Special Projects Build V3.0
Iíve been tinkering around on my Jeep for years and for the latest iteration, I finally decided on a build thread to document what I am doing. Right now, my Jeep is in its second stage of life. Where it currently stands, it has a Ford 8.8 rear with ARB, front HP30 with Aussie locker, full Currie suspension, Currie track bars, AEV 3Ē springs, front Anti rock, Savvy Steering, Savvy Rockers, Savvy Corners, and TNT Hyline fenders. I also have the original Savvy one-piece Under Armor.
Previously my Jeep started out as a stock 2001 Sahara I bought in 2008 after coming home from Iraq. Within five minutes of being home, the sawzall came out and chopped the milk jugs off the front and rear bumper, and the trim came off the rockers. This was my first Jeep and I knew nothing about them. Luckily I found Jeep Forum and stated to talking to Imped about plans for my Jeep. I managed to scrape some money together for the Currie Suspension and Anti rock. At this time, I was still on the stock axles, LP30 up front, D35 rear 3.73 gears. My friend who had a built Land rover gave me a set of takeoff BFG KM1ís to run on my stock silver star wheels. Connor and I worked around 17 hours straight the first day we met and still didnít finish everything
This is all going to get pulled off and sold. Last tax season I purchased a Currie RockJock 60 rear, and RockJock JK HP44 front housing. The current plan will be those axles, ARBís front and rear, coilovers, stretch to 104Ē, fuel cell in the back, full cage, 4-link rear, 3-link front, 37í tires.
I also need to address my motor. Right now it has 217K miles on it, probably with a cracked 0331 casting head, leaks out the RMS pretty bad, and just blew my radiator. I donít see the point spending the money on rebuilding the motor and a new radiator when I can drop either a 5.3 LM7 or L33 in it. My friend Imped has been trying to talk me out of the LS motor swap with everything else as itís going to over complicate things. I have a few custom fabricator friends up in Indianapolis who have done LS swaps that can help me out, and I work with a bunch of electrical engineers who can hopefully help me through any wiring issues.
Right now off the bat I have pulled and sold enough off this Jeep it is down for the duration until itís done. My knowledge of fabrication is limited, but I spent most of my life building things and I am a quick learner. This is also going to be a slow build because I donít have a money tree growing in the back yard, and I am a busy working single parent raising a five year old daughter who keeps me busy, so time is at a premium.
The bottom pictures show my Jeep as it sits now. I didnít properly prep the aluminum corners and rockers and they look like crap, but they are all coming off anyways and being sold. The other pictures were version 1 after the suspension, and 2 after going to 35Ē tires.
"Never underestimate the predictibility of stupidity"
RIP SSG Brad King. KIA April 2, 2007