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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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The "RE-Build" of Ilene

Ok so i sold my Cherokee (link is below) and got $3200 for it.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/96-cherokee-626497/

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.

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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:35 PM   #2
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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.

More pics of the new parts being put on...












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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:40 PM   #3
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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.













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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:42 PM   #4
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Congrats on the sweet deal !
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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
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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.






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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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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.




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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:52 PM   #7
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Next I bought up a bunch of blue LEDs and put them throughout.




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Unread 08-11-2011, 08:59 PM   #8
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It was time for a lift. I settled on the RC 3.25".
Here's some before measurements...


Front left 2 3/4" tire to flare


Front left 31 3/4" ground to flare


Left rear 32 3/4" ground to flare


Left rear 4 1/4" tire to flare


Again i am running 31" pro comp mud terrains and the rear has maybe 10% left but my measurements when the lift is on will be with the same tires.


more pics...


Center of door 18" ground to body


This is sad... 9" at the TC skid Remember this is a stock wrangler X with 31's


2.2 Stabilizer

I did however throw this on when i got all my stuff. I had the itch and couldn't wait any longer.

Jeep is currently in the garage thawing out so i can start the lift tomorrow.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 09:02 PM   #9
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Got the RC 3.25" lift done. Green jeep is stock on 31's.










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Unread 08-11-2011, 09:05 PM   #10
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Measurements after the lift....


5.75" Front tire to flare after the lift


35" Front ground to flare after the lift


7.25" Rear tire to flare


35.5" Rear ground to flare



Just over 21" at the center of the door


1 foot at the TC now....
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Unread 08-11-2011, 09:05 PM   #11
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Actual measurement results....

Before lift
Front 2.75"
~~~~~~~~~~~~> 3" gain
After lift
Front 5.75"

Before lift
Rear 4.25"
~~~~~~~~~~~~> 3" gain
After lift
Rear 7.25"

Before lift
Center of door 18"
~~~~~~~~~~~~> 3" gain
After lift
Center of door 21"

Before lift
T/C front lip 9"
~~~~~~~~~~~~> 3" gain
After lift
T/C front lip 12"


This kit gave me a complete 3" gain everywhere i took a measurement. This was with leaving the rear puck out. Not bad for a 2.5" spring rate.
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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.


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Next it was time for tires. I had all the plans in the world to buy 33's but 35's just spoke to me and I know i would have regretted the 33's.

35x12.50x15 MTZ's on soft 8's it was... Around this time I decided to redo my tint. The first time i did it, it was pretty cold out still and it never fully cured right.





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Unread 08-11-2011, 09:17 PM   #14
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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.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 09:20 PM   #15
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I decided to buy some RC 4" springs and put those on, took them off, used just the fronts at one time... then pulled them all out untill i could buy the SYE and driveshaft.

Some pics with a mix of springs...








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