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Old 07-02-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I figured I would start one of these just to keep track of everything. Feel more than welcome to post if you'd like.

-Buying my jeep:
My jeep was bought by my father in October of 2013, roughly a week after my 17th birthday. It wasn't the best looking jeep- in the best shape, but it was my goal to make big changes to it. He arrived home one night with a trailer- and a jeep loaded on the back. I was asking for a "masculine" car for a while, and sure enough- he found the biggest baddest beast he could.

Here are some pictures of it's arrival:



(pictures to be added soon)

The next morning, I popped right into my jeep and got to cleaning. I vacuumed the inside, cleaned the carpets, and hosed down the outside after a nice scrub.

(pictures also to be added soon)

My dad decided to buy me a new soft-top since the old one was beat up and stained, so we bought a black one and popped it on.

(Picture added soon)

About a month later- i decided to paint my dashboard, and door panels. Taking everything off wasn't much of a hassle and it turned out great!

(pictures added soon)

Eventually I got tired of having those big unnecessary fender flares on the side of my jeep, so with a bit of body-work, and some bolting we popped some flat fenders on the front.

(Picture of fender added soon)

Now- a while back I had noticed that my Jeep wasn't working in 4hi or 4lo. Turns out the PO jerry-rigged my linkage, so we bought a Novak Shifter cable, and it works like hot butter on glass.

(pictureeee)

Here's a re-post with images included

Hey guys, I figured I would start one of these just to keep track of everything. Feel more than welcome to post if you'd like.

-Buying my jeep:
My jeep was bought by my father in October of 2013, roughly a week after my 17th birthday. It wasn't the best looking jeep- in the best shape, but it was my goal to make big changes to it. He arrived home one night with a trailer- and a jeep loaded on the back. I was asking for a "masculine" car for a while, and sure enough- he found the biggest baddest beast he could.

Here are some pictures of it's arrival:







The next morning, I popped right into my jeep and got to cleaning. I vacuumed the inside, cleaned the carpets, and hosed down the outside after a nice scrub.





My dad decided to buy me a new soft-top since the old one was beat up and stained, so we bought a black one and popped it on.
About a month later- i decided to paint my dashboard, and door panels. Taking everything off wasn't much of a hassle and it turned out great!



Eventually I got tired of having those big unnecessary fender flares on the side of my jeep, so with a bit of body-work, and some bolting we popped some flat fenders on the front.



Now- a while back I had noticed that my Jeep wasn't working in 4hi or 4lo. Turns out the PO jerry-rigged my linkage, so we bought a Novak Shifter cable, and it works like hot butter on glass.





I can easily get into my jeep, but my younger brother and mother have trouble, so in order to fix that- I bought some grab-handles! They work great, and look great installed.

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:04 PM   #2
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Talking The Dana 44.

Re-gearing a Dana-44 is tough work, but after a few hours- lots of parts, and some errors, everything is finally in spec. I Just have to wait for a puller in the mail, and I should be able to pop it in.

Gearing Ratio: 4.88




Next up, swapping the gearing ratio of the Dana 30 to 4.88!

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Old 07-07-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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UPDATE: Dana 44 has been re-geared. Everything is set to spec and the wear pattern is basically perfect!

Also on a side note, we've decided that we are going to paint my jeep Matte white.

Picture attached is of the completely reheated Dana 44.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:46 PM   #4
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QUICK UPDATE: I decided that I should focus on the bottom of my Jeep before I get into the interior and such, so I bought the ORO U-turn Steering system.

Hopefully this will fix up the dead spot I have when turning.

Next mods: New steering box, coating the undercarriage with lots of anti-rust paint, and hopefully regearing the Dana 30.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:45 AM   #5
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ANOTHER UPDATE: Hey guys! My rear fenders have arrived. Below are some pictures of it's un packaging. I would bolt them on, but the jeep needs to be painted! Hopefully that'll be done as soon as I finish regearing my Dana 30.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:17 AM   #6
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Your mom must be a lot more lenient than mine was when I was growing up. If I had put auto parts on the dining table id have been nursing a busted butt. lol Your rigs coming together nicely. Im very Jealous of your dana 44. mines a 35 in the rear, 30 in the front with 4.10 gears. Yopu do good work.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:26 AM   #7
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Your mom must be a lot more lenient than mine was when I was growing up. If I had put auto parts on the dining table id have been nursing a busted butt. lol Your rigs coming together nicely. Im very Jealous of your dana 44. mines a 35 in the rear, 30 in the front with 4.10 gears. Yopu do good work.
Eh, not quite. She just threatened to sell my jeep. Haha! Thanks, it's a lot of money to buy all the tools needed to regear, and all the mistakes I made- but, it'll save me money in the future if I ever need to regear another axle again.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:37 AM   #8
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can someone please tell me how to start my own thread or post on this website, please reply so it notifies me
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:51 AM   #9
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What fenders are you running?
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06 TJ, 3.5'' Metalcloak lift, Bilstein 5100's, 33x12.5x15 KM2's, Black MT2, Carolina DS, SYE, Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, Novak Cable Shifter, GenRight G3 4'' Fenders...
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:05 PM   #10
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What fenders are you running?
I'm running Paramount Off-road Fenders. Both the front and the back. They're not as expensive, but still high quality. I paid around 180 for the front two fenders, and 150 for the back two- brand new shipped to my door.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:11 PM   #11
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Quick Update:

The ORO steering system came! I will be painting it silver and posting pictures of it later.

I had around 850$ to spend, so I bought 4 Rough Country Performance 2.2 Shocks, A SYE to get rid of my transfer case skid plate spacer (and for general use), and two adjustable control arms for the Rear Dana 44 upper.

This should really help with my driveshaft angle, and basically eliminate any vibes that I might experience. Pictures will be attached once everything arrives! Here's some pictures below of the exact items.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:52 PM   #12
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Update:

Adjustable control arms arrived, but one Baggie was open and missing a few pieces so we called Rough Country and they sent one right away with no questions.

Shocks also arrived, perfect condition and awaiting installation.

We decided to start regearing the Dana 30 so that's underway.

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Old 07-25-2014, 07:37 PM   #13
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Another update for you guys and gals:

Recently came up with some money, and bought a Tire carrier and tubular rear bumper combination for basically half the price of others, brand new from Extreme Terrain. Best part was that since it was over 75$, shipping was completely free! Thanks Extreme Terrain. I'm a happy customer. .

The SYE kit also arrived. The front axle is in my garage now and work seems to be much easier. Hopefully I'll be able to finish regearing it by this weekend if all goes well, so wish me luck guys!

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Old 08-01-2014, 04:55 AM   #14
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Updating:

The tire carrier and rear bumper arrived. They were packaged nicely and only one corner ripped through the box (Which I'm assuming is inevitable) minor damage. Basically just a little scratch on the rear bumper. Nothing that I can't fix.

I noticed that the PO had extended brake lines, but they seemed to be held together by duck tape?! So, I ordered replacements and they arrived. They look real nice, they're duck tape free, and aren't half assed like the ones the previous owner installed.

The SYE kit was missing a few things that I needed, only a little ring and such, so I ordered that- and basically should be looking at installing the SYE after both axles are in the car.

Here's the plan so far:
-Finish re-gearing axles.
-Install adjustable control arms on axles.
-Install new shocks.
-Mount axles.
-Install SYE and remove transfer case spacers.
-Remove front and rear bumpers.
-Install wheels back on as soon as axles are secured.
-Paint front bumper, unsure what to do with rear bumper. It's getting replaced.
-Paint entire vehicle patriot blue.
-Slay the ocean beast Cthulhu.
-Buy new alloy rims
-Buy new 35" tires, along with an extra for the tire carrier.
-Install new tire carrier and bumper

Here's some pictures for you guys.



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Old 08-27-2014, 07:16 AM   #15
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Update: After spending two weeks in a different country for vacation, i finally got back to my jeep.

I ordered two extra control arms for the rear axle from Rough Country.
I also found this neat little website that sells fully assembled Oracle Halos for TJs.

Bought a set of the oracle halos for about 350$. SMD for brighter light output and longer life. (60,000 Hours). They are dual, blue and white LEDs. Pictures coming when they arrive.

I also finished regearing both axles. Everything is set to spec, and the patterns are perfectly centered and spread. My Dana 30 was a pain in the ass. Unlike other Dana 30's, my perfect pattern was around the 0.30" shim area. Basically all Dana 30's are somewhere along the lines of 0.60-0.80". Only thing is, mine came without the oil slinger from factory, which is surprising.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:50 PM   #16
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The build looks great so far. Keep posting updates!
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:48 AM   #17
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The build looks great so far. Keep posting updates!
Thanks Rough Country. I appreciate it.

Update:

I'm currently waiting for some bolts to arrive, so the axles can be mounted. The jeep is finally starting to come along nicely.

The Oracle Halo lights came today. A picture of the box will be below. RC was nice enough to send me two extra shock stickers, due to me being a little unorganized- so many thanks for that guys. Great customer service.


I've been busy calling up quite a few people, and figuring out some things, and finally- with a little haggling and some driving- I picked these up for 500$. Mint condition. I think that's a steal. (Picture below)


The SYE is currently being installed on my transfer case, and should be finished soon.

All in all, I'm happy- because as soon as we get those axles mounted, and make sure everything works well, it'll be time to start painting.

Four months without my jeep moving an inch and I think we're finally close to getting it rolling.

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