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post #1 of 26 Old 06-09-2012, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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The little KJ that could

After watching the build video on the black ops edition pos KJ I decided I would post the life and times on my own KJ.

We'll start from the beginning...
Once upon a time I had a badass full bolt-on Mustang GT, then I got a dirty dog. It was time to get another Jeep!


Byebye Mustang!


So I needed to decide which Jeep to get. I knew I wanted more room than a Wrangler and wanted to do something a little different. I test drove a new KK Liberty and hated it. I decided I wanted a KJ with the 2.8 diesel....then I found my awesome 65th anniversary edition 3.7l KJ.



Day 3 of ownership:



Got high centered and flooded inside. Had to leave it in the water overnight.

About 2 weeks later, stuck again. These stock tires are garbage!




Time for new 31s:



Close fit, but no rubbing:



High centered again!


Rock damage:


I need a lift!
Oh nvm I need $2000 in repairs for a sunken KJ:




All fixed! Beach time:


Trimmed front bumper, IPF lights, mopar crossbars:


Out with the old:


In with the new:




Play time:



Lastest mod is some Manik light gaurds I just ordered:





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post #2 of 26 Old 06-09-2012, 05:00 PM
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Im liking the JEEP .

the only thing I would maybe do would be add some wheel spacer to give it wider stance and a roof top basket. but the color is cool
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post #3 of 26 Old 06-10-2012, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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I have a roof top basket but only attach it when needed. My Jeep usually looks like this a couple times a week:


I've debated the wheel spacers. When these tires wear out I plan on getting some TJ rubi moabs and throwing some skinny 32s on (235/85). With that setup I think the spacers would give me less stuffing ability.

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post #4 of 26 Old 06-11-2012, 03:16 PM
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Nice. Did you hydro lock the engine? Also what lift is on there? Looks really really nice. My buddy has a KJ that's seen its fair share of trails and he's wanting to lift it.

-Jack
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post #5 of 26 Old 06-11-2012, 03:56 PM
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Nice jeep. Are lift kits offered for these vehicles?

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post #6 of 26 Old 06-12-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've gone black...


The lift is a daystar 2.5" spacer lift. It's a bit more detailed than the TJ spacer lifts, but still isn't the greatest. I plan to eventually go to an Old Man Emu lift. I just don't need it right now seeing as I don't have any big steel bumpers or anything weighing down the springs.

KJs have a decent amount of aftermarket support and are suprisingly good offroad. Coming from a Wrangler I can attest to that.

Edit: I did not hydrolock the engine. I don't know how I didn't. The airbox was totally underwater with the engine running. I fried the body control module and after getting mud in the tranny and driving it for 10 miles that way, all that was broken was the shift solenoid. I completely overheated it about 15 times also until I figured out I still have like 20lbs of mud caked in the radiator. It tries hard to be reliable with how much I beat it.

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post #7 of 26 Old 06-12-2012, 07:23 PM
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I like the black wheels nice job
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post #8 of 26 Old 06-12-2012, 07:57 PM
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What is year is your KJ???
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post #9 of 26 Old 06-12-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the compliments guys! It is an 06.

Couple videos of some weak stuff, but it was fun:

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post #10 of 26 Old 06-17-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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New manik guards:

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post #11 of 26 Old 09-24-2012, 01:03 PM
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Please message me ineed help so bad with fitting my 31x10.5
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post #12 of 26 Old 09-24-2012, 02:33 PM
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You took a liberty and made it cool. Nice man, nice! Keep it up it looks awesome.
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post #13 of 26 Old 09-24-2012, 04:09 PM
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I like my KJ as well.



image-594388772.jpg


Took it to the local Jeep Jam a couple years ago and it was the only Liberty to go through the course.

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post #14 of 26 Old 11-19-2012, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Figured I'd make a little update with some new pictures and a video.





Little hill climb:
http://s49.beta.photobucket.com/user...F549C.mp4.html

The only thing I've done to the KJ since is paint the roof rails to match.


I'm debating getting a detours backbone or steel bumper now.

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post #15 of 26 Old 11-19-2012, 12:08 PM
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Thats one cool liberty! What tires are those??
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