Hello, name's Ed and starting this thread about 7 years into this build, although I've only owned the Jeep for about 2.5 years. Want this thread to show current and any future progression. I'll try to put as much past stuff in it so it shows what I learned works and doesn't work. Also want this to be a place to BS as well. Currently clogging up my other friend’s build pages with chatter, ha, so I want some place they can post too.
My old man bought it stock to build in 2004, which I did most of the engine, drivetrain, and mechanical work on over a period of 5 years while it sat in his driveway rotting and waiting for him to finish it. Wishing now I would have taken more pics of it as I was working on it. Dad did a lot of wiring, and while he likes things clean, he’s not always sure how to wire things up. I’ve had to fix a lot (almost all, sorry pops) of things while working on it, but I generally try to improve the heep all the time. Ended up chucking and/or selling off a bunch of stuff the PDO and dad did to it as well. Had to assemble the complete interior because it sat out of the vehicle for 3 years.
It’s gone through several stages of lifts before it even seen rubber to rock… or even road. The suspension from stock started with a BDS/RE 3 inch, then went to an RE 7 inch and with the springs and ACOS, probably 10-11 inches of lift and 35’s. I lowered it because it was just WAY
too tall. Currently, she has about 7 or 8 inches of lift with 35’s. It's in a constant state of build, that's for sure.
When I first bought it off dad (I was doing work prior to get it to the point where I would just be able to drive the sucker):
Then finally when I got it on the road sitting in front of the house:
I had to put the Mickey T's on because the PRO-COMP steelies where way too hard to balance and actually seemed to be out-of-round.
It snowed a lot in 2010
As Samuel Jackson would(n't) say, "Quit goofing off and shovel snow, woman!"
Pretty much as it is sitting right now, anyone want to play a before and after? Big changes are coming...
I wish PA did not have fender laws like some other states, I'd be hacking them fenders up for clearance and taking the flares off. The Jeep is not ready to be a dedicated trail rig. I use it a lot for camping and want to keep it legal so they stay for the time being. I have ideas though.
I will continue this first post with a list of current mods... this will take some time. I'll also be filling in blanks between then and now with pics and mods that I have done.