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Old 01-04-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Discount Tire Stock to Rock- LJ

I picked up an LJ a little while back and I thought I would be fun to create a build thread here to watch the process of converting it from stock to ROCK! This year I'll be bringing the LJ out for a few Discount Tire Sponsored events so if you recognize it please stop me and say hi.

Without too much talk here's what we're starting with.

Fully Stock 2004 LJ 4.0 Auto (she's going to grow up quick! )
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Great looking LJ. Can't wait to watch it grow.

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Any hints of what the "growing up" will consist of?



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Where to start....... Well, not all of it is figured out yet but new suspension is a must, we've got to have more flex and at least a little more lift if we want the LJ to keep up with the pack. High clearance bumpers, skids, sliders and some corner crushers should help protect it on the trail. For wheels and tires 35's should be a good step up from stock, and there's a new 2011 wheel design that would certainly look sharp on it. For performance an upgraded exhaust and intake should help it breath and gears will also need to be upgraded.....
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After browsing pages and pages of bumpers for the LJ I settled on a front and rear bumper from Hanson Off-road. I was looking for a mid length front bumper with a moderate sized stinger and winch mount. For the rear, I was looking for a rear bumper with an integrated hitch and heavy duty tire carrier. Hanson had exactly what I was looking for and.. its all made in the USA.

Installation: The directions were clear and all hardware was included. I installed these by myself but having an extra pair of hands would have made my job a little quicker. Some drilling was required for the rear tire carrier but for the weekend warrior installing these bumpers should be a breeze

Quality: Photos don't do these bumpers justice. These are some of the nicest bumpers I have seen. The quality of the welds, the fit and the finish are all top notch! These are made using 3/16 steel. They are powder coated with a semi gloss black and all mounting hardware is grade 8.

Some Notes for others considering these bumpers:
Front bumper: If you are temporarily mounting your stock Fog lights to the winch plate you will need to lengthen the fog light wiring. This wiring is not included.

Rear bumper: With the factory center brake light removed an aftermarket center rear brake light will need to be purchased and installed. I'll update this post when I have completed this step.
More information on Hanson Off-Road Products: Hanson Offroad - High quality off-road bumpers and rocker guards for your Jeep

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Lookin good!
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:27 PM   #9
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Thanks Redjeep!
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:03 PM   #10
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Looking good.

So have you decided on a lift?
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Yes actually, I'm going with a 4" long travel kit from Full Traction. I can't wait to install it.

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Yes actually, I'm going with a 4" long travel kit from Full Traction. I can't wait to install it.

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I'm not running their long arm kit, but I love my Full Traction short arm kit. The thing flexes like a beast offroad and rides great on the road. I'm extremely happy with their workmanship and fit. I think you'll be happy as well!! They're a bit pricey upfront, but worth every penny in the long run.
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Awesome. That's what I like to hear. Did you go with one of the 4" kits?
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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I installed my rock sliders this past weekend. It took a little over an hour start to finish. The instructions were clear and all installation hardware was included.



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Old 02-09-2011, 07:19 PM   #16
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I like the bumpers.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:36 PM   #17
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The bumpers are sweet. I like the rock sliders too. That step must come in hand some times.
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I'm working on the suspension now. I snapped this quick pic of the rear last night before it got dark. Fingers crossed, I should be done installing the suspension tonight! I can't tell you how impressed I have been with the parts and customer service at Full Traction. Full Traction has really done there homework here and the quality of their parts is outstanding. I am no pro mechanic so I have sent my fair share of questions to the guys at Full Traction. They have been very, very helpful. More pics to come...

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Old 02-16-2011, 09:37 AM   #20
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The lift is on! I finished it up late last night. It was too dark for photos so I'll snap a few today and post them up by tomorrow. Tomorrow the Jeep is scheduled for an alignment and the exhaust installation. Friday, if all goes as planned, the new shoes will be bolted up.

I've got some light on and off-road miles planned for the Jeep this weekend I can't wait to start breaking in the new suspension.
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More pics next week but this is what the rocks will see .....

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Very nicely done. Are you going to be traveling around the country considering you are Discount Tire, just wondering.
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I'll be headed to Tierra Del Sol with the LJ in a couple weeks. Then we'll make it to Easter Jeep Safari in April to start the year off right.
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More pics next week but this is what the rocks will see .....

Looks good!
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More pics next week but this is what the rocks will see .....
Looks good! Are those all terrains?
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Looks good! Are those all terrains?
I think the tire says "falken wild peak A/T"
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They certainly are. They are (slightly modified) Falken Wild Peaks 325/70R17. This tire has one of the toughest sidewalls I have ever seen.
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They certainly are. They are (slightly modified) Falken Wild Peaks 325/70R17. This tire has one of the toughest sidewalls I have ever seen.
Awesome. Can't wait for new photos! It seems to be coming along nicely
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Subscribed...for when my Khaki LJ decides to grow up a bit more.
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I was hoping to get out and snap a bunch of flexed up photos this weekend so you could get a good look at the Full Traction lift but this is the only picture I managed to take. I was just south of Prescott, AZ this weekend at about 7000ft in elev. It dumped on us pretty hard. Friday night there was no snow, this is what it looked like yesterday morning..


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