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Old 07-10-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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My build thoughts

I figure that I should have enough coin saved by April to buy a late 90s TJ. I'm hoping for a 4.0 with a 5 speed and it would be great if it had a D44 rear, but if it doesn't, I will put one in. Here's my newest idea for this mostly trail rig:

*1.25" JKS body lift and MML with a 1" spring spacer in front to level. No other lift. I have my stock LJ springs with very low mileage on them that I could install if the TJs springs are worn out.

*Rear axle - D44 with Detroit locker and chromoly shafts - 4.56 gears
Front axle - D30 with Detroit Tru Trac and chromoly shafts - 4.56 gears

*Remove rear flares and inner fender well - install front tube fenders to clear 33" BFG KM2s - possibly go with 10.5 width

*Full Rokmen armor underneath including belly up t-case skid - should work with the BL - possibly need SYE/CV if there are vibes - Rokmen rocker guards and steering box skid and rear bumper. Front bumper stays stock but chopped with a Warn M8000.

*Herculined - Bestop seat covers - and exterior painted OD green...Jeep will be a tribute to my Dad, Sgt Gus - who served in the Pacific theater during WWII and was awarded two purple hearts.

The idea here is a very LCG build for the hills and rock climbs prevalent at JeepSkool, but yet fitting decent sized tires with effective traction aids. Kind of a sleeper Jeep! Also would allow me to add a 2" SL later and go with 35s if I decided to go that route.

Opinions, thoughts, suggestions welcome and appreciated as this is still in planning stages so I'm sure things will change!

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Don't get me wrong, I love Rokmen stuff. I was going to go with there under belly stuff for a while.
Until I looked closely at the Savvy stuff.IMO the Savvy under armor cant be beat, even by Rokmen. Its lighter, stronger and a better design. I am glad I waited on my purchase, not that the Rokmen stuff is bad. But I would have still wanted the Savvy UA.

I just hope Jgorm doesn't accuse me of having ties with the company now.

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Old 07-10-2011, 01:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, I have heard Saavy stuff is great and recommended by many, including JB. I will consider that, but whatever armor I use is secondary to the idea of the no lift LCG build though. I want to go kind of thematic with the army look but not overboard either. I think the lowness of the rig with 33x10.5s will give it more of the look I want, yet still be very functional.

One question...would it be good to run the Saavy skids just as they come...bare aluminum..or should they be coated with something. It won't be going out in the salt really.
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Thanks for the suggestion, I have heard Saavy stuff is great and recommended by many, including JB. I will consider that, but whatever armor I use is secondary to the idea of the no lift LCG build though. I want to go kind of thematic with the army look but not overboard either. I think the lowness of the rig with 33x10.5s will give it more of the look I want, yet still be very functional.

One question...would it be good to run the Saavy skids just as they come...bare aluminum..or should they be coated with something. It won't be going out in the salt really.
I would leave them bare aluminum, but that's just me. You might want to paint the gas tank skid which would stick out if it was just brushed alum. color. I would paint that to match the Jeep color.

As far as the LCG/Army idea, i think you have that dead on and will look awesome.
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