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$lick 04-17-2008 09:27 PM

My build and story from a stock 97 SE to now..
Had the jeep for about three years now, but im going to try to remember the big steps i took. I am going to apologize ahead of time because i know the pictures are all different sizes, dont feel like resizing each one, some were already resized and get smaller, etc.

So here we go, from stock to grown up.

In the original owners driveway before purchasing it..

cleaned up with the hard top off..30x9.50 BFG A/T's were what came on it

then the mudd..

then the krylon fusion to bumpers/fenders

how it was..


$lick 04-17-2008 09:33 PM

fuel pump dying on the beach while on vacation..

not fun.

back on topic, this is a build thread:D

So I bought the budget boost and DT3000 shocks..heres install day..

rti ramp before lift..

dont have any after, sorry i was too excited. but heres some comparison pictures..


doggy poser shot

then I installed the CB radio, with the 3' Antenna, and the behind the left tail light mount from quadratec.

$lick 04-17-2008 09:44 PM

after the CB radio was installed...I got a deal on some 33x12.50 BFG A/T on 15x8 black Cragar Soft 8's. Slapped em on with just the 2"BB on. (currently still running same tires)

oh and i shattered the rear window out of the hardtop too.. trying to fix the leak (loose nut on the hinge that was covered by the rear wiper plastic casing.. when putting casing back on, couldnt line up the screw to get the covering back on, lifted my arm up, tweaked the glass, boom!.

After the tires were put on, decided to go with the 1.25" JKS body pictures of installation, but heres the after of that..

playing with some flex...

then my first trail poser shot, no actions pics too busy driving (Pine Barrens NJ)

$lick 04-17-2008 09:51 PM

after that I decided the 4 speed transmission I had now adapted to driving (loss of 5th gear on the highway with 33's, lift, and that monster 2.5L with 4.10's or .11's or whatever they were..) wasnt going to cut it anymore, time for some parts.

Ordered Superior 4.88's and install kits, front and rear. And the Detroit Tru-Trac limited slip locker for the front.

it was like christmas!:drool:

Gears went in, locker went in. Then bought the RE 3.5 Basic Kit (no Adjustable control arms) a Teraflex front adj trac bar, stainless steel braided brake lines, Old Man Emu shocks.

now im up a little higher..

and ohhhh I always wanted to do this..

Then went ahead and bought a Llama Bumpers tire carrier w/HI-Lift off a friend..

$lick 04-17-2008 09:57 PM

Then came Rausch Creek.. my first experience with a real trail ride and some rocks..

some shots from the day

stuck already!

$lick 04-17-2008 10:01 PM

Then the KC slims..

And thats where she sits as of now. Just picked up adjustable control arms last weekend, a tri-link for the rear, working on getting a bracket fabbed up for that.. and then on with the rest of the list..

New soft top frame (nylon strap broke on one side)
SYE and Tummy Tuck..
Tom woods drive shaft..
Love to have full doors!
D44 (dreaming)

JEEP97TJ 04-18-2008 01:15 PM

Awesome, can't wait to see more. :2thumbsup: Rausch Creek is amazing, I can't wait to go back up there soon.

RUBtjICON 04-21-2008 12:23 AM

I'm glad I seen this thread. Im wanting the RE 3.5 to go with my JKS BL, and keep running 33's. Exactly the look Im going for. One step at a time.

LandoCommando 04-21-2008 08:39 AM

Hows the 4 banger treating ya?
I curse mine every day.

Texas Crew'd 04-21-2008 09:52 AM

Nice build, Have you been happy with the tru trac up front?


Camo Deere 04-21-2008 10:31 AM

Great wheeling shots, very nice work on the Jeep, it turned out looking very nice. :)

$lick 04-21-2008 11:28 AM


Originally Posted by Texas Crew'd (Post 5115749)
Nice build, Have you been happy with the tru trac up front?


ive been happy with it, it minds its manners on the highway, i dont notice that its there. and as far as wheeling, my first trip on the rocks had been after i installed the locker, so i wouldnt know the difference, but its pretty unstoppable. climbed up alot of things:2thumbsup:

$lick 11-05-2008 09:46 PM

bump for new users to see

SimonTuffGuy 11-06-2008 03:35 PM

Nice Jeep! I had a similar experience with my hardtop and a shattered rear window. Happened in the AutoZone parking lot; what a mess.

Where abouts are you, since you came to Rausch Creek? I live... 20 minutes from there or so.

$lick 05-06-2010 07:22 AM

bump up so people can see

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