I've been reading Jeep Forum for quite some time and this will be my first post. So far I've been reading as much as possible to help me avoid making too many mistakes on my first build (which I have to give credit to my friends Jake and Mail Man Matt for all the time/effort they are putting in with me).
In March I finally found a worthy rig, a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport (4.0). It came with a 4 inch Teraflex Lift (seized control arms and stock uppers), adjustable trac bars (which are no longer adjustable), Rancho shocks (rear driver side has little down travel), a garbage 2 inch body lift, 90's eagle alloys (no offense anyone), and every aftermarket add on possible.
The good news, it only had 44,000 miles on it and it did come with an NV4500 (SYE and CV drive shaft) (which has also caused me some pain in planning), and a Dana 44 in the rear (I believe it has 4.56 gears and an open diff)
Upon driving it home I started stripping it down taking off all the random stickers, interior add ons, and non-necessary items off the jeep. I also added 35" x 12.5 Cepek Mud Country Tires on a set of 15" Crager Soft 8's with rock rings weleded (thanks Mail Man Matt) along with 1.25" wheel spacers.
I had a Flowmaster and highflow cat put on with a down turn just past the skid...no smashing the exhaust on rocks.
Two weekends ago we installed a Smittybilt tire carrier, TNT's Rocker Protection (with step tube) that have been bed lined, and a 1" Day Star Body Lift (which modifications to the shifter and tub to account for the tranny).
I have ordered the following:
- Rokmen Adjustable Control Arms (with Jonny Joints on both end...thanks to reading Mr. Blaine & Imped's posts)
- 3" AEV Nth Degree Springs
- OME Shocks
- Currie Adjustable Front Trac Bar
- Currie Steering
- JKS Adjustabgle Rear Trac Bar
- Stock Pitman Arm (I have a drop pitman now)
- Superior Axle Super 44 kit w/ a Detroit Locker
- Riddler Diff. Cover for the 44
- Metal Cloak Arched Tube Fenders
Jake, Mail Man Matt, and I will be putting on the suspension this weekend if the Rokmen arms show up.
The rear Axle is going to be done by a local shop (and one heck of a guy) on the 12th.
I should have a good feel for how everything works as the Jeep with be devirginized (I'm not sure that is a word) on the 18th in Tuttle Creek Kansas.
I'll do my best to document the changes to the jeep and take pictures of the changes in parts.