I figured i should make a thread to document the process of building up my 2000 TJ so here goes nothing. Probably should study some more as i botched the title...
Currently a Mechanical engineering student(hence the title) and have slowly built this jeep up from when i bought it in May 2013. Have some big plans in the works and hopefully it all works out.
Here is how it sits now (10/26/15)
Here is how i brought it home: Dana 35, 3.07 gears, tube steps, 4 inch skyjacker lift, 33inch duratracs, and a T-Case drop.
Then after only owning it for basically a week i went and sunk it in a nasty mudpit and filled up the rear differential with water and killed the poor dana 35.
Without better judgement in my new jeep years i bought a new dana 35
and installed it.
After doing this i realized that the tube steps were falling off the jeep so i installed a set of JCR rock sliders that i still have today.
I then went on to replace my rear skyjacker shocks with savvy fox shocks along with a AtoZ offroad tirecarrier.
We had a good amount of snow that year so i went out and messed around and was feeling pretty content with the build so far. Still had the UGLY t- case drop
After running some trails in the local area i realized that i needed a front locker so i bought a Aussie and installed it and was amazed by the extra traction that i had. Also installed savvy rear upper control arms.
After owning the jeep for about a year i joined KMA offroad, a local jeep club, and went on their annual beach clean(which would be the first of many actual offroading trips).
After this i was hooked.
The jeep didnt change much from then on until i found a sweet deal on craigslist for a set of MCE front fenders which i had to jump on.
also chopped my front bumper down to a stubby.
Shortly after this i went on my first rock crawling trip up in northern virginia. i quickly learned that 3.07 gears are not ideal for big rocks.
The jeep did great and followed all the bigger guys no problem even with just a front locker and the t-case drop
After this i installed some rock lights and LED Pods
Took a few more wheeling trips and started to realize that the dana 35 was living on borrowed time and that i didnt like 3.07 gears.
Sooo i did what any logical person would do, i sold the 35 and built a 8.8 with a artec truss, aussie locker, and ruffstuff cover.
I regeared the jeep to 4.56 gears aswell.
I immediately went and climbed the closest thing i could find and was amazed with how much more control having lower gears and a rear locker gave.