I finally got myself back into a Jeep after about 20 years of withdrawls, so I figured this thread is the perfect place to introduce myself here at WF. This 2006 LJ is a far cry from my last venture into the Jeep world, a 1978 CJ7 I drove throughout high school in the 1990's (which was what gave me the Jeep bug in the first place!) and I'm loving every minute of it.
I've only been in it for about 2 weeks, and the PO did a great job with maintenance and mods. I'm a little unclear on everything he had done, but he told me quite a bit. There is the 4" suspension lift with 35" Mickey Thompson's along with a swap to 4.10 rear ends. Also, which I think is great, he removed the backseat at installed a rhinolined truck bed. When I bought it, it was equipped with a hard top that only covered the front seat, essentially converting it to a Scrambler. Admittedly, that's pretty cool, but not "Jeep-ish" enough for me. He had kept the factory rollcage and soft top, so I set about converting it back to more of a stock configuration. It's all done in a way that I can go back and forth between truck-mode and jeep-mode in less than an hour, so best of both worlds! Also I really dig that with the soft top up, the bed is covered to keep gear/tools/groceries/etc clean and dry.
In the past couple weeks I've build spacers to lift the seats, undercoated and painted bumpers with rattlecan bedliner, cleaned/polished/waxed the bejeesus out of it, upgraded the stereo and speakers, and installed a trailer hitch. Currently waiting on 303 protectant and fabric so I can take care of the top and seats and also have a spiderwebshade on the way. I even did something which seems to go against the grain around here - I reinstalled the milkjug bumper endcaps
Seems like most folks ditch those ASAP, but I think it really finishes out the look. I don't understand the dislike many folks have for them, but to each their own.
Next first priority, I need to fab a swingaway spare holder and replace that dinky little 30" on the tailgate. I'm sure I can find plenty of advice on that project here! Also, I need to find a way to retrofit my center console to house a small subwoofer. Mine didn't come with that option from the factory, so that'll take a little engineering. At some point, I'll swap the Mickeys for BFG All-Terrain KO's. They've always been my tire of choice, but these are still totally fine for now. The future upgrade I'm most excited about is that I have sketched out a plan to build an overhead canoe carrier, will be sure to post that when it's completed.
Jeeping again, and it feels good!