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post #1 of 11 Old 06-10-2007, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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My 99 Build-Up

Well I don't know for sure this is where this goes but heres a write-up on my 1999 TJ Build-up Mods move it if needed.

OK fellow jeepers this is my first write up other than trail reports on other websites so bear with me. This is the story of my 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport from my acquisition to its current state.

I bought my Wrangler in 2005 after returning from my second trip to Iraq. I had an XJ already that needed re-gearing and a new R&P up front but chose to part it out and build a TJ. When I bought my TJ it was COMPLETELY stock with only 42,000 miles on it.

The weekend I got it home I had a coil spacer lift at my house I put on it for a little extra height. I went wheeling that Sat.

I wheeled my jeep stock for quite a while. My first mod was due to my own stupidity (first two times out I had no front or rear tow hooks; I DONT RECOMMEND THIS) well after a pretty bad stick we ripped my rear bumper off so I had to replace the bumper and get tow hooks.

After wheeling stock for QUITE some time I bought a simple 1 body lift for me jeep. This was an inexpensive mod that gave me room for larger tires. After helping a friend of mine do some work he gave me a set of Mud Kings off his Rubicon 265x75x16 (32s) I now have MTs, tow hooks, and a jeep starting to look like a wheeler.

I wheeled my jeep like this till I deployed for my 3rd trip to Iraq. While deployed this trip I purchased a HUGE round of mods for my jeep to include more lift, a full array of skid plates, a front locker, and a winch. I purchased a Rough Country 4 X series Lift Kit let me say I LOVE it. This thing was very complete. Other purchases were a Skid Row radiator skid plate, a Skid Row engine skid plate, a Kilby steering box skid plate, a Kilby gas tank skid plate, and a set of warrior trail corners. I also purchased a Lock Right locker to install in my Dana 30 front and mounted my M6000 winch.
Here she is just prior to the lift on the trails
Here she is with all the stuff installed on the trails

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-10-2007, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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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
36x12.50's TSL's/Beadlocks
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
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nice build

Gone but not forgot. 2000 Sahara 4.0, auto, 4"rock krawler x factor long arm, 33x12.50x15 M.T. Mtz, M.T. classic lock rims,30/44 limited slip, land runner safari rack, land runner front, and rear bumpers, warn 8000i winch, cobra cb, jks 1.25" bl, brown dog 1" mm lift.AA sye, J.E. Reel drive shaft, Aussie locker, Rock Crusher front cover
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Wow, from stocker to well.....not stocker, but wheeling does take a toll on our Jeeps.

Nice build and thanks for your service.
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and here are just some Misc pix of items used during the build and the axle installed and such:
8.8 Diff Cover

8.8 From the Rear

Dana 30 Diff Cover

8.8 In place

Alloy USA Outer Seals

How she looks now

ZJ tierod compared to TJ Tierod

Front Bumper being built

a couple of near done pix

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Thanks guys this jeep was BUILT to wheel. I don't drive it on the streets at all any more.
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What a transformation, I like the picture progression.
And of course, thanks for your service

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Jeep looks really good. Glad to see you also get it dirty.

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Originally Posted by Fred99TJ

Awesome build up


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Originally Posted by Fred99TJ
Thanks guys this jeep was BUILT to wheel. I don't drive it on the streets at all any more.
I was just thinking; I havent seen that jeep around post Nice build!
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again thanks guys. I HAVE TONS of other pix, but I made these to show the of build as much as possible and to give visuals of each phase of the build. Glad you guys enjoed them keep the comments coming good or bad I love them all
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