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Old 12-12-2011, 11:50 PM
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There's so many build threads on here and I've always wanted to start my own, so tonight I have dedicated my time to showing you the last three years of work. Although not as well documented as it could be, at least if I get this rolling now I can update it more often

It goes without saying that Canadian winters suck. When I decided to start a build, I knew I had to go Jeep. Found one locally for $1,000 - a '91 2 door, all stock. Knew right away this was the perfect start to a long term project.

Project Breakdown (since purchase, list updated 10/9/13)
Parts Replacements:
Front and rear brakes (pads, discs, drums, and lines)
Various joints (ball joints, axle joints (and seals), driveshaft joints)
Alternator
Battery
Starter
Distributor (incl. rotor cap, plugs, and cables)
New Front End
(2) Steering Columns
Improvements:
33x12.5x15 Hankook Dynapro MT's on Alloy Rims
6.5" RC Lift
AFE Cold Air Intake
Iron Rock HD Tie Rod w/ joints
Iron Rock Dual Steering Stabilizer kit
Daystar Extended bumpstops
Rugged Ridge 409 Stainless manifold
Cherry Bomb Muffler (also loud)
IRO Double Shear Trackbar upgrade
Taurus 2-speed fan swap
JCR Front Winch Bumper (currently being installed)
Upcoming Improvements:
JCR Stage 2-Rock Sliders
JCR Rear Bumper (I really like this design, most likely with lower 1/4 panel armour)
Carpet/Floor Removal and Bedline
RC Control Arm Drop Kit (Jan. 2012)
703 Injectors

After about a year of misc. parts replacements (brakes, lines, exhaust, joints, blah blah blah), I was comfortable with starting on new additions. First up, new tires.

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Okay, so maybe going with 31's off the start was a bad idea. Fender trimming was in order, but I was unsure about my trimming plans so I just folded back the fender a little for the time being.

Next step, get it muddy. Removed fender flares because that's what all the cool kids do.

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New front end put in from local pick and pull. Totally worth it in my opinion - scored a near new APE cold air intake for $20.

More pictures to in next post.... thanks for reading - first time doing this!

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:58 PM
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Okay, so the new front end was put in. Mind you, it's green, but I'm not too concerned.

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Oh, and the new cold air intake I got out of the deal.

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So the stock bumper got screwed, my initial thought was to replace with another cheap stock one from the junk yard, but in the back of my mind I knew I wouldn't be happy until there was a steel winch bumper on the front. More on that later...

Since there's no bumper on the front the fender flares look funny as they usually extend down to the bottom of the bumper. So I zipped those off And because new add-ons are fun I added some wheel spacers to accommodate my wide tire dream until I get 12.5 wides lol.

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More in a couple minutes, I have some new exciting things
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:08 AM
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Didn't really think I needed pictures for the little things, so I thought I'd just tell you what happened next.

For the most part, 2010 was lame.

Got broken into, smashed steering column, couldn't figure out how to start it, so they left it. I found a replacement column from a yard for $50, put it in. Two months later, truck gets broken into, this time whoever it was knew to pull towards yourself on the rod than push like all other makes. So I got another new column. No break-ins since. All in all not an enjoyable experience, but I know way more about steering column assembly than I ever wanted to know lol. I also became very efficient at starting it with one finger.

Alternator died, put a new one in. Battery died, put a new one in. Starter died, put a new one in.

New - Fuel filter. Plugs. Cables. Distributor rotor and cap. Ball joints. Driveshaft u-joint.

I think the Jeep decided to go through a phase where it was just angry at me for letting it get broken into and stolen.

Next post, I do something stupid. Then I make the lift leap.

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Get your fill of Canadian stereotypes in....

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I went mudding, and got stuck. Before you ask why I'm stupid enough to drive into a body of water that deep... it wasn't there when I got stuck! I got the truck stuck, and couldn't get a tow until the following day. Okay, fine.

Next morning, it has conveniently rained more in 12 hours that the collective rainfall of the entire summer. Awesome.

And the results...

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Oh what, who ordered this lift kit? 6.5" looks like fun

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Alright, so new lift came in Ordered a 6.5" RC kit online, shipped to my door within 6 days I think, pretty impressed. FYI, customs charges suck. Combined shipping charge of $250 for a $900 lift....

Dropped out the front end

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Put new coils and arms in

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Got the whole front end in and had to stand back and revel in the awesomeness, which is actually a word by the way.

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And now we take apart the back end

Thanks to the wonder of rust, the passenger side front leaf pack bolt decided to be the largest pain in the *** ever. It was literally the last bolt to remove before putting the new leaf in and finishing it. The stupid nut that they weld to the frame snapped so the bolt just spun inside the frame. I don't want to talk about the rest.

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And finally the lift is in! We just got a boatload of snow.... I'm going to get into trouble

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I forgot a couple minor things... first, it got towed at one point during the build process - I had left it behind our shop overnight (as many people do) and some lovely person decided to call it in.

The really awesome part was that I hadn't put the rear end in yet - the leaf bolt had stopped us from finishing the first night. So it was towed across the city to impound with one new leaf, one old leaf, and shocks in the rear. Couldn't keep it in the shop overnight as we use the bay for sign work daily. Furthermore, being in the impound meant I now had to tow it back to the shop to finish working on it.

Luckily enough, found a friend who had a low ride flat bed and towed it back to the shop for a case of beer. Pretty sweet deal.

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Lift is finally done, and driven home to show off

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Thanks for reading, more to come and upcoming improvements and questions

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Project Breakdown (since purchase)
Parts Replacements:
Front and rear brakes (pads, discs, drums, and lines)
Various joints (ball joints, axle joints (and seals), driveshaft joints)
Alternator
Battery
Starter
Distributor (incl. rotor cap, plugs, and cables)
New Front End
(2) Steering Columns
Improvements:
31x10.5x15 BFG All-Terrains on Alloy Rims (....for now)
6.5" RC Lift
APE Cold Air Intake
RC Wheel Spacers
(2)Sony 10" subs, loud speakers that vibrate everything (I don't know the lingo)
Cherry Bomb Muffler (also loud)
Upcoming Improvements:
JCR Stage 2-Rock Sliders
35X12.5X15 BFG Mud-Terriains (undecided on choice)
RC Winch Mount Front Bumper (also undecided on choice)
JCR Rear Bumper (I really like this design, most likely with lower 1/4 panel armour)
Carpet Removal and Bedline
RC Control Arm Drop Kit (Jan. 2012)

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Old 12-13-2011, 01:32 AM
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So that's all I got right now. What do you think? I have a lot of work ahead of me.

Next month brings my next improvement.... two if I'm lucky. So far, I'm leaning towards winch mount front bumper and rock sliders...

But..... 6.5" lifts make 31's look soooo small hahaha. Those 35's are calling my name.

What should I do next? I leave the decision in your hands

Thanks again,
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35's lol
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35's lol
I'm with this guy, 35's with aftermarket wheels so you can take the spacers off.
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Originally Posted by DRUNKEN DIXIE View Post
I'm with this guy, 35's with aftermarket wheels so you can take the spacers off.
The more I think about it, the more I want to go 35's lol. I found a nice set of mud-terrains 35x12.5 for about $1,000 with 500kms on them. Not bad, but then I can take the spacers off
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I vote 35's and a new Spray can Tan paint job, give the attitude with the altitude
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Originally Posted by SGT ABN XJ View Post
I vote 35's and a new Spray can Tan paint job, give the attitude with the altitude
Hahaha, tan hey? That would be interesting. Yep found some nice 35's, should have them on just after the new year
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Nice work so far! 35's are gonna be too much for stock gears though.. any plans to re-gear?

Whats in it for a rear diff? In the picture it looks to be a D35, hard to tell though. An upgrade to a 8.25 + locker might not be a bad idea if it is a D35

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Originally Posted by pickles View Post
Nice work so far! 35's are gonna be too much for stock gears though.. any plans to re-gear?

Whats in it for a rear diff? In the picture it looks to be a D35, hard to tell though. An upgrade to a 8.25 + locker might not be a bad idea if it is a D35
Thanks Long road ahead haha. Yeah, I've been jumbling the 4.56 idea once I put the 35's on. Yeah it's a D35 in the rear, 8.25 would be nice too.
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