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post #1 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Diabl0's Picture Intense Build

Here's my new, less cluttered build thread.



Bought it with 136,000 on it for more than it was worth, but it has been more than worth it to me. This Jeep is the first manual I've ever owned and every vehicle since has been a 5 or 6 speed. My mom had to drive it home for me since I had never driven stick before.


It had a 3" body lift with 33x12.5s and Mickey Thompson wheels. No rust anywhere.











I did get the price reduced $1,000 for the seat.









The first thing I did was to put new audio stuff in it. It had a really old headunit that didn't even have a CD player in it. And I didn't like the speakers. So I added a basic JVC headunit, Sirius, and some new speakers. I also put in Silverstars. Also threw in a CB radio so I could go on my first trail ride.






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post #2 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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First trail ride:









Almost hydrolocked the engine. That's me waiting to be pulled out of the water in the last picture. Didn't run right the rest of the day. Kept sputtering and stalling and all the water crossings on the way back were pretty bad. Went home that night and ordered a snorkel and haven't had a problem since.











Signed up for a Jeep Jamboree and decided it was finally time to get the Jeep in gear and get rid of the body lift and also get a full sized spare. Was talked into a skyjacker lift instead of the RE , but it hasn't been that bad. Also threw on some Bushwackers so the cops would leave me alone. Somewhere in there a Viper alarm was installed.



Before and after:









Alarm LED:


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post #3 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Next up was the full sized spare, the Warn bumper, and some seat covers.










Mounted up my Maglite and then hit Jamboree!


The maglite doesn't interfere with the lid. When opened it sits flush with the top of the maglite.





A few Jamboree shots:












A few random pics of the TJ and the ZJ:








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post #4 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Went to the York Pa Jeep Show and hit up the Quadratec tent and stumbled upon some deals. Scored a brand new hilift jack for cheap and picked up a Skid Row front bumper at the Scratch and Dent table. It was just a return and was missing some hardware. Couldn't beat it for $250.










Installed some 6.5" Sony speakers in the soundbar:









Did some more wheeling...












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post #5 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Got the front bumper powdercoated to match the Jeep and mounted it up:






Took some pics of the Jeep in the newly cleared out backyard:








Mounted the hilift and got a few new decals:









Cleaned up the undercarriage a little bit:









Stainless steel brake lines:





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post #6 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Added a Skid Row sbs and driver's side 1" seat risers:








Skyjacker grab handles:







Went to Paragon for the first and last time with Jeff Daniel's:













Ah, found my comfort zone!






Wasn't too fond of the rocks the first time around. Probably because I ran connected up front.


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post #7 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Just a little bit of damage:





Finally got a real antenna mounted up:










Cleaned up under all of the bushwacker armor and left the front to paint it black someday:








Lots of wheeling later I killed an alternator. Replaced it with an ebay 165 amp one. Then went to Rausch Creek and thought I killed another one. Pulled the ebay one and replaced it with a Bosch unit from Pep Boys (136 amp 5.9 ZJ). Turns out that wasn't the problem. Alternator wasn't getting any power so we traced all the wires and couldn't find any problems. Hooked it up to a switch in the cab and it's been running that way ever since with no problems. Someday I'll figure out what the true problem is, but now I've got a spare alternator.



The new and the old (pretty sure you can see what killed it )








Also installed some 5.25s into the dash:




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post #8 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Lots more wheeling later I basically blew up the Ax15 even though I knew it was coming. It didn't completely blow up, but with the amount of noise it was making I considered it done. Shifted through the gears fine, but the synchros were starting to float and something was making a whole lot of noise (not throwout bearing related). So it sat for a few months until I found a NV3550 on here with 48,000 miles and an np231 attached for a decent deal. We put all of that in and found out that for some reason the rear driveshaft was too long. Ended up doing an SYE, Tom Woods shaft, and adjustable rear uppers. After the pinion was adjusted I had to throw on some shock relocators since they were hitting the spring buckets. Got a pretty sweet deal on all of that too: brand new and best of all FREE!
In the few months that it sat I changed up the look. Gave the soft top to the guy who helped me install the transmission (was really only good as a trail top), got a good deal on a partial half top for $70. Also painted the wheels black instead of buying new ones since they were pitted and nasty looking. Painted the headlight rings black and painted the faded armor. Got a stock soundbar off of ebay since the other one rattled a lot. Then found out that someone had cut and spliced the wiring and the new soundbar has a plug.
Stumbled upon a complete TJ wiring harness (hardtop wiring included) for $10 plus shipping brand new in the box! Gotta love no reserve auctions!

















The transmission swap went relatively smooth after we got the skid plate off. The nutserts didn't spin which was pretty great, but the bolts didn't want to come out. We actually got 4 of them out and the last two we had to weld the tool to them and then torch them to get them out. Probably took us a good 3-4 hours just to get the skid dropped. After that it was a breeze until we realized the driveshaft wouldn't go back in. Simple fix
there too.














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post #9 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Got bored while waiting for the SYE and all the new parts and painted the frame and the skid and the gas tank skid and everything else under there.









Also, the front driveshaft was too short for some reason so that never got put back in. Had angry sparrows at the tcase end as well.









My new parts!














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Transmission swap complete!






Got it inspected and back on the road just for the water pump to blow out the same day. Luckily I got a Flow Kooler water pump cheap for $50 since I knew it was coming.












Took advantage of the Solid diff cover deal that ran before Christmas last year and snagged a cover for the 30. I also got a Ford 8.8 for Christmas that is ready to bolt in. It also came with a spare shaft and the ebrake cables. Just have to regear to 4.88s up front! Then following that will be a 4.5" RE long arm, real armor, flatties, a full cage, and some 35s. After I get a better axle up front (hopefully a 44) and a Super 8.8 kit, I'll be moving on up to 37s.









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post #11 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Wheeling again locally. Lovely 2wd and 3.07s got me stuck on a stump.














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Found some pics of the wheels getting repainted.











And some pictures using the ZJ to push it into the garage while the trans was out.








And old pics of my rock lights:








Also found some pictures from 2007 flexing it out on a local trail. I managed to rip my CB antenna off that night. Luckily I noticed it quick enough to backtrack and find the antenna. I had also just put on the RE Gen2 discos and the first 5 minutes into the trail on flat ground I lost a bushing and a pin. I wasn't very impressed with that since they were brand new.












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post #13 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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A club I belong to from Missouri featured a picture of my Jeep on their banner:








And the last picture in this post is just a random shot of my Jeep. This is what's known as the 1/4 mile at Wharton. All mud for 1/4 and most people don't make it through. It's to the left of this picture where you can see the Jeeps sitting. I blew out my TPS right before this, but somehow made it all the way home before the Jeep gave up. There were 5 Jeeps all stuck at the same time but we managed to get them all out. I got through it fine with stock gears, no lockers, and all terrains.







New paint on the 1:6 to match the 1:1 more...










Hit a tree on 1/27/09








The good that came out of it was that it pushed me to put the 8.8 under the Jeep and regear it.










More at: Hit a tree with my TJ

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Made very slow progress after hitting that tree. I did get a replacement steering box, but it's not here yet. Cost me $30, but it's a Cherokee box from a 97 which I've been told should fit. Also zip tied the flare back on. It ripped right off the bolts which hollowed out a few of the holes, but other than that it's fine. Added some smoked lights since I don't think the orange matches my Jeep very well. I have the sidemarkers but haven't put them in yet.
I also scored a full soft top off of eBay off of an 04 TJ I think. It was $85 including the frame, the roll bar brackets w/screws, and the windows.












Threw on my new uppers. They are tinted and I'm debating getting it taken off though I do like it. Just waiting for my steering box to come in the mail.













Picked up the HP30 2.5 months later.












Cleaned it up:




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post #15 of 127 Old 12-26-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Got a 3.73 and up carrier, 4.88s, and a master install kit:











Stripped the HP30 down a little and cracked it open to take a look at the internals. They looked pretty good. We also put a fresh coat of paint on the 8.8 and painted the cover.













Now it was axle swap time! We started with the 8.8. I've never done an axle swap before or anything related to it and neither had my friend. We learned a lot! It really wasn't that hard and we had no issues considering we only had hand tools and 4 jack stands. I will say that 8.8 was a beast to get under there. Creepers come in handy! I don't remember how we got it from the creepers onto the jack stands and under the Jeep. This was two girls
swapping these axles lol...






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