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Unread 03-12-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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97 Sahara (My first build)

I just started my first automotive build of any kind. It is a 1997 Sahara edition TJ. It was purchased new in 97 by my ole' ladies father to be used as a work vehicle (transportation too and from the mines). He gave the jeep to her when she was 15 and it was her DD for ~ 9 years. I just recently purchased a new car for her to drive: so we had this Jeep sitting around in good shape. The Jeep has ~ 92,000 miles, but has been well maintained. It has always been well cared for, and only seen Mopar oil and filters. The only time it has spent off-road is here recently; since it is no longer a DD.
Here are some pics of what I am starting with.





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Unread 03-12-2009, 12:16 PM   #2
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I have been hoarding up parts for a while now, but am still missing a few. I got tired of waiting so I finally got started. So far I have the following parts.
4" RC springs and 2.2 shocks / stabilizer
Full set of Currie JJ CA's
Currie JJ Track bars
Extended Sway bar links
Currie Bump stop kit
RC Stainless Brake lines
RC TC drop (will be adding SYE and CV once funding recovers)
RC winch plate
XRC8
Pro-Comp 15x10 soft 8s
**** Cepek Crushers 33x12.50

Here is everything in the bed of my truck the morning I started

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Unread 03-12-2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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nice.....looks like xmas in the back of ur truck...keep the pics comin
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Unread 03-12-2009, 12:44 PM   #4
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The first day I got a fair amount accomplished. The Jeep wasn't near as rusty as what I had expected, but the old hardware was still somewhat a pain to remove. Had to cut the nut off the tops of the shocks, but everything else came off "OK".
I had to cut the bolt too the drivers side UCA also.

I managed to get the shocks out, sway bar links (front and rear) and front track bar out by about mid-day.
Here are some pics of the progress.



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Unread 03-12-2009, 12:46 PM   #5
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im gonna subscribe to this...first time ive seen the actual start of a build thread...looking forward to see ur progress
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Unread 03-12-2009, 12:59 PM   #6
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I got the old control arms out and the new in. Installed the new springs, bumps, and shocks. I have my front end back together except of the swaybar links. I should about be ready to torque everything down, tire up, and get a rough align. I will get some more pics tonight or tomorrow.
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Unread 03-12-2009, 01:27 PM   #7
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Very nice, that jeep is really clean and think it will look sweet with all those goodies
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Unread 03-12-2009, 03:14 PM   #8
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ooolala it does look like Christmas in the bed of the truck
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Unread 03-12-2009, 04:24 PM   #9
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AH nice, I'm wanting to do something very very similar once I can sell my ZJ and go get a TJ. Looks good so far.
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Unread 03-12-2009, 07:24 PM   #10
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Got snowed out this evening!
Front end is together, just have to button it up.


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Unread 03-12-2009, 11:18 PM   #11
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its looking great!!
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Unread 03-13-2009, 09:56 AM   #12
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that is a nice starting point. iv always had a soft spot for tj saharas.
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Unread 03-14-2009, 06:55 PM   #13
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Spent all evening after work in the rain
Got my axle back under center, and tightened everything but the top sway bar link bolts.
The Jeep now looks like it is trying to do a wheel stand







Tomorrow I will set the Toe and re-center the steering wheel; then start on the back.
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Unread 03-14-2009, 09:23 PM   #14
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whats the toe just wondering i haven't a clue?
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Unread 03-14-2009, 10:54 PM   #15
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Toe in/out
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/end-all-all-tj-alignment-thread-long-read-663777/
http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
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