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Old 03-09-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Rdock31's 99 TJ Build

I have a build thread going over on Jeepforum, so I figured I'd put mine on here as well!

This is what I started off with.. A completely stock 99 Chili Pepper TJ faded flares, milk jugs and all. I first got the Jeep my junior year of high school and have slowly been putting a majority of my side job money into it ever since. Luckily it came with a hard top. I was unlucky with the 30/35 3.07 combo, though. Kinda wish I would have learned about this forum beforehand, but oh well.



I started off by doing little things like painting the flares, headlight bezels, etc. Then I got the itch to lift it, and went with the RC 2.5" lift. That didn't last long. I debated on selling it due to the possible distances to the schools I was looking at, but couldn't go through with it. After my first year at school in Chicago, I changed out the RC lift and went back to stock for a while with 31's. Shortly after I installed the BDS 2" kit and continued to run the 31's. BDS > RC. I also picked up a smittybilt rear bumper.



As you can see I also picked up a soft top, got it off of Craislist. Much better than the bulky hardtop. Shortly after the BDS lift, I installed a 1.25" body lift and a Brown Dog MML.



I picked up a set of 33's from a family friend for $100 and put them on there. 3.07's with 33's aren't the best, but doable. I have plans to regear/axle swap in the near future. Here is my current setup as of now:



I'll keep this updated as I move forward through my build. Comments and questions appreciated. :thumbsup:

Future Plans:

ZJ Tie Rod (Done)
MC Arched Fronts (Have)
AtoZ Sliders (Have)
Jk Signals & LED Tails (Have)
8.8 Swap w/ Artec Truss
Hp30 or Regear Lp 30
Sye/CV
Anti-Rock
MC Arms
RuffStuff Xmember
Flat Skid
BM Brakes F/R
Upgraded Shafts F/R
35's
Others odds and ends.

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Old 03-09-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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Past couple days I've done a few things..

-Primed/Painted Metalcloak fenders and AtoZ sliders
-Fixed broken seat belt mount bolts
-Removed rear flares

Got my JK turn signals in the mail, I will be installing them at the same time as the metalcloaks if I can find the right size hole saw locally.








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Old 03-10-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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Got a little bit accomplished today, both metalcloaks are almost done and I have one slider left to put on, and both to notch. A couple bolts broke, but that's how it is in the rust belt. I have to go back and redo some things for the Cloaks, due to my install without directions. Probably should have printed those..

Factory fenders removed.


Driver side slider done, just need to touch up paint.


Metalcloak arched. Love the look.



I think once I get finished with axles, brakes, etc 35's will look pretty good on it.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:04 PM   #4
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Got finished with everything that I had planned today.. Both sliders bolted on and notches made, metalcloaks installed (only a few adjustments to be made), and JK signals installed.


For the sliders I used a radius cut, the passenger side looks a little cleaner due to it being the second one I did. I kinda winged it on the driver side, could use a bit more grinding but I am content for now.


Got the JK turn signals installed that I ordered from RockAuto. They were around $30 for both, and I used a 5% off discount which took off only around $1, but it saved money. To install I used a 3-1/8" hole saw. Measured out the center points and cut them, only took around 20mins. For the ridges, I just used a dremel and shaved them down until it was a tight fit. I also put black silicone around them to make them water tight.


For side marker/turn signals, I used an idea from Jeffro's build.. Just replacing the clear bulbs with amber ones and sticking them into the holes in the inner fenders.

Sidenote: I had some difficulties with paint sticking, even though my prep work was good. If I had to do it over, I would have opted to have them powdercoated.

Let me know if you want more detailed pictures, I will gladly do so.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:20 AM   #5
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Within the past couple days I went out and greased all zerks took the windows off the soft top, touched up the sliders, painted the rear wheel wells, and removed my smittybilt rear bumper.

Still need to figure out what to do with the gap in my sliders.. I don't like the silicone method.







Next on the list :
Install savvy cable shifter
8.8
Sye/Cv


Any rear bumper ideas?
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Within the past couple days I went out and greased all zerks took the windows off the soft top, touched up the sliders, painted the rear wheel wells, and removed my smittybilt rear bumper. Still need to figure out what to do with the gap in my sliders.. I don't like the silicone method. Next on the list : Install savvy cable shifter 8.8 Sye/Cv Any rear bumper ideas?
Looking good.
I personally like (and run) a no bumper. :thumbsup:
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Looking good. I personally like (and run) a no bumper. :thumbsup:
Thanks bro, I have a little bit of updating to do to this thread. Haven't been on WF too much lately
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Okay, time to update! Not much but some things are worth noting. I did install a Savvy cable shifter that I got from the gf for my birthday. Took a while because of stubborn stuck nuts, and my own stupidity. Also sold the rear bumper, and hoping to get a barnes flush rear bumper pretty soon. Picked up some 03+ style mirrors from Rockauto to replace the old ones. Chopped the front bumper down to a stubby, which will do fine until I can either get a barnes or UCF front stubby... Although I really like the AresFab front bumper. Planning on drill/tapping the front perch tomorrow so I can finally install some bumpstops. There is a ton of room in the rear with 2" bumpstop, which is about 1/2" from shocks bottoming out.

Wheeling trip I took a while back.


Full bump in the rear, definitely need to get better numbers.



You can also see here how I solved the gap in my sliders issue.. Drilled a 3/8" hole through the slider and fender, bolted them together.
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Finally got done swapping out the track bar bolts. I had to cut out the front stripped torx with a sawzall, and finagle with the flag nut to get it out. Replaced that with a M10x1.5 bolt, couple washers, and a flange nut. Hopefully it works out, if I notice anything I'll just order another from McMaster-Carr since theirs are slightly thicker, at least that's what I remember reading on Unlimited04's build.
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Your Jeep is looking great. I love the the Metal Cloak gear. Here is a picture of my 99. I'm getting ready to make the swap to an auto, then my Jeep will be complete, at least until I break something. I don't have any regrets about anything I've done to my Jeep with the exception of the rear bumper.
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Okay, time to update! Not much but some things are worth noting. I did install a Savvy cable shifter that I got from the gf for my birthday. Took a while because of stubborn stuck nuts, and my own stupidity. Also sold the rear bumper, and hoping to get a barnes flush rear bumper pretty soon. Picked up some 03+ style mirrors from Rockauto to replace the old ones. Chopped the front bumper down to a stubby, which will do fine until I can either get a barnes or UCF front stubby... Although I really like the AresFab front bumper. Planning on drill/tapping the front perch tomorrow so I can finally install some bumpstops. There is a ton of room in the rear with 2" bumpstop, which is about 1/2" from shocks bottoming out. Wheeling trip I took a while back. Full bump in the rear, definitely need to get better numbers. You can also see here how I solved the gap in my sliders issue.. Drilled a 3/8" hole through the slider and fender, bolted them together.
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Your Jeep is looking great. I love the the Metal Cloak gear. Here is a picture of my 99. I'm getting ready to make the swap to an auto, then my Jeep will be complete, at least until I break something. I don't have any regrets about anything I've done to my Jeep with the exception of the rear bumper.
Cool story...?
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Haha thanks guys! Nicholas.. Jeep looks good as well man!

Gonna PM you about a couple things Ali.
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Sounds good.
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Gonna PM you about a couple things Ali.
Cool man. Feel free anytime.
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Finally got around to installing my front bumpstops. Drilled out the center of the perches with a 27/64 bit, and used 1/2"-13 self tapping bolts. Added 1" to prevent the shocks from getting destroyed, even though there is tons of room because of the cloaks. Definitely wanna get longer shocks, maybe 10" travel 5125s until I can extend the front towers later on.

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