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 Lou's 1990 XJ Build 
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Awesome a real locker! I'm biast but now that I have my arb's dialed in, they're awesome.

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October 10th, 2015, 7:48 pm
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Sounds like you got the ram dialed in right. The guys at PSC have always been helpful in my dealings.

I'm also biased so I say :goodfinger: to ARBs

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October 11th, 2015, 7:01 pm
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chexmix wrote:
Awesome a real locker! I'm biast but now that I have my arb's dialed in, they're awesome.


I was satisfied with the previous ARB/Detroit combo, never had an issue on the trail. But having an ARB front and rear now makes it super street friendly. And the ARBs worked flawlessly on the Rubicon. :yes:


October 15th, 2015, 12:12 pm
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Time for an update. I've been working on this thing slowly over the last couple months, finally finished the cage.

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Tied it into the 2x6 rockers and plated unibody rails.

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Dropped it through the floor for welding and paint.

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Pretty happy with how it turned out. Oh, and I bought myself a little present for Christmas.

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December 27th, 2015, 6:55 pm
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super fancy tcase! nice work too. looks good

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December 27th, 2015, 10:43 pm
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The cage looks great Lou! Tucked up nice and tight to the roofline, great work. That atlas will be nice on the trails too!

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December 28th, 2015, 7:38 am
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California Monkey wrote:
super fancy tcase! nice work too. looks good


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The cage looks great Lou! Tucked up nice and tight to the roofline, great work. That atlas will be nice on the trails too!


Thanks guys. Looking forward to getting the Atlas in and wheeling with it. With my Terra 4:1 I'm at about 75:1. That's good about 90% of the time but there are those times I want a deeper 1st gear. This will put me at about 94:1 for my crawl ratio. Should be just about perfect.


December 28th, 2015, 8:04 pm
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Are you auto or manual, I can't remember? I think you're auto in which case those ratios make sense. I'm right at 100:1 with a manual and want lower :/

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December 29th, 2015, 7:55 am
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But you are almost twice the weight. He may not need lower

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I don't think weight matters much here, its all about the level of control that comes from speed, or the lack thereof.

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California Monkey wrote:
But you are almost twice the weight. He may not need lower


Dan90FSB wrote:
I don't think weight matters much here, its all about the level of control that comes from speed, or the lack thereof.


You're both right. When climbing it makes a difference, I can definitely feel the difference with different amounts of weight in my truck on climbs. I saw that on the trail hauling the outhouse roof, hardware, and tools, versus not hauling that. It's not as big on the flat stuff.

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December 30th, 2015, 5:38 pm
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Damn, I haven't posted any updates in a LONG time. Well, I finished the cage and added new seats. Happy with how it all turned out.

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Towed my junk to Reno for the annual NAXJA Reno Run...

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Did a Rubicon trip...

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Came back and decided to redo my steering setup, since my tierod was bent from slamming into a few boulders since I can't drive. New REID knuckle for the driver's side to match the passenger knuckle.

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Installed with new histeer arms:

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Had to redo my frame side track bar mount.

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All back together.

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Drives pretty well, now to get it ready for the next trip.


July 25th, 2016, 5:03 pm
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Big update. Looking great Lou. Can never make your steering too strong :)

That interior looks like a place I'd actually want to spend some time!

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August 15th, 2016, 12:10 pm
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That looks familiar! White bark vista. By that point of the trail you don't even realize that last gatekeeper on the way out is hard lol.

How'd it go? You stick to your timeline?

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