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Unread 12-27-2010, 12:22 AM   #1
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2010 JK...Slow Build as money allows!!

Well I purchased my first Jeep Wrangler!

I come from a background of drag racing and have never owned and off road capable vehicle before.

Here is the proof: YouTube - GTO From Stock To Modded!! Oh Yeah Racing.

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Here is my jeep when I first purchased it.







I was tired of looking like a mail carrier...so I purchased 15x8" Cragar Soft 8's w/ 32X11.5 Wild Country XTX Tires. Unfortunately, I do not have any driveway pics to show just the wheels and tires. Only wheeling pics...LOL I use my jeep!








By the way, this is at a State Forest.....so not ilegal. LOL







And for the aftermath of a nice day of wheeling!








After going on another little wheeling trip to nice little climbing spot, I bottomed out coming over the crest of the climb. As a result, I decided to purchase a Rough Country 2.5" Series II BB Lift Kit. It was fairly simple to install with a friend on this site with our basic tools. The advanced Auto spring compressor made the install even easier and I recommend it to anyone.

After lift:








Haven't been able to go wheeling post lift due to the holiday's but I hope to have some pics soon. I am looking forward to doing more installations and slowly building my JK.

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Unread 12-27-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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Nice to see that you are using that jeep for its intended purpose! What are your plans for it?
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Unread 12-27-2010, 01:58 PM   #3
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Nice to see that you are using that jeep for its intended purpose! What are your plans for it?
The same basic idea that I had with my GTO. A badazz street vehicle. I want to be able to drive it to the wheeling spot, go over and through everything everyone else does, then drive her home.

As for the future mods; rock rails are next simply because the wife has a hard time getting into the Jeep...., windshield driving lights, under body armor, lockers with 4.10 gears, I would like to get 33" tires when these wear out, and a modular front bumper. As for anything else, I am not sure at the moment but I will figure it out as I go.
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Unread 12-27-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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this will be an interesting build, looks good so far. Good Luck!
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Unread 12-30-2010, 07:10 AM   #5
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Yeh I'll agree it doesn't look too bad...for a JK! Haha just kidding I'm just the angry child. I should start a build thread and then we can see who has the slowest build in history....I love being a poor Jeep owner
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Unread 12-30-2010, 07:13 AM   #6
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looking good

poor jeep owners FTW!
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Unread 01-22-2011, 11:15 PM   #7
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First white knuckle ride. Trust me the hill was pretty steep. And a long way down. LOL My back wheel was a good couple o feet off of the ground. Jeep was doing some nice teetering back and forth. After all said was done, a lot of fun!

Dfloyd with the cig hanging out! LOL






This kind of shows how steep the hill was.





After the wheeling trip, I don't really know what I need next. I am open to suggestions.
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Unread 06-22-2011, 12:29 AM   #8
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I have been busy but I have added since my last post: Hella Black Magic Driving Lights mounted on the windshield using Rugged Ridge mounts, Rough Country 2.5" lift coil springs and Skyjacker shocks.

Note: to anyone planning on running Skyjacker shocks please order shocks based off of extended and collapsed legnths. Not by what the company deems a 2-3" lift shock. I found out the hard way. The first set of shocks I ordered for 2-3.5" lift JK's. When I mounted them to my Jeep, the front shock only extended past the lower mounting location by about 1".......=not good. I called the company and they advised the shock was the correct part number. I then turned around and ordered the 6" lift shock which has an expanded length of 26.75" and collapsed 15.5". Come to find out the so called 2-3.5" lift shock has a expanded length of 22.xx" and collapsed length of 13.xx".

All in all, basically my suspension now does this!



The other side on the same obstacle.

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Unread 02-18-2012, 01:12 AM   #9
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It has been a while since I have last posted on this site.

Since, I have added a K&N Air Filter, Superchips Programmer, AFE High Tuck Exhaust, stock Bumper Chop, Angry Eyes, and some other little interior mods.

Playing at Hardrock

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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #10
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As the build continues it was time for some larger tires.

I attempted to go with 15" MB72 wheels and Goodyear MT/R Kevlar tires but received a call from the shop advising it would take many months before I received the order. The shop advised me it was there fault and they would make it right. As a result, they gave me a great deal on 35" Duratrac tires and 16" MB72 Matte Black wheels.








The following week, Dfloyd and I went to cutting my fenders. I want to be able to flex out the axles so this was a must. The end result, 35s and a 2.5" lift. I love the look. After the picture was taken, I spray bed lined the rear wheel well area for added strength against rock chips etc.








Next on the build sheet will be 4.56 gears and a locker.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #11
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Went to test clearance of the rear tires. Next I will be disconnecting the front sway bar to see if I will need some more bumpstop.





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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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Looks great! Whats your opinion on 32's vs 35's for driviablity. Do you feel it is required for the regear, you said you wanted 4.56, but i would think 4lo would give it enough tq? Does it wander on the highway and downshift a lot? What did you end up using to cut your fenders with? -Jon
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Unread 04-06-2012, 12:11 PM   #13
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Looks great! Whats your opinion on 32's vs 35's for driviablity. Do you feel it is required for the regear, you said you wanted 4.56, but i would think 4lo would give it enough tq? Does it wander on the highway and downshift a lot? What did you end up using to cut your fenders with? -Jon
Well as I have 3.21 gears it def. has power loss but I can live with it. 4lo works great off road but I still want to be able to crawl slower. To be honest, you don't have much of 4HI as it is too fast. This is why I want to switch out gears.

I would say, if you have a 6sp and 3.73s, then 33s would not require a gear change. Anything bigger and you would want to do so. Doesn't wander that bad. It will tend to follow the road b/c of the tire width but nothing you can't handle.

Cut the fenders with a dremel, tape to mark everything off with, sawsaz for some of the skeleton supporting the fenders, sand paper, a drill for the rivets, and a lot of patience.
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Unread 09-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #14
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Again, it has been a while since I have updated my build.

Since the last photos my new mods include the following: detriot trutracs front and rear, 4.56 ring and pinions, Tereflex D30 axle sleeves, Evo C-gussets, Cobra 75 CB, Firestick CB antenna, Cooltech LLC mount for antenna and CB, River Raider spare tire delete cover, and I have had a spider web shade trailmesh cover for some time now. Here are some photos.

By the way, all of the installations have been done by me except for the gears, sleeves, gussets, and trutracs.....when the shop had my Jeep, I was a nervous wreck LOL....I like to have work on my Jeep done right! I must say, the install shop did a fantastic job!

Here are some photos:

Hardrock Ocala


Testing out flex with the swaybar disco'd: very slight rubbing but nothing that will damage anything. I need to order some longer bumpstops one of these days.


Back in the swamp.






And with more mods, I think I become more invincible. Until you meet a mud hole that has two very deep ruts that cause you to sit on your axles with tires spinning freely like paddle wheels and everyone else enjoying the moment..LOL Not to mention friends racing to be the one to pull me out...so they can say they without me you'd be ****** haha!


Cooltech LLC license plate mount. Overall, it was very easy to install. Just a little bit of modifying the license plate bracket and done. I like the factory look as the only thing visible is the antenna.


Here is the Cooltech LLC CB mount. It bolts to a screw that holds the radio onto the dash. Again, I liked the factory appearance. The only wire visible is the one attached to the CB. A very clean install. Oh and yes, those are fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror.


This is a picture of the following day from wheelin in Ocala National Forest. Jeep was pretty much covered with orange mud. A great trip overall.
Just got done waxing and putting back to black on the fenders.


On our last ride to the Ocala National Forest, to our luck there were two fighter jets practicing bombing runs on the range. We opened the top and watched as they flew right over us practiced doing what ever they were doing and throttled back up doing as my wife called "tricks" and back to do it again. It was an awesome sight and sound! This photo was hard to get as they were obviously traveling very fast. And by the time you heard them, they were already past you.



And because of the washing I always do to my Jeep when we get done wheelin, the Clermont Jeep Club loves to make fun of me LOL.
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Unread 09-20-2012, 07:59 PM   #15
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Well I got side tracked after visiting a junk yard the other day. Found an old DJ (Postal Jeep) from probably 198X. Maybe someone could chime in with a better guess. The grill was very rusted but straight. I thought it would be a cool (man Cave) item. So after myself and my uncle pulled it 20 bucks later it was at the house. I spent a good amount of time sanding it all down and re-painting it. Turned out pretty cool. So who else has an old original Jeep grill hanging in there garage?

Before:



After:


I sanded and sprayed the backside too but don't have a photo. By the way, the grill was not hacked up or modded in anyway. I would not have changed it in case this was a piece another would need for a restore down the road.

On the wall:




I might move it later to a higher spot in the back of the garage. But this works for now.
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