2005 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 6spd manual
Rokmen Mercenary front bumper
Rokmen steering box skid
KC Daylighters 130w
Garvin Wilderness tire carrier
Savvy Ultimate steering
Line-X Fenders and mirrors
Dynatrac front diff cover
Ruffstuff rear diff cover
Midland 75-822 CB
Super ultra custom backup lights
Black Magic brake pads with Centric Premium rotors
Black Magic Delrin door bushings
Comet Tri Band Antenna with Kenwood TH-F6A
Polk DB521 speakers with Nalin MFG dash brackets
Savvy 1.25" Body Lift
Savvy 1" Motor Mount Lift
Savvy Step Rock Sliders
Savvy gas tank skid
Powertank 10# with rollbar clamps
Savvy Aluminum Adjustable CA's
Black magic brakes JJ washers
Currie 4" Springs
Fox 2.0 Smoothbodies
Currie TJJ Front Trackbar
Currie rear trackbar with housing bracket
Currie Bumpstops F/R
Goodridge Extended Brakelines
JJ housing kit
Currie mini skids
Daystar 3/8" spring isolators
Currie extended rear sway bar links
Ten Factory chromoly axleshafts
Warn 2.5CI suckdown winch mounted on coil bucket
Tom Woods 1310 double cardan driveshaft
Well here she is after the rebuild. I've done a few wheeling trips with it and it performs great. You can check out my build thread on here to see everything I have done to it. I have a lot of trips planned so some better pictures should come.
Year & Model
2004 TJ Wrangler
5 speed manual
NPG 231J 2.72 Ratio
Dana 44 W/Trac-Lok
Rough Country 2.5" spring lift W/ 3/4"
Leveling spacers / Skyjacker Hydro 7000 shocks
285/75/16 Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx
16" Jeep Moab W/ Spyder 1.25" Spacer
none yet. soon tho
Cobra 800watt inverter.Uniden PRO520XL CB W/PA
Speaker/OBA system.Roundeyes headlight covertion
2003 TJ Sahara
Billet Aluminum Climate Knobs
Rough Country Grab Handles
Cage Mount Fire Extinguisher
Boston Acoustics 5-1/4" Speakers Front & Rear
Custom Speakers Adapters in Front
Smittybilt SRC Bumper w/ D-Rings in Front
Smittybilt SRC Bumper w/ D-Rings & 2" Receiver in Back
2" Procomp Lift w/ ES3000 Shocks
Teraflex 3/4" spacers up front
Extended Swaybar Links Front & Rear
Adjustable Upper Rear CA's
Self Built Engine Skid
Better Brakes - Bought at NAPA - Front & Rear
Poison Spyder Customs Hood Louver
Tail Light Guards
Warrior Products TJ Winch Plate
Transgo Shift Kit
The story behind it all:
I've always liked Jeeps and over the years I've borrowed my friends or families until I bought my first one about six years ago. Finally bought my own. It was white and turned out it had a few issues so it didn't last very long. We'll just chalk that one up to a learning experience.
When I bought my next one I did my homework and shopped around. It had to be a six cylinder, automatic, and have low miles. I settled on a Sienna Pearlcoat 2003 Sahara with 21K on the clock from Carmax The thing I liked most was the color. Where I live there are a few white, black, red, yellow, and green Wranglers and blue just wasn't my color. The burgundy color looked great and there are only two others that color in the area. It was a done deal. It didn't look like everyone else's from the start. The fun started from there. Mind you now, I don't have an unlimited Jeep mod budget, so some of the stuff I bought were not necessarily the brand that I wanted, but it is my DD as well. That being said I don't go hardcore wheeling and there are no rocks in Florida, but it does do what I need it to do, so I think I did pretty good.
I had it about a month before my first mod went on, the lift. I did it myself in about 3-1/2 hours with hand tools and such. It was also probably the most involved thing I've done so far, so everything else was easy. The best part was I did them all myself.
The winch and the PSC hood louver were the best two investments I have made. The louver helped with heat soak tremendously as it lowered under hood temps more than 50 degrees and the winch has had a "return on investment" factor to it. Two weeks after putting the winch on I broke it in properly. Ran into a couple on the local beach from South Carolina. They didn't know about Florida's "Sugar Sand", pulled their rental Excursion onto the beach, tried to turn around, and promptly sunk it to the frame. It was right next to a bridge, so I used one of the posts and anchored my Jeep to it with a 30K strap, hooked the winch to their rear tow hook, and pulled them right out. A big "Thanks!" and $50 later and they were off.
It's close to being how I want it. I've had a bunch of fun with it, and I'm sure there's plenty more to be had along the way. Here's to more fun in the future...........
This is what it looked like when it came home.
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with: 4.0L/42RLE/NV231J w/ SYE, HP D30 front, D44 rear, 4.88's with Detroit TrueTrac's front and rear, 33x12.50R15 Goodyear Duratracs, JeepMedic engine skid & tummy tuck, modified "Soli" diff covers, Kilby steering box skid & Body Clamz, Savvy gas tank skid, Skid Row radiator skid, rock sliders with internal reinforcements, JKS 1.25" BL, Currie 1" MML, Vanco 15" brakes, Springs: OME 2.5" - 934 front, 949 rear, Shocks: OME N66 & N67, lots of bumpstop work, adjustable front and rear track bars, adjustable control arms, front sway bar discos, Viair 460C with 1 gallon air tank, rear load leveling airbags, Poison Spyder Customs Trail Cage with custom additions, ebay 'knoblockbumpers' rear bumper, some homemade stuff (GPS mount, CB mount, antenna mount & third brake light), ZJ V8 tie rod, trans temp gauge & tranny cooler, Superwinch EPi9000S on Warn winch plate, Hesco High flow thermostat housing, Bestop tire carrier, 160A Durango alternator, custom exhaust. In Progress: shock mount relocation w/ long travel shocks and off-road camping/utility trailer w/ roof top tent.
Name: Luciano Verdura
· 4.0 I-6 w/ Brown Dog 1” MML & custom Hendrix hiline hood covering it up!
· 6 speed w/ Lopro mount
· NV241 w/ Novak shifter
· Dana 44 locked w/ Riddler cover, Superior Shafts, Synergy Ball joints, Alloy axle seals & lower CA skids
· Dana 44 locked w/ Riddler cover, TnT Truss & Superior Shafts
· Custom stretched rear 4-link 98" WB
· 1” Daystar BL
· OME 930/949 coils
· Front and Rear Antirock Swaybars
· Savvy Alum front upper and lower alum control arms
· 12” outboarded rear Bilsteins
· 35x12.5r15 Goodyear MTR/Kevlars
· 15x8 Alum Raceline Monster Beadlocks
· Warn 9.5ti w/ Viking synthetic line. Poly Front half Rollcage w/ custom rear additions
· UCF ultra high clearance tcase skid & engine skid, UCF Windshield armor
· Savvy Alum front bumper
· Warn Rear bumper w/ tire carrier
· Rokmen Sliders & Steering skid
· PSC 3" flare Defender Hilines w/ matching rear flares
· Genright Stretched corners & EXT tank
· JKS adj front track bar
· Tom Woods Driveshaft
· Currie Steering w/ Savvy tie rod
· 4pt harness'
· Balistic Fab Battery tie-down box
· Evo Front axle sleeve's
· Vanco Big Brake kit
· Front tie rod flip w/ raised sway bar brackets
· Gusset front axle C's
Purchased this Jeep in 2011 with the intent of a mild build and enjoying some offroading on the East Coast. Through Jeepforum I met a lot of guys and got the opportunity to wheel with some of them and began to realize what an addicting hobby it is.
Starting out I would have never thought I would have learned as much as I have about building a jeep and I’ve spared no expense to stick with high quality upgrades. My jeep has become a part of my life as I’m sure it has with many of you.
Just over a week ago now I had the opportunity to make a cross-country trip to Colorado and Moab with a bunch of other forum members and wheel 7 days straight! It was one of the greatest experiences a jeeper could have and I'm extremely happy with how the jeep performed.
Thanks for lookin!