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'97 TJ named Rooster... it's a girl!

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  1. Chasitek

    Chasitek TJ Enthusiast
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    I'm new to this forum but have used it for about a year. I'm a freshman in college so funds are low but whatever isn't used on food and school is used on my jeep. Her name is Rooster because when I got her she didn't have a working horn which turned out being the relay. I bought a relay, she worked. Then at 6am one morning she decided to ground herself and put out a constant blare that woke up all my neighbors. I as angry as everyone else, went outside to see what the noise was to realize it was my own vehicle. Very mad, I yanked out the relay and her name became rooster as everyone kept calling her that. I got her March 2017 for $3700 dollars because she had absolutely no rust but was cosmetically rough. I think she may have had an engine rebuild as the engine is powder coated but i'm not sure. She's a 1997 Jeep Wrangler se (4 banger) with about 230,000 miles on it. When I got her I had zero knowledge on cars but have learned and done everything on it myself minus the transmission rebuild and new clutch. She has stock suspension and 4.10 D30/35 with rear yukon axle shafts

    As she sits now:
    31" wrangler all terrains on 15x8 wheels
    Smittybilt stinger
    $280 dollar hard top find on CL (I basically stole it)
    Banks cat back exhaust
    Flowmaster muffler
    4.0 throttle body and spacer
    Full center console (came with shorty console)
    Painted the whole dash and trim, bezels, console, doors, everything
    2 10" Kicker compr subs
    Door hinge locks
    Bilstein 5100 shocks
    Bedlined the back seat area of the tub (still gotta do the front)
    Monstalined the entire outside of the tub and hard top
    Cut the rear render flares
    Cut the front fenders to be flat
    Cut CJ style turn signals in the front
    Repainted certain parts of the frame
    Replaced the fuel pump with a Bosch one
    Got new 31" tires
    Custom decals :)
    Rustys off road tie rod/draglink
    New rotors and pads
    New steering wheel
    New rear driveshaft U joints
    Transmission rebuild and new clutch

    Near plans:
    Custom tool box for the back
    Save for the new Cummins R2.8 turbodiesel engine
    New speakers for the sound bar
    New wheels
    New front driveshaft U joints
    New trackbar
    Ford 8.8 rear
    Warn winch
    2" suspension lift (until engine swap)
    1.25 body lift

    Future plans:
    Save some more for the Cummins R2.8 turbodiesel engine
    New seats
    roll cage
    rear bumper
    CAI
    metalcloak fenders
    hood louver
    CB radio
    Cummins R2.8 turbodiesel engine swap
    and much much more

    Here are some pics of how she looked when I bought her, I know, she was rough. No interior pics but it was rough as well. And what she looked like a month ago. She now has a matching hard top.
     

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  2. Squatch

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    LOL I think the origin of the name Rooster has to be the best I've heard. Great story, and love what you've done with it. The shot of it in the snow is awesome. Thanks for sharing the pics!
     
  3. sgtjdgelinas

    sgtjdgelinas TJ Enthusiast

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    You don't happen to be the kid I bought the short console from? At NC State? I swear I've seen this jeep in raleigh a few times, that bedline blue can't be a common color.
     
  4. Chasitek

    Chasitek TJ Enthusiast
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    Yep that was me. Haha
     
  5. sgtjdgelinas

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    Cool, welcome to the forum!
     
  6. StG58

    StG58 Backwoods Amateur
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    Small world. Welcome aboard! It's good to have another SE driver around.
     
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    Ranger_b0b Rust Belt Heavyweight
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    those fenders sharpened for pedestrian interference? LOL
     
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  8. Chasitek

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    Every pedestrian is 10 points. Lol. They’re curbed in person. Not sharp at all. Also the stock fenders when cut like this are extremely weak. I Just cut them because I didn’t want to but flat fenders. Waste of money in my opinion


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  9. KCsTJ

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    Welcome to the 97 SE 4 banger club :)
     
  10. Chris

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    I love the color!

    You must be saving up some serious coin for that Cummins R28 swap. I priced one of those out myself, and by the time everything is said and done, you're looking at around 12k give or take! Still, if that plan ends up coming to fruition, then I'll really want to hear your feedback!
     
  11. Chasitek

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    Yeah. I got it priced at 14k but i’m only 19 so I got a bit of time to save.


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  12. Chasitek

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    Well yesterday my oil gauge pressure line broke. After cleaning some of it up I figured I’d get some pictures to document everything I do.
     
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    Yep, 14k sounds more realistic! Always got to shoot high when it comes to things like engine swaps.
     
  14. Rob5589

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    Exact reason I do not like manual oil gauges. Electric all the way.
     
  15. Chasitek

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    It was there when I bought it and It had a nylon line. I Switched to a copper line and will order a stainless steel line later


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    Prepped. Primed and Sound deadener applied. Next is Bedliner!
     

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