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BOJIs TJ 01-22-2013 08:01 PM

Picked up my first TJ yesterday :) Pics attached.
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After many long months of looking at JK's, I decided to go with a TJ for my first ever Wrangler purchase. I found a 2003 TJ Sahara 5-spd manual gem that I couldn't pass up on. It is Lt. Khaki with a dark Khaki soft top. It has really low miles, 32,000 to be exact, no accidents, rust free, garage kept and in pristine shape for a Michigan TJ. Needless to say, I am extemely happy with it. I've been peeking around this forum for a while now, so thank you for all the advice.

I purchased 2013 JK Sahara 'take off' wheels/tires for extremely cheap that I plan on plasti-dipping(see attached pic) and installing on my TJ with Spidertrax adaptors of course. I am not much of an off-roader personally, i'm mostly looking forward to cruising with the top/doors off in the summer but I want it to look good, of course!

I know people have installed 32" JK sahara/rubi tires without a lift and stock suspension, but I think i want to go with a small lift and not spend alot of $$$. So, I've been reading alot about the 2" Teraflex Budget Boost(without shocks). Is there any issues if I install these with my current oem shocks or am I going to need to purchase new shocks?

Also, is there an issue with the added weight of the 5th 32" JK sahara tire on the back of the trunk gate on the spare tire holder?

Thanks for all of the input. It feels great to finally be a part of the WranglerForum.


srad600 01-22-2013 08:39 PM

Looks great! Congrats!

mudmagnet63 01-22-2013 08:49 PM

Damn right doggie. 32k that is a rare jewl good looking ride congrats.

cctriesch 01-22-2013 08:49 PM

Hey, Looks great. You got a hell of a deal on it. What kind of winch do you have under the cover? More pics More pics!!

BOJIs TJ 01-22-2013 09:33 PM

Thanks guys. I'll have to snap some pics when it warms up so I can clean the salt off her. Like the past senior citizen owner, this will probably be a full time mall crawler, which is why I wanted a pretty TJ, but to each their own right! I'm sure I'll hit up the trails later down the road.

I got a pretty good deal, I paid $13K for it. It's exactly what I wanted as far as options, color and of course condition.

Now the winch I believe is a Smittybilt XRC. Which I don't think is a great winch, but I'll take it. It sure looks better than a front bumper without a winch. I'll probably never use it .

Diver9543 01-22-2013 10:29 PM

Congrats on the "new" TJ, it really looks nice. I look forward to following your progress in future post. Welcome to the best forum on the net. Don't forget the wave.:whistling: :wavey:

tbensor 01-22-2013 11:21 PM

13K for an 03 with 32K is a deal

Nashorn101 01-22-2013 11:23 PM

Goodness gracious that is a clean TJ! But nice man! Lucky find, take good care of her and welcome to the family! :punk:

ranger44 01-23-2013 12:06 AM

Looks really great! Congrats!

MarkGLHS 01-23-2013 02:28 AM


Originally Posted by tbensor (Post 3264880)
13K for an 03 with 32K is a deal

heck yes, and its a Sahara (lots of extra good stuff included)....has to be one of the best deals I have read about on this forum lately. congrats.

Hun 01-23-2013 03:12 AM

Congrats. Enjoy.
Teraflex budget boost lift is great for what you are planning.
Dont worry about the bigger tire on swingdoor - it'll hold.
Keep it full of fuel...

JcrOffroad 01-23-2013 07:46 AM

Looks sweet! When does the build up begin :cool:

BOJIs TJ 01-23-2013 09:58 AM

Thanks for the compliments. I plan on starting around spring time. I'm still debating the BB lift idea, but definitely the wheels/tire upgrade will happen first. I will post pics after I do that.

I don't plan on transforming it a whole lot. Just minor tweaks, I will Plasti-dip the chrome headlight bezels to black. Maybe after market side steps down the road to replace the plastic ones it came with. But for now, I just want to get out there and enjoy it. Can't wait until it warms up!

DetroitRodeo 01-23-2013 10:03 AM

Congrats! And good to see a Michigander on here lol. I'm moving back to the mitten this summer! Great looking jeep, good choice on the TJ!!

Lookin2buy 01-23-2013 12:37 PM

I'm ordering a 2" Rubicon Express BB that comes with twin tube shocks (or mono option). Check out Allen, he's offering a pretty good deal on them.... AOR, is his screen name. Offer good for another 2 weeks I think...

And congrats on that beauty!

myblood04 01-23-2013 05:51 PM

Beautiful jeep brother! Congrats!!

Xjman1 01-23-2013 11:50 PM

Nice find on one great looking TJ!!

Jeeplover1 01-23-2013 11:51 PM

Purtty welcome aboard

patriotbrady 01-24-2013 09:15 AM

I need a spare wheel like your original wheels, if you are looking to make a donation to charity :)

SurfKaster 01-24-2013 09:33 AM

She's clean. Congrats & welcome

Runkmaster 01-24-2013 10:11 AM

Welcome to the club!

greg_24 01-24-2013 11:39 AM

Clean & all original, real nice TJ you found. Love that color too.:thumb:

BOJIs TJ 01-24-2013 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by patriotbrady
I need a spare wheel like your original wheels, if you are looking to make a donation to charity :)

Once I take them off and install my 18" JK sahara wheels/tires, I'll have no need for the old wheels. Do you live in Michigan? If so, feel free to pick them up. The original wheels are in great shape, the tires not so much. They are still the original tires from 2003.

And again thanks for the all the compliments everyone. I'll post pics of the updates along the way. I can't do a whole whole until it warms up so I can start Plasti-dipping the wheels and headlight bezel.

G-LOVE 01-24-2013 04:35 PM

Beautiful ride! Love the color. Welcome to the fold.

ninjaturtle0 01-24-2013 04:48 PM

wow that looks brand new!! congrats

99tj707 01-24-2013 06:52 PM

Nice jeep. Love that color.

BOJIs TJ 02-03-2013 08:27 AM

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Here is another pic of her out in the snow.

dale 3 02-03-2013 08:39 AM

Looks good even going backwards.You got yourself a real STEAL of a deal!! WELCOME!!:wavey:

Scooba Steve 02-03-2013 08:45 AM

Nice TJ! Congrats on the purchase

sinbob 02-03-2013 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by Scooba Steve (Post 3315075)
Nice TJ! Congrats on the purchase


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