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post #1 of 18 Old 09-13-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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early may 1996

was when my 97 tj sport rolled off the line.
i got this thing when tjs were the rarest of jeeps around.

pretty sure i dont have a stock picture from way back, they look pretty much the same in that stage anyway.

pizza cutters
soft top
half doors
a/c
am/fm
70 amp alternator
4.0 and ax-15


one of the earliest photos of my jeep. my dad bought his 2 weeks after mine. we have wheeled allover the west since. at this point i have a cobra compact and eldorado tires on silver star jeep wheels. i got a great price on them but didnt keep them long because i was about to be bit by jeep adventure. plans for my highly polished jeep would change radically over the next decade or so...


the first fab job. dome brew rock rails... i had finally drilled some holes in my jeep. a lot of them and after that it didn't hurt so much.


the first flex!


we went in parades hauling veterans of foregn wars. it was an honor to throw on the magnetics i made and haul those old boys around for a few hours.


with the new wheels and 32" bfgs i also had true-tracs installed in both ends. i felt like a jeep god! i even bought a olympic bumper and tow hooks for the front!


this led to jeep jamboree usa events. i was really hooked once i got a dose of the friendships i made there. some i still meet every year.
there's the winch! and a m.o.r.e. cage.


we found some mud, snow, deep water. during this time we really exposed the jeeps to some harsh elements.


here's the old man emu kit i think
before that was the rubicon express buget boost.
for a while i had a mongrel suspension always changing stuff.
tom woods sye install in this period


the last picture with the dana 35 to be replaced with an 8.8
during this time i was running a teraflex first gen longarm. this proved to be my worst blunder. it was a terrible suspension. the only good parts were the re uppers and the currie uppers... nothing made it better.

more to come....


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post #2 of 18 Old 09-13-2008, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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more proof that i was unafraid to cut holes in the jeep. still i really like the round tail lights


this is the last night i spent in the snow unexpectedly. kind of when i decided to dread snow runs. it wasnt the snow. it was the people we came across.
it really made me such a great opposer to drinking and wheeling. i won't be a part of it...


in a short few years i installed 33" goodyear mt/r's and a teralow 4 to 1. this is from my 4th trip to moab. getting real tired of teraflex
installed a mastercraft rubicon seat by now and took out the m.o.r.e. cage for one from toys by troy. it was 1000% better in every way.
also back there somewhere i ditched the cobra for a uniden 520xl which is better also.


rockmen corner guards and leds. this was my first try at real automotive paint. turned out pretty good. xenon flares installed years before.


warn hub kit..
get a look at the teraflex cause it go a bye-bye


whew! glad thats gone!


here is the clayton hardarm and a fully polished high pinion dana 30 going in.


clayton in and a super 88 kit from superior. my super 88 write-up is on stu's site. thanks again stu!!
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with the clayton came some exhaust challenges. i had bought a lincoln 180c to put the frame mounts on the jeep so why not do exhaust too? ordered up some stuff from summit and got a hushpower II and a compact cat. turned out great!


since the exhaust is ripped out, lets yank the transfercase and put a novak shifter and tera 2lo in


i cut some reverse lights into my rear bumper, nicely flushmounted.
also, bestop tire carrier. center mount led brake light.


K.M.C. beadlocks. didnt really like the wheels i had anyways. i only bought the american racing wheels because my steelies were destroyed and i got them for $10.00ea


mounted up on the jeep mounted up on my dads retaining wall


roofrack mounted through the top. dont worry i have a bunch...


last trip i took this summer resulting in this.....


almost made it home too....

which is why i have been on here so much lately......

there ya go, the dawn of tjs till now with a bunch of stuff missing but hey, you got the big picture and when i get my arm back, there's more. there's always more....

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nice build! how do you like your Lincoln 180?

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nice build! how do you like your Lincoln 180?
that thing is simply awesome! i like the infinite control so i can weld sheetmetal or frame brackets. i dont think they make anything thats too thick for me to weld as far as jeep stuff goes.

the exhaust was a lot of fun to do, i was surprised how easy it was with that welder.

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Really cool to see it through the years like that. What went on with your dads Jeep??
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Really cool to see it through the years like that. What went on with your dads Jeep??
http://web.mac.com/dome.detour/DOME_...TOUR/DOME.html

here's a link to his page at a site we share. he's wheeling somewhere in colorado this weekend...

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Awesome work, it's came a long ways.

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post #9 of 18 Old 09-14-2008, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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thanks!
few things to come:
AW-4 swap, would be in but.... (above pic)
outboard rear shocks
e-locker in the hp-30

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Do you have any sound clips of that hushpower II? Been looking into one, Does it drone bad, and how loud is it really?
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no sound clips. but with the full exhaust pipe it is not too bad. i would prefer a quieter muffler but it does sound pretty good. there really is not room for a larger muffler with the triangulation in the rear. i had a elcheapo v-force and it was a bit quieter but sounded really good.

i have had on many exhausts on this jeep. it's funny, one muffler with a few different tailpipe configurations will make different tones....

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here's a few more pics from the last 12 months.


was talked into a coupe snow runs this year..



couple of the york air going in. turned out to be a very clean install.


after i hurt my arm i sold my car trailer and decided to flat tow instead. this is from the first trip with the tow bar and brake buddy. i am pleased with how it all works and we had a great day at long beach.


the novak shifter going in. i sure don't miss that stock shifter.


past few years, have been getting better at this

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Nice pics of the evolution of your Jeep.

How did you break your arm?

Over the mountains and through the woods, across the stream and up the slickrock, down the canyon and over the rocks to nobody's house I go.
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i tore the biceps tendon from the radius.

caught myself in a fall. saved from a head injury which probably would have been benificial. instead i have huge scars going dwn both sides of my arm...

told my boss i did it putting on a fall restraint harness.... he turned white told him i was teasing as soon as i got the desires affect.

i really did it on my own time... o-well.......

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just a quick update. the AW-4 has been in for a month or so now. i really like the automatic and am preparing for some runs locally and an extended trip returning to moab again.

future mods will include hopefully an arb up front and some new tires. also i plan on building a trailer to pull behind that is much like a milspec. i want a pair of mastercraft seats too. right now i have a rubicon seat but i would like the reclining mc seats...

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