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The "LifeProof" Build Thread

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:wave:Welcome to the build thread that will be documenting my 2002 Solar Yellow TJ, LifeProof.

I enjoy the outdoors very much and have a fondness for camping, hiking, mountain biking and pretty much anything that can get me closer to mother nature. Recently i have been getting into off-roading and i am starting to get the itch for it. I have many ambitions in mind for my Jeep but my current location will help me keep it small for the time being and allow me to save for what i want, when i need it.

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June 2017

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· SEMPER FIDELIS
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Just some things that stand out while I have been a JeepForum subscriber.

Good quotes

Build it for where you wheel and live not where you want to wheel and live.
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Life is to short to waste it just working.
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Thanks to all

From when I bought my jeep in July 2011 to December, I began to google more and more about jeeps. Links to Jeepforum kept popping up but I hadn't registered until after the holidays. I had begun to learn so many things about wheeling, jeeps, mechanics, and so much more. I appreciate all those who gave me guidance as a new member and those who continue to pass on their wealth of knowledge.
 

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As of February 2014

Current Modifications/Upgrades
- K&N Cold Air Intake
- 1.5" Wheel Spacers
- HiLift Recovery Jack
- HiLift offroad kit
- 30x11.5 TSL/SX Super Swampers
- Cragar 15x8" Soft 8's
- Uniden CB radio
- Sony GT710HD
- Kicker dash and sound bar speakers
- KC 130w Daylighters
- KC windshield mounts
- Poison Spyder Customs hood louver
- Rough Country 2.5" suspension lift
- Removed rear flares
- Antirock front sway bar
- JK turn signals
- XRC8 comp series winch
- Rampage frameless top
- Barnes front bumper
- Barnes rear crossmember
- Paramount Restyling front fenders

Future Mods/Upgrades
- Front Rubi D44 (Thanks Jankoid)
- Rear XJ D44 (Thanks MO2500)
- 36x12.5" TSL/SX's (for the time being 35" MTR/K's fit the budget better)
- Allied/Raceline Beadlocks (the MTR/K's will ride on my cragar's)
- Custom dashboard
- Custom roll cage
- Custom skid plates
- Off-roading/camping trailer
- Rockers ((Barnes rockers are waiting for paint/install)
- Rear fenders (Paramount rears are waiting to be shipped)
- Rear Antirock
 

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A few things that have been inside my head recently for when i plan to upgrade:

- I was looking into ECORS last year and with the new AA class this year, i was optimistic for when i get out of the Marines to look into that. Well, upon more research i found my antirock DQ's me for that.

- Looking at picking up some better axles. ie: Front D44 or HP30/Rear D44 or 8.8

- Pondering weld on beadlocks for my current steelies. Think its a good way to take advantage of what i have and save up money for good beadlocks later.

- Debating about which welder to start of with, probably a Hobart 140.

- Waiting to pull the trigger on a tube bender. Fenders and bumpers to come.

- Looking into metals, most likely going to fab everything from aluminum when possible. Get it prepared for if i do get into racing.

- Been studying the reagear write up from pirate4x4. That will be my project on the new axles along with fabricating some goodies for them.

- Extended shocks, front and rear. With a long arm upgrade, upper triangulated.

Again this is all in the 18-24 month from now time frame.

The axles will be getting worked on throughout 2014 as well as the metal work such as bumpers, roll cage, skins, etc.

The axles/new suspension and tires will go under the Jeep in early 2015.

When i get back the 2014 season has to look forward to a whole bunch of wheeling on 30's and a whole bunch of fabricated parts.
 

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Looking good. Im stationed in Lejeune as well. Maybe I'll see you around. I have a garage full of tools in case you want to try some out before making a purchase. I have a HH140, MM175, JD2 Moedel 32 bender, JD2 Notchmaster etc.

Keep up the good work.
 

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So i got the thread cleaned up a bit and made a "Wheeling" thread to post all those pictures that were cluttering the page.

The after action report from my wife was amazing. She had a blast and i wish i could have been there. There are plenty of things we talked about as far as needed upgrades and wanted upgrades.

A lot rides on whether or not i will be getting a truck come next summer or if we both decide to reenlist or not. For now planning will go both ways to prepare for whatever happens.
 
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