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post #1 of 79 Old 11-01-2009, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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2004 Sahara Build - Terrible Jake

I bought this Jeep in August and it's my first. I don't plan on building too big, but I do want larger tires and a modest lift. I eventually want a tummy tuck and some armor to go with it.

Here it is in stock form:



Previously I added a connector for my Zune Player, and today
I just added a Rough Country 1.25" Body Lift, Rough Country Motor Mount Lift, and a Rough Country 2.5" Suspension lift. I haven't taken any pics yet, but I'll get them up soon.

I aligned the front to spec and took it for a drive. Drives great. I think my alignment was off before because now it drives even better than before. I need to add the rear tracbar bracket and the Steering Stabilizer and align the steering wheel, but that can wait for next weekend.

I need to see what I need in the Bump Stop department, then I can get some quick disconnects and start doing some real flexing. Also, I need some suggestions for wheels and tires. I'm trying to decide between 31s and 33s.

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post #2 of 79 Old 11-01-2009, 11:26 PM
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Well i would definitely suggest 33"s with 3.75" of total lift. 31"s might look kind of small with that much height.. Sounds like great progress so far! pictures!
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I just finished all the final details of the lift. I put on the Rear Trackbar bracket, steering stabilizer, and bump stops. I also adjusted the transfer case. Right now, even with a trimmed boot, the shifter is still hard to get into 2, 4, and R. I need to pull the shifter lever and bend it so it will fit better. I need to find access to a torch.

Pics of the finished product in the next post.
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Okay. Here's the pics:

When I bought it:


After the Lift:

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keep your ravines and put some 33x10.50 km2's on there and it will look complete

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We have the same Jeep! Mines the same year, model, and color. Only difference is I have the auto trans and put a different lift on mine. btw, its lookin good! I kept my ravines and put on 33x10.50 BFG KM's. Its alright but I wish I got some 12.50's.

| 3.5" RE Lift | 315/75R16 BFG KM2's | Dana 30 w/ Lockrite | Dana 44 | Metalcloak Front Bumper | Smittybilt Rocker Armor | Knockoff Warn Tire Carrier | Rokmen Shorty Corners |
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Looks good. It would look much better without those side steps and the addition of some 33's. It's good to see someone that knows what they're doing and they're doing it right. Nice job.

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yea i kinda wish i went with 12.5's but i loved my ravines at the time

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I'm looking into wheels and tires. I'm not sure I want the 10.5s or the 12.5s. I'll think about it for a while and probably pull the trigger around christmas. I still need to wheel it in this form to see how it does. I need to find somebody to go with around here.
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well 10.5's will give you better gas i get around 15-16mpg with mine

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Patrick looks good I'd go 33's

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It's definitely going to be 33's. I just need to decide on width of the tires and backspacing of the wheels. I also need to decide what brand of tires too.
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get m/t sidebiters with the new km2's and i think you would have one tight jeep

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Just got the tires on last week. I also replaced my front trackbar bushing. It was worn and I think it was causing some minor stability issues. The tire carrier is on the way from AtoZ fabrication. Should arrive sometime this month. Here's some pics of the new wheels and tires.

I went with the Cragar V5 in Gray 15x8 with a backspacing of 4". I got 5 **** Cepek Mud Countrys to go with the wheels.


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i like it, however im not a big fan of the v-5's yours is very different and i really like it for that matter and you went with the grey color im impressed doesn't look like everyone Else's on here

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