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Unread 10-05-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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Whats up guys

Just want to share my build.

so I bought this Jeep from NY and drove it all the way to Denver. 2000+mi drive. was really great. Jeep is an 05 it has a hard top and is a six speed.



we made a quick stop here



and continued our Journey



My personal Life, well I come from Saudi Arabia. and going to school here. since I was a kid, I was always fascinated with Jeeps and Wranglers specifically. always watch them from the back seat and enjoy all the different setups they were available in (lift no doors etc)

so my dads friend bought a new YJ and I would always enjoy taking rides with him.

my very first car was TJ and I still have (got about 250K mi on it)





had fun with it but then I moved here and shipping and converting it to US standards was crazy. so I left it there.

then I bought my first JK which was an 07. it was exactly the same as my TJ is color and options minus the auto and nav. the TJ didn't have all that.

so In summer of 07 I ordered a 2008 4 dr rubi from the factory and waited until dec to take delivery. was great and I built it well.





I'll have a build thread on that later.

so back to the LJ

the plan is to make it a daily driver and an awesome four wheeler. low stance big tires. and a bullet proof drive train.

so build sheet is as follows.

- JK D44 axles front and rear. <----- have front/ looking for rear
- TNT truss and brackets. <----- on it's way
- 2.5" lift (really not sure at this point if I should do OME lift or make my own from parts)
- 1" body ( hate body lifts but gotta install one to belly up)
- 37" Tires (MTRs or TOYO MTs)
- 17" MOAB wheels (took those of my bros JK) <----- have/ not installed
- bumpers (undecided)
- 9.5TI winch
- AEV hiline kit <----- have/ not installed
- factory soft top <----- done
- factory half doors <----- done
- Harness for ipod control from RBQ <----- done
- Kelby hiline rockers <----- have/ not installed
- get rid of all the chorme <----- done
- clear marker and signal lights. <----- done
- black headlight rings. <----- done
- Paint Hard top inside out <----- done
- paint Jeep Flat gun metal gray <----- final mod

this build will take a while since i'm working on this and the JK. the JK is almost at completion. I'm really not that good of a multitasker. I'm also trying to do as much of the work as possible. but it gets to a point where I either don't have the knowledge or time to do it. so then it goes to High Country Performance 4X4 to get whatever needs to be done done!

so here is the Jeep next to my JK





here is the front JK housing that I picked up.



cutting the brackets off and inspection





and the finished product



I placed an Order last night for the TNT truss/ bracket kit. man is that expensive! 1000$ for the front and rear!

should expect it to show up some time late next week.

that's all I have for now. I will post more as things progress.


sorry about this long post.

let me know if you guys have any comments/ suggestions/ recommendations

Thanks

Lo2aY

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Unread 10-05-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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Looks interesting. I'll be watching your thread!
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Unread 10-05-2010, 08:38 PM   #3
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Unread 10-05-2010, 08:49 PM   #4
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You have my all-time favorite 4 door! I actually have it on my background. That thing is BA! Keep it up.

I can't wait to watch this thread happen.
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Unread 10-05-2010, 08:49 PM   #5
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Nice jeeps man! your JK is super sweet and it looks like your LJ is going to be as well!
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Unread 10-05-2010, 09:32 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.. all of your comments are motivational

here are some pics of the hardtop. the outside isn't done yet. but to get an idea of what it looks like
sorry about the cell pics. but thats what I had on me when I went to check it out.

so it's a two tone gray. really hard to see with the light and texture! the sides are dark gray which turned out almost black. the inside is a lighter gray. initially, I wanted to do it one color on the inside! but then decided to go creative with it.








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Unread 10-05-2010, 09:35 PM   #7
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oh yea. one note about that paint is that it will match the seats really well

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Unread 10-06-2010, 02:44 PM   #8
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just got the wheels cleaned up and blasted.

also picked up a rear 44 for 400 with brakes and all

more grinding later tonight.

ordered the body lift and belly up from Tera. should have those next week


the big Jeep goes to ORE in Cali in two weeks for new suspension and a rear full floater

will post pics later tonight
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Unread 10-06-2010, 02:57 PM   #9
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The paint job on the hard top looks amazing! What is your process for painting it and what kind of paint did you use?
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Unread 10-06-2010, 03:22 PM   #10
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The hard top looks sick!
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Unread 10-06-2010, 03:35 PM   #11
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That JK is sick.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 06:59 PM   #12
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The paint job on the hard top looks amazing! What is your process for painting it and what kind of paint did you use?
Thanks buddy! I wish that was my work.. I would have started a business . I had a body shop paint it for me we worked out a great deal so I couldn't resist. same people will be painting my Jeep once we get to that point. Here are some pics of the outside getting painted



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The hard top looks sick!
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That JK is sick.
Thank you



here are some pics of the Wheels after the blast and the rear JK44 prior to demolition

those are JK Moabs that you see on stock rubis. they will be 10% gloss black and will match all armor and bumpers!







rear 44







now it's all waiting waiting waiting. man I hate waiting

probably two weeks for the truss kit

top should be done by the end of the week.

TT and BL should be here next week

stay tuned
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Unread 10-06-2010, 07:08 PM   #13
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I'm thinking it looks like you have enough money to share some of it with me
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Unread 10-06-2010, 07:11 PM   #14
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"looks" like i do lol
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Unread 10-06-2010, 08:25 PM   #15
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I seen you are adding JK axles to the LJ. Well I had one hell of a time with my front one(tnt) . I wanted to keep mine really low. But. I sleeved my front on the outside of the axle before I added the TNT truss. Make sure you trim a nice chunk off the bottom of the truss about 3/8 to 12 inch. This will make it nice and close to the axle tube and diff. Also bevel the inside edge of the truss to fit the contour of the axle tubes. I did not do any of these, I wish I had now. This saturday I am notching the truss to clear the oil pan at full bump for more uptravel. Right now I have 3 inches between my oil pan and top of truss. After the notching I will have a total of 5 1/2 inches of clearance. I actually thought since I dented my oil pan on my shakedown run. I may notch the new oil pan to clear the truss also. If this will be okay with oil flow.

I will be watching this build.
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