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Larry N.

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #300 on: November 09, 2018, 06:48:06 AM »
Wow! Neat stuff, Bill.
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zmotorsports

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #301 on: November 09, 2018, 07:34:23 AM »
Cool mods to the Commander Bill, don't see too many of those built like that.

I'm getting ready to pull my JKUR into the shop to undergo major surgery, I'll be sure to post up pictures and video of the project.

Mike
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garyb1st

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #302 on: December 19, 2018, 03:02:01 PM »
The brakes on our 2016 JKU suck.  Recall reading that brakes are not great on the JKU.  Anyone do anything to improve the stopping power of your Jeep? 

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Isaac-1

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #303 on: December 19, 2018, 04:38:28 PM »
How about something a tad more civilized, 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland edition with ActiveDrive2
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zmotorsports

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #304 on: December 26, 2018, 08:40:34 AM »
The brakes on our 2016 JKU suck.  Recall reading that brakes are not great on the JKU.  Anyone do anything to improve the stopping power of your Jeep?

I've installed several of the Teraflex Big Brake kits for people and they have been happy with them as well as Dynatrac's brake system.  I'm running the Teraflex on my 2011 JKUR and my son is running the same Teraflex on his 2004 WJ in which he has JK Dana 44 axles under.  Both stop on a dime and greatly increase the confidence in stopping.  If you are on 35's they make a big difference and almost mandatory if on 37's.
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garyb1st

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #305 on: December 26, 2018, 11:01:57 AM »
I've installed several of the Teraflex Big Brake kits for people and they have been happy with them as well as Dynatrac's brake system.  I'm running the Teraflex on my 2011 JKUR and my son is running the same Teraflex on his 2004 WJ in which he has JK Dana 44 axles under.  Both stop on a dime and greatly increase the confidence in stopping.  If you are on 35's they make a big difference and almost mandatory if on 37's.


Are you going to be in Quartzsite this year?   ;)
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SLOweather

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #306 on: December 26, 2018, 12:32:21 PM »
Herre's my 4x4... 1998 Kawasaki Mule 2510, 1400 hours (I figure that's about 14,000 miles), front lift kit to clear the Carlisle HD Trax tires, roof canopy, bed liner, oversized battery, roof top solar, front work basket, glove box, etc. Bought it new in '98, just installed a new carb on Monday.

Hard to believe that, just driving it around our 10 acres and the neighborhood the last twenty years we've put enough miles on to go back and forth across the country a couple of times.
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zmotorsports

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #307 on: January 03, 2019, 02:41:28 PM »
My latest project on our 2011 JKUR.  Removing the anemic 3.8 liter engine/42RLE transmission and replacing it with a 400+ HP 6.2 all aluminum GM LS engine and 6L80 transmission.

Looking forward to the upcoming year of wheeling with a few more ponies under the hood. ;D

Picture #1 shows about 4.5 hours into the project with the body separated from the frame.

Picture #2 shows the frame after the old 3.8 liter engine, transmission, transfer case, driveshafts and exhaust are removed.  Also the frame has been pressure washed at this point and is awaiting its new powertrain.

Picture #3 shows the old engine/trans removed sitting next to the 6L80 transmission, NP241J transfer case that I have modified to work and the new 6.2 liter L94 LS engine.

Picture #4 shows the new engine and transmission bolted into the chassis and ready to start laying out wiring.

At the point picture #4 was taken I am about 10-hours total into the project.

Mike
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2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Old_Crow

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #308 on: January 04, 2019, 09:19:27 AM »
What are you using for a transfer case?  Will the stocker hold up to the LS?
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zmotorsports

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #309 on: January 04, 2019, 02:46:57 PM »
What are you using for a transfer case?  Will the stocker hold up to the LS?

I'm using a NP241J with an Advance Adapters input get to go from the small 23-spline Chrysler output to the larger 32-spline of the 6L80 trans.  I'm not a huge fan of the Atlas gear driven transfer cases for a daily driver.  I prefer the chain driven ones for low friction and quiet operation yet durable enough to handle the power output.

The NP241J will easily hold up to 500 HP and I know of several with more than that.  I'm not worried about any component in this combination or build.  I'm building it for longevity, durability and drivability so I think all of my i's are dotted and t's are crossed.

Mike
2003 Monaco Dynasty Baroness
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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Old_Crow

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #310 on: January 04, 2019, 06:04:09 PM »
I figured you'd done your homework.  I'm guessing we won't see you with it in the Q this winter.
Wally Crow
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catblaster

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #311 on: January 04, 2019, 07:18:47 PM »
I'm using a NP241J with an Advance Adapters input get to go from the small 23-spline Chrysler output to the larger 32-spline of the 6L80 trans.  I'm not a huge fan of the Atlas gear driven transfer cases for a daily driver.  I prefer the chain driven ones for low friction and quiet operation yet durable enough to handle the power output.

The NP241J will easily hold up to 500 HP and I know of several with more than that.  I'm not worried about any component in this combination or build.  I'm building it for longevity, durability and drivability so I think all of my i's are dotted and t's are crossed.

Mike

    Mike, I sure hope you have better service from you 6L80 than I am having. The one in my 07 vette has been nothing but trouble for the last 20K miles. still shifts and goes but harsh 2-3 upshift and sometimes no downshift......good luck with you project..we put a 350 chevy on a TH350 into wifes YJ...makes a great grocery getter
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zmotorsports

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #312 on: January 07, 2019, 07:27:44 AM »
I figured you'd done your homework.  I'm guessing we won't see you with it in the Q this winter.

Don't think we'll make it to QZ this year.  I'll still be breaking in the new drivetrain and have a huge project at work that is nearing completion and really can't take any time off for a couple of months yet.

Mike
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Steve N Dee

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #313 on: May 06, 2019, 10:35:19 PM »
Looking forward to hitting the trails with many of you in my "new to me" Jeep.  Been wanting this for a long time!

Steve
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Larry N.

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #314 on: May 07, 2019, 08:26:44 AM »
Looks nice, Steve -- congrads.
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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #315 on: May 07, 2019, 09:14:56 AM »
Looking forward to hitting the trails with many of you in my "new to me" Jeep.  Been wanting this for a long time!

Steve
Jealous, looks fab!  Congratulations.
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zmotorsports

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #316 on: May 07, 2019, 09:29:30 AM »
Looks nice Steve.  Happy for you and Dee, should provide many happy miles for the both of you.


Was it already setup for flat towing or did you have the towbar mounts, etc installed?

Mike
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Steve N Dee

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #317 on: May 07, 2019, 11:56:54 AM »
Mike:
   It has a Roadmaster base plate with receiver slots already installed.  I thought that was a big plus.  The crossbar I have from by Ford Edge isn't the same width.  It's like 2 inches wider.  I'm assuming I will have to buy a new crossbar at the proper width?  I looked at mine and it doesn't look like the width can be adjusted?  me did give me his towbar set up, but it's a Stowmaster and I don't like it as well as the Falcon All-Terrain model I have already.  Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve
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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #318 on: May 10, 2019, 11:13:20 AM »
Mike:
   It has a Roadmaster base plate with receiver slots already installed.  I thought that was a big plus.  The crossbar I have from by Ford Edge isn't the same width.  It's like 2 inches wider.  I'm assuming I will have to buy a new crossbar at the proper width?  I looked at mine and it doesn't look like the width can be adjusted?  me did give me his towbar set up, but it's a Stowmaster and I don't like it as well as the Falcon All-Terrain model I have already.  Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Steve

Steve, you'll have to get the correct crossbar for your application as width will vary from vehicle to vehicle and mounting width to mounting width, unless you have an in with a competent fabricator.

I had the Stowmaster for a few years and think you will be better off with the Falcon.  Nothing wrong with the Stowmaster but on a Jeep especially if your planning on using it as intended, off-road, then it really messes with the approach angle.  I got tired of constantly removing and storing mine in the coach when we arrived at our destination so I bought the used Sterling about 15 or so years ago and last year sold it and replaced it with the new Nighthawk 8k pound towbar.

Mike
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Ken & Sheila

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #319 on: May 12, 2019, 07:38:49 AM »
Steve, Roadmaster now has 2 styles of baseplates, one has the the cross support built in. That style does not require a cross bar and uses "hooks" that are ready to accept your Falcon's arms. Check with Roadmaster because it looks to me like your baseplate might not need a cross bar.


On my new Cherokee Trailhawk I opted for the version with a cross bar only because I wanted to use the Roadmaster Defender and it requires the cross bar. 


Not having the cross bar makes removal that much easier.


BTW, Nice looking Jeep!


Ken

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #320 on: May 13, 2019, 10:04:56 AM »
Steve, Roadmaster now has 2 styles of baseplates, one has the the cross support built in. That style does not require a cross bar and uses "hooks" that are ready to accept your Falcon's arms. Check with Roadmaster because it looks to me like your baseplate might not need a cross bar.


On my new Cherokee Trailhawk I opted for the version with a cross bar only because I wanted to use the Roadmaster Defender and it requires the cross bar. 


Not having the cross bar makes removal that much easier.


BTW, Nice looking Jeep!


Ken

Ken, with a little ingenuity you can run the Tow Defender without a crossbar.  I too am running the Roadmaster Tow Defender but to not use a crossbar.  I machined a couple of tabs and connect mine directly to the arm at the connection at the Jeep.  It's been working very well for the past several years now and it very easy/quick to connect/disconnect.

Mike
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Steve N Dee

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Re: Let's see pictures of your 4x4!
« Reply #321 on: May 13, 2019, 10:24:35 PM »
Mike & Ken,
   I do have a tow defender.  I was able to get it all connected.  I swapped the two receiver inserts from my crossbar with ones he had and it all lined up and I'm good to go.  As for your comments mike regarding the nighthawk towbar without the crossbar, by friend who is just getting into RV's and Jeeps, set his up that way.  It is really sweet because the connect and disconnect in super easy.  My falcon has a limited life left as it's getting old.  When I replace it, I may swap out the baseplate to go with a set up like yours Mike.  I will contact you regarding the defender set up at that time. Of course, I have a million Jeep questions for you Mike, but I don't want to be a nuisance. I will try to keep them to a minimum especially until after that important June event  ;)    Ken, I'm going to PM you about a campground recommendation. Thanks as usual to my forum friends.  Your advice is spot on!

Steve
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Fritz & DJ, (the boys)
2005 Winnebago Journey 34H Diesel Pusher
2016 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited Toad
Burbank, CA

On time.....is when we get there