This time i was on the hunt for a wrangler. Which worked out perfect for me since i had been eyeballing this 04 wrangler x getting ready to go through an insurance auction. It had just over 15k miles on it.
I honestly didn't expect to win the auction, as i had been watching them for some time. Prices just seemed out of my range still.
Well low and behold the auction ended with my high bid of $2,500. Once all is said and done it left the yard at $2,905.
Here's the catch. I live in Indiana and the jeep was in NY. My brother in law picked up the jeep, gave it a once over and had it alinged while we set up plans to fly out and drive it back.
Here's pics for the auction house... Obviously this is what i had to go on when bidding.
I could see that the bags were blown, hood bent, drivers fender trashed and the tub being pushed in.
Now the auction still called this a "run & drive" jeep. Meaning it still moved under it's own power. Everything checked out, we got our tickets and I had to wait 2 weeks to fly out.
Not being able to wait, I decided to start buying parts before I even had the jeep home. I bought a new fender, hood latches and started shopping for air bags (entire system).
Ends up i found a complete set shipped to my door for $500.
Once I got her home, I started right in on it the next day. Installed the air bags, fender, bent the hood back. It was coming along nicely.
I took it in to have the frame checked and found it to be twisted a bit out of spec. So I set up a time to have it reworked and the tub pulled.
Some where in the mix, I decided to add clear front lights and bought some color match flares to ditch the black ones. Plus the drivers front was trashed.
Along with getting the frame straightened and tub pulled.
It was finally road legal again.
I decided I would try to find some color match spray paint and hit the fender. Found out that unless you buy from the dealer, the only other place to get it was the local auto parts store.
It didn't match perfectly but it got rid of the unsightly black fender and grey primer.
Next it was time to find some wheels and tires. The stockers just weren't cutting it anymore.
So i picked up a set of 31x10.50x15's on american racing rims. They weren't great but they had tread and were cheap. $60 for all 4.
Not so long after I got bored with the aluminum rims and decided to have a go at painting them black. They came out quite nicely for a rattle can job.
After fighting some vibes and cursing the thought of adding the TC drop. I decided to play around with washers to space it out and get rid of vibes. Mean while I installed the RC MML. In all I ended up with 3 washers giving me a total of 3/4" drop. I only had minor vibes at take off due to some binding still.
And yes at this point some of you are saying... Man this guy is building this thing backwards. Your mostly correct... but sometimes that just how the money allowed me to buy stuff. Of course I couldn't wait and let parts just lay around.
It was time for the D35 to go and I ordered an 8.8 with 4.88 gears. Decided to pull the front shaft untill i could afford to get the front done. So i spent a summer as a 2wd wrangler. Sad but true.