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post #1 of 30 Old 08-10-2014, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Back Where I Belong (2005 LJ Build)

Hey everybody, after a long 3 years I'm back where I belong. I found a 2005 LJ 6 speed, one owner, garaged, and the best part 39k on the clock This is not my first jeep though, my first one was a 2001 TJ sport. I put a 4" RC LA lift, 33" duratracs, smittybuilt front stinger w/ xrc8 winch with synthetic line, warn rear swing out, drop down tailgate, raptor lined tube, and full audio system. I learned a lot during that build and everything I learned I am transferring over to this build. I am going to be a senior in college so I am making this a 2 stage build since funds won't be great for a little while. So here's a basic overview of what I have planned out. Enjoy

Stage 1:

Suspention/Wheels
-2" BDS Spring lift (Done)
-ZJ Tie Rod
-JK Rubicon Moab Wheels (Done)
-255/75/17 Firestone Destination MT (Done)

Interior
-6 1/2" Polk DB in sound pods (Done)
-5 1/4" Polk Components in dash w/tweeter mounting bracket (Nalin)
-Alpine amp mounted under steering column (Done)
-8" Kenwood Shallow Mount Sub in custom made center console box (Done)
-Drake offroad shift knob (Done)
-Alpine BT Head-unit (Done)
-Alpine Power-pack amplifier (Done)

Exterior
-Remove milk jugs and cap both bumpers (Done)
-Paint headlight bezels (Done)
-Paint flares black (Done)
-Quadratec LED headlights (Done)
-Remove side steps (Done)

I hope to complete this throughout the semester

Stage 2:

Suspension/Wheels
-1.25" JKS body lift
-JKS motor mount lift
-Currie anti-rock
-35/12.50/15 Goodyear MTR w/kevlar

Exterior
-Poison Spyder front bumper w/ brawler bar
-Saavy gas tank skid
-Saavy slidders w/ step
-Under cover fab tummy tuck
-Poison Spyder steering skid
-Exogate tire carrier
-Metalcloak F/R with 6" flares
-Banks monster cat back

Driveline
-AA SYE
-Tom Woods driveshaft
-4.56 gears

Lighting
-LED rear taillights
-50" LED light bar above windshield



So that's that! Hopefully you guys enjoy my journey as much as I do

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post #2 of 30 Old 08-15-2014, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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So today I installed my Drake Off-road shift knob and painted my head light bezels black
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post #3 of 30 Old 08-25-2014, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cracked 40k today!
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post #4 of 30 Old 11-05-2014, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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This weekend I picked up a set of JK Moabs wrapped in 255/75/17 Firestone Destination MT's for FREE So I purchased Rough Country wheels adapters and had the new shoes mounted and balanced today. Also removed the factory side steps.
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post #5 of 30 Old 11-05-2014, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure why the picture keeps uploading sideways...
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post #6 of 30 Old 11-05-2014, 10:40 PM
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I think the 2" will look great with the new tires/wheels.

'99 TJ

BDS - Savvy - Brown Dog - AtoZ - Metalcloak - Falken - RC
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post #7 of 30 Old 11-05-2014, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I think so too. For a stage 1 build I think it will sit nice. Not too aggressive but much better than the goofy stock set-up.
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post #8 of 30 Old 12-02-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ordered a 2" BDS suspension lift yesterday. Should be installing it once I'm home for winter break.
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post #9 of 30 Old 12-13-2014, 01:08 AM
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Subscribed! I'm thinking about the BDS 2" lift on my LJ myself.
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post #10 of 30 Old 12-13-2014, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Im at school right now in Towson, heading home for break Tuesday. Lift should be installed by the weekend
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post #11 of 30 Old 12-16-2014, 02:34 PM
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Cool. Please post pics when the install's finished!
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post #12 of 30 Old 12-16-2014, 07:26 PM
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Nice looking jeep! Can't wait to see it lifted


My Build Thread

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post #13 of 30 Old 12-22-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got the lift installed. Broke two rear shock uppers, but other than that it went smooth. So far I'm loving the way this kit rides!
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post #14 of 30 Old 01-02-2015, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Installed some 1" seat risers today.
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post #15 of 30 Old 01-02-2015, 05:28 PM
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LJ's look so much better when lifted a little with a bigger tire. Looks sharp!

Bob's boring build:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/b...build-1304260/

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