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Unread 01-22-2015, 02:01 AM   #1
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Pedro's 05 LJ-R Build "The Banana"

I've started this post as a place to organize all my build info. It won't be a fast build by any means.... But I'd like to think efficient and effective. The point of this build is to wheel and wheel well. I don't DD the jeep and probably spends half the year sitting and the other half wheeling and out in the summer months. I try to keep it out of the Chicago winters.

Living in the midwest, the terrain isn't that exciting. I like to get my Jeeps out west (Moab/CO/SD.) I built a 95 YJ that was armored in metal cloak, D44's front and rear with alloy shafts and Lock Rights. The Jeep wheeled pretty darn good for what it was. I've also learned that trailering is the way to go. I've had probably 10 different trucks to pull with because I get bored and always think I can swing a deal to improve. Rarely has that worked out in actuality. After riding in a friends TJ, I saw it was a lot smoother than the YJ. So, the YJ was for sale and I sold a tow rig on a '07 2dr JK Sport with the intent of a daily driver/wheeler. That didn't last. The YJ wouldn't sell and was able to sell the JK and didn't lose on it. Found the LJ-R and continued the push in selling the YJ and I finally moved on, which allowed all the attention to the LJ-R aka the Banana.
The YJ:

The JK:

The LJ-R as i bought it:

Now, as I bought the LJ-R the previous owner had a jumbled lift and a variety of mods on it. So it gave me a good base to work from. Took it to the Badlands in Attica to test it out.

From there, I traded the 33's for 35's which turned into buying all new 35's and one original spare from the swap. Whoops. I added Nitro 5.13's to the mix but they failed to install properly. During the install, we learned with their gear sets, the pinion started to rub the locker housing as the mesh pattern was close to acceptable. Returned to Nitro and Yukons installed with no problems.

Now, I've since started adding Savvy aluminum arms, Metal Cloak front fenders, rear armor and LED tails. I've added a full compliment of rock lights and built a storage bin in the rear. I got bored with this, and sold my wheels and tires and found a set of AEV Pintler beadlocks with the TJ pattern. Done! Bought them and added a set of used BFG A/T's and this is how it sits. In a week, should have upgraded to some 37in Pitbull Rockers in a trade for my wheels/tires.

I wheeled my YJ in CO and UT as well as Indiana. The LJ has seen Indiana, South Dakota and the Ouray CO area. This is the current tow setup but am now building my brothers '96 Dodge 2500 diesel.

Future plans include:
Alloy shafts
Savvy arms
New rear bumper/carrier
Possible 1 ton steering
Full cage

I also have a D60 pumpkin in the shed waiting for a build. Who knows, that may be built, may be sold.

Hope y'all enjoy and questions/comments are welcome.

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Unread 01-22-2015, 08:24 AM   #2
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Good looking LJ. I have one too and run the same wheels.
Two jeeps, neither like to work.
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