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Unread 02-27-2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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290tjjeep's 98 TJ build

I got my 1998 Jeep Wrangler se with 73000 miles back around may 2007. My dad wanted second car for him to use on the weekends. I told him that we should go look at Jeeps. So after a few months of searching my dad final bought one! I was 13 at the time, so I knew the day when I would turn 16 I would get the jeep! My dad never really did any changes to the jeep. It remained pretty much the same till I turned 15 and got my driver permit. Now I am 16 and 4 months aways from turning 17 and have gotten pretty much half the stuff that I wanted done.

Now I will document my jeep as of what I have done since we got it!
What it came with:
bestop fender flares and new top
eagle alloy wheels
32" bgf at's
tube bumpers
side steps
kc lights


This is the earliest picture I could find
Okay so my dad did a few things... seat covers and those stupid side vents lol.


This was the first time me and my dad went off roading. Just a stretch of dirt road. I think this was soon after I got my drivers permit. Also we put grill inserts on.


The first "major" thing we did was the rough country 2.5 inch lift. Outside the shop when we picked it up. Also I painted the headlight bezels black!


Alright so fast forward to today February 27, 2010. This is my jeep as it sits now!


Modifications:
smittybilt src bumpers front and back with tire carrier
jks quick disconnects
black procomp alloy wheels
delta xenon headlights
black grill cover
smittybilt 8k winch
flowmaster 50 exhaust
k&n air filter
hurculined tub

Soon to be installed a v8 zj tie rod I picked up at the junk yard!

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Unread 02-27-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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Looks good, got any plans?
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Unread 02-27-2010, 09:23 AM   #3
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Looks good, got any plans?
Right now I am saving up money lol. I am waiting for the long arm up grade from RC. after the bfg at's ware out I am going to move up to 33" tire and re gear to 4.88. Also do some flat fenders. Thats what I am thinking of doing right now.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 01:04 PM   #4
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Been a while since I have updated this

So far I have gotten:
Smittybilt XRC seats
re-geared to 4.88s
Savvy LED Taillights
33" BFG KM2's
JKS 1" mml & 1.25" bl
Savvy gas tank skid
Or-fab roll cage

Ordering a set of Currie control arms w/ jj's Saturday!!!
After that, then I am saving up for flat fenders and either antirock or sawyloc.

Right now my jeep has 98,711 miles and it drives just like the first time I drove it!




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Unread 06-15-2011, 01:53 PM   #5
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nice rig man
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Unread 12-13-2011, 06:27 PM   #6
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Update 12/13/11

Okay looks like its that time again for my half a year update... so lets see what I've added

Xenon Flat Fender Flares
Currie Control Arms w/ JJ's
spray tint on the turn signals
JKS mini skids on the control arm brackets ( a must!!!)
Drake Offroad hood tie downs
Rampage Hood Bra

Next upgrades will be differential covers and the tummy tuck.





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Unread 12-13-2011, 07:05 PM   #7
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Looks good, those flat flares look great

EDIT: where in FL are you?
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Unread 12-13-2011, 08:13 PM   #8
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Unread 02-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #9
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Update 2/5/2012

Okay since my last post I managed to do the tummy tuck!!!!
Got UCF UHC Al Transfer Case & Engine Skid
AA sye & Tom Woods Custom Drive shaft
Novak Shifter Cable

I learned that I hate snap rings and torquing pinion nuts. Other than that install was straight forward and simple enough. Just make sure you have the right tools!!



From this weekend:



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Unread 02-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #10
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Almost at 104,000 miles!! Also forgot to mention the control arm skids.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 05:42 PM   #11
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thats mine in the background! haha working on getting enough posts so i can put up pics
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Unread 03-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #12
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Update: 3/27/12
Mileage: 105,001

Since my last post I figured out whats been rattling for the past few months and it was my muffler! So I ordered a new Dynomax exhaust kit to replace it. The Flowmaster muffler had a nice dent from offroading. Also once I took the muffler off I opened up the inside to find it was all rusted!

Old Flowmaster muffler...


Dynomax


A picture from a 4 Wheel Parts event


Flexing
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Unread 11-13-2012, 06:28 PM   #13
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Update 11/13/12

Nothing new has changed since my last update. I've been putting too many miles driving around Florida (112,400~). Went to Jeeptoberfest and had an awesome time! Met the guys from UCF, good people! For anyone that lives in Jacksonville, FL, I recommend Happy Trails in Mayport for anything your jeep needs!














Next on the list of upgrades is an Aussie Locker for the Dana 30 and Currie Anti-Rock or ORO Sway Loc.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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Nice looking TJ!!!
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Unread 11-22-2012, 08:57 PM   #15
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Pretty sure my alternator is done. Took the jeep for a drive and noticed the voltmeter gauge drop to zero and the check gauges light appear.
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