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Old 09-07-2011, 05:49 AM   #1
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my 97 tj sport build (green)

the day she came home




some rust on the fenders. this is the only rust on the body.

cant say the same for the frame...








new frame

jeep should be home today from the frame swap.
long list of parts are piled up here for the continuation.
re cadjustable upper control arms
re solid lowers
adjustable track bar
quick disconects
mt classic II's
bfg km2 33/12.5/15
4:56's
detroit tru trac rear
aussie locker front
custom hood line fenders
custom front/rear bumpers
1 inch body lift
magnaflow down pipe/cat
all parts are piled up here just waiting to get the jeep back home. will update as i progress.

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Old 09-07-2011, 07:38 AM   #2
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That looks like fun. Thinking of swapping frames on mine in the spring. Almost time to start hunting!

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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i knew i forgot something on my list...currie rock ribs sliders.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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How much is the labor on a frame swap?
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:41 AM   #5
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900 is what im paying for the "swap" labor. there have been many other little expenses that have incurred. with misc. parts being replaced. the original quote was $600 for the frame and $900 labor. im into it about $3grand rightnow with replacing brake lines,gas tank skid,gas tank straps,rear brake cylanders,down pipe/cat,clutch master cylander,misc nuts and bolts etc... looking forward (i think) to getting it home so i can start with my pile of mods i have here!
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:47 AM   #6
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Wouldnt it make sense to thave the guys swapping the frame put on the body lift since they already have the frame and body seperated? Just a thought. Nice Project. It will be a whole new beast when you are done.
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:06 AM   #7
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the body lift was installed with the swap along with jks quick disconets. i also brouight him the re control arms which he did not install.

i got the jeep back yesterday. i need to do a few things right away.
1. the fuel filler needs to be extended to compensate for the body lift (any suggestions?) im thinking i can sleeve it but not sure what to use?
2. the linkage on the transfer case needs to be adjusted slightly as it will not engage into 4l. (easy fix)
3. the new clutch master is junk. he says its not bleedable and wants to replcae with factory parts for additional 150$ over the napa one.
4. he left the hubcentric spacers on when he put my new wheels/tires on so i have to remove them and sell

then its off to the races with the rest of my parts pile!
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:35 AM   #8
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installed the new rubicon express lower control arms today. i couldnt get the metal tab on the front uppers to stop spinning in order to remove the front bolt from the front upper control arms so i moved on. im debating returning them but hate to gt beat by a bolt!




had to cut this bolt. it was rusted inside the bushing...

old arms going to recycle...

33/12.5/15 next to 32/11.5/15



new fenders and bumpers are here. i planned to prep/paint them this weekend but im going to the OSU v/s UM game saturday.
thedirtworx custom bumpers waiting at my door when i got home today...


c&c fabricators fenders. not much to see as they are still wrapped...
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:09 AM   #9
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waiting on my buddy to get the gears and lockers done

currie rock ribz rock sliders
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:20 AM   #10
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Looks like a nice project.
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:10 PM   #12
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as of today. new wheels/tires with 1 inch body lift and new frame. all lower control arms are in are in. i havent got back to mess with the uppers yet.


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Old 09-17-2011, 04:24 AM   #13
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gears and lockers today!
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:33 AM   #14
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:15 AM   #15
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Outstanding

I gotta give props to you guys in the rust belt. Most people where I live would run screaming from rust like that. I didn't notice you mentioning a suspension lift. What are you running?
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:30 PM   #16
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its got a bds 2.5 suspension with a 1 inch body.
im not in the rust belt. im in s. florida. two owners ago was in ct.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:04 AM   #17
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well the jeep is all apart waiting for gears/lockers. we took it all apart saturday and realized that the front ring and pinion gears that were sold to me were not for a tj. new ring and pinion will be in this morning. should be back on the road tonight!
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #18
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rear end is done. detroit tru track and 4:56's

front is still apart. 1st ring and pinion was for a yj. the pinion gear shaft for a yj is about 3 inches longer than the tj. takes a couple of days to get the right parts in. go back to it. noone tells me i need a new carrier when going to the 4:56's. another delay. it should be back together with an aussie locker and 4:56's after work tomorrow.



while the jeep is sitting on the lift with the front end torn down i decided i would prep/paint the new fenders.




i was having a hard time getting the front upper control arm front bolt out while the jeep was together and sitting on the ground. on the lift and apart made installing the rubicon express adjustable control arms so much easier.
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I like the look of those fenders.
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:51 AM   #20
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got the bumpers/winch on. did some waterproofing under the hood. should be ready to go this weekend.
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I noticed on your lower control arms that the grease zerks where on the down side. I think you may want to flip them over, so when you hit them on something and break they won't be a pain to remove.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:03 AM   #22
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i was told zerks face down so you can access them.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:05 AM   #23
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i wish i would have brought my mower to camp this weekend!

3 days in the woods and i got 1 picture for you. lol!
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how are the re uppers holding up, i just put a set in mine. The lowest setting was 15.25 and the factory arms were shorter kind of curious what its going to do to my front driveline vibes
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:09 AM   #25
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holding up fine. no vibes. jeep drives great!
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:48 PM   #26
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Thanks! Mine rides a lot better I just need to track down this vibration

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