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post #1 of 17 Old 07-24-2014, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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'98 TJ El Ardilla Roja

Picked up a new project so my LJ would have a little brother I am going to be building this very simple, but with quality parts that we prefer to use and sell!!

'98 TJ SE 2.5, auto

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All Savvy armor/bumpers with all the goodies
4" Savvy/Currie suspension w/aluminum arms
High Pinion Dana 30 with 4.88's, ARB, alloy shafts
Dana 35 with 4.88's, E-locker, c-clip eliminator kit with alloy shafts
Black Magic Brakes 16" big brake kit
either Tera Low or box for rocks (undecided)
35x12.5x15 MTRs on 15" Raceline beadlocks


Day I got it (3weeks ago):




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post #2 of 17 Old 07-24-2014, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Now the fun begins!

This week I installed a new top (I don't like the tan on red) . Got a 1.25" body lift thrown on there. Mocked up the new spare tire .....Had to drop the gas tank to replace fuel pressure regulator and decided to throw the dented stock junk skid in the trash. Then found this nice Savvy aluminum GTS laying around the shop. What was the most fun was the 10lbs of dried mud on top of and around the tank. Spent 2hrs power washing under the tub and it looks awesome under there now!







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Got a lot of work ahead of me

Mopar deep trans pan
Savvy front and rear aluminum bumpers
Savvy rocker guards
Savvy corners with tub sliders
Savvy/Currie 4" lift with all the goodies and aluminum control arms



Snuck the rear bumper on there before quitting time:

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Nice choice im color. You going to paint the aluminum?
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Nice choice im color. You going to paint the aluminum?
On the fence with that. I may powder coat the bumpers and sliders black, but the corners are throwing me....I really like red there. I could attempt a close to match red powder coat and live with however it turns out. Auto paint is not an option because that will turn into me having the whole thing redone lol. Other option is to just give everything a brushed finish look and leave it raw.
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Going to be sick , though it will be hard to beat Nates Dana 35 legend !

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On the fence with that. I may powder coat the bumpers and sliders black, but the corners are throwing me....I really like red there. I could attempt a close to match red powder coat and live with however it turns out. Auto paint is not an option because that will turn into me having the whole thing redone lol. Other option is to just give everything a brushed finish look and leave it raw.
Yeah I like the red and black combo but agree the corners are a tough choice since its almost half the jeep. My vote would be color matched corners and everything else black if you can get a good match

Gotta keep the squirrel red
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You're such a tard.

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I wish I would have kept my 98 2.5l auto; would have done something similar and saved so much money. Oh well, subscribed!
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Got the new trans pan on and flushed the trans. I got lucky enough to find a busted trans. mount and 2 nutscerts broke in frame when I took the skid off Rear axle/suspension is coming out tonight.

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Rear is out



Made room for the Anti-Rock



Got some fluff for the interior

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Sneak peek of the HP-30 upper control arm mount for Johnny Joint

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Decided to go with "bolt-on" for now with the shocks. Went with Fox IFP. Got the "new-to-me" rear Turdy-5 axle cleaned up ready for re-assembly. And scored some nice used 1" lift MORE bombproof engine mounts.



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Can you guess which shafts are going in this TJ and which ones go in my LJ?

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Knocked out the suspension, sitting on its own weight again.



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