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Unread 10-21-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Back in March 2012 I purchased a 2001 TJ. It is a 2001 with ~128k miles. It's a 5 speed with a D30 / D44.

My plan is to turn it into a capable enough rig to take the family wheeling. Nothing crazy, but I still want it to be a useable street vehicle.

Here is what she looked like when I first brought her home.

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Unread 10-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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My first project was to change the radiator as it was leaking. I also changed the diff fluid, oil and spark plugs.

Next I decided to Monstaline the interior. The actual prep and lining isn't too bad, but dealing with rust bolts is a PITA. Especially when you had a dull sawzall blade!

Here is the before:

Here is the after:
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Unread 10-21-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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Next up was the leaking valve cover gasket. Easy and cheap enough fix.

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After much reading I decided on a lift kit. I decided to go with DPG's ultimate OME 2.5" lift with a 1" brown dog Motor mount and JKS 1.25" body lift. Once I bought an 18" 1/2" ratcheting breaker bar the MML install became a lot easier. Without the extra length of the longer rachet handle I couldn't get any leverage.


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I just dropped the TJ off for a regearing and done ARB lockers. Probably over kill with the locker but hey I saved on some labor doing it all at once.

Once it's back I'm going to start installing the lift.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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Oops... Forgot about the MML install pics.

The old;

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The new:


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Unread 11-22-2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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Any updates to this nice TJ?
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Unread 11-23-2012, 06:13 AM   #6
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The 3.73 gears made the Jeep annoying to drive on the highway. So I went for some 4.56 Dana gears, a master rebuild kit and since the housing was already open, ARB lockers. My installer was nice enough to snap some pictures without me even asking.
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Unread 11-23-2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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After the regearing I put in a new speedo gear. Easy enough.

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My last project was installing the Novak TC shift cable. It was a bit of a pain to install, but it seems to work well. It would have been easier to install if I had moved the TC shift lever on the TC to the extreme positions (ie 2wd or 4lo) so I didn't have to drop the skid again and redo the attachment of the cable. Like anything else, I could do it much faster the 2nd time around. I don't have any good install pics so these will have to do.

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Unread 11-23-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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How do you like the ARB?
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Unread 11-23-2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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My only experience thus far has been with it as an open diff. I have not had a chance to wireup the compressor and switches So I really can't say, but from what I have read they should be great.
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