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post #1 of 17 Old 03-01-2017, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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12 Year Jeepiversary - Project TJ Refurb & Upgrade

Going on about 12 years since my Father bought me this jeep in high school. Was originally stock height, 31" tires, black with spice soft top. I've been changing this jeep on a budget over the years but now that I have some spare time and a bigger budget, I'm going to do everything right and get some upgrades in there!

There's been many phases to this jeep, lets see what I can find:

2006
3.5 SF RE Lift, Doestech Shocks, 32" BFG Tires, Rustys Parallel Steering Conversion


2007-2008
Painted silver, black soft top. Cragar 15x8, Procomp A/T


2009-2015
Added tube fenders, went back to BFG MT/s, various little modifications here and there. Poor thing sat in the garage for 4-5 years.


The Project Begins - 2016-Current


First stage, fix the interior up:
  1. Changed interior from spice to black (replaced panels)
  2. Rubber coated the tub with 3MM
  3. Replaced carpet with BedRug (Awesome)
  4. Get new front and rear seats (Bestop)
  5. Replace console (Tuffy)









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post #2 of 17 Old 03-01-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Second Stage - Fixin' up the exterior
  1. New LED Daytime Head Lights & Black Headlight Bezel
  2. Removed chrome bumper, fixed rust on oem bumper, going all back (if you want the chrome rear bumper, come get in I'm in Gilbert)
    Thought I might as well replace the fuel pump too (way easy).
  3. Replaced half doors with full steel doors





Don't worry, that's water! :P

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-23-2017, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Alright so I got bored of the silver and decided what the hell, lets go back to the original black so the Jeeps finally painted and got a new hard top on. Not sure if I'm going to get Cragar JK Moabs and get 35x12.50/r17. I feel my tires just look to small.
  1. New RallyTops 2-piece Hard Top
  2. Rear fender XRC tube.
  3. New Paint Job
  4. Flat Gas Cover
  5. New Poison Spider Front & Rear Bumpers
  6. Currie Anti-Rock Sway
  7. New motor mounts & bushings




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post #4 of 17 Old 04-26-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Decided to upgrade my shocks from Doestech to Rancho RS 9000 Adjustables. Definitely better and look sharp too. Have mine set at 5 and they ride smooth. Found a couple of them on Amazon for 50% OFF!




Jeep overheated the other day, there weren't any leaks but the overfill bottle would start overflowing... Opened the radiator cap and it was a mess, definitely the problem. I found this Champion All-Aluminum Radiator that had fantastic reviews. Easy install, looks and works great. Very impressed. Figured I'd buy a new overfill bottle as well. Looks sharp.

Additionally, I had some issues with my fuel rail/line pressure, so I replaced it and added a slick summit racing braided fuel line. This took the place of the entire upper engine-side fuel line and adds some needed color!



My exhaust definitely needed some work, had a tailpipe and smaller muffler welded on and moved the entire exhaust higher to accommodate the tummy tuck I'm going to purchase. Going with the no body lift tummy tuck 1/4" and a CV and SYE. Maybe in a couple weeks or so.





Needed to fix my rear led lights, the plastic trim cracked on both sides and it looked cheap. Got some rubber grommets on Amazon, they definitely look better. I also needed a spare tire again. Purchased a smitty built HD tire carrier for the back. I was going to get a swing carrier, but I think this is most cost effective and works for my 33" tires.



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post #5 of 17 Old 04-26-2017, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Installed the winch finally, I went with a Smittybilt (98510) X2O Waterproof Synthetic Rope Winch - 10000 lb, the price was right and the reviews are great. Love the wired or wireless remote. The instructions were wonky but it was easy to install.


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post #7 of 17 Old 01-08-2018, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Afters days of going back and forth, I've decided to get 37's. I want to do this right, so I contacted my buddy Josh Attebery at KrackerFab to get everything going.

We're going with a HP-60 up front, 14 bolt in the rear, new axle shafts and joints and uses the Artec Truss Kit. 5.38 gears with Yukon lockers. Extending lines, upgrading brakes, etc.

Also adding a custom long arm suspension (4-link rear), custom made steering with OTN & high steer kit with west texas hydraulic assist.







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post #8 of 17 Old 01-08-2018, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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We got the custom long arm kit designed and fitted along with some finishing welds to the artec kits and axles.







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post #9 of 17 Old 01-12-2018, 06:56 AM
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Wow! Great transformation.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-13-2018, 12:28 PM
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That escalated quickly, I love it!
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post #11 of 17 Old 01-17-2018, 03:24 PM
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What is that front axle originally out of?

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post #12 of 17 Old 03-22-2018, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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KP60 Front was from a 04 Super Duty

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Haha yes it did, and we're almost done. I'll post new pictures soon!

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post #14 of 17 Old 03-22-2018, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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The beast is coming to life! The suspension is done, the steering is done, the axles are ready. Now going to work on cage, front bumper, and some other little things here and there.






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post #15 of 17 Old 03-26-2018, 08:13 AM
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Did you reuse your 3.5" lift when you swapped in the 60/14?
Is the rear axle in the stock location? and does it hit the stock gas tank?
What wms-wms did you go with?

99TJ 5.2V8 ax15 2.5lift dana30/44 Lockers 410s 35s AtlasII bellyup skid & winch
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