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  1. Backed into a tree on trail and crunched the hardtop a bit. Any advice to fix this up?

    Welp, I was doing some last-light exploration down a spur near Zion National Park to mark a few campsites for next time when I hit a tight dead end on the mesa spur. I backed around but miscalculated and crunched into a thick branch. It's not cracked on the inside, but the two cracks here are...
  2. Any reason I couldn't sand down the body to a brushed aluminum finish and run it like that?

    I've got a white 2 door JLR - and it occurred to me that if our JLs are aluminum bodied, could I not get a really slick brushed aluminum finish by removing the paint and brushing it to a nice finish? I'm aware that the corner cowl pieces under the A pillar and the grille are plastic and I'd have...
  3. California WTB: Stock rubicon front inner fender liners

    Looking for a set of inner liners from a stock Rubicon (or any, if the liners are the same between non-rubicon fenders and rubicon ones). Forgot to secure mine properly after replacing the secondary battery and it's been worn down quite a bit from rubbing the tire on the highway. Not quite ready...
  4. Gear whine on coasting after regear to 4.88s. Shop is claiming its a "driver comfort issue" and that it's normal. This can't be normal.

    Alright. I hate to do this, but I got regeared at a reputable shop here in SoCal and have this very noticeable whine when on the coast side coming to a stop, or just letting off the gas. It was also accompanied by a pretty significant pinion seal leak as I was doing my ~20 mile break in + cool...
  5. 4.88 regear break in, can I do it in two days? Need the Jeep for a work trip this Sunday.

    Alright, weird situation, and I know it's probably a bit crazy. My JLR is coming back from 4.88 regear this afternoon and I've got work in the Vegas area I need to drive to on Sunday from the Los Angeles area (~220 miles or so). I understand I need to take it easy for 500 miles and not do any...
  6. Can I regear the rear of my JLR to 4.88 while waiting for my 4.88 UD44?

    Quick question - I need to regear my rear, and want to self-install the front UD44 axle coming in. Is it safe to have a shop regear the back and either leave it in 2WD with the FAD disconnected or pull the front driveshaft for a couple days until we get the new axle under the Jeep? Will it...
  7. California WTB: Rubicon D44 front axle

    Bent my JLR's front axle at the FAD in a near-miss with a dirt biker the other day. Had to ditch off of a dirt road at around 35mph and ended up getting unlucky with the mound of hardened sand my front passenger side made impact with, sending me up and then back down on that side pretty hard...
  8. Planning a trip back from Arkansas to Socal at the end of the month. Passing through CO/UT - wheeling worth it this time of year?

    So I've been on location for work in SW Arkansas the last three, going on four months and I'm starting to plan my drive back to the SoCal area around the end of this month. I brought the JLR out here with me so on my way back I was thinking of making a bit of a trip out of it and passing through...
  9. 5 tire rotation: why would the spare go to the rear and not the front with the FAD?

    Sorry to make another thread on this, but I'm getting ready to do a 1500 mile trip in the Jeep this weekend and my Patagonias now have about 3500 miles on them, so figure I should rotate them before my trip. All the 5-tire rotation diagrams on here suggest the following: For RWD road driving...
  10. Anyone know the part numbers for individual steel bumper components? Need the plastic by the foglight.

    Anyone ever replace this plastic bit? Took some trail carnage this past weekend hitting Odessa Canyon and I'm having a bit of trouble finding the part number or what this bit is called. Piece fell off on the trail somewhere and the opposite side is being stubborn so I don't want to snap any...
  11. California Wanted: Stock steering stabilizer post-recall, SoCal

    Anyone have one around? I busted mine on Gold Mountain and want to have a stock one installed since I was about to try and get the TSB done. I'm located in Los Angeles area. Dealers nearby are all backordered and 4x4 parts sites say "estimated late October". Thanks!
  12. Do the inner bead seating areas on non-beadlock wheels vary in design? Is Method's bead grip the only variation, and are my fifteen52 wheels alright?

    Alright, still working out this wheels situation and just got my Fifteen52 Traverse HDs in and am now waiting on tires and lift. I was reading into Method's bead grip-equipped wheels and the idea is really appealing. Basically a taller inner wall along with ribs that hold the bead a little...
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  14. California Feeler: 5x Brand new Fifteen52 Traverse HD wheels in bronze, 17x8.5 5x127, ET0 in Los Angeles

    Gauging interest as I literally just bought these (They arrive Monday) and may not end up working out for the direction I am planning on going with my build. Just a feeler for now but if anyone's interested I'd rather sell them to someone here than go through the arduous return process as they...
  15. Anyone running fifteen52 Traverse HDs? To beadlock or not to beadlock.

    I've got a white JLR I'm nearly ready to lift (MC 2.5 likely) and get some MTs for - I've looked at what I believe to be every 5x127 wheel on the market and the only wheels I like are the Hutchinson Rock Monsters which are expensive and almost 50lbs, KMC machete crawls which are also expensive...
  16. Mopar beadlocks in silver, did they not end up producing these? Can I strip a black wheel to silver?

    Jeep had them on display on a concept last year but they're only for sale in black. Has anyone seen definitively whether these are available in silver? If not, what would it take to get this done aftermarket - would I be looking for a sandblasting and re-powder coat in silver, or will wheels be...
  17. Chrome layer peeling after cleaning with wipes, anyone have this issue?

    Hey all. I was cleaning the Jeep yesterday from this weekend's topless/doorless camping trip and ran across some peeling chrome, or rather peeling of some layer above the chrome. I've got 11,000 miles on the Jeep, and was just cleaning trail dust out of the crack: I was pushing the cleaning...
  18. Static load limit for bare 2door roof? Anything stopping me from setting a small tent up there?

    I was sitting on my roof this evening watching the sunset up on Drinkwater Flats OHV and thought how nice an RTT actually could be in situations like this. On the flip side I don't really want to drop $2k on an elaborate roof rack and RTT setup, become 175lbs heavier up top and further drop my...
  19. Very slight but noticeable 3.6 auto trans gear "zip" or "whine" noise accelerating in 1st/2nd?

    Is it at all normal to be able to hear a soft but noticeable gear-like whine in any situation whatsoever with the auto trans? It's pretty quiet, but every once in a while i'll hear a distinct whine that increases with RPMs and ends when the next shift occurs. I do a lot of driving in the manual...
  20. Clunk when flexing Rubi front axle offroad - normal? Sounds like a spring moving?

    I've done probably hundreds of miles of trails in my JLR so far and have 2000 miles on the odo. I've had this sound since I bought the Jeep, whenever I take it wheeling, I get a loud springy "clunk" when the front axle is flexing from full driver's tire tuck to full passenger tire tuck. The...
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