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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Well, stage 1 of the 'AJ' roof rack is complete, and in true fashion, its all painted, on the roof! And these are the only photos :-) Lights are also on, but the wiring has just been slapped on till I can get time to rerun the cables inside the cab for the rear lights.









Its nice and close to the roof, I have no wind noise from it at all, and it doesnt stick out. Still gives me something to hang on to on the trails (and put a strap over if needed!) and the light bar is back on the roof where it should be!

SO now the remaining works are to fix the cabling, and eventually get a single row Rigid light bar to replace the current one.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Also go the new rear springs into the Jeep, they are thick, hand rolled and tapered. Couldnt get the progressive, but these seem to be good so far. Coil free height is 500mm.







We also removed the SL preload plates from the struts and replaced the isolators. Flexed it around a bit, still have to get some limit straps for the front, and some 14" travel rear shocks. Max ext length on the new shocks is around 820-830mm (33")

Lift height has ended up at (hub to fender)

Front - 660mm (26")
Rear - 680mm (27")

By the time i got home and got the kids fed bathed etc it was dark , so ill get some pics tomorrow!
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Nice low profile on the rack. Looks quite sinister!
How are you going to deal with the increased compressed length of the longer shocks? Lower the bottom mount or longer bump stop to prevent bottoming out?
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Thanks GoJeep, it came out design wise how i wanted it. Welding and finish could be better but im not going to worry about it until i get the new light bar as Ill have to drill more holes or weld tabs to mount it.

The shocks im looking at have a 820 extended and 475 compressed length, which with the 35's sits the tyre just beside the top of the guard. It could tuck a little further but not by much. So im setting the bumpstops there + 1" (for compression of the stop). Bugger is I have a run this weekend with the Bris Jeep Club and I cant get the shocks till next week! And the SL shocks are only an inch longer than ride height :-(.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Couple of craptastic photos from this afternoon (lost the camera, these are phone shots). Have put around 200kms on it to settle the springs.







Now the wait for the shocks, they are 14" travel (830mm extended to 475mm compressed), remote cannister, adjustable shims for valving, 200psi nitrogen charged, 360 deg swivel end. And put the bumpstops in, which worked out to be cutting the SL ones almost in half and then mounting the cups and rubbers.
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

damnn looks a monster for the mars expidition, congrats look relay good!
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I love that rack and I love your Jeep!!!
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

wow how did i miss this thread! look'n good my man.... great job on that roof rack, love the sleek design!!
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Hey, in the middle shot your Jeep has a halo!

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^^^^ Looks like a trampoline thingy haha
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Its only used on Sundays....... :-) And Dirty now too, more pics tonight!
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Re: Valpacers' WH Build Thread

Finally got the Jeep out and Dirty. We had 23 Jeeps at the Toolbox Day (Brisbane Jeep Club) and then split for the Hard and Easy Run. I went on the Easy run as I dont have my rear shocks, and still need some front limit straps.












Some more pics in the album (all JK, KK Brute etc) (the Brute and the Red JK falling over are on the hard run - Did the northern loop track at Glasshouse which we Reccied 2 months ago - awesome track!)
http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n...e/GHM%20Jun12/

And here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7677943...71512824/show/
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