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Old February 21st, 2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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Figured it times to start a build thread seeing as I've had the jeep almost 3 years.

It is a 2002 Wrangler X. Had 65,000 miles on it when we picked it up from Tennesee. This is what she looked like:



First thing I did was install some Rubicon Flares since they were faded and throw on a 2.5" Rc 2.2 performance kit with a steering stabilizer



Heres's a comparison of the old vs new flares



My new lift installed and a box of goodies!!



Took her wheeling and already was posing for my first stuck




Here's the video


After the lift the tires came! Went with 285/75/16 Bridgestone Dueler Ats and Rubicon Rims. Had some fun at this point!



Got a ticket at the dunes for destroying vegetation thats some bullshit


Here's me saving the Z which was Wadeys rig back in the day. Lets just say back in the day he needed to be rescued alot



To support the new tires I added a d44 rear out of a TJ with an Aussie Locker as well as regeared the front d30 to 3.73s to match the rear. Also installed a Banks catback exhaust for a little added oomph, some 3/4" rear and 1.25" front spacers and RC quick discos for some more articulation on the trails......

Next on the list were bumpers. I went with a rear bumper first with the swing away tire carrier from Nates4x4. The mounting brackets didnt line up correctly so me and my dad cut them off and rewelded them. In order for Nate to make up for his shitty product he opted to give me a front bumper for free. I added the front hoop for $50 and was happy!

Here they are. Man she was pretty before I started beating on her



Here I am pulling the bikes to the dunes. That sure was a blast!!


With the abuse the jeep was now seeing I managed to bend 2 output shafts it was time for a Rugged Ridge SYE. Got that done with a new driveshafts from Tattons driveline and threw on Solid diff covers front and rear.
Added tube seals, an adjustable trac bar and Rustys HD steering to the front axle. Also bought a stage 2 clutch and dual core radiator to keep her running smooth

That front bumper was looking pretty bare so I bought a new winch, went with a Smittybilt Xrc Comp 8 winch which had synthetic line. Paid under $500 for it which included shipping so that was a hell of a deal and something I couldnt pass up. Also acquired some 130w long rang KC slimlites which really would light up the sky when night wheeling!

Here's some pics at Bundy Hill my first time there:



Random snow wheeling pictures



Some short videos of me doing work on my 28" winter tires:


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Old February 21st, 2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Old February 21st, 2012, 03:41 PM   #3
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At this point I wanted some new meats! I went with a set of 315/75/16 or 35" Km2s. In order to fit them I needed a new lift or some high clearance tube fenders. I decided to build a set of tube fenders

Here's a buddy of mine tigging them up


After the fenders I got some new CA's up front, got a Spectre CAI, and threw another Aussie locker up front. Needless to say being fully locked on 35s got me into some trouble

This:



Turned into.....This:



Got a little over my head at Bundy hill but had fun



Then again at silver lake:


GF wasnt very happy


This time Wadey and the Z saved my day. Notice whats on the back of the blazer? Someone had plans for her



At this point just like everyone else I wanted to play in the rocks!! That's when I knew sliders were a requirement. I bought some from Unlimited Offroad then had Justin (xjeeper) weld on the tube. Have held up great so far and I sure did abuse them at R&V



Heres some cool pictures from that trip. Both couldnt move on the 2nd picture using my 8000lb winch so BigBlockFord had to come save the day!!!



The last thing I did was buy and install some Chromos up front! They are Yukon shafts with Alloy USA joints. Breaking my d30 stock shafts started to be a somewhat common thing so this was a must. Had them out once at Snofari with good results. So far Im happy

Heres a few pics of me and Wadey at the event. I was the lucky winner of a powertank thanks Unlimited Offroad!




It was warm again finally. We thought we would have some fun at work as well as hit the dunes. The jeep was trailered for the first time and since then I never looked back

(Wades blazer grew up)

Just ordered some Smittybilt Corner Guards and Lite Dot Tails should be on soon!!

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Old February 21st, 2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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Thanks its a work in progress. Whens the next run at your place ill post those pics haha
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About time!

The new thread looks good. And we'll both have some good pics to add to our threads after this weekend
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BTW videos dont worky
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I know! Ive been sick and was sitting at home with nothing to do so I figured why not lol. Sure will I can't wait!

I noticed that I will have to figure that out Idk the problem
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Ill be at the chilli run then. Let me know the next after that! Thanks Kenny
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Just got a new car a 06 wrx so I haven't done much work on the Jeep. I did throw in a new transmission today the other one grinded pretty bad when going into 1st and 2nd. Throwing my crush corners and led tail lights on finally next. Can't wait for the blessing and twisted trails!!

Heres the new whip

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after all the time i spend on this damn site how did i miss your build thread
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Those corners on yet?
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after all the time i spend on this damn site how did i miss your build thread
Not really sure but I haven't had it long. Should have since day 1

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No but they will be don't you worry! Hows yours coming?
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That's my theme song!
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im hoping once i get done with this whole high school thing i can get money to build my own rig
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Trans is all done but I have one minor problem. The reverse switch on the one I bought is made so the plug goes straight into it instead of having 2 wires come off of it and plugging in to the side.

What happens is that the linkage for the tcase hits it and would break it off. Anyone know where I can get the switch with 2 wires like my original nv3550 had?

edit: Just spliced them works fine

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Figured this could use an update






Edit: Grinding dust and cell phone cameras don't mix
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