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Old 06-17-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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SmilinJacks TJ build

Hello everyone!
Just got myself a new to me 02 Wrangler TJ. I grew up driving around in my dads old YJ and figured it was about time to join the fun. I am in college and just started my career so funding this project will be an interesting endeavor but if there's a will there's a way. She is going to be my dd with minor trail riding for now until I get a little more educated so I don't screw up the new car. Previous owner had a 3'' long arm suspension thrown on and put 33'' tires on her. For now I plan on just doing minor things. First on the list is bed lining the door handles and mirrors. After that I am going to sand off what little rust is on the underside and rustoleum the crap out of it. Later when funds become available she will probably need a beefed up steering kit and possibly a re gear. Look forward to sharing the adventures with the wrangler forum community. Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated, I'm kinda at the what to do next stage.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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Just finished sanding off the rust on the drivers side door. I'm two coats in with the bedliner.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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Just finished spraying the rear view mirrors
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:45 PM   #4
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Genius.. I need to do that!
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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Today I broke out the dremmol tool and took off the little bit of rust on the frame and coated it with bed liner. Made a pretty good difference. Only had time to take two quick pics. Top is before and the bottom is after
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:30 PM   #6
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The jeep suffered somewhat of a set back today... There I was hanging out at work eating my lunch and when I shut the engine off all that nice steam started billowing out from under the hood. Not sure how I managed to pull that off but the radiator now had a gigantic gash along the top of it. I need to nurse it back home. I live about 20 miles away takes me about 30 m on a good day to get back. I have coolant in back and the reservoir is full so it shouldn't be an issue.

Anyone know if the TJ's stock radiator has had this issue? It looks like the material is really cheap so I'd imagine this happens a lot on hot days.

Also any ideas on a good replacement radiator would be great. I'm looking to spend around 500 and I used to work at a grease monkey so I could probably still get my discount at o'rileys so a little over is fine.
Thanks everyone
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:57 PM   #7
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From what I have read, yes there is a design issue with the radiators in the TJs. I started a list of common parts that fail before purchasing my TJ a few weeks ago and this was definitely on my list. Aluminum radiators are reasonably priced, here is what I found on quadratec

Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator with 180° Racing Thermostat for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:10 PM   #8
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Thanks man I will have to check that out

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