asleep:

New TC installed and underway at 8am:


Suspension:
Old Man Emu 934 ZJ coils
JKS ACOS
Currie Antirock
Old Man Emu 933RB leaf packs
Ironman Fab 1" lift shackles
Rubicon Express Monotubes
Ironrock Offroad front and rear bar pin eliminators
Ironman Fab adjustable UCAs and LCAs (LCAs with Johnny Joints)
Ironman Fab straight track bar, HD bracket, and brace
RC control arm drop brackets

Steering:
OTK with HD tie rod and drag link (new Sixditch link is being made) with Chevy rod ends

Front Axle: *This axle will be for sale soon with the steering above. Everything in this axle was rebuilt at Sixditch within the last week. They did not attach the truss or other bracketry*
HP Dana 30
TnT truss
TnT UCA mounts
TnT HD LCA mounts
Alloy USA axle tube seals
Alloy USA inner and outer shafts
Alloy USA u-joints
4.56 gears
Yukon Grizzly full case locker
Master install kit
Drilled and slotted rotors
Hawk pads
Rugged Ridge hubs
Moog ball joints
Extended brake lines
Spidertrax 1.25 spacers
Gorilla lug nuts
Dynatrac diff cover

Rear Axle:
XJ Dana 44
Completely new brakes
TnT U-bolt eliminators
TnT bumpstop plates
JKS shock mounts
Extended SS brakelines and new hardline
Ten Factory alloy shafts with Timken bearrings
4.56 gears
Yukon Grizzly full case locker
Spidertrax 1.25 spacers
Gorilla lug nuts
Dynatrac diff cover

Wheels and Tires:
16x8 Rubicon Wheels powdercoated grey
265/75/16 Maxxis Bighorns

Misc:
Advance Adapters HD SYE with refurbished front shaft
All new bolts and bushings all around
Flowmaster exhaust
Detours front bumper with antenna mount and front receiver
Detours rear bumper with tire carrier and rear rock lights
Warn M8000 with synthetic rope and hawse fairlead
Powertank onboard air with custom fabricated mount
Optima Red Top
New A/C
New steering box and spacer
Sylverstar headlights and clear lenses in the front
Red and white tail light lenses
Kenwood head unit with new MB Quart speakers
Thule rack with bike carriers

All of these parts were installed within the last 3 weeks.

The last few items to do are the Detours sliders/frame stiffeners, rocklights and bumpstops installed.

The front axle will be for sale in the next month. I'm heading back overseas and have decided to have Sixditch build a front 44 and I'll be going ARBs on the front and the rear.

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Old 05-28-2011, 06:55 AM
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Cool build and a great story on some awesome jeep comradery people.
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yeah a 5 hour drive for them is 100% insane even in my book. But that's how the guys at that shop are....
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Wow nice build dude!!! Someones got money... seen your pics you on Detours FB a week or 2 ago, & was kinda hoping/waiting for a build to surface. Nice work bustin it out in such little time! how long had you been pileing parts for it, & how much into it thus far?
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I'm fraid to look at the receipts but I started piling parts at the end of last year. I figure after 295 days of rockets, mortars, and getting shot at...I deserve to blow a bit of cash....lol
I've bought a few sets of Mark's bumpers and will never buy anyone elses.....his $hit is stout...
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You don't have to tell me, I run both his backbone & tailbone systems!!!
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Whoa! This is sick.
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