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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:07 PM   #1
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Pwdrtoastman-05 LJ Build--Swampthing

I'm putting this thread together in hopes to help somebody out and document the build of my 05 LJ. I've built several vehicles (SVT-F//MS3//EVO IX//EVO X//BMW 335I) and a 1995 XJ, but never TJ. My end goal is to create a very capable daily driver.

2005 Jeep Wranlger Unlimited
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Command-Trac NV231 Part-Time 4WD
Stock Dana 30 Front Axle
Stock Heavy Duty Dana 44 Rear Axle

Mods:
DieHard Gold Automotive Battery
BDS 3in lift kit (basic)
ZJ drag links from Auto Zone
METALCLOAK Front track bar
Kenwood Excelon KDC-X496 Car Stereo KDCX496
JBL 4ch AMP
AMP Kit
Kat universal transmision heater
Rough Country 89702 4-6in extend lines
Rampage Grap Handle
Rugged Ridge 18676.60 Transfer Case Slip-Yoke Eliminator Kit
Rugged Ridge 18475.02 ORV Steering Stabilizer
Rugged Ridge 12103.01 Adjustable Door Strap - Pair
Select Increments 11472 Mod-Pod Speaker Box Pair for Jeep (Enclosure Only)
Used OEM black top
Knipex 4821J31 Internal Angled Precision Retaining Ring Pliers 8.5-Inch
MBRP 131042 Spare Tire Bracket Kit
OEM transmission mount
Johnson Level & Tool and Tool 700 Magnetic Angle Locator
Slime 22038 Compact Tire Plug Kit with Storage Handle
Gorilla Automotive 91187 Acorn Bulge Seat Lug Nuts (1/2" Thread Size)
Rugged Ridge 15103.05 Remote Winch For 8500/10500
Rough Country 4-6 long arm TJ kit
UCF long arm mount (rear)
Thrush spiral muffler
Poison Spyder LJ Ricochet Rockers
Dodge Ram 2500 front brake line
33 x 12.5 x 15 BF Goodrich mudd terrain KM2 on 15in Pro Comp steel
HardCore Offroad Rear Bumper with receiver
Spartan front locker
Custom intake
OX rear locker with retro fit air actuator using ARB solenoid
Vivair compressor
Motive 4.56 gears
USA Alloy master install kits
4 x rocker switches

Mods carried over from other projects:
48" Hi-Lift X-Treme Jack
Kicker CS 2-way 6.5in speakers

Mods Installed Then Removed:
4x6" to 5.25" Dash Speaker Adapters NalinMFG
Rubicon 16x8 33's DC AT's
UCF long arm mount (front)
Rock light rocker switch

Mods awaiting install:
Rugged Ridge SYE

Mods Installed Then Broken = Fail:
Rough Country extended brake lines (ruptured)
eBay rock light switch

Trails Completed:
SMORR


In early December 2013 I sold my 1995 XJ (4.5 RE lift with 33s.) On 16 December I purchased a 05 LJ from a florida dealership on EBAY. The Jeep had some mods when I purchased here: Front bumper with winch, windshield lights, rear bumper end caps, head unit.









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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:15 PM   #2
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I moved from colorado to missouri in Jan 14 and knew I was going to lift the LJ ASAP. While still in Colorado purchased (5) 16x7 rubicon rims with dick ceprek fun country for $600.

3 March 2014

BDS 3in basic lift with FOX shocks
Rubicon 16x8 33's DC AT's



The install was probably the single worst install i've done to date. Every shock bolt broke upon removal, beach sand was all over the place. It probably doesn't help it was the weather was in single digits with a ton of snow every where.

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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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22 March 2014
I upgraded the steering linkage and dampener
Rugged Ridge ORV steering dampener from Amazon
ZJ drag links from Auto Zone
METALCLOAK Front track bar





Love the front track bar!! Wasn't expecting to bore out the frame track bar mount, but it all worked out in the end.



Typical drag link upgrades, for some reason I couldn't stomach spending the hundreds of dollars of a currie set-up.
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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:24 PM   #4
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With out wasting any time, I took her to the nearest trails and let it rip.









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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:28 PM   #5
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28 March 2014
Next mod was rough country extended front brake lines. The install was easy however, the retaining "c" clip already broke, surprise, surprise.

4 April 2014
The jeep came with Polk Audio speakers in all four cornors. The sound was getting washed out so I added a 4ch. marine amp.



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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:29 PM   #6
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10 April 2014:
When I bought the Jeep it had this narly ragged old grey top, the zippers were fraying, it was a POS. I ordered a used top from a fellow member and added the best top quilted liner while everything was torn apart.

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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:41 PM   #7
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I've decided to try a custom long arm set-up. The goal is to be able to adjust the suspension and let jeep grow as I get more adventurous.

My ordered the mounts from Under Cover Fab. The instructions were not comprehensive and combining that with my lack of experiance later caused me some issues.

I cleaned and prepared the frame by taking a wire brush to the frame. After double measuring () I tacked the front and rear control arm mounts in place. Had a local 4x4 shop (Express 4x4) finish welding the mount(s) in $50. Once the jeep got home, I primed the mounts and finished it off with rubberized undercoating. Part of the install forced my to cut off the corners of my skid plate>

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f210/sl...ie-694113.html
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f210/uc...on-688289.html





Once fully welded in, i primed and painted the mounts with rubberized undercoating



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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:46 PM   #8
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Simultaneously I ordered the TJ NOT LJ long arm kit from rough country. Needless to say I was not surprised when the package arrived and the powder coating was already chipping. I stripped off the powder coating, primed and painted the links.





I had spent some time putting the flex joints together. The biggest taking away from the putting the flex joints together is: buy a good set of c-clip pliers.
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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:48 PM   #9
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8May2014-
Started the hard work today (1:15 work time)
I started with the rear first:
removed rear tires
removed oem upper control arms
removed oem lower control arms
removed oem upper control arm mount (passenger side)
cleaned bare metal with acetone
sprayed one coat of flat black primer
sprayed one coat of 3M rubberized under coating





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Unread 06-04-2014, 06:55 PM   #10
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Spent a few hours trying to install the rear links. The issues at hand is the links are roughtly .25 ins longer than stock CA at a lift height of 3in. Right now I have the rear lower control arms installed. Tomorrow I'm going to make sure the axle is centered and I will try to install the upper arms. My greatest concern is "clocking" the axle or pushing it back enough to install the upper control arms. On a side note, I almost feel like center the front and rear axle is above my technical level. I might install the long arm kit and pay a local shop to QAQC my work.

Even though I knew the links would contact the exhaust the thought has slipped me. I removed the trans skid and upon doing so, I broke every tranny mount bolt, good thing the mounts are 25 bucks at auto zone:



For the sake of time and money, I installed a cherry bomb muffler with a clamp:





The rears went in pretty easy, I did however have to remove the rear upper control arm brackets.

The front mounts were welded into too far back. Because I had already cut off the oem mounts, I really jammed myself up. I had to cut off the under cover fab mounts, hack up the rough country mounts, bolt them through the frame, and re-weld the mounts. FML FML FML...








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Unread 06-04-2014, 07:02 PM   #11
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24MAY2014-
Installed Spyder Knocker sliders-
Painted with rusteolum bed liner and primer.





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Unread 06-04-2014, 07:14 PM   #12
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Memorial Day- traveled to SMORR-
Spent two days and punctured 2 tire side walls and a brake line. I was super lucky to be able to replace the line with a Ram 2500 at a local O' Reily's.

Here are some money shots of the trail damage.















Some videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCCPqLB1VCU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05eJAY_aUwU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BOnlSLg4qc
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Unread 06-05-2014, 01:39 AM   #13
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beat up a little bit?
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Unread 06-05-2014, 01:20 PM   #14
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Just a little bit, its a Jeep.....
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Unread 06-05-2014, 04:45 PM   #15
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