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Old 04-23-2012, 05:44 AM   #1
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Question Your thoughts on my Jeep?

Here's my 2005 Sport TJ. I know it looks "too clean", but it's my daily driver, and I enjoy keeping it clean. And it does see the trail in the summer time

It has the Warn Winch, Smittybilt front bumper and rocker guards. Rock Hard 4x4 rear bumper and tire carrier. I installed Warrior Aluminum armor on the rear. And the MT Snakebiter wheels and BFG KM2 tires. (The spare is the same, but the picture below is an old one of my old tires and wheels.)

I'm currently saving up money to replace the soft top with a Black Bestop. I'd like to replace the stock fenders with Flat fenders. But, I'm also thinking about having the stock fenders painted black or having them LineXed.

I'm also looking into getting some Front Grill Inserts. Black ones. I just really like the look of them. But, I'm unsure on which ones to get. The cables to my winch run thru the front grill. So I need to be able to keep them running the same way. I have a picture below.

So what do you guys think? Any thoughts/suggestions on what you'd do and change?








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Old 04-23-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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I think your jeep looks...........OK - - - Want to know what I think would make it look better???......................................... ................................I would look MUCH better if it was MY Jeep -

Seriously looks good to me -have fun

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:21 AM   #3
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Really like the look of your Jeep. Nice rig. I'd definately thumbsup if I saw you out driving somewhere.
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Nice Jeep! The only thing I would question is if there is a better way to run the winch cables? Don't mean to be pickey. Just for future reference.
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The power cables for the winch? thats where I have mine ran as well, if there is a better setup, I for one am all ears.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:43 AM   #6
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Same rims i ordered for my Jeep. Seems like its so difficult to get a good picture of them lol. And they are Sidebiters...not Snakebiters :P
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #7
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Same rims i ordered for my Jeep. Seems like its so difficult to get a good picture of them lol. And they are Sidebiters...not Snakebiters :P

LOL yea I realized that later after I posted.

I thought that was the best way to run the winch cables since I didn't mount the solenoid under the hood.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:10 AM   #8
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Nice looking Jeep. Nothing wrong with keeping your Jeep clean. Mine gets a bath once a week. I take a lot of pride in my ride.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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Nice looking Jeep. How do you like the bumper? I plan on going with that bumper. I had it on my JK and loved it
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:17 PM   #10
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Nice looking Jeep. How do you like the bumper? I plan on going with that bumper. I had it on my JK and loved it
I like the bumper. Haven't had any problems with it.


Is there anything you guys would add to the Jeep?

I'm looking into spending some money
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:19 PM   #11
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Can't you run the cables under the grill? That's how mine are done.
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Can't you run the cables under the grill? That's how mine are done.
To be honest, I ran them thru the grill because I thought it looked "cleaner". And plus, since I have the Warn wireless remote, the plug in is kept inside the grill.

I just tried to run them all together, if that makes any sense?
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I have the black grill inserts on my silver 06 TJ and I like the way they look. Do yo have the black light bezels on yours? I can not tell from the pics.
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I like the bumper. Haven't had any problems with it.


Is there anything you guys would add to the Jeep?

I'm looking into spending some money
I think your jeep looks just right, so just give me the money and I will spend it on mine
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I have the black grill inserts on my silver 06 TJ and I like the way they look. Do yo have the black light bezels on yours? I can not tell from the pics.
No, I don't. Where did you get the black bezels?
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No, I don't. Where did you get the black bezels?
Hahaha. It's called spray paint son!
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #17
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I guess I'll be the critic.....

Front bumper sticks out WAY too far. That's eating up valuable approach angle and just looks goofy, especially with such a short wheelbase.

Are those rear "corners" plastic? They're very tacky and not functional.

T-case drop. Nuff said.

Flares are faded.

Learn how to put down the soft top properly so that it sits cleanly.

Unless you use that hitch, I'd get rid of it. That's a rock magnet.

That's all.
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I guess I'll be the critic.....

Front bumper sticks out WAY too far. That's eating up valuable approach angle and just looks goofy, especially with such a short wheelbase.

Are those rear "corners" plastic? They're very tacky and not functional.

T-case drop. Nuff said.

Flares are faded.

Learn how to put down the soft top properly so that it sits cleanly.

Unless you use that hitch, I'd get rid of it. That's a rock magnet.

That's all.
I appreciate it!

The rear corners is aluminum.

T-case, I had a transfer case drop kit installed. So I'm not sure what you mean..l

I plan on getting the fenders line Xed.

The soft top is like that because I have a high-lift jack mounted inside.

And I was pulling a trailer the day the picture was taken
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #19
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T-case drop = dropping the skid that already hangs down way, way too far. Loss of clearance. You won't like the flares being lined unless you literally never hit them on anything. Once you do, it'll start to peel and there goes your several hundred dollar expense. Just clean them up and hit them with Krylon Fusion. Cheap, effective, and easily touched up. That only leaves the bumper.......your jeep, your choice of front bumper.
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Drop the skid? You mean take it off? Or are you talking about a "belly tuck"?
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Drop the skid? You mean take it off? Or are you talking about a "belly tuck"?
He is saying there's a spacer between ur skid plate and the frame which drops the trans down and skid plate down to reduce vibrations after a lift by dropping the skid plate u lose clearance on the belly basically u need a slip yoke eliminator or sye if u want to take the spacer off
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So if I have the SYE done, it'll give me an extra 1-2 inch clearance?

Vibrations? What type of vibrations do you mean? I'm sure I have noticed them, but I'm not sure what vibrations would occur without having a SYE?
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When the two u joints on your rear drive shaft are forced to operate beyond the range they can handle--approx 3*+ differential--they'll bind at certain points. That's felt as vibrations since the drive shaft is traveling very fast. Do some research on the topics, there are plenty of good sources out there.
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Huh. After reading about it, I'm now nervous that I never had this done.....
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Huh. After reading about it, I'm now nervous that I never had this done.....
You don't have to worry because u have the transfor case drop aka tc drop u won't have vibes if u don't feel them now u will have vibes if u remove the tc drop and don't but a sye but ur ok for now but if ur looking to spend some dough that would b a good place to spend it to feel up some clearance or u could live wit the tc drop and spend the money else where
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Huh. After reading about it, I'm now nervous that I never had this done.....
Look at your skid plate. You only need a TC drop with 4" lift. If you have one you'll be able to tell.
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I love the bumper but I have been hesitant to buy it because I already have a WARN bumper but it looks awesome. What likes/ dislikes do you have about it?
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Look at your skid plate. You only need a TC drop with 4" lift. If you have one you'll be able to tell.
But I have a 4 inch lift on it. Doesn't that mean I already need a SYE?
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But I have a 4 inch lift on it. Doesn't that mean I already need a SYE?
That 'need' is a function of who you talk to and what they do. Personally, I think you should already have one and that you're well over the limit but you have to take into account of the kind of Jeep that I've built and what I do with it. I hate the stock skid plate and I hate the stock slip yoke rear output. I don't view that 'need' as a function of height at all. I'm well under the 4" mark and haven't had a slip yoke in years.

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