I'll try to keep a recent picture up here for quick reference
Starting at the beginning:
Bought the Jeep in Summer of 2010
I bought it from a JF member (yes I know, I know) already lifted with a handful of mods done to it.
2002 TJ 100K miles
Dana 44 (factory) with Tru Track
Regeared to 4.56
Unknown / Rubicon Express 4" lift
SYE & Tom Woods
Brand new 33" Wrangler MTRs (with full spare)
Pocket Flares (look cool, totally useless)
One of the first things I knew I wanted to do was get the spare off the tail gate so I shelled out a whopping $350 on a (shamefully) Smittybilt tire carrier
Soon after followed Delta LED 3rd brake lights - one of my favorite cheap, easy "mods"
Everyone has their opinion on snorkels, some like them some hate them but personally, I felt that for the areas I wheel in (think Florida swamp) a snorkel was at the very least a good insurance policy.
So, what did I do? Well I found some old shop vac tubing of course
Can’t say it isn’t at least “creative”
Obviously this wasn’t a permanent solution so I found a Volant snorkel locally and picked it up for not too much $$
Some time in my Jeep’s infancy (to me) it developed some wonderful cooling problems. I ended up replacing almost every part of the cooling system, except the radiator, which the PO replaced.
Water pump (twice)
(trying to remove the fan clutch from the pump)
After all that I was blessed enough to have cracked my head (it was the weak 0331 casting)
Thus ensued my first really intimate encounter with the Jeep
In some of the pictures you’ll also notice that I got a hold of CB stuff and went (admittedly) overboard. Over time the antennas and mountings have changed
I found a killer deal on 4” springs in the classifieds so I jumped on them and along with some trimming to the rear fenders I think it sits nice
The stock headlights just weren’t cutting it on, or off the road so I looked into my options. For around the same price as a set of nice halogens I completely replaced my headlights with a HID kit and new E Code housings for proper cutoffs
Maintenance is always important and I’ve done my fair share of that
The list goes on and on
I also needed new brakes in the rear and rather replacing the drums (that love to collect mud) I bought a G2 disk brake package – very high quality stuff
And that pretty much wraps up the cliff notes on the early progression of my Jeep since my ownership.
I hope you’ve found something at least entertaining or inspiring from this