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Old 10-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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TJ build for every day drivers

Since my new and strong interest in Jeeps and custom work has taken over my life especially in the past year. I would like to start my own TJ build thread for every day drivers. This isn't a crawler or only a weekend toy. This is what I drive every day and use off road every chance I get to...I don't have good pictures of my Jeeps history but I do have some good shots of how it has changed over the years so here it is and I hope you enjoy-

This is before I bought the jeep. my friend owned it and the pic was taken from the back seat of my 89 dodge ram charger. as you can see, its stock all around .
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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I chose not to post any pictures of my engine work since you all know what engine parts look like. I have not modified my engine at all but I have done all the maintenance that the manual requires and my jeep runs great! so back to the build-

my first upgrade after i learned how to drive stick and noticed that my jeep looked very small and plain compared to a lot of other jeeps, i got new tires, wheels, tail light protection and a KC light bar and two KC lights on the front bumper. and a cool drummer sticker.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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I drove those 29'' pirelli all-terrains (yes they make an a/t tire) for a few years. they were put on around 2008. I then realized that getting stuck in pirelli's happened quite a bit so i upgraded to some 31'' goodyear authority from walmart. I put a 2'' coil spacer lift and started rolling through some deeper holes...but then realized that i was still getting stuck in awkward positions during hurricanes.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:16 PM   #4
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so i thought to myself...damn i wonder what my jeep would look like with 33'' tires...so i got my roommate to take one off of his and i put it on mine. and damn did it look good! so after a few months i saved up the hard earned money and bought some for myself. some goodyear m/t with Kevlar. and added some headlight and turn signal protection. when i put these 33's on i then became not only "into" my jeep but addicted and then it took over my life. :P
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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i got stuck again and noticed my jeep down there looked a little bit too yellow. So I bed lined painted my grill, my entire front fenders and side area (above steps). then trimmed the stock fender flares flat and took off the small side fenders. also got a new xmas present of a smittybilt softtop with tented windows because my stock one was all messed up i don't even have time to explain that. also put on some flowmaster 40 series exhaust.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #6
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forgot to mention the added windshield KC lights in the last post. also forgot to mention my self made rear side cargo nets that i actually sewed together because i didn't have the money to buy a $250 net...but it's normal in the south just sittin on the back porch either shuckin corn or pickin the guitar. :P once i painted all of that shit in the front and sides i noticed the rear of my jeep was a little yellow and didn't match the rest of the jeep, so i took the big ol' 33 off and started priming and painting. Then added some smittybilt front and rear SRC bumpers. also wired up two more KC driving lights for the bottom of the new bumper.
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another final shot of all the new things i installed and painted. from here on these are recent additions. No more past time shots of greater than 6 months. then once i graduated college in 2012 and got a job, i bought something i always wanted and could never afford. so i ordered and installed a WARN winch...yessir.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:43 PM   #8
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Real Time upgrades

once i worked a little while and saved up some money, what else would i spend it on? all of those boxes are full of full around smittybilt protection. rear corner guards, tube fenders, rock sliders for the sides, and front tube fenders with 3'' flare. i finished the rear and took off my stock side steps. so tomorrow i will put on the front tube fenders and just keep updating my jeeps build from here on out- hope you enjoyed a little of my jeeps life history and look forward to its future
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This is the type of build that I like to read. Just simple and cheap mods that the modest person can pertain to liking.

My Jeep is no rock crawler at all and I don't plan for it to be, like you I am looking for the simple mods to put on my TJ. I was in the same boat you were until I bought 33" duratracs and lifted my Jeep. Have a whole bunch left on my list to buy just like you!

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How do you like that tire swing and rear bumper? By the way love the way it's grown over time. True jeeper!
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a few other shots of my current build. so after all of this body protection i will go under and add suspension, re-gear and all of that good stuff.
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while you wait for more-

here is an off road video of my friend and I just havin a good time around the area.
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This is the type of build that I like to read. Just simple and cheap mods that the modest person can pertain to liking.

My Jeep is no rock crawler at all and I don't plan for it to be, like you I am looking for the simple mods to put on my TJ. I was in the same boat you were until I bought 33" duratracs and lifted my Jeep. Have a whole bunch left on my list to buy just like you!

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haha! glad you like it man. i guess 33's just get you hooked on jeeping i guess because you can do so much more with them off road than 31's its amazing.
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How do you like that tire swing and rear bumper? By the way love the way it's grown over time. True jeeper!
i freakin love my tire swing and rear bumper. for one, it looks badass. it holds the tire high which i've always found attractive. two it holds up to a 37'' tire i believe, and 35's are as high as i am going. the install wasn't bad i just needed an extra hand from a friend to lift it and drill/bolt it in. it doesn't rattle and its sturdy. the tire swing just feels tough and you can tighten the bolts on it to your liking. just make sure you grease it. also much cheaper than the XRC and i think it looks better for a TJ.
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How do you like that tire swing and rear bumper? By the way love the way it's grown over time. True jeeper!
and thank you dude!! it is a part of me and everyone knows it!
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haha! glad you like it man. i guess 33's just get you hooked on jeeping i guess because you can do so much more with them off road than 31's its amazing.
Haha exactly. I went from 31" BFG All terrains to my 33x12.5" Duratracs now and the difference is clear.

Also question, with your windshield light mounts is there a lot of glare from the hood when the lights are on? That mod is something i'm interested in but not sure about yet.

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Haha exactly. I went from 31" BFG All terrains to my 33x12.5" Duratracs now and the difference is clear.

Also question, with your windshield light mounts is there a lot of glare from the hood when the lights are on? That mod is something i'm interested in but not sure about yet.

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ya know...i haven't hooked them up yet. i'm still trying to figure out the best way to get the wires into the jeep in a hidden way. but i got the long range lights for the windshield so they shouldn't glare bad at all. once i wire them up i'll let u know but i always choose wrenching things over f'n wiring things so it will be after i put all of these tube fenders on.
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Nice job! Looks great.
You can always pull the wires into the cab through the spot your steering column goes through.
But if you want some really crafty ways to get them in, check out a thread about sound system upgrades. The guys in those threads have ALL the tricks for running wire.
Have fun and great job so far !
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[QUOTE="TJZ;5182545"]Nice job! Looks great. You can always pull the wires into the cab through the spot your steering column goes through. But if you want some really crafty ways to get them in, check out a thread about sound system upgrades. The guys in those threads have ALL the tricks for running wire. Have fun and great job so far ![/QUOTE

I'll check that out!! Thanks I do what I like and I like what I do
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This is what I got done today. The rain kept coming down so I called it quits. Here is a before and after shot of the difference between the stock fenders and smittybilt tube front fenders. Of course I like the looks of both but once I put these JK round turn signals into the grill under the headlights CJ style, it will look great.
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Did you spray paint the body behind the front tire? And if you did with what?
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Did you spray paint the body behind the front tire? And if you did with what?
yes i did, i used bed armor by duplicolor (their more expensive product). it has a rougher texture than the regular duplicolor bed liner but you can use what ever you want i just wouldn't use regular spray paint. i cleaned it as well as i could and sanded what i could but didn't do a serious job like i did on the exterior. i am happy with it! sprayed 3 coats and it will last! i always keep an extra can on me for touch up spots that get nicked by rocks or even myself and my tools.
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Haha exactly. I went from 31" BFG All terrains to my 33x12.5" Duratracs now and the difference is clear.

Also question, with your windshield light mounts is there a lot of glare from the hood when the lights are on? That mod is something i'm interested in but not sure about yet.

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what do you plan doing next to your jeep? looks like were on the same level
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Good Lookin Jeep Kenny boy!! It's come along ways over the years. No better life than going offshore for 5 weeks then coming home to a badass Jeep! How'd the tube fender install go? I'm hesitant on ordering the smittybilts, not sure how i feel about cutting the old fenders. Let me know if you had any troubles.
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Good Lookin Jeep Kenny boy!! It's come along ways over the years. No better life than going offshore for 5 weeks then coming home to a badass Jeep! How'd the tube fender install go? I'm hesitant on ordering the smittybilts, not sure how i feel about cutting the old fenders. Let me know if you had any troubles.
that's right bub!! thanks man...well it was a lot of cutting and i had to use two different cutting tools...but if i knew what i was doing from the start i would have only bought a rotary blade saw because i used both a jigsaw (which i would recommend for very easy straight cuts) and a small autobody saw from harbor freight which worked well enough to get the awkward angles and small area cuts. if the rain holds out enough ill have both sides done and the round JK turn signals in the grill tomorrow. the thing is heavy duty and a second hand would help out in installing these. a couple of holes didn't line up perfectly but simple enough ill just drill the hole a bit bigger and bolt it in. i'll tell u what tho it was a little bit hard to start cutting into my fender haha. i knew there was no going back but i know ill be into my new look.
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Subbed as well. Great evolution KG22. Looking at a lot of the same mods you've got on your TJ. Just need money and time!
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here is an off road video of my friend and I just havin a good time around the area.
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Got the front tubes on today. I drilled the turn signal light holes with a 3" hole drill but it was too small and I knew it from the start. I knew I needed a 3 1/8" but lowes didn't have it...anyway I'll fix that tmrw. Not letting me upload a pic Ill post it later

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