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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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2002 Black TJ Sahara

UPDATE: 6/16/2010

So I figured I'd put some quick info in the first post for those who might have stumbled upon here for the first time. Here is a list of my current modifications that was able to get installed over the last year, pre-getting married:

-3.25" Rough Country Suspension Lift
-33x10.50" BFG KM2
-Windshield mounted Hella 500

Now for the short term list of future modifications(estimated completion date: Mid-Spring):
-Kilby Steering box skid plate (Done)
-Riddler differential guards (Done)
-ZJ tie rod
-Get a spare tire! (Done)
-Rocker Guards (Done)

Now for the longer term list (estimated completion date: End of summer - ???):
-TNT 4.5" Tube fenders (front and rear)
-PSC Trail Stinger
-LOD Xtreme Duty Tire Carrier
-LED tail lights/turn lights
-UPOL Raptor liner
-Adjustable upper control Arms
-SYE/Custom Driveshaft
-Grab Handles/Floor Mats
-Savvy Under Armor
-Savvy Gas tank skid


And now, back to the thread!
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WELCOME to my first thread here on JF! I must say I love the site, and in the two weeks that I’ve been a member I’ve learned TONS of great information! But enough of that, lets get to the good stuff!!!!

First of all I have a stock 2002 Wrangler Sahara Edition, with around 54K miles on it. I’ve had it for around a month and have been itching to get some work done. I ordered from Jeffery at Rough Country a 3.25” Suspension lift as well as one of their steering stabilizers using the 2.2 Performance Shock. On the same day I also ordered 4 BFG MT KM2 33x10.50/R15 from Carlos at casanova4x4.com. The tires arrived last Thursday and due to the shocks being on backorder they aren’t arriving till tomorrow morning. I’ve been so excited about doing some work on my jeep I went ahead and took tomorrow off!



Since I had to wait a week on the shocks I went ahead and started to clean up some of the rust on the frame. I know that ultimately I should be using POR 15 on everything, but due to financial restrictions I went ahead and just used some 3M Professional Grade Rubberized Undercoating. Before I applied the undercoating I used a 3M Paint and Rust Remover. It was just and attachment you could connect to you drill/right angle grinder to remove all the rust before applying the undercoat. Here are the before and after shots.





There are still a few places I still need to get, but figured it would be easier to get to them while I’m installing the lift tomorrow night.


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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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In preparation for the install tomorrow I went ahead and hit everything with a good blast of PB Blaster, and will apply a second coat tomorrow morning. Hopefully we wonít have any issues with rusted hardware, and we can get the kit on in no time!

I also took a few before measurements and put my new tires next to the stock jeep so you can get an idea on the change to come! The front fender was right at 32Ē while the rear fender was at 33.Ē





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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:36 PM   #3
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WELCOME to my first thread here on JF! I must say I love the site, and in the two weeks that Iíve been a member Iíve learned TONS of great information! But enough of that, lets get to the good stuff!!!!

First of all I have a stock 2002 Wrangler Sahara Edition, with around 54K miles on it. Iíve had it for around a month and have been itching to get some work done. I ordered from Jeffery at Rough Country a 3.25Ē Suspension lift as well as one of their steering stabilizers using the 2.2 Performance Shock. On the same day I also ordered 4 BFG MT KM2 33x10.50/R15 from Carlos at casanova4x4.com. The tires arrived last Thursday and due to the shocks being on backorder they arenít arriving till tomorrow morning. Iíve been so excited about doing some work on my jeep I went ahead and took tomorrow off!



Since I had to wait a week on the shocks I went ahead and started to clean up some of the rust on the frame. I know that ultimately I should be using POR 15 on everything, but due to financial restrictions I went ahead and just used some 3M Professional Grade Rubberized Undercoating. Before I applied the undercoating I used a 3M Paint and Rust Remover. It was just and attachment you could connect to you drill/right angle grinder to remove all the rust before applying the undercoat. Here are the before and after shots.





There are still a few places I still need to get, but figured it would be easier to get to them while Iím installing the lift tomorrow night.
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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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In preparation for the install tomorrow I went ahead and hit everything with a good blast of PB Blaster, and will apply a second coat tomorrow morning. Hopefully we wonít have any issues with rusted hardware, and we can get the kit on in no time!

I also took a few before measurements and put my new tires next to the stock jeep so you can get an idea on the change to come! The front fender was right at 32Ē while the rear fender was at 33.Ē





more click free and nice build. Those 33s look sick.
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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:39 PM   #5
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I also went to home depot today and got the needed supplies for some quick disconnects and a 2Ē recovery strap. Wrote down what the parts for the disconnects, one of them being a cleavis pin(bottom two) but the picture seemed to have what was called a hitch pin(top two). Does any one have any opinions on the matter? I think the hit pin looks nicer, but the cleavis pin seems just a little thicker.



My last surprise for the day was getting a free CB. I couldnít find the mounting brackets for it or the antenna, but at least this is a start! Now I just have to figure out where to mount it at!



Well folks, thatís all for now! I should have some new pictures and after measurements on the front and rear fender late tomorrow night so check back! ENJOY


My new hobby posing with the 2" Recovery Strap on the front bumper!!!although by no means where it will stay!)
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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the click free! This is my first time posting photos, and they look a little big! Maybe next time i'll make the resolution alittle lower for the folks on dial-up!

As for the 33s, I can't wait to put them in some mud and on the trail! They have been sitting in my garage all week!
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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
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looks good! cant wait till tomorrow till all the work gets done and we can go wheelin together!
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Unread 04-19-2009, 10:08 PM   #8
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I also went to home depot today and got the needed supplies for some quick disconnects and a 2Ē recovery strap. Wrote down what the parts for the disconnects, one of them being a cleavis pin(bottom two) but the picture seemed to have what was called a hitch pin(top two). Does any one have any opinions on the matter? I think the hit pin looks nicer, but the cleavis pin seems just a little thicker.



My last surprise for the day was getting a free CB. I couldnít find the mounting brackets for it or the antenna, but at least this is a start! Now I just have to figure out where to mount it at!



Well folks, thatís all for now! I should have some new pictures and after measurements on the front and rear fender late tomorrow night so check back! ENJOY


My new hobby posing with the 2" Recovery Strap on the front bumper!!!although by no means where it will stay!)
Lookin good!
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Unread 04-19-2009, 10:21 PM   #9
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Edit: beat me to the click free... Makes a world of difference on the rusty frame rails, looks good!
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Unread 04-20-2009, 06:36 AM   #10
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Thanks! I know it’s just "a band aid on cancer" so to speak, especially since I didn't use POR 15, but I am OCD when it comes to rust. The hardest thing is going to get the rust issue dealt with on the INSIDE of the frame!
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Thanks! I know it’s just "a band aid on cancer" so to speak, especially since I didn't use POR 15, but I am OCD when it comes to rust. The hardest thing is going to get the rust issue dealt with on the INSIDE of the frame!
I am in the same boat... I am going to buy one of these. http://www.jcwhitney.com/Rust-Protection/GP_2000770_N_111+10201+600016934_10101.jcw

People say its a scam but read up on rust prevention, this application is used for alot of different things. It wont get rid of rust you already have but will prevent farther rusting. For just over $100 it's worth a shot. Hell i've wasted $100 on stupider crap.

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Unread 04-20-2009, 07:24 AM   #12
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Thanks for the link! I've never heard of that system before, so let me know how it works if you get it! I read one thread where someone was recomending using boild linseed oil in a garden sprayer to get the inside of the frame, but i'm not really sure what that is supposed to accomplish. Maybe it prevents further rusting?

Id like to do as much preventative maintenance on the jeep and the frame considering I have no plans to sell my jeep anytime in the near/distant future Maybe once I do EVERYTHING there is to do to this jeep i'd have to sell it so I could start a new project!
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Unread 04-20-2009, 07:26 AM   #13
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Welcome to the forum. Nice progression so far on your TJ. Keep on building!
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I could start a new project!
Uhhh you fail to realize this project will never end. There is always that next step before you know it, it's streched, full cage, etc etc etc... Your check book or credit limits how far you take it!


I'll post on my re-built thread once i get the system... Pretty sure you wont see results right away, as the system is to prevent farther rusting. Will take many yrs to notice. But like i said for just over $100 it worth a shot. There is nothing worse then a rusted out frame.


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So the UPS man didn't make it here until 6:30pm so I had a late start. As of right now we have the front end done (i.e. new shocks, springs, sway bars w/quick discos, steering stabilizer) and are about to start to do the rear. It took us right at 3hrs for the front end and now that we are in the groove i'm hoping the rear wont take as long. If i'm not completely beat by the time we finish tonight i'll through some pictures up!

EDIT: and thanks to Muddy99Jp for lending a hand tonight as well as two other buddies who aren't on JF! With out them (and their air tools, spring compressors, experience I'm sure i'd still be working on getting the first spring on!)
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