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Unread 02-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Project thread: Zeeps, the almost scrapped 01XJ

So it's almost been a year since I found this Jeep, and I am just about to start on some fun things. I figured I would make a build thread now.

The original thread is HERE and shows all the fun stuff we did to get it running, cleaned up, etc.

Last February/March:


Which now brings us to tax return 2013, which gives me a hefty budget to play with.

On the list so far:
-Rusty's offroad 3.5 inch lift (new rear springs, HD front coils, 4 shocks, all new bolts, new steering damper, stainless brake lines)
-Aussie locker
-Wheels with 31 inch tires
-A trailer hitch (why don't all Jeeps come with one?!)
-New headlights because stock ones suck
-Some kind of Safari rack
-Hella lights on the front bumper

Lets mark of a few things already:
-Hella lights, acquired from a local friend
-Wheels and tires. My friend found these Canyons with brand new General Grabber AT2's on his local VT Craigslist for $400




He got right to work breaking them down to refinish them






After some sanding and grinding of the curbed up lips


First coat, primer


second, third, fourth coats, gunmetal VHT wheel paint


Final coat, clear


That's it for now, until the tax return hits the account. I will update as we do the lift and other stuff.
Thanks for looking!

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Unread 02-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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4 hours after I posted this, the tax refund hit my bank account, so I clicked "pay now" on Rustys Offroad on the lift, brake lines, and a trailer hitch. This project is taking off quickly!
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Unread 02-05-2013, 12:08 PM   #3
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Great start. I read your other thread also. Wow you scored
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Interesting this popped up, I looked at your other thread and realized I had posted in it and apparently forgot to check it again haha.

What a steal, will certainly keep an eye on this!

Also (although over a year ago now) you asked what was up with my username and current location since you were from Vegas. This is about a year too late but its VegasGT because I had a 5.4 swapped Mustang GT I nicknamed Vegas because "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Very corny and cliche but it certainly fit the bill back then haha. I just transferred the same username over to Jeepforum when I made an account in 09.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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Also (although over a year ago now) you asked what was up with my username and current location since you were from Vegas. This is about a year too late but its VegasGT because I had a 5.4 swapped Mustang GT I nicknamed Vegas because "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Very corny and cliche but it certainly fit the bill back then haha. I just transferred the same username over to Jeepforum when I made an account in 09.
That's funny. This was the FIRST forum I didn't transfer the username I use most, even though I moved to Maine. Everyone on the VW forums know me as VegasJetta...
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Unread 02-10-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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Everything for the lift arrived in the middle of that Nemo Blizzard on Friday!
2 rear springs, 2 front springs, 4 shocks, stainless lines front and rear, trailer hitch, and transfer case drop.
Very excite!
Can't wait to get this all installed, not sure where or how I am going to do it. It's too cold to play in my garage...
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Unread 02-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #7
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So your the guy who bought those AT2s!!!! I was eyeing them up and you must have bought them just before I called! Damn you haha Your going to love them and the lift, it's the same combination I'm running. The kit came with a rear brake line relocation bracket but I didnt use it. I was worried about the metal line snapping trying to bend it that far so i bent it as far as i felt safe and zip tied it in place.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 11:05 AM   #8
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Yup. You snooze, you lose! Actually, we had been in contact with the guy that had those wheels for about a week and he said he had nobody interested.
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Unread 02-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #9
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Sooooo...
Got to the shop today to put in the lift. What a ***** that was to do!
Considering this Jeep is 99.9% rust free, I was hoping it would be easier.
The top shock mount bolts in the rear were all broken and someone tried to fix them, the left rear lower shock mount stud was/is stripped. We had to cut the front mount of the left rear spring apart to get the damn sleeve out. The front springs were a BASTARD to get in. It's all together though.

Start of the day, I measured from the floor to the middle of the fender flares. front was 31 inches and rear was 30.5 inches. End of the day, front was at 34 inches, rear was at 36.5 inches. SIX INCH GAIN in the rear?! Did I get the wrong leaf packs? I know it will settle some, but even with the 1" transfer case drop, there are driveline vibrations from 0 to about 35mph, but I haven't gone over 50mph yet. Something doesn't seem right...

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Does that look right? Ideas on how much it will settle?
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Maybe they sent the wrong leafs? Look for a part number and check it out. Jeep looks good tho. I love black cars
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Unread 02-21-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
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God damn, definitely the wrong leaves haha.

I wouldn't even bother sending them back. Keep and buy the right ones. You can save some money later if you go bigger or sell them for more than the ones you need cost.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 06:03 PM   #12
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Or pull a few leafs out
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Unread 02-21-2013, 07:28 PM   #13
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A quick email to Rusty's confirmed that they sent the correct ones. During the installation process, I was stupid and tightened the rear leaf points while in the air, and forgot to crack them loose and settle the suspension down and tighten them. I did that today and it brought the back down a bit, and will settle 1.5 to 2" over the next week. I am going to put new U-Joints in the rear driveshaft on Wednesday for good measure.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #14
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Ended up not doing U Joints because I got the wrong ones somehow. We DID get the trailer hitch installed though. What a pain in the *** that was!
Also did an oil and trans fluid change while it was up in the air.
Next week is U Joints and SS Brake lines, track bar relocating bracket, and then alignment.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 12:07 PM   #15
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The temp was higher than freezing today so I got busy installing the Putco Harness and AutoPal lights, with Hella Yellowstar bulbs. Took about an hour, not very hard to do. The difference in light output is astonishing. I should have done this a year ago!




Also bought a 2" receiver for the trailer hitch, and realized I didn't like the way the back bumper looked so I Plasti-Dipped it.

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