I am new here but thought I would throw up some pictures of my Jeep build. It is not real time as I have owned it now since November 2011.
My name is Mike and I am a mechanic by trade and pretty much enjoy anything and everything with an engine. I am married to an awesome woman who has supported me and all of my addictions throughout our 26 years of marriage. Our family has been involved in drag racing, showing cars, snowmobiling/hill-climbing, duning, sand drag racing and Jeeping/off-roading. My son is just as much of a gearhead as I am and enjoys wrenching on and building stuff in the shop with me. We have gotten out of all of our motorsports now with the exception of Jeeps and Harleys so this afforded me a little more of a budget to put into our 2011 Jeep.
My wife and I have had several Jeeps over the past 23+ years including a 1991 XJ and two 1996 ZJs and my son owns a 2004 LJ. This Jeep is my daily driver/weekend wheeler plus my wife and I tow it behind our coach when traveling as we have done will all of our previous Jeeps. I also wanted this to show off my abilities and to prove to people that a mechanic can have a nicely built vehicle that can be built in a home shop every bit as nice as those "professional" shops.
This build thread will not be in real time so I apologize as it may appear this has been thrown together quickly. However, I started building this around December of 2011 and finished for the most part by around March 2012. It is however a Jeep, so they are never truly done and I will continue to update this thread as I either change or add things on the Jeep.
It all started with a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Black Opps addition which when I drove it home it had 3208 miles on it and within the first ten minutes of being in the shop I removed each and every sticker/decal off of its black paint.
Here it is on the lift in the shop. I went with a BDS long-arm suspension as I really like the on road manners of a long-arm as well as the off-road capabilities. Initial impression of the BDS system is fantastic. I have been very happy with the ride on road as well as off-road. Later in my build thread I will show where I have re-built the links due to not being happy with the BDS bushings.
Tires/wheels are 35x12.5x17 BFG KM2 wrapped around 17"x9" ATX Crawl wheels. I wanted a fairly light tire/wheel package so it robbed as little power as possible from the already anemic 3.8 engine. I also have heard good things about the KM2s as far as longevity and street manners. I must admit I was overall very impressed with this tire.
Here is a night shot from outside my home shop prior to installing the tires/wheels and setting it down for it's rolling debute.
Sitting on all four after torquing the wheels on.