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    Re: New Guy in Fort Collins

    Welcome. It will be fun to see a gen 1 on the trails, I haven't seen one in ages. Variety is the spice of life!
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    Re: The Gulches...what a mess

    That really bites, but thanks for making it so easy to find the donate link.
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    Re: 58 Willys Wagon

    That is some major surgery you have going on there. Thanks for all of the progress reports, it's a fun read for us even if it isn't always fun for you.
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Got all of my shocks removed, removed the extraneous bumper, then added o-rings so I could see travel used and reinstalled them, plus swapped to Old Man Emu rear springs to handle the amount of stuff...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Interesting, I have never heard of them but recognize the technology in a way from mountain bike air shocks. Worth looking into.

    Ok, time to pull the Ohlins off and put my stock shock back on. ...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    If itís going to be a while until I can find a shock setup I want worst case Iíll just go to Napa and get the cheapest things they have. Anything without an extra bump stop on the shaft will ride...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Itís the secondary bump stops on the shocks getting me. Iím still deciding what to do about shocks now that I see the Ohlins arenít going to work out.
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    In my excitement I was like, yep, a few inches longer, perfect.

    https://i.imgur.com/sQyUB82.jpg

    Then after installing I stepped back to admire my handiwork and realized something seemed off,...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    We actually both screwed up. Vendor read the spec sheet wrong, then didn't measure before sending, then I didn't measure before installing. I did a quick measure, saw the total length was 2"...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Went to install some shocks tonight, figured out they sent the wrong ones, and they were also missing parts :mad:

    They were two inches longer giving me a lift I didn't want, yes one inch less...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    The jack stand also helps. But rest assured there will be plenty of 3 wheel action on the trail as for some reason Mercedes designed one of the few solid axle setups that really doesnít articulate...
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    Re: 1928 Chevy P/U on 1969 CJ drivetrain

    That is amazingly cool.
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Only had an hour to play in the garage tonight but this is already better. https://i.imgur.com/oFOrhgH.jpg
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    But first, I have to remove some of this chrome. Not my style at all.

    https://i.imgur.com/EdMv7O3.jpg
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Pulled the wheel off to see exactly why it felt like it was riding on the bump stops. Turns out it was, the AMG version has super long bump stops compared to regular. Iíll cut that down.

    the...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Absolutely and absolutely.
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    Re: Hard vs Soft Shackles

    Same, except I learned for recovery reach for a kinetic rope after traction boards and winch.
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Thanks for the feedback. I feared as much but wasn't confident it would be an issue, based on your experience I'm going to go with 18" wheels. As much as I like sidewalls, I don't need a heavy...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    I'd love to see a two door G on the trails too, those are a rare sight for sure.

    Paul, I did the XPel wrap mostly because I didn't actually like the stock color and just a small change to the...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    First things first. I ordered up some new shocks and springs, plus a spring compressor to get it all installed next week. The stock ride is punishing. 2200 miles in two days and I feel like I just...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Shouldn't be an issue with gearing, I'm planning on going with portal axles and they have a reduction built in. 1.13:1 for the 35" tire units, 1.3:1 for the 38" units. Will keep all of the...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    For the jeepers here with big ass tires, how big before you started to feel a big difference in braking?
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    I lean towards the 35" route though.
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    I was targeting 35" tires, and the Tibus portals are designed for them, but am considering the Ukranian portals, and if I do that they are designed for 38" tires. A few thousand cheaper for the...
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    Re: 2011 AMG G55 Build

    Yep. And portals. And CTIS. I thought about keeping it smaller to maintain the challenge of trails, but then decided I want it to be a snow bashing beast as most of my favorite runs are in snow. ...
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