What's up JF, just bought my Premium Membership and finally changed my name from "lolvtak" to this and I'm feeling frisky so I decided to make a thread. A little boring background on me is I'm from Long Island, NY the capital of no good legal wheeling unless you love sand which I don't. I'm moving to Dover, PA in 2 weeks with my girlfriend to start a new degree (teaching) and to be close to Rausch Creek and the annual Jeep show in York.
I bought my 2002 TJ on February 11 of 2009 and this was the first day when I brought her home.
Obviously completely stock at the time, the first thing I did after looking through JF was paint the headlight bezels black, remove the bumper endcaps, paint the stock wheels black (they were rusting), and take it to the beach for some mild fun.
Next step was to cut the fender flares because I found a great deal on some crappy 33's and wheels.
The tires I got were some random brand 33" AT that had dry rot all over the them but I got 4 of them for 100 bucks. A few weeks later one of them stopped holding air completely so I just got 2 BFG AT for the rear and went wheeling upstate. (Sorry I have no wheeling pics, I have too much fun while doing it and forget.)
Then went to the Hamptons for some more beach action.
Next thing I did was fall in love with Rugged Ridge's XHD Modular front bumper and stinger combo so I bought it.
Snapped this picture after tugging out my buddy's bushes for him.
My next step was to buy Rough Country's 2.5" lift but winter hit before I could install it.
Had a lot of fun all winter helping people out of the snow.
Finally spring came and I installed my lift with a friend.
Couldn't have been happier with the quality of the ride and the price was great.
While doing the lift we had to throw away my old sway bar links and I decided to get new links, a steering stabilizer and I later found a good deal on a steering box skid here on JF, this is a good pic of all 3 of those. I also finally got another two BFG AT to replace the front two crappy tires.
I also decided I hated my carpet and ripped it out, followed by a good day of Raptor Lining and eventually Iggee seat covers. My interior really came together after that and the few misc things I had thrown in previously. Love the Raptor Liner its holding up VERY well except for a few small spots which I prepped poorly. For those wondering I feel like it's best to prep by grinding down to the bare metal then scuffing with a Scotch Brite pad and finally wiping down with acetone.
The Iggee seat covers fit quite well but since I'm picky I was thinking of having them permanently sewn into the seats for that ultimate fit.
The latest idiocy I've gotten into is giving my friend my front fender flares a little to test out my grinder's cutting power and hopefully order some flat fenders soon. I also recently ordered an XRC-8 winch from Quadratec. Started to get the surface rust off my frame and paint that as well as paint my wheels black.
Some flexinnnn and my favorite beach.
That's all for now while I save money for my move to PA. Once I'm down there I'll be getting flat fenders, new axles, more lift and 35" BFG KM in preparation to do some real wheeling. I'm always looking for more friends and Jeepers are some of the nicest people I've ever met in the car world especially coming from the import tuner scene.