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Old 03-13-2014, 12:59 AM   #1
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Warrior 1: 1999 Jeep TJ Sahara Build

It's probably about that time to start my build thread. I've done quite a bit to it. I got her in 2012 in February as my first car. This is what she looked like the day I picked her up.


She had a crappy, broken 4 inch procomp lift and 2 inch tcase drop. The rear main was leaking and the header was cracked. It's a 5 Speed with 4.0l. The top was in pretty bad shape but she only had 60k miles on her and I picked her up for 10k. Which for around here at that time was a pretty decent price. Looking back now, I wish i woulda beat it down a little more but it is what it is. The first thing on my list was to clean her up and replace the header, so that's what I did.


Shortly after that, I picked up a warn front bumper and winch guard off of craigslist for $150. I threw that on pretty quick.

Then I took her offroading a few times =D She wheels great.




After wheeling for a bit, I noticed a terrible knocking sound coming from the back everytime i hit the slightest bump. So, I climbed under and started hitting stuff with my hand to see if I could figure the noise, and after a quick visual inspection, both rear shocks were blown and the passenger side coil was sagging like crazy. So, I saved my pennies and ordered 4 inch Rok Jok coils from Currie and bilstien 5100's. So delivery day came and I was excited!! I even used my M9 Ontario to open the boxes ;]


Unfortunately, I did not get any photos of the install, nor did I get any pictures of some of the goodies I got for christmas which was PSC steering skid and JKS quick discos as well as a smittybilt 8k winch. I threw those on christmas morning and was set to go. I then went out to out closest wheeling spot and went wheeling again to test the new suspension. It handled even better!


Then, after some failures, I replaced two more headers and I did the rear main seal. I did a few wiring projects and ended up building myself a nice DBox5 that worked great.

This is the switch panel I made to fit into my tuffy overhead console.

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Old 03-13-2014, 01:00 AM   #2
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Then, I got tired of looking at the stained undercarrige and painted it black and threw on my own little twist of orange =D


A few months later, I got accepted to LSU. My options were to sell my beloved TJ and get a newer Jeep, or stick with mine and get a hardtop and hard doors for it for security. I decided to sell her for a little while, then after much stress and arguments, decided against it a few weeks ago. So, I found a fellow jeeper in my club that had a hardtop and hard doors he was willing to trade even for the doors, and then sell me the hardtop for $800. What a steal! So, I traded the doors and got them painted to match. This is what she sets like today.

So, I then went back to my Jeep friend and bought the hardtop. However, it didn't line up due to something not being straight with my Jeep. I'll post a photo of the hardtop, as well as the fitment issue.


Notice how the hardtop is sitting about 1.5 inches off the passenger side and 1.5 inches in on the driver side. This is the dilemma I'm at today. Tomorrow, I will tear off the soft top and try to align the hardtop by adjusting the screws that hold the winshield frame in place. I will report back with pictures.
And, I've also got a BUNCH of goodies in the mail =]
Here's a list of what's on it's way as we speak:
-UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid
-Novak T-case Shifter Cable
-Metal Cloak Rear Upper and Lower Control Arms
-JB Conversions Super Short SYE
-1 Inch M.O.R.E. Bombproof MML
-1.25 Inch JKS Body Lift
-3/4 inch Teraflex front Coil Spacers (level it out)
-Luk Clutch Kit/Flywheel
-DDM Tuning 5000k 55Watt Hi/Lo H4 kit (received)
Plans for this weekend are to get the hardtop on and fitted correctly and to chop the bumper ends to turn it into a stubby front. Also will be ordering a CV driveshaft after it is all assembled and I can take accurate measurements. Also ordering Flat fenders and corner guards all the way around with 4inch flare from Stout Fabrication on Friday. I recommend that you all work with Bryce from Stout Fab. He is incredibly reasonable and has unmatched customer service. He is awesome. Great product as well. he can cut the corner guards how ever you want it and the price is unbeatable. Well, that's it so far! Will keep this thread updated now that I actually made it.

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And the stockpile begins! UCF Skid Plate, LOPro tranny mount and Novak Tcase Cable arrived today!
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:20 PM   #4
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And the pile continues to grow! Clutch and Flywheel came in!
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:57 PM   #6
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Lookin good!
Thanks man! I'm gunna need your help here shortly.
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So, I got the last of my goodies today!!! Will be installing them when I can find some time and a separate vehicle to drive while I install.
Here is my fina pile of parts.

This pile includes the following:
UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid Plate
LoPro Transmission Mount
Novak T-Case shifter cable
LUK Clutch Kit and Flywheel
JB Conversions Super Short SYE
M.O.R.E 1 inch Motor Mount Lift
JKS 1 Inch Body Lift
JKS Rear Angled Trac-bar Bracket
Metal Cloak Upper and Lower Rear Control Arms

However, I ordered a 3/4 inch coil spacer, which only ended up being one to level the Jeep, which I no longer need. And this is why!



After two days in the body shop here in Katy at Allen Samuels Dodge, they have finally straightened my Jeep. It took literally every single worker in the collision department to figure out where and how it was bent, but they finally did and figured it out, so on went my hardtop and it looks great! It leveled out my Jeep too =D I even put the finishing touches on it.

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Old 03-17-2014, 05:01 PM   #8
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Also, I found some time and relocated my switch panel to the dash using a project box from radio shack. I like the way it turned out.

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Also, put my sub back in after a half-a$$ carpet job.

Still need to straighten up the wires.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:11 PM   #10
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Your Jeep is nice but how about a few pics of that Camaro. Is it a 67 or 68?
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:24 PM   #11
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Hahaha, 1967 RS/SS 350. All original except for the engine and rear end. 21,000 original miles on it. I'll post some more pictures for you tomorrow. That's my dad and I's project. Just putting everything back together.
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While I wait for some time to be able to install my parts, I've started on my lighting. I just replaced my fog lights with 2x2 fog beam LED from Texas Offroad Outfitters here in Katy. They have the best prices around. I've also ran into an issue with my CCV. The P/O ( is an idiot) put on a PCV Filter. Well, jeeps don't have a PCV system, they have a CCV. Not only that, he removed the tube that extracts the air from the crankcase and transports it to the intake manifold top be burnt in the cylinder and replaced it with one of those filters, rather than putting it on the CORRECT orifice that takes in air. So as a result, my air filter is black and covered in oil, my jeep smells like oil, my crankcase pressure is high, causing a few leaks, and I have to go buy a 50 dollar tube from the stealership. For those that don't understand how the CCV system works, it's simple. you have to orifices on the top of the engine. One in the front and one on the back. The one in the front takes in fresh air from the instake and pushes it down into the engine crankcase. The one in the rear removes all of that air that has been used to push out the oil vapers and burns it in the cylinders to help with emissions. If you remove that rear tube, you disrupt the system, which is exactly my issue. The P/O was not too intelligent and removed it. Anyways, here is what the lights look like installed. They are pretty bright. More on the way!
Also installed the M/C control arms. They came out nicely.
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nice lights!!
Got them from the best!!
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How'd you paint the undercarriage? what'd you use?
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:41 PM   #16
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I used rustoleum flat black to get the axles, and then I went back with engine enamel orange to paint the diff covers. I'm going to be touching all of that up here shortly, as well as the frame so stay tuned! Just relocated and cleaned up the wiring mess, and added some LED lights! Plenty more to come!
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Nice LSU sticker!

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about you hardtop.

The hardtop your friend sold you is to a 2004 through 2006 jeep wrangler hardtop. The hardtop for your jeep has air pressure vents on the side behind the windows. You still got a great deal. This store called ( jeeps r us) sales the kit needed to make the rear windshield wipers and defogger work. If you look at my jeep, you will see I have the same hardtop. The air pressure vent on 2004 to 2006 is on the tailgate. That's why jeep stop designing the vents on the side of hardtop. I would advise you to have a professional adjust the hardtop perfect. That way in the future as you take it off and on it is easy with no missions. Hope the 411 helped, enjoy the jeep, I love the Sahara line of th jeeps.
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Hahahaha, that Camero looks bad ass in the background.
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The hardtop your friend sold you is to a 2004 through 2006 jeep wrangler hardtop. The hardtop for your jeep has air pressure vents on the side behind the windows. You still got a great deal. This store called ( jeeps r us) sales the kit needed to make the rear windshield wipers and defogger work. If you look at my jeep, you will see I have the same hardtop. The air pressure vent on 2004 to 2006 is on the tailgate. That's why jeep stop designing the vents on the side of hardtop. I would advise you to have a professional adjust the hardtop perfect. That way in the future as you take it off and on it is easy with no missions. Hope the 411 helped, enjoy the jeep, I love the Sahara line of th jeeps.
Yea i had a body shop straighten it all up so its straight now. And thanks for the info! Ill definitely look into it! And thanks ill post more pictures when i get home.
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It's been a while since I updated. Not much done to it other than some lighting and cleaning up. I moved my wiring box to the tray in the fender on the driver side. Put a set of 3x2 LED spot lets in place of the hellas. Still trying to get some time free to put on all the big parts. Ordered new rims and tires! They'll be on next week! You'll get to see what I ordered then!
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Ok! Update time! she's going slowly but surely! So here is whats new. This passed weekend, I lost reverse, so saturday i pulled the tranny /tcase and repalced the clutch. I was ervous at first, but it wasn't a bad job. Really easy once you have it out. Bought the little harborfreight tranny jack thinking it was going to collapse but it did very well.


Also, in the mail I received my metalcloak rear tracbar and bracket!!

Today, I got a lovely phone call from Discount Tire, saying my tires and rims were in so Warrior 1 got a new set of shoes today!!!
Before: Pro-comp 33x12.50x15 A/Ts with American racing Pythons

After: 35x12.50x15 BFG KM2's with 15 inch Mickey Thompson Classic Baja Locks

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