This is a Backwards Budget Build
. I'm shooting for a LCG
(This was my original idea long before LCG became a 'trend') Jeep intended for comfort, practical use, and performance. It's backwards because I'm focusing on important and useful components of the Jeep first, instead of bolting on a 4" lift and 33s and then wondering why it doesn't perform like it should
The '98 TJ was a steal with a Salvage title, making it a perfect candidate for a budget build.
4.0, AX-15, 30/35, 3.07 gears, 31" tires (OEM was 205/75-15 or 27.5"), and 158k on the ODO. Runs as good as new.
1st stage plan: $1,000 budget
1 - Replace wheels/oversized tires with Treadwright
tires on a set of oem steelies.
2 - Front tow hooks
3 - Custom rear bumper for a better departure angle
4 - Fender flare trimming
5 - Interior paint/trim change & restoration
6 - Basic sound system improvement
7 - Communications (CB radio/antenna)
8 - Lock the front differential
9 - 2" front/1.25" rear spacer lift
10 - V8 ZJ tie rod
11 - Basic armor (if funds are left)
2nd stage plan: $1,500 budget
1 - LOWER GEARS (DIY?)
2 - Chromoly axles (if D35 is kept)
3 - Highline, Metalcloak, or flat fenders
4 - 31-33 inch tires (depends on gears available)
5 - On-board Air