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Unread 01-05-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Mulvihill64's '02 Blue Obsession

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I figured i'll start this thread now, before I start forgetting things, and as hopefully there will be some good stuff coming soon. I bought the jeep in August of 2012, right before my senior year in High School. I had spent months looking for a good deal on a wrangler near me and this one seemed to fit the bill. If only I had known what I knew now... Anyway, here she is the day I bought her, 2002 Wrangler X, 108K Miles.

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I had a great time driving her around stock, but, since the stock tires were balding anyway, I figured it was time to go bigger. I picked 31's because I needed to be able to run them without a lift - or so I thought. I realized soon after I ordered them that I could afford a lift, so i bought and installed teraflex 2" spacer lift.

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I went offroading for the first time with some buddies from High School, unfortunately they were pickup owners that were big into mudding.
It was a good time, until I had to clean up the aftermath, and saw the extra wear and tear it inflicts on the jeep. I've since decided to avoid mudding as much as I can.

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I picked up some KC driving lights for Christmas
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In February I flooded my auto transmission, so the rebuild took out a large chunk of my jeep budget for that spring. Luckily however, I found a dana 44 out of a sport being parted out for only $400. When I called the seller, he said he had only posted the ad on craigslist an hour before. I picked it up later that day.

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Cleaned her up that week, and swapped it in the morning after prom, with help from my girlfriend

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Next, I pulled the carpet and bedlined the interior. I highly recommend Monstaliner, it is a superior product, and the customer service I received from Magnetman was outstanding. He ensured my order was shipped out in time for use that weekend.

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Last week, I cleaned and repainted the entire front suspension and axle. I also ordered a Metalcloak Front Track Bar, which will hopefully be getting here sometime this week.
Nice and Clean

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Well that's got me pretty well caught up, hopefully I'll have some new updates pretty soon.

The Jeep at the end of last summer:

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Im still somewhat undecided on my plan for this summer, I would like to either work towards a built rig on 33's, or run 35's the right way. I'm open to advice or opinions on that decision, ill need all the help I can get

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Unread 01-06-2014, 01:47 PM   #2
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Picked up and installed a new tb gasket and mopar gas cap - hopefully this should eliminate the whistling noise and my check engine light.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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avoiding mud (two thumbs up). very good progress!
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Unread 01-07-2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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Not jeep related but my project for today:
Getting a 1968 Dodge Polara Running... She's been sitting for 5 years or so so lets see if I get her running today
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Unread 01-07-2014, 01:11 PM   #5
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I received my Metalcloak track bar yesterday, and got it installed today. I was very impressed with it's quality upon receiving it. After installing it, I took my jeep for a spin on the highway, and I was blown away with how smooth the handling was. It completely eliminated the shimmy at 50-55 mph, and there is no shaking of the steering wheel anymore. Also, just to add, I am running BDS 2" springs, and found the track bar centered my axle just fine when adjusted as short as it can go.
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sweet!!! Looks great. Probably gonna go with that same trackbar on my JK
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sweet!!! Looks great. Probably gonna go with that same trackbar on my JK
Thanks! I would highly recommend it.
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Unread 02-09-2014, 11:33 PM   #9
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While I've been at school I've been working on learning to tig weld. I've only had a few hours of practice, but I'm definitely improving. Hopefully I can be laying some nice beads by the end of the semester!
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So I may be acquiring a blown 5.3l out of a surburban for free. After a rebuild, do you guys think it would put me ahead in the long run for a swap? Or should I just scrap it. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet and see what the damage is, so I can only assume the worst.

Edit: Upon further inspection, it had a cracked block... so that's a no go on the 5.3
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Chopped the bumper, and took her for a spin today. For a 12 year old jeep, she still looks pretty good... From about 15 feet away
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I've been throwing around the idea of making my own font bumper for the last week or so. I drew up roughly what I want in Solidworks, a stubby front bumper with a grill hoop and winch guard.


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I based it off of one of the bumpers I had seen in one of the Rokmen builds.
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Ordered jks 1.25" body lift today and some Brown Dog 1" motor mounts
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Starting yesterday, I've been noticing a loud popping sound coming from the front suspension when I'm turning sharply or going over bumps. Any ideas? Right now I suspect the axle side upper control arm bushings may be to blame, being they are the factory ones with 125k on them.
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