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Unread 03-08-2014, 03:51 PM   #1
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Third Time's the Charm LJ

After a rather brief and unfulfilling foray back into the sports car world (Scion FRS), I am back where I belong. As the title eludes to, this is my third Jeep. I made sure to find exactly what I was after this go around. Without further ado, my 2005 LJ!


The game plan is to get a few spots on the body cleaned up and painted



Once that is done, I want to drive it for this season, as is, to shake out any problem areas. Some of the basics such as lighting and tunes will be addressed immediately. With only 48k on the clock and one older woman as the only previous owner, I'm not expecting too many surprises. After I know I have a solid build platform, the fun will begin. The build plan as of now is:

Useful Things Kit Post

MetalCloak 3.5" Game Changer ARB Edition Installed
MetalCloak Rocker Guards Installed
JKS MML/BL Installed
Teraflex Spare Tire Extension Returned/Defective
Novak Shifter Installed
Adams SYE/CV Rear Driveshaft
ZJ V8 Tie Rod Installed
33x12.50R15 Duratrac Installed
Procomp 7069 15x8 Installed
31 Tooth Speedo Gear Installed
Genright Rear Bumper Installed
Rugged Ridge 7" Flares Installed
CB Setup Installed
Stereo Installed
HID/H4 Conversion Removed
Trucklites Installed
LED Flood Lights Installed
Synergy LCA Skids
9000lb Winch
Rough Country Winch Plate
Front/Rear Eaton E-Lockers (19977-010 New D44 4 Pinion Design)
Flat Transfercase Skid
Savvy GTS

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Unread 03-08-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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So how does one properly celebrate such a momentous occasion?


Well duh, Chick-Fil-A....oh and this decision is kid tested and wife approved!
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Unread 03-09-2014, 12:10 PM   #3
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First mandatory Jeep mod...proper 550 cord zipper pulls
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Unread 03-14-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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The modding commences in less than 24 hours...
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Unread 03-15-2014, 02:33 PM   #5
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Today marks the beginning of the Jeep modding. Nothing major, however, no less wonderful.

First off something had to be done about this



Nothing Crutchfield and Nailin couldn't help solve



With the Crutchfield wiring and Nailin adapters this was a simple pull out the old and bolt in the new affair



Best part was the lack of the bar a lot of folks have to cut on the passenger side


Next on the docket was a much needed lighting upgrade. I sourced a set of 27 watt LED work lights in flood pattern from amazon. I then pilfered the wiring from the stock fog lights.

Hella your sacrifice will not be forgotten



Night shots will be posted ASAP.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 08:03 PM   #6
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Night shots as promised.

Stock headlights only....these will be addressed shortly


LED lights only. I made sure to aim them low so as to be able to use them without blinding people.


Headlights and LEDs. Nice fill from the LEDs. More lighting upgrades to follow.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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Looks good. Is it a stick or auto?
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Unread 03-15-2014, 08:59 PM   #8
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6speed. Never been able to enjoy autos.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 09:25 PM   #9
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Welcome back Good looking LJ , too bad you didnt have this over the winter !
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Unread 03-16-2014, 12:12 PM   #10
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It is indeed great to be back and for the record itis still winter in New England

Today's Jeeping: Finished up the stereo install

This head unit is pretty trick. No CD player. All streaming through Bluetooth or USB. I love tech.


What do we have here? Bluetooth! The one creature comfort I refuse to live without
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Unread 03-16-2014, 03:42 PM   #11
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Looks nice!

You plan on doing anything with the subwoofer?
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Unread 03-16-2014, 04:26 PM   #12
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Thanks. It will be a slow process but it will get there.

Mine didn't have one. I am pretty happy with the sound as is now. No need for a Homie G system once the top and doors are off anyways.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 02:04 PM   #13
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After talking to several people far more knowledgable than myself, I have decided to skip 33s and go straight to 35s. My build plan has been modified to reflect this. Now to start putting the funds together.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #14
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35's> Cool....if you follow your list on the 1st post, you'll have done most of the stuff to fit them anyway.

Regarding that list:
Don't forget some adj track bars, F & R.
Speedo gear> '05's use a reluctor, not a gear. You'll need to reprogram for the taller tires & gears instead.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 02:21 PM   #15
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Both lifts come with track bars. I don't have a rubicon so it's still a mechanical speedo.
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