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How do you like the Grabber x3's? I just ordered a set, to be installed next week.
I can't say enough about how capable these tires are. I've had them for over a year now and they have held up well. 10+ wheeling trips, over 10,000 miles. The sidewalls are tough on these too! We had one bad snow storm this winter and they cut through no problem. They're a heavy tire which is why I went with the 10.5 and there is a slight road hum.
 
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Thanks for the report. I'm excited for them to be on. The weight is something I'm concerned with...I'm going from a 60 lb 285/70R17 to a 75 lb 315/70R17. I'm sure its gonna be felt!
 
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This past weekend I tackled the flimsy lower control arm brackets. It was a little unnerving cutting into the Jeep (it was my first time) but the artec brackets are idiot proof. I'm glad that weak link is replaced.

In other news I picked up a warn 8000s winch and made a nice fire extinguisher mount from a stainless bracket at work.
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Well the new control arm brackets have been put through the paces and they are tough! 2 more trips to Rausch since the upgrade and I even played on some more challenging trails (no videos yet). I also scored a 231 transfer case with a brand new sye kit installed for 200$. I still need to order my rear driveshaft.

I went a little crazy over black friday and picked up
Barnes4wd body mount brackets (ones cracked)
Barnes4wd gas tank skid
Barnes4wd 2" drop belly pan
Universal crossmember kit for tummy tuck
Artec rear spring correction plates

A few trail shots till my buddy sends over the ones he has.
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angle does not to this spot justice the hill was steep leading to this ledge.
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A few shots from todays trip. It was pretty tame but we did hit up a few black trails.

In other news I bought my dads suv so I now have a daily driver to keep the road miles off the jeep and now I can tackle the bigger projects that I have been stock piling.

I actually got higher on the ramp than my buddy's gladiator on 38's which was surprising.
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I had a very eventful trail day at Rausch a few weeks back. I recently installed a new track bar and anti-rock sway bar. It was so nice not to have to crawl under the jeep to unhook the sway bar. Just air down and go. We also tackled two trails that have been on my list for awhile. Crawl Daddy and Crawlers Ridge. Somewhere in all the wheeling we did my steering loosened up so that needs adjusted and this past week I took the jeep to work and discovered a small amount of smoke (steam) coming from the upper right side of my radiator. Having a spare vehicle, access to my inlaws pole barn, and this recent radiator issue has sealed my decision to sideline the LJ for a month or two to replace and install all the parts I have been stockpiling.

1. overhaul the fuel system (new pump, injectors, heat wrap, new pump=install my gas tank skid)
2. overhaul the coolant system ( new mopar radiator, thank you ebay, waterpump)
3. Replace rear main seal and pan gasket
4. Weld in new raised body mount brackets
5. Weld in crossmember kit + install new transfer case with SYE + install new belly skid + install savvy cable shift + order rear driveshaft
6. Weld in rear spring relocation perches
7. Install savvy adjustable upper control arms
8. Install XJ tie rod
......I think that's it for now.
stay tuned
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Update from my giant list above
1. overhaul the fuel system (new pump, injectors, heat wrap, new pump=install my gas tank skid)
-gas tank skid and new pump install. other stuff TBD
2. overhaul the coolant system ( new mopar radiator, thank you ebay, waterpump)
-Turns out it was just a bad radiator cap....no shit, a cap. I returned all the amazon purchases and kept the mopar radiator for a rainy day.
3. Replace rear main seal and pan gasket
-Pan gasket,
4. Weld in new raised body mount brackets- NOT YET
5. Weld in crossmember kit + install new transfer case with SYE + install new belly skid + install savvy cable shift + order rear driveshaft- NOT YET
6. Weld in rear spring relocation perches
- SOLD them after seeing how simple it is to move and reuse stock perches. THANK YOU bfh garage on youtube
7. Install savvy adjustable upper control arms
-Installed the rears and corrected the pinion angle. This was way easier than I thought it would be. vibe free at 75.
8. Install XJ tie rod- not yet

Additionally I installed the rockjock rear track bar and relocation bracket. Thanks to the previous owner for completely welding the old one on instead of installing it properly. The axle was out 1.625" before the track bar replacement. onto the pictures

I am truly lucky to have awesome inlwas that let me use their huge air conditioned garage.
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before I centered the axle the rear diff skid was hitting the gas tank skid. I brought the axle in an inch and rotated the axle to set the pinion angle
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these were my insanely beat stock conrol arms
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previous owners hack of an install on the track bar bracket
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I developed steering slop and a slow leak in my steering box so that was replaced but there was still a few degrees of wobble. I chose to ignore it for a bit (don't do this) and later discovered my brand new teraflex front track bar nut had stripped and the whole thing was hanging on by the cotter pin! That was replaced with a Currie track bar. It's so nice and easy to install.

I took the Jeep out wheeling one more time before I start a few more projects and snapped to decent pictures.

ROTM material
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I cannot wait to ditch the stupid stock shovel. If I had installed my belly skid I could've drove out of this instead of winching.
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The tummy tuck has begun. I installed a cable shifter and am now in the process of tucking the the transfer case. I'll swap the SYE in shortly. My brother in-law installed a MAJOR UPGRADE in the garage. After years of driveway modifications on all the vehicles I've owned this almost feels like cheating. Hoping to have this buttoned up in the next few weeks.
I need to take measurements to make sure the transfer case is centered in the frame before I weld everything in place. I was a little concerned that the passenger side cross member tube was shorter than the driver side. Am I ok?
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The tummy tuck has begun. I installed a cable shifter and am now in the process of tucking the the transfer case. I'll swap the SYE in shortly. My brother in-law installed a MAJOR UPGRADE in the garage. After years of driveway modifications on all the vehicles I've owned this almost feels like cheating. Hoping to have this buttoned up in the next few weeks.
I need to take measurements to make sure the transfer case is centered in the frame before I weld everything in place. I was a little concerned that the passenger side cross member tube was shorter than the driver side. Am I ok?
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You may want to check that. If memory serves I do not believe that the stock case is centered between the frame rails. I may be wrong, but perhaps someone with a stock setup could give you some measurements.
 
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You may want to check that. If memory serves I do not believe that the stock case is centered between the frame rails. I may be wrong, but perhaps someone with a stock setup could give you some measurements.

I had to weld the tcase bolt plate to the crossmember pipe and I centered it on that. I'm hoping to get back over to the garage this weekend. I'll measure everything before I burn it in. I suspect its offest from the factory based off how far over everything is. I cant believe it dropped that far over....we'll see
 
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With the t-case raised I needed to relocate the mounting of the lines on the driver side frame rail. I picked up some shelving brackets and welded them in. They'll do the trick. I know some guys mount them on top of the frame rails but I thought this was easier.
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