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did you do your body lift at home with a jack and stands? loving the budge build thread
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post #42 of 54 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 05:25 PM
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Off to a good start! Good idea on the water res. and I like your attention to detail and thinking for the lights.

A 3" strut spacer is probably a bit much for the stock struts....must be maxing out that strut resulting in a rough ride no? I ran 3" of lift on stock struts (2" spacer, 1" from springs) and it had no droop.
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did you do your body lift at home with a jack and stands? loving the budge build thread
Thanks @13ADVX! Yes, I did it at home all by myself using only 1 jack and 2 stands. It's fairly easy to do but it's time consuming (my first time body lifting). I didn't even have to remove any tires, although I removed the right front and left rear fender liners. I was first overwhelmed by the 70+ steps, but when I finally installed the first set of pucks, I was happy to see the difference, which motivated me to git 'er done. My hands and arms started to cramp up toward the end because of twisting and turning wrenches in tight spaces, but that's part of the fun. I highly recommend doing this lift first before the suspension. It makes a world of difference especially when continuously going over the engine and then under lol.

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Off to a good start! Good idea on the water res. and I like your attention to detail and thinking for the lights.
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I ran 3" of lift on stock struts (2" spacer, 1" from springs) and it had no droop.
Yes Sir that's what I meant to say. The UCA helps provide some good space or else the stock ones would be all over the coil bucket. It rides like stock but the only difference is that you can feel the weight of the new tires/wheels.

Edit: Just noticed that I still have at least another half inch to play with on the UCA bolt. I think I will add a few washers on top of the spindle to add more space.
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Even with SPC UCA's I had to grind about 1/2 to 1" off the coil bucket. You should grind down that coil bucket, not add washers to the spindle.
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Even with SPC UCA's I had to grind about 1/2 to 1" off the coil bucket. You should grind down that coil bucket, not add washers to the spindle.
Ah okay I see what you're saying. I didn't think about that thanks!

Tomorrow, I will show you all how I set up my super dirt cheap awning. Stay tuned!

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Okay guys it's already tomorrow for me (I'm on the other side of the world) and here is my canopy setup. Just so you know, I already own an ARB awning on my other X and personally, I don't really like it much. It's mounted on the side, it's bulky, and I prefer to maximize my rear hatch space, so this is what I came up with. The following items (previous post pic above) is what I purchased at a local hardware store:

1. Adjustable 3-6' painting poles: $11.99 x2
2. 6'x8' tarp: $7.99
3. Tent pegs: $.99 x2
4. 48" bungee cord: $1.99 x2
5. canopy ball bungee: $.99 x2
6. Tarp clips: $4.99 (I didn't need these at all so this can be omitted)

Total cost: $39.91

I cut the tarp in a trapezoid shape. I measured about 50 inches for my hatch mounting point and cut diagonally until both sides met the uncut end of the tarp respectively (8ft.). Please bear with me as I can only upload 3 pics at a time.

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For the sake of this post and the low budget theme, I only purchased a 6'x8' tarp ($7.99). The beauty of this setup is that it's expandable to your preferences and it's super compact. If you want a larger area covered, simply purchase a larger tarp and possibly additional poles for support.

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Lovely af. The wind is blowing at 18 MPH and it's holding up just fine. It also complements my rear hatch light mod LOL!

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This is where the ball bungee mounting points are on both sides. Once they're taut, you're good to go!

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Waking up to this is amazing! I love this setup because you can maximize the hatch space and everything is accessible from here.

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Cost update

Total cost for entire build: $2301.91

So that's pretty much it for now guys. Thanks for watching my build this past week! See you around!


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I must admit I've really liked the hatch lights and the rear awning design. For the price it's not a bad thing to setup and have just for the sake of it.

I may have missed it, but are your hatch lights on a separate switch? Was thinking of doing it and putting one back there to control it.
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I must admit I've really liked the hatch lights and the rear awning design. For the price it's not a bad thing to setup and have just for the sake of it.

I may have missed it, but are your hatch lights on a separate switch? Was thinking of doing it and putting one back there to control it.
Hi and thank you! There is no separate switch. I tapped into the positive wire on the rear hatch light, then spliced the negative wire and tucked it on one side of the negative part of the light bulb (not the negative ground on the body). I couldn't solder it because it's stainless steel. This way the lights will turn on when the switch is on "on" or on "door".

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