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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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99' TJ White LCG Build 2.5L to 4.8L LR4 SWAP

Most current photo as of 03/05/2011.





Here is the start.....


I will start out with a small intro. I have lurked here on JF for quite a while. Got into offroading & the great out doors back in high school. Started a successful website & offroad club here in GA. Began with a 98 Durango, quickly learned that the IFS and heavy D, was not gonna keep up with the Jeeps in the club.




So I sold it and started searching for a TJ. Of course I wanted a 4.0, D44 rear, Automatic, Full Doors, Hard Top, etc. Well I ended up with this, my cheap side got the best of me....


This was taken a couple days after I brought it home.

1999 Wrangler SE, 2.5L, D35 rear, Manual Trans, Half Doors, and a crappy soft top. (Ugly wheels, Worn 32s, 3" Body Lift, step bars)

The next few post will cover the last 2 years of work.

Newly married, no money, looking for my first home, etc....same old story. Started out with cheap/free mods.

Black headlight bezels, removed jugs, removed body lift, removed step bars.

Ordered a Procomp Rear bumper, Smittybuilt front bumper, and some sliders.






Also found a deal on some 15x10 street locks, rubi fog lights and some pillar mounts.




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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:28 AM   #2
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99' TJ White LCG Build 2.5L to 4.8L LR4 SWAP

I Did alot of wheeling between mods. I quickly added some homemade discos, 2" Budget Boost, lockright locker for the D30, and some longer Rancho shocks. Also changed out my smittybuilt rocker guards for a test set of Rugged Ridge sliders. Keep in mind I sold the parts that came off my jeep to buy what I had up to this point or made them. No extra money to spend on goodies. Most parts I found used via the world wide web.

Freebie (Thanks Omix Ada)


Some wheeling pictures so far.













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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Built a HD 1-1/4" tie rod.



My buddy Daniel, adding some paint.


Testing it with some offroad abuse

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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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looks pretty good, keep up the good work
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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:38 AM   #5
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I quickly grew tired of hanging up on everything!!! It was also time to buy some tires, so I was not going to buy another set of small tires, if eventually I planned to run a 35. So i purchased a new set of KM2s. Of course everyone was asking, how will those fit with a 2" budget boost? What about your D35? "I dont know I will figure it out later...."




Tires on with 2" of lift.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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This was also the point of not wanting to take the jeep any higher. It was already becoming very annoying stepping up into it. And I just found out that my wife was pregnant. ooops....

So to make the next wheeling trip I had to figure something out fast, so I added some hockey puck bump stops and a 1" Body Lift. Then trimmed the front fenders.

Everything seemed to work well with the 35s.




I made it to the ride....



Then this happened....


Which led to this...


So from that point it has been light wheeling only. Until I could figure out what to do out back.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:50 AM   #7
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looks pretty good, nice job fixing it up..

haha and those 35's look like myTJ did with 33's on stock..lol
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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:57 AM   #8
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Right before that I had another run of bad luck....



Just replaced the engine with a newer 2.5L and moved on.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 10:59 AM   #9
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Right before that I had another run of bad luck....
Just replaced the engine with a newer 2.5L and moved on.
lol was waiting do see the D35 go bad.. haha
and about the engine, why didnt you go to the 4.0??
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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:09 AM   #10
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Now time to make a little more room for the 35s. Picked up some tube for the front fenders.



I kept my bends tight to the hood. In GA we do not have any enforced coverage laws so why not. I also took them back about 3" farther than most of the aftermarket ones. This was where I had the most clearance issues.







As you can see I also added some LEDs for the turn signals up front. I need to add some sheet metal to the outsides of the fenders, but just havent gotten around to it yet.

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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:11 AM   #11
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lol was waiting do see the D35 go bad.. haha
and about the engine, why didnt you go to the 4.0??
Trust me, if you are gonna try the D35/35s combo, you better keep spares. I have been on about 3 trips since that one and just dont press my luck any more.

Money & time constraints. Trust me I looked, and decided if I was going to do the work involved I would want to go with a V8, which was not in the budget at that time.

This is and was my daily driver.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:17 AM   #12
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Better disconnects. These are much better than the cheap clevis pins. Plus they are longer, adjustable, and quite. Much better design. It took me a while to configure this. But when I realized that the shaft of the stock length was 1/2" and I had 1/2"-20 heims, why not just thread the end of the link, add a coupler and jam nut for adjustability. move the stock rubber bushing to the top, add a bracket and walla! $15








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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:23 AM   #13
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After looking at the pictures above, I left somethings out. I also picked up a Solid cover for the D30 and a Black Diamond track bar somewhere along the line.


I added some LED taillights a few weeks back.



Also made a mount for the high lift jack out of some scrap.




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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:25 AM   #14
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^^ those Discos look pretty good, i like. i may steal your idea..

btw you gotta downsize your pix, they are way way to big.. you can do it on photobucket.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 11:34 AM   #15
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Finally got my own garage, attached to a house.

So first project in the new garage was installing Rubicon Express adjustable control arms, track bars and even longer shocks.





Also picked up a rear D44 that will go in maybe next weekend.

And a pair of these.


And a glance at something else I am working on for my buddy...


The last photo I have taken of the pile. Which would be its most current state.
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