Jeep came with some basic Cooper 31's and black steelies.
This is the day i brought her home, I paid $1800 dollars for her, pretty much all stock, had some damage to the pass side tub where the rocker is, and about 152k(?) on the clock.
Damage to tub on pass. side rocker( with a really crappy bondo job that split open)
Radio/speakers didnt work
Leak in Muffler
One of the very first things I opted to do was install the Rough Country 2.5" TJ lift, it had just came out, and with the price I decided to go with it. Also installed a JKS body lift at this time.
Having little to no experience with anything, it's always sort of been " Learn as you go " did the lift by myself in the driveway in a few hours.
Mid - Lift:
After Lift: ( DAMN, look at them small tires[31s] )
After the body lift, like most - i had shifting problems with the rubber shift boot, after some research i went and did the leather shift boot mod, very easy, shifts good and looks great.
Next up was some ARMOR, after doing some wheeling and seeing what sort of destruction the rocks and trails can do I ordered and installed a Riddler Diff Cover for my D30,Rokmen Steering box cover, and a Big Daddy Tie Rod.
Around this time came some used 32x10.50x15 BFG Mud Terrains, about 30-40% tread on all 5, but picked them up pretty cheap from a JF member, also picked up an aftermarket no name bumper off craigslist pretty cheap, came with a pair of hella lights.
after some more time on the trail, we quickly discovered the importance of communication and i ordered a new CB setup
Then came time to repair that damage on the side of my pass side rocker, the bondo cracked and looked so bad,i decided some A to Z Fab rockers would do the trick, but first the area needed to be addressed.
I took off all the bondo with a wirewheel , discovered the damage was worse then expected, i did my best to hammer it out and primed and painted it.
after the rocker was on you cant even tell there was any damage
after all bondo was off, you can see how much it's dented in, using a straight edge as reference.
banged out the best i could
primed and painted with rustoleum glass black spray paint
then the rockers came in ( atoz) . They are very beefy and look great.
after they were painted and installed you can hardly tell any damage to the pass side rocker
i went with an aussie lunch box locker for my front d30
install was pretty straight forward and easy ( thanks to nick ( 97whitebeast ) for helping with the install. it was the first time either of us messed with the diff or axle and it went pretty smooth.
(.... time goes on )
Bought me a Smittybuilt tire carrier, decent bumper, has it's issues, but works just fine for me, ( MAKE SURE YOU REPLACE ALL HARDWARE WITH grade 8 bolts )
Also installed some cheapy autozone lights wired up to come on with my reverse lights
Also picked up a *defective* set of ORO Litedots from a JF member, a few leds were out, but they still worked fine and looked great.
Then came my biggest, most important purchase for the jeep! NEW AXLES!
picked up a used pair of axles, a Ford 8.8 w/detroit & D30 w/lock-ritethat were beefed up
Alloy Shafts with Superior U-Joints
4.56 gears installed
Ruff Stuff Specialties diff cover
Tube seals for the semi-float shafts
Spider Trax wheel spacers
Ruff Stuff Specialties Diff Cover
ZJ E-Brake cables to tie into factory E-Brake "T"
picked them up, painted them up and drove down to my uncles garage who has a lift and he helped me with the install, many hours later, busted fingers, and rusty bolts we were done!
Paint, used Hammered Black paint:
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After being stuck between a rock, a hard place and a cliff for a good two hours, I decided i really need a winch, and found this used Warn x8000i @ a decent price. Installed it with a RC winch plate.
It's a little weathered but functions fine.
Skid Row Engine /Tranny Skid, as you can tell it's serving it's purpuse
Ordered the full SPIDERWEB shade top, utilized the bikini section and wind jammer, does an amazing job of blocking out alot of the suns rays. Highly recommend!
I picked up a used Rubicon Express 3.5 Superflex lift and monotube shocks for bassically nothing, i spent a few weeks (took my time ) rebuilding the joints, painting, cleaning, ect. all the parts.
the Old joints needed to be replaced bad and i had the HARDEST time breaking them off, even with rubicon expresses tool for this, they wouldnt come off, i actually broke my vice trying to turn the rusted peice off!!
Tryed soaking them in a mix of oil, pb blaster, acetone and atf for a week, to no avail, just wound up cutting them off.
painted all the parts and installed.
( NEW REPLACMENT VICE ! : )
( cant find pics of installing RE 3.5 KIT )
and oh yeh, you might notice the bikini, wind jammer, deck cover i picked up. Bought it second hand, but its bassically brand new. Got no drill header, bikini, wind jammer and deck cover for 140 bucks.