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Old 05-28-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I finally got a jeep. I've wanted one for so long! Click image for larger version

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ID:	1150809 It's a 4.0 L sport with a 5 speed. It's riding on some worn 31" BF Goodrich tires. It was a repo and we got it for 2500 dollars. Runs great, the engine seems to be in good condition (with the exception of no water in the cooling system, we haven't seen any sign of engine overheat but we will look into it once we get it clean) but the PO had a lot of junk laying around in it. Never cleaned it, and probably lived on a dirt road. I've got a few plans for this thing. But first things first, we gotta get it clean and fix any issues we find with the engine. Click image for larger version

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ID:	1150825 This is after we washed it up. Amazing what soap and water can do to a car! There doesn't appear to be much rust if any on the frame or anywhere on the jeep for that matter. The top is in poor condition with a rip down the back window (duct taped by PO). I plan to replace it with a hard top and find some full doors. I'm also considering the dual tube front bumper and a smittybilt SRC classic tire carrier. We took the seats out to wash them and are looking for some new seat covers. I'm thinking something to match the paint. The muffler has got a hole in it and while I do kinda like the sound, it needs a new muffler. Thinking about a flowmaster 50 series.. I'm thinking about a Rough Country 3.25" lift with 33x12.50 15 Goodyear wrangler duratrac tires, I may even keep the wheels that are on the jeep as they seem to be after market. Btw can anyone identify the rims on the jeep? It doesn't seem to have any markings on them, and I'm sure they're aftermarket. I need a 5th tire and I'd like the rim to match. Click image for larger version

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ID:	1150881 One of the things I found under the back seat was a jeep hubcap! I think it looks sick on my wall! It might be a suvonyier that I'll keep with me for the rest of my life to remember my first jeep! Lol Click image for larger version

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ID:	1150961 If you guys have any tips for me I'd appreciate it! My dad is a experienced mechanic and any issues that pop up we can resolve ourselves. We're fixing a bunch of interior things such as the ripped drivers seat and the bedlined floors. Need a new shifter knob and the shifter boot won't stay down. Until we fix it up though it'll be sitting in the drive!

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Old 05-28-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Go with a 4in lift, just better. I just had a flower master super 44 put on today and it sounds amazing even with the cat. Very deep and loud but not annoy it tappers off around 30mph. I would check rust and change oil

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Old 05-28-2014, 10:13 PM   #3
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Go with a 4in lift, just better. I just had a flower master super 44 put on today and it sounds amazing even with the cat. Very deep and loud but not annoy it tappers off around 30mph. I would check rust and change oil
We've checked and there is no rust to speak of, and the oil is clean and new. We'll most likely change it anyway.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:11 AM   #4
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Those wheels are gambler wheels. They come from the factory.
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You need a new one of these to hold the shift boot in the console.
97 04 Jeep Wrangler TJ Shift Boot Retainer Bezel | eBay

The wheels are OEM. You would be better with an aftermarket wheel when you go to a wider tire. Otherwise you will need to run wheel spacers to retain those factory wheels.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:48 AM   #6
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You need a new one of these to hold the shift boot in the console. 97 04 Jeep Wrangler TJ Shift Boot Retainer Bezel | eBay The wheels are OEM. You would be better with an aftermarket wheel when you go to a wider tire. Otherwise you will need to run wheel spacers to retain those factory wheels.
Ok. I know I need wheels with the proper backspacing to run 33" tires, I just didn't know if those would be good enough. Guess I'll have to invest in some rims too!
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Stock TJ wheels have a 5" back spacing. This is fine up to a 10.50" wide tire. Beyond that, you will need new wheels or spacers.
For a 12.50" wide tire, 4" backspacing is right at perfect. Some people will run something with 3.75"; however, if you have tire coverage laws in your state, that is just more tire to cover and the clearance is not needed.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:03 AM   #8
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Began to vacuum the interior Click image for larger version

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Taking the center consul out as well
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:41 AM   #9
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I gotta go to work in about an hour so I'm leaving it to dry Click image for larger version

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ID:	1152353 We're going to redo the bedlining. I've sanded the fenders and plan to spray them black with bumper paint when I get off.
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Cleaner than it was.

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We're going to paint the center console red to match the paint, along with the lower half of the dash. The upper will be black
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You didn't say what year Jeep, but I have those rims on my 1997 Wrangler Sport. They aren't the standard rims, they were the Alloy upgrade rims and you could have got a matching spare if you ordered it. I did. So yes, they are factory Alloy rims.
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You didn't say what year Jeep, but I have those rims on my 1997 Wrangler Sport. They aren't the standard rims, they were the Alloy upgrade rims and you could have got a matching spare if you ordered it. I did. So yes, they are factory Alloy rims.
Oh I didn't realize I forgot the year.. It's a 1998
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It also looks pretty awesome if you use a bedliner color to match the exterior paint, instead of the same old boring black. I saw pictures of a member who painted his smurf blue Jeep with matching Smurf Blue bedliner and it looked marvelous. Wish I could find the link.
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It also looks pretty awesome if you use a bedliner color to match the exterior paint, instead of the same old boring black. I saw pictures of a member who painted his smurf blue Jeep with matching Smurf Blue bedliner and it looked marvelous. Wish I could find the link.
Sounds nice! I'll consider it
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I'm considering moving up to the 4" RC lift. I'm on a tight budget about to go to college, and I was wondering what I would need besides the TC drop. I won't be doing much offroading, and there arn't any extreme trails around here. I'll be running 33" tires and I'm looking for rims to replace the stock ones. What else should I look into?
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Congrats on your first jeep. Welcome to a crazy, addictive, and expensive hobby. Good news is... You'll love every minute of it.
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Normaly the kits come with the transfer case drop kits
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I'm considering moving up to the 4" RC lift. I'm on a tight budget about to go to college, and I was wondering what I would need besides the TC drop. I won't be doing much offroading, and there arn't any extreme trails around here. I'll be running 33" tires and I'm looking for rims to replace the stock ones. What else should I look into?
RC 4" full suspension comes with everything you need. I suggest painting EVERYTHING before instal, the items original paint chips and comes off very easy, leading to almost immediate rust. No complaints otherwise.
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Congrats on your first jeep. Welcome to a crazy, addictive, and expensive hobby. Good news is... You'll love every minute of it.
I'm loving it already! So far it's just been a lot of fun just planning things out. Even funner to actually work on it!
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Finished the fenders. I'll post a picture once they dry. I got a little heavy on the paint in two spots..

My dad finished the center console! It looks amazing!

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Found some sick projector halos on eBay. And they're fairly cheap. $46.99 free shipping.

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Plastidipped the chrome headlight surrounds

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Found some sick projector halos on eBay. And they're fairly cheap. $46.99 free shipping.
Have you put those on yet? I saw those and was wondering if they were bright enough to fool with getting as headlight replacements.
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Have you put those on yet? I saw those and was wondering if they were bright enough to fool with getting as headlight replacements.
No I haven't even ordered them lol. But that is definitely a must after I get my lift on.
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Have you put those on yet? I saw those and was wondering if they were bright enough to fool with getting as headlight replacements.
No not yet. I haven't even ordered them yet haha. I'll definetly look into them in the near future though. Right now I'm focused on lifting it!
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No not yet. I haven't even ordered them yet haha. I'll definetly look into them in the near future though. Right now I'm focused on lifting it!
Keep us updated sounds good so far!
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Most of the dash is painted. All that's left is what's still attached to the interior which is going to be black.

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The vents, glove box, center console, and the panel under the steering wheel are all red. The glove box is flat while the others have a slight gloss to them.. Is it noticeable? XD
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Most of the dash is painted. All that's left is what's still attached to the interior which is going to be black.

The vents, glove box, center console, and the panel under the steering wheel are all red. The glove box is flat while the others have a slight gloss to them.. Is it noticeable? XD
Not really...looks pretty sweet
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Not really...looks pretty sweet
thanks. I'm liking how it's turning out.

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