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Old 01-07-2012, 03:16 PM
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The next item I almost missed out on. At the time I wasn't on Facebook. I heard from a friend that 4xG was about to release their new diff guard and was giving a weekend deal through a link they provided on Facebook. I quickly jumped on my wife's account, followed the link, and purchased one of the first 12 bolt diff guards It shipped that Monday and I got it later that Friday once I got home!





Lucky for me I had a wheeling trip planned the next morning. So I got up early and installed it. Once I got back home I created a Facebook account and posted this pic onto 4xG's page.




It was the first one they had received, so they asked to use it! Awesome!
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:47 PM
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Now about that wheeling trip. . .


I set out on my first really good trip. The destination was Corral Canyon OHV park! I went with two of my buddies who had Wranglers. I still did not have the Belly guard or sliders yet so I had to be careful. But what I lacked in clearance and armor I made up for with traction. Here are the highlights.


At the staging area waiting for the Wranglers to get ready




Once we hit the first trail.





Tread Lightly. . . What's that!









Now it gets a little skinny!







^^I just kissed the rocker there which I ended up bending the pinch seem under the rear door. I folded it back when I got home.








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Old 01-07-2012, 03:50 PM
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On the way out we found a rock to play around on!















Rear stuffed!





Front stuffed and extended!




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Old 01-07-2012, 04:01 PM
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Oh yes! The small bit of damage I had to massage out

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Old 01-07-2012, 04:25 PM
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After running these used 285s for a while they were getting down to about a .25" of tread left, they had been looking more like the Krawlers then the KM2s that they are. So I decided to try and restore the biting power they used to have. From the factory they are only grooved about half way down into the lugs. So once you wear them down they loose their grooves between most of the lugs leaving them looking like the Krawlers. My solution was to get a tire groover and cut the previous grooves back into them.

I picked this up for $80. It came with #4 and #2 heads with 12 blades each.



It worked pretty good. You can pick the thickness and depth you want, plug it in, and cut away. It took me about an hour to do each tire applying moderate force. Here are some before and after shots.

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After:





Then I decided to use the #2 and make additional cuts on the outer lugs.



The end result:



And the pile of packing I now have for presents!



I really just needed to bring these babies back to life for the next couple of months until I bought new tires. I was also planning a trip out to CO for Christmas to be with family. So this did the trick!
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:37 PM
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The black side mirrors is something that has always bugged me. I was glad to see that later models they decided to color match them. So I grabbed some chrome mirror covers off eBay and painted them Khaki to match.


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Unfortunately I lost one of them during my Colorado trip I think the constant rain/snow on the drive out along with high speeds and freezing temperatures had something to do with it. ops: Eventually I plan to paint the actual mirror and get another set of covers to pop on when I go wheeling. That way I wont loose all the work I did, and they wont get all scratched up either!
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:50 PM
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I am not too sure when I added these so now seems like a good time

I needed new plug wires so instead of buying the same old rats nest I went with a blue set of Taylor Shorties. They cleaned up the look of the engine a bit and made it easier to diagnose an issue in the future.




To keep the internals and especially the throttle body cleaner I got a Billet Technologies Catch Can! I bent a spare piece of steel into an "L" bracket, painted it Khaki, and mounted it to one of the passenger side strut bolts.












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Re: Omelet's Build Thread!

I like that thing for the tire tread, iv seen those before but thought it was kinda a gimmick, that docent effect the integrity of the tire at all?
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No you are not cutting into the carcass just the lugs. The groover also does siping. I thought about doing that too on the center lugs, but by the time I got finished grooving, I was done.
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Now for a little suspension modification! I wanted to eek a little more height out of this thing. I thought about doing something similar to AcidCold's Frankenstein (Hybrid) Lift, but after the disastrous outcome he had I decided against it. Instead I decided to only add an extra inch. The problem was no one made a 1" lift, so I had to make my own.

First the rear.

I acquired a set of rear poly spacers from a RRO lift locally to play with. They started out looking like this:



Then I chopped .75" off the bottom and the center 1" off the top:



As you can see the bottom piece that I cut off was beveled so I had to do the same so it would seat properly.



I was planning on reusing the rubber isolator so I had to trim up the top a little too.



After all that they were down to a 1.5" spacer.




I also installed the custom longer sway bar links from Rusty's.

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Old 01-07-2012, 06:18 PM
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Now for the front.

I was already using one set of Rusty's strut spacers. With one set on I could see that the bolts were not long enough for another set. So I had to get longer bolts. Instead of tracking down just the right size stud that would be a proper replacement only longer, I bought grade 8 bolts to use. The problem with using bolts and not studs is now the bolts could freely spin, where as the studs were pressed in place.

The new hardware:



Compared to the old:




To remove the stock studs from the strut plate, I used a 7/8 socket. After letting them soak for a few minutes in PB blaster I placed the socket under the stud, and after a couple good whacks they popped out.




Now I placed the new bolts in and welded the heads to the plate. After hitting them up with a wire brush, primer, and paint they your good to go.



I reassembled the strut assembly and they were ready to go back in!

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December came and with it my trip out to CO! This was my trip report once I got back:


So I am now back home. The trip was great! I love spending time with family. The trip out there was not so great. I left at 0400 and got there at 2200 PST. It literally rained the entire way out there except for the last 3 hours. So traveling through a storm meant my gas mileage sucked. I averaged 17mpg on the way out which isn't too bad considering the terrain and the weather. On the way back I averaged about 19mpg and even saw 21 for a while! I am very glad I grooved my tires though. With all that rain and snow I know my traction would have been pretty bad. They performed flawlessly the whole trip. And the HEMI!!!... Man I love that thing!!! Even with the 285s and the terrain, I had no problem maintaining unmentionable speeds. The landscape out there through Utah and Colorado was just Gorgeous! I really want to move out there, unfortunately I don't think that will happen any time soon. It killed me to go all that way and just drive past Moab without stopping for a quick offroad adventure. If I was not on a time crunch I would have. Anyway, here are some pix I snapped during my drive. Enjoy!

















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