Alex01 Silver Sport Build Thread

Alex01

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From the insistence of a certain member with a crazy low mileage Black LJR I have finally decided to create my own build thread.

Some back story on the jeep and my jeep ownership. I bought my first jeep when I was in college. It was a red 1987 Yj with a 4 banger and 3.07 gearing I picked up for $1,800. As the price would suggest it wasn't perfect but it that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. By fixing all the things that went wrong with the YJ I really learned how to work on cars and developed a passion for the wrangler. I never did anything crazy with the YJ, a few fire roads and poser shots but nothing much else.
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Now let's fast forward to 2014. I had recently sold the YJ for 4k and wanted to get TJ. I had always liked the looks of the round headlights and wanted a change. This was still well before I joined this or any other forum and I really didn't know what to look for in a jeep. All I knew was I didn't want another 4 banger and I wanted a manual.
So, after looking at a few jeeps I finally stumbled upon the one I own today. It was a 6 cylinder, manual, and less then 100k miles. The downside was that I had a dana 35 rear and 3.07 gearing and 32 x 11.5 cracked tires. When I took it on the test drive, I expected it to be a dog from everything I read about online about the 3.07 gearing. To my surprise this thing flew. Mind you my base of comparison was a YJ with 3.07 gearing a 4 cylinder and 33 x 12.5 inch tires. I was shocked I could go 80 on the freeway with a wrangler and knew at that moment that this would be the one I took home. After talking with the owner, we settled on just shy of 10k. The owner was moving to France in a few weeks so we made a deal that he would get it smogged and the oil changed before we met back up in 2 weeks to exchange title and money.

I finally picked up my jeep on September 13, 2014 which also happens to be my birthday.
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Here is the first ever picture of my jeep and finding this photo actually inspired me to actually start a build thread.
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Here is the jeep once I got it back to my parents house.

Next came time for mods.

Still not knowing tons about TJ's and not using a forum for guidance I bought a 3.5 inch Rubicon Express super flex lift with adjustable uppers and lowers. This lift would be complimented with 33x10.5 bfg tires and procomp wheels. I completed the lift at the shop my friend worked at on a Saturday sometime in December of 2014. At some point around this time I also added Warn front and rear bumpers.
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I believe this photo is right after I installed the lights and the SYE.

I knew at this point that my goal was to tackle the Rubicon trail and I was going to build this jeep to be able to tackle it. So, I started having the debate every person with a Dana 35 and 3.07 has. Do I upgrade the 35 or swap a 44? I started pricing out upgrades / gearing while also keeping my eye on craigslist. To my surprise someone was selling a set of Rubicon axles F/R for $2200 including pumps. I rented a u haul trailer and picked them up.

Out with the old.
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In with the new. (to me)
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Wow. 4.11 vs 3.07. What a difference I could spin the tires in first if I wanted to :p. One of the biggest things I noticed though was my crawl ratio. It became so much better. Now I was able to throw the jeep into low and not need to mess with the clutch nearly as much.

The next mod I added was the sliders. I went with rockhard 4x4.
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At this point my jeep stayed in this configuration for a few years. I started upgrading things like the sub, dual switch panel, bed-liner, upgraded headlight/trail lights, 3rd brake light.

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Build phase 2 started at this point. The wife and I recently bought a house so I was no longer scared of spending money in the event we needed to come up with more for a down or unforeseen problems.
I was ready to move to 35's since I had all the supporting mods to do so.
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Antirock is also installed at this point.
Next came the flat fenders, winch, and 4.88 regear.
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We are finally up to the present. I am currently installing MC fenders Front and rear. I went with the overline 6 inch system.
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I also recently installed rear trail lights.
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This entire time I thought yours was khaki... That ROM photo deceived me!
Nope its silverstone metallic.

About time. :D
Me: (like 6 months ago to Alex...) I think you should start a build thread.
Him: my builds already done no more work to do.
LOL I needed to find a stock photo. Without it I had no point of reference. I did get a photo of your white one in there. Probably the same day you told me to make a thread.

I'm sure I am missing 50% of the things I have done to it but at least I can capture it moving forward.
 
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Will you be able to remove some bump stop extension after the fender install? How much extra clearance do the MC's give you?
 
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I'm sure I am missing 50% of the things I have done to it but at least I can capture it moving forward.
Let me dig up what I have for historical record.

My contributions:

Installed truck light knockoffs
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Bed lining your tub:
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Doing your switch panel
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On board air:
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Fixing diff issues after your regear:

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Will you be able to remove some bump stop extension after the fender install? How much extra clearance do the MC's give you?
I have not taken any measurements yet. I just mocked up the fenders last night in order to get the inner properly aligned. The fenders should net me around 2 inches of clearance. When we went to Mendocino and I took my flex photo I was actually hitting my fenders and had a bit of room left to go on my shock.
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I will need to properly cycle the suspension and see if I can remove any additional bump stop. I also need to purchase a pair of those rubber things that go into the top of the bump stops since mine are badly deteriorated. I have a feeling my limiting factor at this point is going to be my shocks bottoming out. The rear is already maxed with the shock but once again I need to properly cycle the suspension to confirm this.
 
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Let me dig up what I have for historical record.

My contributions:

Installed truck light knockoffs
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Bed lining your tub:
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Doing your switch panel
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On board air:
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Fixing diff issues after your regear:

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Thanks Tom. I knew I missed a bunch of stuff. I had that axle apart a few times now. Only once after the re gear. since it has been living on stands in my garage I noticed that the axle is leaking again. I honestly believe at this point that it is either leaking from the tube or the plug welds. I am going to need to call around and figure out how to fix this.

I didn't know you had a hand throttle. Nice!
Yes I do. I still need to adjust it a bit but with the 4.88 gearing I rarely find myself needing to use it. At this point I just left off the clutch a bit and it just wants to crawl.
 

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That was one of the nice surprises I found when I re-geared. Crawl ratio was way better. Almost good enough to not want a 241 tc and that 4:1.
 
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That was one of the nice surprises I found when I re-geared. Crawl ratio was way better. Almost good enough to not want a 241 tc and that 4:1.
I agree. The rear gears made a massive difference. When I was at calico with my father in law I spotted him up a rough section. He spun his tires and had a difficult time getting up. With the lockers disengaged I put it in low, shifted to first, and slowly crawled up the rocks without a single spin.

Now if a 241 shows up on CL at a good price I may not be able to pass up the chance to get it.
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You don't think you want the 4:1 until you have it. Its REALLY nice for crawling. The only time I don't like it is climbing sand dunes. Not enough wheel speed in 4lo and not enough torque in 4Hi.


That was one of the nice surprises I found when I re-geared. Crawl ratio was way better. Almost good enough to not want a 241 tc and that 4:1.
 
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I sold the rockhard sliders for $150. I was hoping to get the bushwacker fender flares sold today also but the person I was talking to stopped responding. I still need to post my oem fender. Maybe tomorrow.

I finally got the all the wires / hardware attached to the inner fenders and started the jeep for the first time in about 3 weeks. Next, paint the front fenders silver and the flares black.
 

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I sold the rockhard sliders for $150. I was hoping to get the bushwacker fender flares sold today also but the person I was talking to stopped responding. I still need to post my oem fender. Maybe tomorrow.

I finally got the all the wires / hardware attached to the inner fenders and started the jeep for the first time in about 3 weeks. Next, paint the front fenders silver and the flares black.
Have you posted them up here?