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Unread 06-02-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
elclipo
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The Black Stallion

Yup, you guessed it, a black TJ build.

This is it when I brought it home:



It already had 4" springs and 33s. Otherwise it was a pretty much stock 2000 Sahara. Since then I have mostly fixed things that were either done wrong, not done at all, or broke prematurely such as u-joints, ball joints, Heater Core and a re-manufactured transmission.

This is what I have added so far:
  • Currie Poly adjustable bump stops
  • Metalcloak Aluminum Arms all the way around
  • JB Conversions HD SYE
  • Tom Woods drive shafts front and rear
  • Converted it from a Manual to an automatic with an AW4 late last year.
  • Front Aluminum Antirock
  • Brown Dog Motor Mounts

The plan changes and evolves as I learn more and more about the capabilities of the Jeep and what I want to do with it. This Jeep will also be handed down to my daughter (now 12) who already drives it and wrenches on it. I want a solid build that is also reliable and can be fixed even if she's away from home at college, etc.

My wishlist (which seems to change constantly)
  • HP30 Front
  • D44 Rear
  • 3-Link Front
  • 4-Link Rear
  • Metalcloak or Poison Spyder Front Fenders
  • 1" MML & 1.25" BBL
  • Savvy 3" Springs
  • Savvy Aluminum Rocker armor
  • Savvy Corner Armor
  • OX Lockers front and rear
  • 4.88 or 5.13 Gears
  • 35" Tires
  • Revolution shafts front and rear

And this is what it looks like today:



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Unread 06-02-2015, 02:51 PM   #2
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Is it the pic or do or are your wheels the same width as your tires?
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Unread 06-02-2015, 06:55 PM   #3
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Is it the pic or do or are your wheels the same width as your tires?
It is not an illusion. The wheels are 15x12 and the tires are 12.5. That's how I bought it. I'll get new wheels whenever I go up on tire size.
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Unread 06-04-2015, 10:01 AM   #4
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So this is what I have acquired so far:

I scored an HP30 for $100 a couple of weeks ago. Come to find out, this gem was in the pumpkin:


I'll pass along all my internals and re-gear it and should be good to go with little effort (I hope). Maybe the Metalcloak UCA joints will be out by then...

The 44 however its a bit more complex. I bought an entire axle off an LJ. However, the pinion is bent and the driver side tube is dented (and slightly bent). It came with Alloy USA shafts, a spare stock shaft, brand new 4.56 gears and Master Install kit. So overall it wasn't a bad deal. I sold the gears to recover a bit of money and the rest sits in my garage. Recently I bought a housing from a buddy who decided to go for an 8.8 instead of building it so I got the housing. This one is straight but needs UCA brackets. Not sure which way I'm gonna go on this. My long term goal is a four link rear but I am not sure I am ready to do everything else that is needed to accomplish it at this time.
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Unread 06-17-2015, 08:22 AM   #5
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What was left of my Jeep budget just got slashed. On the good side though, I just ordered a Trektop NX to replace my 10 year old top. If this top is half as good as it seems, I will be a happy camper.
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Unread 06-17-2015, 08:22 PM   #6
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Forgot to post yesterday. My 4.88 gears came in. Thank you Ricky for all the help.

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