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Old 05-29-2018, 04:40 PM
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2008 JKU Sahara Build - Roxanne

So, after many, many years without a jeep (owned a few CJ's back in the 80's-90's) I finally made it back. I honestly cannot believe it took me this long. I got this 2008 4 door Sahara in the Red Rocks Crystal Pearl for a steal. It has 161,000 miles, but even if I have to put a long block in it, I'm still 10k ahead.

I figured the suspension is going to be swapped out over time anyway, so I pulled the trigger on it. I'm glad I did. The wife and I call her Roxanne.

So this is what I am going for, a daily driver that can handle anything off road I might throw at it. So a Metal Cloak 2.5 True Dual Rate lift kit has just been ordered, thanks to the free shipping weekend. I had got in on the DTD MB wheel deal and have 5 of them in my garage, waiting until my Cooper STT Pro's show up later this week at my local Discount Tire. Got about $100 of the set of 5 and a $75 rebate out of that deal.

So it begins. I have spent a few years in a Ford dealership doing front ends and suspensions, so I will do most of this work myself. Next up is re-gearing. I know it has a D30 front, but I'm not made of money, so I will run that until it fails, and then go with a D44. Lockers will have to be purchased before I'll re-gear, so I don't have to open up the diff's two separate times.

Let me know what you think as the build progresses. I have lots of ideas, but want to do the functional stuff before the looks good stuff. Bumpers, tire carrier, and armor are in the works...

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Old 05-30-2018, 07:35 PM
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Even though it was a long day at work, and the Ford Fusion we let my now 16 year old daughter drive has transmission issues that I had to look at, I still managed to get a couple small things done on Roxanne tonight.

First, I installed a set of 4 Bartact paracord grab handles. Yes, the Velcro kind. We had the doors and top off last weekend, and both the wife and daughter said it would have been nice to have something to grab if they felt the need. I might install some solid metal bolt on grab bars some day, but for now these will do. Got them in black/olive.

Second, I have seen some hood flutter on windy days and figured the rubber dog bones on the latches were worn. I was right. I installed a set of Daystar dog bones, and now she's tight. Almost too tight...
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