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Old June 26th, 2019, 17:19
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Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

My BFG Krawlers are old, - good for shorter wheeling trips, but not great for long road trips to go wheeling, so I decided to get some new 37x12.5R17 Yokohama XMT's.
This is my first time owning a Yokohama, but I thought I would try them out after seeing Yokohama preview this new Geolander tire design at KOH this year and then reading about them while I was looking for a replacement for my Krawlers.
My initial impression is that they seems to have a Krawler like tread pattern, that I think should be good in the rocks.
The sidewall lugs are not as aggressive as the Krawlers and they seem to be not as wide as the Krawlers.
That might be an optical illusion because the side lugs are not as pronounced, but I will do some measuring to be sure.



They do seem a little smaller than the Krawlers



Here is a pic of the truck with the Krawlers on it




Now a pic with the new Yokohama X MT's



I'll update once I get some wheeling miles on them and see how they perform!

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Old June 26th, 2019, 20:33
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Do you have more pics of your cage? Especially of how the B, C & D pillar supports are mounted to the chassis and how they pass through/are mounted to the roof?

A hybrid cage is on my list of goals and yours looks like a nice fitment.
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Old June 26th, 2019, 22:11
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Anak, I used the xofab kit as the foundation, and then we did a lot of tweaking and modifying to get what we wanted. http://shop-xo-fab-com.3dcartstores....t-_p_1759.html

The A pillars come down from the halo, through the fenders and then are welded to my rock sliders, which are welded to my frame stiffeners and pinch seam. Presently the B and C pillars come down through the cab and connect to plates welded to the floor. I am planning on a second plate under them that then connects to the frame stiffeners , but I havenít had the time to do it yet. Iíll post more pics tomorrow
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Old June 26th, 2019, 23:09
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Here are some pics -







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Old June 27th, 2019, 06:32
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Excellent.

Thank you.
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Old June 27th, 2019, 08:14
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

That is an impressive rig you have, very nicely done.

Question... Would you please give some details on how you did the fender trim and flares? are those modified stock flares? It looks very good. Id like to do simular, and sure will appreciate advice on how yours was done.
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Old June 27th, 2019, 08:29
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Black1990 the flairs are Notch Customs flairs - https://notchcustoms.com/products/x-...=4532938702881

They take awhile to install, having to do cutting and welding of the rear inner fender. I went with them because they gave me a ton of clearance have that stock look. Iíll post some pics of the install process later today for you.
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Old June 27th, 2019, 09:59
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Black1990 -Here are some pics of the Notch Customs flair install

Cutting and folding the front Fender



Fitting the front flair



Fitting the rear front fender - front flair part moves to the door




Cutting out the rear - you actually cut up that opens into the interior of the vehicle - then weld and seal it



After welding the seam back together, I bondo'd and sanded - so it was smooth and clean (not neccisary to do , but I wanted it as clean as possible)



This is what it looked like right after we finished - This is when I was on 35's with 1" more lift than I have now and no bumpers, spare tire, cage or winch

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Old June 27th, 2019, 11:12
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

One of the nicest XJs I've seen on here. I too was wondering about notch customs flairs, thanks for posting
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Old June 27th, 2019, 11:53
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Nice work.

You should post more often.
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Old June 27th, 2019, 12:17
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

to your point: tires look great. been wondering why we don't see more Yoko's, love the tread pattern.

cage: it's everything I want in a cage, without the obesity that most cages bring. I don't care about protecting the rear quarters, just don't want to cave it in.

Solid jeep dude, agree you should post more.

was trying to avoid asking, but here goes. stock axles?
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Old June 27th, 2019, 12:53
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

denverd1 - Nope, upgraded axles. I am running a G2 Dana 44 in the front, with RCV shafts, 4:88's and an Eaton E locker. Rear is a trussed Ford 8.8, 1541H axles and an Eaton E-locker.


G2 front, WJ knuckle swap, RCV's and Ironman4x4 steering


Rear Ford 8.8 with Iron Rock truss
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Old June 27th, 2019, 13:32
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Thanks for all the compliments guys! As you can tell by my handle I have been a long time 20+year Early Bronco owner and wheeler, but have owned the XJ since 2012. I finally started building the XJ to do more hard core wheeling about three years ago, since I couldn't justify beating on my EB anymore since I had prettied it up. I also really like the wheel base and room the XJ offers (and the comfort of a more modern vehicle isn't bad either!). The only downside so far with the XJ is the massive lack of power compared to the built, fuel injected 351W in my Bronco. I followed CAL's stroker build closely and pinged Russ Pottinger, months ago, but he is super backed up, so it will prob be awhile before I get more power. I have a couple projects I am hoping to get done before my trip up to the Rubicon in July - inner fender mod in the front for more travel while keeping it low COG, and some rear suspension work. I'll try to take pics and post as those projects progress.

I know this is an XJ forum but here is a little Earl Bronco porn!



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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

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denverd1 - Nope, upgraded axles. I am running a G2 Dana 44 in the front, with RCV shafts, 4:88's and an Eaton E locker. Rear is a trussed Ford 8.8, 1541H axles and an Eaton E-locker.





G2 front, WJ knuckle swap, RCV's and Ironman4x4 steering





Rear Ford 8.8 with Iron Rock truss

Sweet. Bolt pattern threw me off.

Just wheeling the piss out of a mint EB!! Like your style dude

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Old June 30th, 2019, 21:42
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Re: Got Some New Yokohama Geolander X-MT's

Ok, confession here. I'm a reformed ford guy, lol
So, you have a sweet XJ, and a real bill stroppe Baja bronco too?
What's next a fox body mustang with a turbo'd windsor?
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