hey guys, been lurking here for a few weeks, figured id introduce my self and my jeep and the build im undertaking slowly. after years of building race cars mostly fwd early 90s imports, and prolly 15 other random daily drivers i sold off my remaining vehicles and picked up a jeep.
2002 X 4.0 5speed 155k orginal miles, has a intake system on it, came from down south, no rust, mint inteior, drives like brand spanking new. purchased in june.
added a few mods in august.
i know i know, the dreaded 3bl, i can always change it when the time comes. added some 33x12.5 km2s on some black 15x8 steel wheels.
just did my first trail run this past weekend at an event called krawlforkids sponsered by 0k4wd.com. 20 miles up and down a mountain in upstate new york and im hooked. learned alot that day and looking foward to continuing to get better.
got a few mods planned for the near future.
reason for this choice is i dont want to drill/mount anything on the body of the truck just yet, these mount to the frame, so agian they can be removed if the time ever comes.
i know i know, the dreaded smittybilt bumpers, smitty stuff and 3bl, im off to a great start right
my reason behind the smitty stuff and the 3bl is this. 1# its all cheap, after years of building cars, i want to take this build slowly and have it be easy on the wallet. all of these mods can be removed and the truck taken back to factory state very quickly and cheaply. i didnt and currently dont want to detract from how well the truck goes down the road, it really does handle like brand new so thats why i opted for the 3bl so that it wouldnt effect the current suspension.
i also plan on adding some skit plates, engine skid plate, and a tummy tuck, i like the skidrow stuff but people say its really heavy so im looking into a ligther option.
i also plan on adding a aussie front automatic locker and a rear power trax auto locks cause from what i read its very soft for driving on the road but works flawlessly on the trails. reason behind these two mods, im not ready to start adding selectable locks on axles im not sure im gonna keep. also ive read the rear d35 isnt that strong. im not ready to upgrade it yet, will prolly have 2 years or so left in the km2s. if i ever decide to go with 35s ill look into upgrading the rear axle putting on a 2inch suspension lift and dropping down the body lift to a 2inch one and prolly go in the low center gravity builds that ive seen on here.
so throwing on some bumpers, rock sliders and some auto lockers ill really be able to take this truck down some serious stuff and learn how to really wheel in the process. chances are these mods while more then do the job, agian its my daily driver so i wont be doing any trails that are to extreme.
agian thanks for all the info you guys have posted, i look foward to spending some more time here.
any info, comments or suggestions are always welcome