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Old 11-26-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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My 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport Build

I bought this 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport on October 18,2011 as my 1st car. This is it when i first bought it. [IMG][/IMG]

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Old 11-26-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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1st Mod: Update Seats
The seats that came with the jeep when i got it were all beat up,cut up and had tons on stains plus they were rusting underneath.
Old Seats(REAR):[IMG][/IMG]
Old Seats(FRONT):[IMG][/IMG]

Got a good deal on a pair of black Smittybilt XRC seats. I know that Smittybilt doesn't have the best rep but i read some good things about their seats and they weren't terribly expensive.
New Seats(REAR):[IMG][/IMG]
New Seats(FRONT):

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Old 11-26-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
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Nice, just got my wrangler and thinking of updating/upgrading the seats also
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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I really like your color combo,its a very clean looking Jeep for a 97
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:14 PM   #5
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Here are some more pictures of the Jeep when i first got it:














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Old 11-26-2011, 09:22 PM   #6
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MORE BEFORE I BOUGHT IT







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Old 11-26-2011, 09:24 PM   #7
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Its been all cleaned out now, lookin nice. Armor-All comes in handy!
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I like that color. That's not a factory color, is it?
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:28 PM   #9
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SOO MANY PICTURES!!!

Now these are pictures of it on the lift while we were getting it checked out by a mechanic:











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Old 11-26-2011, 09:31 PM   #10
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Man I tell ya that's a clean Jeep,You would $h!t a brick if ya seen mine. I mudride with no doors or top,Clay mud gets inside the vents.Very hard to clean.

How bad is it to get sloppy mud off the rhino lines front?
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:37 PM   #11
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The only problems found were a hole in the muffler, back shock wasn't attached and need to rebuild the power steering gears. But for the final price is great. The pictures before dont show how clean it is now.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:43 PM   #12
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I've had the Jeep for about a week when the pictures were taken. I got a new knob for the AC cause it was missing, got new door straps that look awesome! and a syderweb top.






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sucks some one put bedliner over that great color
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I like that color. That's not a factory color, is it?
Nope, it was custom painted orange and then the black is all Rhino-Guard, the same liner that is inside!
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sucks some one put bedliner over that great color
I like the black, personally. I think it looks good + it's functional.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:50 PM   #16
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Man I tell ya thats a clean Jeep,You would shit a brick if ya seen mine.I mudride with no doors or top,Clay mud gets inside the vents.Very hard to clean.

How bad is it to get sloppy mud off the rhino lines front?
I've had it for over a month now and i have found it isn't hard at all, it doesn't stick as you might think, kinda washes right off. I agree though they do get dirty but i keep the inside clean at least!
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I like the black, personally. I think it looks good + it's functional.
thanks, me too!
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A little later after that I installed my bestop under the seat lock box and a small LED light from energizer(a small fix for now,it was on sale)

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Now I am caught up in my build, in case you haven't noticed i started later than i actually got the Jeep. Anyways, i'm now rebuilding the power steering gear box and painting the interior,including the door panels and console using Dupli-Color. I also finally went and got new bulbs for my under the hood light and the bulbs for the under the dash lights! Yesterday my Dad and I changed the washer fluid, power steering fluid and the oil. And, I finally got my replacement interior door handler for the driver side.







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Also forgot to mention that I installed new speakers, Pioneer 4by6.


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ANNNNDDD, I ordered my PIAA lights today that will be in by Wednesday. Forgot to mention that I also got a pair of black sunvisors and new air vents from eBay. Still deciding what type of winch to get, too much research!!
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May sound sound small, petty and stupid, but get some padding on that roll bar.
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May sound sound small, petty and stupid, but get some padding on that roll bar.
couldnt agree more man, i have been looking but i want the thicker bar padding and cant seem to find it for a 97.
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How does it handle with no front sway bar?
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Nice Jeep. Good job on the progress report.
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How does it handle with no front sway bar?
good eye, didnt even see that lol
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How does it handle with no front sway bar?
The handling is tight and really nice on road, but i have no experience driving one with a front sway bar so its hard to compare.
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The handling is tight and really nice on road, but i have no experience driving one with a front sway bar so its hard to compare.
You'd be amazed at the difference it would make. I'd most certainly say it would be worth your money.
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couldnt agree more man, i have been looking but i want the thicker bar padding and cant seem to find it for a 97.
Don't know if they changed the diameter of the roll bar, but according to threads here in WF, '04 and later has thicker padding.
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How does it handle with no front sway bar?
I've been running mine for about 7-8 years w/o the sway bar with no problems, but I do drive it with much respect.

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