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post #1 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Project 31: A 2002 TJ Build

Well, I've always enjoyed build threads, and now that I've finally started upgrading my heep I figured I'd start my own. Hopefully you guys will enjoy it.

Anyway, my plan is to build the most badass, most capable Jeep on 31's thats possible. It's my DD, and with gas prices being as rediculously overpriced as they are in California, I really can't justify going bigger, especially since the Jeep has accomplished everything I've thrown at it with 30" H/T's.

This is what I'm starting with: bone stock 2002 TJ Sport, 64k, 4.0, 5spd, D44 Posi rear.



Only thing I've done up to this point is repainting the fender flares and painting the headlight bezels.



Playing around a little, still stock...



First big step...31's, made my front bumper into a shorty, removed the little side flares



Close up of the 31's...Firestone Destination M/T's...they are amazing.



Also got a pair of Riddler diff covers, and an OME steering stabilizer



Took off the rear tire carrier and license plate bracket as well.



Well, that's it for today. Tommorow I'll be painting my wheels black...

Coming soon:
Banks Monster Exhaust
JKS tie rod
Nth Tummy Tucker
Homemade true CAI



Yellow 2002 TJ Sport

4.0 I6|5 speed|D30, D44 Posi|OME Steering Stabilizer|Homemade Discos|Riddler Diff Covers|31x10.5 Firestone Destination M/T

Build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/project-31-2002-tj-build-577509/
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-01-2008, 10:13 PM
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Very cool Jeep

Its about time this section needed a new build thread to follow
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-02-2008, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Teaser pic...



only got the front 2 wheels painted today, turned out to be a lot more work than I thought it would be. I think they turned out pretty well though...not as good as $100 powdercoating, but pretty well none the less.

Yellow 2002 TJ Sport

4.0 I6|5 speed|D30, D44 Posi|OME Steering Stabilizer|Homemade Discos|Riddler Diff Covers|31x10.5 Firestone Destination M/T

Build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=577509
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Just curious since I'm going to be looking for tires soon, what did those run you at?

BTW, are you running a spare at all?
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-02-2008, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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They were $140 each at the local Firestone...payed a hair under 700 for 4 of them mounted and balanced.

Not running a fullsize spare at the moment...

Yellow 2002 TJ Sport

4.0 I6|5 speed|D30, D44 Posi|OME Steering Stabilizer|Homemade Discos|Riddler Diff Covers|31x10.5 Firestone Destination M/T

Build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=577509
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-02-2008, 10:22 PM
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Not bad at all, I might consider those, I like 'em. Keep up the progress, the Jeeps looking good man!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-03-2008, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got the wheels done today...





I think my next update will be the exhaust...but I think I'm gonna go with a Flowmaster Super 40 just cause it's so much cheaper.

Yellow 2002 TJ Sport

4.0 I6|5 speed|D30, D44 Posi|OME Steering Stabilizer|Homemade Discos|Riddler Diff Covers|31x10.5 Firestone Destination M/T

Build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=577509
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-06-2008, 10:58 PM
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just some food for thought v8 zj tie rod is a cheap junkyard upgrade alternative to one like the jks you mentioned,
looks good lucky you got a d44 w/ a posi, i've got a d44 but no posi i miss doing donuts

2002 tj sahara 3" lift 35" km2, AtoZ rockers, 8k warn, 4.56 gears, lock-rites front and rear
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-07-2008, 07:51 AM
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The Firestone M/T are a great tire.

Black 13 JKUR 10th Annivsary
White 13 JKUR

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-07-2008, 09:28 AM
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dude... i lost the game not cool

2002 tj sahara 3" lift 35" km2, AtoZ rockers, 8k warn, 4.56 gears, lock-rites front and rear
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looks good.
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