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Varg In Jeep's Clothing

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by ITLKSEZ, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Jul 23, 2020
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I was just happy to stop using the stick I carried next to the tank in my CJ5...
     
  2. Jul 23, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Volvophilic

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    I have a broom handle behind the seat in my truck.
     
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  3. Jul 23, 2020
    givemethewillys

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    Haha I used the stick, along with the calibrated "right hand turn stumble" to know how my fuel level sits
     
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  4. Jul 23, 2020
    Muzikp

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  5. Jul 24, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    It has like 6 presets that are common ohm ranges (one end of the spectrum reads empty on the gauge, the other is full), and the nuclear option is to set empty when you tank is empty, and set it to read full when the tank is full. It will remember those readings as empty and full, and the gauge will always be spot-on.

    If the gauge’s range doesn’t match the sending unit’s range, the gauge won’t be accurate. This theoretically allows you to use any sending unit.
     
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  6. Jul 24, 2020
    Keys5a

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    Not that I'm an expert at painting, but one of the most important things I've found when spraying metallics or pearls, always keep the gun at 90 degrees to the panel being painted. Novices (including me) have a tendency to angle the gun at the start and finish each pass. It takes practice to keep from doing this.
    Painting a vehicle is not the same as painting cabinets, especially with metallics.
    Love your color choice. Was this your call, or your wife's?
    -Donny
     
  7. Jul 24, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    My expectations are pretty darn low, so I can only be impressed with the outcome! :D It’ll be a solid 10-footer for sure. I’m big on practicing before hitting the piece, so we’ll see.

    We saw a picture of a flatty this color back when we bought this, and it’s always been the goal. The paint guy fanned out the color swatch and this one caught my eye immediately. He said it was something-Alfa Romeo blue. It looks light blue in sunlight and almost a dark navy blue in low-light.
    Maybe this?:shrug:

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  8. Jul 24, 2020
    mortten

    mortten I can’t put my finger on it

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    Keys5a

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    Looks like you'll have to adopt Giulia as a middle name for the Varg. So the color is your choice. Good choice either way. For what its worth, thats Misano Blue. Two years back, my girlfriend was car shopping and the Giulia was high on the list, particulally in this color. She ended up with a dark blue GTI. Most of my vehicles are blue.
    -Donny
     
  10. Jul 24, 2020
    sterlclan

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    Just mist the last couple of base color coats “against the grain” of what you painted and skip the tack rag between base and clear. For even more depth leave a little base in the mixing cup when making the first two coats of clear. Finish the last one or two straight clear.
     
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  11. Jul 24, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    Question: can I shoot clear right onto epoxy primer? I’m thinking I don’t want the extra hassle/waste of putting color on the underside of the floor panels and rear floor. They’re just going to mostly get covered in insulation anyway.
     
  12. Jul 24, 2020
    sterlclan

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    yup the clear is the "paint" part the base is just color.
     
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  13. Jul 24, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    How stiff are old Swampers? My tire pressure gauge has to move to register 2psi, and it didn’t move at all when I checked both of these tires.

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    Also, I forgot to mention I stopped by the steel place yesterday and grabbed the rest of what I need for the front bumper. Tomorrow is paint day; I’ll get on the bumper and winch mount when the shop is no longer explosive.

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Jul 24, 2020
    Fireball

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    When I had some old Swampers on the CJ-2 in highschool you couldn't tell they were flat by looking at them. You'd notice the Jeep turning "kinda funny" one direction and check the pressures to find 3-4 psi in one tire.
     
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  15. Jul 24, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    I have yet to find a redeeming quality in these tires. (Besides longevity... but on a tire you hate, it’s almost a curse.)
     
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  16. Jul 25, 2020
    73 cj5

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    I like the tires and wheels. :cool:
    Gateway Buckshots are a better tire in my opinion.
     
  17. Jul 25, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    This is my own personal soap box, but part of the reason I don’t like swampers is the same reason buckshots are even worse. I ran the Q78s on my willys pickup, and there wasn’t much terrain that I was pleased with them in (besides looking badass).

    Imagine taking a swamper that’s off the rim and pushing on the tread as if your fist is a rock under the tire that’s aired-down. As you push the tread, the gaps between the tread blocks close in against each other forming a continuous block of rubber down the middle offering no bite. Only the side lugs are still biting. Buckshots are worse because the center tread is a continuous zigzag with no room to collapse, making the tread even more resistant to any movement.
    (Edit: I will add, buckshots are popular in my old racing circle. They’re tough, and the same continuous center rib that gives them decreased traction also gives them great bite when turning. There are no gaps for terrain to slide sideways through.)

    Since these swampers are dead to me anyway, I’m going to try to cut the gaps between the center tread blocks bigger to see if it makes an improvement.

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  18. Jul 25, 2020
    Fireball

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    I should be able to hear the tire howl down here in Pullman when you're out driving around.
     
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  19. Jul 25, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

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    Nah, these would be for my next build. Off-road only. :twist:
     
  20. Jul 25, 2020
    Muzikp

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    Next build? Please tell me it’s my Jeep.
     
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