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Old 06-29-2019, 01:39 PM
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Here's the story on the Jeep:

I re-built it myself from the ground up to be a reliable "stockish" street driven TJ that can tackle the toughest trails with confidence. With that in mind the project started out as a rust free California vehicle. The choice of the specific year was something I wanted, given the 1999 model is arguably one of the best year TJ platforms.

It sits on low miles Rubicon Dana 44s and transfers power to the wheels via a Rubicon 241OR transfer case. The build was completed in the Spring of this year, after being almost completely disassembled, painted, and put back together with nothing but the best parts, including lightweight aluminum tub armor (all painted Chili Pepper Red) and aluminum drive train armor. The replacement parts list is extensive and includes the following and more:

Drivetrain:
- Dana 44 front with Revolution Gear 1350 axles, RCV seal savers, and factory air locker
- Dana 44 rear with Revolution Gear axles, new bearings, and factory air locker
- 241OR Rubicon transfer case a Novak Cable shifter
- Tom Woods drive shafts
- AX15 with B&M Sport Shifter and complete clutch replacement
- Metalcloak differential covers
- Ford Windstar air box modification
- Complete new exhaust, with header, catalytic converter, Flowmaster muffler, and all new exhaust pipe, which is held in place with stainless steel band clamps for complete adjustability
- Complete new cooling system (everything)
- New starter, alternator, and complete A/C replacement (Condenser back)
- New Distributor, plugs, wires, coil, etc.
- New fuel pump
- New oil pan, oil pump, rear main seal, valve cover gasket, and more

Steering, Brakes, and Suspension:
- ZJ steering upgrade
- Rotor and brake pad upgrade
- Daystar 1" BL
- Brown Dog 1" MML
- M.O.R.E 1" steering riser
- Metalcloak contol arms, track bars, and sway bar disconnects
- Artec front lower control arm mounts
- Nth Degree 3" springs
- OME shocks

Armor and Bumpers:

- Savvy Gas tank skid
- Savvy Under Armor (full aluminum transfer case, transmission, and oil pan skid)
- Savvy full aluminum corner armor
- Savvy aluminum tailgate armor
- Genright aluminum 1/2 door armor
- Genright TJ/LJ Flak-Jacket tub panel guards - aluminum
- LoD rear bumper with added LED back up lights
- Poison Spyder BFH front bumper
- Smittybuilt Gen 2 XRC 9500 winch with synthetic line

Interior & Exterior:
- Full Bedrug
- Tuffy console
- Upgraded Halogen headlights
- LED Dash lights (Red & White)
- New Chili Pepper Red paint (Original color)
- New Soft top
- Seats are almost perfect and had been stored for 15 years
- Upgraded stereo, amplifier, and speakers
- Super clean 16" Rubicon wheels with new stock 245/75R16 tires (It was built for 33" tires, but I wanted a stock tire size for daily driving)

The Jeep drives 70 MPH+ with ease and handles amazingly well. The mileage is currently at 199K, and going up, but I wouldn't hesitate to take it anywhere. When doing the oil pump I pulled the bearings and checked them all for wear. Everything, including the engine compression across all 6 cylinders, was within factory specifications.

Asking price is $14,900 for an extremely capable TJ that is truly one of a kind. Bottom line, I've built numerous Jeeps over the years and this one got all the lessons learned applied. It's by no means perfect, but I'm willing to bet its one of the nicest you'll find. Please send a PM if you're interested in more details or pictures. If you want to check out my other work, see my LJ build in the Signature.

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Old 06-29-2019, 01:59 PM
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Bump with updated pictures, including added 33x12.50R17 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 tires and Pro Comp wheels. This rig is built with quality parts and is 100% rust free (see pictures below)!
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More bottom side pictures. A lot of thought, time, money, and passion went into this build. I'm guessing it's one of the nicest Wranglers you'll find in the entire country. Please pass this on to others that might be looking. Anyone who looks at this Jeep will not be disappointed. Lastly, I'd like to see it go to a good home that will appreciate and take care of it!
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