|Today 03:53 AM|
So I have been keeping Brown Santa busy. Received my UCF engine skid to go along with their Ultra High Clearance T-Case skid. MC front track bar and rear upper adjustable CA will be here Thursday. Looking into BDS springs 3" front/2" rear hopefully to order this week.
I need the weather to cooperate so I can get some bare metal covered but it won't be this week, colder than crap for the rest of the week.
After the lift and skids are on then the 8.8 will go in hopefully in Feb/March, will do this and then get the measurements for the CV DS to go on with the SYE.
Gonna be a busy few months but very much looking forward to it!
|11-12-2013 11:34 PM|
As she sits today.
|11-11-2013 03:14 AM|
|Neal5280||I had everything set up this weekend to install my BB and Bilstein 5100s. Well last week my clumsy a** partially tore my left Achilles Tendon. Needless to say I was pissed because our Saturdays are usually booked solid and this was the last one I had open till January. Well my buddy stepped in an told me to bring it by and he'd help... And by help pretty much just do it for me. I reluctantly said no because I wanted to do it for the experience. Well after some convincing by my wife and him I took it over on Saturday. Everything went well and after a few hours left with quite the upgrade! I gotta say that I love the shocks, I was happy to say goodbye to the worn out Rancho 5000. I don't have the pics now but I'll upload tomorrow. Also picked up a set of tube doors for 85 bucks that don't look like they've ever been used.|
|10-25-2013 01:33 PM|
|NJO||Just make sure you get the entire MC fender package. You do yourself a disservice by not getting the rocker guards and rear fender assemblies.........|
|10-25-2013 12:19 PM|
|BrutusTheTJ01||Treetop looks good. I like my MC arms so far. Hopefully I will be getting to put them to the test this weekend. Going to an OHV park, and it should be better than local trails that are easy for stock rigs.|
|10-25-2013 05:57 AM|
So I decided to sell the hardtop in favor of the Trektop NX. I couldn't be happier with it and love the looks.
I have been doing quite a bit of research here as well as others and have become pretty set on how the rest of my build will go.
Early next year I will be upgrading to the 8.8 rear end with 4.88 and the front re-geared as well. I am going with a full set of MC control arms, ZJ steering upgrade and 35" MT/R Kevlars. Most likely going with front and rear MC trackbars and a 2" BB. Hopefully by mid summer I'll throw on the UCF Ultra High Clearance Skid with lopro mount and a SYE/CV DS. This will get me thru the next couple of years.
Eventually I'd like to run 37"s and triangulated 4 link rear with coilovers. It'll take come convencing with the wife for the cost involved with all this though
|06-21-2013 04:46 AM|
|Neal5280||Yea I like it for now... I will be upgrading the D35 and steering and doing a ~2" SL and 35s in the next few years but I am very happy with it for now. How do you like the MC control arms?|
|06-21-2013 04:26 AM|
|BrutusTheTJ01||Looks good. Metalcloaks and 33's with no lift is the route I wanted to go, but because of British laws, it would have been a lot more work than doing a suspension lift.|
|06-21-2013 04:21 AM|
So I've got just about everything done for the summer for her...
Last week I put on my JKS discos and CRES top along with the Pirate Flag VDP Cool Breeze Top.
The sway bar link on the drivers side was disjointed and this little bastard was a bit of a pain to get out but finally came out after being doused with PB.
Other than that they went in just fine. I didn't install the posts to attach too when disconnected because I am too cheap to buy a tap and dye set. It works great for now.
This is how she'll sit for the rest of the summer until I figure out if I am going to put the hard top back on or if I'm gonna sell it and go soft top from here on out.
|06-19-2013 09:50 PM|
|Neal5280||I love them I've only had them a couple of months but they a quiet and have been great for the small amount of wheeling I've done. I am thinking prob 50k miles out of them.|
|06-19-2013 08:49 PM|
|Xjman1||How you liking the Duratracs so far? I am debating between them at 33x12.5 or the MTR's at 32x11.5? I am just amazed at how much more affordable the Duratracs are but know the performance gap is there.|
|04-29-2013 07:41 AM|
|Neal5280||Yea her face was classic! Thanks for the complements I am really happy with how it came out! I am really glad Elway came back to the organization it was huge, I love my Broncos almost as much as my Jeep!|
|04-29-2013 07:32 AM|
|All Terrain TJ||BTW, nice jersey in the first pic. I was an Elway fan since he was at Stanford. Even flew out to Denver to watch him play in 97. A great time and great city.|
|04-29-2013 07:26 AM|
|All Terrain TJ||
Nice looking Jeep. You should've seen my wife's face when she came out to the pole barn and my TJ was on jack stands. The axles were dangling and parts were every where, it was classic.
I highly recommend the Savvy rocker guards. Save the coin, they're worth it. Good luck and happy wheeling!
|04-29-2013 02:17 AM|
Neal5280's Build Thread
Well since I just finished some of what I would call major enhancements I figured I start a build thread. I am a novice and have decent mechanical abilities. So enjoy, and if you have any questions let me know and I’ll try to answer them!
Got her last August, 2002 Wrangler X 4.0L 52,000 miles for $10,999 bone stock except for aftermarket rims and stereo. The day I brought her home didn’t even go inside before pulling the doors off!
First since I was broke I wanted to make her mine so slapped on some decals. Dog prints for the pups, Broncos vinyl sticker, ZORT and a few Pro-2nd Amendment for good measure.
Next I despised the “milk jugs” and my neighbor works for a Jeep Dealership and got me the end caps.
In December my wonderful wife picked me up a Warn VR8000 for my birthday.
Took until January to mount, just after mounting I also snagged a Hummer in front of my house.
I also changed the lights in the dash to a blue LED.
Next would be bigger mods, I spent a good bit of time and did a lot of research. I finally decided on doing the Metal Cloak arched fenders and 33s. I ordered my fenders March 15th! It took about a week and they shipped. Thru no fault on Metal Cloaks side, I had a hell of a time with UPS shipping the fenders. They changed dates and also stated they attempted delivery when they didn’t. Anyway once I had them in hand I was excited and ready to put a finish on them. I decided to use Rustoleum “bedliner” it is actually more of a slightly textured paint. I gave them a good once over with 220 grit and red scotch bright pads, washed them with acetone and 2 coats of Rustoleum dark grey primer and 2 coats of the bedliner. They are far from perfect but good enough I didn’t care to go any further.
Unfortunately with working graveyards it can be tricky to find time to do work like installing them, add into that the weather in Denver and the fact my garage is too small to do the work. It ended up being a couple of weeks before I could install them. Well Friday was my day, came home got a quick few hours of shut eye and started. My wife came home and I was at this point, she was a bit concerned but kept the faith!
I had to stop due to Friday night pool league. Saturday morning got right to it. I finished in about 4 hours on Saturday and went directly to Discount to get my 33” DuraTracs mounted and balanced. Here is the finished (for now) product and can’t wait to hopefully get out wheeling next weekend!
Finished with 31s
Finished with 33s
I am picking up a new stereo and new speakers tomorrow and will be installing them this week and have LED Tail Lights that I just need to find time to do.
Next up will be rockers, leaning towards Savvy, but need to save up some $$ first. And that will probably be it for this year for major mods.
Still to come 2.5 OME HD Lift, UCF Tummy Tuck, Dana 44/Ford 8.8, Currie Steering upgrades. I am happy she is where she is at for now but already looking forward to the other stuff too!