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post #1 of 14 Old 06-12-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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'00 TJ - "Overlanding Edition"



That's my Jeep... A 2000 TJ 4.0 Sport

Today's specs:
  • 3" K&S Short Arm Lift
  • 2" Body Lift
  • JKS Disconnects
  • Front Dana 30 with ARB Cover
  • Rear Dana 35 with ARB Airlocker, 30 spline and ARB Cover
  • 35x12.5R18 Discoverer STT
  • 8x18 CW wheels
  • Rugged Ridge Roof Rack
  • Prime Tech Rooftop Tent
  • Storage box on the roof
  • 72W LED-Lightbar
  • Leather sports seats with heating

My goal is to have a car for offroad travelling, not hardcore offroading. The trips I want to do with my wife include Pyrenees (spanish side), take the ferry to Helsinki, Finland and go back through Scandinavia over land and a trip to Iceland. So I am working mainly on reliability of my Jeep as well as its overlanding capabilities. - That's why we call it "Overlanding Edition".

To do this winter:
  • Install SYE, Motor lift, Belly-up, rear CV shaft, rebuild the NP231
  • Install Antirock stabilizer
  • Finish and install DIY rear bumper and tire carrier (35" spare incoming!)
  • Rebuild rear swaybar
  • New rear door
  • Repaint hinges and door handles
  • Isolate and repaint the Hardtop
  • Lots of electrical stuff
  • Build in drawers in the trunk (incl. cooler)
  • Fight some rust (ice blasting, repainting of everything beneath the car)

I'll update this thread as soon as I make any changes/progress. Hope you like it...


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post #2 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 05:22 PM
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Hey this looks great!

I love seeing builds from around the world
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 10:01 PM
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Rear stabilizer?

Maintain, wheel, upgrade, repeat.

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Rear stabilizer?
Ah... that's a "false friend" between german and english. Meant to say "rear swaybar".
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 11:36 PM
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Ah... that's a "false friend" between german and english. Meant to say "rear swaybar".
Gotcha. Also, whats the reasoning behind the 2" BL?

Maintain, wheel, upgrade, repeat.

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post #6 of 14 Old 06-14-2013, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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There are some reasons for the 2" body lift: It (as well as the 3" lift) was already in there when i bought the TJ and both is approved by the german "TÜV" - our governmental vehicle inspection. Plus: As far as I understood for the belly up a BL of 1" is needed anyways. - So I left it in there. Works fine for me so far.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-17-2013, 11:19 AM
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This looks very nice indeed! Good job!

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Started to dismantle my TJ for a major tranny, axle and suspension rebuild...
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Dana 30 coil spring locators rusted

Finally got some stuff done...

Removed the axles, tranny and bumpers.


When the axles were out and I started to remove the old paint, I recognized that my Dana 30 was heavily rusted:


Cutting away the rust left me with this:


So I needed to fab some replacement from steel tube and weld-on tube endcaps...


...and weld them to the axle:




That was the major stuff... also did some paint works:

Plasti dipped my rims...




...and painted some stuff red:


Next step is finishing the axles... Paint them black, rebuild the brakes and store them until I finally got the MetalCloak control arms.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-16-2014, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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NP231 J rebuild questions...

And again some progress. Took apart my NP231J for rebuild and SYE installation:


And here are two questions for you...

Is this shifting fork still ok? The plastic part looks quite worn to me, but i have no reference of how it SHOULD look like when new.


And this rubber part... what is it for and is it supposed to look this weird?
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post #11 of 14 Old 01-16-2014, 10:26 AM
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Shifting fork and rubber part both look fine. Just put them back in where they were when you assemble.

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[TJ] Exhaust/Trackbar interference after belly up install

Finally made some progress again, but ran into some difficulties I have no experience with...

I installed the Teraflex Belly up, the modified NP231J and a 1" MORE Motor lift. Now I am seeing/expecting some Trackbar/Exhaust interference...



What do you think? Should I cut a piece of the exhaust and weld it back together like this to make some room for the trackbar?



Some input on this would be great... Unfortunately I have no idea how much room I need to make for the trackbar.
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I can't see very well on the phone but the only real way to know you have enough room is to pull the springs and set the jeep on the bump stops.
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[TJ] Rear Axle is back in...#metalcloak

Update: Reinstalled the fresh painted rear axle.



Together with my new Metalcloak control arms, rebuild swaybar and trackbar, new RE trackbar bracket and Tom Woods driveshaft to fit the SYEd NP231.

So I had a very motivating Sunday with good progress on the Jeep, sunny weather and BBQing with friends.
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