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Unread 01-04-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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My '02 TJ build - from just about stock to stretch, tons, & Long Arms

My Jeep has really been a work in progress for the past 3 years since I bought it. Thought I'd share with the group how far it has come.

day I bought it .... 2002 TJ Apex ed. Came with approx 3" lift and 33" AT's


First mod was rims (can't stand chrome on my vehicles) and rear bumper/tire carrier.


Next I thought I wanted 6" flares. I was wrong as you'll see in later posts LOL! Also got some fogs.


Chopped stock front bumper and added winch plate and XRC10 winch - this is where I started to get some REAL mods


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Unread 01-04-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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CB/Front firing CB Speaker



Got tired of the flares....went flareless!


Now it starts to get REALLY GOOD! 4.56 gears and power trax in the D30


4.56 and detroit in the D35 - I would have NEVER done this mod but I found a used D35 already geared and locked for $150! Couldn't pass up the deal. Locker had been thru some carnage but still worked fine!


Next came TNT tube fenders/sliders and a 1" BL


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Unread 01-04-2011, 08:05 PM   #3
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Unread 01-04-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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I was dragging my rear tire carrier over obstables so I had a buddy help me modify it. Beefed it up and moved the tire higher to keep from dragging. Also switched to 35" mud tires at this point.
Before

After


Didn't want to explode my D35 while wheeling so I found a geared/locked D44 from an XJ that we swapped in



Last christmas I got a schrockworks front bumper and stinger


Now we're really getting somewhere....CAGED! (and some proof I wheel it )


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Unread 01-04-2011, 08:20 PM   #5
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Paid the Jeep off and bought a tow rig, now it's time for the jeep to get CRAZY!
Tow rig is a 2010 5.7l Tundra



All that brings me up to my current Jeep build

3/4 ton HD D44 front (out of a mid 70's F250)


1 ton Sterling 10.25 rear (out of a late 80's F250 set up for towing). In 2nd pic you can see triangulated the rear uppers to get rid of track bar and BTF rear diff cover and truss



Rokmen belly up TC Skid


Got rid of the stock fuel tank and put in an RCI 15 gallon fuel cell.


Stretched the axles to about a 99.5" wheel base



And here is where it currently sits. Rear is 100% tacked in and ready for final welding. We've put a custom longarm kit with 2"x2"x1/4 wall lowers with 1.25" heims and 1.5"x1.5"x1/8 wall uppers. Went for max strech while still using stock spring mounts and shocks. Still need to work on front uppers and steering.


Gearing is going to be 5.38 with detroit in the rear and open front. Also going with 37x12.50x17 irok radials.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 08:33 PM   #6
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Jeep looks good, and nice choice with the Sterling, but they didn't come in 70's trucks...
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Unread 01-04-2011, 09:01 PM   #7
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Jeep looks good, and nice choice with the Sterling, but they didn't come in 70's trucks...
You are correct! Meant to say 80's but was typing fast....fixed.
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Unread 01-15-2011, 09:08 AM   #8
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UPDATE - Got a BUNCH of stuff done yesterday!
Fuel Cell bracket and bead lock rigs painted.



Fuel Cell mounted.

Beadlock rings tacked in place.

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Unread 01-15-2011, 09:09 AM   #9
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Suspention pics...
Front Tie Rod - BEEEEF!

Front Lower Control Arm.

Pitman arms are TOUGH to drill - look at the determination on Thomas's face!

Passenger Side Tie Rod, Drag Link, and LCA

Steering.

Panhard (trackbar) mount.
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Unread 01-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #10
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Looking good, when are you hoping to 'finish' it? Also, try using thread cutting oil instead of PB, it will make your bits last longer and drill faster.
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Unread 01-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #11
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Looking good, when are you hoping to 'finish' it? Also, try using thread cutting oil instead of PB, it will make your bits last longer and drill faster.
THANKS!

We should have this current build done by the first week in Feb.

....I hear ya on the cutting oil, we ran out and PB was all we had.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 12:56 PM   #12
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UPDATE! Got LOTS of stuff done yesterday (a big thanks to Tim for the help!)
Jeep is fully tacked and ready for final welding. Here is a look at the stance w/ rims/tires mounted. Wheelbase is just a shade under 101" - I need to get the springs figured out as it has a funny stance right now.

Rear stance

Front stance
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Unread 01-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #13
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Now that they stretch is figured out, I needed to chop the fenders to be able to stuff the rear tires.

Grinding

More Grinding

More Grinding (I must have been angry at my fenders LOL!)

Finished product (almost)


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Unread 01-23-2011, 01:00 PM   #14
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Now it's time for final welding, then I get to put it all back to gether 1 last time!
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Unread 01-26-2011, 08:33 PM   #15
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Looks incredible man! That rear diff is beastly!
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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