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Unread 05-02-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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Just introducing myself, I'm a college student who delivers pizzas in mid-Michigan. Going to ADI for a degree in Diesel Tech and am about 6 months away from graduating and joining the workforce. My first car was a 93 honda, great on gas and did well as long as there was concrete. Dirt, not so well =/. Old age and wear and tear did a number on that old bird, and after 180k, I decided to retire her and grab a new car. I've always wanted a Jeep and figured now was better time than any to pick one up. So I got myself a 2000 TJ second hand up here in the good ol state of Michigan. Bought it stock in March 2011, and have done an upgrade already. I got a locking gas cap from Quadratec, cause a lot of people around town have been getting their gas siphoned, so I bought that pretty much right away. I plan on a lot of modifications in the future, but delivering pizzas isn't the greatest gig, but it pays the bills, but doesn't let me have a whole lot of fun. So this forum is going to be one that takes a while to come to complete fruition.

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2000 TJ, dark green, 2.5L 5 spd manual, just rolled 100k a week ago, and everything is stock right now. Both of my bumpers are bent to hell, the front looks like someone tried to tow someone by the milk jug, and its all bent out, and the rear bumper looks like the previous owner backed into something. Michigan winters wreak havoc on steel, so there is quite a bit of rust, all of it surface, and will be an easy fix, and the driver seat looks like it got in a fight with a cougar, and not the good kind ;]

The Plan
-Suspension upgrade, I'm looking for about 4 inches lift.
-Wheels and tires, I want to look into beadlocks and not too picky about tires
-Body, new front and rear bumpers, touch up the paint, new flares, light bars and the works.
-Engine, I plan on keeping it original, haven't had any trouble with power, except speeds above 70mph tend to kill mileage =/ I do want a snorkel, had a buddy drive his cherokee through about a foot of water, then watch his engine spit its guts out, dumb bastard hydrolocked it.
-Trans, same, keeping it stock
-Axles, probably going to have to change them up when I upgrade the wheels and tiers, right now I have 4.11.

Hard to see, but the driver side of the bumper is bent forward just slightly enough to annoy me

The snow melted and I dropped the top. Cold as hell though.

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Unread 05-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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FYI I wouldn't swear so much...usually doesn't fly around here.

Looks like a good start though and 4" seems a little much. What size tire are you planning on running?
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Unread 05-06-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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I hear you can run 32s on stock height, but Im thinking about 35s.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 12:18 AM   #4
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Took off the milk jugs on the front, took some elastic and velcro and fastened my baseball bat (use for when ******bags try to jump me at work) to the roll bar behind the driver seat. I bought a few .50 cal ammo cans and am debating on where to put them. I think on the front bumper below the turn signal lights, using them for chains/recovery gear.
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Unread 05-26-2011, 07:26 AM   #5
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you can run 35's on a 2 inch and flat fenders. Thats what i'd do if i was you. looks real sharp too.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 08:15 PM   #6
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my adventure today, found a trail nearby where I work and decided to try it out, turns out its an old ATV trail. It rained like mad today in mid Mich. This little river formed, it usually is a small creek but turned quite violent, from where I could reach with a stick, it was about 10" deep, but it got a bit deeper towards the center.

Got stuck



after a while of working with a tow strap and a hand winch, I got out and made my way back home.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 08:18 PM   #7
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The other day I took some pictures, mostly showing the damage the previous owner did.

Front bumper


the way the rear bumper should look like, and the biggest rust spot


the way the rear bumper looks like on the driver side


and I have no idea what this light is for, I'm going to investigate when I remove the stock stereo for a more MP3 friendly aftermarket unit.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 08:32 PM   #8
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Little red light is for alarm I think.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 09:10 PM   #9
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Lucky you had a tow strap and hand winch on you. Be cautious off-roading alone 'cause of things like that. Seems like you've got good plans for the TJ though! Check your local Craigslist, people get rid of stock bumpers all the time for free.. Junk yard might be able to help you out, too.
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 05-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #10
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Little red light is for alarm I think.
Thats what I figured...
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Unread 05-29-2011, 09:52 PM   #11
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Lucky you had a tow strap and hand winch on you. Be cautious off-roading alone 'cause of things like that. Seems like you've got good plans for the TJ though! Check your local Craigslist, people get rid of stock bumpers all the time for free.. Junk yard might be able to help you out, too.
yeah next time I go on the trail, I'm going to borrow my dads chain hoist, my shoulders are raw and my hands got torn up from the winch cable.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 11:00 PM   #12
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i'm in the same boat as you. stock TJ, in college and working as a pizza driver (Jeep is a horrible vehicle for this job. but a hell of a lot more fun then the Kia i used to have.)

good luck with the build!
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Unread 05-30-2011, 11:32 AM   #13
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i'm in the same boat as you. stock TJ, in college and working as a pizza driver (Jeep is a horrible vehicle for this job. but a hell of a lot more fun then the Kia i used to have.)

good luck with the build!
Thanks, due to budget, its going to be a while before any major changes occur, but I kinda like to deliver pizzas with it, I can drop the top and take the doors off and enjoy the weather, plus the winters here in Mich can be brutal, and a Civic doesn't allow me to deliver during bad weather, and people tip better during bad weather.
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Unread 08-04-2011, 05:28 PM   #14
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Did a bit of prep work today, I had a friend cut out some brackets on his CNC machine for a homebrew lightbar. I'm picking up that tomorrow and hopefully get it welded together next week. But today, I took out the windshield bracket torx bolts so I can get larger bolts after I get the lightbar. I stripped out one on the passenger side. But I got bored and took the doors off, and laid down the windshield. The zippers on the roll cage pads were worn out, so I took the pads off.



also when I was toying around, I found a better spot for my door off mirrors, I got it for $7 at my local bike shop, and the screw right into the factory hole.


I also found a pen and a sucker from the PO in the crack of the dashboard.
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Unread 08-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #15
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went on a bit of a shopping spree today, picked up a pair of KC apollo and a pair of KC 130w daylighters. just did the wiring on the apollos and I am going to weld up a mount for them as well as a light bar for the daylighters.


stock headlights

just the apollos


fog light beam pattern

fog light and low beams

fog light and hi beams
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