I thought it would be fun to have build up thread for my first Jeep
! I think it would be cool to see what it starts like and how it eventually ends up. I will update as I go with photos and what has been done. It is a build up that I am doing what I can and then having a local Jeep specialty shop do some stuff also. At the moment I have to take a chill pill as I have spent way more than I thought I would...basically depleating my savings
. Picked up the Jeep for $4500 and have about $4660 in parts/labor with what I have ordered so far. Enjoy!
'97 Wrangler TJ
4.0L Straight 6
Dana 35 rear axle
Dana 30 front axle
Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ 33"x12.5" Mud Terrain tires (ordered)
Pro Comp 15x8" Type 51 wheels (ordered)
BDS 3" Suspension lift (ordered)
Advanced Adaptors Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit (ordered)
Tom Woods rear driveshaft (ordered)
Kilby Steering box skid (ordered)
Quadratec floor mats (installed)
Banks Monster Cat-back Exhaust
Aftermarket front bumper
Warn M8000 (ordered)
Windshield mounted lights
Gas tank skid
High Lift jack
Fire Extinguisher (installed)
Here it is a few days after I bought it.
So far I have replaced the fluid in the front and rear axles and transmission, changed the oil and oil filter, air fliter, spark plugs, added front rubber floor mats, and installed a Garmin navigation system. I also removed the side steps because I like the look without them.
I am awaiting my tires/wheels/lift kit to arrive and be installed. If I get really into it I will probably end up getting either a Dana 44 or Ford 8.8 swapped into the rear.
4/12/2009 - Found a new Warn M8000 on Craigslist for a couple hundred cheaper than buying online. It is brand new, never been used.
4/14/2009 - Picked up my tires/wheels from the carrier tonight. Look sweet! I wish they were mounted with the white lettering on the inside, but they are already balanced so I will deal with it for now. Second photo is next to my mothers Ford Escape.
Also, today I received my Mile Marker winch plate, Warn cover, ARB tree strap, ARB clevis', and ARB snatch block. I also picked up a set of tow hooks to use until I get a new bumper with D-ring attachment points. I am awaiting my ARB Snatch strap that is on backorder. Jeep is going in next Wednesday for the lift kit, SYE, and driveshaft install.