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Old 03-04-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Woodsracer's Black TJ

So I started with a 93 yj 2.5l manual, that my neighbor caught on fire and burned up all the wiring. I spent most of my summer a few years ago rewiring that jeep and getting it running. After barely having the yj for a year I found my current jeep on Craigslist. It wasn't running/barely running and I traded straight across for the tj.



Here is the 1997 Tj that I traded for.



35s on 17s, no lift. Needless to say it had to be trailered home regardless of how it was running.

Specs - 2.5l with 30rh trans. 3.73 gears

One of the first things that I did was put a new radiator and headgasket on it and got it running. Along with a tuneup



Sold the 35s and the wheels and found a cheap set of stock wheels and tires on craiglist for $100.



After that I wet sanded the flares and painted them up. Also took off the rancho steps.



Not long after having the new to me stock wheels and tires, I found another deal on craigslist that wanted to trade some eagle alloy rims and 31s for stock jeep wheels and tires. Called the guy up and traded.



So I started looking at bumpers and didn't find anything that I really like that was in my price range. I really wanted something with a stinger and hood loop. So I settled on a E-Auto Grilles stinger front bumper. It seems solid so far. The Fed-Ex guy had a hard time carrying it down the driveway
It only weighs 72 pounds according to their shipping tracker.





After getting the bumper on I need a winch and a winch plate. I ended up buying a harbor freight badlands 12000lb winch and one of their winch plates for the bumper. I had to cut the winch mount up a bit to get it to fit with the stinger but other than that it was a pretty easy install.

After the winch was added I needed some help up front with it sagging so I put some 2" spring spacers up front to level it back out.


I don't have any pics of installing my rear bumper with the swing out carrier but its on there and I'm sure you'll see it floating around on a few pics

Ordered BDS 2" springs and 2" zone nitro shocks



In the middle of lifting it in the driveway.








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And then the skirt on piston #2 decided to fall off down in the oil pan on the way home from Superlift ORV park, in Hot Springs, AR.

The motor is .20, cam, ceramic header, and new head.

After the rebuild and driving it for a bit, my birthday rolled around and my parents got me a set of tube fenders for the front. Which took almost a year to get painted and put on lol.

Other little things have been done here and there. CB and antenna have been installed. In-seat rear sub box is one of my favorite things I've done. Zone quick disconnects up front. Zone 1.25" body lift and motor mount lift. Also put some 33x12.5x15 goodyear duratrac tires on it.



Rear flares are cut and the tube fenders are on in this pic








Just so everyone knows, it does get used and wheeled





I have a bunch more pics that I need to upload to photobucket and then I can get some more in here.

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Old 03-04-2014, 10:36 PM   #3
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Looks pretty sweet! I have those same tires and I like them so far.
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How did you create the sub mounted on to the back seat? I would love to know.
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I took the cover off and the foam. Cut out part of the foam to sit back over the box somewhere around 3-4" was taken out of the foam. The seat frame has braces running across front to back and I cut out the center two, to fit the sub. The box sits on top of the seat frame and the foam and cover went back over.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:31 PM   #6
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Got my 20" lifetime led installed and wired up tonight.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:16 PM   #7
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Installed new front rockford fosgate 5.25" speakers


Also I hadn't seen anyone do this and decided to try. Rocker switches fit in the factory location:
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:25 PM   #8
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Decided to get some flush mount rear led tail lights. I wanted something a little different than the red lens most people go with and ended up with these.


The rear before it started:


Everything removed:


All marked up


Reused the factory harness quick connects, soldered everything together and shrink tubed it:



First cut was scary!


Both holes cut:


Both lights in:


tail lights during the day:


tail lights at night:


Both of them together:



All in all I am really happy with the way they turned out. I never thought I would cut up the tub on this jeep, but it turned out great.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:31 PM   #9
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Couple of different wheeling pics:

At the top of squids jaunt at superlift orv in Hot Springs, Ar










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Old 07-19-2014, 01:31 AM   #10
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One of the best things I have done to my jeep was put a quality shock under it. Unfortunately I only have the rears in and waiting to buy the fronts. I was needing rears first because they were leaking.





The fox shocks are awesome. The ride quality compared to the zone nitros I had is incredible.
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:35 AM   #11
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Next in the comfort department was to get rid of my factory seats I was getting ready to fall through on the passenger side.

Out with the old and in with the new:






Both sides are in, the pic is not wanting to up load for some reason with both of them in. For a cheap racing seat the Masercraft Nomad is really comfortable. the fit the stock seat brackets on one side and I made some brackets to fit the other out of some scrap left over. I can't comment on durability yet, but they clean up good when mud gets on them. Everyone that has sat in them likes them so far.
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For a man with "GO TOPLESS" on his front windshield you sure have alott of pics with a hard top on. Just kidding. Loved the new tail lights and the tube fenders. Just put the zone nitro shocks on mine and they do ride dam rough. Might have to check out the zFox shocks also.
Keep at it you have done pretty darn good in a short time, it looks great.
P.S. glad u dumped the rims and the 35s lol
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For a man with "GO TOPLESS" on his front windshield you sure have alott of pics with a hard top on. Just kidding. Loved the new tail lights and the tube fenders. Just put the zone nitro shocks on mine and they do ride dam rough. Might have to check out the zFox shocks also. Keep at it you have done pretty darn good in a short time, it looks great. P.S. glad u dumped the rims and the 35s lol
The weather here sucks lol. I just got the front fox shocks in the other day, but haven't had the time to put them on. Most of my time has been going towards my six cylinder build and the comanche I picked up the other day.
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I had originally planned on putting the beadlocks on my other tj. And the tsl's on the comanche. Plans have changed on both and this tj is getting them this week!
Tires are 34x10.5
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Things have changed again. I found a guy wanting to trade some 40's, for a smaller tire, and I ended up trading him straight across for them. The boggers I traded for were almost brand new and I sold them in less than a week. I also sold the front axle out from under this jeep too. So now I have the beadlocks for sale as well. Making room to start putting one tons under it!
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Impressive build!!! I like how you keep finding these CL deals!!! Wish that happened around here LOL. Let me know if you are needing anything in the future and we can help you out.

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Impressive build!!! I like how you keep finding these CL deals!!! Wish that happened around here LOL. Let me know if you are needing anything in the future and we can help you out.

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Thanks Jeremy, being in college has it perks! That and having a close group of friends, we send deals that we find that can help each other out.

I've sourced heim joints so far. Going with 3/4" heims with hms down to 5/8 hardware. I'm planning on going with dodge 3/4 ton dana 60s. the front axle is a cad unit but yukon makes a one piece replacement for fairly cheap. Going to use hummer double beadlock wheels. Found those for $50 a piece. Not sure on tires yet, probably whatever I can find on CL or some of the swap shops on facebook. Main thing I'm looking for right now is a good deal on some comp cut corners, because I'll need to start cutting that out of the way to get an idea for wheel base. I'd like to be somewhere around 105-110 inch wheel base.

For steering I don't want to go full hydro. Started reading on doing the chevy astro box swap to get somewhere around 4-6" stretch in the front.

Suspension will probably be going with FOA coilovers.

Fuel system will be last, some sort of fuel cell behind the rear seat. Also deciding on what motor to swap in. I'd like to still do the mopar 5.2 swap but I may end up doing a 5.3 swap and cutting what I don't need out of the harness and having the computer flashed.
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Man your the luckiest CL guy ive ever seen! Keep us informed on the motor ans axle swaps.
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I decided on going the cheap route on the corner armor. I ordered some from extreme terrain last night $150 shipped, going to chop them up myself. I guess we'll see how this goes chopping up my jeep again!
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Man your the luckiest CL guy ive ever seen! Keep us informed on the motor ans axle swaps.
Check out my other build on my orange jeep
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I decided on going the cheap route on the corner armor. I ordered some from extreme terrain last night $150 shipped, going to chop them up myself. I guess we'll see how this goes chopping up my jeep again!
I'm glad we could get you what you needed! Keep us posted on the progress of the build. I can't wait to see what you end up with when you're done cutting!

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Scored a great deal on a RCI 2161a fuel cell on ebay. Getting stuff out of the way for the stretch is done for the most part!
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Had to throw my spare high pinion d30 under this jeep on Sunday, my dad wanted to be able to move it in and out of his shop. Also started mocking up the corner armor. It fit really well, shame I get to cut on it once I figure out where i want it cut. RCI 2161a fuel cell will be here on Wednesday too.

Other than that waiting to find a deal on axles!
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Fuel cell came in early!
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Subd, good build so far
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Got over to the shop today. Didn't do much at all really. Pulled the bumpers off and sold them. Then came back and finished up the front end. Started playing with where i want to comp cut it. Let me know what you guys think.







The arent exact on each side but it is close enough to get some what of a visual.

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