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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Here is the basic Tomb Raider as I picked it up with 109,255 miles. Bone stock with no modifications other than the Dakota A/T tire downgrade.

Then an now.

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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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Started with general maintenance and a few upgrades in the process.

Repaired rear parking brakes with all new hardware and shoes.

Royal Purple Synchromax in the Manual transmission and 241 transfer case

Royal purple Max gear Oil Front and rear D44's, aslso added SOLID differential cover front and rear.

U-joints in the front axle were shot. Upgrade the axles to Ten Factory Chromoly with tube seals.

Replaced the front bearing assemblies with Timken units.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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Replaced the original OEM battery with a Diehard Platinum.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #4
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Relocated the locker pumps to the ABS tray. They were rusty and in bad shape on the belly skid.


I also did the locker switch modification so I can lock when I want. 2 high, 4 high, or 4 low
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:34 PM   #5
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Replaced the leaking valve cover gasket. It appeared that the stock cover had been over torqued so I replaced it with a cast aluminum cover.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #6
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Not so proud of this mod but replaced the rear bumper with a Smitybilt tire carrier. Bought it at an auction really cheap. May remove or upgrade if needed later. Mine hasn't made any noises and seems solid so far.

Also removed the taillight guards.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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Installed a Sinister Fabworks front bumper with a Warn 9.5ti winch.


Here is the before and after. Also removed the headlight guards in the last picture.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:53 PM   #8
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Got my 35/12.50 KM2s waiting for install.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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Daystar 1" body lift and Brown Dog 1" motor mount lift.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 04:13 PM   #10
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You started with one of my least favorite Jeeps.....and so far it looks like you're taking care of business the right way. Diggin that bumper.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 04:54 PM   #11
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Yeah, I don't care for all the Tomb Raider extras either. I was looking for a Rubicon and the price was great. Plus, selling the flares, light bar, wheels, and other stuff will add some cash to help fund the build.

The interior will be the only thing that will be TR.

Gotta get tube fenders and lift installed this month so I can get the tires on.

Steering upgrade will follow soon.

Also planning a Novak shift cable,UCF high clearance skid, and Tom Woods drive shaft.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
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Yeah, I don't care for all the Tomb Raider extras either. I was looking for a Rubicon and the price was great. Plus, selling the flares, light bar, and other stuff will add some cash to help fund the build.

Gotta get tube fenders and lift installed this month so I can get the tires on.

Steering upgrade will follow soon.

Also planning a Novak shift cable,UCF high clearance skid, and Tom Woods drive shaft.
Nice build so far!

I agree, I have never been a fan of the TR edition TJ's but like you said selling all the accessories should help fund the build!
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:50 AM   #13
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Noticed my miles today. No problems since I bought it in August.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #14
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Not much has happen lately. Been collecting parts.

Took the light bar off!!

I am installing my lift and tires this weekend.

Hoping I don't have trouble with rusty bolts but I am ready to deal with it. The upper shock bolts look bad and I have been spraying PB Blaster on everything for a week.

My JKS rear track bar with cv bracket will be here tomorrow.

Ordered a Tatton rear cv shaft that will be here later in the week.


Also, Got my rear Chromoly axle shafts but have to get the bearing pressed on before I can install.
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Unread 03-10-2012, 04:10 PM   #15
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Got the front done today. About 5 hours with two of us working. No problems. Still need to set the caster angle after the rear is done.

Turning it around to start the rear later tomorrow. Rear cv drive shaft should be here early next week.
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