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post #1 of 13 Old 03-13-2015, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! This is my first personal vehicle, but not our first Jeep. It's a '97 TJ that I bought with money I saved up and everything on it will be paid for out of my pocket (except a few gifts from my family). I'm a high school senior so the cash flow isn't very high, hence this will be a progressive build. When I bought the TJ, it was bone stock with the exception of the radio. Kinda happy, however, as I know the quality of every modification that will be made to it/on it. I like to do things "right" and when I upgrade one component, I like to do everything around it. I'm calling it a "Stealth Gray" build because the color of the jeep is a personal favorite of mine that reminds me of the color of fighter jets. I'm going to accent the paint color with flat black, as it looks good against the gray paint and matches the soft top. If you have any ideas, please, don't hesitate to chime in! I love opinions and feedback.

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-13-2015, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Dad told me today that my early graduation present is a lift and new tires. He ordered a SkyJacker 2.5" lift and 31" General Grabber AT^2. The tire size, from what I read, is good as a dd size. I like bigger tires, but I also like gas mileage. And I really don't want to regear... Anyway, I'm also getting my rims powder coated flat black. And I'm going to paint the headlight trim rings flat black as well. I hope all goes well!

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-14-2015, 05:35 AM
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Congrats on your jeep pal! I got my TJ as a grad. present my senior year. You'll be happy with 2.5" and 31's. Its the prefect place to learn your jeep and see where you want to go with it. Do you have the 4.0 or 2.5?

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post #4 of 13 Old 03-14-2015, 08:56 AM
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Nice clean TJ,ask your dad if he would consider a different brand of lift,you'll be happy with 31's for a DD.

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post #5 of 13 Old 03-14-2015, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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I've got the 2.5! he (my father) has a JK with a V6 and it's what I've driven for the passed year. It, and another TJ we had are the reasons I love Jeeps so much!

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post #6 of 13 Old 03-14-2015, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Got the new tires on this morning! They're 30.5" General Grabber AT^2. Here's a pic with them on. This is without the lift on. We are planning on putting on the lift as well as new carpet next weekend, as well as a new sound system my grandparents got me as a birthday present.
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-16-2015, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Got the top off today and painted the headlight bezels flat black! Can't wait to get the lift on this weekend!
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-22-2015, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Got the lift on this weekend and decided to test it out and get a little muddy
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-15-2015, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Took some photos the other day with our Canon Rebel. Also made some grab handles out of paracord and wrapped my door handles.
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-19-2015, 12:02 AM
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Nice jeep mate! I recently got my dad's old 96 xj given to me. Currently saving up for a new set of 31" tyres. I need to do a bastard pack, and then a 2" lift. I can't wait to get started. Good luck on your project mate! Ps that grey is one of my fave colours to haha.
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post #11 of 13 Old 04-19-2015, 08:50 AM
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i LOVE the idea of wrapping the interior handles with the paracord. never would of thought of that. getting my gf on that right now

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-19-2015, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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thank you guys! later learned the correct name of it is Gunmetal Pearl. Tried to change the title, but it won't let me lol

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post #13 of 13 Old 06-10-2015, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Been awhile since I've posted, but I removed the jugs from the bumper, dropped the t-case 3/4", and got a full size hitch. Also had a paint shop here paint my rims flat black

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