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Unread 11-11-2011, 05:24 AM   #1
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Winona

In college I had a 94 xj with a 5.5 RK LA lift and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately I had to part with it due to lack of cash. Now that im 5 years past the college days and have a good job its time for another obsession. After looking for a year or so I found an 04 Rubicon with 14K on her that came with a hard and soft top.

I shall call her WINONA.

Plans so far (subject to change a lot)

Metal Cloak Arched Fenders - Installed
Rear Corner Armor - Manufacturer undecided
RK 3.5" X Factor LA lift - Ordered
Shocks - Manufacturer undecided
Tom Woods Rear Drive Shaft - Need to order
1.25 Savvy body lift - Ordered
Savvy Gas tank tuck -
35" Tires - Love the TSL's but they only make 33's or 36's and im thinking the 36's might be too much on the d44's so still undecided
Smittybult XRC 8 Winch - Have but not installed
Upgrade Brakes - Manufacturer undecided
Build front and rear bumpers myself - Have steel for front
New rocker panel protection - Manufacturer undecided
Line X bed -
Gearing-



Old XJ.










New TJ






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Unread 11-11-2011, 05:25 AM   #2
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The first thing we did was rip out the carpet and take off the tube step sides, the plastic armor, the front jugs, and remove the rear hitch.



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Unread 11-11-2011, 05:30 AM   #3
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Then we popped her cherry










Front Stuffed


Rear Stuffed
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Unread 11-11-2011, 05:35 AM   #4
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Installed the Metal Cloaks. Took two of us 30 beers and two nights after work in my driveway. Install was very easy. My only gripe about the fenders is that the arched tube rubs my hood a tiny bit when closing it. Also took off the rear fender flares

















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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Over the weekend i found time to finished the front bumper and installed the winch. The winch was a breeze to install and very self explanatory. The bumper took around 8 hours for my buddy and me to build. We first took some plastic board and mocked up what we wanted it to look like then we cut up, welded and grinded the metal smooth. Overall it came out great. Sooner than later im going to get a small bar bent up to go over the winch.

Sorry for the crappy final picture when we got done with mounting it it was dark out then we went wheeling. But when i thought about it i am only home when its light out on the weekends so i rinsed it off and took a picture in the dark anyway. Ill post a better picture this weekend from a futher distance.

Oh i also have to lower the fairlead mount a bit right now i have it centerd with the spool but i think it should be lowered becuase the cable spools off the bottom.



















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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:33 PM   #6
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15 boxes of joy

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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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Tires came today 35 x 12.6 x 15R



Next to my 31's



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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:38 PM   #8
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Here is my rear truss welded up.





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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #9
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Here is a better picture of the truss the green is primer not paint.

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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:47 PM   #10
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so got the mostly done but 4 wheel parts sendt me 4 front shocks



Here is the truss all painted up

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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:48 PM   #11
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2003 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Stock, for now.

WTB: lift kit for 2003 TJ. Prefer suspension lift, student budget. Located in Ontario.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #12
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Well here she is. Other than rear shocks I need to order rear drive shaft and finish the exhaust and the lift is done for now.







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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:53 PM   #13
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The brown truck came today!

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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:57 PM   #14
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Fender flares









The 6" would probably cover the whole tire but I didnt think they would look as good as the 4"ers
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Unread 03-04-2012, 03:00 PM   #15
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Well the exhaust is done for now. Don't mind the bolts sticking down I'm going to bring it to a shop to have them bend a tail pipe to go over the axle and out the rear and I'll have them weld up my joint between the headers and the cat.

First I cut the stock flange off.



Then I stick welded it to the new muffler. looks a little messy because I had to go back and weld a few spots where I burned through.



Then I cut the cat out.



After that I bolted the new muffler to the cat, extended the exhaust bracket because I moved the cat up about 8" and just mounted everything up. Sounds good sitting in the driveway, I still have some odds and ends to finish. And it's very solid. Over all I'm very happy with the exhaust and the muffler shop can take it from here.



I clamped my stock turn down on it for now

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