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mustangwarrior 12-11-2012 06:14 AM

The "Dirty Nugget" build '01 WJ
Copied this over from another forum so some things have changed since then


I picked up my WJ back in June, it's an '01 Laredo with only 47k miles and that is turning out to be its downfall. Due to is age and low miles it has either sat for a period of time or was only drove a mile or two at a time, either one is not good on a vehicle, so i'm currently trying to get her caught back up to par mechanically.

I had been doing pretty well, got my associates degree and landed a good job so I decided to purchase a more reliable vehicle. I went back and forth between fuel efficent cars, mustangs, diesels, every thing and decided that i was gonna go with an suv and if i was gonna do that i was gonna get one with a solid axle and thats what landed me on the WJ. Then I decided on the 4.0l due to its reputation for longevity and the select-trac transfer case.

Here's the truck i sold to help pay for the Jeep, it was a little bit more akward off road then what the jeep is and was not as practical with only room for 2.

Here's the jeep as it sits

So far i've put new u-joints in the rear shaft and have had to replace the passenger side window motor, its gonna need a brake job and a tune up soon as well

Mods so far:

Gutter guard grill inserts

Mounted the cb in place of the ash tray

mounted a 3' Firestik on the back

Cabelas trail guide seat covers, they fit good and have lots of pockets in the back for storage

also added a new Curt hitch

and i'm currently working on a cargo carrier

I attempted to split the headlight housings to remove the amber plastics and just about destroyed it so looks like i'll be buying to headlights now anyway

My plans for it eventually will be:

4" IRO basic lift
33" tires on functional beadlocks
rear tire carrier mounted under the factory bumper
front light bar with rigid duallys
hefty roof rack cross bars for the canoe
gonna need an exhaust so why not upgrade
possible intake
rear locker and diff guards front and rear
t-case skid
rock sliders
high lift
just name a few

My plans are more expedition based while still being a daily driver, and with still being a college student the build will be slower

mustangwarrior 12-11-2012 06:17 AM

my overall idea for this jeep is to have something capable enough to wheel on the weekends but still be practical enough to drive 45+ miles a day


well school has started back up and with work and school it leaves me with no free time for anything, good thing is its ample opportunity to save lots of $$$ for some mods this winter

a couple weeks ago i found some time to paint the underside, used a wire wheel to knock the loose stuff off the used por15 to paint it, also probably gonna try to get a new stainless exhaust installed sometime within the next month or two



I have also had some opportunity to take it out with the family and carry the bikes on the back, everything works well but the rack absolutely kills the departure angle, i've dragged through a few ditches already but it didn't hurt it any

went ahead and bought a 3" iro lift, opted for the doetsch shocks, black boots, and adjustable track bar, also went ahead and got some bar pin eliminaters

thing is i probably won't have time to install it till the summer, so until then i'm gonna get a pile of parts together, here's the plan:

-265-75-16 cooper st maxx
-16x7 wheels
-replace a couple rear brake lines
-new calipers/pads
-paint front and rear axles
-new fluids
-paint diff covers
-possibly fab up some diff guards
-possible rear locker
-rear tire carrier w/ matching spare

all just thoughts right now

mustangwarrior 02-21-2013 12:37 PM

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A teaser of what's to come

Capricorn 02-21-2013 08:57 PM

Rad wheels! Rockin the survival strap too huh ;) I've got my Alabama Crimson Tide strap around my shifter too lol

mustangwarrior 02-24-2013 03:49 PM

thanks, been through alot of trouble to get those wheels, but thats another story

started on the rear tire carrier last night, got it about half way done and tacked together, so maybe it will be finished next weekend but not sure, workin 40+ a week at work and school full time in the evenings doesn't leave me with a whole lot of time

going to order the tires tomorrow, 265-75-16 Cooper ST maxx, and going to try to get the lift on during spring break in two weeks, was planning on waiting till summer for all this but once parts started showing up, i started getting excited lol

mustangwarrior 03-08-2013 07:37 PM

quick update,

got the the tires finally ordered and put on today, Cooper ST Maxx, 265-75-16 and 10 ply, they look awesome but are pretty heavy and looks like it took a bit of weight to get them balanced, should be getting the tire carrier to about 90% complete tomorrow and will have pics later

GODMODEX 03-08-2013 10:57 PM

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good looking tire and wheel combo!

mustangwarrior 03-10-2013 12:50 PM

took advantage of the awesome weather this weekend and got the tire carrier close to completed, the initial coat of paint is drying right now, plans from here are to add a light off the back, relocate the license plate and spring load the latch setup

and a few more of the tires, not as much weight on them as i thought, each weight is only a 1/4 oz, so there is anywhere from 4 to 8 oz on the tires, also only measuring 31.5" tall they are not a huge tire but compared to the stock 225-75 they are pretty big

madmaxwell87 03-11-2013 04:44 PM

sub'd since this is almost exactly how i want my future wj to look. Was thinking about the exact same tires and very similar if not the same wheels.

mustangwarrior 03-18-2013 08:08 PM

well i got tired of waiting and decided at about 8 o'clock saturday night that i was putting the lift on, took about 6 1/2 hours to do, half the time with three guys, half with two guys, all went pretty well with the old steering stabilizer being the only thing that needed to be cut off

when replacing the old tack bar with my new adjustable, the axle shifted to the passenger side, i think this is what caused my steering wheel to now be upside down when driving straight, so hopefully the alignment shop will take care of that, other then that it still drives straight as an arrow,

between the 8000 shocks and the 10 ply tires it definitely rides stiff, and i didn't really want too spend the money but i think i'm going to be looking into buying some bushwacker flares for it

only poser pics for now, its getting dropped off at the alignment shop tomorrow then i'll be able to get some real seat time in it

GODMODEX 03-20-2013 06:27 PM

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Got any more pics of how you mounted that first part with the post for the tire carrier? Looks like you cut out part of the "body" was that to make it tuck in the bumper cover or was it to add strength? Lookin at doing a simiar design

mustangwarrior 03-21-2013 12:46 PM

yea you have to cut the rear end, i don't have any better pics than that and the bumper is back on now, if you google "wj tire carrier" you should get some links for jeepforum of some others guys who did the same and are more detailed, thats where i got the idea, i can't give you any names though, when i get home later tonight i can post some links on here

mustangwarrior 04-12-2013 05:36 PM

last weekend i finally did the number one mod all WJ's need, tow hooks, more or less a temporary setup until i build a bumper and use my shackles mounts i bought

trimmed the bumper to make them fit

then went for a quick spin after work today, was able to flex it a bit, and i'm definitely glad i bought the cut out flares 'cause the tires are rubbin the bumpers front and rear, also a locker will be on order sooner or later, the two drooped tires lost traction and spun

also the front sway bar is still attached

206wj 04-12-2013 05:54 PM

Looking good... Love the rims.

You just made me want to attack mine with por15 too.

mustangwarrior 04-22-2013 08:44 PM

Quick update, finally got my bushwacker flares last week and just ordered jks disconnects and an addco sway bar from kolak, saved me $50 over buying them from any of the top companies out there

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