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Unread 10-13-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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STRATTON's 02 TJ build, daily driver/weekend warrior, UPDATES PG 9!!!

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 lol.

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

stratton.

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Unread 10-13-2012, 11:05 PM   #2
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Nice looking jeep man. Have fun!
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Unread 10-14-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
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Nice looking jeep man. Have fun!
thank you and i plan on it ! dieing to get back on a trail soon.

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Unread 10-16-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
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Unread 10-31-2012, 03:43 PM   #5
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ordered the front bumper this afternoon. in a couple of weeks ill try and pick up the rear bumper and then the rock sliders.

she'll prolly sit that way for the rest of the winter. late winter early spring im going to try and grab a ufc tummy tuck, and then a aussie locker for the front d30.

ill post pics once the bumper is installed !

learning so much on this great forum.

still dying to wheel agian, but it doesnt look like itll happen before winter, unless my buddy manages to pick up a jeep and well try and hit rausch creek.

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Unread 10-31-2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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I have that rear bumper, it does fine has taken a LOT of abuse. I would get tie in brackets for it though.

Edit- Skip the steps you called sliders. You can find in my build thread where I smashed mine. Huge waste of $$ and I got lucky they didn't f the tub up with I broke them.

Suck it up and buy real sliders and drill the tub or don't even bother.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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what are those "tie in brackets" ?

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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:03 PM   #8
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http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...cat=281&page=1
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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:08 PM   #9
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Nice jeep! Will be a great platform to build from.

Those sliders are junk, don't waste your money on em, they will bend when you smash them on a rock and end up hitting your tub and doing more damage then a couple holes, ask me how I know lol.

DON'T lock that D35! With the 33's it probably won't last long. Auto lockers are also not very street friendly and will change the drive ability of your rig on road, although I do plan on Aussies front/rear for my jeep.

Yes that BL was cheap and it didn't change your suspension geometry but it did make your jeep very unsafe if you we're to ever roll or get T-boned. It will also put a lot of strain on your body mounts of your tub over time and smash them.

Not trying to be negative just trying to help and tell my experiences with some of the stuff you've done.

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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:12 PM   #10
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Wait did I read you are did a 3" BL? Why?
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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:55 PM   #11
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thank you, thats something i think i could make in the garage for sure ! its time i buy a nice welder.

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Nice jeep! Will be a great platform to build from.

Those sliders are junk, don't waste your money on em, they will bend when you smash them on a rock and end up hitting your tub and doing more damage then a couple holes, ask me how I know lol.

DON'T lock that D35! With the 33's it probably won't last long. Auto lockers are also not very street friendly and will change the drive ability of your rig on road, although I do plan on Aussies front/rear for my jeep.

Yes that BL was cheap and it didn't change your suspension geometry but it did make your jeep very unsafe if you we're to ever roll or get T-boned. It will also put a lot of strain on your body mounts of your tub over time and smash them.

Not trying to be negative just trying to help and tell my experiences with some of the stuff you've done.

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thank you. i totally understand at some point the 3bl will be cut down, about the time i install a suspension lift in the far future. prolly when i jump up to 35s. if i would have known what i know now i would have just saved up more for a susp lift.

im going to aussie lock the front, not the rear. eventually the rear will recieve one of those built d44 axles from companys that advertise in the mags.

what sliders that look similiar do you recommend ? i need something that either bolts to the frame or bolts to the bodymounts.

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Unread 10-31-2012, 05:02 PM   #12
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You might look into these. http://www.detoursusa.com/dropkicks.php I have Rokmen sliders and its really not that bad to drill the holes into the tub.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 08:13 PM   #13
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Anything not flush to the tub is going to have a really hard time surviving a real impact. There is a reason all wheeled jeeps use sliders of very similar design.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 08:21 PM   #14
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i see what your saying they can bend and hit the tub. the main reason for those in particular is that they can be removed, upgraded down the road, or removed if the jeep is sold.

i dont wanna drill any holes in the tub or anything like that.

any similiar looking, bolt on to frame style sliders that are stronger. i also chose this style to hopefully hide the gap of the 3bl left behind haha. those sliders and a ufc tummy tuck should make the truck look alot better imho.

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Unread 10-31-2012, 08:33 PM   #15
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Nah that will look even goofier in my opinion.
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