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Unread 04-17-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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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..


after





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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's

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Unread 04-17-2008, 09:33 PM   #2
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fuel pump dying on the beach while on vacation..



not fun.

back on topic, this is a build thread

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..

before

after



doggy poser shot



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

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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 04-17-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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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 lift..no pictures of installation, but heres the after of that..




playing with some flex...


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

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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 04-17-2008, 09:51 PM   #4
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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!

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..

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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 04-17-2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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Then came Rausch Creek.. my first experience with a real trail ride and some rocks..

some shots from the day



stuck already!









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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 04-17-2008, 10:01 PM   #6
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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)
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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 04-18-2008, 01:15 PM   #7
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Awesome, can't wait to see more. Rausch Creek is amazing, I can't wait to go back up there soon.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 12:23 AM   #8
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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.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 08:39 AM   #9
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Hows the 4 banger treating ya?
I curse mine every day.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 09:52 AM   #10
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Nice build, Have you been happy with the tru trac up front?

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Unread 04-21-2008, 10:31 AM   #11
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Great wheeling shots, very nice work on the Jeep, it turned out looking very nice.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 11:28 AM   #12
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Nice build, Have you been happy with the tru trac up front?

Garry

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
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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 11-05-2008, 09:46 PM   #13
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bump for new users to see
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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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Unread 11-06-2008, 03:35 PM   #14
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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.
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Unread 05-06-2010, 07:22 AM   #15
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bump up so people can see
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1997 Wrangler 2.5L 5spd

Suspension specs:
RE 3.5, 1.25 JKS BL
Old Man Emu shocks
Teraflex adjustable front trac bar
JKS Disco's
Axle specs:
Dana 30- Superior 4.88's
Detriot tru-trac locker
Dana 35- Superior 4.88's
Riding on:
33x12.50 BFG A/T
Black Cragar soft 8's
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