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post #1 of 659 Old 06-07-2007, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Evolution of the Evil Monkey

Well I have come back to the Jeep side. I recently sold my blazer and have bought another TJ.

This makes number 6 on the Jeeps and it should be a good platform to work from. It is a 2001 TJ with I6.

A friend of mine has had it for years. He bought it for his wife to drive around town when she did not want to drive her vette. Ha she never drove the Jeep. They have had it for 3 years and haven't put 5,000 miles on it.

I had previously installed the Rancho 2.5 kit with front sway bar disconnects, new coils, 9000 series adjustable shocks, new lower control arms front and rear.

I also installed the crummy chrome parts, some KC lights and a full stereo system. I am breaking into here and starting to strip down all the unwated chrome and will keep everyone posted as to the progress.

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post #2 of 659 Old 06-07-2007, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ok Chrome is gone!

I got the SRC Bumper installed with some clevis hooks and a Mile Marker 8000lb winch.
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Also threw on a KN intake for kicks. The first KC light is our of the blast cabinet and ready for paint to dull out some of that awful chrome.


Now I've got to get rid of those crappy fenders.
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post #4 of 659 Old 06-07-2007, 08:06 PM
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looks real good, welcome back!
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Got the lights painted up and went with a two tone. Soldered in and ready to run. I also tested the finish on the bumper against a fence, holds up well. (don't ask)
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post #6 of 659 Old 06-08-2007, 01:30 PM
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great work! good job gettin the chrome out! welcome back.

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Didn't take many pictures this weekend as I figured no one wanted to see an oil change, both diffs, trans and transfer case all serviced.

I did rid myself of some more chrome. I removed the headlight bezels and blasted off all the chrome film and then painted them flat black.
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post #8 of 659 Old 06-10-2007, 09:55 PM
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Looks good! I have always like that front bumper!

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post #9 of 659 Old 06-10-2007, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I had it out on the highway today and it sure seems pretty gutless compared to my other 01 I6 auto I had on 32" w/ 4.10's

I did notice that the thing only has 3.07 gears and is currently sporting 31" tires. I plan on doing a smooth belly, tube fenders and running 33" tires to keep everything as low as possible but trail worthy. I really loved how my last one wasn"t sitting on an 3" lift.

I am leaning towards getting a set of 4.56 gears w/ the the lockers. Anyone have any input on ratio with this automatic?

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Installed the rear OLY bumper and relaced 3 interior lights along with the fan switch. I now have a fan with multiple speeds
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Wow man, looks good.
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Ok I told the GF to take a night out with the girls and mounted up the Viair Compressor on the driverside battery tray.

I tacked welded the bolts to create studs yet in the end I could have done without it since I double nutted the studs both below and above the compressor feet. I decided on the lower double nuts to keep water from setting on the mounts. It also allowed clearance for the inside rear bolt that holds the trey down. I had to also clearance two places on the edge of the trey to clear the mounting feet. It was a super tight fit and my arms and hands are much to big for 11/32 nuts in a crummy location. But all in all everything is loctighted in and ready to plumb and wire.

Just for reference do not make your studs more then 1" tall or you will not be able to fit the compressor over them without removing the brake booster. It was tight as is with 1". If I did it again I would use 3/4" as that would have been long enough. I had the 1" in the parts bin and didn't want to make a trip to the store.

I really couldn't get a great picture once it was mounted there is just too much stuff going on in that corner.

Where are you guys mounting your air tanks and what tank are you using? The ones I pulled off my blazer are way huge. I could pull them on a trailer behind the JP maybe
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I have the same SRC up front. I am really thinking about doing away with the bars that extend over the tires and just leaving the main hoop. Watcha think?
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I thought about doing the same before I even installed it. At the moment I like it protecting the lights but when I remove the front fenders I think they will have to go. I wanted to save the time of recoating the bumper for now so the torch hasn't touched it yet.

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I already removed my front fenders. I've got PSC toobs, so I guess you just made my mind up. I don't have a torch. How many sawzall blades and grinding wheels would it take? lol
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