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Unread 09-10-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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Nightmares 99 WJ Build

Note as of 2/27/2015: For those who have followed my build so far, you can see that plans quickly changed so I've decided to remove the phases from these first few posts. I've found during the process of finding deals and all the new stuff that comes out that it's hard to actually fully plan a build out phase by phase, so this thread will merely become what I use to keep track of the things I do, not so much with future plans.

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Figured I'd get this started so I can track my own progress and update as I go. Picked up a 99 WJ for $1500 that had been in a fender bender. Laredo with the 4.0 and "Camel" leather interior. This Jeep will become my DD and mild wheeler, also will be done on a budget so the process will probably be a few years long.

I'm also going to add from here that I do work in an Off Road Shop, so although overkill on a lot of stuff (lights for example), a lot of this is going to be for show at my work. We also get involved in a lot of the events and shows around the valley here, so the more attention it gets, the better.

So, let the fun begin.

Here's what we're starting with.




















AS OF 2/27/2015 THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS





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Unread 09-11-2014, 05:27 PM   #2
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Update from 2/27 to remove phase photo's


Here's a random picture.

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Unread 09-11-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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Update from 2/27
Post 35 will contain an update as well

Here's another random photo.

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Unread 09-11-2014, 05:58 PM   #4
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i like the plan! gonna be one bad rig when its all said and done! check out my 99 WJ build! being built on an extreme budget
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/9...udget-2696450/
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Unread 09-11-2014, 10:22 PM   #5
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That's gonna look good when it's done. Best of luck!
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Unread 09-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I was originally in the market for a JKU, considering i have 2 young daughters still in car seats and the 4 doors were ideal for loading and unloading them, but of course it's that time of year where they sell like crazy for insane prices. I almost pulled the trigger on an 07 Rubicon with about 12k invested into it, but i found this one for cheap. Mine has had a little over $3500 invested into repairs and rebuilds over the last few years, with receipts to prove it. Plus, no car payment, which is perfect for me, as now i can throw money into it building it, rather then paying it off the next 5 years.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 04:39 PM   #7
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Starting a part of Phase One tonight. Woke up this morning, driver's rear tire of the Jeep was almost flat. Milked it to a gas station and got tire pumped up, drove it almost 20 miles to my parents' house to drop off the kids. Driver's rear tire was again low, so I borrowed my brother's truck to get to work today. Tomorrow I have to head out to New Plymouth (100 mile round trip) for the Big Nasty Hill Climb, and I'm not going to risk it on a donut tire and I'd rather not make the drive at 10 miles to the gallon in my pickup. So tonight I'll try to pull the bumper and trim to fit the Rubicon wheels and tires. I'll update tonight with my findings.
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Unread 09-13-2014, 06:25 PM   #8
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Awh shoot guys. I think something fell off







I was going to try to fit the tires last night, but my truck was at home and i had no way to drive two vehicles to my parents house to start the work. Our shop at work was filled with vehicles, so no option there. I might grab them tomorrow and try to get them on. I just drove my truck today out too the event in New Plymouth.
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Unread 09-20-2014, 06:17 PM   #9
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Tires won't clear with the damaged apron, I'll have to find a way to pull it out or cut it off. In the meantime, I had my work patch the bad tire. Probably won't last much longer, but gives me time to figure out how to get the Rubicon wheels and tires on.

Bit of good news, I found a limited bumper and replacement headlight at the junk yard today. Looks a lot better. When i get the bb on and fix the apron, I'll trim out the fog lights and send it over to get the front bumper, side cladding and rear bumper bed lined. I actually hate that it's color matched and not gray, but it was this or green.





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Unread 09-20-2014, 08:36 PM   #10
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Had to grab some poser pics. I didn't plan on doing an OEM bumper back on it, but I have to wait till tax season before i can afford that Protofab bumper. 6 months is a long time to drive something ugly, and this bumper was only 50 bucks at the pick a part.











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Unread 09-22-2014, 09:45 AM   #11
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Saw a Garvin rack over the weekend on a Jeep in a parking lot. Overall, actually, not too impressed. I was thinking it was on a larger scale, but it's really not that big. So, to save some money, I've routed to just go with the Curt rack and extension. For less than $200 my cost, can't beat that. My wife also has an 08 Escape that we use for road trips, so being able to swap it back and forth between these two makes more rounded for our needs, rather than something permanently mounted to just mine.
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Unread 09-30-2014, 10:54 AM   #12
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Meh. 2/27 update

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Unread 10-08-2014, 03:24 PM   #13
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IGNORE THIS POST, SEE POST 21

So I pulled the tires off my truck that's for sale right now, and after looking at them and comparing them I might end up putting them on the Jeep instead of the Rubicon wheels. Main reason for doing this is I eventually want to go with some 0 offset wheels, and I have had bad experiences with wheel spacers. I figure I can put my Mastercraft tires on my stock wheels (I might paint them black to clean them up from all the road rash on them), then in a few months put some new wheels on it when I do a 4" lift. My tires are 285/75r16 but they're pretty small, actually almost identical to the 255/75r17 BFG's on the Rubicon wheels. Biggest difference is the Mastercraft's are about a half inch wider than the BFG, but that's about it. Height wise they're almost identical.

Plus I can order the lift if I sell the wheels and tires back to my boss, so that's where I'm sitting now.
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Unread 10-11-2014, 08:40 PM   #14
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IGNORE THIS POST, ASIDE FROM THE LIFT BEING ORDERED AND BUMPER CUT OUT

Sold the Rubicon wheels and tires back to my boss, went ahead and ordered a 2" BDS lift with the 5500 series shocks. I'm going to install my 285/75r16 Mastercrafts on the Jeep, already trimmed the fog lights out of the bumper and I'm considering following the Bushwacker instructions on cutting the fenders and quarters if needed. Lift should hopefully be here by this weekend so I can install it, then come Monday I want to have my tires pulled off the Jeep so I can prep and paint the wheels black, then install the 285's and put them on hopefully by Wednesday.

Here's the bumper. I'm going to clean up the backside with black paint, then bed line the bumper's and cladding hopefully sometime next week as well.



Here's the tires I'm putting on.

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Unread 10-15-2014, 06:16 PM   #15
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Got the tracking number on the lift. Won't be here until next Monday, which means installation next weekend. Already have the first true outing planned. Going on a run with my work with some reps from Warn and a few other manufacturer's out in the Owyee Mountains as long as there's no snow out there. If there is snow, trip will be re-routed to Idaho City. Should be a good fun time.
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