EDIT: VillagePhotos has crashed, taken their customers money and lost all of their pictures. This means roughly 1,000 pictures in this thread are now dead links. I switched to a new server and pictures start back on page 99. SORRY!!
This is way late in the game to start a build thread, so it is not a from scratch build.
I'll try to give a little back ground on the jeep and the build so far-
Number one, I have one of the most understanding wives out there. Not only does she support most of the mods, but she talks me into higher quality parts when I want to normally go cheap.
Number two, I bought this TJ when I lived in Colorado and immediately got addicted to rocks. But more importantly, addicted to the slick Rock in Moab. Every single mod on this rig was built or added with Moab trails in mind. So to keep this thread from being too wordy, I'll start throwing out some pics.
I bought the Jeep with a Rubicon Express 3.5" lift and 33"s. It had never been offroad according to the previous owner and after I inspected it, I was pretty convinced he was telling the truth. Not a spec of dirt in anything underneath the rig and not a scratch to be found. I think I got a deal.
This is a multi-stage build. Each stage represented taking to the next level of trail difficulty.
Pictures were not that great until like 2009 when we got a nice camera...
Here is a short recap of stage 1:
Day I brought it home back in 2006- I almost broke the Dana 35 because of the amount of Armor All on it:
Stage one was getting this thing so I could recover myself and be recovered. Also need to protect the easiest areas to damage- so the short list was:
Warn Rock Sliders
Warn Front Bumber
Warn Winch Mount
Warn M8000 Winch
Auburn Front Selectable Locker and install kit
Kilby Gas Tank Skid
The 4 Wheel Parts show and local 4x4 board made it pretty easy to get some smoking deals:
And on went the first round of mods:
Bumper and winch:
Gas tank off, new tank on:
With the armor on, CB in and Auburn Locker front locker installed, it was time to go play in Moab:
One trip out to the desert really opened my eyes... I was no where near where I wanted to be with the jeep. My wife and I discussed "everything" we thought we needed to get to the next level, so the stage 2 mod list began:
Poison Spyder Trail Corners
Flush Mount Tail Lights
Custom Reverse Lights
Sirius Satellite Radio
33x12.5 Pro Comp Xtreme M/T's
Pro Comp 15x8 Black Rock Crusher Wheels
Warn Rear Receiver Shackle
Super 35 kit and Ox locker
Steering- Currie Full Replacement Kit
On Board Air -The Source CO2
After rolling the jeep onto its back on Escalator (Hells Revenge), I need a corner remedy. Poison Spyder Customs came through with a set of their trail corners and I picked up some $5 Wal Mart flush mount lights to go with it.
New blinkers installed, wheel spacers installed, and a move 1800 miles east changes things up a bit.
East Coast wheeling with the dialed in build:
It didn't take too long in the mud and rocks to break my rear Ox locker. A loose cross pin snapped when I slid off of a slippery boulder. This led to the decision to buy new axles. I went with used Rubi's and ended up getting completely ripped off (won't go into it here). After dealing with my credit card company, I got some cash back and rebuilt them properly.
Rubi 44's front and rear
Chromoly shafts front and rear
ARBs front and rear
Swap in progress:
Back to the fun mods. The trails down here are pretty narrow, I opted for a little more body coverage- XRC's new corner armor.