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Old 05-17-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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It has been a while since I've updated anybody on the progress of my TJ. Finally got to drive it today (after almost 2 years of not moving).

Still more to do before I'm "done", but here are some updates:

Changed the license plate (just for fun -- probly the cheapest upgrade on the rig):


Armor Plating Across Sides and back, converted to LED lights, and comp cut rear:



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16" coil over Sway-A-Way in the front:

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Old 05-17-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Remote reservoir across engine:



Full PSC hydraulic steering with axle stinger:


Custom Gas filler neck (this was a hard one to figure out ):


and yes, it leaks...gonna fix that

KC lights, LED turn signals:


Staun internal beadlocks (see dual valve stems?):

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Old 05-17-2010, 06:24 PM   #3
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Tube fenders (almost done), 41x14.5 Iroks, Warn winch, etc, etc, etc:






Yeah, baby!
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #4
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thats a very good looking rig
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Looks awesome man!! Nice work. Do you have any problems running the full-hydro steering on the street? That thing is badass......
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I really like what you have done man! Have you done anything to the engine?
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thats a very good looking rig
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Looks awesome man!! Nice work. Do you have any problems running the full-hydro steering on the street? That thing is badass......
Hard to say right now. I drove it today only to find that it is in dire need of a full alignment. Right now it wanders all over the road. Will be getting the alignment done next week so it should be a lot more streetable after that.



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I really like what you have done man! Have you done anything to the engine?
Yes and no. The engine itself is stock, but I've done a dual batter upgrade, installed an Airaid intake, and recently picked up a Superchips programmer for it (mostly to help diagnose and clear OBD codes).
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holy full width axles, haha, just messing with ya. that thing is beastly, and built. nice work, where are you planning on taking it for a maiden run?
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holy full width axles, haha, just messing with ya. that thing is beastly, and built. nice work, where are you planning on taking it for a maiden run?
Probly just out to my ranch for the day or so. Nothing hard, just something to jostle everything around a bit.

After that I'll likely go to a local ranch for a day run. Easy to moderate trails to stretch its legs a bit.

Hardest part that I'm already starting to think about is the width. Outside edge to outside edge of the front tires is a whopping 89"! I think I'm going to have to get creative to get around and thru stuff...
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awesome looking rig man! the steering will always feel funny, full hydro is nothing like a typical steering sytem, the hardest thing to get use too is the wheel not self centering. get some pics when you start beating on it!!! way cool rig
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That is simply amazing.
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awesome rig. it's come a long way.
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Do you have any before pictures?? Or has it always looked like this?
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Actually, yes. I try to keep pics of its progress as the years go by.


Here it is brand new when I bought it back in March of '03:




First mods -- 33x12.5's with 3.5" RE long arm -- March '04:




Next round -- 35x12.5's with 4.5" RE long arm -- February '07:




Latest round -- 41x14.5's with ?? custom lift -- May '10:
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Looks like your doing a good job, that things a BEAST!
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night and day difference from what it once was man
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Awesome looking rig man!! Can't wait to see pictures of it flexing.
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Looks like your doing a good job, that things a BEAST!
Thanks.

Hard part is that I'm a computer security guy by trade...this was the first time I've done any body work, first time I opened an axle, had never mounted tires before, knew nothing about suspension, etc.

This rig is turning out to be the epitome of "be sure and do your research." However, that is the best part! I've had to research and figure EVERYTHING out myself...especially since I did all the work in my driveway over the last 2 years
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for doing everything yourself that rig looks great you did a very good job with it
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I keep finding myself coming back to this thread, just for the pics!!
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Thanks.

Hard part is that I'm a computer security guy by trade...this was the first time I've done any body work, first time I opened an axle, had never mounted tires before, knew nothing about suspension, etc.

This rig is turning out to be the epitome of "be sure and do your research." However, that is the best part! I've had to research and figure EVERYTHING out myself...especially since I did all the work in my driveway over the last 2 years

Wow, from the looks of your Jeep, I thought you did that for a living, I can only imagine what that thing would look like if you actually knew what you were doing! Keep up the good work and the pics!
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Wow, from the looks of your Jeep, I thought you did that for a living, I can only imagine what that thing would look like if you actually knew what you were doing! Keep up the good work and the pics!
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My point exactly!

I was wondering how you would take that comment.

Wow. I just saw the progression photos. Amazing to see the trasformation. Hats off man!
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I was wondering how you would take that comment.

Wow. I just saw the progression photos. Amazing to see the trasformation. Hats off man!
I'll be the first to admit that, when starting a project, I have no idea what the hell I'm doing. That said, I'm pretty good at figuring things out and am not scared of a challenge.

To that, after I finish this round of mods, the next thing will be to drop a LS in there. I wanna open the hood and see "Corvette"

Hard part there is gonna be convincing the wife to let me do it
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Hard part there is gonna be convincing the wife to let me do it
I've heard it's easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. I don't suggest that, or subscribe to that theory myself. It's just what I've heard.
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14" Coil Over Sway-A-Way shocks in the rear:
Even the zip ties look bada** on this Jeep!

When you finish yours, feel free to get more practice on mine!
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Even the zip ties look bada** on this Jeep!

When you finish yours, feel free to get more practice on mine!
Yeah, that was a "hurry-up-we-gotta-move-it-because-the-HOA-is-bitching-again" mod. Doubt it'll stay that way
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