Well, I have spent 1/4 of my jeep's total vale in upgrades, so I figured it's time to start documenting some of this.
To begin, I was driving a 2012 Rubicon last winter, but some damn drunk hit me this past May and totaled it. The Rubi saved my passenger and I though. It could have been much worse.
I found this Sport a month or so after the accident. Only 87,000 miles on a 97 sounded good to me!the amount of rust was good as well, especially considering it has been in CT it's whole life.
Here She sits in the lot I found her in:
The plan is to keep this thing as a daily driver, but also trying to make it a capable weekend warrior. If a decision has to be made, I will lean in the direction of off road capability over on road comfort, but ideally it can do both OK.
Specs are as follows:
D30/D35 with 3.55 gears
30' wheel package so it has gamblers
had an airbag lift in the front for a plow.
Over the summer I have put on a Barnes stubby front bumper, and the Warn M8000 from the JK.
I installed MetalCloak front Arched fenders with their 6" flares.
MetalCloak rear full coverage corner guards are drying and should be on later this week.
I got a hold of a Ford 8.8 for the rear end. It needs to be prettid up though. It has Posi and new 4.10 gears. I'll be grinding the brackets off tomorrow and redoing the brakes and parking brake over the next few weeks.
I don't plan on running anything bigger than 35x12.5 on this jeep. To do so, I want to finish up the 8.8 and will likely use an OME 2.5' lift to give me some articulation. Supposedly the fenders I have will allow 35's with no lift, but my suspension is pretty worn right now, and I wouldn't mind some room to stretch anyway.
I am looking at the Artec truss and bracket kit for the 8.8. I'll weld that up over the winter hopefully.
To get rolling, I'll remove my front driveshaft until I can regear the axles. I am thinking 4.56 ultimately, but I'm hoping the 4.10 in the 8.8 will suffice until I can afford the re-gear.
I haven't decided on upgraded braking yet, though I'm looking at Currie to upgrade my steering components.
If you see anything that sounds wrong, feel free to speak up. I'm learning as I go on my own, so I'm sure I've missed something.
Here is one of the trails I was on a few weeks back. I finally got to use the winch to get out of this hole.