Well after spending a lot of my time around people who own jeeps and have lots of fun in them I finally broke down and bought one.
I started with a 2000 sahara hard top with a 4.0. Not sure y but ive always wanted one. Never satisfied with what I have I decided a soft top was a much better idea and had my tops swapped.
Being a mechanic that brought an end to letting any one else touch and and also an end to the backstory behind my time killer and a begining to my actual build. The first step wasn't really a mod but definatly a pain in my arse. The heater core showed its true colors the day after I tear my carpet out in the form of a puddle of coolant on the passenger floor pan. A quick stop at O'reilly for a new heater core and evap core (why pull the case twice. Grab em both while ur there) and six hours of work later I have problem one solved
Next on the chopping block was the little bs mods leading up to the bigger ones. A winch plate up front, spare tire spacer and reciever hitch out back a new antenna (I for some reason didn't have one when I bought it) K&N fipk, and B&N short throw shifter finished up day two of prep work.
As we speak my axles are suspended below by frame by ratchet straps as I grudgingly grilnd off my lca mounts to make way for my rough country long arm suspension set up. Who would of thought but the cutting and grinding of those mounts has been the biggest pain in the butt thus far. And that includes having to cut off my pitman arm