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Table of Contents:
Springtail organizer - Post 6
Groundpounder Fab rear bumper - Post 15
Hartop Lift - Post 25
Rear disc brake conversion - Post 42
Flare painting - Post 62
ARB Comprssor Installation - Post 78
'03 switch bezel installation - Post 80
Hi-Lift Mount on Bestop Tire Carrier - Post 94
Rockhard harness Bar & 4 point harnesses - post 108
JKS ADCO installation - Post 130
Olympic Mountaineer Rack - Post 131
In Cab winch controller - Post 136 & 137
ZJ Tie Rod - Post 139
Badlands ORV Park - Post 140
Fuel Rail wrap - Post 141
Aux reverse light - Post 147
Corbeau XRS Suspension Seats with heaters - Post 150
Aux fuseblock & seat heater switches - Post 160
10 blade rad fan and HD Fan Clutch conversion - Post 163
Mean Green 200A Alt - Post 164
265/75R16 GY MTRs - Post 179
Currie UCAs and Tranckbars - Post 188, 194
AA SYE Kit & CV Driveshaft - Post 189
TnT Rear Spring relocators - Post 196
Currie Anti-Rock - Post 199
DeRale Power Steering Cooler - Post 201
Brown Dog Motor Mounts & Engine Brackets - Post 204
UCF N0 BL Trans Skid - Post 204
Bilstein 5100s - Post 215
Overhead CB Rack - Post 216
PSC Steering Box - Post 218
ARB Headlight wire loom - Post 218
Gas tank overhaul - Post 255
Exhaust, Cat, Xfer Case sight tube, Rear TB braket - Post
Currie HD Steering - Post 292
Tie Rod Flip, Raised Swaybar mounts & Currie JJ Housing Kit - Post 298
NV241OR xfer Case Upgrade - Post 299

Wheeling Trips
2009 French Lick JJUSA - Post 40
2010 Drummond Island JJUSA - Post 74
2010 French Lick JJUSA - Post 91
2011 Drummond Island JJUSA - Post 153 & 154
2011 Laurel Highlands JJUSA - Post 171, 172, & 173
Sedona, AZ Jeep rental - Post 177
2011 French Lick JJUSA - Post 183 & 186
2012 Badlands JJUSA - Post 222
2012 Laurel Highlands JJUSA - Post 233
2012 French Lick JJUSA - Post 244
2013 Laurel Highlands, French Lick, and Williamsburg JJUSAs - Post 297

Well, after 18 years of thinking about owning a Wrangler, I came across this gem (at lest to me it is :thumbsup:) and had to pull the trigger on it. Despite what my wife thinks, I love it. To me, it' s the perfect vehicle for Michigan (4x4 for the winter and dunes, and top down for summer!)

2002 TJ Sport
Solar Yellow
4.0L
5 Speed
D44 Rear w/ 3.73 gearing
Hardtop
New BFG's - 30x9.5x15s
While it has 93k on it, it's not a DD, so be it.




 

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great find, you could eat off that enigine! good score on that D44 too ;)

If it were me, i'd remove those side steps.. fender flares look good, so no need to paint those. any thoughts on a lift/bigger tires down the road in addition to your wish list (after the new BFG wear)?
 

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Very nice find! D44 is really nice to have along with that engine that is showroom clean. Definatley remove those side steps. You get more ground clearance under your rockers.:thumbsup:
 

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NICE rig! That does NOT look like a Michigan Jeep! It's way to clean! If your wife doesn't already love it, she'll come around this spring when the top comes off. :D

Welcome to JeepForum too! :tea:
 

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Well, been 2 weeks and wanted to show off a few updates to the Jeep.

Started by painting the bezels, installed fog light guards, and removed the milk jugs:



Then I organized the tailgate:



And cleaned her up:



In process of ordering a Ground Pounder rear bumper, and IPF headlights w/ Fatboys, a new recovery strap, and D-Links. :2thumbsup:
 

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x4 and I live right by you and also have a 2002.

Your engine looks reeeeally clean. It makes me want to clean mine good in the summer. I like the flag but everyone always gets the other side wrong. The flag should be reversed on the other side as if it is blowing towards the back while you are driving. Pet peeve of mine. Nice jeep, welcome.

Also, what spray paint did u use for the headlight bezels? Was it color-matched or generic yellow?
 

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Well, it's from a company called Springtail Solutions:

http://springtailsolutions.com/

The system is called the MPAC Rack:
From their website:
"Here is our exclusive rigid grid system for the Jeep TJ, it mounts to the back door and measures 20.5 inches. Plenty of room for a couple Modular pouches, bags or packs. It fits nicely on the back door and holds a suprising amount. Don't worry about putting the top down either as it and the bags slip nicely under the collapsed top (see additional photos link).

The rack is constructed out of sturdy 16 gauge aluminium that has been cut using state of the art laser technology. It features expertly welded and polished corners with a durable black powdercoating. We have designed it to accept most MOLLE style pouches although in the future we will be designing other accessories ranging from axe/shovel mounts to tactical rifle and pistol cases.

Measures 30.5cm H x 52cm W x 2.5cm D"


It's not a cheap system, but what I do like is the ability to customize it for whatever I'm doing with the Jeep. I actually found it in JF's Vendor Section.

To vtx531: I'm with you on the flags. :thumbsup: The pass side is reversed as it should be. Just don't have a photo of that side to show.

As for the bezels paint, I went to the local dealer and they pulled the paint code from my vin # in order to get me the right color. It was $10/ spray can.
 

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Ground Pounder Fab Bumper Installed

Spent the last couple of weeks preping and finally installing my new Ground Pounder Fab Bumper (once the weather got over 30F):













Since then I gave her a tune-up (new plugs, IAC, TPS, cleaned the TB, and a new air-filter) - She runs like a champ now. Also picked-up a '05 OEM soft-top with tinted windows and a set of OEM door surrounds. Now if the weather could just turn for the better.
 

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Well, been busy learning more and more about TJs and installing some minor upgrades:

First - Steering box, radiator skid plates, and a OME steering stabilizer:



Then, replaced my original springs with a "newer" OE set from Davey's Jeep in OH, and new front and rear spring isolators:





Finally, added a set of JKS Quicker Discos and new front swaybar bushings:



Up next is a change of all the fluids, new exterior handles, and build a hardtop lift.
 

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Wow, you've been busy! Looks good! Why did you swap out the springs without going for taller ones? Did the "newer" springs eliminate some sag, and give you a little more clearance?

Davey's Jeeps is like a candy store!!!
 

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Busy enjoying wrenching on the Jeep. :) Not to mention, getting to know her on a personal level. lol

Spring wise, it came down to sagging OE springs. With a hardtop, new bumper, recovery gear in the tailgate, it looked off to me. So, for a few bucks, a "newer" set of OE springs (they had 10k miles on them vs my 93k).

I'm not ready to put a lift on yet. The tires are brand new, so between tires, SYE, new CV driveshaft, rear adj control arms, and a lift kit - not ready to try that battle with the better half.
 
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