Just bought a 1999 TJ sport locally. Looking to do some mild offroading during the year and the once a year trip to Moab. I'm coming from 2010 Xterra OffRoad (pictured below). I got rid of the Xterra because it was my DD and weekend warrior. I was beating the piss out of something I still owed money on, not to mention the mod addiction I had. So I sold all the parts, brought it back to stock, and traded it in on a 09 civic hybrid. Then took the extra cash I had and bought 99 TJ. Right now I think the TJ is pretty well equipped but theres a few things I need to do before my trip to Moab with the Nissan crew in May.
The new rig
1999 Wrangler TJ Sport.
4.0 inline 6,
Dana 30 Front Axle,
Dana 44 Rear Axle,
extreme short shaft SYE
New front and rear driveshafts
3.73 Gear ratio
Riddler Diff covers for both diffs. (currently painted bright blue, but that needs to change)
4.5" Rubicon Express Super Flex short Arm kit with Bilstein 5100 shocks.
Front sway bar disconnects
1" body lift.
33x12.5 Geolanders on 15" Eagle Alloy rims.
Durango 4x4 Rear tire carrier, jerry can mounts, and storage rack.
Sahara two-tone seats.
Soft top or optional smittybuilt mesh half top.
It even came with the jeep elitest douche attitude. Ill keep that in the garage when I come to Moab, as I know how capable the Xterra is.
So the Jeep drives outstanding for having 140k on it. Everything has been maintained very well. The body is also in great condition. Besides one minor dent near the front driver door and the NV pinstriping, its flawless. No rust. It drives surprisingly smooth on road and has verry little if any squeaks. As for offroad it flexs alot better then the xterra but driving down a washboard road is jarring to say the least. My titan swapped Xterra defitnly has the Jeep beat as far as flying down a trail at 60mph, i can barely do 20mph without myself getting thrown around. Not a big deal though, 1. i shouldnt be flying down a trail doing 60mph anymore and 2. i understand its just not built for that. Then again the modding has not even started on this thing. As far as crawl capabilities.... I would compare the jeep to a Goat that just wants to power through everything under its own power while in 4Lo... while the Xterra was more of Tank that needed a little bump through everything.
Immediate maintence needed:
Radio is on even if the key is out. I think the guy who installed just swapped the red and yellow wire. Anyone who has wired a radio before should know what Im talking about.
Front sway bar disconnects have heims that squeak on every bump
Rear tire carrier is weird. The swing arm mount's big bolt keeps loosening up. I think it needs reinforcement. Its not like it loosens up to where its going to fall off but enough to hear the swing arm rattle on bumps.
Mods before Moab:
ARb rear locker
skids and sliders