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Old 03-08-2011, 01:56 PM   #1
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Great White Buffalo - TJ build

I am posting this as a short build thread for my buddy/co-worker; he is not terribly forum savy.

He had a CJ7 back in his younger years and has been looking to get a newer Jeep "like mine" for a weekend toy. We had been spending our free time here at work searching CL and other classifieds looking for a nice TJ for a good price. One morning last week I stumbled upon a fresh listing on CL for a 1999 TJ. It was completely stock, one owner, and had been towed behind a RV by said 'one owner', new tires, A/C, 34k miles!, etc. Asking price was $7000.

Before I could even call him over to my desk, I was calling the owner. Long story coming to a close.....he pulled the cash that afternoon and we went over to the guy's house to check it out. Apparently we called at just the right time and the seller was an honest man. When we got there he said his phone had not stopped ringing all day. He held it for us to look at before releasing it to the hounds.

These are the pictures from the CL ad:







The Jeep really was as clean as advertised. The soft top frame still had the plastic on it from the factory. The top itself had never been taken down, which I think has actually made it more of a pain than if it had been removed or at least taken down....no biggie.
We took it for a spin and it felt great and sounded better than my '01 with 90k miles and the same drivetrain.
He forked over the money, did the paperwork and off we went.

The original owner called it "Casper" as you can see in the pic below. We promptly changed its name to "Great White Buffalo"....reference to "Hot Tub Time Machine". Basically it's the great one that only comes around every rare once and a while and the one you should not pass up given the opportunity. At least that's our translation. The obvious other side is that it is so friggin white!


buddy and his g/f doing the paperwork...

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You need to get a custom horn sound of Ted Nugent's "Great White Buffalo".

My Jeep is white with white hardtop.

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Nice Pickup, nothing like a 34k on a TJ, i picked up my 98' in december with 35k, been loving it (especially when people go, "you mean 135k miles" and i say no with a giant grin), and will enjoy it even more once its warm enough to drop the top
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We started ordering parts last Thursday and Friday. Some parts are rolling in today, the rest should be in by the end of the week.

Parts ordered:

Rough Country 2.5" suspension lift
Rough Country 1.25" body lift
Rough Country 1" motor mount lift
BFGoodrich AT 33x12.50 tires
MB Motoring Warrior wheels
Bestop full roll bar padding - black
Bestop bikini top - black
Bestop drill header
Tuffy Conceal Carry drawer
Rugged Ridge mirror movers
Rampage spare tire bracket
Smittybilt front tube bumper
Pioneer headunit
Infinity 5.25" speakers x2 - dash and soundbar
5.25" dash speaker adapter plates
Alpine 10" sub
mono channel sub amp

By Saturday it should be a different looking Jeep.

He is going to try to sell the soft top for a few bucks. It is in great shape, but it is pretty stiff from not being removed....ever. He pretty much figures if he can't drive it with the doors off and bikini top only, it will sit in the garage.


I will be installing the body lift and motor mount lift for him tomorrow evening. We are headed to New Orleans for work on Thursday, so the coils and shocks will have to wait until Saturday to go in. The wheels and tires are already mounted and balanced at the tire shop waiting for the lift to be installed. Those will go on Saturday after the lift is all done.

He is going to make a sub enclosure for behind the rear seat (down-firing). It did not come with a soundbar, so he is frantically searching for one on ebay.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:07 PM   #5
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Nice catch! my dad tows his 05 behind his RV, he has 55k on the clock and about another 30k towing it... Just an FYI to keep your eyes and ears open. the engine might be young, but the drive train could have a lot of miles on it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:18 PM   #6
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Some of the stuff he has coming for it is not my style, but it's not my Jeep so I don't care. The fact that another friend of mine has a Jeep is enough fun for me.

He will be getting a rear tube bumper to match the front and some fog lights, and that will likely suit him pretty well overall. He is not interested in going too crazy with it.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:07 AM   #8
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I installed the Rough Country 1.25" body lift last night. I didn't have time to install the RC motor mount lift before I had to run home, so I will knock that out on Saturday.
I know now to bring my own tools over when working at a friends house .

After install:





Here are some better pics otherwise:



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Old 03-10-2011, 11:24 AM   #9
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first time ive ever seen the white soft top, imagine how dirty that thing gets. el buffalo blanco looks in great shape
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:38 AM   #10
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The white top is definitely more common. I see white hard tops often enough, but not so much the soft tops.

quadratec sells some 'old stock' white canvas...
MOPAR 5FM99TW1AC - MOPAR® Soft Top Deck in Stone White for 1997Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
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You don't see many white soft tops. Nice catch.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:12 PM   #12
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I got the RC 2.5" suspension lift installed. I took it to the tire shop to pick up the new wheels and tires. The wait was too long, so I took them back to my buddy's house to bolt them on myself.


Oh yeah, and you CAN fit five 33" tires in a TJ.





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Old 03-13-2011, 04:18 PM   #13
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Being the first time with the top off, you wouldn't notice, but we installed the new Bestop roll bar covers and the mirror movers.
We also bolted in the Bestop bikini top channel.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:20 PM   #14
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Those rims and tires make it look sooo much better. I really like how it sits with those lift kits, I might do the same ones. It has the 4 banger, right? Either way, really nice Jeep.
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That looks really nice.. but that looks like a lot more than a 3.75'' lift to me. more like a 4.50'' no?
still looks nice... cant wait until my engine swap is done and lift installed and new 33s
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it has the 4cyl and everything else stock.

it is just the 3.75" kit. I actually think it needs a 3/4" spacer in the front to sit level. I should've ordered the kit as if it had the 6cyl.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:37 AM   #17
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We installed the stereo last night. The Pioneer h/u went in along with Infinity 5.25"s in the dash and new soundbar (which just showed up in yesterday's UPS delivery). We used the dash speaker adapters from these guys: Car-Speaker-Adapters - www.car-speaker-adapters.com - Call Us Today - 412-260-6835 This makes the 4th Jeep I've run them in and they are not worth making for the price.
I had to run all new speaker wire for the soundbar speakers since there was not originally a soundbar.
I ran all the wiring for the sub amp.
The only thing left for the stereo is to build an enclosure for the sub (10" Alpine) to go behind the rear seat.
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Any more progress on this?
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He is pretty much done with it...he thinks.

It is currently sitting with this setup/modifications:

Bestop Safari top
OEM black soft top
Rough Country 2.5" suspension lift
Rough Country steering stabilizer
Rough Country 1.25" body lift
33x12.50r15 BFG ATs
15x8 MB Motoring "Warrior" wheels
Rubicon fender flares
Smittybilt tube bumpers front and rear
Smittybilt tube steps
Smittybilt seat neoprene covers
KC Slimlite fog lights - bumper mounted
Daystar "contura" light switch
Pioneer headunit
Infinity dash and soundbar 5.25" speakers
Alpine 10" sub in custom downfiring enclosure/trunk
Monoprice mono channel sub amp
Tsunami amp wiring
IPF headlight housings
DDM Tuning HID hi/low headlight kit
Tuffy Conceal Carry drawer

I think that's it.

He is planning to add a set of KC Slimlite long range lights to the windshield on KC brackets.
He is also holding out for an OEM center console. He'll probably end up with a Tuffy since people want WAY too much money for used OEM consoles.
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How is he liking the HID kit in the IPF housings?
What color range did he use?
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The DDM Tuning HIDs are awesome with the IPF housings. He went with the 6000k 55w bulbs. I personally think they are a bit too blue, but he is very happy with them. The bulbs in his new Tahoe have the same color.

I personally will go with the 5000k. That was the perfect color for Tiff's Suburban (thank again for helping her with that a couple years ago!)
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No problem. I may put the 5000k hids on my list for the holidays. Although I have to wonder about mud and such.

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