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Got all the lights mounted, all that's left is to wire the ditch lights.
 

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Well, the axles finally showed up, sort of - still missing RCV 300M inner axle shafts but at least I can start putting the suspension and axles in.
 

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Dude @RKKRAWL your build thread is one of my fav threads of all time, such an absolute beast. In a whole different functional class than 99.99% of jeeps. Really excited to see it in action absolutely crushing rocks!

I dipped my toes in the rock crawling scene living 15 min from Chokecherry Canyon with my JK for several years, and getting made fun of (in good humor) for not having a fully built buggy. Now that I live in Los Angeles I miss the high desert, I miss the rocks, and the really tough rigs. Your rig is my vicarious fix now!
 
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Thanks, it was really hard to give up my TJ. The horsepower was just to tempting to resist, so the build starts all over again.
 
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I wonder how much extra I paid for shipping on these parts that are going in the garbage.
 

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More progress, all brackets tacked up and shock mounts in position of the frame.
 

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Mind if Inask how much your paint shop charged to paint the doors. Been toying with doing the very same thing.
 
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$1300 totally dis-assembled including the hinges and all push nuts and clips. This was with me giving him the bare doors and hinges only.
 
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Making progress, exhaust is out and front lower control arm brackets going in. Rear axle is complete and ready to install.
 

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Finally getting to the good part, all this foreplay was getting frustrating!
 

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Finally getting to the good part, all this foreplay was getting frustrating!
Good to see things are coming together finally! Yaaaay! Are the lug nuts on the wheel studs in the first picture there only for safety reasons or might they be those that will also be included in the final assembly?
 

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Thanks... Recommend measuring the inside depth of of the lugnuts to ensure that they will fully accomodate the studs and don't bottom out. Also ensure that the flange portion of the lug nuts is the correct angle and completly covers the mating surfaces of the wheels where the lugnuts engage the wheel to secure it to the axle. Since the Gorilla nuts I ordered were back ordered, I used similar lugnuts (from Advanced Auto) when I installed new Hutchinson wheels and wallowed out the lugnut holes in the right rear wheel (where a lot of the torgue gets applied). Autopsy revealed that the lug nuts were to shallow for the studs and bottomed out at 110 ft lbs of torque not allowing proper contact with the wheel as well as the nut flanges being too small not completely covering the area around the hole in the wheel. Damn near lost the wheel and tire & wheel at highway speed having sheared off 4 of the lugstuds and destroyed the wheel. The Jeep specific Gorilla nuts I ordered arrived 2 days later.
 
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Thanks for the info, hopefully I checked with enough people to avoid that problem, length of stud vs wheel flange thickness, correct taper of lug nut seat and depth of lug nut. Fingers crossed as I used the same company lug nut on my spidertrax axles with 1 ton dodge rotors and brakes.
 

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Thanks for the info, hopefully I checked with enough people to avoid that problem, length of stud vs wheel flange thickness, correct taper of lug nut seat and depth of lug nut. Fingers crossed as I used the same company lug nut on my spidertrax axles with 1 ton dodge rotors and brakes.
You are welcome. I went by the size on the package 14x1.5 thinking, okay that's the right size, I only need them until my Gorilla nuts arrive. The thought that they were not deep enough or that the flange part was not wide enough never crossed my mind. I torqued them to 110 ft lbs not aware that the torque was applied against the end of the stud and not against the wheel.
 
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Emergency brake cable are a royal pain to replace, center console and back seat have to come partially out to get to the cable. Routing is kinda convoluted also.
 

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Rear is done until it's on the tires, installed front brackets and the hacking and chopping will start again. Stock 392 axles and 37" Yokohama Geolander G003s on Dirty Life 9303 rims will be for sale.
 

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Done with the rear now on to the front axle.
 

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