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Cavasar 12-19-2012 11:21 PM

Cavasar's TJ
 
I have a 1998 TJ Sahara that my dad bought new. He drove it till 2007. Then my sister drove it until I got it from her in Summer of 2012.
Factory specs:
'98 Sahara
D30/35
3.73s
4.0L
32RH
Soft top
Half doors
P225/75R15 OWL Wrangler AT Tires

How it currently sits & future plans, I will try to keep it updated.

http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/...psf60c1d97.jpg

http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/...ps872047de.jpg
Savvy GTS $296.10 + shipping ($31.01)
Savvy Aluminum full corner armor + backing plate $368.10 + shipping ($49.91)
MC font/rear trac bars $398 (free shipping sale)
MC stinger add on $259
Vanco 15" BBK w/ Black Magic Pads & Centric Rotors$1050
PSC Full Cage (un-welded $1,069 + $206 shipping) (welded $1,514 + $319 freight)
Truck Lites $378 (free shipping)
Stretch & outboarded rear shocks



Notes:
Tranny rebuilt @ 138,000miles
New water pump & fan clutch @ 138,500miles
Lift @ 140,000miles
RMS, valve cover gasket, oil pump @ 145,200miles
MC control Arms, SYE, D44 @ 149,000
HP30 Locker @ 154,000
D44 Locker @ 154,000
35" MTR/Ks @ 153,500

Gear oil Valvoline 85w140
HP30 lube 1.25qts @ 154,500
D44 lube 2qts @ 154,500
Pads & Rotors @ 153,500
Spark plugs Autolite AP985 @ 145,500
6qts Castrol 10w40, oil/air filter @ 156,016


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Current Mods:

Suspension/steering:
- Zone 3" SL
- Zone 1.25" BL
- Zone 1" MML
- Rancho SS
- JKS Front adjustable trac bar
- Currie Antirock
- Metalcloak control arms
- TRE flip kit
- Blaine Raised sway bar links
- Currie Ultimate Steering Kit

Armor:
- Metalcloak front bumper (aluminum, 43" caps, high mount shackles, steering skid, fixed fair lead)
- Dirtworx rear bumper/tire carrier
- CCFABS front no flare hoodline tube fenders
- Smittybilt rear 3" flares
- AtoZ Fab rockers WW2WW
- Rokemen drop down aluminum tailgate w/ storage compartment
- Currie Mini skids HP30

Drivetrain:
- HP30 w/ RCVs, Detroit Locker
- Adams rear CV driveshaft
- Rugged Ridge SYE
- D44 w/ TenFactory Chromo Shafts, Detroit Locker

Wheels/Tires:
- MTR/K 35x12.5r15
- Rugged Ridge D-windows 15x8 w/ 3.75BS


Misc:
- OEM half and full doors
- Kenwood KDC-BT318U
- Spiderweb Shade SW1
- Monstaliner black interior
- PSC Hood Louvers
- Poly Performance hood pins
- JK turn signals
- Bestop front seat covers
- Ground Pounder Fab frame tie-ins
- Maxxima Reverse/STT LED lights
- 50" LED Totron light bar
- PSC light bar mount
- CESS 30' recovery strap
- Uniden PRO520XL
- 3' Firestik II
- XRC 8 w/ Amsteel Blue synthetic rope
- Novak Cable Shifter
- Extended brake lines
- Barricade Black Denim Soft Top
- Rock lights
- 2x2 cubes
- durango steering box
- Corbeau Baja RS seats
- CO2 setup from Instant Air Supply
- Currie EZ deflator
- Windstar Cowl Intake


Waiting to be installed:
- UCF ultra high steel belly w/ alum engine skid
- Rokmen hi lines






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Here are a few pics of it shortly after we got it.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60923459@N07/9774479742/" title="001 (2) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/9774479742_5bdef0d467.jpg" width="500" height="346" alt="001 (2)"></a>
Don't mind us cute kids.:laugh:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60923459@N07/9774635525/" title="First Picture by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/9774635525_1730bf0d6f.jpg" width="500" height="345" alt="First Picture"></a>


http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/1...196204ab_z.jpg

Cavasar 12-20-2012 10:08 AM

My dad slid into the back of a mini van after a light rain and bent the bumper which I would later replace. Since then I've been wheeling it stock.
Bridgeport OHV Park:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60923459@N07/9774680134/" title="Jeep15 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2838/9774680134_92ecb9bcbb.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="Jeep15"></a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60923459@N07/9774493262/" title="Jeep7 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/9774493262_c00a326d3f.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="Jeep7"></a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774455312/" title="216160_10150150093557058_6198987_n by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3811/9774455312_89cbea22b8.jpg" width="500" height="373" alt="216160_10150150093557058_6198987_n"></a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60923459@N07/9774457412/" title="001 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/9774457412_8a39b58908.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="001"></a>

I think this was Feb of 2011, we actually had snow in Ft. Worth
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774657555/" title="Jeep1 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/9774657555_196ebf7bd3.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="Jeep1"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774670875/" title="Jeep3 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/9774670875_7265074704.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Jeep3"></a>
More to come later, I don't wont to fill up this post too much.

So my mom bought me a new front bumper since my dad damaged the old one. When it was time to get a new one I wasn't part of the forum so I didn't know about the Smittybilt powder coating issues; I haven't experienced any issues yet though.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774646414/" title="029 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/9774646414_bb4b79996f.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="029"></a>

Cavasar 12-22-2012 07:11 PM

Having friends and family in the forces I added this to the top center of my windshield.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774448151/" title="006 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/9774448151_9aa5999091.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="006"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774664646/" title="007 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/9774664646_08308260c7.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="007"></a>

Tranny went out a few months ago and hat it towed to the shop to get rebuilt.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774633645/" title="004 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/9774633645_50a5744a51.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="004"></a>

Drove out to the lake just because
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774656885/" title="001 (3) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/9774656885_bb9c30df11.jpg" width="373" height="500" alt="001 (3)"></a>
It was a bit muddy by the lake. My roommate was supposed to accompany me with his F150, but he was in class and I got bored. Of course I got stuck; luckily some fellas in a city dually truck happened to drive by and let me strap up to them. Mud slicks anyone?
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774675366/" title="002 (2) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7359/9774675366_34260b62a8.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="002 (2)"></a>

Cavasar 12-22-2012 07:22 PM

With the money I had saved up after working at Cavender's Boot City for a summer (after building a $900 computer :brickwall Witch still works great and I am happy with, just wish I'd known I was for sure getting the Jeep) I was finally able to put my money to good use. I had planned on paying to have my lift installed because the whole idea was a little daunting, but after the cheapest quote just north of $2000 I changed my mind.
Since being home for Christmas break a friend and I have put on my Zone 1.25" Body lift, 1" Motor Mount Lift, and finished the 3" Suspension Lift. (Zone 4.25" Combo kit)

BL and MML
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774721673/" title="035 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/9774721673_27b10e8571.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="035"></a>
Working on the suspension:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774650665/" title="001 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3752/9774650665_b84bde3164.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="001"></a>
Even convinced my girlfriend to help.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774669666/" title="003 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/9774669666_ace7ccbf56.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="003"></a>
Front finished
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774463862/" title="005 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7331/9774463862_813cc5131d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="005"></a>
4.25" total
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774650485/" title="002 (3) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/9774650485_30135b5b6c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="002 (3)"></a>
This is the Zone Offroad 4.25" Combo Kit with Hydraulic Shocks, JKS Adjustable Front Trac Bar, JKS Quick Disconnects, Rubicon Express Steering Stabilizer.
I only have 31x10.5, I need to get 33x10.5. But I'm not sure when that'll happen.

Picture with a big Excursion Before & After.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774662276/" title="023 by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2858/9774662276_12f513f7a3.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="023"></a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774655794/" title="003 (3) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3777/9774655794_36e963d4ee.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="003 (3)"></a>

We got snagged on some old bolts and a few other random things but all together it took about 5 days. It was much easier than I expected and was fun. I'm very glad I didn't pay to have it done.

A friend got me some new floor mats for Christmas since mine crapped out
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774680716/" title="001 (5) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/9774680716_7df2337a8e.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="001 (5)"></a>

So of course I had to get the steering wheel cover to match.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774478792/" title="001 (6) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/9774478792_931fa06870.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="001 (6)"></a>

reichard117 12-23-2012 10:31 PM

Looks pretty good, jeeps are still sexy today. i cant imagine what it was like back in 97 and 98
the tires on that excursion are embarrassing. all terrains in the middle but big lugs on the sides, something there is screaming.. ROAD QUEEN

Cavasar 12-24-2012 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by reichard117 (Post 14665289)
Looks pretty good, jeeps are still sexy today. i cant imagine what it was like back in 97 and 98
the tires on that excursion are embarrassing. all terrains in the middle but big lugs on the sides, something there is screaming.. ROAD QUEEN

Thanks man. For the last several years it's been in the same parking spot, but the other day it changed spots even though the tires are flat.

So I'm thinkin on Friday I'll put in the Aussie Lunchbox Locker in my D30 that I got off craigslist for $150 and some new brakes for the front.

Bought a new cross shaft pin and thrust washers for it too. I decided I'd try the seal instead of RTV.
Edit: I skipped the seal and just used RTV.
[i<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774744963/" title="001 (7) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/9774744963_295697a833.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="001 (7)"></a>

And my dad got me new front brakes for Christmas (and an iPhone 5).
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774454581/" title="003 (2) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7418/9774454581_916f6a3e1f.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="003 (2)"></a>

Some goodies in my closet (Aluminum Rear Uppers)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774744643/" title="001 (8) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/9774744643_04c3dd751b.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="001 (8)"></a>

Cavasar 12-28-2012 04:40 PM

So I decided to start the locker today. I tried putting a pry bar under the carrier and hitting it with a hammer, but I can't get the carrier out of the differential; it won't even budge. Any ideas?
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774650205/" title="002 (4) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/9774650205_30d4e29ba6.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="002 (4)"></a>

Cavasar 12-28-2012 06:02 PM

Well I tried the pry bar method and no luck. Then put a strap around the carrier and pulled, still no luck. Tomorrow I'll be putting everything back together and changing the brakes. I'll take the Aussie with me to College Station next month and hope that someone in the off-road club I plan to join can help

yellow_snocone 12-28-2012 07:33 PM

Your going to have to remove your steering arm to allow the carrier to be completely removed. Also have you tried the pry method using a 2x4 for support?

Cavasar 12-29-2012 03:03 PM

I got it! Put a tow strap around the carrier and hooked it to my friends JK to use the ratchet strap but when he put it in park it yanked right out. Nothing broke thankfully.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavasar/9774655754/" title="003 (4) by Cavasar, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7306/9774655754_dc928fe628.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="003 (4)"></a>

Cavasar 12-29-2012 05:45 PM

Well I can't get my cross pin out. And it didn't have a roll pin in it at all. So I took my carrier to the City Garage and they said it was broken and that I needed to buy a whole new carrier even though the spider gears turn just fine. I guess I'll order from East Gear Supply on Monday.

dirtdude35 12-29-2012 05:53 PM

let me make a call right quick and see if my buddy has one. What gears do you have?

Edit talked to my buddy and he said that if you can bring it to him 820 and beach area that he might be able to help you out. pm me for his number

Cavasar 12-29-2012 06:56 PM

I PM'd you, I forgot to add that I have 3.73s.

Cavasar 12-30-2012 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dirtdude35
let me make a call right quick and see if my buddy has one. What gears do you have?

Edit talked to my buddy and he said that if you can bring it to him 820 and beach area that he might be able to help you out. pm me for his number

Thanks man. He got it sorted out in less than 30seconds. City Garage wanted to sell me an entire new setup since I didn't know what I was talking about. We're at Texas Roadhouse now. :thumbsup:

dirtdude35 12-30-2012 06:20 PM

sweet good to hear


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