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LGriffith 12-06-2008 08:12 PM

LGriffith LJ Build
 
This is my first car/Jeep. I searched long and hard for the perfect LJ. After constantly pestering the PO on his Ebay user name (:rofl:), He finally responded and we ended up getting an awesome deal and an awesome first car for me. It was in PRISTINE condition with only 9300k on the clock. I'll basically be spending all of my money for the next few years building this into a great and capable offroad machine while also making it a great looking, street legal, daily driver in as good condition as possible, that I can keep for a long long time.

The PO had put on:
2.5" OME HD lift
32x11.5" BFG A/T's
on M/T Classic Locks
4WD Rear Bumper
4WD Nerf Bars
Bushwackers

Also gave me a brand new Hi-Lift with it. Score :2thumbsup:


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The Plans Are:

Tires and Wheels:
33" m/t's 33/12.5r15 MTZ's, DONE
Cragar soft 8's DONE

Suspension and Steering:
Replace RE control arms
Front track bar
Rear track bar
Ext. front brake lines
Sway bar end links
Anti-Rock
3" Coils
Shocks

HD steering (Currie) DONE
Tie Rod Flip

Armor:
Belly Up (Rokmen) DONE
Engine/Tranny/Oil pan skid (Rokmen) DONE
Steering Box Skid (Rokmen) DONE
Front bumper (Savvy) DONE
Diff. covers (Riddler) D30 DONE (will be replaced with Barnett front and something else for the rear)
Cage (AtoZ, KOZ?)
Gas tank skid (Savvy)
Control Arm skids (JKS Minis) waiting
Short Corners

Other:
Rubi Flares -DONE
Exhaust - Flowmaster 50, DONE
Full Soft Doors -DONE
Window tint
Bedlined interior (U-Pol Raptor)
Novak Shifter
Windsheild Lights -DONE (but removed)
Better Headlights
LED Lights (LiteDot's? Savvy?)

Drivetrain:
JKS MML - DONE
SYE/CV - DONE, Tom Woods HD SYE and Shaft
4.88's
Locker(s)

Later on:
Front tubes
Vanco Big Brake Kit


I'm sure this list will change a bit, so If you have any advice, please let me know! Any help is appreciated.

LGriffith 12-06-2008 08:27 PM

Right when i got it home:

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...p/P8150356.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...p/P8150360.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...p/P8150354.jpg

Friend took my "offroading" for my first time...Or just driving through mud pits over and over.:rolleyes: Never doing that again.

Than the second time out, just some trails, through a little river, you know.
And again back to that same spot:

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...85892_1799.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...85854_8075.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...85875_5242.jpg

First full out flex (sorry for the cell picture):
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...0920081658.jpg

Bent my fender doing that, and got my first body damage hitting the nerf bars up into the body going over a fallen tree. This is when i decided to get rockers.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/P9200430.jpg

Also somewhere around this time, I installed a third LED brake light in the center of my spare.


After that fender bending incident, I epoxy'd in some hockey puck bump stops


Went offroading by myself and took some pictures on the trail we have in the woods behind our house:

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PA040509.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PA040480.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PA040484.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PA040497.jpg

LGriffith 12-06-2008 08:32 PM

Brother was coming home for a weekend, I went ahead and ordered some Rock Hard sliders, and a PA 1" body lift so we could put it on while he was home. Also, took off the bushcrackers, and got a free set of stock flares from a friend.

No pictures of the BL install, but putting on the rockers:

Got them in bare steel, painted them with rustoleum semi-gloss black. Didn't do it the right way with the right stuff and now there all scratched from being stepped on.
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/L1010471.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/L1010473.jpg
(krylon'd the flares and pu them on too)
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/L1010482.jpg


Before:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...P8150354-1.jpg
After:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...p/PA120518.jpg

Much better in my opinion.

Driveway ghetto RTI ramp :thumbsup:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PA170551.jpg

LGriffith 12-06-2008 08:54 PM

Not much new from then till now. Popped a tire on my trail, on the sidewall :brickwall, so I had to get a new tire. Foundone on here and go it $110 to my door (thanks to zjlla). Some more little runs on our trail and that's about it.

So that brings us up to date.

Had a nice Thanksgiving day in November, spent it getting ready for my frist serious wheeling trip. Finally got my doors off for the first time so i could drive around for a little in the nice weather. Ended up being real cold (but fun). :)

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...p/L1010550.jpg

Spent Black Friday at Rausch with a few friends and some guys my brother knows. Lt. Dan, Dan Connor, Lee ___, Kat ___...and some friends.

(pictures will be up shortly)



The other night, I picked up a used set of:
4 RE fixed lower superflex control arms
4 RE upper adj. superflex control arms
for $300, as my christmas present. :2thumbsup:

Only catch is, that they need a new bushing, and 2 new superflex joints, and I wanted to paint them, and make them look good again. So it's going to be about another $200 to fix them up.

LGriffith 12-06-2008 08:58 PM

Tonight, I cleaned up the 4 lowers, taped them off, and painted them with Rustoleum Sliver Hammered paint.

Before:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PC020672.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PC020685.jpg



After:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PC060700.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PC060703.jpg
good one of the texture:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...f/PC060702.jpg

I think they turned out real well.


Hopefully I can order the parts soon and start rebuilding the arms, so come Christmas, I can put them on for hopefully another trip up to Rausch.

mg2000xj 12-06-2008 09:06 PM

Looks good, got another trip around Jan 1st and the B4W xmas get together. We'll go to trails rd when I get back.

LGriffith 12-06-2008 09:10 PM

Pictures from Rausch. Here i'm going to do the same thing my brother did in his build thread :rofl:

Dan spotting my newb a** :laugh:
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010561.jpg

Lt. Dan
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010551.jpg

Kat
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010604.jpg

Dan Connor and Lee
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010572.jpg

Brian
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010565.jpg
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010617.jpg


.....and one bent fender and bent drag link later
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010626.jpg

Yes folks, that is my brother's cherokee pulling out a RUBICON with a 4.5"SF and AEV high line on 37's. :hahaha:

LGriffith 12-06-2008 09:10 PM

The group
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010585.jpg

Me and Morgan
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...h/L1010634.jpg

and on the RTI
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...L1010643-1.jpg

LGriffith 12-06-2008 09:20 PM

Alright, so here are my future plans for my LJ (all suspension to be done hopefully by the time these 32's wear so i can go to 33's or 35's):

Heavy duty steering of some sort
RE adj. front and rear track bars
Extended brake lines
Sway bar end links
Coil spacers (size depending on whether i go to 33's or 35's)
BPE's

Steering box skid
Belly up skid
Front bumper of some sort
corner guards
Rubi flares
Gas tank skid
Diff skids

i'm sure theres plenty more, but that's the plan as of now.

LGriffith 12-06-2008 09:22 PM

Sick, sounds good Morgan.

SOLIDJP44 12-06-2008 10:28 PM

how long and hard was the bl to do just curious ??? nice jeep

LGriffith 12-07-2008 07:28 AM

Thanks, for the BL, probaby took us like 45 minutes? It's not terribly hard just a pain. I had two other people helping though, one of which knew how to do it. The only hard part is you have to put some bracket on the radiatior and fan so it fits with the new lift. Than you have to adjust the t-case. Other than that, putting in the mounts was real simple.

RVA_TJ06 12-07-2008 07:44 AM

Looks good.. Definitely like the fact you got rid of the bushwackers.. just wait til your in college then you will have even less money.

Camo Deere 12-07-2008 08:06 AM

Awesome LJ :thumbsup: White Jeeps are the best, anyway

Really looks good with the stock flares, and the rocker panels look great

Good work

spyder6 12-07-2008 08:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RVA_TJ06 (Post 6130857)
Looks good.. Definitely like the fact you got rid of the bushwackers.. just wait til your in college then you will have even less money.

isnt that the truth.

looks good! its coming along great


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