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post #1 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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What do you do to make your TJ less "car like" and more "Jeep like"

Just as the the title says... the TJ is pretty refined as far as the CJ, YJ, TJ line goes. What do you guys do to make yours a little more rugged? In all honesty, since I drove my friends YJ im kinda starting to dislike the refinement of my TJ's interior.

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post #2 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 07:19 AM
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If your question is about changes to make to the interior......add a coat of mudd.

If the exterior is the question, lift it (2" BB) add a new set of less BS rims (4" BS AR 767's) and more rugged treaded tires(You choose, I like the BFG MT/AT).

I think having a lugged tire just an inch or so outside the flair really 'toughens" up the looks of a Jeep. Mudd never hurts on the looks outside either!

Go to some rallys, find a Jeep you like, ask them whay they did! Most jeepers love to talk about what they have done to their rigs!! Hell, thats why they are there!!!!!!!!


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post #3 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 07:31 AM
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I'd ask "JeepCrawler_98", he seems to have figured out a way. He has a complete custom fabricated dash.

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With the wet floors, weak or broken heaters, high interior noise levels and farmtruck ride and handling, I don't think I've ever heard someone describe a TJ as "carlike".

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Originally Posted by Gundog
With the wet floors, weak or broken heaters, high interior noise levels and farmtruck ride and handling, I don't think I've ever heard someone describe a TJ as "carlike".

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post #6 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 07:45 AM
tubework is cool...
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I will agree on the mud...

pull the rear seat, brackets and seatbelt...apply a do-it-yourself bedliner...

then go wheelin' in the mud, with no drain plugs, no doors, and just a bikini top...

a good coat of mud on the inside of the windshield is like food for the soul...

keep it muddy enough the wife refuses to ride in it, and you're set...

and no reason to wash it once you get home...

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and here's one from Sunday, November 14th:

you can tell it's a different day, as the nerf bars from the first pic are gone, and the steel cable on the winch has been replaced with synthetic rope...


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post #7 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 09:27 AM
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Hahaha...that made my day, BigWaylon.

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post #8 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 09:47 AM
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So far I agree with the previous methods, however I have one that should be used before all of them

Dont listen to the *******'s that complain about the TJ being a Car, or that the TJ has a minivan dash.

I guarentee that if Jeep would have made the TJ more like the CJ and YJ.......they'd be out of production. Times change, vehicles change to keep up.

You have a more capable Jeep from the factory then any other Jeep that has been made.

Be happy with it.........I love mine........covered in mud or not.


ohh........and yes.......I'm planning on a custom dash myself....

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post #9 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 09:49 AM
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mud, dirt, and war scars always seems to give a jeep more of a ruggid character. body armour seems to always work as well.

and a mannual tranny
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post #10 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 10:00 AM
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I line my dash with empty budweiser cans. Sure makes it seem backass redneckish with a side of white trash! Hell!! It matches all the Chevy trucks around here.

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I added a factory center console and an auto-dimming rear view mirror, and some grab handles on the roll cage, and some better speakers front and rear...

Oh wait, you said LESS car like... sorry
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ehh...those are some 33's mt's

stretched *** tj

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less car - more jeep...
hmmm...I miss my old CJ sometimes!

pull the carpet and line the interior...
put on some rock rails (drilling is FUN!)...

the plastic glove box has been replaced with a peice of diamond plate as well, and
my winch controls are mounted there.

add some Poison Spyder Trail corners in the rear with LEDs for good measure:

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post #14 of 27 Old 01-04-2005, 12:29 PM
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That is why I chose a TJ, for the refinements!!! Isn't that why we all have them, cause they are coil sprung, round headlights again, new 5 speeds in 2000 and up, dana 44's, and, new interiors?! I love my interior and how modern (if that can be said about a Jeep) it looks.

I know there are a ton of other reasons, but dang, they are Jeeps. Everyone and their mom's know what they are made for and would never say, "Hey, your jeep looks like a caravan on the inside?!"

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Like Big Waylon said, pull the carpet and bed liner it! Blows my mind when I look out the window and see people checking out the bedliner! I did it originally to get the spilled bait stink out of it!! I also pulled the back seat too for more room for gear and such...

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