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wiseguy52 06-18-2012 07:47 AM

Evolution of our TJ
 
I have enjoyed the threads others have posted on Jeep build and thought I would join in. My now fiancee purchased this jeep right before we started dating. She was able to find a 98 TJ with only 60,000 miles. It is the 4 banger, but it does ok. SHe bought it mainly for on-road driving as she had a Prius at the time and needed something for winter and to have a little fun in the summer. This is a bad picture of it when she brought it home.
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/.../StockJeep.jpg
ANd just when you though it wouldn't get worse, that picture doesn't show all the chrome that was on it. :laugh:

So the first order was a lift and 33s. I was able to score the 33s on Jeep wheels from a buddy of mine pretty cheap. Also picked up the 3" lift from a friend of mine and put it on myself.
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG00430.jpg

Next objective was to get rid of the chrome.
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_3363.jpg

So in an effort to enjoy the topless fun, I was able to purchase a bikini, windjammer, and tonneau for the Jeep. Top now will be off until late fall. Do not have pictures of the tops, but you have all seen them before.

In the past few weeks, I have been hitting the trim, etc, hard with the rattle can in flat black. DId the flares, mirrors, headlight rings. Also installed a CB in it as well. Additionally I purchased and received front and rear bumpers from Ryans Rabrication. They were instaled this weekend.
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/...0616-00205.jpg

Next mods will be American Racing flat black wheels, which I already have, and new 33s. Will probably go with Yokohama Geolanders for daily driving. I will keep these MTRs for the fun days. I will also be installing additional lights on the new bumper as well as the winch. Not sure after that, but I am sure I will be seeing many new ideas on this site.

Kemah 06-18-2012 08:12 AM

How is the power after the extra weight? I have a 97 2.5 and I am about to do some similar things.

wiseguy52 06-18-2012 08:42 AM

The only thing that I noticed made a large difference was putting the larger tires on. At higher speeds it definately loses acceleration. But it is what it is. Just had to swap out the engine due to a cracked block. I haven't taken it out much since the swap. But I am sure the old block did not help the situation. I will let you know, we will be taking out some this week.

wiseguy52 08-22-2012 10:18 AM

So a few more mods have occured recently. In addition to more rattle can magic, all chrome but the lug nuts has disappeared. I plan to get black anodized lugs at some point in time. THe "new" tires, purchased from a fellow member have been installed on the AR wheel. This in turn pushed the tires out a little. I also purchased the soft top / door surrounds from a member as well and the are working great.

THe lights will be going on soon. I have ruged ridge slim line lights for windshield mounts and 2 pairs of driving lines to go on the bumper/stinger. The winch will come in the spring.

http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/...0818-00302.jpg

mukluk 08-22-2012 11:08 AM

Lookin' good :thumbsup:

dougbrown 08-22-2012 11:43 AM

Looks good, one day mine will be there.

TheBoogieman 08-22-2012 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by wiseguy52 (Post 14057913)
So a few more mods have occured recently. In addition to more rattle can magic, all chrome but the lug nuts has disappeared. I plan to get black anodized lugs at some point in time. THe "new" tires, purchased from a fellow member have been installed on the AR wheel. This in turn pushed the tires out a little. I also purchased the soft top / door surrounds from a member as well and the are working great.

THe lights will be going on soon. I have ruged ridge slim line lights for windshield mounts and 2 pairs of driving lines to go on the bumper/stinger. The winch will come in the spring.

http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/...0818-00302.jpg

The AR wheels were ugly enough with the polished aluminum,flat black paint only makes them worse.Ditch them and then get a 1.25" BL for those little tires.:thumbsup:

p.s. Lose the factory side steps too,a 40 lb. house cat could climb into a low Jeep after a big meal of mice and rice.
That damn Boogieman is a Jerk!

Oh,it looks really good too.

brplatz 08-22-2012 12:18 PM

I have the same rims and yah I hate em, but painting helped I think


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