so i've had my jeep for almost 2 years now, joined jeepforum back in june, didnt post anything til last month, and now i figured its finally time to start a build thread
this is the earliest picture i can find and at this point i hadn't done anything to jeep except get it dirty. it was all stock when i bought it with the exception of the wheels (they were painted black but as far as i can tell they are centerline modstars) and 29" toyo at's.
first thing i did was chop the bottom off the bumper and put on some fog lights. hadn't ruined the paint job yet at this point
next was the tires...31" maxxis bighorn
at some point in there, before the tires i think, i changed all the brakes. rebuilt the back drums and put vented rotors and new calipers on the front, with new pads of course. i guess i should also mention that after i put the tires on i was rubbing all the time just going over speedbumps. i guess jeeps weren't made to have 31's without any lift. good thing i had already trimmed my bumper. i was also missing all my bump stops so im sure that didnt help any.
right after i put on the 2" bb
after that, since i had no money, i just wheeled it every day i could. in january of this year i replaced the ball joints, tre's, trackbar, and shocks. in march i put on a kor radiator support/tow point. in may i put on jks disconnects. in june i put on a flowmaster 40 that my friend gave me off his mustang, so its pretty loud and not really made for an i6, but i like it. and last month i took out the fan/fan clutch and replaced it with an electric fan from an escort. took me all day but it was definitely worth it!
a few days ago i discovered i needed a new trackbar pretty badly and tomorrow i am ordering an IRO double sheer conversion and hopefully that will keep me on the road a little longer! anyway, thats my jeep! and even if no one looks at this at least i will have a way to keep track of what i have done
well hopefully i can get some 3.5" lift springs and shocks from IRO soon and i will probably need new tires next spring so i want to go up to 33". i would also like to put 3.73 or 4.10 and lockers in, but that wont be for a while probably. this is still my dd until i get a new car
made a little bracket so i can actually use my disconnects. since i don't have an engine skid, i had no where to put the pins that hold the disconnects up so i did this
the "bracket" is a 4" angled piece for making trusses that i got from home depot, cut half the end off one side to it wouldn't stick out, drilled holes to mount the pin to the bracket and to mount the bracket to the body, and bolted the bracket to the body in the threaded hole provided for the engine skid. looks like it works so hopefully i can test it out soon!
yeah but whenever i even went through a dip in the road the tires hit the fenders. messed up the lip that goes around the wheel well. if you done drive fast around corners or through dips in the everything should be fine. but that was just me
installed my iro trackbar and double shear kit. went pretty smooth. the directions only gave adjustment specs for 3.5" of lift or higher and right now i only have 2" so i email iro and they said approx 3/4" less than the 3.5" adjustment so i tried that. it ended up being way off so i had to tear it all down again, but now its pretty much perfect...besides my steering wheel pointing to the right about 30 degrees.
hopefully someday i will have a lift like this but for now...just jack stands
haven't been able to go in the hills lately and i cleaned it a while ago because i was trying to figure out where all the leaky power steering fluid was coming from. sadly its the bottom of my steering gear.