Let me just start with this.
Here's some shortcuts
Phase 1 - Stock fun! (Read on)
Phase 2 - The teardown and swapping fun
Phase 3 - Improving the monster (coming soon)
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One of the things I will highlight in this adventure is the day to day struggles of doing this build without the knowhow, time, money, skills, tools, or space but finding a way to do it anyway.
Now thats out of the way, what we have here is a 91 islander with 4.0 and tf999 with 3.07's. Brought her home summer 2012 cause I always wanted a Jeep.
For the first year I just enjoyed having and driving it. Seeing all these built Jeeps on here, and how "easy" most of the work is to do, really is infectous. early 2013 I decided to pay it off since I hate car loans, and I started first few little mods.
Well first I had to fix a dead water pump
Hardtop was not my thing so I took it off and bought a supertop
Next I got myself a 1" body lift, only broke 2 bolts. Was alot trickier than I thought but got it done.
Then I hit a deer and my euro bar saved my front, but the thing never lined up with the body after the BL so off it came.
Then I read about removing tracbars, BEST MOD TO DATE
Next up I needed some rear recovery, and to be able to tow my lil trailer so I got this, love it. Wish I would have considered a tire carrier one before I pulled the trigger.
So after that I was tired of the chrome grill inserts and the rust on the grill the body lift exposed, so I got painting!
At this point I went to Jeep Mania and tried to wheel it, did pretty well considering.
Bent the hell out of my exhaust ^^ but took BFH to it and its fine for now.
Now I added some 1" Booms from BESRK, Turned out well. Had to reset toe in and steering wheel, that was all new to me but my trusty Jeep bible got me through it. At the same time I sold my hardtop. the guy that bought it had 31" mud tires that he didnt seem to want. He agreed to trade tires and rims for me in exchange for $50 off the hardtop price. I WON.
At this point, Having nicer tires and the extra 1" lift from them and booms, it was Wheelin time! But first I noticed my stock shocks were limiting travel so I used the idea from ashland to use old ford truck shocks, they work great!
Not bad for flat stock springs