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Old 01-31-2015, 05:34 PM
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This is my first jeep, a 2004 wrangler X TJ 4.0 with 54,000 miles for $14,000. I made sure there wasn't any rust anywhere when I got it. It's a manual with a clean title and no damage anywhere. Now for the downsides, no A/C, dana 35 in the rear, and no cruise control. But when lifting it, actually made it easier with no A/C and all the extras. Less stuff to break as well. The jeep was completely stock except for some 31" tires and chrome rims. Now for my build.

First step: Get rid of then bumper milk jugs and put the off-road lights on.
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Next up is the lift. I chose the zone 4.25" lift and a metalcloak front adjustable track bar.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:38 PM
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Before and after lift.
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Trying to get other pictures of next mods to attach now.

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Old 01-31-2015, 05:47 PM
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Stock:
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Had to take her through some snow and mud:
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Replaced all of the speakers with Polk Dxi. All upgraded size:
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Then bedlined the chrome bezels and inserts.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:59 PM
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Just bought the Poison Spyder rockbrawler bumper and steering skid, here's the test fit:
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I drilled 2 holes to mount off-road lights so the lights will be towards the ends of the bumper. I just dropped the bumper and skid plate off to get Xtreme Lined from the gf's uncle at his paint and body shop. The bumper will be back on next Friday when I come home from college, have to be back at college by Saturday afternoon so I'll post pictures sometime that weekend.

Other than those main mods, the rest have been minor. Such as: Poison Spyder grab handles, steering wheel cover, seat covers (came with the jeep), Pioneer head unit, floor mats all around, undercoating, eastwood internal frame paint, maintenance, things like that. I won't be doing many more mods for awhile since I need to rack up some money again for jeep loan and cbr600 loan. I start working at the nursing home again in March so I'll keep this build updated whenever I do anything.
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Nice job! I love the before and after on the lift. I have a fairly stock 97 Sahara with 31s and have been wondering what the difference would look like, lifted.

Also - nice choice on the bumper. It's really unique and goes with your Jeep well!
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Nice job! I love the before and after on the lift. I have a fairly stock 97 Sahara with 31s and have been wondering what the difference would look like, lifted.

Also - nice choice on the bumper. It's really unique and goes with your Jeep well!
Thanks man! The difference is night and day, the pictures don't really do the lift justice but without those nerf bars, you would have to jump to get in.
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Here we are!
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South Dakota plates? That's a first lol. I'm in pierre.. Great looking rig
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South Dakota plates? That's a first lol. I'm in pierre.. Great looking rig
hahaha Thanks man!
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Really like the front bumper
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Here's another pic from free bowling night during homecoming week. Blurry pic though

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Had a little fun with my brother yesterday

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Took the top and doors off for the first time for a few days, had to go back on because I had to go back to college sadly

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Nice looking Jeep! That bumper looks great! But college build??? I was expecting a completely rusted out Wrangler with bumpers made from 2x4's or beer cans
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Nice looking Jeep! That bumper looks great! But college build??? I was expecting a completely rusted out Wrangler with bumpers made from 2x4's or beer cans
Not all college kids are that bad! I'll be able to start buying more mods pretty soon, one more payment on the bike and it's paid off! My culver's money is getting really low now, haven't worked since summer since school. But now I'll have a good amount of income from the nursing home. Hopefully picking up a ford 8.8 for $75 within the week, I'll post it up if all goes well
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Well the guy couldn't get the axle off because it was too rusted so I'll keep looking. On a good note, I sold my stock bumper for $60! Really nice older guy who wouldn't let me take the $50 we agreed on!
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Bought some rigid d2 driving lights and otrattw switches

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Looks great! Those Rigid's kick ass! Do you have upgraded headlights or is that picture of the highway all light from the driving lights?
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Looks great! Those Rigid's kick ass! Do you have upgraded headlights or is that picture of the highway all light from the driving lights?
Thanks! I still have stock headlights, those are just the rigid on the highway
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Thanks! I still have stock headlights, those are just the rigid on the highway
Impressive, I guess I'm going to start saving!
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Impressive, I guess I'm going to start saving!
And like any lights, the pictures do not do them justice. These things are eye blinding in broad daylight. Well worth it.
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And like any lights, the pictures do not do them justice. These things are eye blinding in broad daylight. Well worth it.
That's crazy, I'd love to get my hands on some. I'll try and get some extra work!

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Nice work!
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Awesome build! Especially for being in college. I know how hard it is to budget between school and your rig. I got my TJ the last day of junior year in highschool. Now im just finishing up my freshman year in college and its hard not to buy stuff. Its such an addiction

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Check out my college build in my signature below. I work about 50 hours a week in the summer so that is my only source of income, but it has gotten me this far.
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That's crazy, I'd love to get my hands on some. I'll try and get some extra work!

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Awesome build! Especially for being in college. I know how hard it is to budget between school and your rig. I got my TJ the last day of junior year in highschool. Now im just finishing up my freshman year in college and its hard not to buy stuff. Its such an addiction



Check out my college build in my signature below. I work about 50 hours a week in the summer so that is my only source of income, but it has gotten me this far.

Thanks everyone! And same here, 9 more days of classes until I'm done with freshmen year as well, going for nursing. And starting to make quite a bit of money again since the nursing home is treating me nice so trying to figure out what to do next to the jeep.
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Here's some prom pictures from Saturday with my girlfriend of 2.5 years. And my cat Mr. Whiskers of course

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Thanks everyone! And same here, 9 more days of classes until I'm done with freshmen year as well, going for nursing. And starting to make quite a bit of money again since the nursing home is treating me nice so trying to figure out what to do next to the jeep.
Haha same. 9 more days until I get out of school.
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Here's some prom pictures from Saturday with my girlfriend of 2.5 years. And my cat Mr. Whiskers of course

Awesome pictures!
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Regeared to 4.56 last week. Huge improvement on and off road

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