More info on why i'm doing what i'm doing:
This is my daily driver and i'm into trail riding rather than rock crawling/mudding. I'm only 16 which means I want to drive everywhere...and i'm on a highschool budget...and I live in northern california (terrible gas prices)....and the current lift is terrible.
Currently Dakota sits on a HUGE lift made by skyjacker. She has adjustable control arms (fingers crossed they work with lower springs) and all the shocks are at the end of their travel. So, it is a very rough ride with almost no suspension give.
Goal: buy smaller back springs and cut the front ones, keeping all other components and making the adjustments with the arms.
I'm 16 and when I was about 3 for christmas I got one of those little electric cars to drive around, and, it was a bright red tj with KC lights on the roll cage. My dad put nails in the plastic tires so I could drive in the little bit of snow we get and rough terrain around our house. This kindled a passionate light that would burst to life only 11 short years later. When I was 14 I began looking high and low for a jeep. At first I was open to tjs and yjs, but soon realized that I wanted a real "dash" and not the straight across thing in the yjs. (I loved/love the 4 door jks but those were/are out my price range). For two years I searched and searched craigslist and begged my parents to drive me 3 hours South to Sacramento to jump on any "deals" i happened to come by. Finally, in August of this past year Dakota popped up. She was local, and the short paragraph of specs made her sound appealing. No pictures, no in depth specs. I called on a whim. "Is it a six cylinder?" I asked. "Yes."CHECK. "Auto or manual?" "Manual." CHECK. "What color is it?" "Blue" CHECK. (By now i'm lit up, it's perfect, and with only 62k on it, for ONLY 6 GRAND.) For months i'd been looking and similar jeeps had been 7-9. As soon as my dad got home we raced across town to test drive it. One drive and I HATED IT.
We pulled up and there she sat, in all her beautiful blue glory. Lifted, to my newbie eyes what seemed like 10 inches. Soon we were on the road, my dad driving (I hadn't learned how to drive stick yet) and I riding. As I said before, I hated it. It was a huge lift, but it was short armed. It had 33s but wasn't re-geared. Worst of all it had a bent rear drive line and almost every part of the interior was loose. We left that night without it, my convinced it was a little too hard core for my tastes.
I went home and pondered. Woke up the next day and she was on my mind. Went to sleep that night and she was on my mind. And I awoke that morning with a burning desire. When would I come across another jeep like her? The perfect color, the perfect specs? And for only 6 grand???? I had my mom write me a note so I could get out of school that day. After first period I raced to the bank and took a majority of my "life saving's" out in the form of cold-hard-cash. I raced to the guy's house with 6 grand in a nice little white envelope, and bought Dakota.
She's named Dakota after the actress Dakota Fanning, who has the most lovely blue eyes. My first car (technically my dad's that I drove) was named Hannah, Dakota Fanning's first name. The Jeep was to be my main car, has Dakota is the actress's main name. Thus, the name Dakota. Thankfully my jeep is blue, for the name would not be fitting were it any other color.
What has been done thus far:
Replaced driver's side rear axel
Buy new tire (33inch open country) (It was running on spare BG mud terrain on passenger side when purchased as previous owner's ex-girl friend punctured original)
Paint fender flares black
Tighten dash, ect.
Put in JVC stereo and wire for subs
Sell 33s, buy 31inch BG ATs