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Old 03-02-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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Gus' 99 TJ build - Sgt. Gusty

This link will get you to the thread on NEO 4x4 our club forum. I will post here when there are updates. This way I don't have to post everything twice or maybe three times if I put it on that other jeep forum too.

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haha...it won't be that thrilling I don't think....but I am having fun so far. If only that money tree would start blooming!
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haha...it won't be that thrilling I don't think....but I am having fun so far. If only that money tree would start blooming!
aint that the truth
ive been waterin that thing like they told me to, but it just aint makin any more money.
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man i wish you were closer. i would gladly take those gamblers off your hands. i loved those wheels on my 98. lookin to get rid of the soft 8's i've got on mine. looks like a fun build. good luck with it.
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man i wish you were closer. i would gladly take those gamblers off your hands. i loved those wheels on my 98. lookin to get rid of the soft 8's i've got on mine. looks like a fun build. good luck with it.
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UPDATE! start at post #16 for the new stuff.
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Hey Gus are you selling your side steps ?
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Hey Gus are you selling your side steps ?
Sorry, I ended up having to hack the brace to get at a stuck bolt in the frame so I threw them out. They were cracked anyway.
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Sorry, I ended up having to hack the brace to get at a stuck bolt in the frame so I threw them out. They were cracked anyway.
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good progress man. can't wait to see it finished.
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good progress man. can't wait to see it finished.
Finished? What is this...finished thing you speak of??

And thanks. If only I had all the money I need...all of us wish that I'm sure.
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Update as of 3/12/12. Bodywork!!
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Update as of 3/15/12 - Paint and some more fender mod.

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That color looks really good.
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I would highly recommend the Krylon Fusion to anyone thinking about doing a rattlecan job. Nice paint!
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You should go ahead and chop the front of the fenders off and put old willys turn signals in the grille.
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You should go ahead and chop the front of the fenders off and put old willys turn signals in the grille.
I have considered it. But those are the factory fenders I modified and they are pretty thin as it is. I saw someone who did what you said and from the front the factory fenders don't look so good...too thin looking. If I can figure out a way to make it look right I might do it eventually though.
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You should go ahead and chop the front of the fenders off and put old willys turn signals in the grille.
X2 on that. Looks awesome though. Good work.
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Got the Skyjacker Hydros, LJ springs and 3/4" front spacer on today. Netted me 3/4" additional clearance over the front tires and 1/2" behind and 1" over the rear tires and 3/4" behind. Overall when flexed it would seem the bump stops hit before the tires hit the fenders. So here it is...33x10.50s on stock suspension (LJ springs - rear are 5aa for hardtop LJs) with only a 3/4" spacer in front and fender flares removed and front fender modified into a flattie. And I'm still going to install the 1.25" BL so I can belly up.



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Got the dedication hand lettered today, plus the medal stickers:




"Sgt. Gusty"


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Dang that's lookin good.
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Dude that thing is Awesome
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Thanks guys. I appreciate it. Next is to start doing stuff to help make it more off road capable. Armor first, then save up for axle upgrades.
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Gus you officially got me to buy a case (12 cans) of olive drab krylon fusion for my yj. Now I cant wait to spray her down Also you could just pick up some mce flatties. Maybe get lucky and find some used ones for dirt cheap?
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Gus can you give us an idea of how much you have wrapped up in this build so far?
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Gus you officially got me to buy a case (12 cans) of olive drab krylon fusion for my yj. Now I cant wait to spray her down Also you could just pick up some mce flatties. Maybe get lucky and find some used ones for dirt cheap?
MCEs were on my original build plan, but I decided to try to make my own flatties out of the stock fenders to save the money. I kind of like the way they came out and I have the same clearance the MCEs would give me. Down the road someday if I decide i want to go to 35s I might get Metalcloak arched and do 35s on no lift! But that probably won't happen.

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Gus can you give us an idea of how much you have wrapped up in this build so far?
I have all that info on my build spreadsheet at home...to the penny! But really the tires and wheels were the biggest expense so far and that was around $1100. The paint was under $50. The two medal stickers were actually $17 on line shipped. The stock LJ springs were free since they were off my old Jeep and the SJ shocks were like $120 after rebate and the 3/4" spacer was around $30 i think. Tail lights were about $14 and the Harley mirrors set me back around $60. I made a few bucks selling the hitch, wheels, etc too.

The big stuff is yet to come and that's the high ticket items. I figure I'll have at least $1200 in armor, and the axle upgrades will be in the neighborhood of $3500 I think. Then a winch and I'd really like to get a GenRight weld in cage. It won't be done for a while haha.

Edit: I forgot I will also be spending $90 on Herculiner and $114 on Bestop seatcovers and $200 or so on the JKS BL/MML very soon. Next in fact.

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