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Unread 10-17-2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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New Memeber: Viplogics 2004 Laredo 4.7 build

Aloha,
New Member from Hawaii who is an ex-BMW mechanic and I wanted to share my WJ build that I started in late August 2013. My WJ is a trail ready 2004 4.7 Laredo that I purchased locally from a gentleman who brought it with him from Iowa. I got it at a very good price because the rocker arm issue caused the motor to sound like it was going to blow up and scared the seller to just dump it. A friend helped me bring it home and I was happy boy.

The second day, I slapped on wrangler 18" wheels I picked up from CL to update the look, it was a big mistake because of clearance issues. A week later, I picked up front and rear overland varilock axles and installed the rear. Since the big rims and tires kept rubbing on the body, my WJ got stuck everywhere even with the varilock in the rear. I was flustered and installed the rough country 4" lift kit, picked up 17" wrangler rubicon rims with M/T tires, installed custom slider, cut my bumpers, pounded my fenders, and cut the body for more clearance.

It hasn't been very long that I've owned my Jeep but I am very happy with it and I'm hoping to install my front axle by next week to attack the "JEEP Eater" hill at a local trail called peacock flats.

Alright, here's what she looks like:

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Unread 10-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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Looks great; I especially love the new 10th Ann Rubicon wheels you have there. Welcome to the party!
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Unread 10-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Aloha, welcome to the forum. Those are some big wheels. Good luck fighting that hill!

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