Hey everyone. This is the build thread for my 2004 Jeep TJ.
If you're wondering about the title, it's because 590nm is the wavelength of yellow light
I can summarize my Jeep simply. It's not really good at anything, but mediocre at many things.
It has poor road compliance (solid axles front & rear), it's loud, gets poor fuel economy.
But it makes up for it by being decent offroad, and fun in the winter (RWD + 5-speed + snow = oversteer).
I seem to be able to fit anything I want in the back cargo area.
It also can pull a small trailer, and has pulled many cars via tow straps.
I've even pushed parts cars/project cars around with my front bumper. How many vehicles can do that without damage?
- I fixed some of the pictures after I recovered the images from cardomain.com.
The rest of this first post is pretty much original from the thread creation in Sept 2008.
I'll start by listing my current modifications, (both big and very small) and then show you the changes my jeep has gone through in the 16 months i've had it.
Factory Rollbar Padding removed, and custom padding installed.
Drilled and tapped 8-Ball shifter
Quadratec domelight switch
Quadratec grab handles
LED Interior lights
Military 90-degree flashlight
Wheelskins leather steering wheel cover
JTspotlight LED flashlight
RadioShack Handheld CB
2lb Fire Extinguisher
Custom switch panel (10 mini switches)
Two 50 Cal ammo cans (Containing tools and emergency supplies)
1,000,000 Candlepower hand held spotlight
Hardwired Garmin 250W GPS
A/C compressor disable switch (2nd switch in my mini panel)
Ever since I was a little kid, i've wanted to go
off the beaten path. Somewhere along the way, I learned of the greatness that is Jeep, and right then I knew i'd eventually have one.
Over two years ago, I started the long hunt for my jeep. I knew I wanted a yellow one, with the 4.0 and 5 speed. After some research i started looking for one with a D44 rear end and 3.73 gearing. You'd be surprised at the lack of selection around here when it comes to jeeps, so I had to settle for the D35 rear end, but all my other criteria were pretty much met.
--Rig specs at time of purchase (May 9th 2007)--
Solar Yellow w/dual tops
4.0L I6 w/NV3550
D30/D35 with 3.73 Gears
7 Speaker stereo, A/C.
76K Kms. (47K Mi.)
Now i'm not totally sure when the mod bug bit me, but i'd say pretty much right after I got the jeep. I placed an order with quadratec for a bunch of small, mostly interior things.
Somewhere in there, I made a thread asking how to take the very stuck doors off () and went for my first drive doorless. Shortly after that, I finally got the hardtop off, and the soft top down.
Also got some flat end caps from the dealer, and did some poser flexing after disco'ing the swaybar.
The jeep stayed pretty much stock for more then an entire year, while I gathered parts up in the basement, and waited until next spring to start the installs (Except for some free/cheap mods like rollbar padding removal, and spare tire removal in preparation for a new rear bumper) (Pictures: April 17/08)
Until finally some mods started.
May 15/08 - 1.25" JKS Body lift
May 16/08 - M.O.R.E. 1" Bombproof motor mount lift
May 28th and 29th 2008 - Got some mild trail wheeling in, and took some poser flex pictures.
Now comes the fun part. In the space of about a week, after my final highschool exams, and before my camping trip, myself and some friends went crazy on the jeep. I ran out of time, so I had all the painting done at a shop, but I was just going to rattlecan everything.
Four 31"x10.50 Cooper ATR tires (GSAs were BALD and I needed tires before camping)
Nate's 4x4 front and rear bumpers
Hella 500 and Hella 1000 lighting with custom 12ga harnesses and switching
Colormatched Half doors, rollbars, and shackles
It turned out that my friend's boat broke, so we ended up wheeling every day for an entire week.
We didn't stop often to take pics or vids outside of the jeep, there were bugs everywhere! However I do have some great footage on my YouTube account.
Today, I finished wiring my rear fog/backup light/3rd brake light
It's wired with a 3-position switch in my 10-mini switch panel, that allows me to turn the 55w light on manually, or have it come on automatically with the reverse lights, or disable it completely.
Sorry about the crappy cell phone pictures, i'll take some better ones tomorrow.