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Unread 03-04-2012, 02:31 AM   #16
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I wish you double the money to make your build twice as good as mine !

You can say that I took out a personal loan to buy a Brand New Stock JK. Then I decided to buy and modify a TJ for the same amount !

Some updates coming soon ... I just need to upload the pictures when I get back home.

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Unread 03-04-2012, 08:16 AM   #17
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I wish you double the money to make your build twice as good as mine !

You can say that I took out a personal loan to buy a Brand New Stock JK. Then I decided to buy and modify a TJ for the same amount !

Some updates coming soon ... I just need to upload the pictures when I get back home.
Well by the time you're done you'll be glad you went the way you're going!
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Unread 03-04-2012, 08:41 AM   #18
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I'm sure I will! poor JK owners; they don't know what they are missing !

I was planning to do some photo shoot but a sandstorm covered the city for few days now..

I installed an sPOD switch system. The stock rockers were replaced by ones from OTRATTW

I opted to go with red instead of blue for the ARB lockers switches. I did this in hopes that I don't mistakenly activate them.

Here is another picture to show the other switches



I'm planning to add six other switches in the dash to accommodate other accessories. I was planning to use OTRATTW's center switch console, but they stopped manufacturing them...

Does anybody know any similiar solution?

Whatever my new solution will be, I'm planning to use their new switches!
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Unread 03-04-2012, 12:09 PM   #19
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Here is how the car looks now:

Here are some pictures from the front



The front tube bumper was replaced with a Warn Bumper few days after I bought it. I recently added four round LED lights from AOR on the front. two spreads and two floods.

you can hardly tell that the front axle is not a stock one...

not very good for showing off !

I also installed Bestop Rear Tire carrier in anticipation for the 35" tires.

unfortunately, I couldn't find a spare 33" tire to temporary use until I get my 35" installed....

here is another picture for the rear

note the off road flag and the rear LED light. I basically use the rear lights during camping trips and BBQ nights !

Rust Bucket came with Rear LED lights from the previous owner.

I still can't find the specific brand for them. But I'm planning to replace them with Savvy LED lights anyway !
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Unread 03-04-2012, 12:35 PM   #20
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Here is how the car looks now:
I didn't see a car in any of those pics.
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Unread 03-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #21
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I didn't see a car in any of those pics.
Well, this proves that I need to fix more than just the Jeep !
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Unread 03-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #22
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it looks great!!!
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Unread 03-05-2012, 08:00 AM   #23
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it looks great!!!
Thanks!

I hope you will like it after it's finished ..
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Unread 03-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #24
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I like that car wash, I wish I had one like that somewhere close to me. It looks like it would be really easy to clean the undercarriage.
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Unread 03-05-2012, 09:25 AM   #25
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I like that car wash, I wish I had one like that somewhere close to me. It looks like it would be really easy to clean the undercarriage.
Yes, it makes things much easier. I usually take my Jeep there ones a month or so. I also take the opportunity to check under the car for any leaks or issues.
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wow for 2200 u got a decent jeep, good luck on the build
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Unread 03-05-2012, 11:26 PM   #27
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wow for 2200 u got a decent jeep, good luck on the build
Thanks !

Jeeps are not as popular as other 4x4s in this region. Most people will go with FJs or Nissan Patrols.






That is why you might be able to find a cheaper used Jeep around here. Having said that, this Jeep was cheap even with our standards. If it was in a good condition, it would of cost something like $5500.

I didn't want any (or most of) the broken stuff so I was more than happy to buy it !
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Unread 03-06-2012, 03:59 AM   #29
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So, where we go from here ?

Here is what I'm currently working on:

1- Body and Armor

The AEV Kit will be delivered on 15th of March 2012. I just can't wait to get my hands on it


I still haven't decided on what color I should pain RB...

I'm thinking about painting it with a mix of "matte titanium glossy gray" for the body and argent for the hardtop, and fenders..


I'm also thinking about using flat green instead. Or go with a non Matte flashy colors (like red, orange, yellow ...etc)

Too many options, I can't decide yet ..
I'm really open to suggestions.. I'm looking for something unique but without overdoing it.

I'm also planning to get Mopar Rock Crawler Bumpers for the front and back. I guess that this is a standard for any Highline build..




I'm sure that I want to change the front bumper. But I'm not very sure that I want to replace the rear one. I guess that I will judge that after fitting the spare tire on my Jeep.

I decided to go with an AEV Tummy tucker as well. I already have SYE and driveshaft. So this should be easy.

I'm replacing my rear lights with Savvy LED ones and I'm planning to do few other things from here and there. We will see as things starts moving.

2- The drivetrain and Upgrade

I'm not looking for extreme power and I do believe that reliability comes first. Therefore, I decided to go the stroker route. An order for a Golen 4.6 stroker engine has already been placed.

After reading this topic, I decided to rebuild the nv3550 transmission and I'm ordering a rebuild kit very soon.

Regarding the transfercase, My current one works just fine. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to keep it or replace it with Atlas 4 instead.
If I'm ever going with the Atlas Plan, then I'm buying the (1:1, 2.0:1, 2.7:1, and 5.4:1) gear ratio version..



3- The Suspension Upgrade

I'm at loss here. I didn't image that NOT lifting the Jeep can be tricky as there are lots of clearance issues.

I know that I want Savvy/Currie JJ Aluminum arms and Steering components. But I haven't decided yet on the sway bar and shocks. I might delay this until I'm finished with the body and engine..
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Unread 03-13-2012, 04:04 AM   #30
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I received this yesterday...

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