I really enjoy reading jeep build threads especially modest ones like I have been planning. I figured I would start my own build thread which gives me a reason to document everything I do.
I did not know what to call my build - so "Idaho Jeep build" will have to do until I come up with something better. This will not be a hardcore build and for the most part will just be a modest bolt on project - but is still a lot for my first Jeep project. I am hoping that when finished this will be a good "all around" jeep. I want it to look good and perform well. I want a fairly low COG without much cutting and for it to be capable of taking some tough trails yet be able to drive down the highway without problem.
I am planning on doing as much work myself as possible however I am certainly no mechanic and will pay a pro to have certain parts of the project completed. My main helper on this project will be my 9 year old son who loves to turn a wrench and get dirty. This Jeep is not a DD so It will be sitting in the garage for a few months (or more based on the speed I work at
). Rather than attempting any sort of write up for any of this work I will just provide the link to the write up I used incase anyone is interested.
Here is what I started with 18 months ago when I bought the Jeep.
2004 TJ with 12,000 miles
4" Tuff Country short arm suspension lift (sold)
33x12.50 BFG MTs (sold)
Fabtech front bumper (for sale)
Bushwacker flares (sold)
(all other stock parts I am taking off - skid, front brakes, arms, fenders, steering, brake lights etc.. are for sale as well - make offer)
Within a few months I added:
wanted a spare and bought a 5th BFG MT (thought I would stay with 33s - oops) I also replaced the rear stock bumper with a Garvin Wilderness system. While being quite heavy, it has been great so far. I bought a safari top, Rock Hard rockers and I also added a Cargo Master rack with a congo cage.
A few months after that I added a winch plate and Warn XD9000i
Since then I have been saving my pennies and playing with the Jeep deciding what I wanted to do. I planned on starting the build later this Fall but could not wait any longer since I had started receiving parts.
Sitting in the garage or on the way:
TnT 3.5" Long Arm suspension lift with axle trusses and high clearance skid: http://www.tntcustoms.com/page.asp?pageid=102 http://www.tntcustoms.com/page.asp?pageid=81
TnT Outboard shock kit: http://www.tntcustoms.com/page.asp?pageid=152
TnT OTK 1 ton steering: http://www.tntcustoms.com/page.asp?pageid=178
TnT 4.5" Tube fenders: http://www.tntcustoms.com/page.asp?pageid=114
TnT 4.5" Extended wheel well corner fenders: http://www.tntcustoms.com/page.asp?pageid=208
(I should mention that I purchased all of my TnT parts through Rod at Cherokee4X4.com - he gave me great pricing and was very helpful. He is a vendor here and I highly recommend he and his company for all your Jeep parts)
Vanco Brake upgrade with Yellow stuff pads http://www.vancopbs.com/
TnT adjustable track bar
JKS 1" Body lift
Currie 1" Motor mount lift
D30 & D44 OX lockers
Yukon 4.88 R&P & install kits
AA SYE & new speedo gear
Antirock Swaybar kit
Rock Hard Ultimate sport cage with rear & angled bars http://www.rockhard4x4parts.com/tj-03.html
Overkill Engineering Grumpy Bumper http://www.overkilleng.com/overkille...umpybumper.htm
*EDIT* Took 5 months to get...
Silla all aluminum radiator
Litedots - tail lights
Litebolts - front turn
Synthetic winch line - 90' x 3/8" AmSteel Blue with safety thimble
Garmin GPS - Nuvi 5000
(5) 35x12.5 Baja MTZ
(5) 15x8 Rock Monster beadlocks http://www.rockmonsterwheels.com/
Balanced with Dyna Beads http://www.innovativebalancing.com/
Front Shocks: 10" travel 2008 O.E. Remote Res. Fox shocks w/ 11" shaft.
Rear Shocks: 11" travel 2.0 Pro Series Remote Res. Fox shocks.
(I want to mention that I purchased my shocks from Sonny at Down South Motorsports. I HIGHLY recommend this guy he has great prices and knows his stuff when it comes to shocks. You won't be disappointed with this company http://downsouthmotorsports.com
Still to do:
*Edit* Be sure to read my thoughts on the parts I used - see post #528. I will try to update these thoughts ever 6 months or so.
Okay - onto the build. Feel free to ask questions or offer any advice of which I will need plenty.