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Old 05-10-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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1997 college kid build

Hey guys, so I recently picked up a 1997 tj 4.0l 5speed for $5500 and I think I got a great deal on it. The jeep came from California a few months ago so it hasn't really been exposed to the New York winter yet which means NO RUST! I got it with a 3" zone lift which is nice. It rides really nice and I can't wait to get home from school to put it on the road! Here's some pics of it
When I got it

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As soon as I got it home I put my 32" Nankang Mudstars on American racing rims on


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The next day I put on the clear markers, headlight conversions, windshield lights and diamond plate light brackets, restored the fenders and hardtop to black and compounded and waxed it

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Before and after compound and wax


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There's much more to come, I plan on definitely getting rid of the front tube bumper and getting the matching SRC bumper since the rear has it so the bumper is for sale if anyone's interested

Let me know what you guys think! This is my third wrangler

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Old 05-12-2014, 12:46 PM   #2
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What was wrong with the other two?

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Old 05-12-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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What was wrong with the other two?
the first one I sold because I thought I wanted a car again and then missed having the wrangler so I then bought my previous one which I found had extensive frame rot and needed a new frame, it was beyond the frame repair kits, so I sold it and bought this one which is in great shape
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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the first one I sold because I thought I wanted a car again and then missed having the wrangler so I then bought my previous one which I found had extensive frame rot and needed a new frame, it was beyond the frame repair kits, so I sold it and bought this one which is in great shape
Hopefully 3rd time is the charm. What do you think will be your next modification?
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:35 PM   #5
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Hopefully 3rd time is the charm. What do you think will be your next modification?
definitely want to get the SRC front bumper to match the rear and check the flex to make sure the bump stops are proper length so I don't blow the shocks off road. After that probably some extra lights and a soft top for the summer
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:44 PM   #6
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That's nice. Currently I need to replace a front bump stop. Damn thing broke off and the bolt is stuck. I'll have to tap it and hopefully just have to replace the bolt.

Thinking about a winch?
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:37 PM   #7
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Looks great so far. Good luck with the build.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:00 PM   #8
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Really nice, love the AR wheels... and the blue. Is that patriot blue? I have a CJ8 painted that color, but I still love my Red TJ. I can appreciate the college kid budget...
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It is patriot blue. I love the color! My brother has a chili pepper red tj so I can appreciate the red as well. I am thinking about a winch also when the time comes for it. Maybe during the summer once everything else is done.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #10
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I know I haven't posted in a while but I got a lot done on my jeep since I've been home
For one it was put on the road lol but I got an xrc style front bumper with d-rings, put warn fog lights on it, wired the floor lights and have led cubes coming today hopefully, put a cb radio in the center console, extended tire carrier installed, flowmaster super 44 muffler installed sounds great, and also got a bikini top since it doesn't have the roll bar brackets for a soft top. I think it's really coming together nicely, what do you all think?


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Old 09-18-2014, 04:05 PM   #11
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Really has been a while since i posted here. Got a few more things done to the jeep and took her to Rausch Creek Offroad Park in Pennsylvania! That was a blast but really got me wanting many more things for her.
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I definitely can see a 1-1.25" body lift with a 1" motor mount lift in the near future to get rid of the transfer case drop. I hit the skid a few times when crossing in the waters. I'm doing the internal frame coating this weekend to help prevent rust from the salts here in NY before this bad winter comes. I'm at school so it will be a slow build but a build none the less!

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