I first decided that I wanted a jeep after driving my friend's(Kyle_Craig) jeep on a trail. So I spent about the next year looking for something. About a year later I when to EJS in Moab, after returning from the trip, I realized I needed a jeep. Then at the beginning of summer, my yukon xl died and went to look at a few jeeps, I found this one and picked it up 3 days later. Since then I've been adding a few small things and saving for some bigger things. So I finally decided to make a build thread. Im calling it a "built" thread cause it had the lift, tires and rims on it when I bought it. When I bought the Jeep from the dealership she had 33,000 miles, which I though was pretty good for being 4 years old. on her, a 2.5" Teraflex BB, 33" Dick Cepek A/T's. It seemed like a great vehicle to replace the old yukon. Well on to the pics!
Here she is right after she got home from the dealership
The first thing that I did was get rid of the chrome step rails. My buddy who works at a Jeep dealership, called me about some Rubi Rocker guards and told me that they would sell for $50. So a few days later I headed down and picked them up and put them on when I got home. Here is what it looked like after.
Then after getting stuck, I decided to pick up a Hi-Lift, so I went to the local Fleet Farm and bought a 48" Hi-Lift and then went to Auto Zone to pick up some exhaust clamps to make a mount for it.
I then decided wanted a CB for the trails, but didnt want to pay $50 for a mount so I went to the basement to see what I could dig up and I found exactly what I was looking for, so after a quick cut with the sawzall, some sanding and some black spraypaint it was finished. I'll post up pics later.
After about 2 months of owning Lucille (thats her name) I got sick of the doors not coming off. So I grabbed a wood block, a couple bottles of penetrating oil and the Hi-Lift and had at it. 30 minutes later and they were all off and I was very pleased haha. And just in time to snap some pics
After making some plans for a wheeling trip I went to disconnect the swaybars and then after disconnecting the rear swaybar I dug around a little bit and found out why the Jeep rattled every time I took off from a stand still. Turns out the heat shield above the muffler wasn't connected by anything, It was just sitting on top of it. So after a few minutes of wrestling with it it came off.
I also learned why not to but cheap tools....
Then after seeing that the muffler was simply head on by a clamp and 2 hangars My buddy and I decided to take it off to see what it sounded like. after getting the clamp off and free from one of the hangars, we couldnt get it off and neither one of us wanted to put it back on. So I we grabbed the Sawzall and simply chopped it off. Sorry no Sawzall pics
. And to my surprise it doesn't sound half bad, I think I might keep it like it is for a while.
Here is the most recent pic of her, sitting next to my buddy's Ranger
Well thats all I have for now. More pics when I get back from out wheeling trip.