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Old 05-10-2010, 01:08 AM   #226
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Bear River Reservoir, yes. Great spot



I have a complete SA, arc welder and torch. I need all the mounting stuff, springs, shocks and a lift for the rear to match. I was thinking the 63" chevy swap would work out nice. also want to make a rear bumper
for all that i used trailgear as itwas so cheap wasnt worth my time to make them. 63s arnt bad, i am running a set of marlin ones on the back of mine and love them.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:17 AM   #227
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Nice, did you weld on the diff armor and gussets? Got any pics???
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:25 AM   #228
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i didnt get the diff armer from them, i got some 8" pipe cap cut it in half and welded it on. however, cant find a pic, but will try to snap one tomorrow. i am curently working on my bro truck and my fj40

edit, looks like this
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:20 AM   #229
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Anyone know how to add a snorkel to an 03 grand cherokee (V8)? My friend wants to add one, but apparently no one makes one for it. I've heard that one for an xterra can be modified to fit, but I don't know how true that is. Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:47 AM   #230
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Just checking in on this thread with my wife's JK Wrangler X. We bought it new last February and so far all we've done is cosmetic (decals and brush guard). She really loves off-roading, so mods definitely are in this Jeep's future. The only problem is that my wife has a rare arthritic condition that affects her ability to lift and climb some days, so a lift is pretty much out of the question since this is her DD. We're going to do some wheels with beefier tires (will probably have to modify the fenders to make them fit without a lift), skid plates, and whatever else we can to get it trail ready. Any suggestions?

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I agree with Spootypuff. At least rock rails. But both rails and skids would be better. My rock rails have saved me thousands of dollars in would have been horrible door sill damage. At~$300 there's really no excuse to not have them.

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i see a part number for that jeep. maybe call up a dealer for them and see whats up PN SS1140HF
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:41 PM   #231
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OK, I'm in.

For some reason I've been lusting after either a >=82 wide track CJ-7 or a TJ.

I wouldn't build it into a "super rock crawler" but want to off road a bit (or as we Aussies call it "bush bashing").

My FXT is ok for TSD rallying (and has about 8.5" clearance with the winter tires) but I also want something I can beat the snot out of a bit.

(wife wants an MB to drive around our property!)

TJ's seem super cheap right now. The price of non-rusty CJ7's seems to be climbing.

For a TJ I'd probably go with a Rubicon. CJ-7 I'd probably take anything straight 6, manual.

Please talk me out of it.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:56 PM   #232
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You know what you can put your money on when thinking about buying a non-rusty CJ?


It will rust soon, or the body has already been replaced.


Go sit in a TJ. Back when I bought my 98 Impreza, I sat in a TJ and it felt really tight. Too close to the steering wheel, too close to the door, too close to the everything.
Apparently you can fix a bit of that by yarding out the OEM seats and putting some decent aftermarket buckets in. The JK seems to be a bit roomier, but also heavier and it's got the minivan engine. (booo)

CJs are cool and all, but honestly I'd rather have a YJ than a CJ. IMHO carbs suck for off-roading.

After spending a week in the virgin islands, driving a Wrangler around, I want one too. I sold my WJ in preparing to move, and eventually I want to get another Jeep, preferably one without a permanent roof.

I say go for it. The TJ will be less problematic.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:01 PM   #233
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i would measure the windshield rake, distance from airbox to closest fender, and distance from that point on the fender to the low point of the windshield frame.

Then measure those available from safari.

Something will fit.
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:05 PM   #234
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Anyone know how to add a snorkel to an 03 grand cherokee (V8)? My friend wants to add one, but apparently no one makes one for it. I've heard that one for an xterra can be modified to fit, but I don't know how true that is. Anyone have experience with this?

I've seen pictures of people who have done it.


The part number on the website... it has been "Coming Soon" for several years. I wouldn't count on it ever getting released. It seems they've put their R&D into turbo kits and all kinds of other stuff, rather than turning out a snorkel kit for the 5000 people globally who actually wheel their WJs.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:39 PM   #235
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You know what you can put your money on when thinking about buying a non-rusty CJ?

It will rust soon, or the body has already been replaced.

Go sit in a TJ. Back when I bought my 98 Impreza, I sat in a TJ and it felt really tight. Too close to the steering wheel, too close to the door, too close to the everything.
Apparently you can fix a bit of that by yarding out the OEM seats and putting some decent aftermarket buckets in. The JK seems to be a bit roomier, but also heavier and it's got the minivan engine. (booo)

CJs are cool and all, but honestly I'd rather have a YJ than a CJ. IMHO carbs suck for off-roading.

After spending a week in the virgin islands, driving a Wrangler around, I want one too. I sold my WJ in preparing to move, and eventually I want to get another Jeep, preferably one without a permanent roof.

I say go for it. The TJ will be less problematic.
I have driven a TJ (on Maui, I did the Hana drive and then the south road all the way around), I am 6'5" but I fit in it fine. Not super comfortable but you're right, better seats would help. JK is ruled out due to minivan engine.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:59 PM   #236
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Anyone know how to add a snorkel to an 03 grand cherokee (V8)? My friend wants to add one, but apparently no one makes one for it. I've heard that one for an xterra can be modified to fit, but I don't know how true that is. Anyone have experience with this?
Just head on over to Home Depot and piece one together. It'll save you a couple hundred bucks.

Go to jeepforum dot com or or clubxterra dot org and search for DIY snorkel.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:16 PM   #237
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I have driven a TJ (on Maui, I did the Hana drive and then the south road all the way around), I am 6'5" but I fit in it fine. Not super comfortable but you're right, better seats would help. JK is ruled out due to minivan engine.
Ever driven a Disco? I drove Gary's for the first time at Olympus and it officially got crossed off my list of cars that I might enjoy owning. The driver's seat cannot move back far enough away from the wheel to make it comfortable for me (and I'm only 5'11"). That and the center console/tranny hump takes up more room than I care to share. It's a nice ride, but I actually prefer driving the Iveco.
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i would measure the windshield rake, distance from airbox to closest fender, and distance from that point on the fender to the low point of the windshield frame.

Then measure those available from safari.

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I've seen pictures of people who have done it.


The part number on the website... it has been "Coming Soon" for several years. I wouldn't count on it ever getting released. It seems they've put their R&D into turbo kits and all kinds of other stuff, rather than turning out a snorkel kit for the 5000 people globally who actually wheel their WJs.
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Just head on over to Home Depot and piece one together. It'll save you a couple hundred bucks.

Go to jeepforum dot com or or clubxterra dot org and search for DIY snorkel.
Thanks guys I'll pass it on

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I see this a lot, but I never understood why. What makes it so much worse, and would it only be noticeably worse in pretty challenging terrain?
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I see this a lot, but I never understood why. What makes it so much worse, and would it only be noticeably worse in pretty challenging terrain?
Imagine a cup of water with a straw in it. Now imagine a water bottle with the squirt lid on it. Which one would you prefer to drink out of while jouncing around offroad?

That's pretty much whats going on with a carb vs fuel injection off road. Trying to accurately fuel an engine while the fuel in the float bowl is sloshing all around the place, being overfilled, underfilled, and dribbling out the vent tubes and down the throat of the carb is very hard to do. Have a pressurized fuel rail with an electronically operated nozzle misting fuel into the intake, you get accurate fuel all the time, no matter if the car is right side up or upside down or falling off a cliff, it's the right fuel mix.
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Here is my rig. Lots of work to be done: I have a M226 (with ARB lcoker) rear to match my M205 titan front diff. I just need to source some pathfinder half-shafts, LCAs, and SAW COs before I can get it all together. Need to get the body lift on too.

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Here is my rig. Lots of work to be done: I have a M226 (with ARB lcoker) rear to match my M205 titan front diff. I just need to source some pathfinder half-shafts, LCAs, and SAW COs before I can get it all together. Need to get the body lift on too.

That snorkel is for the gen 1 older than his


Your Xterra is pure sex. My neighbor has that same one (color, gen) sans lift, rack, lights, snorkel etc.

I'll never be able to look at it the same way again

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Imagine a cup of water with a straw in it. Now imagine a water bottle with the squirt lid on it. Which one would you prefer to drink out of while jouncing around offroad?

That's pretty much whats going on with a carb vs fuel injection off road. Trying to accurately fuel an engine while the fuel in the float bowl is sloshing all around the place, being overfilled, underfilled, and dribbling out the vent tubes and down the throat of the carb is very hard to do. Have a pressurized fuel rail with an electronically operated nozzle misting fuel into the intake, you get accurate fuel all the time, no matter if the car is right side up or upside down or falling off a cliff, it's the right fuel mix.
What about "off road" carbs. I know they won't be as good as FI, but won't they be good enough?
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Drink- Your truck looks fantastic. Lots of nice trucks in here.

I'm on a slightly less extreme path with my 4Runner. Just picked up some Hankook Dynapro ATM 255/75/17 that will be mounted on some custom painted FJ wheels, eventually I'll have a custom Radflo setup complete with rocksliders. Then I'll just have to find a group in Columbia, SC to take trips with.
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Thanks guys. Truck is shambles right now and I need to get it back together before this weekend's trip to Badlands, Indiana. I was hoping to get the body lift on so I can get the sliders welded back up, but higher on the frame rails.

Spooty- You would be surprised at how easy most snorkels are to make. You can usually piece them together at a decent hardware store. Just find a butt-plate to fit against the fender, bend your own alumnized steel tubing, toss on a hat, and run the plumbing. Cutting would be the only really challenging part. One of the mods on a forum I frequent made an awesome one himself.

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I've had a few Jeeps, 2 TJ Sports, 1 Rubicon Unlimited, 1 WJ, 1 XJ and 1 YJ. I've always regretted selling the Rubicon, it was great off road and rode much better than the SWB TJ's. Actually starting to look for another one for summer duties.

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Rubicon - 2.5" OME lift, 1.25" body lift, 1" motor mount lift, 33" Truxxus, Kilby gas tank skid, Jeep Medic belly up t-case skid, Warn M8000, Rock Hard rear bumper/tire carrier




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That was why I didn't get a TJ, couldn't decide between SWB and Unlimited.
Unlimited still ok off road?

Should also mention I had a 84 SWB Pajero 1984-86 ish.
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Ever driven a Disco? I drove Gary's for the first time at Olympus and it officially got crossed off my list of cars that I might enjoy owning. The driver's seat cannot move back far enough away from the wheel to make it comfortable for me (and I'm only 5'11"). That and the center console/tranny hump takes up more room than I care to share. It's a nice ride, but I actually prefer driving the Iveco.
disco=no go
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Spooty- You would be surprised at how easy most snorkels are to make. You can usually piece them together at a decent hardware store. Just find a butt-plate to fit against the fender, bend your own alumnized steel tubing, toss on a hat, and run the plumbing. Cutting would be the only really challenging part. One of the mods on a forum I frequent made an awesome one himself.

http://www.pacificsurveys.com/DSC_3108.jpg
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What about "off road" carbs. I know they won't be as good as FI, but won't they be good enough?


Basically, to get the "Truck Avenger" off-road carb, all you do is take a normal Holley carb and instead of having a vent tube on each bowl, there's just a pipe that connects the two.

The bouncing can make things run funny, but your real enemy when wheeling with a carb is hills. Either up, down, or side hills. Go too steep and you start throwing a lot of smoke and you better keep your foot planted, or the engine is going to die. It's hard to finesse things when you have to be WOT to avoid stalling.

This is WAY oversimplified, and therefore not technically correct, but here goes:
Picture your fuel bowl... it's got a hole in the side of it for fuel to travel down to the venturi. When that hole no longer has fuel above it, no more fuel goes into the engine. You can't run on no fuel. On the flipside, when the entire fuel bowl flows down that hole, you're going to go superrich and then stall.


People have wheeled with carbs for a long long time, and they still do so, but fuel injection is FAR better.

Do you like walking out to your car and being able to start it the first time, every time?

With a carb, when it's cool out, sometimes you eff things up and it won't start. You gotta get used to your rig, my old Dodge was Pump Pump start - when it was bone cold. When it was hot, just start. Halfway between and it was hit or miss, sometimes I had to pump, others not. Pump too many times, or pump when you shouldn't, and you're flooded. Then you have to mash the gas to the floor and crank it over until it starts.


I miss that truck, but at the same time, having fuel injection and not having to dick around with the carb is SO nice.
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i didnt get the diff armer from them, i got some 8" pipe cap cut it in half and welded it on. however, cant find a pic, but will try to snap one tomorrow. i am curently working on my bro truck and my fj40

edit, looks like this
that looks pretty tough. Toyota guys seem to fabricate a lot of their mods
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