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Old 02-24-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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My 1997 TJ Highschool Build

Recently bought my first Jeep it's a 97 tj se. It's a weekend toy as I have a daily driver. I would like to first and foremost say I pay for all my mods and the jeep myself no help from my parents. I bought it at park Chrysler jeep in burnsville. I got them down to $3500 it's a one owner that's super clean. I purchased in on 12-13-13

Since being in my possession I've
Lifted 3" suspension
Bought 33x1250r15 GoodYear wrangler MTrs
Installed a new front bumper
Plasti dipped the American racing rims
Bought a hard top off craigslist
Bought new dash LEDs
Replaced old radio
New brake lines
New calipers and pads
Replaced all the fluids
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #2
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Outstanding!

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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I have a lot I want to do to my jeep and would love input !
New speakers
Rear bumper with full size spare
Adjustable track bars
Slip yolk eliminator
Recover seats with leather
New headlights
Off road/fog lights
Winch
Speaker rail
Front/rear cameras fed to phone
Interior lighting
Full doors (for the right price )

Any other ideas or help would be appreciated ! Priority is headlights and off-road lights
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Hats off to you firstly for paying for the mods yourself and not using parental funds :-). It certainly instills a sense of responsibility and ownership, as well as appreciation for what you have.

Secondly, that's a heck of a job. Love the look and I'd been contemplating on what size lift/tires to go with on my 2005 down the line and now that I've seen it, I know that my original thoughts of a 3" suspension lift with 33s on 15s would definitely be the way to go. Thanks for those pics :-).
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I have a lot I want to do to my jeep and would love input !
New speakers
Rear bumper with full size spare
Adjustable track bars
Slip yolk eliminator
Recover seats with leather
New headlights
Off road/fog lights
Winch
Speaker rail
Front/rear cameras fed to phone
Interior lighting
Full doors (for the right price )

Any other ideas or help would be appreciated ! Priority is headlights and off-road lights
Looking good so far. Love the LEDs! I sit in the same situation as you being a high schooler doing a Jeep build and totally support you. Keep posted on your build!
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #7
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Hats off to you firstly for paying for the mods yourself and not using parental funds :-). It certainly instills a sense of responsibility and ownership, as well as appreciation for what you have.

Secondly, that's a heck of a job. Love the look and I'd been contemplating on what size lift/tires to go with on my 2005 down the line and now that I've seen it, I know that my original thoughts of a 3" suspension lift with 33s on 15s would definitely be the way to go. Thanks for those pics :-).
3" is a good height for 33s but a 4" might be a little better depending on your plans for off roading. A 3" Lift may still have some rubbing just depending on what terrain you plan on tackling.
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It's crazy how much this looks like mine. I want the exact same thing. Im paying for mine myself as well and am in high school. wish id only payed 3500 for mine lol. I like that look though man. What brand did you go with for the lift?
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3" is a good height for 33s but a 4" might be a little better depending on your plans for off roading. A 3" Lift may still have some rubbing just depending on what terrain you plan on tackling.
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Thanks for all the support I'll keep the pics coming ! Glad to see there is so many high schoolers doing the same thing. I really like the 3" lift but wish I could have afforded the 4 with adjustable track bars. It's all a kit from a place called iorn rock off-road by my house. It's all rebranded but the guy said it was a old man emu ? Just ordered the brackets to go to 5.25in speakers and can't wait for that! I forgot to mention just for documentation it has 108,000 on the clock
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Thanks for all the support I'll keep the pics coming ! Glad to see there is so many high schoolers doing the same thing. I really like the 3" lift but wish I could have afforded the 4 with adjustable track bars. It's all a kit from a place called iorn rock off-road by my house. It's all rebranded but the guy said it was a old man emu ? Just ordered the brackets to go to 5.25in speakers and can't wait for that! I forgot to mention just for documentation it has 108,000 on the clock
Old Man Emu is some pretty serious stuff. That's what people use in Australia to tackle that terrain. You have your hands on some nice gear.

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