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Unread 01-31-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Noob check-in/build thread?

Hi guys, I figured it was time to step out of the shadows and get my post on.
My name is Brian, I live near Portland, OR, and I recently picked up a WJ.
Very clean '04 with only about 62k on it. 4.0, 242, bone stock. I believe it was an old folks RV tow-behind.

I'm proud to say I figured out the search button and I got in touch with Kolak the magnificent. 1200 some odd dollars later, and I'm almost ready to install the OME HD kit, JKS discos, Bilsteins, new isolators, and his exhaust kit. Also ordered up a set of XD Spy wheels and 255/70r17 Hankook Dynapro ATM's. This is my daily (and only) driver, so I decided to keep it mild for the time being.

I'm not new to Jeeps or wheeling luckily. I had an '88 Comanche a while ago. Well preserved stock 2wd that I proceeded to butcher and toy with. Ended up with a roughly 8" long arm lift, "lost" the bed, made my own bumpers, broke the rear end, got nasty stuck a few times, beat it to death, then parted it out because I moved and there was no way it would make it without some pain.

I grew up in the mountains near Yosemite which offered some excellent wheeling opportunities, and I hope to explore Oregon with my new rig.

Nice to meet you all!

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Unread 01-31-2013, 02:57 AM   #2
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Sounds like you're off to a good start.

Cheers!
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Unread 01-31-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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I need to get off my duff and see how this thing operates in stock condition... my lift will be here soon!
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Unread 01-31-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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As it sits...for maybe another week..
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Unread 01-31-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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Woah, those are huge...
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Unread 01-31-2013, 06:05 PM   #6
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Looks like it's in excellent condition. Nice!
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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Looks like it's in excellent condition. Nice!
Yes, it took some looking to find one with less than 100k. Very clean, but I've found some hidden things that are kind of irritating. It's been repainted for some reason, one side I think, and the rear bumper cover and right tail light are aftermarket. And the transmission has a weird OD problem. Won't downshift at highway speed up a hill (even stomping on it), and if I turn off the OD then back on, coming to a stop it will want to stall out as if the torque converter is still locked. Going to try to sort that out, but hopefully I can use my extended warranty to fix it. There's always something with used cars!
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:48 PM   #8
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looks pretty good to me. i wish i could have found one that clean.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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I'd like to say I'm not a big fan of the aftermarket "euro" lights and all that garbage, but I do like the idea of being seen, so I got these.... They are the least ridiculous ones I could find, and I think they look pretty good. Nice modern update the WJ rear lacks. Though if I had to pay the full price myself...probably wouldn't have happened.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 09:40 PM   #10
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nice to see another portlander. looks like we are going virtually the same direction
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Unread 01-31-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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Ah cool... I was hoping to maybe find some like minded members in the area. I'm new-ish (about 2 1/2 years). Would be nice to get involved in some clubs and find what the area has to offer.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:04 PM   #12
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I hear ya on that one, havent done to much exploring with mine since I just put the lift on in Dec and i'm waiting for the snow to clear before I get back into the camping swing of things.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:29 PM   #13
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I'd like to say I'm not a big fan of the aftermarket "euro" lights and all that garbage, but I do like the idea of being seen, so I got these.... They are the least ridiculous ones I could find, and I think they look pretty good. Nice modern update the WJ rear lacks. Though if I had to pay the full price myself...probably wouldn't have happened.
Same here, I got them because they look stock in a way
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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:38 AM   #14
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I just ended up getting a really good set from a u-pull. one of mine had a moisture issue. Then tinted them to blend in more with the body colour so they look nice. Not a give fan of the aftermarket ones I've seen myself which is why I went this route. A lot of them look to ricer to put on a jeep.

A nice HID retro though! that's a different story!
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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:44 AM   #15
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I just ended up getting a really good set from a u-pull. one of mine had a moisture issue. Then tinted them to blend in more with the body colour so they look nice. Not a give fan of the aftermarket ones I've seen myself which is why I went this route. A lot of them look to ricer to put on a jeep.

A nice HID retro though! that's a different story!
Unfortunately I wasn't lucky so I bought mine full price. But I do need to tint it a little bit.
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