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post #1 of 231 Old 07-10-2011, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Back in Black. . . . 2000 TJ build

Hello fellow Jeepforumers!

After months and months of searching (and trying to find good financing), I finally found my TJ. Three hours away, I found her on the net and jumped on the phone. Dealer called me back within an hour with a financing package. . . . I got my 2000 TJ with 102,551 miles, 4.0 liter with 3.73's, 4 inch no-name (Tuff Country???) short arm lift, 10" eagle alloys and bald *** 33's.

First mod: knockoff Bushwacker flares (wouldn't do again. . . . NOOOOOO) this is the only pic I have of it right after I got it last November:

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post #2 of 231 Old 07-10-2011, 06:37 PM
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3.73.... Got a D44 in the rear? Looks nice!
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post #3 of 231 Old 07-10-2011, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Since the 30 degree fender flare replacement day, plenty of mods have followed. I slapped in a Clarion head unit, tinted the marker lights in the front, and, most importantly, 35's with a 1.25" BL from RC. I feel very fortunate that my rig had a D44 in the back, as I didn't know to look for that when I bought it.

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3.73.... Got a D44 in the rear? Looks nice!
Thank you! Yeah, 3.73 with a D44. Allowed me peace of mind with the 35's I put on. Sluggish at times, but really still VERY capable. I made a Uwharrie trip in May and will be headed there in a week

Gonna install Trail Gear rock sliders this week before I head out, they are on sale for $110 btw everyone! Good cheap, light to mid duty rocker with good cosmetic appeal.
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I already know you all are gonna jump on me for the cheap flares and rockers. . . . I'm in college, money is tight

I'm cheap, be gentle
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While I'm on the subject, what would be the best way (besides ditching the "Bushwackers") to stop the back from rubbing? Any simple fixes?
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post #7 of 231 Old 07-11-2011, 10:59 AM
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Where in NC are you? And about the flares, do you like them or not? If no, why? I have some still in the box waiting to be installed. I needed a pretty inexpensive way to protect my paint from my tires throwing stuff.
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All the way up in Littleton, near Lake Gaston! Talk about no wheeling spots

The flares. . . . they aren't horrible, def. protect the body very well and look good too. BUT my main beef with them is that the rear tires rub the back tip of the flare at full flex. I'm running 35s though, when I had 33s I didn't have an issue.

Get self-drilling screws and install the rear flares about one inch higher than the OEM flares, covers up the scratches where the old ones were and lends extra clearance. Also, you might want to paint them and clear coat them before install, IMO it looks better than just the factory black plastic
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I see you have 31s, the flares won't give you any rubbing probs at all and will def look sweet.
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Get self-drilling screws and install the rear flares about one inch higher than the OEM flares, covers up the scratches where the old ones were and lends extra clearance.
Hmmm...that sounds like a pretty good idea. Thanks. Just gotta get the ok from my dad before I do it lol.
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I see you have 31s, the flares won't give you any rubbing probs at all and will def look sweet.
Actually I just got 33s lol. I'm still updating my build. But you said you didn't really have a problem w/ 33s. Ultimately, I'd love to have tube fenders like Metalcloaks or whatnot. But, that's WAY outta my budget lol.
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Actually I just got 33s lol. I'm still updating my build. But you said you didn't really have a problem w/ 33s. Ultimately, I'd love to have tube fenders like Metalcloaks or whatnot. But, that's WAY outta my budget lol.
I drool on my keyboard everytime I see MetalCloaks But $500+ for fenders is not gonna happen anytime soon!

You oughta try to make it to Uwharrie when I'm there this Saturday
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You oughta try to make it to Uwharrie when I'm there this Saturday
Ahh man...wish I could. But I'll be on the way to the coast for vacation on Saturday. I'd love to make it to Uwharrie sometime though. It looks awesome. I don't really have too many places to wheel around here either. Have fun though!
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Yep you gotta go sometime Checked out your build thread BTW, looks great!
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Thanks man. Your Jeep looks awesome too!
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Well damn. Just found out my Rockers won't be in till the Monday after I head to Uwharrie Oh well, they can cover up any trail damage I get this trip.

Last time, I was able to do every trail except half of Daniel. From the Rocky Mountail loop side, I (accidentally) began to head up Daniel. Made it to the top of the mountain with no issues, but didn't have the guts to go down the steep half. This time I plan on heading up from the cotton place trailhead and holding onto my *** for dear life
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