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Unread 08-13-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
Ben_dover4dover
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Large Marge (kind of) Build WJ

Hey all,
I've thought about creating one of these since I purchased my WJ from a forum member here (infernowj) but never went through with it. since I've been doing quite a bit of work on Marge lately I figured why the hell not.
I've owned a few older BMWs (e30s and e36s) and currently have an e30. since i was about 12 my father has had both a BMW and Jeep. So naturally always being around them I have grown to love both worlds. but it wasn't until after i graduate college was I able to get a Jeep. So after looking around I found infernowj's WJ for sale on here. I flew up to NY and drove it back to Kentucky.
it had 107,000 miles on it and runs strong as hell.
I dabble in photography so some of my pictures may be a little much, but its something I love to do. so with out further ado Marge (and some of the e30)

2004 Jeep WJ
3" IRO springs/ .75" spacers with Rusty's shocks
Custom build front bumper, Tire carrier and rock sliders
JKS adjustable Trackbar
IRO front Upper and lower adjustable Control arms
17x8.5 Vision Manx wrapped in 255/75R17 Cooper AT3s
trimmed up the fenders about 1.5"
easy to remove rear seats.

to come:
rear adjustable control arms
transfer case drop
265 or 285s
6.5 long arm (eventually)
much more.

here she is when i first got her


and how she sat before I started to replace everything in the front end


heres my e30 for any of those bimmer fans out there


I'll be posting up a bunch of pictures of replacing TREs, Control arms etc. in the next day or so when i can get the chance.
thanks guys

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Unread 08-16-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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so I had an amazing day today! I finally finished doing an alignment myself. I replaced everything in the front end last week in an attempt to fix my major DW, and Ive been messing with the control arms trying to get the pinion angle just right. still testing it all out. I decided to take Marge out for a drive to see how the most recent adjustments were doing. i was about 2 miles from my house and took a corner, then felt a major vibration, clunking and absolutely awful steering. I had no idea what was going on, then looked up to see my wheel rolling down the street.... UHHHH ok, bye! I didnt want you on my the jeep anyway!
I grind to my resting place half on the road half off in a very busy intersection.




after many people stopping to ask if i was ok, and one kid that lives down the street that I hadn't talked to in probably 10 years rolls up. "dude! your wheels gone!" thanks captain obvious! after talking to him, he turned out to be a mechanic. he said to text him when I was getting Marge towed. after about and hour and a half of waiting tow truck came and towed her home, he shows up at my house with the parts i need and said, "give me $100 for the parts, and we will get this baby good as new". toss him the money and we got to work. but unfortunately I bent the bolts that hold the bearing hub assembly on. so as of now, Im waiting for the junk yard to open tomorrow so i can gather some bolts



I dont know exactly what happened, but I must have not had the bolts completely tightened from the last time i had the wheels off about 2 months ago. I truly dont remember. but either way, everyone, remember to tighten your lugs down tightly. snapping all the lugs off and ruining the barrel of your wheels, screwing up the rotor, absolutely ruining your fender and watching your wheel roll half a mile down the road is not a fun thing to have to deal with! i just got lucky it wasnt anything worse.
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Unread 08-16-2014, 11:35 PM   #3
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Lol dude I have all too much experience with wheels popping off my work vehicles! In my experience it was one of two reasons: one, the holes for the wheels were slightly too large for the bolts thus after driving enough the wheels slowly worked the nut off. And two, the weight of the vehicle was so much it was actually eating away the bolt and in turn worked the nut off!

Subscribed to your build, can't wait to see where it goes.
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Unread 01-24-2015, 03:42 PM   #4
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Any updates on this build? Im a sucker for this color jeep
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Unread 01-26-2015, 11:29 AM   #5
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Any updates on this build? Im a sucker for this color jeep
Unfortunately not. I recently moved into an apartment in a different city. and my job consumes most of my time. plus I wasn't able to bring any of my tools or the garage with me haha.

I have bought things, just havent been able to put them on, bc it's too damn cold
i recently got some 33x12.50R17 General Grabbers with about 20k on them for $400.00

Needing to rebuild the t-case and replace the u joints. but i can justify paying someone else the money to do all that for me.
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