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    It begins!



    Previously I started with this:


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    I wonder how this next build will turn out?

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    We should be able to get you some nice shots on the rocks at Lil Moab anniversary run.

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    Don't think I'll be able to make much of Lil Moab in current form, but might be fun to try. Tires, wheels, shocks and springs need to happen right away. Still trying to decide between 18" wheels which I have and allow the larger front brakes, or 16" wheels which I love, but would require swapping the front calipers to those from a G500.

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    I strongly vote for 16" and more sidewall, but it's not my money I'm spending when I say that!

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    I love more sidewall. My only concern there is braking performance as I'm planning on 35-38" tires on this build. Haven't decided which yet.

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    speedkills previously posted:
    "I love more sidewall. My only concern there is braking performance as I'm planning on 35-38" tires on this build. Haven't decided which yet."

    That tire size does change things. Didn't realize you were aiming so high with this one. Going for beadlocks too?

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    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. If I could hang with JP in the snow I'd be pretty happy.

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    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 Ukranian units. The Tibus has a 1.13:1 gear reduction, Ukranian is 1.3:1 gear reduction so they influence tire choice there heavily.

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    I lean towards the 35" route though.

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    For the jeepers here with big ass tires, how big before you started to feel a big difference in braking?

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    I felt the sluggish acceleration (need to regear) well before needing bigger brakes.
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    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 electronics happy, speedo accurate, and won't place any extra stress on the axles. But brakes will see the leverage change.

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    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 spent 3 rounds taking kidney punches.

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    Stay with the the bigger brakes. When I put my 37ís on I felt the difference in braking right away. Iíve only seen one other g wagon built that I used to wheel with a long time ago. But, his was a two door soft top.

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    I didn't realize your Rover was wrapped, it looked great! Too bad it ended as it did. Interesting choice for the new vehicle, I can't wait to see it on portals!!

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    looks like you're gonna have some fun on your hands, congrats

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    It will be nice to see out on the trails, congrats on the G!
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    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 shade and I loved it, but after dragging all kinds of branches down the side of it for a couple of years I have to say I was really impressed with the protection it offered. Seriously considering doing this rig too. I like the color on this one, but just for the protection it's tempting.

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    TjSteveA previously posted:
    "Stay with the the bigger brakes. When I put my 37ís on I felt the difference in braking right away. Iíve only seen one other g wagon built that I used to wheel with a long time ago. But, his was a two door soft top."

    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 500hp truck that won't stop.

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