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Well - its been almost 3 years, and, at the beginning I stated that I will not modify my new LJ .. I am such a liar :laugh:

The day I picked it up:



Mostly still stock - just a new back bumper



Installed a fuse-box and tool right beside the fuse panel



Proceeded to drive across Canada



Installed Aussie locker



Installed Airaid throttle body spacer



Installed 1 1/4" wheel spacers



And with a 2" RE lift, I fit my new 32" BFGs



No close-up pictures of my Bushwacker hood and fender protectors, no close-ups of my head-light guards or my tail-light guards. No pictures of my door sill and tail stainless guards. No pictures of my air-bag setup .. but, they are all on there. Just ask, and I can add more pictures!
 

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So did that Throttle spacer help out with the touchy go-go pedal!
When I ran the stock tires, in first gear it was really jerky .. 2 gear wasn't much better. After putting on my 32" tires, it really helped to smooth out the drive. The throttle-body spacer seemed to boost my gas milage by almost 100km / tank.

Right now my gas milage has dropped significantly / tank. I will be doing some maintenance on my Jeep - new spark plugs, clean my throttle-body and spacer. It might be due to my 32" tires - but - I might as well do something to see if I can make it better :teehee:
 

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So - I made some new goodies for my Jeep. I replaced the rear bumper again with another design and this weekend I fabb'd up a new front bumper. Its not finished yet, but, it is getting closer.

I will be capping the bumper-ends with some 1/8" CheckerPlate and I haven't decided if I want to put tow-tabs on the front or build a stinger. If I go with the tow-tabs, I will design them to be a steering-box protector. If I go with the stinger, then again, I would want to protect the steering box from impacts.
 

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The front bumper looks really good! Just add some d-ring shackle mounts!

And what's with the title? I was hoping to see a cut up LJ w/ stretched wheelbase :laugh:
Having three Jeeps in the household each one has been given a nickname. This one has finally settled on "The Stretch". My white one is "The Monster" and the little lady's hasn't really been named yet ... still have to come up with something better than That damn thing is broken :rofl:
 

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The front bumper looks really good! Just add some d-ring shackle mounts!

And what's with the title? I was hoping to see a cut up LJ w/ stretched wheelbase :laugh:
I decided to leave the bumper as is. That is TJ-bumper-design Rev3. I have already started designing TJ-bumper-design Rev4 that will be about 1 1/4" shorter (not stick out quite as far from the frame-rails) with a couple more bends just for strength-factor. If I like how the next design turns out, it will get a brush-guard, steering-box-guard and D-ring shackle-mounts. The one that is currently on my Jeep will probably be sold off to make room for the next design. Nothing really wrong with it, just not as happy with it as I feel I should be.

So, that picture above of the bumper that I designed and welded up, well, it is painted now and I found an 8000# Warn winch for it, put on some new driving lights and it is on the Jeep :thumbsup:



Picture taken in the parking lot at work, I'll get a better picture when the weather turns a little bit better.
 

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I was bored so I took some time and drew-up a CB antenna mount in AutoCAD, sent it to the laser, bent it on the little Ursviken 220-ton CNC break, primer'd it and painted it. Then put the antenna on - looked good. I made it so that it can be placed on either the driver-side or the passenger side of the Jeep. Currenty, it is on the passenger-side, I may choose to re-route the wire and run it on the driver's side with one of the other brackets that I made.

Then installed a CB-radio in the foot-well of the front-passenger-side. Also installed a switch so that I can choose when my interior lights come on ...

Picture of the CAD drawing that I did and one of the break in the shop. Following message will have the picture of the final product.
 

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And here are the pictures as promised. How the mount looks tucked tight between the tail-light, the body, the hinge and the wire runs smoothly between the top of the light-housing and the mount.

And, a simple install of the CB-Radio on the bottom edge of the dash. Seems to do well enough there. Yes, the seat does touch the CB when I move the seat forward to put people in the rear, but, it isn't putting alot of pressure onto the CB so I am not too worried about it. I still need to figure out a good place to clip the microphone. So far, I haven't picked a spot, so, when I am not using the system, the mic sits in my glove-box.
 

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Good to know! I'll give that a try!

Thank you! :cheers2:
 

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Jeep02Apex said:
Vance, I can't wait to see you hanging around the TJ tech forums :rofl: It'll be much fun!!
I have been playing in the YJ, TJ and GC sections lately - mostly just reading and such. Having three YJ's, one LJ and one ZJ keeps me hopping outside of the forum. I am still hunting for an MJ and JK to add to the collection - but - I am told that I am not allowed to bring anymore pets home till my yard is a little bigger

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Jeep looks great Naekid!
Thanks, eh! :cheers2:

BTW: I thought about putting my CB where you did 2006Sport, but, that is where my digital electronic brake controller sits for my 7-pole wiring harness to my trailer. I am also trying to find a location for my 12-volt to USB plug ... haven't found the right place for it to call home on my dash - yet.
 

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I'll have to snag some new pictures of my latest change-over.

The front suspension is now 1 3/4" BudgetBoost spacer with RE shocks and 1998 5.9L GrandCherokee front coils netting me about 3 1/2" worth of lift.

The rear suspension is now front LJ coils, no BudgetBoost with RE shocks.

From the top of my 32" BF Goodrich AT's I have 5 1/2" of air-space to the bottom of my fender-flare in the front end, in the rear end I have 5 3/4" of air-space - I am sitting level!!!

I also had a set of custom ZOR decals made up, so I washed the Jeep, dried it off and while in the car-wash bay, I put them into place ..

 

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... and I have just installed 1-ton steering and adjustable trackbars front-n-rear and have completed some maintenance - bushing, seals, bearings, etc. I had a case of death-wobble and now I am down to just shimmy at certain speeds - throwing all those parts at my Jeep have helped significantly ...

Pictures to be uploaded shortly ...
 

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... and the pictures of my new steering links and you can sorta see my new front adjustable trackbar ....
 

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I'll have to find my receipt from my local off-road shop to find out what brand they are. When I went in to talk to them, it was going to be either BDS or RE adjustable trackbars, then he called me up and said that he found a set of non-adjustable trackbars that would work and when I went in he said that my original request of adjustable trackbars arrived before the non-adjustables showed up.

They threw on the parts while doing an alignment for me ...
 
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