To first understand "Mad Love", would be to understand my wife, Harley Quinn and the Jokers relationship, and her obsession with her Jeep. I am sure this thread will grow gradually indefinitely... Unless she gets bored of this TJ and gets a different Jeep, in which case it will grow still because one of our daughters will most likely end up with this Jeep..
I am coming to cope with the fact that Jeeps, are like marriage.. They never quit costing you money, and it is never finished no matter how much money you put into it...
This ordeal started this spring, when she asked for a Jeep. Being the guy I am, I went out and looked at several before buying her a '93 YJ. Of course, it ended up always seeming to need something, and she wanted just about EVERY upgrade imaginable!
2 months or so later, I found a '00 TJ, sitting on 9" of lift, 4.0, 5 speed, JKS suspension, 37x12.5R17 BFG, 17" alloy wheels, RE12000 winch, stereo, and so on. So again being the guy I am (and wanting the basket case YJ now named "Gump") I bought it for her.
It has since been both a joy to own, and the bane of my life! It has slowly, and surly been a slow process with a reduction in work hours, but is finally coming together..
The dealership told me I had to tow it home.. withing minutes I fixed the "it wont shift gears" issue it had, with help of the search button on this forum! Pulling the shift boot out of the housing where it was binding the shifter.
Day 2, I replaced front rotors, pads, radiator.
And again, after some help on this forum, corrected the steering geometry!
One of first things I talked her into was cutting down the massive front bumper.. I also plasti-dipped the massive clevis's to try and mellow out some of the excessive noise they made bouncing off the bumpers. (yes, I know it peel off if we have to use them, but its plasti-dip, I can just apply more!) This really cleaned it up a bit, no possible tire rub anymore, and the caps I made on the end gave it a nice appearance.
After nearly 3 months, I had finally talked her out of some of the lift, and the 37's! And into the General Grabber Red Letters. Which though I have heard both good and bad, have found they are a pretty solid tire, ride pretty darn well at 30psi on the road, not nearly as loud as I had expected, and wheel pretty nice also at 10psi, and sure we could go 8psi or less with no issues being they are E rated.
Only to break a coil a week later at Bundy Hill when the hold down fell off somewhere, and it popped out of the perch. This finally began a reduction of lift! Removing the now broken 4" front springs for 3", and the 2" boost in the rear. bringing it down a touch, with more reduction in the future.
I have since painted as many random things imaginable "red" for her, headlight rings, wiper arms, the insert on the cowl, made a CB bracket, 18w cree lights, and a few trivial things.
Yes, I tried painting the dash with that stupid Krylon that is supposed to adhere to vinyl, plastic etc. It does not work.. I have Dupli Color, but told it scratches also, so looking at getting another set of dash panels and either hydro dipping, oy dying them red for her.
I also managed to break the sway bar when disconnecting at Bundy, which has since just been removed and waiting for funds to get an Anti-rock.
That is her in a Wheeling 101 class with Wicked Jeeps SEMI! (Found that wonderful group on this forum also! You guys have been great FYI!)
Last I got for now, until we can swing a few more things.. Which are on the back burner now until I repair my YJ frame or procure another frame, or sell of a parts XJ I bought for a front axle for her TJ..
I will be replacing her front D30 for an XJ high pinion D30, hope to truss that D30 with the C Gussets, as the C-Hub or whatever on her current axle are slightly bent giving it a terrible camber..
Got her a vinyl made for "Mad Love" and hood badges for it asap if not a hood wrap..
She managed to get her plates customized just for her Jeep as well.
And the MetalCloak frame base bumper I bought for my YJ, will not fit my YJ due to how I made a frame repair.. So I relieved her front suspension of about 250 pounds of bumper and winch (gained about 1.25" lift haha), now to sell those also so I can get the rest of the bumper ha!
Biggest future plans for her Jeep..
3.5" MetalCloak dual rate springs. 1.25" JKS body lift to replace the ridiculous 3" body lift currently on it, and hopefully front MetalCloak fenders to allow it to all clear!
Figured I would toss in an aerial photo I got to take the other week at a Jeep event my wife coordinated!