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Unread 07-27-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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LJ Slow-Build doing it right this time

Let me first start off by saying i have owned about 10 Jeeps, and 3 Toyotas. Last jeep i owned was a 2005 Grand Cherokee that my wife drove. We decided to get rid of it and i bought a 2005 Jeep LJ.

Here are some of my past vehicles:

95 Jeep YJ


91 XJ


85 CJ for Parts


91 YJ




85 4Runner


01 TJ


91 Toyota Pickup


01 XJ


85 Toyota Pickup


86 Toyota 4Runner


and Now:

2005 LJ

When i Bought it its all Stock:


So far what i have done is add a 1.25 JKS BL/1" MML and 2" Spacers that i had lying around from my old jeeps:




My plans are:

3" Currie Progressive Springs
Bilstein Shocks
Homemade Control arms all around
35"/37" Goodyears
Currie Steering
Currie AntiRock
Metal Cloak Fenders/Or Gen-Right Hylines
Full Armor
Gr8 Top/Full Hardtop
PRP Seats
ARB Lockers + 4.56 Yukon Gears
Waggy 44 Front

Currently waiting to be installed is my new Bilstein Shocks and Stock Rubicon Rock Rails.

My plan for this Jeep is to make it a Street/Trail Truck

I am active duty army stationed at fort hood but plan on moving back to colorado once my contract ends. I want to have this capable for when i go back in 2 years. This will be somewhat a slow build as the army pays us pennies but i will be doing alot of little fab work as i go. Enjoy

Matt

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Unread 07-27-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Keep up the good work and I love ya dedication to it all
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Unread 07-27-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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so i am ordering BTF front and rear bumpers on monday. I plan on adding my own swing tire carrier and a front hoop/stinger like i had on my old TJ

I need to sell my rear Seat and my stock bumpers, and a hitch hopefully to fund my next purchase.




This is Hoop/Stinger
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Unread 07-29-2012, 11:03 AM   #4
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got my MML on today, wow what a difference any noises i herd before are now gone. I broke my fan shroud though which is a total bummer. I am heading to the pick and pull now to see if they have one i can grab. Also heading to HF to get my a nutcert tool to install my rubicon rock rails. I will do a write up on them since there really isnt many around.

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Unread 07-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
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Did my Rubicon Rock Rails today.

Here is my write up:

Tools Needed:

Hammer
Punch
Drill bits 3/16 and 9/32(Must have)
Socket set
Harbor Freight Nut-cert Tool (Found here)
Drill


Step 1: Remove the Stock Flare extention

Step 2: Install 5 Nut-Certs per side on the underside of the jeep in the Hexagon style holes they will use the 1/4 size nut-certs that came with the HF tool (I have a 2005 I have herd if you have an older one you will have to drill these holes)


Step 3: Using 3 bolts and the Rock Rails, install the front/back/middle bolts into the nut-certs that you just put in. This will hold the rails in place so line up your side mount holes.


Step 4: Using a Sharpie marker trace the holes out of drilling


Step 5: Remove the rock rails at the 3 bolts you previously installed


Step 6: Using a punch make your starting spot for the drill bits


Step 7: Use your 3/16(or smaller sized drill bit of your choice) to start your holes. Make sure you don't slide the bit out of the punch hole


Step 8: Use the 9/32 Drill bit to drill your final hole (Try not to reem this hole out any since you want the nut-cert to fit as tight as possible)


Step 9: Use some primer or touch up paint around the hole to prevent rust

Step 10: Install nut-certs into the newly drilled holes, the nut-certs used on the sides are the 10-24 size from the HF tool (note: some holes if you don't want to install the nut-certs you can use a nut and bolt through the body. If you want to do this just look inside the door)

Admire your work


Step 11: Re install the underbelly bolts and then install the new side bolts and enjoy your new sliders:


Additional Notes:

If you are lucky enough to have the rubber seal that comes with the sliders use some double sided take or glue to install it to the rail. this will help it from moving around a bunch during the install and making you mad

I used the stock underside bolts with the 1/4 size nut-certs, but was unable to use the stock bolts for the side 10-24 cert-certs as they are metric.

Make sure you use plenty of beer during this install

Matt
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Unread 12-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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Ok some i have done some work on my Jeep, went to Ouray Colorado, ordered some parts, and am getting out of the army in june and moving back to Colorado.

PS if you have never been to Ouray.... Go because it is awesome. I have been to Moab and to Lake Tahoe but Ouray was totally awesome it is like a jeep specific town of offroading!

I added Half Doors, 33x10.50 KM2s the SwagOffroad Tailgate. I just ordered savvy/currie 3" springs front and rear. I am planning on doing a LCG build with 3" lift and hi-line genright offroad setup.

Also i plasti-diped my wheels... i plan on doing the entire jeep once i get the Hi-Lines from genright. This stuff is awesome. Stay tuned for more updates around Xmas

Oh forgot to add i sold my full doors for half doors they are so much better!!!!
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Unread 12-02-2013, 09:20 PM   #7
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good lookin LJ man. I like the look!
where in Colorado are you going? as soon as I repair my LJ, I plan on making a Ouray trip
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Unread 12-03-2013, 07:01 AM   #8
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I used to live in Broomfield, untill i joined the army. Now we are mooving back to the golden/lakewood area can't wait only a few more months
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Unread 12-03-2013, 07:19 AM   #9
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Nice bobbed yota pick up. That is what I would be wheeling if not a jeep.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 07:58 AM   #10
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nice, i've been to ouray back in 05, that place is awsome.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 09:40 AM   #11
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my currie springs should be here hopefully before the weekend, going to get those installed and then start working on building control arms. I need to find the proper length for 3" lift, the arms i am building will have JJ's and Poly Bushings and will be adjustable. I dont know if i am going with square or round tubing yet.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 09:46 AM   #12
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Quote:
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Nice bobbed yota pick up. That is what I would be wheeling if not a jeep.
ya i loved my toyotas, my 86 4runner was a beast here in texas its hard to find good 4x4 toyotas and i all ways wanted a LJ so when i found it it was a done deal
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Unread 12-10-2013, 07:11 PM   #13
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Savvy/Currie 3" Progressive Springs came in today should get them in tomorrow or friday

Also ordered a CB, and a mount for my iphone which i blue tooth with my radio and use as my gps its a RAM MOUNT
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Love the LJ , and thanks for serving .
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Well ordered some more small parts today got the LEDs to do my entire dash super white, got an aa transfer case bracket to fix my shifter and got a new hinge for my swag off-road tailgate mod. Hopefully this stuff should fix some problems that I have been having. Tomorrow I'm going to install my ram mount for my iPhone and my cb hopefully the ups man comes early 😎
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