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Unread 06-24-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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In college w/ kids aka very low budget tj build

I had a scion xb bought in march 2010. It broke $3000 worth of parts so I said screw it and traded it in on my current 2003 TJ X in August. It was a good starter. Had 100,xxx miles on it and looked like this:

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Unread 06-24-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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2.5" RC lift- $300
Teraflex quick discos- $100
Home built tube bender- $500
home built front bumper- $150 including lights and paint
Mastercraft Rubicon Seats- $145 ea
Jegs baja 8s w/ center caps (15x8)- $50 ea (5)
Trailcutter Radial 33x12.50x15- $20 ea (picked up all 5 with 80+ % tread on crappy aluminum wheels for $260 I scrapped the wheels and got some over half my money back)
Tuffy Full Center console w/ stereo storage and new Bestop black top w/ tinted windows- Free (actually at the cost of an ipod oakleys and 2 maglites...got broke into)
HIDs- $60
Black Headlight housings-$20
RC steer stab-$25
mirror reloc brkts- $30

Todays total-cost of the Jeep=$1820ish
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Unread 06-24-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
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That font bumper is sweet.
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Unread 06-24-2011, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks I should have the build thread up in a day or two I will be adding it to my sig
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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

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Unread 06-24-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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How well did the HID conversion with those lights turn out? Is it hard to aim them? Are the aftermarket lights fit worth a crap?
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Unread 06-25-2011, 02:30 PM   #6
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How well did the HID conversion with those lights turn out? Is it hard to aim them? Are the aftermarket lights fit worth a crap?
Turned out great. All I had to do was trim the rubber back on them a little to get the hid bulbs to fit. They lights are easy to aim. I just parked in front of a big wall at night and adjust them. As far as fit I didn't feel like I had any trouble putting the headlights in at all.
I'm sure the more expensive lights are better but with a little adjusment these are definitely worth the 20 bucks.
The hids themselves are great. My buddy that owns Hilltop Performance says he puts them in just about any vehicle and they have worked great. The great part is that they are completely plug and play.
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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

[B][SIZE="5"]HILLTOP O.R.V.[/SIZE][/B]
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Unread 12-28-2011, 11:42 AM   #7
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Small update. added CAI(in my sig) $30 and almost have the rockers-$50ish ready to put on. I will have a write-up on the rockers when they are done if anyone wants it.

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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

[B][SIZE="5"]HILLTOP O.R.V.[/SIZE][/B]
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Unread 10-04-2012, 06:34 PM   #8
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Tuffy Full Center console w/ stereo storage and new Bestop black top w/ tinted windows- Free (actually at the cost of an ipod oakleys and 2 maglites...got broke into)
Any updates? Do you have any pictures of your Tuffy Full Center console?
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Unread 10-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #9
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Ill post some. I havent done much to the jeep. Just bought a house over summer so now I have to get the new garage set up and wired for all of my tools. On top of that I have my senior design project to fund design and build. Sorry to disappoint....
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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

[B][SIZE="5"]HILLTOP O.R.V.[/SIZE][/B]
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Unread 09-27-2013, 10:49 AM   #10
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It's been a while but I finally finished putting on my rocker guards (except for the places I needed longer bolts which should be here today). Also upgraded the tires after quite a bit of saving. Nitto Trail Grapplers.
Buying a house really put a dent in my build schedule... and the whole senior design project so I could graduate too... but my schedule is finally freeing up a little.
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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

[B][SIZE="5"]HILLTOP O.R.V.[/SIZE][/B]
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Unread 09-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #11
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I apologize for not posing costs- The rocker guards were a cost of about $20 (its nice working at a fab shop). Tires ran me $230 a piece.
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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

[B][SIZE="5"]HILLTOP O.R.V.[/SIZE][/B]
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Unread 02-18-2014, 06:55 PM   #12
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How do you like those Baja 8s? Im looking at getting those or Cragar soft 8s....what do you think?
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Unread 02-19-2014, 11:20 AM   #13
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I havent had any problems out of them at all. Not a single spot of rust or anything. They dont feel overly heavy either.
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[URL="http://youtu.be/aZ5Oz60S-b0"]My 3 Year old son throwing a tomahawk[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udaVbLOHQ"]My 3 year old son shooting a bow[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/college-w-kids-aka-very-low-budget-tj-build-1231456/"]My Jeep Build Thread[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/my-first-fab-project-tj-front-bumper-1231585/#post11760786"]My First Fab Project... TJ Front Bumper[/URL]
[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/my-cold-air-intake-writeup-1306786/#post12754414"]My Cold air intake 'build'[/URL]

[B][SIZE="5"]HILLTOP O.R.V.[/SIZE][/B]
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