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Unread 01-27-2015, 06:27 AM   #1
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98 Wrangler TJ Slow Build



Hey guys/gals I just bought a 98 Wrangler TJ with about 120k miles on it that has been decently modified and I'm already ordering some parts and the first round of upgrades. It came with the following already done
Kilby Steering box skid
Kilby gas tank skid
Skid row tummy tuck TCase skid
SYE and tom woods rear shaft, for 9" rear
4.56 Yukon gears
lunchbox locker up front
rock crusher front diff cover
extended rear sway bar
adjustable rear track bar
4.5" RE springs
1" daystar body lift
J KS quicker discos up front
35x12.5" interco trxus tires w/ full size spare
LOD bumper with swing out tire carrier
ARB snorkel
hilift jack mount on hood
poison spider trail cage
re lower front control arms and adjustable upper rears
new thermostat and water pump
4 new rough country shocks

I have just ordered a new top and hardware for it, new front rotors with ceramic brake pads along with a hi-lift jack and mount.

My planned upgrades include a Smittybilt SRC front bumper and a winch, new braided steel brake lines, Olympic 4X4 Products Side Bars, Skyjacker Double Steering Stabilizer, Quadratec Floor Liners and an inexpensive paint job

Here are the pics off of the ad I bought it from



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Unread 01-27-2015, 12:20 PM   #2
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I just ordered some braided steel brake lines and rear drum rebuild supplies with shoes. I still have to get ahold of the ebrake cable as it wasn't even there when I bought the vehicle. Any clues which one I need?
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Unread 01-28-2015, 03:11 PM   #3
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I just ordered Olympic Rocker Guards too
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Unread 01-30-2015, 06:02 AM   #4
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My LED conversion headlight kit showed up last night
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Unread 01-31-2015, 09:04 PM   #5
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New top was waiting at my door today!
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Unread 02-02-2015, 06:38 AM   #6
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Not too pleased with Quadratec and won't ever use them again, they let you complete an order then tell you it's out of stock and no ETA on it.
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Unread 02-02-2015, 08:27 AM   #7
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You got a manual or auto trans??
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Unread 02-02-2015, 10:19 AM   #8
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You got a manual or auto trans??
Manual transmission for me
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Unread 02-02-2015, 01:38 PM   #9
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How are the 4.56s with the 35s??
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Unread 02-03-2015, 07:51 AM   #10
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How are the 4.56s with the 35s??
It accelerates just great it does wind out first and second gear a little quicker than I'd like but overall I'm happy with it and wouldn't spend a penny to change it at this point.
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Unread 02-03-2015, 07:56 AM   #11
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Some new things showed up yesterday. My hi-lift jack, my front brake rotors and pads, fog light covers and lug nuts. Still waiting on a lot to show up in the mail such as my rear shoe rebuild kit, brake lines and the olympic rocker guards. Big rush is to get the brakes all finished up and find what I need for the ebrake to get it through inspection.
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Unread 02-03-2015, 10:47 AM   #12
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Thats good to hear. I might have to do gears soon and i know 4.88s are too deep for 33s but o dont know when ill make the jump to 35s.
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Unread 02-04-2015, 08:26 AM   #13
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The rear shoe kit, manual shifter bezel, radio install kit with harness and mounting kit all have shown up. Now still impatiently waiting on Quadratec to ship me the brake lines that they never notified were out of stock until after paying for them grrrrrr.
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Unread 02-05-2015, 07:35 AM   #14
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Thats good to hear. I might have to do gears soon and i know 4.88s are too deep for 33s but o dont know when ill make the jump to 35s.
Even once you go wit the 35's I wouldn't go any lower than 4.56's if it were me.
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Unread 02-05-2015, 06:23 PM   #15
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Yeah I'm gonna go 4.56 cause it'll probably be 2 years at least till I go to 35s. I just need the lower ratio for playing in the rocks out here.
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