ZMotorSports 2011 JKUR Build Thread

zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
An additional item I decided to address yesterday was my CB mic lanyard. Since installing my new Cobra Model 29 overhead I have been playing with mic locations when in use on the trail. When daily driving and not using the CB it’s no big deal to wrap the cord around the body and clip the mic into the holder which holds it up and out if the way. However it has been awkward figuring out an easily reachable place when on the trails.

Just prior to last months annual Ouray trip I picked up one of those retractable lanyards that truck drivers use thinking I’d give it a try. I actually really like that option with the exception that it bounces around too much. I ended up using some tie wraps to control the swinging and realized that it had too many pivot points for an off-road vehicle allowing it to swing around way too much.

Yesterday after the wife and I returned from breakfast I went out to the shop to come up with a mounting solution that would hold the body solid and just allow the mic to hand by the retractable lanyard.

I measure the hole spacing on the CB body and used the mill to drill the exact hole configuration which would allow me to mount the bracket directly to the CB.


After drilling the holes I milled a 1/2” slot which would allow the end to barely fit through. I then TIG welded the two pieces together slightly tapering at the top to firmly hold the body.


Testing the fitment prior to beadblasting and painting. There is just enough taper at the top to hold it tightly in place and no additional fasteners are required to keep the body inside the bracket. I also was able to trim the two small tabs off that are visible in this picture at the top of the body where the other pivot point was at.


Test fitting to check clearances.


Quick little tip on cutting fasteners on a vertical bandsaw. Use a small piece of metal opposite the pliers to aid in holding the fastener parallel with the table. Also feed very slow to prevent the piece from catching as it cuts through.


Fasteners trimmed and ready to touch up on the sander to square up the cut end.


Completed bracket and ready for use.




Thanks for looking.

Mike
 

Hickey

Rusty Girdle
Supporting Member
A swinging mic drives me crazy, and wears out a mic cord quickly. I use the same style retractable tender, but mount it differently.

I use 3M lock strip (Velcro) and a magnet glued in place. I can let go of the mic and it will retract until the magnet catches it and keeps it from swinging around.

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zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
The wife and I just returned from a week long FMCA 4-Wheelers gathering in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We love the Black Hills and had so much fun last year we wanted to attend this year as well. We had great hosts and there were 22 couples in attendance.

Here are a few pictures from the gathering.

Our base camp was at Elkhorn Ridge RV Park in Spearfish.


Fall colors were just beginning. Last year at this time everything was in full vibrant fall colors but it was much warmer this year and didn’t feel like fall at all yet.


We stopped near this beautiful little lake one day for lunch.


Air-down spot another day.




One of several dry river bed crossings on the Camp 5 trail.




My lovely wife and I on a trail that led us south of Sturgis and then west. If you look really close you can see the faces of Mt. Rushmore way off in the distance.


On Tuesday we had a “down day” where everybody was on their own to do whatever they wanted. My wife and I love Custer State Park so we took off on a drive south through the park and returned via the Needles Highway which is also a favorite of ours.

They were getting ready for the buffalo roundup in the park.






The event officially ended on Thursday with a nice bar-b-que/pot luck dinner but we opted to stay another day and run some more trails with friends. We left on Saturday and drove the 640 miles straight through to home. Unfortunately we drove through some weather but saw several wonderful rainbows along the way.






Thanks for looking.

Mike
 

zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
Yesterday after breakfast I commenced my post-vacation cleaning ritual. Due to the heavy rain we encountered on the drive home, the cleaning was much more involved than normal resulting in pressure washing the engine bays and undercarriages of both the coach and the Jeep.















Thanks for looking.

Mike
 

bryson

RME Resident Ninja
Supporting Member
Location
West Jordan
Cool! What's with the airplane on a stick in the median?
 

zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
A couple of weeks ago I made a rather lengthy post about my suspension and the various iterations I have gone through with it due to my Jeep's weight and some observations I had made over the years and miles both on and off-road. After all of the highway miles I have put on the Jeep in the Black Hills area with the winding and curvy roads as well as the off-road manners I can report that I am very, very pleased with the results. The rocks and ledges we encountered on the trails in the Black Hills area were not as large as others I am basing my information on so I am waiting to fully pass judgement on the configuration until after next month's Moab trip.

That being said, I was so happy and impressed with the Jeep overall as a package during this last trip. I think this has been the first trip in the 8 years that I have owned the Jeep that I haven't wanted to do something more or "different" with the Jeep when I have returned, usually it was due to lack of power.

There was quite a variation of Jeeps at the gathering as well as many Jeeps rolling into the area for the Black Hills Jeep Jamboree so we saw a little bit of everything on the highways and the trails. One thing in particular I commented to my wife about was the fact that I could run so easily at 60-65 MPH through the winding canyon roads whether flat or going uphill and it just sipped the fuel and handled flawlessly with power to spare, something I have not experienced before as I was usually maxed out on speed with any kind of incline. In fact, it was a joy to drive because it was so responsive and sure footed. There was less body roll and it just felt more planted all the way through the canyons no matter the speed.

Once I aired down off-road it was just as much fun to drive. Between the increased power, 6-speed transmission, hydro-assist steering and now the 37" tires moving down the trail was a pleasure and going over most of the rocks was uneventful. As much as my wife was against me going to the 37's, even she commented about how much less we rubbed the belly of the Jeep compared to last year on the same trails.

Another thing we both took notice of was that there were several Jeeps that attended the gathering that were built to the point that they were not really street friendly so the owners kept to the nearby trails vs. many of the trails that we ran which in some cases were 50-70 miles from camp. These same Jeeps were also trailered everywhere behind their coaches whereas we flat-tow ours all over the place with ease. Not that trailering is a bad thing as I have trailered mine as well at times but flat-towing when traveling around in a coach is so much easier.

My Jeep may not be a purpose built rock-crawler but it does well on all types of trails as well as the pavement which is exactly what I built it for and I couldn't be happier. IF I were to install flat-fenders I'm sure I could get another inch or 1-1/2" of uptravel but I don't think it would really alter the overall off-road performance all that much as it does so well now.

I just thought I would report out on my experience after the last suspension changes for anyone else who may be having similar experiences and searching for information.

Mike
 
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Bart

Registered User
Supporting Member
Location
Arm Utah
Thanks for this update and so glad to hear it's all working well. Not that I needed more affirmation on the LS swap, but you just made me want to expedite this project. I have no problem driving 60 to 80 miles, but the power and especially the super charger are a PITA. Still not sure if I can stop building at some point but its nice to hear that some people can get there. ;)
 

zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
Thanks for this update and so glad to hear it's all working well. Not that I needed more affirmation on the LS swap, but you just made me want to expedite this project. I have no problem driving 60 to 80 miles, but the power and especially the super charger are a PITA. Still not sure if I can stop building at some point but its nice to hear that some people can get there. ;)
Drivability was goal number one with this whole build which is why I wanted to stick with an OE engine/trans and especially OE tune. This is also why I didn't add a supercharger to my 3.8 engine prior because I haven't been that impressed with them on the JK's.

I've built a lot of hi-performance engines, installed turbo's and superchargers as well as installed/tested about most every other performance enhancing item over the past 30+ years of wrenching and while they all had their idiosyncracies when daily driving, none have performed flawlessly over ALL of the driving conditions that I have put them through. From the superchargers on my trucks that I have had to tweak the jetting on the carbs at various altitudes to the rumpity rump idles of them at the stoplight there seems to always be compromises. For a race car or Sunday driver these things can be dealt with but I didn't want any compromises with this build.

The old saying that they're never done is true but at times we get close enough to call it done. Back when I was racing and showing my cars I was one of those who didn't like to be outdone so they were always coming back apart to make changes/improvements but I think I've grown up now and that is no longer my priority. There's always someone with something nicer or faster so now I just want to enjoy what I have rather than having more. There also comes a point where we tell ourselves we don't want to keep throwing time and money at a project for minimal (if any) gains and rather save the money for other things. I think I am finally there, on this build at least. Now I just want to drive the hell out of it, keep it maintained and enjoy it while continuing to save up for retirement.

I think you will enjoy the LS Bart as it doesn't have any of the compromises that the other options have.

Mike
 

zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
Thought I would post up some pictures from last week’s trip to Moab.

The wife and I wheeled with some friends from the FMCA 4-Wheelers club that we belong to the first part of the week. This wasn’t a club sanctioned event per se, just some friends getting together prior to the official FMCA 4-Wheelers St. George rally that commenced yesterday.

Then on Wednesday evening, my son and DIL drove down to join us and we wheeled Thursday and Friday with them. We were able to test out his suspension and he was grinning from ear to ear. Not only because of how well his Jeep WJ did but also because his sweet wife had a great time as this was her first ever off-reading experience.

Airing down on day one.


Lunch spot near the Cameo Cliffs.






Next to Tombstone Mesa heading towards Secret Spire and Dellenbaugh Tunnel.








All in all a great week. Best part is my daughter-in-law is hooked on off-roading and already wanting to go again. My heart was full all week being able to spend time with family and friends doing what we love with those we love.

Thanks for looking.

Mike
 
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Jinx

when in doubt, upgrade!
Location
So Jordan, Utah
Ok here is the important question...

Can she pee in the trees?

That was a deal breaker back in the dating days.

After having to race from the top of mineral basin to tibble fork to find a potty for a date. If a girl couldn’t pee in the trees I wasn’t interested in taking her out. 😁
 

Hickey

Rusty Girdle
Supporting Member
Ok here is the important question...

Can she pee in the trees?

That was a deal breaker back in the dating days.

After having to race from the top of mineral basin to tibble fork to find a potty for a date. If a girl couldn’t pee in the trees I wasn’t interested in taking her out. 😁
My wife is so proud of her She-wee that she has one in every vehicle, and gave each of my daughters a She-wee for Xmas last year.
 

zmotorsports

Hardcore Gearhead
Location
West Haven
I started another change to the Jeep a couple of nights ago.

When I originally built the Jeep back in late 2011 (over 100k miles ago) I added a BDS 4.5" long-arm suspension lift with the JKS ACOS front setup. As most of you know the ACOS are an adjustable coil spacer that allows a couple inch range of adjustability placed between the upper spring bucket and the coil spring itself. It is designed to have the ability to compensate for changing weight and/or ride height of the vehicle and we all know Jeeps are never done and ever evolving so I thought they would work perfectly for my application.

That being said I don't think I would ever run them again. In the 8 years and just over 100k miles I have had my Jeep I have only adjusted them one time and that was about a year and a half after the initial build. I made about a 3/8" adjustment to compensate for some slightly taller springs I added to the rear in which to compensate for the added weight which caused the BDS springs to sag.

Personally, I would suggest that a person uses springs and if necessary a small spacer for final adjustment as once these are installed they are on there. Even JKS mentions that installation of these is irreversible. Although I am reversing them it comes with some time and effort.

Hands down the worst part was removal of the ACOS from the Jeep and I put a healthy dose of anti-seize on them upon initial installation.

A few pictures from last couple of nights work.

Passenger side ACOS removed with a little persuasion but really not that bad to remove.


Driver’s side was much, much more stubborn. Trying to free the driver’s side ACOS.


Passenger’s side assembly and lower portion of the driver’s side.


Finally. All the components removed.


Passenger’s side painted.


Driver’s side painted.


Stay tuned for reassembly.
 
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