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SuperWade2 11-26-2009 11:16 PM

SuperWade2's TJ Build Thread
I've never started one of these build threads for my TJ but have some other threads in the Tech section that I might Link to or reference

Here is one of the only "before" pics I can find...

I'll start with a list, my last couple of years and what plans are next...I'll add pics later where I have em...comments, questions and criticisms welcome...

Pre 2007 (mostly 2003-2007 after I found JeepForum)
Rubicon Express 2" Budget Boost - (Removed, but installed pair of Spacers on front of my MJ)
31" BFGoodrich AT‘s - (Sold when I upgraded to 33" MTZ's)
AtoZ Fab Rocker Skids- (Removed/SOLD, replaced with Alum/Savvy Stainless Steel Rockers/Sliders)
Hanson 60" Front Bumper - (Removed/SOLD, replaced with Savvy Front Bumper)
Teraflex Quick Disconnects - (Removed, Installed on my MJ)
Kilby Gas Tank Skid - (Removed/SOLD, Replaced with Savvy GTS)
Kilby Steering Box Skid- (Removed/SOLD, Replaced with Savvy Steering Skid)
Warn Diff Skids Front - (Removed/SOLD, Replaced with Solid Diff Covers)
Jeep Medic Engine Skid - (Still installed)
1" Performance Accessories Body Lift - (Removed Replaced with Savvy Body Lift))
M.O.R.E Motor Mount Lift - (Removed Replaced with Savvy MML)
K&N FIPK II – Air Intake - (Still installed):brickwall
Airaid Throttle Body Spacer - (Still installed):brickwall
Tuffy Glove Box/Console Insert - (Still installed)

2007 (the first BIG Year of Upgrades)
Hanson Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier (Sold, not yet replaced, don't carry spare)
33x12.5-15" Mickey Thompson MTZ’s (Sold when I upgraded to 35" MTR/Kevlar)
Rock Hard Sport Cage (Removed and Sold, not yet replaced)
Solid Axle HD D44 Axle Swap with ARB (4.56)
AlloyUSA Grande 30 Kit with ARB (4.56) (Removed/SOLD, replaced with Currie RJ D44)
Rubicon Express 4.5” Tri-Link Long Arm
Teralow 4:1 / 2 Low
Tom Woods CV Driveshaft / Teraflex HD SYE
SuperWinch EPi9.0 / Viking Synthetic Rope/Thimble

sPOD/The Source
Currie HD Steering
Transmission Cooler/Deep Trans Pan
ORO Swaloc
Vanco Big Brakes
Novak SK2X T-Case Shifter (Replaced with Novak Cable Shifter)

12Volt Guy In Cab Winch Switch
ORO LiteDot’s / LitePlate (Removed, Installed Savvy LED Tail Lights)
Currie Explorer Rear Disc Brakes
Front HPD30 Swap
Savvy Aluminum Gas Tank Skid
Viking Fastback Soft top (Sailcloth)
Savvy Front Bumper

Savvy TJ Full Corner Aluminum Armor

10# Ultimate Air Co2 Tank
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar 35x12.5-15
Rancho 9000XL Adjustable Shocks
Currie CE-9120TJJ Front Track Bar
MrBlaine Custom Driver Side Tie Rod Flip
Currie CE-9102 Upper Johnny Joints
Savvy Rock Stainless Steel Sliders
Savvy Off Road LED Tail Lights
Rear Shock Outboard (PolyPerf Kit with Rancho 9000XL, Currie Rear Bumpstops)
Savvy Rear Bumper
Savvy Wrecking Ball Tub Rails
Savvy Ultimate Tie Rod
Skinny Pedal EOM LED Rock Lights

48mm Calipers and Black Magic Pads for Vanco Kit
XRF Ball Joints (Died quickly and replaced with Synergy Ball Joints)
Savvy MML
Lightforce Striker 170 Fog lamps
Savvy Winch Hoop
RocDog Fab Hawse Fairlead License Plate Mount (Removed, replace with TRE License Plate Mount)

Savvy T-6061 Aluminum Trail Doors
Mac's Custom Tiedown VersaTie tracks 2' length
Synergy Suspension Ball Joints
Bed Tred Interior Kit

Barnett Front D30 Diff Cover
Poly Performance Grab Handles
Savvy Front Bumper "Hardcore Upgrade"
Savvy Steering Box Skid

Tactical Recovery Equipment Safety Thimble Fairlead
Tactical Recovery Equipment License Plate Mount

Next Planned Mod's (*in no particular order, when $$$ avail and Subject to change)
Savvy Tire Carrier (If they ever release one)
Maybe figure out a new front axle option for D30's
Tube Fenders/Flares
PSC Hydroassist Steering
Vanco Hydroboost
<new add="">Beadlock Rims (Undecided, but thinking Walker Evans or Racelines maybe)


99XJon 11-27-2009 12:05 AM

thats a fancy dancy jeep you got there bud :) nice job...looks really clean

SuperWade2 11-27-2009 12:32 AM

Some History of my TJ...the Wife and I drove the TJ off the lot brand new in Norco, CA in Jan of 1999. The TJ was actually the wifes primary Daily Driver until early 2003 when I traded my 97 Grand Prix (which I really loved) in for a "family wagon" (2003 Chevy Tahoe).

It didn't get much wheeling before 2003 other than a couple trips to the desert when we lived in Riverside, CA but it was really tame stuff.

It was always user for mostly short trips and in town and the mileage was always pretty low. As it sits now, at nearly 11 years old at about 42,000 miles, and still only gets a couple thousand miles a year.


matthewh_1 11-27-2009 04:39 PM

Very nice TJ you got there. Wouldn't mind seeing some more pics of it :thumbsup:

EugeneTheTJ 11-27-2009 04:43 PM

nice Jeep. Very clean axle and I love the Savvy skid:thumbsup:

matthewh_1 11-27-2009 04:57 PM

It's definitely gonna look good with some 35's on it.

SuperWade2 11-27-2009 06:38 PM


Originally Posted by matthewh_1 (Post 8368433)
It's definitely gonna look good with some 35's on it.

I think so too... I'm leaning to that as my next purchase... I really want to keep my 33" MTZ's from my TJ to put on my Comanche, but it will need a "real" lift to even come close to fitting them on there. So I might just have to leave in the garage till I'm ready to build the Comanche up a little more.

I was really really close to ordering a set of the MetalCloak Oveline Fenders/Flares today. They have a good Black Friday deal that I would have been able to get the fenders/flares, powdercoated, taxed (Cali), and Shipped to my door for just over $650 total.

BUT as I was getting gas today looking at my front end and envisioning what the rig might look like with the fenders I came to the realization that my Full Width (60") Hanson bumper could look goofy with those tube fenders. They extend out past where the fenders

This pic was before lots of other stuff on my TJ (winch/lift/tires/steering, etc), but shows how wide that bumper is and how much would "stick" out into the newly wider fender opening.

I like my Hanson bumper BUT I think I'm going to have to get something stubbier before or at the same time that I get the front fender/flares. Maybe will wait to see Blaine and Geralds Savvy Front Bumpers... Metal Cloak also has some interesting things going on in the bumper area too.

So it's kind of a vicious cycle;
Tube Fenders First -> Make 33" tires look Small -> Want to Upgrade to 35" Tires
Tube Fenders First -> Make Bumper Look Goofy -> Want to change bumpers
35" Tires -> Make me want more room to stuff em -> Want to get Fenders

I think 35" Tires and then Corner Armor are probably priority #1 and #2.


SuperWade2 12-22-2009 12:26 PM

I didn't do so well in the mud and slop, but to be fair, I was blindfolded :shhh:

Savvy front Bumper should be here tomorrow, already removed the Hanson in preparation.

SuperWade2 12-23-2009 11:05 PM

Got my Savvy Front Bumper more or less installed...need to torque a few bolts, re-run the power wires, re spool my Synthetic line and will be good!

LGriffith 12-25-2009 05:34 PM

Looking good!

Ingle47 12-25-2009 06:03 PM

Jeep looks great:2thumbsup:

338WinMag 12-25-2009 08:44 PM

what did you do with your Hanson Bumper ?

SuperWade2 12-25-2009 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by 338WinMag (Post 8551026)
what did you do with your Hanson Bumper ?

Sold it locally to a co-worker of a guy from my club...It's still sitting in my garage, but he's going to come get it after the holidays...


SuperWade2 01-22-2010 05:38 PM

Been a while since I updated...

Here is better shot of front bumper...

And License Plate Mount

SuperWade2 01-22-2010 05:43 PM

Finally got my Savvy Corner Armor ordered from Gerald this week. Should show up Monday, hope to get em installed before my Snow trip on Presidents day weekend.

I took the my Hanson Tire Carrier Off today ... 47lbs for just the frame... bumper has to be another 50-60 or so by itself I'd guess... No word from Gerald/MrBlaine on what their Rear is going to weigh, but I'd guess WAY WAY LESS :2thumbsup:

I can't wait see/get the Savvy Rear. I think I'm going to run without my spare until Savvy does the Tire Carrier (I'll get the Savvy bumper as soon as they are in production and they will sell me one). I didn't want to drill more holes in the corner armor than necessary (at least not 2 big ones that I won't be using very long to mount that old carrier!)

I had to jerryrig the License plate mount as I threw away the old plastic holder (if anyone has an extra laying around I'd be interested) and had been mounting it on the spare with a LED mount thing.

Here is how it looks waiting for some corners.

The time now is 06:30 PM.

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