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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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This is Jeep #3 for me- I bought it when I got back from Germany last year and decided I'd build it for a DD and capable trail rig for weekends up north. I'm trying to get it mostly complete before my trip out to Moab in August. My plans are as follows:

33" Goodyear Duratracs- Done
SniperFab Front Fenders- Done (thanks jforse!)
PSC Rear Fenders- Done
Rokmen Mercenary Front Bumper- Done
SYE/CV Driveshaft- Done (thanks 96zjlimited and Toast!)
Bestop Replace-a-Top- Done
IPF headlights and H4 Upgrade- Done
1.5" Seat Risers- Done
Superwinch LP8500- Done

Trail Gear Sliders- Pending
IRO Adjustable Rear Upper CAs- Pending
Re-gear to 4.56- Pending

RC 2.5" Lift
Front Locker
Tire Carrier Rear Bumper
OE Cruise Control
ORO LiteDots
Tummy Tuck

So here she is as I bought her in Sept '10. A 2004 TJ X with a 4.0L, NV3500, D30/D35 with 3.07 gears, and hail damage.



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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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First order of business was to clean the interior up and do some brake work. The previous owner was a traveling x-ray tech, so he basically lived out of this thing- McDonalds wrappers everywhere, dirt and grease caked in every nook and cranny and a bunch of hay in the back (I don't wanna know!). The front end had a horrible wobble in it when braking and it shimmied when going down the road. I bought new rotors and pads- that took care of it in a hurry, although the shimmy is still there when cruising between 60-70mph.
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:28 PM   #3
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Once that was finished, I saw that jforse had a few items for sale off my last jeep- a '00 TJ that I sold him before I left to Germany. I picked up a set of SniperFab front fenders and PSC rear fenders. I also found out that 96zjlimited had my old Rokmen Mercenary bumper for sale. I picked those up and headed to my parent's place in WI for a long weekend.

My to-do list...


Tearing into it…


Halfway there…


Fenders done, but I can't get over how ridiculous that stock bumper looked!
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:28 PM   #4
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The new bumper, definitely in need of some paint…


I reused the side markers for turn signals up front.
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:29 PM   #5
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The jeep stayed that way until it got warmer out. I definitely needed to rework and paint the front bumper. The front fenders needed to be painted to match the rest of the jeep. Back to WI…

Start- pretty rusty with some booger welds around the fairlead mount.


Middle- ground off a few layers of paint, then ground down the welds and prime red.


Painted the fenders- silver to match the body, bed liner for the flares.


Finish product
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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A few weeks later, I had broke the zippers on the rear window of the top. I found a great deal on a Replace-a-Top and took it. Over the weekend I cleaned up the PSC rear fenders, painted them with bed liner to match the fronts and mounted them up…

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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:31 PM   #7
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I spent the first couple weeks of July on Annual Tour with the Air Force. Little did I know that I was double-dipping during this time- looks like it's time to do some upgrades! I ordered up some sliders to cover up the undercoating the PO sprayed on the rockers, and I got a pretty good deal on some 33x12.5/R15 Goodyear Duratracs and some black steelies (I hate chrome!).

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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:41 PM   #8
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Now that the tires were on, I thought I'd do a little more shopping. Don't you just love it when you find a deal and have the money to take advantage of it?

Before:


After:



I also took the time to repaint the fog lights, door handles and headlight trim with some Krylon Fusion. In all, not a bad weekend! Next on the list is definitely a 2.5" RC lift and re-gearing. Cruising right now in 4th gear at 70mph only turns 2100 rpms. No good...
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Unread 07-25-2011, 10:47 AM   #9
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Speaking of regearing- does anyone have a d35 3.55+ carrier that they want to get rid of? I think this regear will need to happen sooner rather than later...
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Unread 07-25-2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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nice paint job
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Unread 07-25-2011, 10:08 PM   #11
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nice paint job
Thanks- certainly not done in an ideal environment, but considering how difficult it is to match Bright Silver Metallic, I'm ok with how it turned out...
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Unread 07-25-2011, 10:13 PM   #12
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looking good so far. off to a fast start. those duratracs look good.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 01:43 AM   #13
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I really like the new fenders. Great job!
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Unread 07-26-2011, 03:17 AM   #14
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dang, quick build, lol.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 07:55 AM   #15
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looking good so far. off to a fast start. those duratracs look good.
Thanks! I guess I should have prefaced this build thread with the fact that I moved it over here from my local forum- I've been working on this since last September and the planning started a long time before that while I was still in Germany. My first jeep was a '92 YJ that was fun to drive, but ended up being a money pit with all the stupid mods that kids do when they get their first jeep. I later traded that in on a '00 TJ and I learned a lot about building too fast and/or in the wrong areas. I sold that to jforse (he has a long build thread on it here) after I blew out the rear end on it.

I want to use this jeep to build it right for what I actually use it for, and not what I wish I used it for. It's my DD and I don't have a garage readily available, so all my projects require a weekend trip to my parent's place 50 miles from here. There are a lot of great places to wheel here in MN, but with this being my DD, I need to make sure I start with the important things first- tires, armor, and recovery gear. Wheel it till something breaks, then upgrade.
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