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post #1 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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First Jeep, I previously had two cars, ended up selling my last VW after owning it for a year so I can finally buy me a wrangler considering i've always wanted one. I never thought I would do the stuff I do to it, or spend as much money as I do. BUT, i got addicted. Here it is 2.5l 5 speed pretty much bone stock jeep except the wheels and fog lights. $4500 bucks and it was all mine. Guy only drove it in the winter, never saw mud, had new break lines, 03-06 mirrors, sony head unit, new dash speakers, and an almost new softtop. 97,000 miles.


I was in college when i started this thread, hence the name. Now I have a bit more money for the jeep and other toys. Just a progress build

ill try and keep the latest photo up here and a few stock photos. I also share the love with my 05 f150 on 37s and 9" of lift. Also just bought an xj

Current:
4 inch skyjacker suspension
1.25 JKS body lift
Currie rear track bar bracket
35x12.5x15 dick cepek radials
15x8 pro comp alloys
8.8 with 4.88s front and back
Rokmen gas tank skid
EBay tire carrier
Motobilt stubby front bumper.
Eautogrilles sliders/step
4 HID offroad lights
Tuffy overhead console
third break lights in spare tire
Flowmaster muffler
CAI
Barricade tube fenders with poison spyder turn signals
Smittybilt rear fenders
Upgraded speakers and head unit
Red led dashlights
Full corner guards
Flush leds
Hi jack with hood mounts
4' firestick antenna
Quadratec 9k winch
JKS quick discos
I'm sure I'm missing some..

near future plans:
hood louver
Frame repair
tummy tuck

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post #2 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Didn't take me long to find some mud in my town down by some farmland.
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post #3 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Got some cheap tires off CL. 150 bucks for 4 31" green arizona iceland MTs. Pretty cool, front two had a lot less tread then the back but i bought them knowing I was going to buy different ones this time of year. Much better then the stock tires. Also got a rear bumper.
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post #4 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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The day after my birthday an old lady cut in front of me, I t-boned her, ended up being my fault somehow? Bought a fender for 100 on CL and its in my garage, just didn't want to put it on during the winter, should go on in the next few weeks. I did immediately replaced my light and bumper though.
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post #5 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Put in a 2" skyjacker spacer lift, got some new shocks. Took some springs out of a friends 2004 stock tj so it gave it another 1/2 inch or so. Also got the surface rust off the frame and painted that.
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post #6 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Painted my bezels, had some grill inserts in for a while but ended up selling them. Painted my flares with some kryon fusion
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post #7 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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sold my grey and black neoprene seats and got some red and black ones. Also got a new stereo and put in red LEDs.
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post #8 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Put in new back shocks, I desperately needed them. Got some new sway bar links; skyjacker discos.
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post #9 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Painted my differential covers, new stabilizer, and tinted my own windows with some static cling. Took awhile and some patience but worth it.
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post #10 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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changed my leaking radiator, added a cargo net, and some flexing that was a while ago
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post #11 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Just some cool winter shots. Took the rig to NC for spring break last week. Put my stock tires back on tho to save my tread and some gas mileage.
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post #12 of 618 Old 03-23-2011, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Took the spare tire carrier off today considering I don't have a right size spare. Also got my skyjacker 4" lift in today

Future mods:

Getting my door and side fixed (if you didn't notice the dent, someone t-boned me in a parking lot, waiting for the insurance claim now, they should pay for it)
Looking for tires, 33's
Some rock sliders
a winch
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post #13 of 618 Old 04-01-2011, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I like the red and black theme and my dash was grey so I went and painted it. I took off the parts of that dash that came off easily and taped off the rest. I used rustoleam vinyl paint but I have no ideal how it is going to hold up. No before pics, but there are the afters.
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post #14 of 618 Old 04-01-2011, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got the lift in. ran into a few problems with getting the cam bolts out but other than that, a whole day and some hard work got it done. I did go with skyjacker, i know a lot of people are not fans. I am not made of money and skyjacker had an affordable 4" suspension kit for 625 shipped to my door. I have been driving it for 5 days now, and I don't mind it. It's a little rough but after all I sold my car for a reason, I wanted a JEEP. I know RC has lift kits for that much too but I didn't want a combo kit, i wanted nothing to do with body lifts, I wanted all suspension. I still have my 31's till bigger ones and i want to regear my jeep considering its only a four cylinder
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post #15 of 618 Old 04-01-2011, 11:07 PM
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Looking good.Will definitely benefit with larger tires.
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