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08-07-2017 07:02 AM
ChrisHager Congrats on the sale!
08-05-2017 04:55 PM
billzcat1 Never came back to update this...

The WJ sold in 6 days on Craigslist. Sadly, the buyers aren't the type who I think will really appreciate it for what it is and what it can do, but that's on them, not on me.

At the end of the day it was a great vehicle to own. I hope I find myself with a project/wheeling Jeep again someday. Here's what my current stable looks like:

2017 Ford Focus ST commuter/fun car (stock for now)
2002 Lexus LX470 wife's car/family hauler/camping (stock for now)
1993 Ford F-250 house/farm truck duty (AAL, Dana 60 swap, 4.10s)

I wish you all the best and thank you all for being a part of the great experience that comes with being a Jeep owner!
06-26-2017 09:27 AM
TheDashingRogue Wow! I just finished reading this entire thread, Billz, and just wow. Your knowledge and experience on display here is incredible.

I'll be honest, reading all your info and seeing all the awesome treks you have taken in this WJ convinced me to buy one myself and to join this forum. I'd always loved the idea of overlanding and off-roading, but had no idea where to even begin. When my old Accord decided to blow its third transmission this spring and I needed a new set of wheels, I was waffling between a couple of WJs, an '05 4-Runner, and a late 90's Tacoma. That's when I stumbled on your thread here, and it's pretty much what decided it for me.

Now I am the proud owner of my own 2003 WJ Overland (love it so far!), and I'll definitely be referring back here for my future upgrades.

Thank you for all the info and inspiration. Here's wishing you the best in all your future endeavors! Can't wait to see what your next project is, mate.
06-14-2017 07:10 AM

I agree with the lot. Your info directed my build as well. Sad to see the ole' silver beast go but you sure got a lot of use out of it!
06-13-2017 08:09 PM
billzcat1 Thanks guys, it means a lot to know I helped you all out at some point. The Jeep community is BY FAR the best group of folks, and I truly mean that having been around the block a few times all over the automotive community. It's you guys that make Jeep ownership great, not just the vehicle.
06-12-2017 07:22 PM
04Overland47 I'll also offer my many thanks for your contributions to the forum over the years. Personally, you've given some awesome advice and have had a ton of patience. Your "guide to buying a WJ" thread was and still is extremely helpful to anyone considering a WJ. Best of luck with your new rig! *cheers*
06-12-2017 09:01 AM
wxmanWJ I'd also like to stop in and say a quick "thank you". I recently sold my WJ, but actually happened to mention you as one of the major reasons for settling on a WJ over in the "What did you do to your WJ today" thread. Your knowledge is incredible and the forum benefited greatly from it, as did I. Best of luck with your other rides, and thanks again!
06-11-2017 08:13 PM
Cirruslydakota I as well as many others need to say thank you for all you did for this community.

Its funny, just as you're preparing to sell yours i'm preparing to send my 99 off to be made into something else for its next life. But I liked the WJ platform so much I decided to get another and this time build it right from the start so I picked up a 2002 Overland. Using your well sorted lift guide I built the suspension just the way you recommended right down to greasing the sway bar bushings to get that perfect supple ride. The result? A fantastic 200 mile shake down ride with my new wheels and tires this morning and I couldn't be happier.

It was due to your hard work for this platform that made it possible so I want to say, thank you.
06-10-2017 09:44 PM
billzcat1 Bringing this back from the dead!

I've been too busy with work and family and other commitments to spend much time on Jeepforum. The mods were kind enough to grant me a Lifetime membership as a thank you for moderating the WJ forum.

But I digress... I am finally putting the WJ up for sale. I've had it for 90,000 miles now and it has been a trusty steed. However (as I mentioned many times over the years in this very thread) my family outgrew it. I bought a Lexus LX470 for a family hauler and it's pretty awesome, much better for hauling 3 kids in car seats. Add to that the 1-ton truck I bought and my Focus ST commuter/fun car and I am out of parking space. Reality finally set in... I'm not driving the WJ any more and the off-road build I want to do is just so far out I can't justify keeping the WJ. I'll buy another one when the time comes.

So the WJ is up for sale. If you've followed this thread you've seen what I've done and my genuine love for this platform and this particular vehicle. The last 2 years I've not been updating this thread, but it's been uneventful. In the last 2 years I've done a tune up, couple oil changes, water pump/belt/tensioner, and a window regulator. I did both front unit bearings with SKF bearings and all 4 TREs with Moog. Really not bad for 190k and the V8 still runs strong, no sludge no milkshake, just works! Everything else I've done has been documented here.

Craiglist link:

Asking $3000 with winch and Rola rack (not installed for pictures).
08-24-2015 01:13 PM
ChrisHager It's good to see you pop in! Congrats on your third little rugrat!

Good to hear the ole' WJ is hanging in there. I'm still impressed with your 17 MPG number.
08-24-2015 01:06 PM
billzcat1 Well it's been more than a year since I updated the build thread! Or really spent much time on Jeepforum.

Still have the WJ although we have added another car seat to the mix. No issues to report in the last year, just a few oil changes and I took the Rola Rack off since it was bubbling rust under the powdercoating. This, in a salt-free state where I've had it on the roof <50% of the time. Not thrilled. It's still structurally sound, just didn't want it getting worse during the periods I wasn't using it.

So the need is there to add to the stable. We can haul the family of 5 no-problem but actually going somewhere and doing something with it is pretty difficult. Roof and hitch baskets required and it's not super fun for me to deal with. It's barely able to hold all of us and the bi-weekly trip to Costco. A friend of mine might be selling his Suburban 2500 for cheap and that might become the vacation/camping-mobile. No reason to get rid of the WJ though, 17 mpg there is better than 9 in the Burban.

Another thing we are considering is getting a WK2 for my wife whose real estate business is taking off. Usually she drives our VW Sportwagen TDI to meet clients and while it is still like-new it's not very "prestigious" and maintaining the image of success is very important for getting new clients. So there's that. Lots of stuff up in the air, me with a decision-making disorder, and a WJ that soldiers on despite all of it.
08-22-2015 09:09 PM
inthefive555 Any updates? Which direction did you end up going? I ended up keeping the FZJ which will be a diesel swap once I get all the parts to arrive. The T4R and WJ I gave to the old man and it ends up the WJ keeps trying to break itself. Wife and kid now have a shiny RX hybrid for comfy daily duties. I can't compromise much now with this bad back of mine.
03-13-2015 06:51 AM
2003 GC. bumper cover replacement

I will be replacing both front and rear bumper covers on my 2003, looks like the twin to yours. Torn between which finish to use. Looking at the Dupli-color bumper black, and the Mar -Hyde products. quite a difference in price. do you have any suggestions??
05-15-2014 10:18 AM
billzcat1 Not much in the way of updates. The last 6 months have seen little stuff breaking on a monthly basis. Taken the Jeep camping a couple times, still hauling the family around. I am coming up on the 4 year anniversary and the Jeep has done so much for us but I am (again) considering replacement. Mild reliability concerns aside, it's getting too small for us to do the things we want to do. I put the roof basket back on for camping, but with the 4 of us (wife + 2 kids aged 5 and 2) it is a real struggle to fit everything we want to take camping. Just packing the rig up is a ton of work and my failing body doesn't like to deal with things like climbing up on the roof. As the kids get bigger it's going to be worse, and if we have another it's going to be downright impossible with the WJ.

The good news is that all of the aftermarket stuff I've done over the years has performed and continues to perform admirably. Still no sag from the BDS/Bilstein combination. The Fawkes MiniMax is still awesome and the powdercoat he uses is massively durable; it looks like the day it was installed and has been super handy for occasional winching and also putting a large, heavy trailer in a place it shouldn't logically fit. The Silent Armors are getting a bit worn for snow driving but they have almost 40,000 miles on them and still have plenty of tread overall, more than 1/4" all around. They've been very durable tires for me and worth the money. Never had a flat, popped a bead, and even with lots of wheeling on rocky trails the tread is in excellent shape. No chunking at all like I've seen on cheap A/Ts, just a few minor cuts in the tread blocks that don't affect durability or safety.

If I get a replacement family hauler, I don't know what I'll do with the Jeep. The body is pretty rough but the interior and mechanicals are good, I think it is worth more as parts than as a whole.
05-14-2014 09:12 PM
towman92266 I just got done reading this whole thread.....Very Cool and Thanks for taking the time to write it.
Any updates?
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