Chili Pepper Pearl TJ Build
As she sits now - May 2013
BUILD THREAD INDEX / WRITE UPS
Kenwood Headunit InstallMechanical:
JKS Rear Adjustable Track BarArmor:
UnderCover Fabrications Ultra-High Tummy TuckPersonal Fabrication:
Rear Tire A-Frame Build / Comp 4x4 Spindle / Bumper Build / InstallationMisc. Write-Ups
Header Flange Repair FabricationPhotos:
Auxiliary Lighting Night PhotosJuly 2012 Photo:
December 2011 Photos:
September 2011 Photos:
Thread Beginning: January 2009
First off, the Jeep's name... Veda, from the main character of the 1991 movie My Girl.
So as many of you say, I've read enough of these to start my own build thread. To begin my story, I bought the Jeep on January 2nd, 2008 after searching Craigslist for months, and finally found this '99 TJ Sport (83k, winch, hard top, tow pkg.) from a guy in a local town for $7,000. Checked it out, brought it to my mechanic, assessed, and decided it was right.
Here's the original ad picture...
So after I bought it, I simply drove it! Didn't have much desire to change it around too much. It had the radiator replaced, and a new exhaust (nothing fancy, just one to pass inspection), and blacked out the headlight bezels as well as the grille inserts, as I'm a BIG fan of black on red.
This lack-of-change stayed until mid May 2008, when it was time for new tires. I decided I wanted to pursue the whole "off-road" thing , even if it would only be for looks for a while, so I went with BFG All-Terrain's 31x10.5 and Cragar Soft-8s(black again:) ).
Here she is after that little modification... (see? we're getting there!)
So that's how she ran, with occasional mods like a CB in October and Police Scanner in November, grab handles, mounting my Mag-Lite, etc... Up until January, when I installed a 3" coil lift by Black Diamond Suspensions, a Rampage Recovery front bumper, Hi-Lift, tire caps (the little things count too!)
I'll add pictures in another post so you can see the changes, etc :rofl:
Hope this stays interesting enough to get a few people to read it haha.
So here are pictures...
Bumper, meet Jeep :-)
Couldn't get the winch plate to fit the new bumper just yet...
AFTER (w/ lift)
Cut the winch plate to fit, painted both the winch and winch plate, and ordered new cable
Installed new cable
And for those who may be asking, the two holes in the bumper are for the driving lights... which i do in fact have - it's just been too cold to wire the relays (10 degrees is NOT ideal conditions)
Really nice improvement since you got the jeep. It really looks great and nice choice with the mods.
Next i say throw on some bigger rubber and some armor and your good to go.
I just recently got mine and lovin it!
Good luck and keep postin pics and mods I as well as many others enjoy very much!
Thanks for the encouragement!
I love it. Thats a beefy *** bumper.
Lookin good a very nice improvement from the start. Stock Jeeps are great and all, but once you have a lift and some mods sure does stick out :)
Looks very nice, I like that red with black as well.
Very nice. keep it up.
moving from boston to orlando id the worst decision in the history of bad decisions. i moved here from medford ma and id kill to go back florida is a joke good people but the economy is a jokkkkkkeeeeeee.
Moving to Florida is for school at this point. I'm not sure if I plan on staying after finishing my masters program, but we'll see.
I'm not one for living in a Del Boca Vista region. (just incase you're a Seinfeld fan:laugh:)
hey when you get down here if your looking for anyone to trial ride with message me cause i still dont really talk to people here. anyways good luck with it.
Today i got a new windshield and rear hard-top window... long story short i shattered the old rear window and had them install a new windshield while installing the rear one.
also washed her down and got some of the grimey road-salt off.
I saw some rust already on the front bumper, god I hate the climate and road conditions up here, it looks like I'm gonna have to touch it up already..
Pics to come
Installed the WARN "GO PREPARED" banner today, as well as got my new rear bench.. only problem being that when i went to unscrew the bolts from the floor in the back, the heads snapped off leaving me with a bolt-filled-hole-and-no-way-to-get-it-out. sucks.
also swapped my clear lenses to amber with a guy on here from NC.
looks even better now:)
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