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Unread Yesterday, 07:06 PM   #1
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College TJ Sport Build

What's up guys, just got my first jeep and figured I'd start a build thread. Things will probably go slow because I am a freshman at Indiana University.

So a little background:

Throughout high school I was always into fast cars. Here's my old pride and joy. Cammed, bolt on, lowered Z28 LT1 that I built from bone stock all on my own in the garage.









After coming to college I realized I was going to start needing something for the bad Indiana winters. So I sold the Camaro and began looking for a jeep! I knew I really wanted a TJ but price was the issue. Luckily a found a relatively cheap '97 TJ Sport 4.0L with a 5 Speed and 170,000 miles. It needed a clutch. Being fairly mechanically inclined I decided to pull the trigger and drove 3 hours to get it and brought it home.







The jeep has one small rust hole on the passenger side which should be fairly easy to fix and then cover with rocker guards.


So once I got it home I fixed just about everything that was wrong with it and it is running top notch right now.

Parts replaced: Clutch, full exhaust system, oil pump, water pump, rear main seal, valve cover and oil pan gaskets, etc.


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Thats where we are now. I knew I wanted to lift the jeep right away. It was sitting on some 31x 10.5 Dick Cepek Wild countrys with some AR wheels. So I sold those and ordered 5 305/70/16 M/Ts and will be installing those on some Moabs I have.I also ordered the Zone 3" lift. Being in college I'm trying to keep everything on a budget but not buy complete crap.

The current idea is to paint the Moabs gunmetal color because I feel like it would look pretty good with the black jeep.

So thats the start of this long slow build. I'd love to hear everyones advice/suggestions as well as critiques. I'm new to the jeep world and want to learn and enjoy it as much as possible
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Unread Yesterday, 09:20 PM   #3
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Good start man, looking forward to seeing updated pics with lift and tires.
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Wow, I'm in the same boat as you. Just bought my first jeep last weekend and on budget since I'm in college as well, but I'm in Wisconsin. I look forward to see progress on the Jeep!
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Tires and lift are at the house! Ill be going home from school this weekend to install everything. You can also see the Moabs I'll be using.

Pictures:










So there are the tires. I have a couple ideas that I wanted to get everyones opinion on. The first is painting the Moabs gunmetal color. I feel like the gunmetal with the black jeep will look good, what do you guys think?

My other idea is to trim my flares and repaint them black. I want to trim them because they are pretty tore up and have cracks.

This is how i was planning to do it:




Let me know what you guys think! I cant wait to get through this week and get home to install it all!
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Tires and lift are at the house! Ill be going home from school this weekend to install everything. You can also see the Moabs I'll be using.

Pictures:










So there are the tires. I have a couple ideas that I wanted to get everyones opinion on. The first is painting the Moabs gunmetal color. I feel like the gunmetal with the black jeep will look good, what do you guys think?

My other idea is to trim my flares and repaint them black. I want to trim them because they are pretty tore up and have cracks.

This is how i was planning to do it:




Let me know what you guys think! I cant wait to get through this week and get home to install it all!
trimming the fenders like that will look good. My thought on painting wheels however, is to do it "right" otherwise it will wind up looking poorly done. Color is a matter of preference. My preference would be to leave them alone. However, if your set on black wheels, preparation of the original surface will be crucial to the final outcome and you being happy with what you have in the end.
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trimming the fenders like that will look good. My thought on painting wheels however, is to do it "right" otherwise it will wind up looking poorly done. Color is a matter of preference. My preference would be to leave them alone. However, if your set on black wheels, preparation of the original surface will be crucial to the final outcome and you being happy with what you have in the end.
Thanks for your input, I'm actually wanting to paint the wheels gunmetal grey, not black. I do however want to repaint the fenders black. I was thinking about gunmetal wheels because the wheels are pretty scratched up already and I want to be different. I thought it would look good, sort of similar to AEV wheels.
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