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post #1 of 39 Old 04-02-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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poor man's TJ

HI! this is my first jeep, and i really do believe its the best money i've ever spent. I've had more fun driving, wheeling, and wrenching on this than i ever thought possible. This will be probably the slowest build thread ever, because im just a poor CO from Utah but i'll update it as i do things to my baby. (if anyone cares that is lol) (and if can figure out how to upload pics...hope this works...) i found this site by accident, and now its what gets me through work most nights.... anyway, i bought my baby in feb. of '10. she's a 97 se, with 104,000, and i gave 4500. she was basically bone stock, except for the sony stereo, infinity speakers and sony subs, tube bumpers, and a 2" tera BB, and K&N filter. the tires that were on here were some very unevenly worn 31x1050x15 BFG AT's, which i replaced for almost free with a set of cooper discoverer at's. heres what she looked like.

The other small things i've done so far include new seat covers, new grab handles ( for 12 bucks btw !!)midland cb and antenna, tune up including plugs, wires, cap, rotor, new stock air filter, ( got rid of that K&N POS), oil change, and throttle body cleaned. I rebuilt the front driveshaft thanks to a pretty intense case of the "angry sparrows". thanks to www.stu-offroad.com for all the info and writeups that helped a non-mechanically inclined person such as myself get these things done. she ran much much better after the tune-up. next thing i did was found a matching set of 5 black "D" steelies with 4" backspacing, four caps, and 5 33x12.50x15 wildcat EXT's mounted on em, for 150 bucks. i decided to snag em and put em on, knowing i'd need a bit more lift which works for me. here's how she looked after the wheels, bigger meats, and taking the stock steps off.

i think its a pretty dramatic change myself. love the new stance. Next on the list is a 1.25"BL/1"MML. probably from Rough country due to price. then the list - not necessarily in this order:
1. Zone 3" lift ( thanks to Boogieman for convincing me)
2. Bumpers, including tire carrier for the back so i can run my full-size spare
3. Some rocker guards
4. Currie steering
5. Durango S.box swap
6. Dana 44's or 8.8's with 4.56's
7. SYE/CV shaft
8. Control arms and TT
9. Rear seat sub-box mod? this one makes me nervous a little!
also getting a new top in july. thanks looking, and please comment! and - please dont let my wife see this list! she'll kill me! lol!


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post #2 of 39 Old 04-02-2011, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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a few wheelin pics...

this is my cute little wife btw...lol....and i'm stuck on my back bumper here...this was the reason i decided i needed bigger lift and tires.....

Utah snow on worn BFG AT's!

and utah winter mud on worn BFG AT's lol!

BB poser flex shot! LOL! and my wheeling buddies. They both run YJ's

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post #3 of 39 Old 04-02-2011, 09:25 PM
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U need to find a place to host your pics, like photobucket...it's all x's.

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post #4 of 39 Old 04-03-2011, 03:39 AM
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i agree none of the pictures are showing up. but from all the text it seems good to me nice Jeep man
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post #5 of 39 Old 04-03-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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ill see what i can do about this....

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post #6 of 39 Old 04-03-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok i think this i got this working right now... lets try this again shall we?!

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post #7 of 39 Old 04-03-2011, 10:09 PM
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worked for me. thanks, man great jeep you got there haha
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post #8 of 39 Old 04-03-2011, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks man. she's not anything special, but she's paid for and i love her!

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post #9 of 39 Old 04-03-2011, 10:45 PM
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same with me man not much but she is MINE. lol i know how you feel exactly.
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post #10 of 39 Old 04-04-2011, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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I just scored some Rubi rockers for $60 ima go pick em up tomorrow hopefully and slap em on. i'll add a pic when i do! this build thread thing is kinda fun lol

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post #11 of 39 Old 04-04-2011, 01:18 AM
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wow lucky how did you find them? CL? eithier way great find and i am totally jealous.
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post #12 of 39 Old 04-04-2011, 01:23 AM
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hey just wondering but are your axles the Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear?
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post #13 of 39 Old 04-04-2011, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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hey just wondering but are your axles the Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear?
yes. Dana 30 up front, Dana 35 bringin up the rear lol.

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wow lucky how did you find them? CL? eithier way great find and i am totally jealous.
Thanks man! i'm stoked. I found them on a local classifieds site. actually thats where i found the rims and tires as well - AND its also where i'm trying to sell my stock TJ steps and a brand new black Tonneau cover for my TJ that came with it when i bought it and since i have my daughter i will never use it! Know anyone thats interested in either one?

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post #14 of 39 Old 04-04-2011, 10:25 PM
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I don't want to burst your bubble but from what people on here say locking the Dana 35 isn't the best option unless you are trussing it with a super 35 kit. The shafts are prone to break but hey some people run them for a while with no problem so I hope your one of the lucky ones.

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post #15 of 39 Old 04-05-2011, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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i wasn't planning on locking the 35. did i say that?? i'll re-read but if i typed that it was wrong. i know enough not to lock a 35. i'll lock up the 44 when i get it though!

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