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Unread 06-28-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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History Of THIRDEYE

I never started a build thread when I got my jeep and began to mod it. I want to keep track of it just to remember. And also so people can check it out if they're interested.

So my name is Sam. I got this 2004 TJ Sport in 2008. I got it bone stock from my older sister who wanted a gas saver with about 63,000 miles on it. It has the 4.0L I6, 42RLE Auto transmission, NP231 t-case, Rear D44 with disc brakes and a D30 front.

First thing I got for the jeep was Mirrors for taking the doors off. I wheeled it alot in some nearby hills while it was stock before doing much to it. I did a few things for looks, and some lights. Front headlight guards, rear headlight guards three KCs on the front bumper. And I got some rock rails for my B-day in 08. And I also purchased some 30x9.5x15 BFG All-Terrains.

The closest pics I have of it to stock:






I wasn't easy on the jeep at all. I wheeled it hard and often. I got it stuck in the hills mudding one night and had my dad come try to pull it out and couldn't get it. We left it there over 2 nights of solid rain. On christmas day 08 it stopped raining and we went back and were able to pull it out.

Pics after pulling it out:





I went down a pretty steep hill and bent my exhaust:


Then some other small mods around winter of 2008; I got a K&N intake (which I know is no good, it's gone now don't worry) and a cheap hood scoop. Also a new Alpine deck and all new speakers.

Next was the first stage of lift and tires

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Unread 06-28-2011, 09:08 PM   #2
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I got a Skyjacker 2.5" lift kit for Christmas 2008. I picked up on some wheels for cheap from a friend. They were American Racing Baja's 15x10.

Obviously I was still pretty noob at this point, but I still wasn't about to pay for a shop to install my lift for me. I found somebody who could help and we got it done in one day. From 9am-1am with some breaks but we got it done.

All the kit was was coils, shocks, bumpstop extenstions and rear track bar bracket.



After it was done:



Then I got some 32x11.5x15 BFG KM2s for it:
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Unread 06-28-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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I took it wheelin at Carnegie and I was still noob and thought the jeep was invincible. I bogged the jeep all day until I hydrolocked it. Luckily it started back up and I still made it home. But once I got it there it died




Got a new battery for it which fixed it temporally, but voltage kept getting lower and turned out the alternator needed to be replaced also.

I got a few more things, A Hi-Lift and mounts for the hood. And also a Smittybilt Rock Crusher rear bumper with d-rings and a tire swing. Also a tire swing mounted gas can mount made by Rock Hard. And also a Uniden CB Radio.





I took it wheelin in some hills and found some rocks that were way too big for the jeep at the time and bent my tie rod. I was able to Hi-Lift out and bend the tie rod back enough to drive with the stock bottle jack.


Went to Hollister for the first time after that:


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Unread 06-28-2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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Wow pretty nice looking, keep up the good work
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Unread 06-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #5
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Wow pretty nice looking, keep up the good work
Cheers! I got plenty more to come
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Unread 06-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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Next I wanted more lift. I still didn't really know what I was doing and wanted to do everything cheap, but oh well you gotta start somewhere. I didn't really research much and this is where I regret some things in the build because I did it all too many times and with cheap stuff. To achieve the additional lift that I wanted, I decided to add a 1.5" spacer to the 2.5" suspenion lift. I didn't take driveline or anything like that into account cause I didn't know better. I threw it on without extending sway bars or adding a t-case drop.




I got into some trouble and got stuck on the edge of a cliff


I ended up breaking the stock sway bar links and got some quick discos by Full-Traction.

I wheeled Blue Lakes/Deer Valley for the first time around this time. It was about September of 2009 at this point.



I ended up adding a t-case drop and some other random things like an auto transmission cooler. and I moved the lights to the windshield in anticipation for a winch. And tons of other little things
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Unread 06-28-2011, 11:04 PM   #7
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Sometime before I added the spacers, I re-geared to 4.10.

Not too long after adding the spacers, I hit a wall and bent a lower control arm/mount. I replaced it with RE fixed lowers and upgraded the coils to full 4" coils, and longer shocks also. I upgraded the tires from 32's to 33x12.5x15 KM2s.

Some of the next mods were, custom flat black paint for the doors, RE rear extended sway bar links, a Bank's exhaust, and Warrior rear diamond plate corners. I had some custom 'TJ Life' decals made and received an Olympic Slider front bumper for christmas 2009.







Of course wheelin in between all the mods. A friend of mine with a Hummer came on a Hollister trip and sunk deep in some mud. I ended up breaking a u-joint trying to pull him out
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Unread 06-28-2011, 11:17 PM   #8
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After that U-joint broke, I replaced it, but my driveshaft had already been tweaked, so I kept breaking u-joints. So I put in a Crown SYE and a Tom Wood CV shaft and ditched the t-case drop





I got Rough Country adjustable rear uppers to adjust pinion angle along with a Rough Country adjustable rear track bar and JKS angled track bar bracket. Next I got a pair of RE lower adjustable flex control arms for the front and moved the fixed ones to the back. I also got the Olympic Mountaineer rack and also added a Kilby steering box skid and a front differential guard.


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Unread 06-28-2011, 11:24 PM   #9
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Then on a trip down to Hollister I ended up breaking off the rear track bar/upper control arm mount on the rear axle.



To fix the broken mount, I upgraded with a Rock Krawler 4-link system, along with another pair of RE adjustable lower control arms with flex joints for the rear. I ditched all the Rough Country stuff. I also chopped the exhaust to turn down after the muffler to ensure no rubbing.




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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:30 PM   #10
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Then I went through the Rubicon for the first time. No lockers and ran it backwards. No real problems except for 2 flat tires, which we were able to fix.







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Unread 10-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #11
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Next trip after that was to Hollister again. I ended up blowin out my spider gears on my rear D44







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Unread 10-13-2011, 09:02 AM   #12
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Unread 10-13-2011, 11:59 AM   #13
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Locker time is right! I ordered an OX Locker for my rear D44.

It took forever to get it shipped in cause it was on backorder. So my jeep sat in my garage for 4 months waiting for the locker!

Once I finally got it, I pulled the axle and took it to a gear guy to properly set the backlash and all that good stuff.









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Unread 10-13-2011, 12:02 PM   #14
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And here's where I mounted the lever:

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Unread 10-13-2011, 12:11 PM   #15
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Then I got some new rear shocks, Bilstein 5100's and took it out to Hollister for the day.

Then I had a problem, the new shocks, since they mounted with the can up, on the passenger side the shock was hitting the gas tank. The shock ended up coming loose and I lost the bolts. So I decided to take it easy and wheel lightly the rest of the day without a shock.

Which resulted in popping a coil. Luckily I was able to get the coil back in on the last click of my Hi-Lift jack and drive it home.









Here you can see the no shock:




Annnnnnd the carnage:



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