Jeep Wrangler Forum

Jeep Wrangler Forum (http://www.wranglerforum.com/)
-   JK Build Forum (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f314/)
-   -   Tanimal's 2008 JK Build Thread (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f314/tanimals-2008-jk-build-thread-209736.html)

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:02 PM

Tanimal's 2008 JK Build Thread
 
Hello all and welcome to my build thread! Here's a picture on day one when I just picked it up. (1-23-2012...gfs birthday hahaha)


http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...EP1STDAY-1.jpg

Decided to do the easy mod, new homemade grill!

Before:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s.../IMAG01411.jpg

During:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0142.jpg

After:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0143.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0144.jpg

Took it offroad and tore the wheels and hub caps up pretty good so just painted them black with the rattle can:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s24/ctann02/jeep.jpg

Tossed on my first "big mod" ACE rock sliders! Love them!

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0156.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0155.jpg

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:02 PM

Picked up a set of Moutain Edition takeoffs with the mineral gray wheels for $450 bucks for all 5! :

During:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0162.jpg

After:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0163.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0165.jpg

Grabbed some more small things and did the in channel wind guards and the black gas tank cap:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0178.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0177.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0181.jpg

Ripped the top off finally :
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0189.jpg

Installed a CB radio, went with the Uniden Pro 520xl and you'll love where I mounted it! :
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0197.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0192.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0193.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0194.jpg

Firestik antenna:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0195.jpg
Made my own bracket for the antenna mount for $3 dollars..:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0196.jpg

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:03 PM

Badged my Jeep, "RUBICONNED" and pealed that "X" logo off and also blacked my markers out with some VHT night shade and got a hardtop and sold that softtop for good:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0024.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0001.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0026.jpg

Painted the inside of my hardtop black! Krylon Fushion made for Plastic, used Satin and it came out awesome:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0013.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0014.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0015.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0016.jpg
Also if you noticed those seats were reupholstered to vinyl...So easy to just whipe clean :)

Now time for the good stuff.....

RK 2.5 max travel system and Posion Spyder front bumper:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0036.jpg

Primed bumper:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0037.jpg
Painted with Duplicolor bed armor, ARB D-rings, factory fog lights I picked up off the forum for the cost of shipping! :
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0038.jpg

Installed front bumper:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0041.jpg

How it sits before the RK 2.5 :
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0043.jpg

After lift:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0047.jpg

Still in the works....35s, Riddler diff covers, extended breather lines, snorkel, regear, lockers, rear tire carrier, raptor line the tube, and more small things I can't think of right now. Hope you enjoyed! P.S. Flexing pics soon to come!

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:03 PM

Stretched it out a bit on my buddies 37s with a 4.5 lift. Looks like a still had some more room. Yes I know the swaybar links aren't zip tied up! I was lazy!

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...stretchhhh.jpg

:bounce:

GF got my some Surprise Straps! They're Black and Silver. Sorry for the crappy pics..
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0054.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0055.jpg
Also finally took a picture of my Posion Spyder Evap Canister skid....yes it's dirty..
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0056.jpg

Picked up a set of 35 KM2s from a buddy and tossed on some 17 XD Addicts. HUGE difference and now I need a tire carrier and a spare!
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0071.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0072.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0073.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0075.jpg

BAM!
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0074.jpg

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:04 PM

Update: In the process of lining my tub with Monstaliner! So right now the Jeep is completely tore down and prepped just waiting for the kit to arrive. Here's a littler teaser shot...

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...psb35c234f.jpg

Lined the tub with Monstaliner, raised my front and rear diff breathers, bedlined
my door hinges with Duplicolor bedarmor and also painted underneath the door hinges with Monstaliners chasis saver. Also fixed my transfer case cable under the center console because the crappy plastic bushing broke so I have a permanent metal replacement in the pics below. Enjoy :thumbsup:

Monstaliner full tub pic:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0102.jpg
Picture of the transfer case cable link fixed.
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0103.jpg

I used this for the new bushing from Autozone:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0104.jpg

and I also used a hitch pin to keep it in place. It's pretty solid now. Got some extra parts to do the linkage on the underside of the Jeep when it decides to go.


Rear breather was extended up through the passenger side tail light and into the tub:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0105.jpg

Front breather was pushing through the rubber grommet in the drivers side footwell:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0107.jpg

I then ran it up the dash and the cover fits right over the top of it:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0108.jpg

Monstaliners Chasis Saver on the underside of the door hinges:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMG_4248.jpg

Here's some pics of the hinges, I also did the hood hinges:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0115.jpg
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0114.jpg

I painted over the hinges as they were attached to the door with the Duplicolor Bedarmor just to "seal" the bolts in place, I really like how they came out and don't have to worry about rust anymore.

My Riddler diff covers came that my GF ordered for my upcoming birthday! Here's a teaser picture for you all with them painted. Also got some Lubelockers and picked up 4 quarts of mobil 1 synthetic 75w90 gear oil. These hopefully will be installed Monday!

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...psf58dbcdf.jpg

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:05 PM

Sorry about the delay, been really busy! Here's a couple pics of my front and rear Riddler covers installed!

Rear:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0137.jpg

Front:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0136-1.jpg

Seems like the silver gets dirty fairly easy but I still like the look of it! I will be getting a tire carrier very soon...debating between the Teraflex carrier or a bumper/carrier option, hmmm! Stay tuned!

Here's a teaser picture for you guys .. Teraflex carrier:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0148.jpg

Really easy install of the carrier and it is BEEFY. Currently without the spare on it the gate stays open while even on a downward incline so I don't have to worry about it smacking into me anymore. Make sure you have some red Loctite for the install because the directions want you to coat the T50 bolts with it and was kind of aggravated it didn't just come with a small bottle of it considering you are paying 500 bucks for this thing. I was very hesitant on purchasing this thing because I did not feel like it would be able to support a 35-37inch tire but after unwrapping this thing from its packaging and installing it I am 110% confident. I only got the carrier and not the adjustable spare tire mounting kit, I run a 35x12.5R17 BFG KM2 and a xD Addict rim with I believe 4.5inches of backspacing and was told by Northridge4x4 I would not need the adjustable spare tire mounting kit at this time. I have my tire and am currently waiting on my rim so you will all be getting more pictures soon! Another thing I should mention is there are 4 bolt holes on the carrier and I will be using my $3
L bracket that I made and using one of those bolt holes to mount it!

My wheel finally came so I went and got it mounted and balanced. Slapped it on and it fits like a glove! Also you can still see my 3rd brake light. Here's some pictures and also note my driveway is on a slight upward incline. Enjoy

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/rearview.jpg

Side view of how close it sits to the tailgate:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0150.jpg

Gate open...this thing is solid:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0152.jpg

I still live pretty close to Chicago so I not only have Gorilla locks but now this added safety feature:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0154-1.jpg

Side view:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0155-1.jpg

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:05 PM

Northridge 4x4 LED interior dome light replacement upgrade. Got this as a birthday gift from the GF and thought it was just going to be a minor light upgrade but it was a MAJOR light output upgrade. The pictures don't do this thing justice at all but you can see it is more of a bright white instead of a dull yellow like the factory. For $15-20 I think this upgrade is well worth it and the install was 5min tops.

Here's the comparison of the two:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2/IMAG0145.jpg

Old dull yellow dome light:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0143-1.jpg

New bright white dome light:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0144-1.jpg

Hit 40,000 miles today! Not to bad for a 2008:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0162-1.jpg

Also put this Smittybilt tailgate G.E.A.R panel on with bags and honestly for $54 bucks off Amazon this thing is worth every penny. The big bag to the left in the picture fits cans of spray paint, WD-40, silicone spray, and much more without issue and the bag on the right is going to be filled with medical supplies. I might even get crafty and put a "red cross" patch on it :) Some of the reviews on Amazon were complaining about the crappy self tap screws that Smittybilt included so I bought some better ones and didn't even have to pre-drill the holes like Smittybilt recommends in the instructions. It took longer to hang the bags then to run the 10 screws in.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMAG0163-1.jpg

Finally got around to installing my Superchips today. It was fairly simple but it's very cold out so it seemed like the minutes it took to install were hours.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...s76125c26.jpeg

I am running the 87 tune, got my tire size corrected and now the speedometer is actually right(tested it on one of those GPS apps on the phone with the MPH listed and it's dead on.), and disabled the TPMS. I immediately noticed the Jeep seems to have more jump right from the start and it seems like pushing the pedal down has less lag. Didn't get to take it on the highway yet but I just put a full tank of gas in so I guess we will actually see what it does overtime :) I understand this mod is very controversial but I figured I'd give it a shot. I'll try to remember to post back my findings.

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:06 PM

Copy and pasted off the other forums I'm on. This process has been just about a year. Thanks :)

dawhitesJKU 01-05-2013 01:11 PM

U bought it on ur gfs bday. lol. Very nice build.

Deceptionz99 01-05-2013 01:16 PM

That thing is awesome! You should have gone with 37's!!!! Hey I'm on the south side of Chicago! Where you from?

kjeeper10 01-05-2013 01:40 PM

Holy crap you got a ton of lift.

No driveshaft issues ?

Tanimal 01-05-2013 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dawhitesJKU (Post 3186268)
U bought it on ur gfs bday. lol. Very nice build.

:thumb: Thanks!
Quote:

Originally Posted by Deceptionz99 (Post 3186287)
That thing is awesome! You should have gone with 37's!!!! Hey I'm on the south side of Chicago! Where you from?

I was actually hesitant on 35s because it is my DD. Really don't mind it as a DD, hopefully will be doing a regear to 5.13s soon. And from 60103, I just list Chicago since it's about 40min from me and people actually know where it is on a map :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by pluke the 2 (Post 3186296)
and thats why shes still a g/f! lol...

a lot of mods over a year man. you really are effected by the bug. may want a prescription for it.

looking good! and kinda looks like my jeep!

http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/...h_DSC01200.jpg

haha, yeah it's been a crazy year of modding and I never though it would come this far this quick. I like your Jeep!

Quote:

Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 3186351)
Holy crap you got a ton of lift.

No driveshaft issues ?

I know I love Rock Krawler and yes I have drive shaft issues!

Update: Coast front drive shaft and Rugged Ridge snorkel sitting in living room awaiting install :dance:

kramer2k 01-05-2013 03:08 PM

Awesome build! Looks great.

Man, the tires made all the difference to me. Going from the before to the after was such an improvement at that stage.

I have the same lift from RK and it's such a sweet set of gear.

I think some Bushwacker flat flares would really set that thing off nicely. It'd really open those wheel wells up for some major flexing too.

Tanimal 01-05-2013 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3186628)
Awesome build! Looks great.

Man, the tires made all the difference to me. Going from the before to the after was such an improvement at that stage.

I have the same lift from RK and it's such a sweet set of gear.

I think some Bushwacker flat flares would really set that thing off nicely. It'd really open those wheel wells up for some major flexing too.

Thanks! Was debating those and ACE.

kramer2k 01-05-2013 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tanimal (Post 3186666)
Thanks! Was debating those and ACE.

I was also debating between those two for my fenders.

I eventually went with the BWs since I wasn't happy with the way the tube fenders fit the curves of the Jeep. Also, the ACE regular fenders were too narrow for my needs and the wide fenders looked a little funny to me.

I couldn't pass up the price of the BWs on Amazon either. I got them for ~$460, less an additional 3% from my Amazon rewards CC. I also had some Amazon credits to use.

Ironically, the 2-door BW flat flares are about $40 more than the 4-door set.

They're pretty freaking sweet though.

Tanimal 01-05-2013 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3186731)
I was also debating between those two for my fenders.

I eventually went with the BWs since I wasn't happy with the way the tube fenders fit the curves of the Jeep. Also, the ACE regular fenders were too narrow for my needs and the wide fenders looked a little funny to me.

I couldn't pass up the price of the BWs on Amazon either. I got them for ~$460, less an additional 3% from my Amazon rewards CC. I also had some Amazon credits to use.

Ironically, the 2-door BW flat flares are about $40 more than the 4-door set.

They're pretty freaking sweet though.

Any issues with them on the trails in terms of ripping them off or cracking them?

kramer2k 01-05-2013 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tanimal (Post 3186831)
Any issues with them on the trails in terms of ripping them off or cracking them?

I've yet to hit any highly technical or tight trails with them. They do exceptionally well at the beach! :D

They're very tough though. But I can't comment on their ability to take the Jeep's weight against a tree.

Arch 01-05-2013 06:07 PM

Its amazing how much better a JK looks after you get rid of the nasty 16" stock rims. Even the difference from your 16's to the 17's is night and day, but the 35's really set it apart. Very nice Jeep man

WatchThis! 01-05-2013 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3186934)



They're very tough though. But I can't comment on their ability to take the Jeep's weight against a tree.

Its not a pretty sight.

kramer2k 01-05-2013 06:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WatchThis!

Its not a pretty sight.

Lol. I didn't think so.

Tanimal 01-06-2013 01:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arch (Post 3187326)
Its amazing how much better a JK looks after you get rid of the nasty 16" stock rims. Even the difference from your 16's to the 17's is night and day, but the 35's really set it apart. Very nice Jeep man

Thanks !
Quote:

Originally Posted by WatchThis! (Post 3187341)
Its not a pretty sight.

Hahahaha

Tanimal 01-07-2013 06:58 PM

Finally got around to installing my Rugged Ridge snorkel today. I'll have more pictures tomorrow and more to type up so here is a teaser shot for you all:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2AC3CA84D4.jpg

kramer2k 01-07-2013 07:01 PM

^ Awesome! :punk:

Hey Tanimal, I think you should scrap your fender flare plans and run it like that. http://www.v6performance.net/forums/...s/gapteeth.gif

Jackster3 01-07-2013 08:07 PM

awesome build man! Love watching jeeps progress like this

Tanimal 01-07-2013 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kramer2k (Post 3196506)
^ Awesome! :punk:

Hey Tanimal, I think you should scrap your fender flare plans and run it like that. http://www.v6performance.net/forums/...s/gapteeth.gif

Haha thanks Kramer! I was looking at it also and I was thinking it didn't look so bad. Really made me consider the narrow ACE fenders instead of the wide!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jackster3 (Post 3196934)
awesome build man! Love watching jeeps progress like this

Thank you! It's been a lot of hard work. I feel like I've been wrenching on it more than I've been wheeling and that's sad to say but this coming season it's going to be the other way around! .....Hopefully :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by pluke the 2 (Post 3197036)
i love other hands on jeepers. good for you bud.

when you said you were from "other forums", which ones are you a member on?

Thank you I really appreciate that compliment considering I wasn't very mechanically inclined until I invested myself into this hobby and really started reading as much as I could and actually giving these installs a shot. I figured if I mess it up really bad I can always just take it to a shop haha. I'm a part of jeepforum, jkowners, jkfreaks, jk-forum, and forbiddenjeeps. Really kicking myself for not getting over to wrangerforum sooner because it seems like everyone is very active here! :D

Tanimal 01-08-2013 09:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pluke the 2 (Post 3197631)
haha nice man. active indeed.

i love the mall crawler rep here...

ForbiddenJeeps.com - Mall Crawler of the Month!!

can't wait to see some wheeling shots.

Haha speak of that they just pulled my picture down for the new month. They didn't have a ton of contestants so I tosses them a picture :thumb:

paleh0rse 01-08-2013 10:13 AM

Beautiful build, man! Well done!

Have you considered the TrailMods removable flares? I'm trying too decide between those and the BWs myself.

Ya gotta love this "hobby"! :)

MikeK46 01-08-2013 11:18 AM

Nice build, coming along great!

What does "Rubiconned" mean?

Tanimal 01-08-2013 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paleh0rse (Post 3199221)
Beautiful build, man! Well done!

Have you considered the TrailMods removable flares? I'm trying too decide between those and the BWs myself.

Ya gotta love this "hobby"! :)

I saw those flares and never really considered them but I'll have to research them more. Yes this "hobby" makes me question my insanity sometimes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeK46 (Post 3199485)
Nice build, coming along great!

What does "Rubiconned" mean?

It means you got tricked into thinking I drove a Rubicon :) It's great when people go "oh you have a rubiconned, I wanted one of these" and I just nod and smile.

Tanimal 01-08-2013 11:33 AM

You already got my teaser shot photo so here's more photos on the Rugged Ridge snorkel, my install, and a big thanks to Rugged Ridge for the helpful and quick tech support when the template cutout didn't fit.

We got the fender all removed and than had to make the cutout. This is where the template didn't fit and after a quick phone call to Rugged Ridge they advised us that the template was just to long and that it is sized properly. After hearing that we just cut the template in half and over laid it so the hole and the square matched up on either side and marked our line:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2AC5D5EF7D.jpg

We used a dremel with a precise metal cutting wheel. Don't worry I let me father make the cut since his hands are a bit more steady :)

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2AC8A51809.jpg

After the cut was made we sanded it down a bit and then painted around the edge:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2ACB9D6E65.jpg
The whole process took the two of us around 6 hours and we didn't have any breaks. We were extremely careful during the install and paid special attention to all the connections and fitment:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...2ACDE93923.jpg

Here's some finished installed pics:

Closeup of the snorkel and fender cut:
http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...6B8A8F8F1E.jpg

Side view:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...6B825B2A09.jpg

Front view:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...6B8529A47D.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...6B9094DC4C.jpg

Full body shots:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...6B8E303896.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s...6B7F9B2A68.jpg

Up next is my Coast front drive shaft so stay tuned!


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 PM.