It all started when my 1982 Ford F 350 became much less dependable than I could tolerate!
I had been contemplating buying a new vehicle for some time and had the choice narrowed to either a Wrangler Unlimited or a Mini Cooper
The Ford decided to limp me into work an hour late and then get me only half way home! It was time.
October 3rd 2008 I started by looking at JK's on the dealer websites. I went to the Jeep site and built my perfect Jeep on paper then found the closest match at a local dealership. The salesman and I went to their storage lot and there it was
"I'll take that one"!
Now, I had never driven a Wrangler before and the fact is that I never did until 3 days later when all of the paperwork was taken care of and the Jeep was mine
For the next 10 months all I did was drive and love my new Jeep, then one day while trying to fix that old Ford I found this Ford truck forum. 10 minutes of searching followed by a quick trip to the parts store and the truck was running
I then found the "Slant Six Forum" to learn more about my 64 Dodge Dart.
And last but far from least I found "JeepForum"
After spending some time looking at all of the great builds and ideas I decided to start making my JK into something that suited my taste and requirements. The first problem with my Jeep is that it is 2wd
I really didn't think I needed 4wd
After allot of research and contemplation this will be addressed later in my build! Until then this will become a very well built 2X4
I started by getting some wheel spacers and a 2 1/2" BB from Rough country.
I also added front and rear Currie track bars and made my own extended rear sway bar links out of the stock fronts while using the stock rears in the front.
These were extended using SS DOM tubing with plug welds.
Next came a set of Mickey Thompson Signature Series wheels and 35/12.5/17 MT/R with Kevlar tires
With this tire set-up and the fact that the 2wd comes with the lighter spring rates I decided to change out the BB and get some O.M.E. Heavy coils!
I now have the 618 and 619 O.M.E. coils and they are perfect
The current stack of boxes in the garage consists of Superior 35 spline rear axles, Superior 4.88 gears and install kits, Roughstuff rear axle truss, Evolution front "C" gussets and CA skids, Viair 20001 200psi OBA system, and a Superchips Flashpack on the way.
Here is how it sits now with the rack that I built.