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TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:37 pm

I did a thing. Already swapped the tires I kept from the JK. :lol:

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby Gregandlina » Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:41 pm

Need to fix your tag line
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:06 pm

Gregandlina wrote:Need to fix your tag line


Oops. Done!
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby tobyw » Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:19 am

Atta kid!!!! I was waiting to see pics, you're not-so-subtle hints had me convinced I knew what your plans were, I was just waiting to see what color you ended up with. I fully approve :thu:
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Postby Gregandlina » Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:31 am

I take it they were out of orange models?
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby Yrjan » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:51 am

I seen it...
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:34 pm

Yrjan wrote:I seen it...

Yes you did! It has a little bigger tires now....and a matching spare!

Gregandlina wrote:I take it they were out of orange models?

There was an orange one..(pumpkin), but the red Rubicon dash next to the orange door jams was rather disturbing.
White matches the old boat and motorhome. :y
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Postby SPR » Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:32 pm

Nice Dave.
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:38 pm

Tri-fold soft tonneau cover, JL Rubi wheels and 35's, old 1993 boat. :y

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby Gregandlina » Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:45 pm

How’d it tow?
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:20 pm

Gregandlina wrote:How’d it tow?


Awesome! It's no 7.3 diesel, but it did great. Plenty of power, and so much easier to maneuver the boat around to the backyard, and at the boat launch.
#7000 tow capacity on the wide axle Rubicon. The Max Tow optioned Sport S (like the Cunningham's JT) can tow #7650. Max Tows are basically Rubicon axles with no lockers, but 4.10 gears. All other Gladiators have narrower axles and can't tow nearly as much. Something the dealers like to avoid telling people, so they can sell all the Sports and Overlands sitting on their lots. From what I have read, some people see "tow package" on their window sticker and think they are getting the wider HD axles and 4.10 gears. Nope! Read the window sticker. Max Tows are getting harder and harder to find, which is one reason we got this one.

The clarity of the 8.4 screen with the tow mode was pretty nice too for hooking up. Our old 20' boat is a big fat pig with a Ford V8. :lol:
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby OldGreen » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:36 pm

Exxellletttt.... wrings hands

Whats your use case?

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:03 am

OldGreen wrote:Exxellletttt.... wrings hands
Whats your use case?


For right now, local daily driver, motorhome pull behind, and boat hauler. Campsite firewood hauling volunteer.
Mild spacer lift, 35's and light duty wheeler. Easy wide stuff. :oops:

Maybe later when the 35's wear out, a better lift, and 37's.
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:57 pm

Lift #1 done. 1.5" Teraflex front Daystar 3/4" rear. This will get me by until the 35s wear out.

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:01 pm

Winch bumper, Maximus 3 towbar mounts done. And a new Warn Jamboree score winch.

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby OldGreen » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:16 am

The lift is fine. . .when you to to bigger tires, spend your lift money on really good shocks. This looks fantastic.

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:29 pm

So I had some rubbing last weekend at the dunes. Figured I would with the 7.5" wide JL wheels and no spacers. Quadratec Rubicon wheels to the rescue. On sale! 17x9". I always loved TJ Rubi wheels, and the wheels that came on my old 1982 pos Z28. These are kind of a cross between the two.

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Should be done spending money for awhile.
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Postby TJDave » Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:06 pm

Cooltech JL/JT flat tow harness installed. This is a very well thought out and complete kit. It comes with an isolation switch, and custom under seat mount for it. Drain plug grommet to route plug wire under seat to front of Jeep. Was a little nerve wracking cutting the new rigs wires, but after the first one, the other three were easy! Mounted the plug and breakaway switch on top of the bumper to avoid certain death.

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby tobyw » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:31 am

Nice work!!

I went round and round debating what to do for flat towing our JLU-R... MOPAR, Cool Tech, or the Hopkins diode kit... I finally took the easy (and cheap :oops: ) route and went with the Hopkins setup because I stalled long enough to put myself in a schedule bind, and simply didn't have time to dedicate to a more complicated install. So far it's been working perfectly, and I even put a secondary harness on my flatbed trailer so when Oscar is hitching a ride 4-up, both the trailer lights and the Jeep taillights function :thu:

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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:25 am

tobyw wrote:Nice work!!

I went round and round debating what to do for flat towing our JLU-R... MOPAR, Cool Tech, or the Hopkins diode kit... I finally took the easy (and cheap :oops: ) route and went with the Hopkins setup because I stalled long enough to put myself in a schedule bind, and simply didn't have time to dedicate to a more complicated install. So far it's been working perfectly, and I even put a secondary harness on my flatbed trailer so when Oscar is hitching a ride 4-up, both the trailer lights and the Jeep taillights function :thu:


That's awesome having Oscar's lights working while on the trailer. More visibility is great with all the flounders on the road playing on their smart phones.

I kept waiting for the Hopkins plug and play kit to come back online for the JL/JT. It was so easy on the JK. I'm not sure why they pulled it. RVupgrades online store returned my email and said the unavailability was due to the Covid shutdown. I'm not sure if that's true. They could of set up a temporary shop in the back of a Walmart or a weed dispensary and kept knocking out wiring kits! :lol:
In the end, I am happy with the results. The only wire routing I had to do was from the drain plug under the passenger seat to the front of the Jeep.
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:56 pm

Today was off with the Teraflex 1.5" front spacers, and on with an RC 2.5" front spacer kit. The front end dropped almost an inch after adding the winch and bumper. This fixed it. The RC kit also has extended sway bar links and shock extensions for the factory Fox shocks. Thank you Michael for the extra set of hands!
Hmm. Looks like room for 37's now. :woot:


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Re: TJ's JT

Postby SPR » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:40 pm

Did you adjust the caster and that track arm and draglink thing to account for the lift? If so, how?
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Re: TJ's JT

Postby TJDave » Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:04 am

SPR wrote:Did you adjust the caster and that track arm and draglink thing to account for the lift? If so, how?


Surprisingly the axle doesn't seem to be too far off center from lifting it a little more, and the steering wheel is still centered.
The Black TJ was off enough to bug me, so it got adjustable trackbars to center the axles. Drag link adjustment centers the steering wheel.

Caster is set by adjusting the control arms. Lower adjustable front control arms on the Silver JK fixed the castor and the squirlyness on the hiway, but it had alot more lift than the Gladiator has now. It also needed drag link adjustment to straighten steering wheel.
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