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Blue Ribbon 4x4 Build Thread

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Builds (2014-2021)' started by BlueRibbon4x4, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. Sep 17, 2022 at 1:18 AM
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    mav7021234

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    I need to do mine. Was it just drain/fill or did you the temp test after?
     
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  2. Sep 17, 2022 at 4:42 AM
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    I did do the temp test after. I drained cold and filled cold, I think I remember pushing a pin on the passenger side and checking while warm. Some fluid did come out, but not much.
     
  3. Sep 17, 2022 at 8:18 AM
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    Bumper is off. Here are the bent brackets. I’m gonna straighten them out and get some gussets in. 85851C03-B315-4565-BB29-EA9884FEE000.jpgD5890B5C-7145-462F-8E1A-64980CD4F825.jpg
     
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  4. Sep 17, 2022 at 8:43 AM
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    Damn I never noticed how much bigger the tires look with the bumper off. C695DCA0-0A18-42D5-B629-AEB847422CE1.jpg
     
  5. Sep 17, 2022 at 12:41 PM
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    Bent the mounts back the best I could, bumper temporarily back on without the winch. Got the gussets cut, I’ll tack them on and then weld them with the bumper off.
    Also, if you have this bumper, you may want to check the hardline on the driver side. The mount seemed to be rubbing a small amount, so I cut the corner off.
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  6. Sep 18, 2022 at 9:03 PM
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    Progress report.

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  7. Sep 18, 2022 at 9:50 PM
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    When are you going to open "Geno's Garage"? It might be worth the drive from Texas!
     
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  8. Sep 18, 2022 at 9:52 PM
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    As soon as the hydraulic lift arrives.
     
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  9. Sep 19, 2022 at 10:13 AM
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    I love "happy accidents!" These always make the end products FAR superior! Looking great and nice work on your segment-cuts!
     
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  10. Sep 19, 2022 at 11:02 AM
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  11. Sep 19, 2022 at 12:17 PM
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    Thank you!!
     
  12. Sep 19, 2022 at 2:25 PM
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    More progress, figured out the fog mounts. Passenger is mounted.

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  13. Sep 19, 2022 at 5:43 PM
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    Clearance lights, Light bar in front bumper, Ditch lights, CB Radio, AGM Battery, SLEE Sliders,
    How are you bending the tubing?
     
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  14. Sep 19, 2022 at 5:53 PM
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  15. Sep 19, 2022 at 6:09 PM
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    See post #786
     
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  16. Sep 19, 2022 at 6:36 PM
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    I’m segmenting the tubing in certain spots to be able to push it together. The twist was the tough one. Cut it about 80% through, push the seam together, then weld it.
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  17. Sep 19, 2022 at 6:36 PM
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    Fab-hero! Like a pro!
     
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  18. Sep 19, 2022 at 6:58 PM
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    Dude you’re makin me blush!
     
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  19. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:01 PM
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    For the fog lights, I just welded a tab horizontally with the upper tube. I can rotate it a bit if I crank on it for adjusting the rotation of the fogs. 7325A73C-3A86-475B-86F8-57F7EDE023AC.jpg 40C7734F-7336-472F-BB8A-4B60EE84BBFA.jpg
     
  20. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:09 PM
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    I know you're running the methods now, but how did the painted wheels do? Did the dirt and mud mess up the paint? Or did they hold up?

    Also just read through all 27 pages, gotta say I'm extremely impressed with your painting skills
     
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  21. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:16 PM
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    Thanks!! Tons of rocks, mud, dirt on lots of trails. When I sold them, I had one rock chip on one of the wheels about the size of a tic tac. The 2K automotive clear does a great job. I can’t remember how many coats I did (3?), but they held up great.
     
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  22. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:31 PM
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    so no staining the clear?

    Do you remember what matte black you used? I like the graphite but I feel like its not dark enough...
    2k clear in gloss, semi gloss or matte?
     
  23. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:35 PM
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    I just used regular med solids clear from a paint shop. I bet a high solid clear would be a better choice, since it would be more durable. I used gloss.
    After rereading your last post, are you talking about when I painted the wheels black or graphite? For the graphite, I used Duplicolor wheel paint, for the black, Rustoleum Professional matte black. Those were cleared in Rustoleum matte finish. Those got beat up pretty nice, and they were starting to fade since I didn’t use an automotive clear.
     
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  24. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:38 PM
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    Sweet, I'm thinking about doing black for my wheels, I'll make sure to do the gloss automotive clear
    Would you recommend this stuff for it? Or something better?
     
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  25. Sep 19, 2022 at 7:40 PM
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    That stuff will work well. Top notch for a rattle can 2 part clear. :thumbsup: I used it on my UCAs.
     
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  26. Sep 20, 2022 at 11:43 PM
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    how has that held up? i wanna do this mod. what size is the fire extinguisher? is it hard to take out the rear center console trim (idk what that panel is called lol)
     
  27. Sep 21, 2022 at 3:36 AM
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    The mount is still super strong. Just make sure to use nuts and bolts to mount the clamp, and get an extinguisher that has a clamp mount, not a hanger. The rear piece just comes off with pry tools, but it’s pretty strong, so take your time and work around the edges.
     
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  28. Sep 21, 2022 at 6:49 AM
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    Some welding, and a whole lotta grinding.

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  29. Sep 22, 2022 at 6:18 PM
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    Moving along! Tomorrow I’ll grind a shitload more and give her some self etching primer. For now I’m gonna paint the whole thing with Rustoleum professional black. Then I’ll make the panels for behind the tubes. 7C271151-7252-4004-BBB6-ADC2ACD8C76B.jpg8E2A0065-5B19-4135-B87D-A5D90D65BFB2.jpg
     
  30. Sep 23, 2022 at 5:30 PM
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    Starting to look like something. 1C6ACA60-89E7-46B8-9104-AB8FE3C34ACA.jpg
     

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