Some Upgrades Coming

walkerhoundvm

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#21
Was curious how those RR step sliders would look with the rocker trim. I etched mine and painted them with the textured rattle can so they'd match my bumpers. There'll be a textured black x polished aluminum chrome thing going on all around for mine.

I also picked up a set of BFG 33s from 4WD for about 180 each - about $800 after mounting.

Looking great!
 

designerRob

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#22
Those look awesome! (y) Are the wheels actual beadlocks? Have you flexed it out and did you have to increase your bumpstops or doing anything else to fit?
 

tower210

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#24
Was curious how those RR step sliders would look with the rocker trim. I etched mine and painted them with the textured rattle can so they'd match my bumpers. There'll be a textured black x polished aluminum chrome thing going on all around for mine.

I also picked up a set of BFG 33s from 4WD for about 180 each - about $800 after mounting.

Looking great!
I love the protection of the rr sliders; mine are mounted about 1” lower than I’d like; but it’s worked out well.

Can’t wait to see yours going back together!!
 

walkerhoundvm

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#25
I love the protection of the rr sliders; mine are mounted about 1” lower than I’d like; but it’s worked out well.

Can’t wait to see yours going back together!!
I see what you mean. I had to talk my builder out of installing them now before the frame is painted, in case we have to adjust the body when it all comes back together again because of the drive train.

Visited her today to drop off some beer - the D44 is on the rear, and the D30 is off the front getting rebuilt. The suspension is otherwise mocked up. The progress is tangible now, but we're still a few months off what with body work and paint to go yet. o_O
 

tower210

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#26
Those look awesome! (y) Are the wheels actual beadlocks? Have you flexed it out and did you have to increase your bumpstops or doing anything else to fit?
Thanks! I love the look.

They aren’t real beadlocks; but I don’t think it matters for me. My last set of tires (hopefully I picked a good combo again) I could run 11-12 without ever dropping a bead...they almost were too squishy at 10 for my liking. I’ll be happy here if I can run 12 and not have to worry about the bead.... the load rating is much higher on these....

We flexed it a little with a floor jack; it needs more testing. The day I picked it up from the shop that put in the 456s (Thursday afternoon) it was snowing; so everyone thought I was crazy driving home. They eyeball test to me is that this is a great size for a cj.
 
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tower210

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#29
Everything installed; putting some miles on it. Not surprisingly, braking is worse with 100 lb wheel/tire combo vs. 75 lb combo.... Jeep was pulling hard to the passenger side. Pulled the rear shoes and re-bled to make sure I had all the air out of the system. Still did it.

Finally took it to my trusty local mechanic for some help. He had caliper pressure tools; where you could pull the pads out and put a pressure gauge in it's place. Was getting 900 PSI on the passenger and 500 PSI on the driver !!!! Replaced the calipers (less than $30 each) and now getting 1600 on both. Stops much better (even better than when I had the smaller tires). :woot:
 

designerRob

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#30
That's awesome news about your braking system.

When you get into it would you post up what you needed to do to wheel this combo? The reason I ask is that I'm looking to go with new tires and possibly wheels in the near future and I'm torn between sizes. I think I'm sitting about the same as you height wise and with stock widetrack axles (correct me if I'm wrong). And I'm looking to get the biggest M/T tires I can but still turn properly and flex offroad. Also, what is the backspacing measurement for those wheels? thanks!
 

tower210

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#31
Going wheeling tomorrow....I'll let you know if I get into anything the way it is......

KK
 

tower210

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#32
Finally did some work on the Jeep yesterday. I’d been researching one ton steering bots to reinforce the OEM pieces that were now visually wobbling with the new larger tires. I’d been leaning towards the ruff stuff and Barnes “build your own” kits. The more I measured, the more I was worried the the 1.5 DOM would get into my diff cover. Upon dumb luck searching Hd CJ7 steering; I ran across a kit from rugged ridge. It claimed direct swap; with 1 ton steering strength. It had 1.25” DOM TUBE...
 

tower210

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#37
I actually had spare USA MOOG TREs...figured might as well swap them in....then I discovered how beefy the shaft was on the new TREs.....so if anyone wants some stock spares.....
 
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