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Old 05-27-2014, 08:03 AM   #1
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97 TJ "Project Resurrection"

Fairly new to the Forum thing, but I figured I'd give my build, or rebuild a shot.

Bought new in 1997 and within a week installed a 3" Teraflex lift, AA sye and cv driveshaft with 32x11.5x15 BFG AT's. Warranty? What warranty!!
Most of my wheeling was on local beaches or in the mud on a friends land in PA so I really don't have a whole lot of off road experience.

Had 4 KC 130w daylighters on an overhead light bar which I replaced with a Kargo Master congo cage and safari rack. I do a lot of camping and needed the storage space. Installed a Tough Lights 43" led light bar using Axia Alloy mounts on to the cage. The cage lifts up to change tops or put the soft top up or down. With the light bar I used a deutsche connector.


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I have two Rigid "D" series leds mounted side facing on the rack so in order to remove the rack so my jeep fits in my garage I used another deutsche connector.

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Old 05-27-2014, 08:08 AM   #3
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Next up Metalcloak Front upper and lower CA's. Install went pretty easy except I had to cut the RE heim lower CA's out.
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Installed. On the road they are awesome! Then again the RE heims were blown out so anything would have been an improvement. They do absorb bumps and road irregularities well though.
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While doing the CA's noticed quite a bit of rust. Fortunately mostly just surface rust. I had POR 15ed the frame not to long after a bought the jeep and I guess it helped. Living in the salted streets of the northeast, rust is always a problem.
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POR 15 applied. Took me about 3 days all together.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:32 AM   #9
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Next up are Metalcloak rear CA's

My build plan is, as money presents itself:

Metalcloak 3.5" springs
MC Disco's
Currie steering
UCF engine and TC skids
Savvy GTS
ARB's front and rear w/ 4:56 gears (have the ARB comp already)
35's
Bushmaster flat flares

Not sure if I will build up the Dana 30 or swap it out for a G2 Dana 44 frt assembly. Your opinions are appreciated! Either way I will be replacing knuckles, ball joints, hubs etc.

Black magic pads and centric rotors.

It will be a labor of love and no doubt take a while to complete.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:37 AM   #10
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Guess I should've mentioned this sooner. Again, new to this.

97 TJ Sport. 4.0L, Dana 44 w/track lock, Dana 30, 3.54 gears.
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Here's what she looks like so far. Oh, 32rh tranny.
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Solid Build! Looks awesome! Please keep us updated!
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Solid Build! Looks awesome! Please keep us updated!
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Metalcloak Rear CA's. Pretty easy straight forward install.

Out with the old...

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In with the new!
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Living in the "Rust Belt" I decided to paint the CA's. Wanted to keep the gold color so I went with Rustoleum rattle can Gold.

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Installed. Not sure if the Rustoleum will hold up. If not I will POR 15 them.
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For the brake line and parking brake cables on the upper CA's I went with Loom clamps. Thanks to AdamLC (Forum Member) for the idea!!

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The ride is fantastic and way better then before. The arms absorb bumps and road irregularities extremely well. Cornering feels tighter ( I know it's not a Ferrari) but I find myself driving faster. Anyone that chooses to go with Metalcloak will definitely be happy!! Have not wheeled them yet though but I think they will be awesome. Wheeling is pretty much non existent around here unless you hook up with a Club Upstate (2 hour drive) or Rausch Creek (3 hour + drive) I'll wait until I complete more of my rebuild first before heading out.
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Next up: Metalcloak Disconnects. Install was easy. Had to break out the sawzall to remove the rusty old JKS disco's I had.

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Rancho Frt. LCA Skids.

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Savvy Gas tank skid on order. Unfortunately, backordered at least 2 weeks.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:30 PM   #23
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Installed Savvy Gas Tank Skid. Very well made and I gained 3/4" ground clearance with no body lift. Pretty easy install by myself working on the ground. Used a motorcycle lift which worked well. While I had the tank out I also threw in Iron Rock Offroad rear shock bar pin eliminators. Rear bolts always gave me a hard time and this time the bolts broke and had to be drilled out. Won't have to deal with that anymore. Lost about a 3/4" of up travel, but it's worth it.
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Looks like some pretty good progress. Keep it up
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Found some rust on the PS floorboard. The hole where the plug goes was rotted away. Wire wheeled it out and then POR 15. Put the plug in from the bottom, Not the best fix, but it will work. DS was fine but POR 15ed that as well.
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Looks like some pretty good progress. Keep it up
Thanks, it's a labor of love...LOL UCF aluminum engine skid ordered!!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:42 PM   #29
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That's a bad ass hood who made it?
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Thanks and welcome to the forum! Aftermarket Auto Parts, Car Performance Parts - Cervini's Auto Designs they make this one and a ram air type one for TJ's

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