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tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 09:42 PM

My 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport Build
 
I bought this 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport on October 18,2011 as my 1st car. This is it when i first bought it. http://i43.tinypic.com/6pt955.jpg[IMG]http://i44.tinypic.com/243j1mr.jpg[/IMG]

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 09:53 PM

1st Mod: Update Seats
The seats that came with the jeep when i got it were all beat up,cut up and had tons on stains plus they were rusting underneath.
Old Seats(REAR):[IMG]http://i40.tinypic.com/97lkye.jpg[/IMG]
Old Seats(FRONT):[IMG]http://i40.tinypic.com/2pyni3r.jpg[/IMG]

Got a good deal on a pair of black Smittybilt XRC seats. I know that Smittybilt doesn't have the best rep but i read some good things about their seats and they weren't terribly expensive.
New Seats(REAR):[IMG]http://i39.tinypic.com/16iguph.jpg[/IMG]
New Seats(FRONT):http://i44.tinypic.com/52066r.jpg

DgonzTj 11-26-2011 10:04 PM

Nice, just got my wrangler and thinking of updating/upgrading the seats also

ou812 11-26-2011 10:08 PM

I really like your color combo,its a very clean looking Jeep for a 97

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:14 PM

Here are some more pictures of the Jeep when i first got it:
http://i39.tinypic.com/33wp1lk.jpg
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/9479/img2196gl.jpg
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4806/img2195z.jpg
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/7939/img2190t.jpg
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/2719/img2189r.jpg
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3969/img2188g.jpg
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5558/img2186b.jpg
http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/7213/img2184c.jpg
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/1048/img2183zj.jpg
http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/6358/img2182f.jpg
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/9366/img2181su.jpg
http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/4653/img2180b.jpg
http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/4203/img2179g.jpg
http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/4203/img2179g.jpg
http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/7029/img2178j.jpg

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:22 PM

MORE BEFORE I BOUGHT IT
http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/3765/img2176d.jpg
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/6874/img2175lv.jpg
http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/1742/img2172x.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/9122/img2171b.jpg
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/139/img2170gu.jpg
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/2540/img2168s.jpg
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/1815/img2167ac.jpg
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/3694/img2166p.jpg

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:24 PM

Its been all cleaned out now, lookin nice. Armor-All comes in handy!

s14sh3r 11-26-2011 10:24 PM

I like that color. That's not a factory color, is it?

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:28 PM

SOO MANY PICTURES!!!

Now these are pictures of it on the lift while we were getting it checked out by a mechanic:

http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/9731/img2208kv.jpg
http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/3878/img2207rc.jpg
http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/4892/img2206qi.jpg
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6844/img2205p.jpg
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/4776/img2204bi.jpg
http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/1411/img2203v.jpg
http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/8093/img2202s.jpg
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/8621/img2201om.jpg
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/218/img2200al.jpg
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4861/img2199j.jpg
http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/8295/img2197jn.jpg

ou812 11-26-2011 10:31 PM

Man I tell ya that's a clean Jeep,You would $h!t a brick if ya seen mine. I mudride with no doors or top,Clay mud gets inside the vents.Very hard to clean.

How bad is it to get sloppy mud off the rhino lines front?

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:37 PM

The only problems found were a hole in the muffler, back shock wasn't attached and need to rebuild the power steering gears. But for the final price is great. The pictures before dont show how clean it is now.

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:43 PM

I've had the Jeep for about a week when the pictures were taken. I got a new knob for the AC cause it was missing, got new door straps that look awesome! and a syderweb top.
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/9327/img2488jl.jpg
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/299/img2487w.jpg
http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/1958/img2485xc.jpg
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/5824/img2484f.jpg
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3377/img2483pe.jpg
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/1756/img2481i.jpg
Syderweb Top:http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/4223/img2501r.jpg

Irongrave 11-26-2011 10:43 PM

sucks some one put bedliner over that great color

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s14sh3r (Post 1774729)
I like that color. That's not a factory color, is it?

Nope, it was custom painted orange and then the black is all Rhino-Guard, the same liner that is inside!

s14sh3r 11-26-2011 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irongrave (Post 1774800)
sucks some one put bedliner over that great color

I like the black, personally. I think it looks good + it's functional.

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ou812 (Post 1774747)
Man I tell ya thats a clean Jeep,You would shit a brick if ya seen mine.I mudride with no doors or top,Clay mud gets inside the vents.Very hard to clean.

How bad is it to get sloppy mud off the rhino lines front?

I've had it for over a month now and i have found it isn't hard at all, it doesn't stick as you might think, kinda washes right off. I agree though they do get dirty but i keep the inside clean at least!

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s14sh3r (Post 1774809)
I like the black, personally. I think it looks good + it's functional.

thanks, me too!

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 10:55 PM

A little later after that I installed my bestop under the seat lock box and a small LED light from energizer(a small fix for now,it was on sale)
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/5221/img2497c.jpg
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/8932/img2496u.jpg

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 11:02 PM

Now I am caught up in my build, in case you haven't noticed i started later than i actually got the Jeep. Anyways, i'm now rebuilding the power steering gear box and painting the interior,including the door panels and console using Dupli-Color. I also finally went and got new bulbs for my under the hood light and the bulbs for the under the dash lights! Yesterday my Dad and I changed the washer fluid, power steering fluid and the oil. And, I finally got my replacement interior door handler for the driver side.

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/5005/img2493y.jpg
http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4391/img2495z.jpg
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5238/img2499yb.jpg
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/9075/img2506oo.jpg
http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/3878/img2494uj.jpg
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/1258/img2504ar.jpg
http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/6947/img2509l.jpg

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 11:04 PM

Also forgot to mention that I installed new speakers, Pioneer 4by6.
http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/3989/img2500il.jpg

Cobra CB Radio:
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/8366/img2505e.jpg

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 11:22 PM

ANNNNDDD, I ordered my PIAA lights today that will be in by Wednesday. Forgot to mention that I also got a pair of black sunvisors and new air vents from eBay. Still deciding what type of winch to get, too much research!!

John in Vegas 11-26-2011 11:26 PM

May sound sound small, petty and stupid, but get some padding on that roll bar.

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-26-2011 11:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John in Vegas (Post 1774893)
May sound sound small, petty and stupid, but get some padding on that roll bar.

couldnt agree more man, i have been looking but i want the thicker bar padding and cant seem to find it for a 97.

Patrick H 11-27-2011 12:01 AM

How does it handle with no front sway bar?

jakes99 11-27-2011 12:19 AM

Nice Jeep. Good job on the progress report.

Wrangler06 11-27-2011 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 1775010)
How does it handle with no front sway bar?

good eye, didnt even see that lol

tcate23-WRANGLER 11-27-2011 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 1775010)
How does it handle with no front sway bar?

The handling is tight and really nice on road, but i have no experience driving one with a front sway bar so its hard to compare.

MikeMTJ 11-27-2011 12:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tcate23-WRANGLER
The handling is tight and really nice on road, but i have no experience driving one with a front sway bar so its hard to compare.

You'd be amazed at the difference it would make. I'd most certainly say it would be worth your money.

John in Vegas 11-27-2011 12:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tcate23-WRANGLER

couldnt agree more man, i have been looking but i want the thicker bar padding and cant seem to find it for a 97.

Don't know if they changed the diameter of the roll bar, but according to threads here in WF, '04 and later has thicker padding.

John in Vegas 11-27-2011 12:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H
How does it handle with no front sway bar?

I've been running mine for about 7-8 years w/o the sway bar with no problems, but I do drive it with much respect.


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