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Unread 02-24-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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****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
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/m...ehicle-903781/
/\ 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.


IMG_0093 - Copy
Still on the lot.

It came with:
~51,000 miles
4.0 I6 232
6 speed manual
231tc
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


Wheeled




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.

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Unread 02-24-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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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.
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Rear Currie 4" coils - 190 shipped. (They've been sitting in the back of my Jeep for mock up but won't work out for me.)

Hornblasters Shocker S4 horn set with some extras $210 shipped. (It is not OBA, just an accessory for OBA)

"LCOG" isn't cheap and it certainly isn't easy. If you think so, you are doing it wrong. If you aren't willing to put in the effort, don't label your build "LCOG". You are just a cheap ******bag.

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Unread 02-26-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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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.
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Unread 02-26-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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Nice lookin rig. I agree on moving up this way. Details on the steering?
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Unread 03-01-2011, 06:40 AM   #5
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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...
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Unread 03-01-2011, 06:46 AM   #6
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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....
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Unread 03-06-2011, 09:45 PM   #7
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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.









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Unread 03-14-2011, 07:46 AM   #8
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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.







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Unread 03-20-2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 05:58 AM   #10
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Brakes

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!
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Unread 04-19-2011, 07:44 AM   #11
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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.
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Unread 04-19-2011, 07:55 AM   #12
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Awesome color. Looks like you've got a capable LJ on your hands.
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Awesome color. Looks like you've got a capable LJ on your hands.
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Unread 04-19-2011, 01:46 PM   #14
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Looks like I need a new pinions seal too. ***** mud



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Unread 04-20-2011, 05:08 PM   #15
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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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