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So yes first off my name is actually TJ; so this couldn't have worked out any better :)

Purchased a 03 X with 129k on the clock.
It was bone stock as far as I could tell, but basically rust free.
Paid a little more for the condition which from what I understand is rare up in the NE.

Background: Im a computer and electronics tech and have never done any automotive work ever before. I did some modifications electrically to my old car but that was about it. so well on with the show:

Here is the list of work done so far. Ill post pics to the build page as soon as I get a free minute here at work.
- also try and be kind, im still a newb at all this and getting the hang of it

- also, also THANK YOU ALL for the help you have given. I couldn't do it without you!!
 

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purchased at the end of January '14
I have no garage so winter work is slow

Phase 1 - complete 2/19/14
✔Buy the Jeep
✔Front speakers - Pioneer - have since been replaced - see below
✔Sound pod speakers - kicker CS
✔Front speaker brackets
✔Deck and deck support frame- Pioneer DEH-X6600BT
✔Custom Rugged Ridge Fuel door
✔Rampage dual tube front bumper
✔Dome light / door alarm bypass switch
✔Black headlight surrounds
✔Rugged Ridge floor mats
✔Replaced heat level control switch
✔Dash tray
✔5 lock lugs
✔5 Rugged Ridge 15x8 black rims
✔5 General Grabber AT2 30/9.5R15 with center caps
✔Hard top - scored for $200 off CL
✔Hard top quick remove bolts
✔White LED dash light upgrade
✔White HVAC LED light upgrade
✔Roll bar grab handles
✔Rear seat belt removal
 

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Phase 2
✔4hole Bosch fuel injectors
✔Clean fuel rail
✔Blacked out front / side marker and rear lights
✔LED tail lights
✔Truck-lite headlights
✔Black hood decal with star cutout
✔6 Iridium spark plugs
✔#2 trailing O2 sensor
✔Throttle body extension
✔50 inch CREE light bar
✔Light bar frame
✔Light bar switch
✔Black logo replacements
✔Black entry guards
✔Black grille accents - coming off as soon as the aux cooler gets here
✔Billet footman loop
✔Aux horn switch
✔Kicker front speakers
✔new speaker mount brackets
✔new hard top hinges
✔Front diff fluid replacement + Lube locker gasket - mopar sae 80w90 - 5/21/14
✔Front EBC stage 4 brakes and slotted rotors 5/25/14
✔transfer case fluid change w/ mopar ATF +4. 5/29/14
✔Skyjacker Steering stabilizer
Rear Diff dana 35 fluid change and ARB diff cover
 

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Led Guage cluster upgrade
Truck-lite headlights
blackout tail lights
blackout front markers
 

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300w cree light bar on rough country mount
aluminum grill inserts - getting removed when aux cooler arrives
skyjacker hydro 7000 steering stabilizer
 

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billet footman loop
$200 Craigslist hard doors!!
super loud horns
new drivers rear fender flare - replaced the cracked one
Bosch 4 hole fuel injector upgrade
 

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changed the fluid in the front and rear diffs - absolutely disgusting - PO never did shit to this thing. installed lubelockers on both and an ARB cover on the D35
Also got the skyjacker steering stabilizer on. Also got a new IAC as mine is hissing like a snake
 

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So with the advice from Ironhead Jed on http://www.wranglerforum.com/f210/trans-cooling-question-733138.html

Decided on using my new Trans / PS cooler as a dual trans cooler with a thermostat to only go to aux cooler when temp is 180 or higher.

I also ordered a dual gauge pod for the A pillar and will be installing 2 temp sensors in the outgoing and incoming trans fluid temps.
 

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Well I've got a nice set of 2.5 rough country shocks sitting on my shelf but haven't really made any effort to get the rest of the parts ready to do the work.

Sadly ( or I guess fortunately for me) I'm one of those guys where money isn't an issue for my build. It's more about having fun doing it myself and learning along the way. I do however like to get a deal and try and do lots of research before I make a purchase.

I kinda like it's current height with the 30x9.5s on it and might just wait until the tires are done or close to done before doing a 2.5 or more lift and then some 33s. I love how they stick a good 1-2 inches out past the fender flares. Gives it a real aggressive look in my opinion.

It's my daily driver and an automatic so it's never gonna be a real true trail monster. I'm thinking about getting another one for just off road use.



* as for the horns I honestly haven't mounted them yet, but I did test them and my ears were ringing for a while! F'ing loud!!!! I think I paid $35 off eBay for them. I've since sanded and sprayed them with bed liner.
 

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OOPS!! The company I ordered my ARB d35 cover from accidentally had ARB drop ship me a second one. Looked what arrived today!!!

Also got some new stock sway links for $8 to hold me over until the lift. These ones have zirks!!!
 

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Got the new exhaust in the mail today! Also got the A pilar gushes pod in for the Trans temp gauges. Finally figured out how to tighten down the top of the sway links. And replaced the IAC. It no longer hisses and the throttle is more stable.
 

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Finished rebuilding the front track bar. Energy suspension bushings. I don't have a shop press so I had to improvise with a random puller tool I had and an air hammer. Took about 2 hours but I got it done!!
 

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