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Unread 04-01-2008, 08:49 AM   #1
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Slow Mo TJ - Build

I think this will help keep myself organized on the project and hopefully teach some other people along the way... I will post up current projects and pictures for wheeling trips.

Basic Background...
Started with a bone stock 98 TJ. Jan 06


Normal newbie BB and 32s


Then some other crap along the way...


While wheeling broke an axle which took out the carrier... Decided to swap in a 44 and 30 from a LJ to get a tad more strength in the rear and better gearing... FULL THREAD HERE


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Unread 04-01-2008, 08:52 AM   #2
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Recently build a new cage. Still got some work left to do after I figure out seats and other crap...








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Unread 04-01-2008, 08:56 AM   #3
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Now catching up with the up to date stuff...

Here is how she sits as of two weeks ago:


Cracked my tranmission housing so I am in the middle swapping then around.



I also ordered a teralow 4:1 kit. Going to add the to the TC as well as a SYE and 2 low kit.


Should be done getting the tranmission internals swapped over to a new housing by the end of the week. And hoping to get the trans back in the weekend of the 12th.
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Unread 04-01-2008, 11:21 AM   #4
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impressive work.
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Unread 04-04-2008, 07:44 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Got the transmission internals swapped into a new housing. Hopefully on Thurs or Friday I can get back to my jeep to put it back in.
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Unread 04-09-2008, 09:57 AM   #6
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New trans ready to go in...



Giving it a whole new meaning to shiny side up!


I moved the breather on this one too, so i will get some pictures with the new location shortly. Got a new trans cooler. Going to pickup my new trans temp gauge today and I will be set to get it in this weekend.

Also have a big list of stuff to do this weekend:
Install Trans and TC
Install new trans cooler
Install trans temp gauge
New Trans Mount
New CPS
Paint cage
Clean and paint TC skid
Clean and paint engine skid
Clean, wire brush rust, and paint frame
Clean, wire brush rust, and paint axles
Clean and check front and rear brakes
Replace front wheel bearings
Replace tie rod ends
Trim front fenders
Install a smaller tool box and take the big box out
Make a mount for the spare tire inside the Jeep
Brakes on the front of the Dodge
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Unread 04-10-2008, 03:06 PM   #7
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got started on painting the cage since I have nice weather...




Better shot of the BLING
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Unread 04-10-2008, 03:32 PM   #8
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Nice to see you're using the Jeep as it's meant to be used! (Looks like you could use another coat or two on the rollcage)
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Unread 04-10-2008, 05:23 PM   #9
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thanks, and yeah I still have a few more coats to apply. Just got bored waiting for it to dry so I snapped some pictures.

Oh another note, I had a ****ty HF trans jack that sucks for adjustment and I can not get the trans lined up at all! Looks like I am heading out to get me a new jack
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thanks, and yeah I still have a few more coats to apply. Just got bored waiting for it to dry so I snapped some pictures.

Oh another note, I had a ****ty HF trans jack that sucks for adjustment and I can not get the trans lined up at all! Looks like I am heading out to get me a new jack
I got away with 2 regular jacks, but it still sucked. Make sure the converter is fully seated, I thought mine was, so attempted to put the trans back in. I ended wasting 6 hours trying to get the dowel pins lined up, but it just wouldn't line up. I brought the trans back down, seated the converter again, and it lined up with little effort.
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Painting cage red I hope? LOL! Nice build so far. Interested to see how it looks when it's all put back together.
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Unread 04-10-2008, 07:18 PM   #12
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Painting cage red I hope? LOL! Nice build so far. Interested to see how it looks when it's all put back together.
Nope, seems mferrari has a thing for orange spray paint.

And how did you manage to crack the transmission housing?
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Unread 04-10-2008, 07:44 PM   #13
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haha yes it is ORANGE!! But orange tractor paint (holds up better).

I cracked the housing when my driveshaft broke. I guess the torque from that sent the trans sideways...


A note to everyone. The HF jack that uses an impact gun sucks to installing a trans!! It worked great to take it out, but it does not have enough adjustment to install a trans (for a single person job).
Bad:


For $200 this one better do amazing!
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With the auto tranny, did you really need the TeraLow kit?

Hey, don't get me wrong. I'm drooling over the fact you got it!
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With the auto tranny, did you really need the TeraLow kit?

Hey, don't get me wrong. I'm drooling over the fact you got it!
Needed? No. Useful? Yes.

I got a great deal and I am currently a little under geared with the 33s.
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