I'm starting this mostly to keep up with everything I've been doing to my Jeep. I work out of town, and I'm home for only a few days every couple months. I order stuff for it, have it sent home, and put as much of it on as I can with the time I have. I also want to keep from changing my mind about what I want to do with it and what order I want to do it in. Maybe this will help if I write it down here.
This is my 3rd Jeep. My addiction started with a 95 YJ I bought from a friend dirt cheap. He rolled it at his deer lease and just wanted to get rid of it. Had that for a while, then sold it because I needed something to travel in for work. I traded it in on a Dodge pickup. But I missed that Jeep. So my neighbor was selling an 82 CJ-7 that needed some carb work done to it, and I bought it. Rebuilt the carb on it, and I only had it for a month before someone offered me way more that I paid for it, and I couldn't say no. Well, a few months went by, and I wanted a Jeep again. So I went to a dealership to look at the new JK's, and I didn't care for them that much. A few days after that, they called me and told me they just received a 2004 white Rubicon, and they thought I might be interested in it. I drove over there and saw it as I was pulling in. It was love at first sight. It had everything I wanted in it, so I traded my truck in on it, and they gave me a hell of a deal on it. Here's how it looked the day I brought her home in February 2011.
It had stock sized KM2's on it and a 2" BB. 100099 Miles. I didn't do anything to it at all at first. I was busy with work, and had a fascination with guns, so I never did anything to it. I finally found a Jeep club out of Waco later that year. On Easter this past year, I went on my first trail ride in Gilmer. I loved it.
Up until then, the only thing I had done to it was put a MetalCloak front bumper on it, a sound system, and the Novak t-case shifter. I put the Savvy MML on it back in May, and put some 33" Kevlars on it shortly after that. In August of this year, I put the Genright 25 gallon gas tank under it. And when I was home for Thanksgiving a couple weeks ago, I got a few other things on it. Antirock, CB, Currie Steering, hand throttle. And I think that's all I've got on it so far. I have the MetalCloak rear tire carrier sitting at my house waiting to be put on, maybe I can do that on Christmas.
But my plans are:
Get my 44's bulletproof to not worry about them on 35's.
MetalCloak Everything. Suspention, fenders, armor, etc...
Savvy Under Armor
Winch of some kind
I'm hoping to have all this stuff in by summer. Take a couple weeks off and get it all put in and go on a trip somewhere.
It's been raining here in northern Louisiana a lot lately. So Work has sucked, but I've had a few rain-outs and finished installing my sound system. I installed 5 1/4" JL Audio C2 components in the dash and the soundbar, and a JL amp to push them. It sounds way better now. I had the day off today, which seems like the first time in forever. So I took the top and doors off and rode around. It was a nice 70 degrees here. I stopped by Home Depot to get some stuff for work, and I bought some carpet to cover the underside of my hardtop. And I got some of that done today.
Top off at the RV park
Flipped the top over to start covering.
I got grey indoor/outdoor carpet.
That's all I managed to get done on it before I got lazy. I'll finish the rest when I get the chance.
And here's a few pictures on what I've been dealing with at work lately.
I'm hoping to have a pile of parts at my house waiting on me. I'm planning on taking a week or two off work to head home in April or May and get it all put on.
Unless I get a weekend off, it might be a while before I have another update.
So our Jeep Club has decided to go to Barnwell Mountain in Gilmer in October. I plan on having my Jeep on 35's before then.
Metalcloak Arched Fenders
Replace my stock lockers with ARB's front and rear
Ten Factory axle shafts
Gears. 4.88 I suppose
Sleeves and Gussets for the front 44
New wheels, and 35" MTR Kevlars.
I plan on ordering the ARB's by the end of this month to get the free compressor.
MetalCloaks and axles in July
Wheels and tires in August.
Then get it geared in September.
I was planning on having Baertrax in Dallas set up my Gears and ARB's, but it looks like I'm going to be stuck here in Louisiana working for a while. So I need to find a good shop over here to do them.
Placed an order today for two ARB lockers and the HO compressor, and the Warn Zeon 8-s winch. Looks like I'll have it at my house waiting on me Tuesday. I'm going to order the S-Pod source system and maybe the Rigid 10" light bar, or maybe a pair of D2's next week. I won't have another chance to make it home until the weekend of the 4th at least. So that's when the winch, compressor, and S-Pod will be put in.
Thats a lot of parts to get installed while you are on the road . I travel for work too , and its tough to get everything installed and still find time to go wheeling . Nice build so far , hopefully you will get enough of a break from work to get it ready for Barnwell.
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I ordered the Full MetalCloak Game changer lift a couple weeks ago and it should be at my house next week sometime. Problem is..... I haven't been home since June, and it's going to be Thanksgiving before I have another chance of making it home.
Pile of parts waiting at my house:
Genright Gas tank
Warn Zeon winch
10" Rigid Light Bar
And that's all I can think of. I'm sure theres more. I Probably wont post again until I actually get a chance to put some of this **** on.
Got all that stuff installed back during my thanksgiving break. I've been wheeling a few times and I need to find a way to install my rear antirock. Been trying to find a good spot in front of the axle to mount it. The GenRight tank gets in the way of mounting it the way it's intended to.
Right now, it doesn't seem very stable when I'm climbing with just a front antirock. The front driver side tire pulls up way to easy. I've ordered the Metalcloak arched fenders, rock rails, and extended corner armor. I believe it's at the house waiting on me. But I haven't been home since Memorial Day.
In other news, I bought a 2014 ram 1500 to tow my jeep around with. And the jeep is having slight over-heating issues, so I don't trust it right now as a DD as much driving as I do.
I plan on taking it to Baertrax in Dallas to get front and rear ARB's installed with 4:88 gears, sleeves, trusses, and gussets. I'll be ordering the revolution shafts as soon as they are available.
That's it for now. I honestly forgot about this tread.
So I drove have the night last night to get home. Got up early and got the drivers side corners and rock rails put into place and bolted up. I'm about to hit the road again, I'll probably be back home next weekend to do the passenger side.
And I think I'm going to paint all my armor white..