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Old August 3rd, 2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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My 1st 6 cyl TJ somewhat build

So I am on my 3rd TJ in the last 8 years and it's my first 4.0. Found it on Craigslist pretty cheap and the wife said I could get her as long as I take her with me offroading as much as possible. When I got "Hilda" (TJs name) she was in pretty rough shape with rust holes on overy panel except the windshield which was cracked. First thing I did was put a 3" budget boost on her and started the rust repair by cutting out the rusted and nearby sections and riveting/welding in new steel which took several days. Then I primed and Herculined the botton ~3" of the entire Jeep. I found a 2" BL pretty cheap so I bough it and installed it that night. I ordered the RC2.2 shocks and installed them while removing the front sway bar.

I found the link for CF Offroad and went to visit Chris and bought 2 new fenders, and some crack dryrotted 35s with decent 15x10 steelies 4.25 BS which I wish were 4" BS to give me a tad more clearance toward the frame (I rub a little on the frame with the new KM2s). After a couple months I upgraded to some new 35x12.5 KM2s.

Eventually I finally upgraded to the procomp 4" front coils and Rock Krawler 3.5" rear coils. Took the steps off and put some RC Rock Sliders on. Around that time I replaced the factory header with a new one, cut the Cat out and replaced with a performance Magnaflow downpipe and cat, put a Thrush welded muffler on and re-used the existing last 3' of exhaust.

Now I just need to get some doors, regear from 3.07 to 3.73, get some adjustable upper and fixed lower control arms, and go SYE and get new driveshafts and I should be good, I think.


BTW I bought this in February and had the Budget Boost left over from my last TJ

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Old August 3rd, 2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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If you are running 35's 3.73's are not enough. Thats the set up i have and it sucks. Go with some 4.56 or 4.88 gears.
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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If you are running 35's 3.73's are not enough. Thats the set up i have and it sucks. Go with some 4.56 or 4.88 gears.
Mine is a 97 and has the 3 speed trans. It did suck at first, but I found out that it is because the cat was CLOGGED. After a whole new exhaust she gets up and GOES. I thought 4.10 gears at first, but that would put me way too high RPMs on the highway. Stock driving it home it was over 3500 RPMs at 70 and I want to stick around 2500 at 70 3000 tops. I know in the newer TJs they have a 4 speed trans (or something like that) and they rev WAY lower so they need much higher gears. My last 2 4 cyls were manuals and I wish this one was, but my wife made me get an auto.
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When I got her she looked like this





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Old August 4th, 2013, 01:27 PM   #10
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Nice Tj build. What are your other plans for it?
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Nice Tj build. What are your other plans for it?
When I get the money I am going to have to do control arms. Then I want to do a rear axle swap (D35 for 44 or 8.8) and chromoly axle shafts in the front D30.
I have some axle guards to install on my factory axles that I need to put on. I just put new ProComp 4" coils up front a couple weeks ago and Rock Krawler 3.5" coils (found used) in back that I don't have pictures of yet. I may have to do a frame swap because of the rust hole starting by the rear passenger control arm mount, but I am going to try and cut the rust out and weld some steel in to replace the bad sections . I need to find a set of CJ, YJ, or TJ hard doors for it.

Just found out that my wheel bearings are bad. It drives straight as an arrow with no wobbles at all, but when I jack it up I can move the wheel bearings 1/8" at least. CRAZY
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Just found out that my wheel bearings are bad. It drives straight as an arrow with no wobbles at all, but when I jack it up I can move the wheel bearings 1/8" at least. CRAZY
Ya i know what you mean, my ball joints were like that. The perks of owning a lifted jeep
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Old August 5th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #13
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Yeah, ordered some Timken wheel bearings/hubs so hopefully they will be here ASAP so I can put them in before this weekend. When I get them and am ready to put them in I can get some updated pics. Also I want to put some paint on her with some good clear coat.
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