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post #1 of 41 Old 10-01-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Jersey Jeep Build (Girl built and owned!)

Never got around to doing this so here it goes~!

1999 TJ Wrangler Sport 5-speed, 6 cyl. (Chili Pepper Red)

I was gifted this Jeep in March 2012. Plain ol' stock.

Here it is as it stands right now. My pride and joy, my best friend. (:

MODIFICATION LIST (Pretty measly as of now. It'll get better, I promise.)
  • Clear turn signals
    Flat black bezels
    32" Goodyear MTR w/ Kevlar tires
    Pioneer head unit and Alpine speakers (dash and speaker bar)

  • Painted canyon rims (flat and semi-gloss combo)
    Race Car Dynamics 3" lift
    Mopar Mesh-Style Lens cover (fog light guards)
    Body Armor Rockcrawler Side Guards
    Rampage D-rings
    Rampage Tow Hooks
    Ramapge Extreme Sport Grab Handles
    Hi-Lift Already own!
    Hi-Lift mount to be decided
    Mopar Front/Rear Bumper End Caps
Hold tight for a minute to see my progression post!

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post #2 of 41 Old 10-01-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I couldn't stand the false chrome slits in the grill, rain guards, the chrome bezels, or the amber lights. Those were the first to go... Among other much needed maintenance.

The Wrangler was good to go in terms of being able to drive, but my dad saw it fit to be very thorough in checking it for maintenance... And by that I mean, I spent a good month taking him apart and putting him back together. Here is a rough list of what had been done accompanied by what pics I could take!

-Replaced the air filter, coolant hoses, brake lines, brake pads and rotors, clutch, battery, steering stabilizer, differential gears

-Scraped out sludge from the intake and exhaust manifolds and gave 'em a good bath

This was a nightmare of black crap stuck in it.

Missing something....?

All the fluid that could be replaced was drained and filled back up. New belts. New spark plugs, new alternator. And there were some other repairs but it's been quite a few months and I can't remember too well...

Onto the endless of nice pictures and fun stuff I did.
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post #3 of 41 Old 10-01-2012, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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In the midst of this, I'd run into the back and fart around to waste some time and warm up. Needless to say, Jeeps are very dirty by nature.

This was the finished project!

Then I had some fun! New sound system. Alpine for the dash and speaker bar and a Pioneer head unit.

And then I got my tires. Best day ever.

First day with those babies:

My throwout bearing blew in June when I was pulling out from a gas pump (good place to break down though, eh?) Worst night ever. v-v Turned out when it blew, it also messed up the slave cylinder. Crappy part was plastic. I had some trans problems anyway. Replaced the bearing and spyder gears, sliders, salvaged everything else. Still got issues with 2nd and reverse sadly.

And then I popped my offroad cherry at Stokes! Kinda lame but I had a blast.

Doesn't seem like it, I know, but this branch was pretty freaky driving under it. A couple guys behind me got stuck because of it.

Topless. c;

And here's a picture of my bored pup in the shop.

Enjoy! I'll figure out how to adjust the huge pictures some time...
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post #4 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 07:26 AM
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Nice clean Jeep you got there. Look forward to the progress on this one...Sub'd Johnie
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post #5 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 08:25 PM
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Did a girl just say "I'd run into the back and fart around"? AND post a pic of a transmission she disassembled herself?

I would go wheeling with you any day of the week.
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post #6 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 08:45 PM
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You just have to love a woman that will crack into a transmission...and I have pretty high standards. Nicely done.

If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.

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post #7 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 09:39 PM
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Wow. A build thread owned by a girl is simply inspiring.
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post #8 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 09:51 PM
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Nice jeep. Whats next on the build??

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post #9 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 09:59 PM
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looking good. trannys are a piece of work arent they? at least yours wasn't all rusted.

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post #10 of 41 Old 10-02-2012, 11:28 PM
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Im working on my trans now. One out almost time to put the ax 15 in. Nice work
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post #11 of 41 Old 10-03-2012, 06:57 PM
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Awesome! Best color out there, IMHO but then again I may be partial
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post #12 of 41 Old 10-11-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback guys!

Planning on my lift (want to get the Race Car Development 3" lift) but I had to switch jobs and pay and hours are slow so I cut into my savings that I had for it. That and some foglight guards and my wheels gotta be painted. And my transmission is acting up again... So a lot! Hopefully we'll be seeing some progress next month.
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post #13 of 41 Old 10-19-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Ooook so not much of an update but this is a great way to procrastinate on my college work so here it goes...

Finally got around to fixing the problem that kept setting off my airbag light. Coil needed to be changed in the steering wheel airbag.

I experienced some sort of ignition problem yesterday. I turned the key back only once while shutting off my car, and strangely enough it let me release the key anyway. Get back in my car about 25 minutes later, notice that I had turned it off in battery position, and proceeded to start it anyway. It did so without issue but continued to over-crank even though I had stopped turning the key. Shut off the car, turned it back two places to the correct off position, and restarted it and no problem. Weird. I may take it apart now though.

Experiencing transmission problems again. Prior to my original transmission repair, I had issues shifting into 1st (it would often refuse to or pop out of gear) and experience resistance shifting into 2nd and 3rd. I'd replaced sliders and spyder gears, etc. etc.) It has a new clutch kit too.) And now there is slight resistance shifting into 1st gear, and shifting up to 2nd gear I often can't even shift into it at all. It's just been getting worse. Possibly may address this problem when I get the lift kit to install. But this thing is also my DD so I can't go without it for more than a day.

Slowly saving up money again for the lift. I got $250 to go! Buying some other minor things soon. I may look into seat covers if anyone has any suggestions. And depending on how my transmission behaves, I may do some trails soon!
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post #14 of 41 Old 10-19-2012, 10:27 AM
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A great project and the most interesting thing in this project is that it is totally managed by a girl. I am wondering that how professionally she did it.
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post #15 of 41 Old 10-19-2012, 04:18 PM
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Cool build. I assume your in NNJ?
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