I was going to hold off on a build thread until I got the ball rolling but I got the new jeep thrills!! Here it is, the Quesarito Creamer!
It's a stupid clean '06 6 speed 4 popper with 66k miles. Price was right and of the 20+ TJ's I creeped on, I connected with this one the most.
I have a ton of parts from my prior build, the Burrito Burner, going on this turd.
The XJ was cool and all it just didn't have that Jeep feel that my old '99 TJ had. Plus the XJ had way more body/ unirail rot than I care to fix. I had my last TJ for 9 years and being without a wrangler drove me nuts!!
I was dancing and screaming in drivers seat the whole day yesterday after buying the Quesarito. I did the same thing buying my new motorcycle haha. Uncontrollable excitement!! Maybe I just forgot to take the Ritalin...
Anyway, the plans for the Quesarito are to keep it a light and clean panty dropper. I'm not going to be adding bumpers or any unneeded heavy junk to it. I'm also going to try to be tastefully obnoxious with it. The Burrito Burner was wild and fun, purple wheels and all. Not sure if I wanna go that wild with this one yet or not.
The "I already haves of the list" are:
HP D30, 4.88 gears, Eaton E Locker, Sleeved and Gusseted
IRO Over the Knuckle Steering
Vanco 16" Big Brake Kit
Chrysler 29 spline 8.25, 4.88's, Aussie Locker, Liberty Disc Brakes
Warn VR8k Winch
295/70/17 Cooper STT's on Black Rock Steelies
Adjustable Front Control Arms
Rigid Toolbag Cube Lights
Other random little things
On Order List:
TJ rear axle bracket kit
1.25 BL/ MML
Dark Tan Replace A Top
BDS 2" springs
UCF Aluminum Winch Mount
UCF Ultra Clearance Aluminum Skid with LO Pro Mount
Alu Tank Skid and Engine Skid
Tow Points for Front and Rear
Adjustable Rear Arms
17" Aluminum Wheels
Now you may think I'm dumb for putting an 8.25 into a tj but hey, I already have it, its already geared, already locked and it's my jeep. It's a 4 banger and if my 4.0 didn't kill it the new little jeep sure won't. This is also the internet so flame on haha.
The build may be a little slow as I work out of state constantly and I'm parting out another at the same time but I'll do my best to entertain ya!!
1" MORE body lift, rusty's rear crossmember, hard rock sliders, hacked stock front bumper, steering box skid, repainted/ greased warn vr8k, trimmed stock flares. Not bad for 4 weeks of ownership lol.
In a few days I should be mounting the UCF UHC aluminum skid with lowpro mount (and 1" tcase drop until I SYE it), 1" MML, 1.5" front spacers and .5" rear.
Then it's off to Rausch Creek for its maiden voyage on the 24th!!! Bummer it won't have the new axles by then... It'll be a fun cruise in the woods with the club though!
Also this little turd has no rear sway bar, I've read other 4 bangers had this issue. What do you guys recommend?
Sounds like you need a rear... and possibly front anti-rock Thing's coming along nicely, awesome to have the Burrito to pull and adapt parts too!
I'm thinking maybe the full traction rear sway bar haha. Don't have antirock money lol. I've been playing around with the UCF skid and my lame 2.4/nsg370 combo has a flat trans bracket. I want the thing to sit way lower so I may hunt ebay/ fab another one up to work with the lopro mount. The jeep had some crazy vibes with the skid and a 1.5" tcase drop installed. It also has stock rear suspension. Stock skid is back on now, I'll tinker with it more during the axle swap/ lift with adj control arms. In other news I stole the xj's hd tie rod and some other goodies in prep for rausch creek!! I'll be leaving early in the morning for 3 days of fun!!
All packed up!!!
Had a blast at Rausch Creek! This little jeep impressed the crap outta me. It crawled along no problem through the rocks and only had 2 obstacles I had to bypass. My group ran blue, blue/black and a few black trails.
My only damage was a snapped sway bar link 20 mins in. The stock tcase and gas tank skids also got pretty banged up, but I expected that being on the stock suspension. I also survived the 5 hour drive home with no rear sway bar and a broken front link. I lashed the link and bar together best I could with paracord. It half worked but the jeep had a jerky feel to it around sweeping bends haha.
On to the pics!!
Also hit up Centralia on the way home. It's a coal fire ghost town. I've been there a few times and have always been the only person in the town. This time it was booming with tourists and another jeep club.
Looking at the pics with dirty wheels makes me want to ditch the purple. It worked on the XJ but not this one. I'm thinking a dark brownish tan. Maybe the same color as the top???
Get ready for some good updates!! I've been crazy busy at work but I've had Internet and a credit card that has yet to melt! I also returned the IRO hd steering kit, I kinda wanna give the synergy one a shot.
Arrived: all my tummy tuck brackets, sye, hand throttle parts, vision x led spots, novelty rocker switches, weld on control arm skids and other cheapo ebay stuff
Waiting to arrive:
Full rock krawler control arm set
F&R metalcloak track bars
And I'm still on the fence of what springs/ shocks to get. Hopefully I'll get the tummy tuck done, hp30 on and eaton wired by the weekend. Then start fiddling with pinion angles on the rear axle swap brackets.