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Old 07-14-2016, 07:09 PM
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Hello everyone, I've been lurking this forum for a bit and I've always wanted to do a build thread but I never got around to it. My Jeep is already mostly built but there's still room for more stuff so I figured I might as well start up a thread for it. Anyways I'll start from the beginning of my build and catch up to what I have up to this point.

December 27, 2013 I purchase my first vehicle in Denver, NC for $1500. This thing was completely bone stock with 251,000 miles on it.
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Fast forward about a year or so (I was in high school and broke) and I've added on some wheels, a light bar, and a roof rack which my grandfather helped me build. This picture was my first time taking it offroad.
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Few months later March-ish 2014 I've added a few more lights and put in my first lift with the help of my dad. Rough Country 3" AAL on 30" tires.
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And about a month after that I found a good deal on Craigslist for some used 33's. Backed it straight out of the garage and couldn't turn AT ALL it rubbed so bad. But hey here's a picture of 3" lift and 33's with no cutting
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And around May 2015 I finally get off the sketchy tires and buy some 32" Goodyear MTR's.
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Few weeks later I begin my 2500 mile trip from NC to my hometown Carson City, NV. The Jeep ran flawless the whole way.
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And I'm back home, few weeks later I fab up a bumper with the help of my grandfather again. (Got a bit excited for one of the few rainstorms we had last summer)
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September 2015 the original 4.0 finally had it at 262,000 miles. Cause of death was a couple rusted out freeze plugs which led to me dumping out all of my coolant thus overheating and blowing a head gasket.
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Around December 2015 after buying a wrecked $500 parts Jeep with only 130,000 miles and swapping engines, I decide to buy a Smittybilt XRC tire carrier.
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March-ish 2016 I buy a winch and take my doors off for the first warm day in months. Also added some 15x8 Cragar V5's.
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May 2016 I finally get rid of that 3" RC lift and put in a 4.5" Zone lift. Still on 32's.
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A week later I buy some brand new 35" Goodyear MTR's. (loved these tires so figured I'd try them again)
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About a week after driving on stock steering it was getting pretty sketchy so I bought and IRO double shear track bar as well as BLee's OTK high clearance kit.
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And this is the most recent picture I have taken a couple weeks ago.
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Anyways hopefully someone got down to this part where I thank you for reading my build. Hoping to add a few more things to it in the future such as a couple more inches of lift and some long arms. But that's what's in store for the future of this build thread.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:38 PM
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Up to date! Look forward to the new updates. Great Jeep!

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Old 07-14-2016, 08:21 PM
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Good progress.
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Way to get out and wheel that thing. Good to see the progress you made.
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That has gone through a lot of different set ups! I really like how it has turned out.
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Any bumpsteer with that utk trackbar and otk steering?
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Originally Posted by unidentifiedbomb
Any bumpsteer with that utk trackbar and otk steering?
I was going to install the tie rod UTK but I wanted to first see how the bumpsteer would be OTK but it hasn't been bad at all, not bad enough to where I'd want to change it so I just left it
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What backspacing are your wheels? I like the B.Lee's kit but says that rubbing may occur on anything over 3.75bs and I have 4
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What backspacing are your wheels? I like the B.Lee's kit but says that rubbing may occur on anything over 3.75bs and I have 4
I'm looking at this kit as well. B. Lee's website says "**Requires minimum 3.75" backspacing on 15" wheels**"
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Originally Posted by TX RamRod
I'm looking at this kit as well. B. Lee's website says "**Requires minimum 3.75" backspacing on 15" wheels**"
Yep, I'm at 3.75
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Whooo! Got the rear doors off!
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