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post #1 of 248 Old 01-04-2010, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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rballman JK build - da hoopty

Even though my Jeep is already modified, I decided to make a build thread so I could have something to look back at. ...and future mods!

Bought her Oct 2007:
- basic 2dr X
- D30 / D44 with 3.21 gears




2007 Wrangler X - Jeep Green, 4" lift, 4.88s, locked rear, custom bumper/fender/cage, rolling on 35s w/ 15s

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post #2 of 248 Old 01-04-2010, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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In 2008 I upgraded the tires, added a CB, light covers, and a rear tow hook.

- Rubi 32" BFG Mud KMs
- Factory rear tow hook
- Rugged Ridge Euro rear light guards
- Cobra DX IV Compact CB Radio with 4' Tiger antenna and PA speaker




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Feb 2009 I bought some Poison Spyder Custom sliders for $125




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April 2009, some fellow JK'ers helped install a Teraflex 2.5" BB w/shocks and rubi 4dr springs. I also installed some 1.5" Rough Country wheel spacers. I got about 3" of lift with the setup!

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May 2009, scored a hi-lift jack off craigslist for $30. I decided to install this inside the jeep so it is out of the elements. Found a perfect spot behind the back seat. Tapped the roll bar holes and here is how it turned out:






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June 2009, a fellow JeepForum member and I ripped off the front plastic bumper and cut the crush cans off. What a difference it made:


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September 2009, bought some 35" BFG KM2s w/15 soft 8s:




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post #8 of 248 Old 01-04-2010, 04:47 PM
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How does the Jeep handle with these 35 inch tires and 3.21 gearing..?
p.s Love the color of your Jeep and the mods you did so far...
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Very nice. Keep it up and spend that money.
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How does the Jeep handle with these 35 inch tires and 3.21 gearing..?
X2. I have the same set up and was looking at 33's.
What backspace did you get the soft 8 15x8's with? rub? Or do you use the wheel spacers??
and yeah, yer rig looks really sweet, man!!
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More info on the red JK behind you!

I like your heep... when we wheeling?

Blood, Sweat and Beers... a.k.a. My JK Build.

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Nicely built JK, but you desperately need gears.

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How does the Jeep handle with these 35 inch tires and 3.21 gearing..?
p.s Love the color of your Jeep and the mods you did so far...
actually it handles fine. sure 6th gear is useless but it is just fine driving around town and in the mountains it is OK too. just have to download another level!!

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Very nice. Keep it up and spend that money.
I am spending as fast as the wife will let me!

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X2. I have the same set up and was looking at 33's.
What backspace did you get the soft 8 15x8's with? rub? Or do you use the wheel spacers??
and yeah, yer rig looks really sweet, man!!
4" backspacing and I kept the spacers on for now.

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More info on the red JK behind you!

I like your heep... when we wheeling?
i think he lowered his JK 3" and put some twenty-two spinners on it.

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Nicely built JK, but you desperately need gears.
if I had the money I would! I will regear when I go with 38s

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if I had the money I would! I will regear when I go with 38s
And what axles will you be swapping in?

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November 2009, got some new bumpers and fenders from Fab Industries:




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