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Unread 11-03-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Expedition WJ Build

I am building a versitile and reliable trail rig. I bought it with a blown engine at about 136k miles. So far I've replaced the engine with a new 4.7 that has a 4 year unlimited mile warranty. Also replaced virtually all mechanical parts under the hood. Next I installed a 3.75" Lift, new off road wheels and 31" treadwrights. I replaced the old fogged up headlights and installed a trailer hitch.

The plan is to make the wj into an ultra reliable, versitile expedition rig. Soon to add a functional safari snorkel, build a winch tube bumper and install front and rear aussie lockers.

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After lifting it.


New wheels. Gotta get some new rubber.












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Unread 11-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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Looks nice dude, what a steal for 800 bucks! how much did the new 4.7 set you back?
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Unread 11-04-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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Thanks man. It was $3000 and came with a 4 year warranty.

Trying to track down the death wobble on this. I will be happy when its fixed!
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Unread 11-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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Front and rear aussie lockers are in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 11-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
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Alright kiddies I finished building my wj front winch bumper. I've always like the look of baja tube bumpers, so the plan here was to incorporate those design aspects with a regular expedition style winch bumper. It took about 30 hours to build. Completely whipped my a$$. lol
I will be getting it powder coated and then installing a 12000lb winch. I'm just leaving it all tube and going to paint the metal behind the bumper black to blend it in.





I also finished installing the wj safari snorkel. Took about 6 hours. It absolutely is worth the every penny. I could have rigged something up but I need this to be 100% functional. I am impressed with the quality and amount of engineering that went into making this snorkel a water tight and factory looking fit. Also I thought it might cause more of a blind spot along the driver side A pillar, but no it tucks in nicely. You cant even see it from the drivers seat.

The snorkel is one of the most important parts of an expedition rig. When you're traversing through a jungle you never know when you might have to forge a water crossing.

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Unread 12-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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Front bumper all finished and powdercoated. Also installed new 31" treadwrights and off road wheels.





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Unread 12-25-2012, 06:18 PM   #7
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Eventually I'm going to be starting on rock sliders.
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Unread 12-25-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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Sweet Jeep man, that thing is suave. And we should start our own club I paid 800 bucks for mine too!

But on a serious note that front bumper is so-so. I think you should just send that one to me and start over...
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Unread 12-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #9
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Haha thanks man.
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Unread 12-25-2012, 07:18 PM   #10
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Good to see another WJ in GA, and another WJ in GA with a custom built bumper. Where did you buy your snorkel from?
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Unread 12-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #11
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looks like its coming along nicely!
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Unread 03-15-2013, 04:51 PM   #12
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Got her all shined up just in time to get dirty this wknd! I dont have pictures of them but I installed adjustable upper and lower ca's. The awesome part is they cured the rubbing I was having near the rockers.

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Unread 03-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #13
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Here's a video from a while ago. First time in mud with lockers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoStopDsaBo
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Unread 03-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #14
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Good to see another WJ in GA, and another WJ in GA with a custom built bumper. Where did you buy your snorkel from?

hey neighbor! thanks. And I got the snorkel from ebay.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #15
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looks like its coming along nicely!
Thanks man!!
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