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post #1 of 40 Old 01-04-2014, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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High school kid building and learning

Well last year for my 16th birthday my parents decided to help me pay for my first car a 1998 wrangler sport with 158,000 miles so it's just broken in
but here is the picture from the day i brought it home



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post #2 of 40 Old 01-04-2014, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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well after a summer of working 1 full time job and 2 part time jobs i had gathered some money up to start building the jeep, i bought some old style bfg mud terrains 35x12.50x15 and some pacer aluminum wheels


and here are the tires beside it at stock height


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post #3 of 40 Old 01-04-2014, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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i made the poor decision before i discovered this forum to buy a rough country 6 inch long arm lift because i could get it at a dealer cost, i know this might as well be a sin on this forum but it has served me well and i have been rather impressed with it despite the nay sayers haha but the lift took me almost a month to install because everything was rusted together and the frame where the factory skid plate bolts on to totally rotted away so i had to weld a new plate and nuts onto it but here are a couple pictures of it coming together


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post #4 of 40 Old 01-04-2014, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Here it is finally out of the garage with the new smittybilt xrc bumper and some lights i picked up for cheap


and here is the poser shot because i just had to

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post #5 of 40 Old 01-04-2014, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I haven't been able to do a lot of wheeling with it but i've gone to a few local trails around me and here are a few pictures of these trips



here is my dad's 2013 jku rubicon 10th anniversary that was only a week old at this time and he put the first bit of trail damage on it








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post #6 of 40 Old 01-04-2014, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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over christmas break i got some more stuff a ford 8.8 out of a 98 explorer, the iron rock offroad swap kit, an aussie locker for the 8.8, and 4.88 gears

so far i have all of the old mounts off and the tubes ground smooth again


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post #7 of 40 Old 01-14-2014, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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8.8 swap

finals and track have been taking all of my free building time away but i was able to get some work done on the jeep, Iron Rock offroads swap kit has some great instructions that make placing all of the mounts very easy, but i ran out of argon before i got any real welding done so i'll have to make a run to refill the tank

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post #8 of 40 Old 01-29-2014, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Well the iro brackets are all tacked in place on the 8.8 swap, it really couldn't have been easier with their directions, they're plain as day, so I'm going to check it in my jeep then fully weld and paint it and start the regear and locker install

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post #9 of 40 Old 01-29-2014, 11:29 AM
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No one else seems to be taking interest but this is a pretty nice looking jeep. Watch out with that automatic locker in the rear. Some would say it isn't a good idea.

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No one else seems to be taking interest but this is a pretty nice looking jeep. Watch out with that automatic locker in the rear. Some would say it isn't a good idea.
Thanks! and yeah i've heard that from people about the locker but a friend of mine has a lockright in his rear end and i have taken it for a drive before i bought mine and i did not think it was too bad at all

here is a picture of the brackets all tacked on

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Nice Jeep. I am subbing to the build.
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post #12 of 40 Old 01-29-2014, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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So as I'm finishing this up and getting ready for the next phase of building, I'm looking at, working on my suspension, I plan on getting the undercover fab long arm brackets to correct my geometry and gain clearance under my skid plate, I also want to get the zone 4.25 combo lift so I can lower it and tummy tuck it with the undercover fab ultra clearance skid. What does everyone think about that for a plan? Anyone have any other ideas or products that will end up with similar results?

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I remember when i got my tj although it wasnt as "complete" as urs lol it was missing a couple things but i also have the rough country long arm but with skyjacker coils and bilstein shocks, ive been thinking about swapping the springs to some currie or metal cloak progressives for a better ride and keepin the bilsteins. I was also looking into swapping the rc rod ends for either some currie jj's or that metal cloak duroflex stuff. Im not sure if itll fit or not but its still just a though. other than that its just tubing hahaha

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I remember when i got my tj although it wasnt as "complete" as urs lol it was missing a couple things but i also have the rough country long arm but with skyjacker coils and bilstein shocks, ive been thinking about swapping the springs to some currie or metal cloak progressives for a better ride and keepin the bilsteins. I was also looking into swapping the rc rod ends for either some currie jj's or that metal cloak duroflex stuff. Im not sure if itll fit or not but its still just a though. other than that its just tubing hahaha
They do make currie jjs that thread right into the rough country arms, I've thought about getting them but I am not going to get them till my current flex joints crap out on me

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They do make currie jjs that thread right into the rough country arms, I've thought about getting them but I am not going to get them till my current flex joints crap out on me
oh ya http://www.currieenterprises.com/ces...s.aspx?id=1232
dont worry btw..those rc joints will crap out sooner than you think, but they do have a life time warranty haha.

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