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Unread 01-05-2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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Bigger and bolder - LJ

I picked up an LJ a little while back and I thought a build thread was in order. Its time to convert this little LJ into something bigger and bolder!

Without too much talk here's what we're starting with.

Fully Stock 2004 LJ 4.0 Auto (Isn't it cute?..... Not for long!

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Unread 01-05-2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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That is a great platform to start from.

What are your plans?
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Unread 01-05-2011, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thanks Patrick. I've already started to wrench. I'm installing new front and rear bumpers, a lift, new wheels and tires, sliders and skids over the next few weeks. I'm also planning for a new exhaust, intake and gears. It will eventually have a winch and a few more lights but I haven't figured those out out. On board air will be installed eventually too. Should be pretty sweet when its all put together, I've got a lot of work to do.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 12:22 PM   #4
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Have fun building her up.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 12:36 PM   #5
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Changed it to "Bigger and bolder - LJ". How about that? Maybe a mod and change the thread name for me. It only updates in the OP.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 02:29 PM   #6
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Unread 01-10-2011, 08:46 AM   #7
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After browsing pages and pages of bumpers for the LJ I settled on a front and rear bumper from Hanson Off-road. I was looking for a mid length front bumper with a moderate sized stinger and winch mount. For the rear, I was looking for a rear bumper with an integrated hitch and heavy duty tire carrier. Hanson had exactly what I was looking for and.. its all made in the USA.

Installation: The directions were clear and all hardware was included. I installed these by myself but having an extra pair of hands would have made my job a little quicker. Some drilling was required for the rear tire carrier but for the weekend warrior installing these bumpers should be a breeze

Quality: Photos don't do these bumpers justice. These are some of the nicest bumpers I have seen. The quality of the welds, the fit and the finish are all top notch! These are made using 3/16 steel. They are powder coated with a semi gloss black and all mounting hardware is grade 8.

Some Notes for others considering these bumpers:
Front bumper: If you are temporarily mounting your stock Fog lights to the winch plate you will need to lengthen the fog light wiring. This wiring is not included.

Rear bumper: With the factory center brake light removed an aftermarket center rear brake light will need to be purchased and installed. I'll update this post when I have completed this step.
More information on Hanson Off-Road Products: http://www.hansonoffroad.com/index.php

On with the pics!
Front Before:


Front After:




Rear bumper before:


Rear Bumper After:

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Unread 01-28-2011, 07:38 AM   #8
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Rock Sliders this weekend!
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^Charley! I dig "Its always sunny..." I wear my Flip-a-delphia flip cup t-shirt often.
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i am going to keep an eye on this one
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Unread 02-09-2011, 07:16 AM   #13
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I installed my rock sliders a little over a week ago but just now got some pictures taken. It was straight forward and simple and I really like the look.



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I installed my rock sliders a little over a week ago but just now got some pictures taken. It was straight forward and simple and I really like the look.



Thanks for making my decision about rock sliders very easy.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 11:25 AM   #15
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Glad you like them. I really like how clean they look and once I install my lift it will be nice to have the step. Installation was simple. It would have been nice to have a second pairs of hands to help hold them up while I marked where to drill the holes but, even by myself, it only took a little over an hour.
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