My TJ LCOG build "Uncharted"
I've had my Jeep for awhile and I think it’s time to start a build thread about it. I'll start out from when I purchased it, working my way through the pics I have and the changes I have made to it since…and then show what I’m doing currently, which is starting with a frame I purchased.
My overall goal is to have a capable and street-able Jeep (its going to be my DD), something that works properly all the time and I don’t have to give the “explanation” on its quirks every time I hand the keys to someone new driving it.
So let’s get into it.
The day I purchased my Jeep.
It’s a 1998 TJ Sport paid $4500.
4" No name lift
33x12.50r15 Futura Dakota RVT
Over time I did the normal stuff we all do, front and rear bumpers, rocker guards, suspension, exhaust, tires etc... and it looked like this.
One two skip a few and this is what its looking like so far.
Coated inside and out with Rust Bullet
New motor mounts
New front track bar mount
New steering linkage mount
Newly fabed rear control arm mounts
Reinforced rust prone areas of frame
New transfer case nutserts
New Classic Tube SS brake lines
Brown Dog MML
Icon IC944 .30 pistons
Comp Cams 68-232-4
Mopar performance valve springs / Retainers - 5249464 / 4452032
Mopar performance head gasket - 4529242
Arp head studs
Melling oil pump
Fuel Pump, lines, Ford 24lb Injectors
Hi Flow cat
Custom mounted Amsoil cone filter w/pre-filter
Advanced Adapters SYE
Advanced Adapters Braided Stainless Clutch Line
Novak Transfer Case Shifter
Tom Woods Rear Drive Shaft
OME 2.5 HD springs
OME L series shocks
JKS Control arms upper and Lower
JKS Quicker Discos
TNT Front track bar (with replacement frame bracket)
Rokmen .5 body lift
Rokmen bump stops extensions
Rokmen rear spring relocator kit
New bumper jounces
2000 HP Dana 30
Solid differential cover
New upper control arm bushings
Gusseted lower control arm mounts and upper control arm mount
New Rotors and Pads
SS Brake Lines
- locker, RCV's, Artec truss, Currie steering
1999 Ford 8.8
Ford Racing LSD Clutch Packs
Solid differential cover
New Rotors and Pads
Currie 8.8 brake line kit
Yukon 8.8 Axles
Rokmen HiLine Tube Fender
Rokmen Stryker Steel Corners
Rokmen Transfer Case Skid
Rokmen Gas Tank Skid
Rokmen Rocker Guards
Rokmen Power Steering Skid
Poison Spyder BFH II Rear Bumper
Mopar Front Rock Bumper
Front & Rear Shackles
Misc straps and pulleys
Rims and Tires
Black Rock 15x8
Goodyear MT/R Kevlar 35x12.50R15
Frame repair, trans case nutserts - Page 2
Frame and parts painting - Page 3
Front and rear axle, rolling chassis, SYE Install Write up - Page 4
Light head port smoothing, grille mounted indicator lights, motor build - Page 6
Body mount replacement, fuel pump install, 7 staples in my head :-), brake line work, 4'' tail light install - Page 7
Grille painting, Artec truss (8.8) install, Rokmen rear spring perches install, Yukon Ultimate 88 install - Page 9
Front side markers, hidden reverse lights, EVAP mount adjustments for Rokmen tube fenders, Rokmen rocker guards lined up and cut for fitment fender match - Page 10
Part 1 of sound bar build (8'' sub in bar) - Page 11
Dual switch panel fab and install - Page 12
Relay install, intake install - Page 14
Parking brake routing, LED lights, Transfer case shifter, custom knob, Ford 8.8 LSD clutch install - Page 15
so wait, you've had this jeep since you where 8 years old?
I think he means the jeep is 13 years old...
After I purchased it I had time to crawl around and check out what had been done to it. It had a 4 inch lift on it from some no name company. It was one heck of a bumpy ride. But we'll get to that. It came with some Futura Dakota RVT tires in the form of 33x12.50r15’s. They where alright on the road but once I took it off-road the first time a few weeks later I changed my mind.
This was the first day I took it out. A buddy of mine took me down to his local gun range, they have a little room for mess'n around with atv's and trucks.
I cant wait to get my Jeep out to the sand, looks fun.
Don't really have many pictures from the next few things that I replaced. Over the course of the year I set to changing things, like most of the suspension. The first thing that went was the old busted shocks. Replaced them with a new set of Old Man Emu shocks for a 4” lift and steering stabilizer. While doing those I retightened everything back to correct toque spec. That helped but a lot but there was more to be done. The bushings on the no name replacement control arms where poly and had seen better days. They spent most of their time make noise and not helping the Jeep driving properly. So I started with the worst of them, the rear lowers and replaced those with a set of JKS control arms. Over the next few months I replaced all of them. The best part, the last set my wife got for me. They just showed up one day it was an awesome surprise. After the shocks and control arms where done things where riding smoother. I moved on and got a set of Goodyear MTR’s in the same flavor of 33’s as before. Along with those I picked up a Nates 4x4 Rear bumper and tire carrier. A great bumper for a great price, very heavy duty and worked very well.
I ended up getting a Bikini Top, Windjammer and Tonneau cover from Bestop and I think around this time I had done a few other things like u-joints up front.
Then I ended up replacing the header because it cracked…weird right, who would have thought a crack in a TJ header so strange ;) . I replaced it with a Crown unit, at the same time I picked up a high flow cat.
I forgot to mention before, as this time past, I had been welding plate onto my frame that was slowly disappearing and causing rear control arms to randomly fall off. Which I'm sure many people on here have had the great privilege of experiencing this at one time or another. Which is where all this is kind of leading to, the current project I have on my hands now...here a hint. :D
I ended up coming across a guy north of Boston that had a brand new Mopar Rock Bumper just sitting in his basement still in the package. Picked it up for $250 and grabbed a set of Hella driving lights to slap on also.
A few months later I ended up picking up a throttle body and spacer that had been milled out.
Then less then a month later I was driving to work and had some really strange noises and vibes coming from the front end when I was getting off the highway. So when I got home checked the front end and found this...
Which should look a little more like this.
A few months after, I picked up set of JKS quick discos and a used ARB Snorkel kit. I also finished off my exhaust with a Banks Monster Cat-back.
So a few months passed it was the 3rd week in Nov. 2010, a few of my friends and I went camping up north for a couple of nights. During that time we spend most of it drinking and talking cars and trucks. We came up with the idea of looking for a Hummer H1 for my 6' 5" tall buddy that never really came wheeling with us because he always felt too “cramped” in our Jeeps. He wasn’t totally convinced of this but on the way home him and I were talking about it, when one just happened to drive past us, that's when he looked at me and said..."Find me one of those, that might be fun". So I did...and one month later this craziness happened.
He started slow...he didn't fully understand what I found for him to drive.
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That changed quick though
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The person laughing like a goof in the background is my buddy Jim...it was his Hummer.
Check out more of the videos on youtube.
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