2013 came and it was time for some more upgrades. You will probably find in time that most of my upgrades are installed in the beginning of Summer. Pretty much I put away money for the Jeep all year in a separate account, and once Summer rolls around and its nice enough to work outside, I go on a Jeep purchasing frenzy. So for the next week or so, my front door is lined with packages like Christmas
The Jeep was startin to look pretty good, but she still needed a lot of work to get to where I wanted it. Spring had arrived which meant more Jeep parts and new opportunities. The lift kit had been on for a few months now and I was beginning to learn that I really didn't like Rough Country. Soon I would be upgrading...
With the lift kit performing like garbage, I upgraded to all around Bilstein 5100 shocks...these things are AMAZING
, I would recommend the Bilstein product to anybody.
I had noticed that the Jeep had a few oil spots on the ground after I had let her sit for awhile. I inspected and found that the valve cover gasket was leaking so it was time to pull the valve cover off for my first time and replace it.
I do not have pictures of everything I had replaced/upgraded on the Jeep simply because at the time I replaced/upgraded parts I didn't think I would be making a build thread down the road. However, I believe it was around this time I had replaced many other parts on the Jeep such as all around brakes, fuel pump assembly, all of the sensors on the Jeep, a good variety of gaskets, ignition coil, starter, battery, ect, ect...
Here's a shot of the Jeep at Silver Lake Sand Dunes last year before her major makeover...
Here in MI we are known for the motor city, I'm not sure what it is like in other states but here we have many car shows & cruises. It was last year that I had went to a local cruise and met a group of fantastic people (with Jeeps!)
I had started to notice a clicking sound coming from my front end wheel well, I inspected the axle shaft U-Joints and found they were worn. I replaced them with some Moog U-Joints.
At this point Summer was reaching it's end and I really didn't want to worry about my aluminum rims taking salt damage anymore. I was also itching for some bigger tires since the 31's looked kinda small on the Jeep. So I sold the tires that were still in excellent shape and threw on some poop tires until a found a pair I liked.
Since the Jeep is my DD and I wanted a tire that was still road friendly, but I wanted something a bit more aggressive as well. After much research, it was between the Goodyear Duratrec and MTR and I had heard from many that the Duratrecs last longer than the MTR so I decided to go with those as well as some ProComp Black Steel Wheels in a 15x8 size. Now I wouldn't have to worry about polishing the aluminum rims all the time and getting them dirty.
I had seen a few Jeeps at the Jeep meet and greets with the flush LED brake lights, I really liked it and started to do some research on how to do it. I think it turned out pretty good for a $30 job.
This is a shot from one of the local Jeep nights up at Dooleys in Roseville MI
Winter had come and every day this past Winter could have been considered a off road experience when driving anywhere. We had more snow this past Winter than any other Winter recorded in history. Good thing I had the bigger tires, the Jeep was running great.