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    I really like the HK front bumpers, IMO they are the best ones in production right now. What quarter panel armor are you looking at on EBay? All I could find were the DBM ones, if those are the ones your looking at they are good quality from what I’ve read they get positive feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRJEeP_wj View Post
    I really like the HK front bumpers, IMO they are the best ones in production right now. What quarter panel armor are you looking at on EBay? All I could find were the DBM ones, if those are the ones your looking at they are good quality from what Iíve read they get positive feedback.
    It is by dbm. Think I'll order those then. And I got some teaser pics from the guy. He is still making progress. I'm hoping the bumper will be here by end of the month. Pics coming then

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    Hey guys, need help. After recent oil change I noticed that I only got 2.5 quarts of oil out. Looks like the oil is leaking right where the oil filter is screwed in. I can put the liquid gasket on the filter when installed cause it will be impossible to get the filter out. Any suggestions? I use FRAM oil filter and I heard they are kind of the bottom of the barrel. Is that right? what are other options that can be done to fix this issue?
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    If you're changing your oil every 3-4k miles and only got about 2.5 qts out, you would be seeing puddles where you park it if it was leaking that bad. If it's down that far it's probably consuming it. It could also be why you're hearing noise from the engine. I'd start with looking into the PCV system. When things go wrong there, engines can suck a lot of oil in.

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    Thought I would do an update. nothing major done. Got the rear quaterpanel here by dbm. Will body match the paint. Dealer no longer carries the champaine color for hippo, but i got the paint code. Its PTH. Just gonna have to have a shop make some. Here is how the panels arrived:[IMG][/IMG]

    They definitely look beefy. Took hippo on a China Wall run. He did fantastic. It was like a cadilac off road. Here are some poser pics lol
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    Found the magic psi number for me at least. Its 12 psi.

    Next on my agenda is to wait for the bumper (dam this is taking forever, but he keeps sending updates. so hopefully by november itll be here). If i had to redo the bumper over, I think i would have gone with the hidden winch mount only and get a rock hard bumper. Would have been cheaper and faster. but doesn't look at cool. Also want to do a shelf for the trunk. Gonna make it quick disconnect somehow. The height will go up to the edge of the rear seat and the tire will go on top of that. I want to keep the old spare tire storage accessible. Eventually the rear bumper will be made and the tire will go on it. Let also not forget to find a place for the 60" HiLift jack. That will go onto the roof rails. Due to school and work its hard to work on hippo but anything happens and ill be posting it here.

    Another question. have you guys tried to tow one of your ZJ's or WJ's with an ecoDiesel Jeep wk? I got one as a DD and wonder if its possible and if advised at all. Given that the GVWR is 7200 and between jeep, trailer and all other stuff its almost that, it does not seem like a good idea
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    NAPA will mix you up rattle cans to match the paint code. Just FYI.
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    Hey all, thought I'd put an update. haven't been doing much. Latest thing I did on Hippo was have predator rebuild the rear end. It was making noise and vibrating a lot. So thats done now. Next I started building a shelf for the trunk. The tire rests under the shelf and there is room on top for other stuff. Unfortunately, I still use the cuby which had stock spare tire, which means to get to it, you gotta get the tire out, which is a little heavy. Not bad though. Here are some pics
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    It does have the shelf that slides out, but the rails arent that great. should have gotten different onces, but these were free so oh well. I am still waiting on the bumper from HK. He says that itll be shipped on thursday next week, which I'm excited about. Then I can hit chinamans gulch.

    As for upgrades, here is my plan in the near future:
    1)replace the brake booster first since this one is from 99 and probably going bad.
    2)put a big brake kit on front brakes. looking currently at RT31046. They are RAM 1500 brakes so should increase stopping power
    3) longer brake lines. Current ones are slightly too short at full droop
    4)Steering gearbox. Do you guys know of a bolt on upgrade for WJs? mine is worn out with a lot of play. I'm tempted to buy hydro assist and tap the new one, but seems overkill for 35's
    5) more trimming of sheetmetal and repairing skirts where rust is
    6) install the rear quaterpanel armor protection. Think Ill paint it black instead of body match

    Lastly, I am going to mention this. Soon I will replace the tranny and engine. Looked online and the best bet for the engine is actually a crate motor. The 4.7 is hard to come by with low miles or rebuilt one properly. Plus dealer has 3 yr 100k mile warranty. Wont do that till current one breaks though. That said the transmission I'll just pull from the junkyard or find used one. Havent heard horror stories on it and that way it saves money.

    A lot is planned, not sure when Ill get to it as the master's project is picking up. I will be posting updates if there are any
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    Hey guys, so I want to upgrade the brake/fix them. I was planing on replacing the brake booster since its old and getting a Ram 1500 bigger brake kit (RT31046). Come to find out, the brakes on the front axle and stock JK single piston ones. Do you all know if there exists an upgrade brake booster/master cylinder combo thats bolt in to a WJ and works better or should I just swap for new stock WJ ones and call it? More weight is coming to that jeep and want to make sure I can stop in time.
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    guess what guys.... GUESS WHAT!??!?!?!? ITS HERE?!?!?!? well part of it anyway. Install pics coming soon
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    That's a very nice clean looking bumper

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