So, I sold my 2000 TJ sport last at the end of March and started my search for a LJ. I found one pretty quickly it’s a 2006 Khaki Metallic with 77,000 miles, auto, bone stock, dual tops, paint is in near perfect condition (2 1” scratches near driver door), inside is in great shape except for 2-3 stains in the driver and passenger seat and the carpet is in great condition. The soft top is separating at the seam in a few areas but I know a local boat canopy company that can stitch it back up.
I have wanted an LJ for so long. When I bought my TJ I was actually looking for LJ’s, but I got such a good deal I couldn’t pass it up. When I sold it last week I made a good bit of money on it and that’s even with including the cost of everything I added onto it after I bought it (ome coils, bilstein 5100’s shocks, pioneer head unit, Memphis component speakers in the dash and sound bar, titling fee, registration fee, property taxes on it for the year, replacing 3 belts, having new diff fluid put in the front and rear, oil change, wheel spacers and brand new 315 75 16 Kumho mud terrains).
Short term mods are
Suspension, wheels and tires
OME 934 front coils (ZJ V8)
OME 949 rear coils (LJ)
Bilstien 5100’s (for 3” of lift)
OME rear track bar relocation bracket
Energy suspension front and rear coil isolators
Daystar bump stops
Quadratec 16x8 silver Moab’s (set of 5)
Kumho Road Venture MT KL71’s (set of 5 in 315/75r16)
1.5” Spidertrax wheel spacers
1” front seat risers
Door sill guards
Black headlight bezels that I will color match w/ Mopar rattle can
Cobra 75 WX
Brackentron mounting bracket to mount the Cobra handset
Bumper or tire carrier mount for CB antenna
3-4ft cb antenna (4ft for bumper or 3ft for tire carrier)
Plan on selling the hard top because it is not the right color and my LJ doesn’t have the switches for the wiper of defroster. The top has a ton of scratches on it, some chips and whoever had it before the PO bought it mounted 4 lights to it via drilling holes for the wiring and lights. I got a quote from the body that my family uses and for to repaint the top and fill the holes correctly. I have a friend who has a LJR that wants the hard top. I took what the going rate on a good LJ hard top is and subtracted the quote I got for what it would be to repaint and fix it and sold it to him for that. The money from that should cover the cost of parts and material to regear and buy a gr8tops exogate tailgate kit so I can run a 35” spare. I plan on doing the work myself with the help of someone that has done gears before.
Planning on re-gearing to either 4.88 or 5.13
Will spend the next week recording my rpm’s for my usual weekends drives
From my house to my family’s lake house (1 hour away 50% hilly highway @70mph, 50% hilly back roads @55mph)
From my house in Greenville SC to Asheville NC (1 hour away 30% slight incline @60mph, 50% steep long incline @60mph and 20% flat @65mph)
I had this exact same lift on my TJ and really liked how it handled. I purchased the TJ lift from Kolak and did the same with this lift. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to get good quality parts and good prices. I hope to gain between 2.5-3” in the back with the soft top, spare tire and factory bumper. In the front I should gain between 3-3.5” with just the factory bumper, once I put a winch and aftermarket bumper it should settle about ½” giving the Jeep a slight rake.
The factory coil spring isolators are fine but since I plan on running the OME coils for the next 3-5 years I might as well replace them.
Been looking for used 16” moabs since end of March but everyone wants 400(scratched) to 600(near perfect) for a set of 5. For $600 I can get a brand new set of 5 w/Gorilla lug nuts. I had the Kumho’s on my TJ and really liked them (although I only put 4k miles on them). I purchased the old tires at my local tire shop in November and had them price match a shop from a few town’s over price ($238 per tire including mount, balance and tax) I called the shop this morning to see if they would honor the price from the fall and they said yes. So for $1178 I am getting a set of 5, I would have liked to get a set of KM2’s but the best price I could get on a set of 5 315’s was 1750. For me personally the km2’s weren’t worth the extra $570.
Long term mods:
Front JCR mid width bumper
Rear JCR mid width bumper w/frame tie-ins
Winch. I know that the JCR bumpers are made for Warn’s but I thinks others will fit too
Body lift (probably a 1.25”)
Axle mounted bump stops
gr8tops exogate tailgate kit
Will probably need a new soft top by next summer, unless the rest of the stitching holds up on the top.
So I got home from work yesterday and was all kinds of excited when I saw a bunch of packages on my front porch, but then I realized it was just K2 and Engel coolers. I ordered them for a upcoming Ducks Unlimited banquet I am running, forgot that they would be showing up about this time. There are going to be many false excitements like this in the coming weeks.
Got home late last night so I didn't check the front door till this morning. Found a lot of packages, it was like christmas morning! The white box in the background is the rear Bilstein's. Tires should be getting in today at Discount Tire, hopefully I am time today to get them mounted.
Discount Tire called today saying my tires were in (only took 3 days). Luckily I had time to take the wheels over this afternoon to get the tires mounted. Since the Kumho's are directional I choose to have the spare mounted for the passenger side. The tires look great, can't wait to put them on the LJ. Hopefully the OME coils and front shocks get here soon! Really itching to get this lift on. The wheel spacers, rough country seat risers and the transmission bushings got in today also.
Still waiting on the F&R coils to get in so I can install the lift. Since I was just sitting around the house on Sunday with nothing to so I decided to do a couple little things with the jeep.
1) Install new shift linkage bushing
2) Take off spare wheel/tire and spare mount
3) Install wheel spacers
4) Test fit Brackenton bracket for Cobra 75 WX
The PO zip tied the shift linkage together instead of buying the $2.95 bushing. I bought a few extra bushings to keep in the glove box just in case. The first time around I installed the bushing backwards. I had the tampered end of the bushing pointing towards the transmission. That IS NOT how it should be done. The tapered end needs to be pointing away from transmission. The bushing should snap right into the transmission cable very easily and then onto the transmission easily too.
I paln on getting a Gr8top tire carrier soon and since I know my new wheel/tire will not fit on the stock carrier I am going to take it off until I order the gr8top one. Everything came off nice and easy. Just for the hell of it I tried to put the new wheel/tire on it, it didn't fit at all.
I had 1.25" Spidertrax spacers on my TJ. Decided to go with 1.5" spidertrax this time. I used a clicker type torque wrench last time but went with an analog style where it shows you how much pressure you are applying. Everything went on nice. New stance looks great.
I found a thread on some other forum where some one used a brackenton universal bracket (wrangler specific, universal in that many things can be mounted to it) to mount the Cobra 75 WX handset to. I am not sure if this is where I want the handset to go, but for $15 I figured if I didn't like the handset there then I could use it for my cell phone or gps. Installing the bracket requires drilling 3 hole in the center of dash. The center trim piece cover it up though, all in all the is a neat little bracket that doesn't take up to much space.
The pics so it held in place by the trim piece, haven't secured it yet. The bracket does not affect the opening and closing of the glove box.
So had 2 deliveries yesterday. The first was more Ducks Unlimited stuff and the rear Bilstiens. The second delivery contained the coil isolators, black headlight bezels, mopar rattle can, mopar touch up paint pen and new radio antenna.
Hopefully the coils will get in today or tomorrow! Have some one coming to pick up the hard top this week so I think I am going to go ahead and order the gr8tops exogate tire carrier.