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Old 06-08-2019, 01:09 PM
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Location: Lyme
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Arrow '97 Wrangler 4.0L, 4:1, 4.88's, NV3550, 8.8 Detroit rear, hpD30 Spartan front

~145K miles but might go up
Garage kept and stored there for the winter to keep it off the salty roads.
Clean title and AutoCheck report by Experian: 1J4FY19S6VP501772
Registered and inspected.
No check engine lights.
Starts quick, runs good, rides nice(for a TJ), and stops real fast.
Frame is solid, and it has been plated with Safe-T-Cap Rear Trailing Arm Mounts(common area)
Body mounts/torque boxes have been reinforced too, so those typical areas are all set as well.
Great oil pressure on this low mileage(for the year) 4.0L engine, running full synthetic oil.

This Jeep is ready to go. It will go down the highway at 90mph. It drives nice while going straight down the highways, and has no death wobble, nor bump steer issues. All that being stated, this Jeep is not for everybody. If you are not use to a lifted and auto locked short wheelbase Wrangler with a manual transmission, then this is might not be the best option for you.

A lot of recent work was done to it(more than $15k in parts alone, not including any labor at all in that figure), so I shouldn't need to tell you with a list like this how well it wheels, especially with over a 80:1 crawl ratio(yes better than the famed Rubicon).

1" lift Brown Dog complete engine mount kit
Smog legal SS header
New mandrel bent cat-back exhaust, which sounds great and not loud just cruising down the open road, but when accelerating it does have a growl.
New O2 sensor
Upgraded to a 2002 intake manifold
Cold air intake that pulls air through a pre-filtered inlet from the cowl area and is C.A.R.B. legal
Throttle body spacer(A.R.B. approved)
Electric fan with an adjustable thermostat, plus an independent override switch
New cap, new rotor, wires, and E3 plugs

Transmission + Transfer:
Upgraded from the original AX15 to a stronger NV3550 5-speed manual trans(Wrangler's strongest) and a HD clutch.
B&M short throw shifter, not just a knob.
T-case shifter relocation bracket
Rubicon NV241OR RocTrac transfer case with factory SYE(slip yoke eliminator)
Double cardan CV style rear drive shaft

Rear Ford 8.8 Axle:
4.88 gears
Detroit locker
C-clip Eliminator kit
Heavy Duty Diff Cover
Adjustable Upper Control Arm's with Heim joints(the $1,100 Rusty's kit only had solid rubber ends).
Adjustable Lower Control Arms(the $1,100 Rusty's kit only had fixed ones).
1330 Adapter Flange
Line lock parking brake

Dana 30 front axle:
Upgraded the LP(low pinion) axle to a stronger HP(high pinion)
4.88 gears
New Spartan auto locker(08/2018), I can include the stock spider gears to return this to a standard open differential if you prefer.
Lube Locker gasket
Adjustable Lower Control Arms with flex joint(the $1100 Rusty's kit only came with fixed and had rubber ends)

Tires & Wheels:
5 new 33x12.5 Falken Wildpeak A/T3W on new 15" black alloy rims with all lug nuts being new as well.

Front End:
PSC steering box
Rusty's steering box skid*
Rusty's tie-rod(with new end) and HD drag link adjustment sleeve
New lower ball joints
New passenger's side axle u-joint
New driver's side unit hub bearing assembly
New passenger's side unit hub bearing assembly as of 08/2018
New driver's side brake caliper as of 7/08/2018

Rusty's advanced 3.5" lift(coils, shocks, CA's, Panhard bar, rear track bar bracket, Pitman arm, extended rear sway bar end links, S.S. brake lines)
New shocks with ones that have lifetime warranty(one received dent on the last outing)
New Rusty's upper rear spring relocation perches to correct the curvature of the lifted coils when installed.
Switched to better TeraFlex swaybar disconnects

New rockers guards
New full corner guards
Rusty's fuel tank skid
New radiator guard*
New Barnes 4wd rear bumper support tie-in brackets(welded in)
New rear frame mounted receiver hitch(never towed)
Recent custom front shorty bumper(shown in one picture)

Optima Red Top Battery*
Painless weatherproof fuse block
New blower resistor and heavy duty connector
KC DOT legal head lights
Stock turn signals custom cut into grill

Half* OR Full doors* (full doors on now from winter storage)
Mirrors relocated for full or soft doors, either on or off.
Practically new aftermarket upper door skins* if half doors are chosen

Tuffy steel security glove box
Bestop under seat security box*

New CB on new windshield bracket and K40 antenna*
Pioneer AM/FM/CD/WMA/MP3 HD radio with USB and AUX ports*

Replaced front seats with a cleaner pair from a 1999 Wrangler that were in much better shape(no pics of them yet).

The items listed with an asterisk(*) I would consider pulling to further save you some money if you need to make this cheaper to fit your budget. I don't need to sell and will just keep enjoying it until someone does appreciate her enough to bring the cash.

Thank you for reading.

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