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Old 01-28-2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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New TJ

Okay, so I'm not really new on the site because my very soon to be wife has a little white YJ, but I finally caved. Today I picked up this little stock beauty. It's an 04 Sport Trail Rated version.







Time to go find some mud.

So what's a good first mod?

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Armor or a budget boost and taller tires.

Welcome to the round side!!!

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Old 01-28-2008, 12:29 AM   #3
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What is a budget boost?

Taller tires are coming.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:46 AM   #4
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Congrates on the Jeep. Looks like you found a nice one. Tell us a little more about your new jeep. How many miles does it have? is it and automatic or a 5 speed? What are your plans for it and are you going to use this as your daily driver?
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:11 AM   #5
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It's got 33k mi on it, a 5-spd, and I'm going to be using it as my daily driver. I'm getting out of the US Air Force on Thursday after serving a little over 6 years on a medical discharge due to a broken back. I'll be working construction and my previous car, a lowered Honda Civic just wouldn't be able to make it through the construction sites.

Plans for this jeep will include a mild lift, like 2.5". An intake and exhaust and perhaps a chip and some larger tires and better wheels. That's pretty much the party in a nutshell right there. I'd also like to get a two piece hard top for it since I'll be doing some work up in the mountains.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:38 AM   #6
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I was thinking about picking up one of the skyjacker 2" spacer lifts off quadratec. Any feedback on this?

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I was thinking about picking up one of the skyjacker 2" spacer lifts off quadratec. Any feedback on this?

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Welcome to the site. Nice looking rig you got there. If your looking for a BB, try looking around for one for sale first. Lots of people take the spacers out and upgrade. You'll save alot of $ doing it that way. Also if your habdy with tools, you'll be able to instal it yourself. It's quite easy to do.
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:08 PM   #8
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I'd consider myself average with tools. I've done most of a frame off resto on a 68 bronco. I didn't do the tranny and the engine, but the rest of it was pretty much all me. I also have access to a hyrdo lift and a couple other things that would make the spacer deal really easy.

I even have a nice little set of 31's to run when I get it put together.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:24 PM   #9
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you can run 31's without the BB. I have a 2" BB on 32's for now. Thats changing really soon though.
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whats different in the trail rated version...?
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It comes with a shiny little emblem
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It comes with a shiny little emblem
is that the only difference? ive never seen this emblem before on a jeep here in germany.

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is that the only difference? ive never seen this emblem before on a jeep here in germany.

You need one, real bad!!! It'll help you get through the mud better and you pop any more beads.
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yeah is it 4 or 6cyl?
if its 6 cyl i would recommend a 2" BB and 32's 4 cyl dna 1.25 in BL and 31's
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You need one, real bad!!! It'll help you get through the mud better and you pop any more beads.


some other people should better have a "mall rated" sticker...
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is that the only difference? ive never seen this emblem before on a jeep here in germany.

Ebay baby.

Trail rated
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:30 AM   #17
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It's the 6. I had that engine in my XJ and really loved it. My brother also had it in a project comanchee pick-up he did in high school. I just really love the way it sounds when it fires up.

So really there's no difference between the "trail rated" and regular packages? That's pretty funny stuff. How much was the "trail rated" option package originally?

I remember them talking about the capabilites of the 04 wrangler when I took one through "Camp Jeep" on ft lewis back in 04. They dug a huge off road course and then brought in a bunch of test vehicles for us to trash on. We got to do all kinds of terrain including some rock climbing, braking tests, 0-60, and of course some muddy trail running. I took everything through they would let me drive. The upscale version of the grand cherokee, liberty sport, tj sport, and the tj rubicon. On that course, which was the most hardcore driving that my daily driver will ever see I couldn't tell the difference between the rubicon and the tj "trail rated" sport. You have to get a little further off road to really see the difference according to the jeep instructors. I picked up a couple of cool turn in techniques in the mud, and got a lot of brand new jeeps REALLY dirty.

If you guys ever get the chance you should attend on of these sessions.
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Howdy and welcome to WF. Good looking jeep ya got there.
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Welcome!

Welcome, Soundline, to the best Jeep Wrangler forum in existence! Thanks for the pics; they are really appreciated! By the way, mine is an '04 silver Unlimited. Great year and great Jeep! BTW, every Wrangler is Trail Rated when it leaves the factory, emblem or not. Check out the Trail rated link on the Jeep home page. Again, welcome!
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:43 PM   #20
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Thanks guys, I love this thing. I put an AMI fuel door on it last week as well as a set of tires/wheels that my soon to be inlaws had laying around the garage. So I'm running a set of Kelly tires in 30 x 9.50. That little bit of lift really makes a difference let me tell you.

It's kinda fun actually. I'm really getting into this, next up is purchasing a daily driver so that the project jeep can stay really nice and clean.... okay maybe not so clean, but driving over 100 mi a day can kill the bank acct when you get that kinda gas mileage. But, damn it's fun to drive around, it turns on a dime and it really feels like my old 68 bronco in a lot of ways. I miss that thing so this is a really nice throw back.

Do we ever do meets or trail runs up here in the PNW? I'd like to get some up close looks at other jeeps to get some ideas of what I'd like to do to this one.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:20 PM   #21
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Okay, so after my first round of mods, which consists of a AMI locking gas cap cover and a set of wheels that are on loan from my future father in law this is where I sit.

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Okay, so to back up a bit, I paid off the wheels and bolted up a couple little things like a warn bumper and I'm working my way towards a winch. Here's a couple action shots.





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Old 04-21-2008, 10:13 PM   #23
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Earlier that day I did a little driving around in the local desert. Not really rough or hard terrain, just a nice little stroll with a buddy in a frontier.







and here's our team shot

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Welcome rig looks like a great start
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Thanks guys! I've really missed being able to just pull a lever and go where ever I want. I didn't realize it until I had it back. Actually having the jeep makes me want to move back home and get the hell out of the city. I think I've kinda had enough of all of this seattle area living.
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So here's my most recent pics.




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Welcome pilgrim ... nice looking rig.
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Beautiful country and great looking rig

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