Ho'ok So, Here's my new Jeep. Chilling. Damn that is a pretty sweet Tj you might say? WRONG. Ok well I've been on here for a fair while now and just never really did anything cool enough to post up.... until now
Lil history first. Grabbed my first Xj when I was in high school and rocked the piss outta it in stock form until a few years ago when my buddy and myself tossed on a 2" and I grabbed some winter tires. Its still sitting back home with 140 on the clock and next to no rust. When I was 21 I moved to Massachusetts with my brother and found a 97 Tj out there with the 4.0/ax15 combo for 3500. So needless to say I had a blast with the little guy and got to get good with a short wheelbase and manual off roading. Ended up selling it when I moved back to Michigan due to the payments, still probably one of the things I kick myself over the most, but the beauty of the Jeep in the mitten state is they hold retarded amounts of value so I came out ahead at least.
About this time year I got some itchy feet again and decided to pack my bags and hit the road, Had a few buddys out in Boom town USA so I pointed west and drove into the sun set. Been out here for about a year and finally got around to getting something going.
I've been looking around since the start of the year for something to sink my teeth into and really get going but its been pretty slim pickings round these parts Jeep wize. Thought about a biting the bullet and pulling trigger on a new Rubiwagon, finding a 100k XJ limited, or just a TJ with like 50k to keep and build for a while. As things would have it none of those really panned out, but found this beast in town here. Price was right, it was 5min away as opposed to 1200mi away, and the guy didn't really care about price so much just as it went to a good home.
And here we are. 2001 TJ 4.0 with 141k, AW4, Dana 30 open, Dana 35 locked, 4.10s, Metal Cloak fronts, Smittybuild rears, Warn 8000, Light Force lights, new radiator, T-case drop and SYE, some short arm lift I haven't figured out yet, and studded 33x10.5 KM2s. And all for 6800, I mean really, how the hell do you pass that up?
Then I kinda hit some mud behind my work..... Who knew the smittybilt 3.75" rear fenders don't really provide all that much coverage.
So yeah that's where I'm at so far. Lemme know any thoughts or input if you want, so far I'm stuck to my phone for a camera but might pull trigger on a solid camera in a bit here.
Sofar plans include rear flairs with more coverage like 6" MC or something, New tires to save these studded ones for next winter, and start looking into a 8.8/44 for the rear. And going to try and figure a snorkel down the road here as well.