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Old 05-07-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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My LJ Build

So, im starting this a little late, but better now than never.

Back in March, I found a salvaged Jeep in Butte, Montana and purchased it for $6000. 2005 Unlimited with 60,000 miles.

All though she was a rollover and had a good amount of damage, she started up right off the bat.

Damages:
-both front fenders
-front bumper
-driver's side door
-driver's side wheel well
-rear right tub corner
-driver's side windshield frame
-hard top
-brush guard

Being a 17 year old high school senior, and getting ready for college, i am now working 3 jobs to pay for everything. But it'll be worth it
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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So it's a work in process? Looks like a clean rig to rebuild.

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Old 05-07-2011, 01:00 PM   #3
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We tore everything off and apart, and ran over to Olympic 4x4 in Snohomish. We picked up a new door (which happened to be the same color), a ProComp front bumper, Hella 500 driving light kit, and a Rubicon Express 2.5" BB lift kit.

After pulling out the dents as best we could, we sent it to the body shop so my dad's buddy could finish up, Bondo everything, and paint it.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:03 PM   #4
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Now that i'm caught up to speed, i have recently fixed up the roof rack. I sanded, primed and painted it.

Just yesterday i bent, cut and butt welded my brush guard together and also welded the offroad light mounting brackets to the brush guard. Then i sand blasted the brush guard, and painted it, my tow hooks, and my headlight bezels all black.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:05 PM   #5
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Cool! What kind of flares are you going to put on it?
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #6
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So it's a work in process? Looks like a clean rig to rebuild.
Yep. I still got a bit left to do. Waiting on my fender flares and driver side mirror. Ordered them form 4wd.com and its been 2 weeks... I also need to wire my offroad lights, and get my lift on.

And yep. shes in real good shape. she'll be around for a while
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #7
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Cool! What kind of flares are you going to put on it?
just regular OEM flares. i wanted the bushwhacker flares, but ill save up for those for the future.
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just regular OEM flares. i wanted the bushwhacker flares, but ill save up for those for the future.
The OEM flares on a Unlimited are painted to match the body. But you could put regular ones like mine on and they'll still look great.
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The OEM flares on a Unlimited are painted to match the body. But you could put regular ones like mine on and they'll still look great.
yeah i know, but i ordered mine in flat black. i dont want everything the same color.. haha. thats why i painted my hard top black.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #10
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yeah i know, but i ordered mine in flat black. i dont want everything the same color.. haha. thats why i painted my hard top black.
Sounds like you've got it all figured out. Keep us updated with new pics!
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:28 AM   #11
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got the lift in. took way more than the 3 hours they say it takes. Front was easy, but the rear is a pain in the butt, especially since i have airbags.. as you can see. which technically lets me lift the rear end about another 2 or more inches

still waiting on my flares..
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:54 AM   #12
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Dude for 6,000 you stole that thing. I wish I Could have started that cheap with mine Good luck with the build, I'll def be watching
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The OEM flares on a Unlimited are painted to match the body. But you could put regular ones like mine on and they'll still look great.
OEM flares aren't color matched on the unlimited unless you had the sahara package for the LJ's
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:21 AM   #14
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Looks good - I'll be watching this develop.
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I wish I could find an LJ that cheap... I'm excited to see it progress...
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #16
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Alright, so now i got a question for ya'll. What tires should i get? My ole '93 YJ ran 31"x10.5 BFG A/T KOs, which are GREAT tires, but for my LJ, im looken for somethin a bit more aggressive. I know for sure i want 33"x12.5, maybe 10.5. I was looken into the BFG MTs but damn, they're expensive.

Im gonna be doin alot of trailin, some muddin, and some crawlin in MT, but not too much sand. And definitely A LOT of snow and ice.

So, should i save up and go with the BFG MTs? Or should i go for a different brand?
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:01 AM   #17
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Here is my LJ with a 4" Zone lift and 33x10.5 BFG KM2's on it to give you an idea of what it would look like with skinnier tires on it. The KM2's are great on everything but hard pack snow and glare ice. I have heard (mine aren't) that siping them makes them a lot better on the slick stuff.


When it was closer to stock.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #18
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nice lj!

yeah its hard to find a good tire... but i think i might just save up and get the bfg mts. i think theyre worth it. its hard to find a good size with the lj too, cause my 30"s look tiny with just a 2" lift. the thing im worried about is clearance. im not an EXTREME wheeler, but i rubbed with 31"s and a 2.5 on my yj...
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:47 AM   #19
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So, after a long couples months work, shes finally done with repairs. I have to wire my CB and wire my aux Hella 500's, but other than that, shes drivable! The lift turned out good and im really excited to get the new tires on. Shes been a great project, and she sure aint done yet. ive got a lot planned for her future haha.
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Looks good. I can't tell from the pic, what kind of tire did you end up choosing?
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i havent gotten my tires on yet. the ones on the jeep are 30" ProComp All Terrains. I am getting 33x12.5 BFG Mud Terrains
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Idk if you have already bought them yet but another great tire but pretty pricy is the Goodyear wrangler m/t's, iv got them on my 05 LJ rubicon unlimited and I absolutely love them!!!
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If you're looking at getting a great offroad tire, look at the Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials. I've been running mine for the last 2.5 years and I'm super happy with them. They're really aggressive, so everyday street driving may not be ideal. My Jeep isn't a daily driver, so I don't worry about it. Be prepared to shell out some bucks, though, as they aren't cheap.
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Super swamper irok radials, the best tire I've ever run by far
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:33 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the input on the tires, i think im gonna go with the BFG ATs actually. Im movin out to Montana for college and the MTs arent gonna do well in the snow. I think im better off with the ATs. Plus thats what i had on my YJ and they did fabulous. On and off road, mud, snow, ice, anything.

So, this week, weve had an awesome break of warm weather here in the PNW... So, i took the top off for the first time. Here are some pictures..
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I've driven my KM2s through 2 feet of snow without an issue. Drove them through a Cleveland winter. The old KM1 is poor in the snow, but I haven't had a single issue with my KM2.
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In the deeper snow KM2's are great. On hard pack or ice I noticed they didn't grip as well as my BFG AT's I had on my last Jeep. They still aren't bad. The blizzard we had in Feb. left some 5 foot and higher drifts and the KM2's were awesome in those conditions. With that being said, you'll be happy with either of the BFG tires.
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I've driven my KM2s through 2 feet of snow without an issue. Drove them through a Cleveland winter. The old KM1 is poor in the snow, but I haven't had a single issue with my KM2.
Cleveland Winter? Pfft! Come over to Canada we can have some fun
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How bout the Goodyear Wrangler ATs? theyre a little more aggressive looking than the BFG ATs, but still an AT none the less.
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I FINALLY got my tires!

I surprised even myself, and ended up getting 33x12.5 R15 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs.

These tires are a cross between a AT and a MT. They are a fairly aggressive tire with great sidewall traction.

They arent noisy hardly at all. The only time i heard them when i was on the freeway going 60. and it was a very quiet hum. I have a little rubbing issue when turning sharp, but some negative offsetting and spacers will do me good

Real excited to try em out off road. Im headed over to EAWA tomorrow, maybe hit up Wenatchee State Park?
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