The build of my flag ship Black Pearl

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Dropping the Jeep off Monday afternoon for new gears. We’ve got some trips we want to do. Should have the break in done by end of July. I want to make a rubicon run in August.
 

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No wonder the Jeep is so heavy. Apparently I carry a lot of shit with me, all the time. I haven’t even started on the rollbar bags with the tools.
 

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When we were on our trip last weekend, I wondered into a outdoor store for a new pair of binoculars. I found this neat camp kitchen organizer. Went from this big click top box to this much smaller footprint. Still need to get something for the pots and what not, but liking how compact it is now.
 

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Got the Jeep back from the shop today. It drives great with the new gears.

I love the Jeep community. I picked a shop with a really good reputation for gears. I know several people who have had them done there. I hadn’t ever meet the guy, just talked on the phone and dropped the Jeep off after hours. So today got the call to pick it up. He was doing a couple heat cycles. So asked me to show up at closing time. Ended up bullshiting for an hour in the shop While checking out his Jeep he’s building.
 

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Since I can’t tow with the wrangler, we’re going to see how the compass dose. I’ve towed with it before, but it looks a bit goofy with the off-road trailer.
 

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Trying to finalize this thing to hopefully make a rubicon run next month.
My current list:
-Wheel spacers
-Trim rear pinch seams
-Rear driveline is too long at full droop (probably going to put a center limit strap for now)
-Front driveline bind at full droop. Might be able to fix this with caster adjustments.
-rear output shaft seal on transfer case leaking.
-still haven’t installed front lower control arms
-got another 170 miles on gear break in, then do final gear oil change.
- have a vibration at speed, could be front driveline but feels more clutch related. Also have a tick in the clutch, I believe the throw out bearing.
- install PSC steering box

maybe I’ll get enough done to go actually wheel this thing soon.

edit: I forgot things on the list.
 
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