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post #1 of 8 Old 09-28-2014, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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My Colorado Crawler - 2003 Wrangler

I lost my Camry to a hail storm that totaled it.

I've been wanting a vehicle that can take me to the camping spots where RVs won't be found. The kind where you have to dig a hole to poop.

So, when I found a good deal on a clean TJ, I jumped on it.

It's completely stock, with the exception of the wheels.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-28-2014, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Plans

Teraflex 3" Lift
RockKrawler adjustable control arms
Slip yoke eliminator
Tom Woods drive shaft
JKS Trackbar
33" Goodyear Duratracs
1" body lift
Q-tech 9500i winch
ARB bumper
Garvin Wilderness roof rack
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-29-2014, 09:51 AM
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Subbed, this sounds like my kind of build!
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-29-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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The last few weeks have been a complete learning experience for me. I feel like I've researched every aspect of components involved in Jeep lifts, only to learn that I have so much more to learn.

Take backspacing, for example. I began to read that 12.5" tires are going to need 4" or less of backspacing.

Well, I knew from the build sheet on my Jeep that it came with Canyon wheels, so I knew that the ones I had weren't stock. I had no idea what brand they were or what the backspacing might be on them. But the guy I bought it from made sure I knew that the tires on it were from Discount Tire and that the paperwork was in the glove box.

So, I grabbed the paperwork and began to decipher the line items, hoping there might be an indication of backspacing somewhere so I could figure out which if I could use an adapter plate.
Qty: 5... Mfg/Model: Unique 297... Size: 15x7 -- wait, what? 7" wheels?

So, now I'm adding new wheels. I'll probably go with some basic 5x8 Pro Comp steelies with a 3.75 backspacing.

I'll probably have to hold off on one of the lift items because of this since its not budgeted. Either the trackbar or the front control arms.

Anyone have any suggestions as to which item would be best to wait on?
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-14-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my plans changed drastically over the last couple of months.

I decided to completely hold off on lifting for now.

Instead, I decided to go more LCoG route and picked up a set of MetalCloaks to stick my 33's under.





The new tires are significantly larger than my old tires



I've decided to try and maintain the "spirit" of my Sahara edition TJ as much as possible. Since the Sahara came with color matched fenders, I color matched my MetalCloaks.




Of course then came the fun part. Jeep taking-apartiness



And putting it back together



And finally, 33" goodness




I still need to install my rear fenders, which might happen this weekend.

But this weekend is for sure maintenance weekend -- differential fluids, oil change, transfer case fluids, etc. If there's any time left for installation, then the fenders will get mounted.


What's next after all this? LoD Offroad Signature rear bumper with tire carrier and cargo carrier. Since I don't want to put a 33 on my gate, I have the old spare mounted; I call it my donut.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-07-2014, 09:49 PM
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what a beauty! i preferto call my stock spare the bumper sticker because i also have 33s love the build!
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-29-2017, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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It's been a while since I've posted over here. Mostly I've been over at Wranglerforum, but since they don't get along with Imgur anymore, I decided I'd maybe switch forums

Li'l Shrimpy's been under the wrench more times than I can count in the last couple of years.

It seems I left off with the Metalcloaks and 33's last time I posted here. Since then we've added a 2" lift


High pinion Dana 30 axle with e-locker


1.25" BL and Brown Dog MML
(No pics)

Savvy gas tank skid


Yaesu FT8900R


Enjoying myself



What's next?
Been working on a custom switch panel that I designed and printed on my 3D printer


And I might have ordered some 35s and aluminum wheels


Now you guys are all caught up! (more or less ... there's a ton of tiny upgrades like hand throttle, 6 meter antenna, diplexer, grabbars, etc)
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-09-2017, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Finished my switch panel
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