I never thought I would do this, but I like the idea of having something to look back at down the road.
The WJ was purchased sometime in 2006, to be the Wife's Jeep. Since then she has started commuting, so I get the Jeep now! My first mod was a BB from the classifieds and I rode that for a couple months until I couldn't stand the DT8000 shocks anymore. The next year or so the Jeep remained stock.
A few months ago I decided the family needed a way to get out and explore. My plans are to keep with a more expedition type Jeep. I always liked the idea of running around the mountains for days, without seeing anyone else.
First, the budget will only allow for a mild 3" lift. I opted to contact Nick at Kolak and he sent me over some OME 3" coils, JKS trackbar, and Rubicon Express shocks. Now I can fit the 265/70/16 General Grabber AT2 tires.
Next, i had some free time to raise the gas tank, since the spare no longer fit inside, and the idea to use it as storage didn't suit me because I don't like the idea of having to pull everything out to get under the floor.
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Next we cut the factory skid out along the sides, then we drilled a 2" hole and 1.25" holes where the hoses are to run through the "frame". We decided it best to run some pipe as conduit through the bare holes. Next we trimmed the filler tubes to prevent the hose from kinking. Next we removed the filler neck and cut it to length.
Once the skid was out, it was time to cut it up and re-attach it. We cut out about 6 inches. After we welded it and re-painted it, we raised it up, installed the gas lines and inside filler lines
Now since I have no spare, I ordered the KOR stealth rear bumper with tire carrier and the roof rack from Kolak. I will update in a couple months after I get them installed.
How easy was it to install for wiring? Did the wiring make it to the battery?
Very easy. I pulled the +12v from the outlet already there. Its fused for 20A, and the lights are only .1A each. I pulled 2 18ga wires up the C pillar, across the top and fished them through the stock rubber boot that is used for the rest of the hatch electronics. Make sure you plan on some sort of disconnect in the wire near the hatch, so you can pull the trim and not have to cut the wires!