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Old 07-05-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Just wanted to share my Score

Hello all, I am a new member on the board and I am not sure if this is in the right place or not.

I recently, and I mean very recent as in a week ago picked up a 1997 TJ Sport with right hand driver side setup. This rig is imaculate and has been babied and the best part is that I have a completely clean slate to start with as in this baby was bone stock. On top of all that, I picked her up for under 3000 US Dollars over here in Okinawa Japan where finding any kind of American Vehicle, Let alone an actual American Jeep Wrangler is damn near impossible.

I have already started my surgery on her by ordering a 4 inch Rough Country lift kit, Painted the stock 15x8 rims black, added 31x10.5x15 Toyo Mud Terrains, Removed the running boards, bumper end caps and the front bumper extensions. I am about to remove all the carpet and herculine the interior as well as herculine strategic areas on the exterior. Neoprene seats are on the way as well as a few other odds and ends.

Here are some pics taken immediately after I painted the rims and added the tires.





I plan on documenting all of the mods that I do to her along the way.

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Old 07-05-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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Konichiwa, and welcome to The Forum!

Nice find

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Old 07-05-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Nice!! I've never seen front bumper end caps like those?
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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Wow, very cool! Nice find on that one.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:31 AM   #5
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Very nice and interesting pickup..

Would be strange for me learning to shift with the left hand..
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:41 AM   #6
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Welcome and nice looking Jeep. What did you use to paint the stock steelies? They look good that way (better IMO). I wanted to do that as well to mine.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:13 AM   #7
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Nice find...make sure you get a slip yoke eliminator kit and a CV driveshaft for that 4 inch lift.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:58 AM   #8
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Nice Jeep! Crazy Right hand setup lol. Sounds like you know what you want with that list!

Even in Japan the Jeeps are owned by Americans! Hoorah!
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Very nice. I had been wondering what my wheels would look like painted black. Now that I have seen them, I'm adding that to my to-do list. Thanks
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Nice!! I've never seen front bumper end caps like those?
I hadnt either and unfortunately I tore the hell out of them when I removed them. I was not a big fan of how they looked so I removed them along with the side steps and the rear bumper end caps.

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Wow, very cool! Nice find on that one.
I didnt think I was going to find a Wrangler while I was here and had settled on getting a Mitsubishi J53 which is a Willy's replica. While scouring the local dealers I saw this soft top buried behind a bunch of land cruisers at a dealership. They also had a YJ there that was not in that good of condition but the owner of the dealership said that if I wanted the YJ that it would be more money. The Japanese apparently prefer the older models than a newer one so that is why he sold the TJ for so cheap.

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Welcome and nice looking Jeep. What did you use to paint the stock steelies? They look good that way (better IMO). I wanted to do that as well to mine.
I used Krylon Flat black indoor/outdoor paint. I made sure to scuff off all the shine on the stockies and then taped it all off and shot it. After doing 3 of the five, I ran out of blue painters tape and had to drive to the store with 1 wheel and the spare still silver to pick up some more tape.

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Nice find...make sure you get a slip yoke eliminator kit and a CV driveshaft for that 4 inch lift.
That will be my next big purchase. I have to keep the house hold commandant happy and not spend all the funds at once.

My next goal is to find some good spots to take her offroading. Triple canpy jungle here I come!
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:45 PM   #11
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Nice find...if only if it was a YJ. BTW I know this is a little off topic but in a right hand drive are the gears still the same or would they be reversed? And ditto with the pedals.
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Nice find...if only if it was a YJ. BTW I know this is a little off topic but in a right hand drive are the gears still the same or would they be reversed? And ditto with the pedals.
Everything inside is exactly the same, just moved to the right. The center console with the heating/ac/radio, the gauge cluster, pedals, and shifter are all the same. So basically upper left is 1st and back right is reverse. The pedals are still clutch on the left and go fast pedal is on the right. The main thing that is messing me up is the turn signal is on the left where as all the japanese cars have the turn signal on the right. So on a number of occasions I have gone and turned on the windshielf wipers thinking I was hitting the turn signals. It took me awhile to get used to the Japanese setup on normal cars where I would hit the windshield wipers instead of the turn signals and now I am having to un-learn that habit again.
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Very nice and interesting pickup..

Would be strange for me learning to shift with the left hand..
PICKUP???!!! A Jeep Wrangler is not, and I repeat, is not a pickup.
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PICKUP???!!! A Jeep Wrangler is not, and I repeat, is not a pickup.
Hopefully he meant pick up, as in he picked it up?
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Everything inside is exactly the same, just moved to the right. The center console with the heating/ac/radio, the gauge cluster, pedals, and shifter are all the same. So basically upper left is 1st and back right is reverse. The pedals are still clutch on the left and go fast pedal is on the right. The main thing that is messing me up is the turn signal is on the left where as all the japanese cars have the turn signal on the right. So on a number of occasions I have gone and turned on the windshielf wipers thinking I was hitting the turn signals. It took me awhile to get used to the Japanese setup on normal cars where I would hit the windshield wipers instead of the turn signals and now I am having to un-learn that habit again.
I have always liked the right hand drives just because, to me, their cool. I just never thought about how it was set up or even how one would drive it.
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How will the lift work? 99.9% of all lifts are set up for a left hand drive, and you might have issues with the track bar/steering set up. I hope I am wrong. Any photos of the front suspension and steering on your rig? I am assuming the front D30 is still left hand drop of course. I know a lot of Aussies with the right hand drive have availability issues with lifts/steering. It would be way cool to have a right hand drive rig for sure!
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Lancetkenyon, Please dont scare me like that. I have seem other lifted TJ's here on Island with right hand drives, so I am hoping I dont have any issues. I dont have any pics right now, but I will be sure to get some tomorrow while I am at work.
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good find ! your jeep looks good. i was in Japan 1.5 years ago for vacation and really liked it.
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I hope I am wrong! I really do.
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Good thing trails are narrow. I would have a problem with the right hand drive.
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drive position souldnt matter on lift design...if anything the track bar would be flipped 180 and go in the same way as a LHD. Nice find too btw..i've only ever seen one other LHD and I was gonna snatch it up to be different, but it slipped away....
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drive position souldnt matter on lift design...if anything the track bar would be flipped 180 and go in the same way as a LHD. Nice find too btw..i've only ever seen one other LHD and I was gonna snatch it up to be different, but it slipped away....
I am just wondering if the OP ordered a lift specifically for a right hand drive. In these photos, the track bar is DEFINITELY different than any standard left hand drive kit offers.






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I had already ordered the kit. We will see when it gets here what problems that I will be having. If I do, I will just end up returning it and seeing what I can do next. If all else fails I will end up getting a JKS ACOS setup. Unfortunately, It will not be here for another 2 weeks due to it coming from the states. Also the only lift kit that I have found for a RHD specific vehicle is for the JK's. I am also going to contact Rough Country and see if there is anything that I need to do differently for a right hand drive setup vs a left hand drive.
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The track bar should just be able to get flipped and used on the other side. The bolt holes are the same and hopefully it wont take any modification. I checked everywhere I could for a different lift kit for a RHD and the only ones that I could find were from ProComp for a Right Hand Drive JK.
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The track bar should just be able to get flipped and used on the other side. The bolt holes are the same and hopefully it wont take any modification. I checked everywhere I could for a different lift kit for a RHD and the only ones that I could find were from ProComp for a Right Hand Drive JK.
Huh? Do you SEE the photos I posted with the bent track bar to clear the diff? Or are you saying you want to put the track bar on like a left hand drive track bar, creating an "X" with the track bar and steering drag link?

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