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Unread 04-03-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Rhonda Burgundy '01 TJ

OK, here is my build thread from its meager student beginnings, to take further bounds in the future.

Here is the Jeep as I got it in 2008. Bought it from an older lady. Paid by myself as a freshman in college. 4.0L Sport with D44 rear 5spd.





Immediately got it muddy and wheeled it. Decided I needed mud tires. Slapped on some worn 31"x10.5"x15" BFG M/T's with canyon rims, Craigslist special for a steal, 150$. Took the doors off and added mirror brackets. A few more small mods.



Its a Jeep Thing

Rhonda is well used and well loved. She is in need of some TLC and will have it with some money after I graduate college this May and before my Army training kicks into gear.

Mods in this order:

My gears are starting to grind in 1st and 2nd, and I've been told, and think that means a new clutch for my 5spd. Full tune on the docket. I keep all the fluids checked regularly, just need some cash for this fix.

I want to run 33's. It's still my DD for now, and i cant go too crazy yet. I'd like to run 33"x11.5" or 33x12.5" (Your opinion? ), 3.75 backspaced black steelies, and 2.5" suspension lift. I'd keep stock gearing for the time being, and would most likely go to 35"s some time in the future anyways, so wait until then.

I'm a fan of the new MT/R's and would consider them.

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. Suggestions, or links to similar builds would be nice, I am a busy student and in the MD ARNG, so not a ton of time on my hands to to searching for everything. Money and mods will come this summer. Thanks for taking a look.

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Unread 04-05-2011, 01:03 AM   #2
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I'd like to think 11.50s would help a little with gas mileage. And I've heard good things about the new MT/R. Any other good recommendations for a mud terrain that doesn't kill gas mileage?
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Unread 04-05-2011, 01:09 AM   #3
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Or try a 33x10.5 in BFG MT
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Unread 04-05-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
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If your going to go with 33s just go all out and rock 12.5s anything less just looks strange INMHO. As far as your transmission, don't replace the clutch until you need to. That isn't a clutch problem. If it was, it would grind in every gear. The old YJ had a brand new clutch and still ground in 1st and 2nd. It is a problem with the synchronizer rings. Try putting some penzoil synhromesh fluid in there and see if it doesn't help at least a little until you can afford to rebuild it or get a new tranny.

I think it sounds like a solid build plan. If you need help wrenching or some advise or recommendations just hit me up. I spend way too much time researching jeep stuff. But then again thats what I'm going to school for, so I guess its like studying.
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"I will never understand why people will spend money on huge rims with skinny tires when you can get small rims (15") with huge tires."

"I'm teaching my jeep to roll over, so keep your distance."
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Unread 04-05-2011, 11:08 PM   #5
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Forgot to add this. We better go jeeping together this summer.
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Jeep #2: Green '98 TJ 4.0L|AA SYE, Tom Woods shaft|4.88s|3" teraflex lift|2" BB|1.25" BL|1" MML|35" BFG All Terrains|Warn XD9000i| Build Thread

Daily Driver: 1991 Ford Escort, white w/ graffitti stencils

"I will never understand why people will spend money on huge rims with skinny tires when you can get small rims (15") with huge tires."

"I'm teaching my jeep to roll over, so keep your distance."
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Unread 04-06-2011, 11:35 AM   #6
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paint the flares the same color i say, thats one clean TJ
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Unread 04-06-2011, 07:49 PM   #7
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Burgundy paint looks really nice.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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Here is some inspiration, that i just sold for a new NNBS GMC Sierra
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Unread 04-07-2011, 11:13 AM   #9
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paint the flares the same color i say, thats one clean TJ
Plans for black flares, painted with krylon fusion, in the works for this summer Thanks
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Unread 04-07-2011, 11:32 AM   #10
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Have you given any thought to bed linering the interior? I'll be lining someone elses jeep this summer. maybe we could do both?
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Jeep #2: Green '98 TJ 4.0L|AA SYE, Tom Woods shaft|4.88s|3" teraflex lift|2" BB|1.25" BL|1" MML|35" BFG All Terrains|Warn XD9000i| Build Thread

Daily Driver: 1991 Ford Escort, white w/ graffitti stencils

"I will never understand why people will spend money on huge rims with skinny tires when you can get small rims (15") with huge tires."

"I'm teaching my jeep to roll over, so keep your distance."
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Unread 04-07-2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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Hmm idk man. It makes it a lot louder. Might have a lot of highway driving in the future with Army.

I started this thread.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f59/t...t-km2-1192073/

My last post, #10, explains where I'm thinking of for tires. I'd go with black 3.75 backspaced steelies of some sort.
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Unread 06-17-2011, 06:42 AM   #12
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Hey man! Some black steel wheels would sure make your Jeep look awesome!
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Unread 07-24-2011, 11:47 PM   #13
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Well put in the 3" BDS Suspension lift yesterday. Some pics to come. Kit went in great, took about 6 hours with a 4 point lift, 4 guys, 4 tall jackstands, and some sweet air tools from my mechanic friend. 1 of those hours was devoted to a very stubborn shock bolt, at the top of the tower. Took an air hammer and chisel to knock the crap out of it and break it in half.

Overall impressed with the kit so far, went in ok, directions were good, new hardware was a plus. Shocks seemed a little on the cheap side, but feel like stock. Part of the directions involve drilling a track bar relocation bracket, 3/4" towards the driver's side from the old one. I did so, but after looking at the Jeep afterwards it seems the axle isnt exactly centered. Guess an adjustable track bar will be in the works.

Before alignment, I get a decent wobble at 50 MPH. My steering wheel is also turned 90* CW going straight... so that very well could be the cause of the vibrations. Guess I will figure out tomorrow after an alignment.

New wheels and 33's to come, waiting on the wheels that had to drop-ship directly from Cragar, still peeved I have not received a tracking number so I can make plans to mount tires. I am done with my threadbarren 31s!
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Unread 07-25-2011, 07:50 AM   #14
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Good job ***** cakes!
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Daily Driver: 1991 Ford Escort, white w/ graffitti stencils

"I will never understand why people will spend money on huge rims with skinny tires when you can get small rims (15") with huge tires."

"I'm teaching my jeep to roll over, so keep your distance."
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