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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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High School Budget Build Thread

This won't be seeing much frequent updating as I am on a VERY tight budget and get things as I fing good deals on them. but maybe it'll show some people how to build a jeep on the cheap. I bought my first jeep in feb. this year. It's a bone stock 1997 Tj Sport with 110100 miles on it. it's got the 4.0 I6. I picked it up for 4K and it's my first car.







More for me then anything else but here's a current list of things to do to the Jeep(in order)::

Replace Muffler/Tail Pipe
Replace Steering box
S-Box Skid
RC 2.5" Lift
JKS 1.25" BL/MML
New tires/Rims( not sure what kind yet)

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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:09 PM   #2
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Added some tail Light guards today

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Also added some fog's on the bumper. will get pics tomorrow...
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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:13 PM   #3
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You just made me very jealous. I got my 99 for $3500 but it is a 4 banger. You should check out my build thread. The link is in my sig
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Unread 04-27-2008, 07:15 PM   #4
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your lucky u got the 4.0, i got my 97TJ 2.5 for 3,000
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Unread 04-28-2008, 08:04 AM   #5
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The stock TJ is amazingly capable offroad, so my first suggestion is to drive it as is until you're SURE you want to spend the time and money to make a change. You're probably aware of these threads, but I'll post them anyways just in case.

I made a ______ for my TJ! is a good section of home made mods. It's a sticky so it's readily available at the front of the TJ section.

The Cheap Tricks and Fixes section of the General Offroad section is a good place to pick up some common sense and some quite clever mods one might not think of.

And lastly, the Fabrication Shop also has some really great info. If you've got access to a school's metals shop and/or instructor you're golden for saving substantial money on mods. I'd love to have a key to my old high school metals shop.

HTH,
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Unread 04-28-2008, 02:04 PM   #6
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iv never worked on a jeep before and iv had mine for about a year. i just put on a 2" bb, 1" bl and 1" mml. also added some 33" by 10.5". im on a pretty tight budget too because im in high school too but i did it all myself its a great set up.
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Unread 04-28-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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Pathogen, how difficult was this to do? it's something i'm looking into for summer and just wondering the difficulty. I'm not mechanically inclined at all btw...
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Unread 04-28-2008, 04:47 PM   #8
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I have not done it and I am going to wait to do a read lift and not a BB but I am some what mechanically inclined so if you need help I can help you do something like that.
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Unread 04-28-2008, 05:47 PM   #9
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Added some fog lights a few weeks ago that I picked up for $25. They're only 55 Watt driving lights but hey, they help

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Just Fogs:


Fogs and Headlights:



Like I said, not much but I couldn't pass them up for $25
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Unread 04-28-2008, 07:31 PM   #10
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Sweet deal for a 4.0! Looks good.
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Unread 04-28-2008, 08:16 PM   #11
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Yeah Im pretty much in the same position, still in highschool and picked up a 99 4.0L for 6k.
Im starting to think I could have got it for cheaper....

anyways Ive had mine for 4 months now and the first thing I did was get new rims (stock is friggin ugly) and then just as a little cosmetic thing, I took off all of the plastic bumper corners. Makes it look 10x better.

btw found a guy that is going to sell me his teraflex complete 4" lift with the control arms and everything for 500 WOO
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Unread 04-28-2008, 08:22 PM   #12
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any ideas on lifting it?

v8 grand cherokee coils in the front with a 3/4'' spacer, and then move the stock front coils to the rear will give u about 2.25-2.5'' of lift FYI
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Unread 04-28-2008, 09:16 PM   #13
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Yeah Im pretty much in the same position, still in highschool and picked up a 99 4.0L for 6k.
Im starting to think I could have got it for cheaper....

anyways Ive had mine for 4 months now and the first thing I did was get new rims (stock is friggin ugly) and then just as a little cosmetic thing, I took off all of the plastic bumper corners. Makes it look 10x better.

btw found a guy that is going to sell me his teraflex complete 4" lift with the control arms and everything for 500 WOO
I got my 2000 4.0L for 5.8k with 106k miles. Pretty good deal for my area.
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Unread 04-29-2008, 08:12 PM   #14
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never ever worked on a car in my life. and i did it i know i should have had some one there to watch me. . . besides my girlfriend. but i did it it took me a little while but the hardest part was the bolts. PB blaster works wonders so does white lithium grease.
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Unread 04-29-2008, 08:33 PM   #15
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any ideas on lifting it?

v8 grand cherokee coils in the front with a 3/4'' spacer, and then move the stock front coils to the rear will give u about 2.25-2.5'' of lift FYI
There are just some things that never seemed like a good idea to me, and this is one of them. The front coils vs. rear coils vary so much I don't know why anyone in their right mind would think it is a perfectly acceptable and safe to run front coils in the rear.

Lift kits aren't that expensive. The more I look at other aftermarket mods, it makes my suspension seem cheap. A budget boost would get you close to the same amount of lift and be a hell of a lot safer, IMO.
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