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Unread 03-30-2010, 11:40 AM   #1
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Name: Dean*

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97 TJ Tub on 03 TJ Rubicon Chassis
4.6L Stroker
5 speed w/Shifter Throttle
4:1 TC w/2WD-Lo Conversion
DANA 44's w/Front Rubicon and Rear ARB Air Lockers
**************** Front ARB Diff Cover and Rear PSC Bombshell Diff Cover
Yukon 4.10 Gears
Alloy USA Chromoly Axle Shafts
Tom Woods CV Driveshaft
Front Rubicon Express Extreme Duty Adj. Track Bar
Rusty's Offroad HD Tie Rod w/dual Heim Joints
F&R JKS Quick Disco Sways
4" Superlift Rockrunner Lift System w/HD Upper and Lower Control Arms
Rancho RS9000XL Pro Series Remote Reservoir Shocks w/In Cab Air Adjustable System
Rancho RS9000XL Steering Stabilizer
Full Prothane Bushings
35x12.5x15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
10" Mickey Thompson Classic Lock Wheels
Skid Row Engine/Tranny Skid
Skid Row Gas Tank Skid
Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers
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Custom Front Stinger Bumper
Warn XD9000i
CO2 On Board Air
Mastercraft Rubicon Dirt Sport Seats w/5pt Harness
Vision-X Tantrum LED Underbody Nav Lights
And a CB.

I am just returning to the jeep world after a 10+ year hiatus with 4wd atv's. After selling them I was on my way to purchasing another motorcycle since I had not had one since getting into atv’s and was really missing it.* Right before pulling the trigger on a bike I had picked out I thought long and hard and realized that while I would love to be back on a bike I could not enjoy this experience with my 8 year old daughter.* I wanted to share this with her, teaching her mechanical skills as well as a love and respect for the outdoors and seeing all the places only a 4wd can take you.** I grew up as a kid wrenching on FJ40's and we had several of them in the family and still do. While I will always love the FJ40's I decided to try the Jeep brand for the first time this go round and am very happy I did. I have rented them several times on vacations and always loved driving them. So my search began. 

I always loved the aftermarket following with the Jeep brand and the enormous amount of products available for them so I set out to find my ride.* To me, the TJ model offered everything I was looking for in a trail rig, creature comforts and an extremely capable platform.* After months of looking I finally worked a deal on my Lil' Mule. It seemed like a pretty solid build and culmination of products that would set me in the direction I wanted to head with little waste in things I would not have done.* I always try to look at everything I do and determine if there is something I would do different or if I think there is a better way to engineer it.* I have never been able to leave anything I have owned alone so the build began.* All work, fabrication, welding, painting and design on this build is done by me or with help from a friend.* I have always been the type that if I did not know how to do something, I learned.
My goal is to build a modest trail rig that will look good and is capable of handling some tough terrain yet still be able to drive around town enjoying the beautiful days we tend to get year round in the south or put it on the highway and go for a weekend drive.* I have always wanted to wheel in Moab and hope to have the build far enough along to head out there this spring.
Thanks again for considering me.




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Unread 03-30-2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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Way to go!!!!

Great Jeep.

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Unread 03-30-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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Congratulations!! You've got a sweet looking TJ.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 11:50 AM   #4
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congrats great looking tj!!
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Unread 03-30-2010, 12:04 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by TheBoogieman View Post
Jeepinmichguy is a jerk.
Originally Posted by mrblaine View Post
How about this, if you had the Jeep Spirit, you wouldn't abuse the rest of us trying to enjoy a nice day out wheeling by bringing your brokeass broken down junkyard crap out to play where it can't handle it?
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you all have nice rigs, stop being f****** a**holes.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 12:18 PM   #6
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Congrats LSU...TJ of the month and Avatar of the decade.
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Finesse in crawling looks way cooler than momentum.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 01:38 PM   #7
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Congrats man....
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Unread 03-30-2010, 02:06 PM   #8
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Really awesome Jeep! Congratulations and well done.


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Unread 03-30-2010, 02:07 PM   #9
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a worthy choice. nice job.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 02:13 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Jeep02Apex View Post
Congrats LSU...TJ of the month and Avatar of the decade.
X2 !!! Congratulations on the win!!!
06' LJ, stock, except for a few more items... build thread

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Unread 03-30-2010, 02:46 PM   #11
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Damn nice Jeep.
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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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Unread 03-30-2010, 02:48 PM   #12
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Congrats LSU, your Jeep is sick, even with those tires
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Unread 03-30-2010, 03:06 PM   #13
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Great job on the jeep and a very well deserved win. Thanks for bringing it in for the red jeeps.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 04:35 PM   #14
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Nice Rig!

Congrats man. Beautiful rig!
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Unread 03-30-2010, 07:19 PM   #15
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WOW. I never expected this. I am honored, amazed and humbled by the number of votes I got. You guys are great, no matter who you voted for, and without you there is no contest. I have found several of my most respected rigs from seeing them in the top 10 on this contest and reading about them from there. And a few of them have still not won so it is not just the winners that are tops around here in my book.

This build is just my dream of what I wanted in a jeep and I am humbled that so many others approve of what my vision was. My build will never be as extreme as a lot of the others around here as this is not what I am looking for. I have the utmost respect for these more extreme rigs, they just won't work for me. I want a rig that is capable of being a DD and able to hit some fairly extreme trails with some challenge yet still remain competent and reliable in an every day situation. And of course also look good while doing it. While I am not done with my build the major things have been addressed. I am currently working on a custom long arm setup & tummy tuck and am putting in a type of sport cage. I don't suppose the build will ever stop but I am very happy with where I have gotten with it and am thoroughly enjoying wheeling in it with my family and spending time with my daughter.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for me. You guys rock!
I am honored.

Also in particular to two of the rigs above, Gunkel and bddisi, you guys have been a big inspiration in my build and you have two of the finest rigs I have ever seen.

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