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Unread 06-25-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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Project Manager special was Project Wifey-(TJ Wrangler)

Bought an '02, was my first jeep:


Buuuttt..... it was a manual. Even though my wife 'can' drive stick, she hates it. With a passion. She told me before I bought this jeep she'd drive it, but it wasn't long before I heard 'jokes' about trading it for an auto.

Well, I realized that an auto would be better for her, and I could downgrade and have some money for the fun stuff. We both win

Enter the '97:


Got it about 2 weeks ago.

Got a deal on some UPOL for $100, so that was first:






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Unread 06-25-2011, 10:12 PM   #2
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Yesterday, started the 3" BDS lift with 33"s:


Faithful helper:





Back finshed around noon today:


And the finished product:


Have to drop the T-case tomorrow a bit, but I think the next thing will be a winch and front/rear bumper.

Looking to go 8.8 after
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Unread 06-26-2011, 01:04 AM   #3
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Great looking Jeep! Looks like this one will be fun to watch. I really like the color too!
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Unread 06-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Thanks

Just picked up some tube fenders. Anxious to get those on!
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Unread 06-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #5
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What kind of spray in liner did you use.???...it looks great!
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Unread 06-26-2011, 04:37 PM   #6
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What kind of spray in liner did you use.???...it looks great!
UPOL Raptor. He mentioned it in his original post
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Unread 06-28-2011, 06:31 AM   #7
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Picked up a set of silver genright fenders used locally that were silver. Glad I had a bottle of UPOL left

Next up cut the hood- these are highlines!

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Unread 07-08-2011, 09:16 PM   #8
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No updates to the build; plan to install the fenders this week. That'll require chopping the hood, but so be it.

And.... here are some pics from the first shakedown ride... you can see why the tube fenders will be the next thing to go on.



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Unread 07-08-2011, 09:26 PM   #9
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So far, so good.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 07:21 AM   #10
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Thanks Fuzz. Your jeep is a big inspiration.

Yesterday the rear shaft got a new set of U-Joints.

It looks like I rolled the dice after reading a thread on here about them.



Lifetime warranty, but we'll see what happens. And don't get this exact part number for your rig; I forgot to take a picture and googled this one. That is unless you have the drivetrain from a camaro in your jeep

And a recommendation. This thing can be had for about a $100:



It's saved me on several occasions now, more than payed for itself. Makes U-joints especially a piece of cake. Quit wailing on that socket with a hammer.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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hey what part of al are u in? im in alabama to.are those the genrights i saw on craigslist?
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Unread 07-10-2011, 08:08 PM   #12
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Half on:



I got them from a guy on rocket city rock crawlers forum. What part of Alabama are you near? I'm close to Huntsville.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 09:25 PM   #13
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Right on man, that's gonna look killer. How are your hood cutting skillz?
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Unread 07-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #14
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And the finished product:

How do you like that BDS kit?
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Unread 07-11-2011, 08:08 PM   #15
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How do you like that BDS kit?
Well, I have nothing to compare it to, but after two wheeling trips it seems to hold its own. I like that it's all spring, and these coils will completely bind for a good bit of travel.

I need to outboard the rear shocks and extend the front mounts. MOAR travel

New carpet coming Friday, spent all day today in the house pulling the old junk out, so no progress to report.

Living in Alabama has its perks; drove to Rusty's offroad and picked up some extended rear swaybar links.
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