I think my first wheeling trip out I mashed my stock fenders so I chose to flat fender my jeep but couldn’t afford Tube fenders so I started cutting. My results were a decent looking flat fender that was effective on the trails
In Aug of 06 I smashed the flat fenders even worse and tube fenders went on sale. I bought a set of Smitty built full replacement tube fenders and put them on
I also had a buddy of mine build me the bumper in this pic
I wheeled my jeep like this up until Sep 2006 when I had catastrophic brake failure so rather than put ANY money into my stock D35 I started my axle swap to the ford 8.8 in it now. This was the start of my biggest round of mods yet. I started by finding a Ford 8.8 out of a 96 or newer For explorer. By choosing these years from this truck you get the added benefits of rear Disk brakes and 31 spline axles. Once I had my axle I started buying the needed items for the swap such as brake parts, gears, install kits, well the lift goes on. Once I had everything I would need I contacted my mechanic because I can’t weld and to put this axle under TJ you need to weld all the coil spring bracketry on. I dropped everything with him and went on the lookout for locker options. I was going to get a spool for the rear and keep my lock right in the front but I stumbled upon a Super 30 kit with ARB and compressor. This upgraded me from stock 27 spline shafts up front to a BEEFY 30 spline AND Chomolly shafts. This opened the door for me to run 35” tires or bigger. Well with an ARB in the front I opted to go ahead and get an ARB for the rear to, this was my biggest purchase thus far.
My jeep sat several months over the winter while waiting for my mechanic to have the time to do the work, but I FINALLY got it back Feb 07. Once I got it back I had several loose ends to tie up. I had to plumb the rear brakes myself, plumb the ARB air lines, wire the switches and the compressor, install my SYE, build a rear DS, just “tune” my suspension. To tackle the air supply problem for my ARB’s, I say problem because I had an air supply but it is a Viair compressor not an ARB compressor so I need a tank, I got a 2 gallon tank that fits directly behind my back seat and effectively now have on board air.
Now that my jeep is home I have finished putting it all back together and I must say I am very happy with it. After all the lift and the trimming I made room for the 36x12.50x15 Super Swamper TSL Radials I bought
After installing the tires the same guy who made me the bumper started making Weld on Bead lock rings
so I bought a set of them so I now have Bead locks too.
Somewhere in this mix there are parts I know I missed like Solid Diff Cover for my 8.8, Rock Crusher Diff Cover for my D30, Adjustable front and rear track bars, no front sway bar, rear sway bar disconnects, For Communication I have a uniden CB and Whip antenna, Alloy USA outer seals on my D30, and an upgraded Grand Cherokee tie Rod, 1” full replacement Motor Mount Lift……….well below is about as complete list of my specs I have……
99 TJ; Clarsville, TN
4" Rough Country X, 1" BL, 1" Spacer, 1" MML
S30, ARB, Rock Crusher Cover, Rustys LCA mounts
8.8, ARB, SOLID Cover
4.56 gears, SYE, ZJ Tierod, Tera-Flex Front, JKS Rear Adjustable Trackbars
Custom front/Rear bumpers, M6000 Incab Remote
Skid Row engine/radiator skid, Kilby steering/gas skid, Trail Corners, A-Z rockers, tube fenders
Uniden CB, whip, Viair Compressor W/OBA