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Unread 11-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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Awheeler's 99 TJ Build

Exterior:
Metalcloak fenders
Smittybilt rock sliders
Smittybilt rear armor
Smittybilt rear bumper and swing arm
Front bumper with integrated winch plate

Recovery:
Harbor Freight 10k winch

Axles:
Rear: Ford 8.8
4.10
LSD
Disc brakes
Artec truss

Front: Rubicon D44 with stock air locker
Chromo axle shafts
Sleeved
Gusseted
Next upgrade will be super u joints

Driveline: BUILD IN PROGRESS
5.3 LS V8
LS6 headers
4L60E transmission
Novak Adapter (Transmission to Tcase)
Advanced Adapter VSS
Novak Tach Emulator
NP231J
SYE
Custom wiring harness
Custom speed sensor adapter
TBD - Shifter, exhaust and driveshafts

Lift:
Rough Country 4" lift
JKS front and rear adjustable track bar
Rough Country front and rear - upper and lower adjustable control arms

Tires:
Maxxis Mudders - 33x12.5x15 on Weld 15x10 for the street
Goodyear MTS Kevlar - 35x12.5x15 on black steelies for the trail

Interior:
None - looking for right set of new seats




It is finally time to post a build thread for my Heep. The surgical adventure that it is currently undergoing might be of interest to some, so here it goes...

I purchased "Project Smurf" (named by my daughter) about 3 years ago. It was mostly stock with a 4" lift, 33's and 15x10 weld wheels. Great for a driver.



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Unread 11-26-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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The first project was to install an 8.8 under the Jeep. So, I purchased an 8.8 from JFjeld. It is a 4.10 LSD with "Solid" diff cover and disc brakes. Since the Jeep has 3.73's, I purchased a 4.10 r&p for the D30 and an Aussie locker.





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Unread 11-26-2013, 07:48 AM   #3
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Then came the body armor and bumpers. Metalcloak front fenders and SB rock sliders, rear quarter, swing arm rear bumper and SB KO front winch bumper. Then decided to use 35's on the trail.





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Unread 11-26-2013, 07:59 AM   #4
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After driving it a bit like that, I went to the trail and ended up busting a u-joint, which ate the axle "ears", which pushed out the lower ball joint. So, I started looking for a new front axle.

This brings me up to today and where the build officially goes into overdrive. I ended up finding a replacement axle on Jeepforum from Battybluecb. It is a Rubicon D44 front axle with about 19k miles on it. Mostly stock but with chromo shafts, sleeved and gusseted. I am adding some super u-joints.

After long consults with Helldorado Customs and Leftlanetrucking, the Jeep is now in surgery for a heart transplant! It is getting a 5.3 with a 4L60E transmission and a NP231CHD / NP231J transfer case. Can't wait to get the project done. A disclaimer, Warrior Diesel and Automotive (Tim Smith) is doing the work out of Rogersville, MO. I will post pictures as things progress. Estimated time of completion is end of December - early January.

Can't wait!!
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Unread 11-26-2013, 09:13 AM   #5
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dang, well this build escalated quickly
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Unread 11-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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dang, well this build escalated quickly
HA, I hear ya. One of those threads that I didn't see a need to post until now. The 5.3 swap is what may be most interesting to folks, so pictures and updates to come as things progress.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Heck of a build so far! When the 4l60e is swapped in what is used for the gear selector?
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Unread 11-28-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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Heck of a build so far! When the 4l60e is swapped in what is used for the gear selector?
Not sure yet. Will certainly let you know when we decide. My goal is to keep the interior as stock looking as possible, so it will need to be something that looks like it belongs there. Any suggestions?
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Unread 11-28-2013, 11:38 AM   #9
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Keeping everything stock looking was also what I am looking for. I wonder if the gear selector from a 42rle could be adapted to use.
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Unread 01-02-2014, 07:17 AM   #10
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Teardown is complete - ready for reassembly!! The shop doing the work is wonderful to work with...







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Unread 01-27-2014, 07:42 PM   #11
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Frame is notched, motor mounts are done and engine is in! Lots of things left to do. The motor is actually Chevy orange.... looks like a different color in the picture.



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Unread 01-29-2014, 08:14 AM   #12
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More updates





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Unread 02-17-2014, 09:34 AM   #13
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Wiring, wiring and more wiring!! Who knew there was sooo much wiring in a simple TJ. Things are progressing along...





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