So back in May '12, I picked up a 2003 WJ Overland 4.7L HO V8 and QuadraDrive to replace my trusty old '92 Nissan Pathfinder SE-V6 4x4. I picked it up from a friend with about 89,000 miles on it back in 2002 and sold it a couple months ago with 240,000 trouble free miles on the clock.
And here's the new WJ in the driveway. Sorry for the crappy quality, but they're just quick phone shots.
When I was looking for a new rig to build, my only requirements initially were comfort and solid axles front and rear. I started doing some research online and just sort of gravitated towards Jeep, no matter how I tried to fight it. (I was a die-hard Nissan guy for many years, so Jeep was always the dark side for me.) After looking and looking, I finally settled on the WJ and soon located one up in Dallas, so off I went on a weekend road trip and came home with this beauty.
The build plans started weeks before I actually bought the Jeep, but it took me until a couple months later before I finally settled on the Clayton long arm kit rather than a simpler (and cheaper) bolt-on lift. Ended up just diving in and going all-out from the get-go since I was pretty sure I'd "out grow" a cheaper kit. I got with Kolak and he helped me get everything picked out and ordered and this morning, Brown Santa dropped off the final pieces for the first stage of my most likely undending build!
Unboxed everything and did a quick inventory to make sure everything was there.
Terraflex 4.5" springs
New spring isolators all around
JKS Adjustable Track-Bar
JKS Front Quick Disco's
Terraflex (I think) Extended Rear Swaybar Links
Heavy duty steering stabilizer (not sure what brand, doesn't say on the box. Was white, I painted it black)
IRO Front Lower Spring Retainers
IRO Front Upper Spring Retainers
Magnaflow high-flow cat
Flowmaster Super 44 (might end up being too loud for me, but we'll see)
285/70/17 BFG KM2's (had them on my Pathfinder as well and loved them)
Eagle Alloy Series 185 17x9 w/ 4.625" backspacing
I think I remembered everything. Right now it's just a bunch of boxes of parts. I'm trying to line up some local Jeepers to help me with the install since I don't have access to a welder or any welding skills if I did, but hopefully I can get cracking on it very soon. I also just picked up a Hitachi angle-grinder and a bunch of cut-off discs so I can go ahead and trim my fenders. I'm going to trim them pretty aggressively so I can keep my bumpstops as short as possible, but we'll see how well that actually works.
Stay tuned for updates! Hopefully they'll be coming very soon!