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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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1997 Jeep Wrangler College Edition

Hey guys, so here is my first post on this build. I bought my 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport last year(2013) in January. I got it from a stealership in Summerville, SC. This is a picture when I first got it.

The night I brought it home:

In the daylight with no doors, beside my dad’s 1997 Jeep Sahara:

When I got it home it had 136K on the odometer, a oil covered motor, and some little aftermarket parts.

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Unread 03-04-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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So to start it had BALD 33" KM2s, a 2in BB from Skyjacker, lights, and all around Smittbilt “Armor”.

The front XRC bumper I hated because it stuck out way to far. The only advantage of this bumper is that it gives you a place to stand on to work on the engine.



The rear tubular swingout rattled like hell and held up (what I found out later) a 31” tire.



The side steps had to go because they took up a least 4" to 5” inches of clearance between the rocker panel and the ground.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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The next thing I did was change the stupid switch the PO had wired up for the lights. Autozone to aftermarket rocker.





Testing out the Hellas.



After that I changed the rear differtial fluid and found out my jeep has a DANA 44 LSD from the factory! That was an awesome suprise!




The only downside was my gears were a low 3.55 ratio.

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Unread 03-04-2014, 09:16 PM   #4
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One of the biggest things I had to change was the POs stupid “Hot” air intake:



Next change was fixing an exhaust manifold leak and changing the leaking valve cover gasket:



Next upgrade that every new jeeper should buy is a recovery strap:



The first big upgrade was 4 X Procomp All-terrians 31x10.50R15 (I’m in college remember )



Before (Old 33s):



After (New 31s)



I know its a step back, but there were a lot more important things to focus on.
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Unread 03-04-2014, 09:30 PM   #5
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Alright, so later that week I went to work and did my own alignment:



Now for the wheelin pictures!! First trip with the jeep, my dad and me went to Gluches Offroad Park in Laurens, SC. I didn’t really get many pictures while riding around.





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After wheeling with no lockers, I knew I wanted a autolocker in the front. I went with an Aussie Locker in the front D30. I don’t know why but I only have the picture of the box for proof, but trust me, it’s there.



Next thing was to sell the front bumper, rear bumper/swingout, and side steps. By selling those I was able to pay off the jeep and buy a stock intake and stock front and rear bumpers. The first thing I did was cut the front bumper. By the way, ignore the painted tailgate, stupid POs idea. Not really sure why he did that.



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So along the way I had a small leak in the radiator, time for a new one:

Before



After



I also picked up new to me JKS Quick Disconnects for $100. This is the preparation stage of the new lift
They went on my dad’s jeep and I got his. This is a picture of them on his jeep.

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Unread 03-04-2014, 10:02 PM   #8
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not bad so far! you may have back tracked but the jeep looks much better and practical. i too am in college, i just get bored so my friends and i get crazy ideas to fab up haha. also, always wanted to visit gulches after following them on instagram. seems like a fun park
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Looks good. Are you going to be at the URE spring jamboree?
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Looks good. Are you going to be at the URE spring jamboree?
No I doubt it. I have to get a front driveshaft, carden joint went out. I will post about that later on, once I catch up on this jeep build thread.
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not bad so far! you may have back tracked but the jeep looks much better and practical. i too am in college, i just get bored so my friends and i get crazy ideas to fab up haha. also, always wanted to visit gulches after following them on instagram. seems like a fun park
Thanks man. I am trying.
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Unread 03-05-2014, 07:19 AM   #12
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So since I knew I wanted to go with 33s again, I started getting the lift parts in. JKS QDs already in, JKS Adjustable trackbar, kept the SJ Hydro 7000 shocks, Front 3” BDS springs, and Rear 2” BDS Springs.

New Adjustable JKS trackbar:



Here is the before picture with the old skyjacker BB lift:



Here is the rear completed:


Now the front:


Track Bar almost in:


Done:!
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Picked up a hardtop for cheap . It needs some paint and shocks.:

Before



After, sorry for the sideways picture(For some reason I don’t have a picture with it off but, here it is, painted and stickered up):



This picture is from a little trail near Clemson, SC. The reason this is a college jeep is because I go to Clemson University for Mechanical Engineering. In this picture I sold my wide flares and went flareless before I found some factory flares.

Before with wide flares:



Flareless:



New factory flares (Kind of a bad picture) :

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Now I am almost caught up. At this point I have added the new 31s, front locker, lift, hardtop, and flares. When I got to Clemson I joined the Clemson Offroad Club. Great group of guys.




Here is a picture from our first trip. This is on the trail TNT. Only picture that I really have. You can check out the videos from our trips at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ClemsonOffroadClub



Next is raptor lining the floor at the house, CB stuff, new heater core, and finally getting my 33 KM2s! The way I bought my KM2s was off of pure profit from selling the hardtop!

Before New Tires:



NEW TIRES:

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Now I am basically caught up.

Here is a ton of wheeling pictures from different places:





Buddy in his XJ:



Buddy in his 2003 Rubi, well kinda :



Some others:





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