Hello my name is Ziptie (Jason). I use my jeep as a woods access tool not just a wheeler. I am an avid elk hunter and fisherman. I also have a wife, small boy and a dog. The TJ is just too small for my needs at this point in my life. It has become a struggle to take the family into the woods. This need for more space has inspired my TJ-6 build. I am building up my TJ and stretching it out to fit a LJ top. I will have a LJ tub with the rear overhang of a TJ.
The TJ stats:
98 TJ sport, 4.0, 5 speed, SYE, D30 open, D44 Detroit, geared to 4.56, 33’s, 3.5” lift, winch, CB, hard & soft top.
This set up has worked well for many years but it is time for the jeep to grow with the family.
The TJ-6 build plan is to improve the size and ability. Keep the center of gravity low and able to drive at 65 MPH all day.
The TJ-6 stats (in addition to TJ stats):
Stretch- LJ soft top, TJ rear overhang, I will be using the back of a LJ tub and Poison Spyder custom corners
Tires- BFG AT’s in 35x12.50-15 (got used in a trade), I just want to try out AT’s
Axles- upgrade the front D30 to a Rubi D44 and lock it
Gearing- axles stay at 4.56, but add a NWF Black Box with 2.72:1 low
T-case Skid- I will build a flat skid and also raise the engine 1”.
Lift- use my 3.5” and add 1” of body
Wheels- Spyderlock beadlocks in 15x9
Gas tank- raise existing tank 1”
I found a wrecked LJ tub in a bone yard, the back was still good. I have been storing this thing and dreaming of this day for 8 months. I will be using the floor, rails, and modifying the wheel wells for added storage. The rear will also be trimmed up to TJ spec’s.
Front D44 upgrade:
I found a Rubi D44 housing in a add for $400. I had it geared to 4.56 w/ a lockright, and installed some G2 shafts. I do not plan on going bigger than a 35 with this jeep, so this axle should be all I need.
I am not going to lie, I dig the Spyderlocks. They are also very stout! Great guys and great wheels. Spyderlock beadlock home
Note: I sold my hard top for $900 and my 33-10.50’s for $600 to get these wheels.
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