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Old 04-18-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hey all thought I'd throw my WIP up here and get some feedback and suggestions.

I have a 2000 TJ, bought it stock with 140K miles last summer. I haven't done a massive amount to it yet besides cosmetic stuff, would like some suggestions for suspension, etc.

I really do like the 35s on stock, but obviously it's not practical for sharp turns or any offroad. My goal is to keep it fairly low, but functional.

As it sits right now:

- Metal Cloak Arched Front Fenders.
- Metal Cloak Rear Fender Mounts.
- Exterior Raptor Lined (Touch ups and interior coming soon).
- 35" MTR Kevlars.
- 52" Lightbar.
- Headlight/Tail Guards.

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- Suspension/Lift/Gears.
- Exhaust system.
- Rampage top.
- Front Bumper.
- Rear bumper w/ tire carrier.
- LED lighting: headlights, tail, & interior.

Like a lot of us here, I don't have a money tree in my backyard, but I also don't want to go completely cheap because it is my daily driver.

Thanks for looking.

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Old 04-18-2014, 06:55 PM   #3
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Currie makes quality suspension that you won't be disappointed with, however it is one of the more expensive kits available.

I personally don't feel gear brands are that important. I have heard numerous things about some brands being the same as others just in a different box. That being said I have G2 gears in my jeep and we used a combination of yukon and us standard gears in our EMC jeep...no issues with any of them.

I have the original fastback top that rampage bought up (I believe)...the viking top. I love it...good choice. Bestop makes a great product, but i feel like the rampage/viking tops are a little easier to use just from what ive seen.

I personally have the Banks exhaust (revolver headers and monster cat back)...I love the way it sounds, but banks is kind of expensive. If i were to do it over, id probably go cheaper and run something else. My priorities are different now

As far as bumpers...go with what you like the look of, and what you are going for functionally. There are a million choices...it just depends on what you like. But be aware that there definitely is a quality difference between brands.

I cant help much with lights. I am running stock headlights and flush mount walmart trailer tail lights (which in reality, if you are willing to commit to cutting into your tub...you cant beat the price).
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:44 PM   #4
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Pretty sweet paint job and Jeep!
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:52 PM   #5
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LOVE that color of Jeep! Great build going!
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:33 PM   #6
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Nice color change...
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:37 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info Cons.

Currie does look like a great way to go. So many to choose from.

I checked out some LED trailer tails, great idea. I have no problem cutting my tub to fit them. 17$ per side, I think yes. Going a bit different style than the rounds.

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Appreciate the comments guys!

Great looking Jeep yourself Nlburden.
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I like that color choice as well. If you want pricing on a Currie product, let me know. That is a sweet deal on the tail lights too. Have a blessed and prosperous day!

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Old 04-20-2014, 11:34 PM   #10
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Thanks AOR - I'll let ya know.
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I am in love with your jeep I also own a 2000 wrangler. Did you paint it yourself?
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:51 PM   #13
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Thanks! I did do the raptor lining myself. Biggest part is masking and prep. Rest is easy.

Add the hardner, paint, and spray!
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:00 PM   #14
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Looks to me like you really only need a 2" lift to help with clearance. And a set of bent lower front control arms. If you wanted to keep it simple and get rid of your tire rub. I also like the color Lots of people here would recommend OME suspension.
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Thanks MT.
I was thinking in that same ballpark 2 or 2 1/2 inch.

How do you like OME?
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I really like my ome. It rides great. Rustys off road and maybe some other places have bent lower front control arms that will help your 35s not rub at full lock. They are 140$ for a set from rustys off road. Other company's may make them also I haven't checked.
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I like the build idea since you are going 2" I would not forget if you ever wanted to do a belly up skid plate you have to have at least 1"-1.25" body lift just something to think about.... Also you could add some smittybilt Molle gear to give it that tacticle feel
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:20 PM   #18
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Dude, that looks SICK! Nice work.
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Could I pay you to paint my jeep?
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:07 AM   #21
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I really like my ome. It rides great. Rustys off road and maybe some other places have bent lower front control arms that will help your 35s not rub at full lock. They are 140$ for a set from rustys off road. Other company's may make them also I haven't checked.
Awesome, I'm checking tonight on both OME and bent lower fronts. From the looks of it they have a heavy and a light version when it comes to their TJ kits. Probably would go heavy as I'm getting bumpers eventually, possibly a rack. As far as other suspension parts go, 150K miles on the odo is telling me things need to be replaced. Any further suggestions for everything else not included in the OME kit?

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I like the build idea since you are going 2" I would not forget if you ever wanted to do a belly up skid plate you have to have at least 1"-1.25" body lift just something to think about.... Also you could add some smittybilt Molle gear to give it that tacticle feel
Thanks for the info. A belly up skid would be nice, looks like they have some requirements though besides the lift?

Those Molle systems are awesome, my brother has a set in his Jeep. Possibly going aftermarket buckets, so I'm not sure on buying them yet, but they are on the wishlist if I decide otherwise.

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Dude, that looks SICK! Nice work.
Appreciate it!

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If you're in Oregon I could definitely help you out.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:32 AM   #22
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Put in the LED tail lights. Very pleased with how bright they are.















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Old 04-28-2014, 01:42 AM   #23
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Also put in a custom pin-LED dome light. Nice clean light, probably too bright, but I like it!





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Nice, I'm in South Carolina so Oregon is like an hour drive right? Lol but where did you get the brake lights at they are sweet
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Awesome, I'm checking tonight on both OME and bent lower fronts. From the looks of it they have a heavy and a light version when it comes to their TJ kits. Probably would go heavy as I'm getting bumpers eventually, possibly a rack. As far as other suspension parts go, 150K miles on the odo is telling me things need to be replaced. Any further suggestions for everything else not included in the OME kit? Thanks for the info. A belly up skid would be nice, looks like they have some requirements though besides the lift? Those Molle systems are awesome, my brother has a set in his Jeep. Possibly going aftermarket buckets, so I'm not sure on buying them yet, but they are on the wishlist if I decide otherwise. Appreciate it! If you're in Oregon I could definitely help you out.
Replace bushings on the control arms and I haven't read up on the belly skid too much I know the body lift is the main concern I don't think there is much else that needs modified
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Nice, I'm in South Carolina so Oregon is like an hour drive right? Lol but where did you get the brake lights at they are sweet
Ha, yeah bit far. Lights are actually from Walmart in their auto/trailer light section.

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Replace bushings on the control arms and I haven't read up on the belly skid too much I know the body lift is the main concern I don't think there is much else that needs modified
Sounds good, wishlist is growing lol.
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Little off topic, but what part of Oregon are you in? I grew up there and moved away almost two years ago
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:34 PM   #29
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Just FYI I'm subscribed excited to see this build.
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Just FYI I'm subscribed excited to see this build.
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Got the doors lined, also got the light bar back up and running. Took it for a test run.












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