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Unread 02-28-2014, 12:50 PM   #1
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String's 03 TJ Build

I picked up a 2003 TJ in June of 2011. It had a 4.0, NV3550, blown dana 35 rear and 3.07 gears. I gave the guy what he owed on it and drove it home in front wheel drive.

Instead of wasting the money on the D35 I picked up a low mileage Ford 8.8 with 4.10's and ordered a maddog bracket kit. I wasnt planning to lift it but RC had a sale on their 2.5" kit so it was ordered along with trailgear rocker guards. New fender flares and a set of used 32" BFG allterrains rounded out the list.

I regeared the dana 30 (fun learning experience) to match the 8.8, painted up some things, changed the fluids, bolted the parts on and put it on the road. I ran it this way for the rest of 2011 and just enjoyed it.

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Unread 02-28-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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Looking forward to seeing the rest of this.
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Unread 02-28-2014, 08:47 PM   #3
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For 2012 I picked up a set of 33x10.50 KM2's on 15in ion wheels for a song.
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A deer decided it didn't like my stock bumper so I took the insurance check and bought a trail gear front bumper to take the place of the stock one. I decided to build my own rear bumper using all 1/4" steel. I fabbed in a 2in. receive to use as a recovery point and so I had the option to tow.
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Engo had a sale on their 9k winch that I couldn't pass up so it found its way onto the front of my jeep. Now that I was fairly set in the armor and recovery department I started to wheel more and more.

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Unread 02-28-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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After a while I got tired of the TJ riding like a pogo stick so I ordered a set of bilstein's for the front along with the proper bumpstops to keep them from blowing out.

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While I was playing around with the front I installed a Currie Antirock. I love how it controls body roll and stability why'll still allowing it to flex. It's one of my favorite mods to date.

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I still hate the rear. I don't like how it handles or transfers power to the ground. Ill be addressing that later on in the build.
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Unread 04-05-2014, 10:38 PM   #5
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I was getting tired of getting high centered so I decided a tummy tuck was in order. To go with it I picked up a np241 out of an 03 rubi.

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I decided to build a crossmember style mount with a separate skidplate for ease of maintenance. The pics of the mount were from before it was finished, I added much more gusseting. Adams driveshaft built a set of driveshafts for me, I cant say anything but good things about those guys and their product. When all was said and done I got around 19in. of clearance at the skid.

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Unread 04-05-2014, 10:51 PM   #6
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Why'll doing some crawling I took a bad line and dropped onto my tierod which became an instant rainbow! I straightened it enough to get home and ordered a v8 ZJ set up, as well as an aussie locker and a riddler cover for the dana 30 when I got home. A Genright steering box skid also fell into my lap!

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Unread 04-05-2014, 11:24 PM   #7
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I found one more decent pic of the tummy tuck.

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I wheeled like this pretty much trouble free and really enjoyed the jeep. It's amazing how far a front locker and tummy tuck will take you.

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This brings me up to present day. As I continue to build and wheel I will keep you all posted on the progress
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Unread 10-06-2014, 09:49 PM   #8
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Hey my jeep is up there behind your bent tie rod. With a shredded Duratrac.

I never actually saw your 241 without the skid on once it was all finished. Good thing I finally got on JF!
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Unread 10-06-2014, 09:57 PM   #9
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Now that you decided to join the show I suppose I'll keep it going!

Build update: Saturday I should be picking up a HP 30 and 4.88's to match the set of 4.88's I picked up some time ago for the 8.8.
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Unread 10-06-2014, 11:04 PM   #10
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You better keep this thing going! Since you are picking up that hp30 does that mean we can have a regear party when I get back home?
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Unread 11-28-2014, 02:35 PM   #11
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Get some updates in here man! You can post some pics sporting some sweet KC lights here soon
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Unread 12-18-2014, 11:49 PM   #12
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Black Friday brought a 12" LED light bar and Metalcloak lower control arms. I have a short arm 3 link idea I'm going to give a try. I also built a new bumper over the summer. It's 1/4" steel with a built in winch mount and 2"DOM winch guard.






















Overall it ended up being a little heavier than I planned, about 40lbs without the winch but I think it turned out well!
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Unread 12-19-2014, 12:00 AM   #13
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Here are some Wheeling shots from this year, the first two are yellow jacket at Rausch Creek, the third is trail 20 at Rock Run, the forth is my Wheeling buddy Goldensahara also on trail 20.












Hopefully this weekend I can kick the build back into gear and get you guys some actual build progress
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Unread 12-19-2014, 07:35 AM   #14
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have you gone to 4.88s yet?
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Unread 12-19-2014, 09:50 AM   #15
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Not yet, they are sitting in boxes in the garage waiting for me to put them in. I'll be interested to see how they are with 33's.
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