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Old 11-25-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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DIABL0's 99' Sahara Build

OK guys, I bought this jeep in August of 2013. It is a 99' 5 Speed 4.0 Inline 6 with 118,000 miles and 31x10.5r15

I first had to replace the manifold and muffler. I went with the stock accordion type header and a vortex muffler.

I'm gathering parts and building as I go.

I had some small parts to find for the interior like the shift bezel that keeps the boot in place and a new glove box because mine was all beat up.

It has an aftermarket CD player in the dash but its pretty old (skips here and there) so I plan on taking that out and replacing it with something newer. I also want to change the speakers because the factory one are terrible.

I need some new rims, mine are corroded and discolored.

I got a jeep bra for the hood, which I think looks nice.

I just bought a 2" BB and had that installed on 11/22/13 I kept the stock shocks. Its rides nice with them but I will upgrade to OME later on. Now I am looking for tires. Im thinking Yokohama Geolander MT + 33x12.5r15

I ordered A-pillar lights. I went with 6" Hella 500 Black Magic lights. They will get installed when I get them in the mail.

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Stock as I bought it.


Stock with Bra attached


2" Budget Boost (BB) on 31x10.5r15 AT


When I have the chance I will install the A-Pillar lights and new tires which I wont have for a few weeks.

I'm also thinking of getting the light guard kit for the head lights tail lights and corner lights.

I have always liked the Stinger front bumper so we will see what happens in the next few weeks. I'm building as money comes in.

Let me know what you think, I appreciate all comments negative or positive.

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Old 11-26-2013, 09:51 AM   #2
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looks like a nice start....for me personally I would get rid of the step right off the bat.
have fun watching it grow as you find more to do.....Fun stuff!!!!

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Old 11-26-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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what would you put in place of the step? nothing? and just go with the high step?


After driving the jeep for a few days I am noticing some minor drive line vibrations. I just ordered a 1" t-case drop kit. I should have it soon.

Am I doing any harm driving it with the vibs or is it OK for a few days?
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:27 AM   #4
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I guess it would depend on what type of wheeling you plan on doing....I would eliminate the step and add rock sliders, keep in mind that when you ask questions then you get a lot off opinion. Be sure to do your research and build it how YOU like it. Take a good look at how you plan to use it and the create a "plan" around that and then start working towards the all around goal. I have seen so many times where upgrades are changed, which will happen some, but minimizing that will help get you where you want it to be sooner.
You have a nice clean rig to start with, so the "Plan" would be the very 1st thing I would do (which will adjust some as you start using it more on the trail).
I personally hate the step that Jeep used. And I have seen them destroyed on the trail buy catching a rock or something else.
Main thing is to make it yours and enjoy the time you spend doing it all.
Hope my rambling helps.
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #5
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I wont be doing much off roading the most I will be doing is a couple times in the summer on the beach and around in the snow since I live in New England.

I got my Hella lights in and my mount brackets for the A-Pillar. I'm pretty busy at the moment so it will be a few days till I get around to doing the install. I will take some pics and post them up soon.

I should get my t-case drop in on Monday and ill try to get that done asap.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:12 PM   #6
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Got my Hella 500 Black Magic lights in

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:12 PM   #7
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got my A-Pillar brackets in:

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:13 PM   #8
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And my T-Case Drop 1" Hardware

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:03 AM   #9
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Got my Hella 500 Black Magic lights in
Can you post a pic of these lights mounted on the jeeps a pillar interested to see how they look ?
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:59 AM   #10
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ya no prob, it wont be for a few days, im working all week.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:00 PM   #11
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Idk if anyone else has same point but going with the stock exhaust manifold will just crack. They all crack I would replace it with a aftermarket one and flow master competition series good luck
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #12
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the one with accordion elbows wont crack...flow masters are good i have used them but over time they just get to loud.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:03 PM   #13
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Installed my Hella Black Magic 500 A-Pillar Lights. Install went easy wiring is always a pain but that wasn't bad at all either.


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Old 12-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #14
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well i got a little set back, my t-case drop some how is completely wrong for my set up. The ad on line said for a TJ and i got it but its completely the wrong thread count and the spacer are all wrong. I'm trying to get a refund. I just bought a different one from 4wheelparts.com made by pro comp. Should have it tomorrow. lets hope this works, i don't want to blow my tranny driving with vibes everyday.
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well i got a little set back, my t-case drop some how is completely wrong for my set up. The ad on line said for a TJ and i got it but its completely the wrong thread count and the spacer are all wrong. I'm trying to get a refund. I just bought a different one from 4wheelparts.com made by pro comp. Should have it tomorrow. lets hope this works, i don't want to blow my tranny driving with vibes everyday.
I just removed my drop kit. It pushed my skid plate to far down it drags on all the rocks and crap. I'm hearing lot of people removing them

And I put a dad on here I'm giving mine away for free. It's for a 97-06 TJ Lj
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Are there two different kits? on 4wheelparts.com for the pro comp kit it said something like 87-02. Is it different from 03-06?
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Are there two different kits? on 4wheelparts.com for the pro comp kit it said something like 87-02. Is it different from 03-06?
Mines from rough country maybe they are diff hole spots. Didn't think about that usually everything you see is 97-06 but yea prob won't work. My bad
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Mines from rough country maybe they are diff hole spots. Didn't think about that usually everything you see is 97-06 but yea prob won't work. My bad
I figured the same but unfortunately this is one area they changed.
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I ordered a 8 piece set of light guards and black headlight bezels. They will prob come in next week. Can't wait to install these.
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My business needs tires for 2 cargo vans, my dad needs winter tires and my jeep needs some 33's to get its stance right. Im going to a local tire shop to see if they can give me some type of deal for buying 17 tires.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:43 PM   #21
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im goin for this tire, i mean its just so sexy

and yokos for all the trucks and then blizzaks for the winter tires on my dads car.

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Old 12-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #22
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got my t-case drop installed. WOW i forgot how smooth this thing drove. Crazy how 1" can make a world of a difference. Everything is ready for tires now. I'm pleased with the pace of the build and its coming along really well not to many hickups
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got my t-case drop installed. WOW i forgot how smooth this thing drove. Crazy how 1" can make a world of a difference. Everything is ready for tires now. I'm pleased with the pace of the build and its coming along really well not to many hickups
Right on !!! I'm trying to get rid of my rims and tires :/
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what are you getting rid of?
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what are you getting rid of?
Duratracs 33" 12.5 15

5 tires and rims mounted and balanced
I just purchased 17" rims so no more 15" for me
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:58 PM   #26
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Didn't get a pm think my box was full
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:51 PM   #28
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got my Black Headlight Bezels in

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got my light guard 8 pc set in

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had to change the resistor for my heater. Now my switch bezel and fan speed switch only works in one speed and its in the middle of 2 different speeds. very temperamental. Is the only fix for this a new switch bezel with switches?

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