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Nate's 2002 TJ, Not so simple anymore.

As things change I think I'll try and keep a current photo right at the top....
Updated 1/17/14

The Hammers….. Chocolate Thunder

I never really post on here but I do appreciate all that I read! Here's a few pics of my TJ. I really don't know how it's even come this far. I'm a broke family man with way to many hobbies, but this Jeep thing has been the BEST one i've ever gotten into for me and my family! The Jeep is more like a family member than a vehicle. Here's a basic mod list. Any questions or more info. needed please ask!

-NP231 with TeraLow 4:1 and Rugged Ridge SYE
-Tatton CV driveshafts

Front Axle:
-LP D30
-Sierra 4.88 gears
-Aussie Locker
-Yukon Chromoly Axles
-Spicer ball joints
-Alloy USA axle seals
-Clayton 3 link bridge
-Artec LCA brackets
-Blue Torch Fab diff cover
-Big Daddy Off Road Tie Rod.

Rear Axle:
-D35 (the most famous D35 ever)
-Sierra 4.88 gears
-Superior 30 spline Axles
-Detroit Locker
-Poly performance shock mounts
-Blue Torch Fab diff cover

-Custom 6" rear frame stretch for 100" wheelbase
-Genright "Alien" stretch fuel tank
-1" body lift

-Front 3 link
-Teraflex 9550 shocks
-R/C 2.5" springs
-Teraflex coil spacers
-Metalcloak Duroflex joints
-Custom .250 DOM links (29" length)
-UCF lower frame link mounts
-Barnes 4wd inner frame mount
-Clayton 3 link bridge
-Stock track bar
-Currie AntiRock sway bar
-Custom front suck down winch

-Rear 5 link
-R/C upper and lower links
-UCF chassis link mounts
-Metalcloak Duroflex joints
-Stock track bar / with relocation bracket
-Moog rear springs
-Skyjacker Hydro shocks
-Poly Performance shock towers
-Relocated stock coil buckets
-Factory rear sway bar with extended links

Wheels / Tires:
-Raceline Monster Beadlocks 231
-35x12.5r15 BF Goodrich KM2's

Exterior / Armor:
-Barnes4WD front bumper
-Custom steering box skid
-Custom Oil pan skid
-Barnes4WD flat T-case skid plate with custom bracing
-Poison Spyder Hood Louver
-MetalCloak arched front fenders with rub rail
-Trail Gear rock sliders
-Savvy Aluminum half doors
-MetalCloak rear corner armor customized for 6" stretch with rub rail
-Swag Offroad drop down tailgate kit
-Custom rear bumper crossmember
-OR-fab front sport cage
-Custom cage additions, windshield bar, front spreader bars
-Poison Spyder rear trail cage
-Hella H4 headlight upgrade
-DDM Tuning 5000k HID kit
-4" LED rear tail lights with aftermarket flasher

-Iggee seat covers
-Radio Shack CB
-Custom in cab winch switch
-Hand throttle
-Raptor Lined tub
-Artec Quart Crate
-Swag off road Baja Bin
-Poly Performance 10lb CO2 kit
-Crawl Magazine fire extinguisher mount
-Smittybilt mesh top
-Sony Bluetooth stereo

-Smittybilt XRC8 winch with steel cable
-Warn steel fairlead
-Tractor supply D-rings
-various recovery straps and snatch block

And....... well probably a bunch more little stuff but that's most it.

I've done all the work besides the re-gear.... so if you have any questions I may be able to help.

Just a little Vid of the type of wheeling we have in Central California


Chop, Wheel and Rebuild..
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Yeah I DD it. The Aussie in the rear doesn't bother me a bit. Now i'm not saying that I can't tell it's there...... just that it's behavior becomes predictable and just something you get used to. The main thing you can feel if you have a manual transmission is when you shift and get back on the gas the jeep tends to pitch slightly to the side. I would guess if you had an auto this would be a non issue. For the money, quality of the part, ease of install and capability it adds to the jeep I think it's well worth it.

Chop, Wheel and Rebuild..
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Haven't updated this in a while. Well my Aussie locker in the rear started popping and acting really strange so I had to take it out. I can't really say for sure it was the unit itself because it actually looks to be in really good condition. I think maybe the carrier was damaged in some way.

I just put in a Superior super 35 kit with Detroit, and feel really good about my purchase based on the research I've done on the kit.

I managed the install myself, and it went pretty good. You just have to be relatively comfortable with what's going on in there.

Now my next project is a Rough Country long arm upgrade. I went this route for several reasons. I was running stock control arms prior. One reason is that several people I know run this kit and love it, and I've had the chance to really look at it installed, and it's very stout. (my stock stuff is SO beat) I also run my rig relatively low but want lots of droop. Improved ride quality also sounds good. And besides all that.... I was just looking to make more of a change to the rig besides simply replacing short arms.

I spent the day yesterday prepping for the install. I disassembled everything, painted a bunch underneath, cleaned and basically just tried to do whatever I could to get ready (parts haven't arrived yet)

Cutting off the stock control arm brackets with a 4in. electric angle grinder was a *****. I didn't like how it went. I got it done but not without getting into the frame more than I wanted to. In retrospect I was going about it wrong and didn't really figure it out until the last bracket. I tried to cut right on the weld down into it at an angle, then when I got into It pretty good I beat it with a BFH. This worked but I had to keep grinding....... and grinding. Well the last bracket I went lower on the bracket below the weld and didn't get into my frame very much at all. I've done a lot of things, but removing brackets like that was new to me, and the lack of clearance was tough. Oh well its DONE! Here's how it sits now. Still waiting on parts!

I'll post up some install pics over the next few days. Excited to get it all on.

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Hey fuzz, I was just looking around for ****z and giggles and noticed you PHU emblem! I am also part of my local 300! Happy wheeling bro.
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