I have had a TJ since 99 and always liked to play with me Jeep and add parts, but since my Jeep was in great condition and still worth decent money, I never wanted to beat it offroad. It an origional owner, with 90,000 miles with perfect paint and no rust. My plan is to keep if forever and just cruise around in it and let it be my future son's first car too. It has 4.56 gears, Spartan locker in the front, 3" lift and 33" BFG muds.
So along comes a 97 TJ with a blown front end for $2000 and I could not resist.
She is a 1997 TJ SE,5 speed, Black with Black Soft top, half doors, aftermarket CD player and thats about all thats staying. It was totally stock except for the radio and some new shocks. It had 120,000 and the tub is in perfect condition. The frame has some slight rust, but nothing that can't be taken care off. The previous owner had bought it from the original owner who had had some kind of a small accident. The driver in fender and windshild had been dented but not total ruined.
Lift- Small lift ~ 2.5" to get some frame clearance and room for 35" tires (when with Rough Country 2.5" springs for 6 cyl)
Fenders- Tube Fenders, maybe highline (went with Blue Torch Fab DIY tube fenders)
Fron Suspension- Currie Control arms in the front with homemade adjustable trackbar
Rear Suspension- short arms 4 link with Ford Shock towers
Roll Cage- Posion Spyder Trail Cage
Tires- 35" Pitbull Rockers (got a deal on 5-34" TSl bias)
Wheels- Homemade beadlocks (Reused stock wheels for now 15 x 7, will upgrade when I go to Pitbulls)
Front Axle- Dana 30 High Pinion, Spartan locker, Nitro 4.88 gears, Solid Diff cover
Rear Axle- Ford 8.8, 4.88 gears and Detroit
Truss- UCF fab truss and diff cover for the Ford 8.8
Steering- Currie (took off Red Jeep)
Interior- PRP Seats with 4 ways
Rocker- Custom Rockers full WW to WW with A to Z's rocker bars to weld on
Front Bumper- A to Z front bumper/winch plate (will add on to this once Jeep is done)
Rear Bumper, not sure yet but will make a custom one after I am done with everything else (will carry spare in tub)
Winch- Warn 8000 (off Red Jeep)
Transfer case- Stock for now because I want a doubler and a 231/300 would give me a SYE, so why buy one now.
Will add more as I think of it.
I am planning on seeing how this set up works and seeing what I need to change. I will wheel it like this until Fall, than I am looking at a 231/300 doubler, a 318 motor swap, 35" Pitbulls on beadlocks,hydro assist steering, flat trans skid and maybe some boatsides.
Here is the front ring and pinion out of the factory Dana 30