I'll try and keep a current picture on top here:
I never though my Jeep was worthy of a "build" thread, because most of what I have done to it until now has been bolt on. nothing really being built. but that changed with my latest round of changes.
let me catch everyone up to my current progress, ill try and compress 5 years of info into a few pictures.
the first Jeep i looked at was a YJ, couldnt stand the square headlights!
A few more months and i came across a bone stock 2004 TJ for $11k. lets just call it a present to myself, after-all i was driving a 98 Ford Taurus...
after graduating in 2007 and getting my first real job, i picked the jeep up without knowing a thing about them or the off-road world.
First thing i did to it was go play a little,
doors off ASAP,
I was saving up to buy a house, so the jeep stayed stock for 2 years.
my first "mod" was a set of KC daylighters on the windshield.
Then we took a trip down to Ocracoke
Finally it was time for a lift; I decided on a 2.5" OME HD lift. I used the hobby shop on base.
drove it around for probably 6 months until the tires wore out and i could justify replacing them. went with 33" Goodyear Duratracs, which is a choice i would later come to regret.
Went down to a buddy's farm for a camping weekend. got a little flex on a tree we were cutting up for firewood.
Then i went on my first real wheeling trip to Rausch Creek in PA.
where i quickly found out that 2.5" of SL isnt quite enough to keep 33"s out of the fenders.
Then a few more goodies came along. Rokmen mercenary bumper and steering skid. as well as an antirock. discussed here
Next was my first built item. my 33" was sitting on my OEM tire carrier and I came up with this to help with the stress. Its slotted to accommodate tire wear. I welded nuts to the backside of the stock bumper to allow easy adjustments.
then I mounted my high lift to the rear roll bar. cheap and simple solution, muffler clamps.
And this is how she sat for a little while.
went wheeling a few times with that set up.
upgraded my steering to the V8 ZJ tie rod and new drag link.
then more wheeling trips