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post #1 of 9 Old 04-13-2017, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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2000 TJ Build on a budget

Trying to document the work of I've done on my Jeep. My first car as a kid was 91 Cherokee Limited. Loved that car. Unfortunalty it didnt last long before dear old dad sold it. Couple years later I was in the military and bought my first brand new car 2000 wrangler 2.5l. Was such a fun car. Long story short. Marriage, pregnant wife and dear old Jeep gets sold. I hated having to sell this. Was literally my favorite car. Come October I have the chance to buy another car. Oh baby here comes my Jeep. I search our local used car pages and finally find a 4.0l I can afford. Awesome. I finally have a Jeep again. Only problem with the Jeep is its Blue. (I can live with that though.)

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-13-2017, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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First thing first was call a couple buddies of mine and get some advice. Friend of mine who is building an LJ on a budget has helped a ton. Been mimicking a lot of what he's been doing. So first things first friend has set of 35's and some wheels. Time to lift if it. Do a budget lift XJ springs in the front with pucks and JK shocks with Teraflex Ball pin eleminator kit. Move the front shocks to the back and we have a 3 inch lift all around. Realized their was a lot of corrosion under the body. But it looked so much better. Come to realize a bit that their was some frame rot pretty bad on the drivers side. Ended up buying some safe t caps and had a friend/mechanic/fabricator weld them up for me. Everything seems great now but what an oh s#$% moment it was realizing it was rotted that bad. But relieved it wasnt a terrible fix. Just more money I could have spent else where.
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-13-2017, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Posting this in one day but its been done over time. During the the lift I also did the budget sway bar disconnects. Tim (LJ buddy) been giving me advice what to do next.
Here is the list:

1" body lift. Been Purchased need to install
1" engine mount lift: Tried doing this one but had trouble getting the engine mount bolts to brake free. Local shop is doing this next week. I get some wierd vibes between 30-40 MPH. I hope this fixes it.
Upgraded the steering to the ZJ upgrade. I hit a deer shortly after getting it so it needed to be done. It ate through my first front tires so I had to buy a couple new tires that werent bald.
Tier one control arms from Core 4x4. Local company. My friend was not a fan of the ones I got but I couldnt pass up a good deal. Plus once I was able to take off my stock ones they were beat up. I need to UG to Johnny Joints though.
Upgraded the Headlights to Halos. We have a local FB group for Jeepers and had a got a good deal Stock ones were terrible.
Tim gave me some modified stock fenders. I think they will really help with the look.
Removed the end caps from the front bumper. They same friend that did the frame is currently building a rear bumber with oversized carrier. Im going to have him fab a front as well.
Local classifieds had a Rage soft top I have for the warmer months. Excited for that one.
Added some stickers to take away from the Blue. Anything with a flag looks better right?

Tim recommended a hand throttle since I have a manual. Thats on order.

All these locals are posting Moab pics. Makes me really anxious to take it out.
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-17-2017, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Added some rock sliders over the weekend. Found some on the local classifieds. Were raw metal. Primed and painted. They look good. Hardware I got was brass and sticks out though. I think Ill find some black chrome hardware and replace. My wife now has a step as well which will help.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-26-2017, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Finally getting to get out wheeling tomorrow with a friend. Changed out the front fender with some modified stock ones. I really like the look so far. Since my last post I've also had to replace the clutch. Not fun but its done.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-26-2017, 06:12 PM
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its looking good so far

I don't drive fast, I fly low
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-26-2017, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Went to Moab for the first time this last weekend. Had a blast. Hit up Fins N Things, Flat Iron Mesa, and Hell's Revenge. Already wishing I could go back.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-26-2017, 03:56 PM
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Looks good! You live where I wish I did. I'd love to be able to drive to Moab in less than a day.

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'00 TJ - Sold
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-29-2017, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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We're definitely spoiled.
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