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dayriesw 02-24-2011 05:34 PM

Impact Orange LJ
****EDIT: lost all the pictures due to photobucket on 7-4-13.... Slowly trying to replace broke links with new flickr links.
*** Jeep is driving around and back on DD duty... 7-6-13

This is my third Jeep.

First Jeeps build thread
/\ Build thread to my first CJ

My Second (and back up for the LJ)

In late summer 2010, I traded my safe and secure DD for a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited LJ with a few mods. This thread is started to help me keep track of all the things I done with this Jeep and for help and input from fellow Jeepers. I have a "build" direction and an idea of what I want the LJ to look like and how I want it to handle, but I view this Jeep as a life long project. With that said, here she is.

<a href="" title="IMG_0093 - Copy by mwynne85, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_0093 - Copy"></a>
Still on the lot.

It came with:
~51,000 miles
4.0 I6 232
6 speed manual
dana 30 locked (full time)
dana 44 rear locked (full time)
Clayton belly skid
Big Daddy off road bumpers (f and r) with steering skid
35" x 12.5" BFG KM2
~3" lift-might be RE
~1" body lift
Full cage
Full hard doors
currie/rusty's cross over steering (found this out much later)
and a few other things

This is my third Jeep, but my first DD.
After it got home to meet the other one.

Drove it like that for a while, then started to change it the way I wanted....
Painted Flares
Wheeled it
Wheeled it
Wheeling with fellow member
Replaced the winch on the front with the one that was on my CJ. 8274 are the best
New doors
Added switches
New wheels and tires. MT Kevlars 35"x12.5" on Procomp Steelies

After the new tires went on, I realized the steering need another upgrade. Currently the Jeep is parked until this weekend when the new steering goes on.

I am going to leave it at this. I'm sure there is more that I forgot.

Bennettj13 02-24-2011 08:07 PM

I love that color. And I love the chief! They are my favorite fsj's. We should be friends. You should move up here and we can wheel. I'll let you drive the pumpkinator if you let me romp around in the chief. :)

dayriesw 02-26-2011 02:30 PM

Yeah. I'll get right on that. Although it has been fun driving around the chief for the last two weeks while Ive been gathering parts for the steering. The pumkinator looks good. Glad to see another impact getting built.

Imped 02-26-2011 03:05 PM

Nice lookin rig. I agree on moving up this way. Details on the steering?

dayriesw 03-01-2011 06:40 AM

New steering - Currie correct lync
new track bar - JKS adjustable
new pitman arm - stock
new wheel and tires

Still running without a stabilizer. The shop said that I need a bracket built to run the currie stabilizer, costing about 1 man hour (create and install). But the jeep handled great going to work thru the city and on the state roads ~65mph. I never knew a Jeep could handle this well!

First topless in a while... :)

dayriesw 03-01-2011 06:46 AM


Originally Posted by Imped (Post 11053340)
Nice lookin rig. I agree on moving up this way. Details on the steering?

I recently replaced my tires and needed an alignment, plus I was getting a bad case of death wobble. Took the heep in for an alignment and they said I needed to replace my (see post above). Two weeks of shipping later....

dayriesw 03-06-2011 09:45 PM

Went wheeling this weekend for the first time with the new tires, wheels and steering. Felt great driving. The only pictures we remembered to take where in mud / clay pit. Went with a toyota tacoma.

dayriesw 03-14-2011 07:46 AM

Did a little riding with another forum member Darteses this weekend. Not many action shots but I did test my flexing with the discos still connected.

dayriesw 03-20-2011 12:30 PM
Saw this mid last week. Upon more close inspection,

I just replaced the missing nut and bolt with a similar one. I guess I will start disconnecting when I go off road....
Unless someone can identify what piece it is that I broke, I guess I might go to a system like the currie sway bar or similar.

On a side note, the chief has been sold.

dayriesw 03-30-2011 05:58 AM

The Jeeps brake were not stopping as well as I thought they should and we starting to squeek.. Took it to the brake shop and they replaced the f/r pads, rear rotors, and bled the system. Now it is stopping! :tea:

dayriesw 04-19-2011 07:44 AM

Last week I noticed that I was leaking oil from the pan. Since I was going on a trip over the weekend, I decided to bite the bullet and get a local shop to take a look. Turns out my exhaust was rubbing against the pan which created a hole-so new pan, gasket and an oil change later.

They finished the job just in time for me to go to Louisiana Mudfest. Appearently, there was over 20,000 people there including people riding everything from four wheelers thru a lifted limo.

My favorite vehicle that I saw parked beside my Jeep.
The owner said it started life as a 86 Laredo.

After my real big stuck, I backed off a little.

And pulled others out
This guy was on 38s and his 350 would not start. I told him I would give it a try.... and got him out.

My only damage was when a guy on a four wheeler drove behide me was a was backing up.
I guess my next mod is to wrap around the license plate. I am just glad he and his girlfriend who were both riding did not get hurt.

All in all, a great weekend with a lot of custom trucks, good friends, and camping.

djflyy 04-19-2011 07:55 AM

Awesome color. Looks like you've got a capable LJ on your hands.

dayriesw 04-19-2011 01:45 PM


Originally Posted by djflyy (Post 11393123)
Awesome color. Looks like you've got a capable LJ on your hands.


dayriesw 04-19-2011 01:46 PM

Looks like I need a new pinions seal too. ***** mud

unlblkrubi 04-20-2011 05:08 PM

I just picked up the same rear bumper yesterday, I did not know the brand but knew I had seen it on this site. Not too many of these out here. Going to have to get used to the reverse swing, but being as free was the price I can't complain.

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