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sgtsteve
02-06-2011, 11:26 PM
There are many like it, but this one is mine....

Finally got enough done to start a thread. Spent pretty much all day yesterday and today getting the steering and front bumper done. I hate making bumpers, but I am pretty pleased with how this one turned out. I want to add a subtle stinger to it, but thats for another day. As far as the steering goes, its pretty good but could be better. I think once I get some high clearance arms it will be a bit better. I was also able to get the body to sit down where i want it, with very little interior cutting.

To do list:
Rear tire carrier - keeping the plastic bumber for now, but will reinforce it with steel.
Paint and finish trimming the body.
Figure out how/where to mount electronics.
Sleeve links and all those other little details.
Rock sliders
More stuff to list, but I cant think of it right now.

Bumper doesnt stick out too much like my previous attempts. I dont really like how the thingy sticks out, but Im sure my awesome driving skills will keep it from getting hung up.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2616.jpg

How its mounted - mounts need some trimming - but its strong, welded the mounts to the bumper
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2626.jpg

Havent moved the front shock hoops yet so temporary extenders for now.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2623.jpg

Rear axle moved back approx 1/4 inch, made new shock mounts, still need to clean them up a bit.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2624.jpg

Steering linkage w/panhard, made my own versoin of the handbros 3 link + panhard mount..also needs to be cleaned up.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2625.jpg

Fender flares have been cut a bit, but the blue tape shows where the next series of cuts will be made, i think it will look awesome.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2627.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2629.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2631.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2632.jpg

Put the light there to plug up the hole for now, not sure if it will stay buts it kinda growing on me..have to wire up all the lights too, so that might be what determines if it stays or goes.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2633-1.jpg


One more of the steering linkages, the drag link and panhard are actually on the same plane and the same length.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2621.jpg

Did the mod to the mirrows, used a ball cup though versus the other one, i think it looks pretty good.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2630.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2631.jpg

Flexing those mucles..
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2635-1.jpg
Good alround tire tuck, minimal rubbing, but thats how i roll...
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2634-1.jpg
4" of travel for both front and rear, although the front articulation isnt as smooth as i wanted there isnt any bumpsteer, so score one for me.

Overall this think is coming togther pretty well, im actually really excited about getting it finished.

Questions or suggestions welcome as always - my feelings will only be hurt for a short time so go ahead with the critiics. Check be later this week as i may get a few more tnings done this week.

sgtsteve
02-06-2011, 11:28 PM
anyone know the best wasy to remove the white new bright lettering off the window without destroying it? I have some goof off, but dont know if it will damage the lexan.

Locked Up
02-07-2011, 01:23 AM
I've been wondering the same thing myself.


Looks like you can use nail polish remover without acetone:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=295608&highlight=bright+mud

Tommy R
02-07-2011, 08:30 AM
Steve, the Jeep is looking great! And you did a fantastic job on that bumper, too. When you pick up some front knuckles, I would strongly suggest the Vanquish high steers because they have two mounting hole locations which can help you gain more steering travel. Also, you will likely need to raise your steering servo if you mount your tie rod above the knuckles. No biggie, but something to be aware of.

Zero bumpsteer is great, but for low speed crawling it's really not very important, so focus on getting as much steering as possible and "bind free" suspension movement. If you can get all that, then I would suggest tweaking the bumpsteer. :)

Locked Up
02-07-2011, 09:09 AM
I just noticed your trackbar axle mount.

I'm curious .... have any more pics of that?

sgtsteve
02-07-2011, 11:38 AM
I just noticed your trackbar axle mount.

I'm curious .... have any more pics of that?

Only other one i have right now. I will get more tonight.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2620.jpg

sgtsteve
02-07-2011, 11:42 AM
Tommy, I think I will get the Vanquish ones and move the tierod to the underside, that would actually fix the binding issue i see now. I cant raise the servo anymore or the arm will hit the chassis and I dont really want to file down the chassis. I want to get some aluminum c's too.

sgtsteve
02-07-2011, 11:49 PM
Here are few more of that mount. Im pulling it off tomorrow to clean it up a bit.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2636.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2637.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2638.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2639.jpg

sgtsteve
02-08-2011, 11:38 PM
Few picks of the link mount removed. Gonna get it cleaned up tonight.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2640.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2641.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2642.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2643.jpg

sgtsteve
02-09-2011, 12:08 AM
and after cleaning:
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2645.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2644.jpg

Locked Up
02-09-2011, 02:41 PM
Nice.

How do you stop the upper link mount from rotating?

sgtsteve
02-09-2011, 08:47 PM
Nothing yet, havent though it about it much. Im thinking about drilling a little hole under the screw and that is just a bit smaller in dia. than a hex pin and hammering that pin in there. Or, make a new block that has a bit of an overhand to kind of brace it.

Locked Up
02-09-2011, 09:27 PM
I was thinking a pin might work too. Or maybe even a grub screw?

You like your avatar?


I got sick of the empty space.;)

sgtsteve
02-09-2011, 10:51 PM
You like your avatar?


I got sick of the empty space.;)

I love it, that is soooo cool of you Patrick, thank you very much. Funny how something simple like that can bring me such joy, I know, Im a dork.

Ok, sappy moment aside...grub screw would work well actually. Whats funny though is that i went to take that screw out and the damn thing is stuck in there so tight I couldnt even twist it. I think what it is, is that I beveled the hole thinking i would use a flat head screw, but then didnt put the screw in that way, instead, the nut is in the bevel, and holding like hell. I dont think I need to mess with it.

eric113
02-10-2011, 08:53 AM
Cms came out good.

Keep up the good job Steve

sgtsteve
02-12-2011, 09:23 AM
Cms came out good.

Keep up the good job Steve

Thank you Eric.

I was talking with Patrick last night about servo's for steering, and decided to go with the HS-7950TH. I know its been posted before but here are the numbers on it:

Operating Speed (4.8V): 0.18 sec/60 at no load
Operating Speed (6.0V): 0.15 sec/60 at no load
Operating Speed (7.4V): 0.13 sec/60 at no load
Stall Torque (4.8V): 344oz/in. (22kg.cm)
Stall Torque (6.0V): 402oz/in. (29kg.cm)
Stall Torque (7.4V): 486oz/in. (35kg.cm)

Ordering it up right now, unless the LHS has them in for the same price. Im also ordering up the same programmer he uses since it comes from the factory kinda limited in range...


I plan on getting the wheel wells done today too, i think i found the perfect solution there, pictures a bit later.

Locked Up
02-12-2011, 09:47 AM
You ordering from here:
http://www.servocity.com/html/hitec_servos.html
???

If you found a better price elsewhere, I'd be interested to know where.
And OMG I just saw the specs on the 7980. :eek2:


As far as others things to get ... over/under gears are great and will further help with steering.

Tommy R
02-12-2011, 10:13 AM
Steve, that's a GREAT servo choice! In fact, I'm thinking about getting one for the Bronco after seeing those specs. 486 oz-in @ 7.4v is teh hawtness!!1 :biggrin:

sgtsteve
02-12-2011, 11:01 AM
Yeah, so far its the best price, and i hear shipping is free. I love those numbers on the 7980 too but i need to save some money for the knuckles:thumbsup:

maybe its just me, but i dont see a warranty listed anywhere, im assuming its between 1-3 yrs

Verified, shipping is free..servo is 119.00 and programmer is 26.99..gonna look around a little for a better price but i think thats it.

Totally cheaper, by $10-30 + the free shipping..damn..servocity lists it as an intro price, regularly 149.99...and it looks like it comes with a bunch of horns, including an aluminum one....im pulling the trigger.

Done!!! I cant wait!!! USPS 2-3 day priority shipping...yippie....

Tommy R
02-12-2011, 11:37 AM
Yeah, the 7980 is pretty insane, but I don't know often that much torque would ever be needed. Not to mention it's slightly slower than the 7950 is a bit quicker so that's the route I'd go. :cool2:

sgtsteve
02-12-2011, 11:59 AM
i also like that they list 7.4v as being ok to do...the cc bec i have is the one patrick sold me along time ago and for some reason i cant change the voltage on it, but its set to 7 or so already. Oh, and Tommy, your $15 is on the way. whats your pp addy..

Locked Up
02-12-2011, 01:50 PM
i also like that they list 7.4v as being ok to do...the cc bec i have is the one patrick sold me along time ago and for some reason i cant change the voltage on it, but its set to 7 or so already. Oh, and Tommy, your $15 is on the way. whats your pp addy..
How are you trying to do it? I've had times where I had to have it hooked up to a battery to take the programming.

I've also had times where a BEC wouldn't take a program. Both times I called castle about it they sent me out a new one, so you may want to give them a call on Monday.

sgtsteve
02-12-2011, 02:36 PM
Ive tried with and without a battery..i get a green light but the software cant tell what it is. ive tried the troubleshooting steps on castles site but no go..

Edit...i just redid the soldering on the bec and it works now with the software, the problem is that while i was doing it i ripped off the signal wire part of the board..its hanging on by a thread but working. Anyone know if the signal wire is used for anything other than programming?

Locked Up
02-12-2011, 10:38 PM
Only for programming.

I actually have a few that I "removed" like that as well.

sgtsteve
02-12-2011, 11:23 PM
Phew, thats good to know. I went ahead and lowered it to an even 7v, which probably more than doubles what my current servo puts out, cant wait. Ive been thinking now that i can use the MG996 as a winch servo too, just need to figure out the mounting.

sgtsteve
02-13-2011, 01:33 AM
Quick question about C hubs, how durable are they really. Ive never seen them break, and have seen lots of rigs running them with aluminum arms - some rigs with high power servos some with not..should i be able to get away with 400+oz of torque and just alum arms, and go with plastic C's?

Tommy R
02-13-2011, 12:01 PM
Get aluminum C's and look to get some Gunnar toobs to install inside the axle one of these days. But don't get the Axial C's because they don't have caster adjustment. I prefer the Golden Horizon C's for this reason. If you're sticking with Axial CVDs, I'd also suggest some Gunnar music wire A1 pins to strengthen them.

Locked Up
02-13-2011, 12:06 PM
Get aluminum C's and look to get some Gunnar toobs to install inside the axle one of these days. But don't get the Axial C's because they don't have caster adjustment. I prefer the Golden Horizon C's for this reason. If you're sticking with Axial CVDs, I'd also suggest some Gunnar music wire A1 pins to strengthen them.
Axial are adjustable. They have 2 holes. Or do you mean something else?
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXWAS0&P=7

Tommy R
02-13-2011, 12:12 PM
Ah, I stand corrected. I thought the last time I looked that they only had one alignment hole. In that case, I'd stick with the Axial stuff for the C's....but not the knuckles.

sgtsteve
02-13-2011, 11:34 PM
Get aluminum C's and look to get some Gunnar toobs to install inside the axle one of these days. But don't get the Axial C's because they don't have caster adjustment. I prefer the Golden Horizon C's for this reason. If you're sticking with Axial CVDs, I'd also suggest some Gunnar music wire A1 pins to strengthen them.

Thanks Tommy, and Patric..going to get vanquish high steer arms, gunner tubes and pins, axial c's (clockable) and some day get super 300's, but not today. Sind Im running axial cvd's i probably need some rebuild kits, including more gunner pins..or is that redundant and just get the gunner pins?

On an update, I got the electrical box figured out for the most part, what a pain in the ass. I dont think im going to use the lid though, just wrap it up in electric tape and call splash proof. Pics shortly...

eric113
02-13-2011, 11:40 PM
Thanks Tommy, and Patric..going to get vanquish high steer arms, gunner tubes and pins, axial c's (clockable) and some day get super 300's, but not today. Sind Im running axial cvd's i probably need some rebuild kits, including more gunner pins..or is that redundant and just get the gunner pins?

On an update, I got the electrical box figured out for the most part, what a pain in the ass. I dont think im going to use the lid though, just wrap it up in electric tape and call splash proof. Pics shortly...

Sounds like plan on the axles. I like get set of the axial C's myself. I heard good things about the gunner pins.

If you can I would put the lid on with liquid electrical tape or silicone.

sgtsteve
02-13-2011, 11:44 PM
Little update, tons of time taken to get these parts done.

Wheel wells, ugly now, nice when painted, the rears looked hacked up but fit the bottom of the interior well and wont be noticible once its all painted.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2718.jpg

Electronics box, might still try and get the cover on, but not really worried about that, at least i got it to all fit upfront with the battery and a fairly clean look.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2717.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2716.jpg

In the truck: again, not the cleanest, but I need to focus on other things now. **Edit...i am going to have the the steering servo to make it all fit, but that knocks out to issues, something to cover the drill of the jeep and probably a stronger mount for the servo, and free's up some options for trackbar placement.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2715.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/101_2714.jpg

Locked Up
02-14-2011, 12:42 AM
Totally get the lid on there.

I got a winch controller, sidewinder, BEC and my RX in there.
It was tight but worth it.

If need be, you can pull the winch controller out and goop it but you'll be a lot happier later if you fully seal the ESC, RX & BEC now.

Tommy R
02-14-2011, 08:23 AM
Steve, if you're going to run the box I would try to find a way to use the lid, otherwise all the work you did with the bulkhead will be mostly wasted. It looks like getting the lid on there could make for a tight fit against your battery. If you don't have room for it, I'd look into waterproofing the components individually.

sgtsteve
02-14-2011, 03:13 PM
Steve, if you're going to run the box I would try to find a way to use the lid, otherwise all the work you did with the bulkhead will be mostly wasted. It looks like getting the lid on there could make for a tight fit against your battery. If you don't have room for it, I'd look into waterproofing the components individually.

I hear ya Tommy, I just really wanted it clean. I can get the lid on, just may need to shorten some of the wires. Im also considering the idea of doing what you did for your battery mounts, which would leave plenty of space up front for the electronics.

Tommy R
02-17-2011, 08:00 AM
Steve, did you get any shipping info from Servo City? Just curious 'cause I placed an order, but only got an order confirmation so far.


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sgtsteve
02-17-2011, 10:42 PM
I got the tracking number yesterday I think and the servo showed up today.

I also decided to mount the battery on top of the slider and electronics box where the batt used to sit. everything looks like it will work just fine, got the servo mounted in the old spot and it just about clears the bumber mount. easily trim that and should be ready to rock..also converted the old servo to a winch servo, just dont have a clue where to mount it yet.

Tommy R
02-18-2011, 07:42 AM
Got my tracking number yesterday afternoon so hopefully mine will be here soon, too. :cool2:

Steve, are you running one battery on a slider? If so, that will really adversely affect your left/right weight distribution. I would recommend using two batteries wired in parallel. Works great for me and you likely wouldn't have to change batteries all day. :mrgreen:

sgtsteve
02-18-2011, 09:05 AM
One on each side.

Tommy R
02-18-2011, 10:00 AM
Good deal! :biggrin:

sgtsteve
03-21-2011, 11:06 PM
Little update :

Installed Vanquish high steer arms, gunnar tubes, gunner cvd "no drill" pins, heavy duty outbputs in the trans, redid the electonics box, should be easy to waterproof when need be. No body work done yet, allthough i might start sanding it in a few nights and bondo some areas. Still not sure if I want do to a rear bumber, may leave it as is for now. In the pics you can see I moved the servo back a bit to the slope of jeep grill wouldnt get hung up on it, much better now. Still need to clean up that poor mans weld job though. All links are hand make and mostly sleeved, still a couple to go. Got the epa's set and all electonics work great, at lesat for now. Still need better fender wells according to the new rulels so that might be tomorrows nights project.

Rear links are now bent:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/102_2072.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/102_2071.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/102_2070.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/102_2067.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/102_2066.jpg

STANG KILLA SS
03-22-2011, 11:10 AM
nice work
man you can really see the ankerman in those last pics.

Tommy R
03-22-2011, 11:18 AM
Steve, are those standard or zero Ackerman?

sgtsteve
03-22-2011, 11:53 AM
Standard - Im thinking its the geometry of the links, cant figure out how to adjust it without going to zero ackerman knuckles.

Tommy R
03-22-2011, 11:57 AM
I wouldn't sweat it. Zero Ackerman is nice 'cause it gets the inside wheel turning even tighter, but it also severely limits the wheels you can run because most will interfere with the knuckle or the link ends. FYI, I'm running them on the Bronco 'cause it's got a wide track width, but I'll be running standard ones on my Class 1 rig.

sgtsteve
03-22-2011, 12:14 PM
I wouldn't sweat it. Zero Ackerman is nice 'cause it gets the inside wheel turning even tighter, but it also severely limits the wheels you can run because most will interfere with the knuckle or the link ends. FYI, I'm running them on the Bronco 'cause it's got a wide track width, but I'll be running standard ones on my Class 1 rig.

Sounds good, its nice to have a bunch more steering now anyway. The only thing left for now (and its not a big deal) is the clearance on the passenger side for the drag link (i think thats what its called). it slightly limits suspension travel at full compression, which is why I slightly bent it. Being that I had to move the front axle so far forward to fit the wheel base, the chassis arches downward at that spot.

Locked Up
03-22-2011, 03:58 PM
Sounds good, its nice to have a bunch more steering now anyway. The only thing left for now (and its not a big deal) is the clearance on the passenger side for the drag link (i think thats what its called). it slightly limits suspension travel at full compression, which is why I slightly bent it. Being that I had to move the front axle so far forward to fit the wheel base, the chassis arches downward at that spot.

What is your wheelbase?

sgtsteve
03-22-2011, 04:19 PM
What is your wheelbase?

I believe just north of 13". I had to move the front axle more than the rear to avoid cutting the interior as much as possible.

Locked Up
03-23-2011, 11:34 AM
I believe just north of 13". I had to move the front axle more than the rear to avoid cutting the interior as much as possible.
Ah, yeah.

Is the spur going up into the seats?

sgtsteve
03-23-2011, 11:59 AM
Ah, yeah.

Is the spur going up into the seats?

Yep, the top of the transmission goes just into the center console.

Locked Up
03-23-2011, 10:32 PM
Just thinking out loud .... could you maybe have just moved the tranny skid back?

I'm just exploring options since I'm right around the corner from making one of these bad boys myself...:mrgreen:

sgtsteve
03-23-2011, 10:43 PM
moving it back would have wouldnt have gained but a .25 inch since the spur would hit the other side. after the comp on april 2nd I might explore other options like stretching the chassis from the center, or doing an all knew chassis.

sgtsteve
03-24-2011, 06:23 AM
Here are a few pics for reference.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P3240042.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P3240045.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P3240043.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P3240044.jpg

Locked Up
03-24-2011, 10:13 AM
What I meant wass instead of pushing the front axle so far forward to fit the body, could you not have just moved the trans & skid back then moved just the rear axle back?

But looking at the pics I don't think you could have moved it back far enough before the frame starts to curve up.


How far forward did you move the front axle again... ?

q63tactical
03-24-2011, 11:07 AM
Sweet jeep built. Thanks for the inspiration.

sgtsteve
03-24-2011, 11:30 AM
What I meant wass instead of pushing the front axle so far forward to fit the body, could you not have just moved the trans & skid back then moved just the rear axle back?

But looking at the pics I don't think you could have moved it back far enough before the frame starts to curve up.


How far forward did you move the front axle again... ?

1/2" i believe. moving the trans/skid back was an option, but then I would have had to relocate the links, all in all more work than I was willing to do at the time. I will revisit the option once the season is over.

sgtsteve
03-24-2011, 11:31 AM
Sweet jeep built. Thanks for the inspiration.

Thank you, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

sgtsteve
04-09-2011, 09:44 PM
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/light1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/light2.jpg

eric113
04-10-2011, 06:30 PM
Jeep looking good Steve.

sgtsteve
04-10-2011, 08:18 PM
Thanks Eric. Now trying to decide which color to go with. Im leaning towards yellow since it goes with black so well.

sgtsteve
04-17-2011, 03:27 PM
Got some paint on it. Just need to finish the fenders, inner fenders and a couple more coats of yellow. Also got the interior painted, satin black, which i think came out great.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2129.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2130.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2131.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2135.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2136.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2138.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2137.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2140.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2141.jpg

Interior trimming that had to be done:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2142.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/103_2143.jpg

eric113
04-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Guess were going to have to wear sunglasses from now on to look at your JK. :lol2:

:thumbsup:

sgtsteve
04-19-2011, 08:56 PM
Guess were going to have to wear sunglasses from now on to look at your JK. :lol2:

:thumbsup:

And the drifter, smart ass:cool2:

eric113
04-20-2011, 07:38 AM
So you put new leds in the cuda ? :lol2:

sgtsteve
04-20-2011, 11:50 AM
i have them wired up, just need to mount them. I dont want to spend too much effort since that body is on its last leg.

sgtsteve
04-30-2011, 10:37 AM
Few pics of it at a spot in Sun City last weekend.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jeep1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jeep2.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jeep4.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jeep5.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jeep6.jpg

Might take it there again today or try that spot near the last comp in Georgetown if anyone wants to join me (shoot me a PM).

sgtsteve
04-30-2011, 10:51 AM
few more pics of that spot in sun city - awesome rocks but small location:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks14.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks13.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks12.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks11.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks5.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks4.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks3.jpg

STANG KILLA SS
05-02-2011, 04:28 PM
the yellow looks sweet!
and such a hard color to paint. its so transparent

this pic reminds me of the very first txrcrca comp ever, in SA at the library
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/sunrocks5.jpg
man that was long ago!

d3r3k99
05-02-2011, 10:11 PM
that is pretty sweet looking! I love how on these scalers, any color looks good, but on a 1:1 some of these just would be too much!
I noticed a few things though, how is your body mounted? and you're not the first to not have your mirrors on straight, do they swivel or something and move a lot or just never set right?

Locked Up
05-02-2011, 10:53 PM
Looks like a fun place.
:thumbsup:


Did all my yellow Forza cars finally make you see the light?

sgtsteve
05-03-2011, 01:02 PM
Looks like a fun place.
:thumbsup:


Did all my yellow Forza cars finally make you see the light?

Yeah, that was it:Shaking:


that is pretty sweet looking! I love how on these scalers, any color looks good, but on a 1:1 some of these just would be too much!
I noticed a few things though, how is your body mounted? and you're not the first to not have your mirrors on straight, do they swivel or something and move a lot or just never set right?

Body is mounted with velcro. I cut down the body posts, drilled out the centers for a screw, then layed a piece of styrene down. I can get some pics up tonight.
For the mirrors, they do move, pretty freely too. I saw a few others do it and used what I had, which I think worked out great. They dont really stay in one position, but I could fix that, just dont want to. Id rather they move easily as to not break off. They would pop out of the ball cup before breaking too.

sgtsteve
05-03-2011, 08:04 PM
Here are a couple pics of the mounts, new rear bumper which I will probably redo this weekend and a few stickers I threw on.


http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2730.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2731.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2729.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2727.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2728.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2735.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2733.jpg

d3r3k99
05-04-2011, 09:26 AM
looks good, i like the velcro idea, versus having the posts sticking through...and i guess you'd never get dirt in the velcro since the body is on when its getting dirty.
you plan on painting the hood latches, door hinges/handles, and around the headlight bezels and windows and stuff? I havent tried painting yet, but Im kinda new at the body stuff..plus its on the outside, so it'll scrape off after a few rolls probably, but thats okay lol

btw, where did you get that inspection sticker? that looks pretty legit! and you should add some D-rings to the rear bumper, it looks good!

sgtsteve
05-04-2011, 09:41 AM
The velcro stays clean, I just need to add a slightly larger piece of front to really hold it on well. I wasnt planning on painting those but I might change my mind. I still need to lay down another 5 coats of yellow though, like Cory said, yellow is hard to cover with. The sticker came on a huge roll that I won a couple years ago at the Lone Star comp Cory put together. Its out of date, so I try and avoid the cops.

Shcuck
05-07-2011, 07:37 AM
Really nice JK. Love the sticker :thumbsup:

sgtsteve
05-25-2011, 08:24 PM
Update time....
Made a new front and rear bumper and mounted a servo winch (stock SCX10 servo). Im not totally pleased with the new front bumper and will probably make a new one this weekend. It looks like it riding high but most of the weight is out of the truck right now. On the rear bumper, its way over kill and still needs to lose weight along with trimming the mounting brackets but Im really happy with it. Its made with two pieces of 1/2' steel square tube welded together.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2747.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2745.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2750.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2751.jpg

Just clears the tire
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2752.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2741.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2740.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2742.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2749.jpg

Oso787
05-25-2011, 08:51 PM
Bumpers look good and I like the yellow too. What servo are you using for the winch?

sgtsteve
05-26-2011, 12:14 PM
the servo is the stock one that comes with the dingo/honcho. Its not perfect but its fast and doesnt seem to be drifting yet.

pixelnate
05-28-2011, 07:07 PM
The front bumper looks fantastic. Don't muck with it unless you plan on adding a stinger and/or lights on it.

You're right about the back, though. Looks good, but maybe it's a bit too thick. How heavy is it?

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sgtsteve
05-28-2011, 10:45 PM
not sure what youre asking about the thickness, its 1/2 square steel tube, not solid. As fars as the height of bumper, bottom to top i think it looks perfect. if you meand surface are, like on top, overall it is thick and heavy, but will be cut down and loose 1/4 of weight. I have no idea how heavy it is but doesnt seem to upset the weight balance of the truck.

pixelnate
05-29-2011, 11:32 AM
It looks very heavy, but we're only seeing the pics. Once the body is on, the lines look really good though.

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sgtsteve
06-26-2011, 06:39 PM
Finally got me a set TSS 5 spoke's. Ive been wanting a set of these for a long time but they have always been hard to find. These are very nice wheels, super easy to mount up and give the JK the perfect look.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2753.jpg

Also made up a new bumper, but I cant decide if its what I want. First thought, its too wide, but then again it should help sliding off rocks and keeping the fenders from getting caught up.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2758.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2756.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2755.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2754.jpg

eric113
06-27-2011, 07:39 AM
The new wheels look good.

The front bumper isn't flowing with front of the jeep.

STANG KILLA SS
06-28-2011, 04:10 PM
NICE! your the first texan to ever buy a set of TSS wheels! nice touch with the hubs

cant say im fellin that bumper though

what about something similiar to the Smitty?
http://cdn.autoanything.com/images/products/large/jeep_accessories/smittybilt_src_jeep_bumpers.jpg

or
http://www.jeeplj.com/photos/BUMPER.JPG
http://image.jpmagazine.com/f/editorials/new-mopar-jeep-parts/33454686/mopar-jeep-jk-tube-fenders-and-bumpers.jpg
this ones pretty sweet
http://www.fortec4x4.com/images/P/11540.18.jpg

sgtsteve
06-28-2011, 04:26 PM
NICE! your the first texan to ever buy a set of TSS wheels! nice touch with the hubs

cant say im fellin that bumper though

what about something similiar to the Smitty?
http://cdn.autoanything.com/images/products/large/jeep_accessories/smittybilt_src_jeep_bumpers.jpg

or
http://www.jeeplj.com/photos/BUMPER.JPG
http://image.jpmagazine.com/f/editorials/new-mopar-jeep-parts/33454686/mopar-jeep-jk-tube-fenders-and-bumpers.jpg
this ones pretty sweet
http://www.fortec4x4.com/images/P/11540.18.jpg

Im honered to be the first. I like the hubs, just wish they were a little shorter. If nothing else I need to get some color on them. I also plan to paint the slots like you did on yours but I need a darker yellow, which will also go on the jeep.

Thats funny, about the pic, I looked some up last night and thats almost exactly what I decided to make. I might start on it tonight if I get home early enough (power tools are loud:mrgreen:).

eric113
06-29-2011, 08:12 AM
What about this for a front bumper ?

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e333/atwill/76573846.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e333/atwill/fb5aa720.jpg

STANG KILLA SS
06-29-2011, 10:59 AM
might not be windsheild width?

sgtsteve
06-29-2011, 11:11 AM
might not be windsheild width?

Doesnt need to be in class 2, only chassis width.

STANG KILLA SS
06-29-2011, 01:08 PM
did not know that! thanks ;)

sgtsteve
07-05-2011, 09:10 PM
Front bumper v8.10393849

Need to get a fairlead ordered and mount the winch inside somewhere. I think Im going to stick with this one, might narrow it up a bit, to the stinger or maybe an 1/8" out from the ends of the stinger.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2776.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2775.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2777.jpg

Locked Up
07-06-2011, 08:26 AM
I like it.
:thumbsup:

eric113
07-17-2011, 09:55 AM
From yesterday..

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0304.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0305.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0303.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0302.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0301.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0300.jpg


So I guess the driver and passager decided to get busy on the trail. :lol2:

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0306.jpg

sgtsteve
07-17-2011, 10:54 AM
Nice pics Eric:thumbsup:

Ewww...driver and passenger are father and son!

sgtsteve
07-17-2011, 09:28 PM
Finally got the new bumper mounted and figured a way to mount the steering servo and winch servo. I had an MG946R servo for a while but it had stopped working, that is until I picked up a HV Heyok controller from Eric. I had planned to use the controller on the Bulldog but decided I would save that for something else. Its all hooked up and tucked nicely in the servo case, and all I can say is DAMN, what a great piece of electronics that thing is. No chatter, no drift, just solid!!! Anyway, on to the pics. I still mount the winch servo the same as the steering servo, on its own mount just a little higher so the spool is better hidden. Still need to get a fairlead and pop a hole in the bumper for the winch line, clean it all up and paint.

I was worried that the to small weld points wouldnt hold up but its solid as a rock.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0039.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0040.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0037.jpg

pixelnate
07-19-2011, 12:43 AM
That front bumper looks nice and strong. Why did you mount it inside the frame rails instead of outside them?

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sgtsteve
07-19-2011, 10:11 AM
no real reason, Im probably going to switch that around though so the hardware will be tucked into the frame rails leaving more room for the servo arm. It clears just fine now but it would clean things up a bit also.

BOWTIE
07-19-2011, 10:54 AM
nice work!!!! really digging how this build is going.

sgtsteve
07-19-2011, 11:59 AM
nice work!!!! really digging how this build is going.

Thank you sir.

I mounted up the plate for winch servo and it all looks like its going to work. I just need to push the other plate back a bit to make more room, which in doing so also improved suspension travel. Its finally coming together, just need that fairlead. I might whip one up tonight out of aluminum.

eric113
07-19-2011, 03:03 PM
just need that fairlead.

Talk to Cory, he may have one extra.

sgtsteve
07-19-2011, 03:29 PM
Talk to Cory, he may have one extra.

Did the other day, and he doesnt:cry: I just cant see myself ordering one for $7 and paying $6 for shipping. I need to look around a little more but most likely will just make one from a 1/8" sheet of aluminum i have.

FatGremlins
07-19-2011, 09:01 PM
Did the other day, and he doesnt:cry: I just cant see myself ordering one for $7 and paying $6 for shipping. I need to look around a little more but most likely will just make one from a 1/8" sheet of aluminum i have.

Ill make ya one for $13... :mrgreen:

sgtsteve
07-20-2011, 12:44 PM
Ill make ya one for $13... :mrgreen:

Decent fairlead for free or crappy one for $13......let me think about:redfinger:

FatGremlins
07-20-2011, 12:57 PM
Decent fairlead for free or crappy one for $13......let me think about:redfinger:

Hater!! Youre over exaggerating...:lol2:

STANG KILLA SS
07-22-2011, 03:09 PM
paint and sand those rings like we talked about it. you will love the look!

sgtsteve
07-22-2011, 03:13 PM
paint and sand those rings like we talked about it. you will love the look!

I was planning on it Sunday, when I paint the bumper:thumbsup: What brand paint do you recommend for aluminum?

STANG KILLA SS
07-22-2011, 03:19 PM
no preferences, i think i used kryon.

sgtsteve
07-24-2011, 08:04 PM
Got a few things done today:

Front bumper painted
New rear body mount
Painted the rings (great suggestion Cory!)

After next weekends comp I plan to make tube shock mounts front and rear along with a new front body mount. Eventually I will get the plastic roll cage out and replace it with a steel one.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2778.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2779.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2780.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2781.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2783.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2784.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2785.jpg

Tommy R
07-24-2011, 08:17 PM
Looking good, Steve! :thumbsup:

STANG KILLA SS
07-25-2011, 11:13 AM
looks awesome!

sgtsteve
07-29-2011, 07:56 PM
Did a little today to prep for tomorrows comp...

Re-did the rear bumper to make it a little lighter and fit better given that I also trimmed the fender flares front and rear.

Bumper stickers front and rear - now its rockin'!

Still need a fairlead:brickwall:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2792.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2791.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2788.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2787.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/120_2786.jpg

sgtsteve
08-27-2011, 06:59 PM
Finally an update....

Got some new sliders done, clean and smooth. Just need to add tubes to them.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P8270351.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P8270359.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P8270355.jpg

pixelnate
09-02-2011, 07:43 PM
The sliders look nice. How you plan on attaching tubes to them?

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sgtsteve
09-02-2011, 08:48 PM
The sliders look nice. How you plan on attaching tubes to them?

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Brazing them on.

sgtsteve
09-03-2011, 02:43 PM
Tubes on, they could have been a bit longer but I think they will work. Just need to paint them now.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P9030355.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P9030357.jpg

Paint!!

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P9030354.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P9030352.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P9030351.jpg

pixelnate
09-03-2011, 08:31 PM
Looking good. I didn't realize that your slider plates were steel. I thought they were aluminium.

sgtsteve
09-03-2011, 09:54 PM
Yeah, it was a chance to get more weight down low and get the tube brazed on.

pixelnate
09-05-2011, 01:57 AM
What thickness is that steel? I want to do something similar to both an SCX10 and an L-Trail based build. I am concerned that using steel is not going to work for the L-Trail.

sgtsteve
09-06-2011, 07:44 PM
I dont recall the gauge, but I get it at home depot. they had two different thicknesses, i got the thicker of the two.

sgtsteve
10-23-2011, 04:16 PM
Little body work.

sgtsteve
11-21-2011, 10:05 PM
With our upcoming night event (http://www.txrcrca.com/showthread.php/2870-quot-Rock-The-Night-quot-Dec-3rd-Georgetown) I figured I needed some rock lights. Used some of the light buckets from the Honcho kit and think it turned out great (except for the wiring, bit ugly but wont be visible).

The goal was to keep them out of sight but still provide some light up front and rear.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB210145.jpg

Tires miss the lights by at least an inch at full compression.
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB210146.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB210148.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB210150.jpg

Little blury but you get the idea:
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB210153.jpg

Locked Up
11-22-2011, 06:07 PM
Nice.
:thumbsup:

sgtsteve
11-23-2011, 02:46 PM
Having the day off I decided to make a slightly stronger motor plate. I had a sheet of aluminum lying around that happened to be just a tiny bit thicker than the stock plate.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB230145.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB230146.jpg

Comparison
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PB230147.jpg

sgtsteve
12-10-2011, 01:12 PM
Got my Trail Ready's in from Patrick, damn nice wheels sir.
The 5 spokes are going on my class 1 truck, which im still collecting parts for:thumbsup:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/1_9%20Trail%20Ready/tr9.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/1_9%20Trail%20Ready/tr1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/1_9%20Trail%20Ready/tr4.jpg

Couple pics with hubs:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/1_9%20Trail%20Ready/tr10.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/1_9%20Trail%20Ready/tr12.jpg

Locked Up
12-11-2011, 01:09 PM
Nice Steve.
:thumbsup:


Thanks for the pics!

sgtsteve
12-18-2011, 06:18 PM
Finally a few updates.

Made up some tube shock mounts, but I dont really like them so next weekend I will make new ones and braze them to the chassis once I am happy with them. Also took the time to mount the steering servo to the chassis rail, everything clears during suspension travel (even a little better than before). I felt the winch servo was in a perfect spot so I left it there and noticed I could use that mount as another body mount position since the old one just wasnt cutting it. Also got the BWD motor plate mounted up, awesome **Thank you Eric**:thumbsup:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180013.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180014.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180015.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180016.jpg

Trimmed the flares off finally, but left some on the front. I really like they way they turned out.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180018.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180019.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/PC180020.jpg

Now to get color on everything, new wheel wells made up and repaint the body"thumbsup" Once thats all done, I can start on more tube work...

STANG KILLA SS
12-19-2011, 08:26 AM
love the shock hoops! especially how you tied them together

sgtsteve
12-27-2011, 06:51 PM
Shock hoops v2. I like these alot more than the first ones, still need a support brace though.
Also added tubed fender flares, which also need support but that will have to wait till next weekend.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0170.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0171.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0172.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0173.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/IMG_0174.jpg

sgtsteve
01-06-2012, 05:59 AM
Finally got a fresh coat of paint on the body and the new tube work. I see a trend starting here, comp then paint, comp then paint, mainly due to my driving "style" so through out the year you might see other colors on the JK as well.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1050016.jpg

Rear with new bumper - trying to clean up the look a bit.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1050017.jpg

Repainted bumper, finally showing off the sweet fairlead Eric hooked me up with:thumbsup:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1050013.jpg

One more of the rear bumper

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1050021.jpg

Tucked behind the spur is another hookup from Eric, BWD motor plate:biggrin: How did I get so lucky:mrgreen:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1050019.jpg

sgtsteve
01-06-2012, 06:33 AM
FIgured I would post the pics of the new RC4WD MTZ's here for now, until I get a build thread started on the XJ. Few comparison pics between the MTZ's (Class 1) and the Rok Lox (Class 2). The Rok Lox tires are a tiny bit taller but here I have soft foams and a bit more weight in the wheels so they look shorter. The MTZ's are certainly skinnier than the Rox Loks but I think the compound along with a well executed tread pattern will work well.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1060016.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1060014.jpg

Wheel base looks wide but I have slightly wider hexes on then what I plan to use on the XJ, so they will come in about 1/4 inch all together more later.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1060018.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P1060020.jpg

Tommy R
01-06-2012, 07:55 AM
Looks nice, Steve! I'm diggin' those MTZ's. Can't wait to see how they perform. :thumbsup:

sgtsteve
01-06-2012, 08:01 AM
Your welcome to try them out on the yota.

eric113
01-16-2012, 10:04 PM
From Sunday outting.

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0520.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0519.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0518.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0513.jpg

sgtsteve
01-17-2012, 10:58 AM
Thank you Eric:thumbsup:. I am pretty happy with the claws. I found them to be just as grippy as the Lox in just about every situation but obviously a big advantage in the height department. I will vent the tires tonight which will help but still need to get proper foams in them. I can tell that by running Eddies foams for the lox as opposed to the ones for taller tires is leaving alot of possible performance on the table.

eric113
02-05-2012, 12:43 PM
Since Steve doesn't like to update his thread. I figured I would do it for him.

Enjoy!


http://youtu.be/ePWRbiUPGUs


http://youtu.be/myvOqO5-Kqo


http://youtu.be/DJtUhHPSwCE

sgtsteve
02-05-2012, 12:51 PM
Thanks Eric! Im uploading a few pics from yesterday now, should be up shortly:thumbsup:

Few pics from our brief outing at Balcones (good scale comp spot:thumbsup:)

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/balcones2.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/balcones3.jpg

Erics portaled Honcho throwing mud on me - that bum!

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/balcones.jpg

The only carnage - my fault for not checking the upper king pin, it fell out allowing the whole assembly to wobble and eventually break the lower king pin. Luckily, I was able to remove the threaded piece with ease.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/balcones6.jpg

Tommy R
02-05-2012, 02:53 PM
Nice! Wish I'd known y'all were over there. I'm itching to try out my Pit Bulls!

eric113
02-05-2012, 02:59 PM
Nice! Wish I'd known y'all were over there. I'm itching to try out my Pit Bulls!

It was short notice, Steve couldnt stay long.

If you want to have GTG out there next Saturday, I would be up for that.

I knew you getting a set, but for which rig ?

sgtsteve
02-05-2012, 03:01 PM
Yeah I know, it was kind of a last minute thing, not planned. How about next weekend, I want to spend more time at that spot (in the first two pictures). Its a little walk (maybe 15 minutes) but I want to see if it we could squeeze in a few courses there for the next Austin comp.

eric113
02-05-2012, 03:03 PM
Steve, go to home depot or lowes and get this. I used it for winch line. Super strong stuff.

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/ab61/eric1883/IMAG0125.jpg

Locked Up
02-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Steve,
Let me know how much winch line you need and I'll send you some of the stuff I'm putting on the servo winches.

:thumbsup:

sgtsteve
02-05-2012, 07:48 PM
Cant pass that up, PM sent:thumbsup:

jcsaxial
02-13-2012, 03:18 PM
Im gonna pick up the jk body from locked up on sat at the com and i was wondering what the length of the lower links was

sgtsteve
02-13-2012, 03:23 PM
Im gonna pick up the jk body from locked up on sat at the com and i was wondering what the length of the lower links was

It depends on where you want the tranny/spur to end up. I will get you the lengths mine are set at and a picture of where the tranny and interior meet up for reference tonight.

jcsaxial
02-13-2012, 04:11 PM
cool thanks! I dont know if the yota is gonna survive sat i had a couple nasty rollovers and the a pillar is cracked half way through. Is the jk a top heavy pig? The yota w wraith interior is freakin rediculusly top heavy where i had to add almost double the wheel wieght to try to keep it on the ground.

sgtsteve
02-13-2012, 04:18 PM
cool thanks! I dont know if the yota is gonna survive sat i had a couple nasty rollovers and the a pillar is cracked half way through. Is the jk a top heavy pig? The yota w wraith interior is freakin rediculusly top heavy where i had to add almost double the wheel wieght to try to keep it on the ground.

The JK is top heavy compared to most other hardbodies. The interior is a little heavy too which is why you want to get it as low as possible. To balance it out I have my batteries (2x 3s 2200mah) mounted on the sliders. Front wheels have a full wrap of lead and rears have a half wrap. All this makes the truck heavy but Ive found a heavier truck a bit more predicatable therefor easier to drive.

For the side pillar on the yota, pick up a sheet of styrene, .040 or .060 and
reinforce it. You get a stronger pillar and a little depth to add to the scale appearance:thumbsup:

jcsaxial
02-13-2012, 04:26 PM
very true. The only bad thing is im workin with the bare min tools. Dremmel and ahnd tools for now. I have all elec in a box on the flatbed and 3s 5000mah but also a 3s 3000 mah not run on the sliders but as low as you can get it on the frame so it fits between the shock towers. 1 full plus 12 on each front and a full in the rear

sgtsteve
02-13-2012, 07:32 PM
Front lower links = 5 3/8
Rear lower links = 4 15/16

Here is a pic of where the interior sits over the tranny.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P2130052.jpg

I found these sliders I made up a while back for my JK that use the stock slider mounts and have battery "buckets" for the 2200's I use. Your welcome to them:thumbsup:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/116_2729.jpg

Body on
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/118_2756.jpg

jcsaxial
02-13-2012, 09:20 PM
is that eye to eye or just the links? Im prob goin w axial frame for the build so length migh be a little off but great referance. Im gonaa try to get some round styrene and do a fake cage to stiffen mine up if they have enough at the lhs. Does the velcro hold on rollovers? ive been drivin the highlux like i stoll it, Im a little aggessive w my drivin but im tryin to change that. Yhe way your pic looks the spur fits in the front seat hollow and you had to cut out some of the center section correct? Im really diggin the scale look of it. My plan is for 2.2 flat irons so prob c3. The other question is did you build your links from scatch and w what or did you find the proper length? I built some and they folded up on me the first run 4-40 and alum tube. If you want to bring the sliders sat ill check them out! Thanx for all the info I may be askin for more

sgtsteve
02-13-2012, 09:55 PM
Sorry, eye to eye.
The velcro holds great on the front, but Im not using the underside of the hood anymore. The plate that holds the servo winch has the velcro and the backside of the grill mates to that. The rear stays ok, but I need to come up with something better as it does tend to come off. Im thinking of mounting it with 3mm button head screws, from the top down so that the velcro "carpet" hides the heads of the screws and then have the whole body pivot. I had to cut a little out of the center console for the top of the tranny, conveniently, the tranny is black so you really cant notice it:thumbsup: As far as scale, I think these bodies are fantastic. I think they come out to about 1:9 so the bigger 1.9 tires or smaller 2.2's look good. As far as links go, 4-40, even tubed, wont be strong enough. Personally, I use 8-32 threaded rod (home depot), 1/4" steel brake line (auto parts store) and Traxxas rod ends (part # 5347). For measuring, I set the axles at the wheelbase I need with the chassis at the height I think it will be under full weight then measure. I tend to make them a touch longer than I think I will need, mount, and then adjust as needed. Once they are at the right length, I measure the tube to fit snug between the rod ends.

masmojo
02-18-2012, 09:35 PM
anyone know the best wasy to remove the white new bright lettering off the window without destroying it? I have some goof off, but dont know if it will damage the lexan.


Soak it in 92%+ Isopropyl Alcohol That's the strong stuff, stronger then rubbing alcohol. Wear Gloves. If you leave it too long it might damage the clear plastic. I did mine until the paint would just start to come off with a little rubbing and even then it still did not come off all the way. Then I just took'er over to the buffing wheel and buffed the rest off making sure not to burn the plastic. :wink:

sgtsteve
02-19-2012, 08:28 AM
Soak it in 92%+ Isopropyl Alcohol That's the strong stuff, stronger then rubbing alcohol. Wear Gloves. If you leave it too long it might damage the clear plastic. I did mine until the paint would just start to come off with a little rubbing and even then it still did not come off all the way. Then I just took'er over to the buffing wheel and buffed the rest off making sure not to burn the plastic. :wink:

Thank you Brad. I ended up using nail polish remover. I cleaned it up and didnt mess up the plastic.

sgtsteve
02-25-2012, 05:49 PM
I finished up the wheel wells and finally got the body mounted so it wont come off.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jkwheelwells.jpg
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/lugremoval.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P2250066.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P2250067.jpg

Still need to redo the carpet in the cargo area to cover the screws.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P2250068.jpg

sgtsteve
05-22-2012, 10:13 PM
Few pics from our last comp. I managed to dovetail the rear end by an inch and made up a tube cage to finally replace that stock plastic one:thumbsup: Overall I am very happy with how it turned out but the front bumper/tube work is getting replaced hopefully this weekend. I will post a more comprehensive update later on in the week too. I will say that I recently put a set of Crawler Innovations closed cell foams in the claws and ran them for the first time at last weekends comp and was blown away at much better they performed. The tires came alive and behaved as they should, predictable and grippy. Using the full width upper part was perfect for taming the sidewalls and just blew me away.

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/May%20Comp%20-%20Austin%20Tx%202012/P5190280.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/May%20Comp%20-%20Austin%20Tx%202012/P5190272.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/May%20Comp%20-%20Austin%20Tx%202012/P5190268.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/May%20Comp%20-%20Austin%20Tx%202012/P5190162.jpg

sgtsteve
07-28-2012, 04:33 PM
Made a few changes to the JK.

-narrowed the rear 1 inch
-replaced the tail lights with some SCX-10 buckets
-cut the roof off
-cut out the rear seats
-removed the fender tubes

My goal was to get the CG down a little bit which it did. The tube work above the door frame is the same weight as the plastic roof I cut off and pulling the seats out along with a little bit of floor saved weight compared to the thin steel plate I replaced them with.

I also finally got a HH BR-XL in it so here comes 4s and drag brake"thumbsup"

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jkupdate1-1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/jkupdate2.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/noseats.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/interior.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr227/sgtsteven/Jeep%20JK/P7280003.jpg

a2hill
07-28-2012, 11:21 PM
This looks really good Steve! so much transformation from the beginning of this thread ;)
im really digging the tube work for the roll bars and really nice work on the interior! Ill be taking some pointers from this build ;)

Are you running 2.2s?

sgtsteve
07-28-2012, 11:27 PM
I havent been able to order the 2s batts yet, but hopefully in a week or so I can. I plan on ordering 6 2200mah 2s batts from hobby king and if those fit in the H2, 6 more for it. I do have the 3s batts still and I cant tell you how tempting it is to run 6s on this thing. The only reason I wont is because I know the axial cvds wouldnt hold up, and probably the stock tranny gears wouldnt either. Hopefully that changes soon though:thumbsup:

sgtsteve
07-28-2012, 11:28 PM
This looks really good Steve! so much transformation from the beginning of this thread ;)
im really digging the tube work for the roll bars and really nice work on the interior! Ill be taking some pointers from this build ;)


Let me know if you need any additional pictures to help you figure things out. Each custom part on this thing has been redone at least 3 times each:Shaking:

a2hill
07-29-2012, 12:06 AM
whats the wheel size?

6s would be insane :) i would like to see it though :)

oh and what motor does this have in it?

It looks like you moved the front axle forward rather then the rear back? if so, any particular reason for it? reason asking, you said that the shafts have more play in the rear and less in front. i moved the rear back hoping to keep as much room as possible up front for parts. i could be thinking about it wrong >.< also, im going to have to extend the rear and install a bumper to make sure i dont destroy it on the first drop. Fun Stuff !!!

I still have a bit before i get to the body stage, i dont want to confuse myself just yet :P

Im still waiting for some parts to rebuild the axle. i ordered some standard tubes just cause i wasnt sure how well delrin actually holds up but fairly comfortable with steel. but it was a two week wait and im about a week and half through :( i plan on doing the xr mod aswell, so my guy is completely parted, and i was gonna wait, but the dead motor made all the happen :)

sgtsteve
07-29-2012, 10:27 AM
wheels are Locked Up Rc 1.9" Trail Ready beadlocks (http://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/19-Trail-Beadlock-Wheel_p_10.html) with the Inspired (http://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/19-Inspired-beadlock-ring_p_23.html) beadlock rings. Tires are RC4WD 1.9" Claws that have had alternating lugs removed.

Motor is a Holmes Hobbies TorqueMaster Pro 35T (http://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/Holmes-Hobbies-Torque-Master-Pro-35t-540_p_48.html)

I moved the front axle forward to get most of the wheel base but did move the rear axle a bit as well, maybe a 1/4 inch or so. I moved the axles the way I did to center the SCX chassis in the middle of the body. Ideally, I had a spare chassis, I would have cut out the middle part, and then welded it in the middle section, thereby extending the front forward and the rear rearward, that way the front arches would have been a little more forward, giving me a little better articulation. In the end though, it works where I have it.

a2hill
07-29-2012, 11:25 AM
ah ook, that makes sense in that case. hopefully they why i did it works out.
Cant wait to see how the motor handles the 4s and brxl

Thanks for the tips, and great job on the rig Steve!

a2hill
08-01-2012, 12:04 AM
Edit: found what i was trying to find, unless you moved the wheel base since post 7

sgtsteve
08-01-2012, 10:23 AM
Edit: found what i was trying to find, unless you moved the wheel base since post 7

Nope, wheel base hasnt been changed.

a2hill
08-01-2012, 01:39 PM
ook, perfect ;)

Thank you