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Post  White Buffalo on 5/25/2013, 8:44 pm

Have been working on this build since I bought it in December. With the help from a close friend and some new friends here at NSJ the first build is almost done. What has been done to date is a 2.5 inch Skyjacker spring lift with Bilstien 5100 shocks. New front and rear. New JKS adjustable track bars front and rear. New front sway bar quick disconnects for the front and non disconnect for the rear. New lower adjustable control arms front and rear. New custom Fabricated front and rear bumpers. A 3 ton Badlands winch for the front. Ravine wheels with Goodyear 32 Kevlar tires with a new speedometer gear, (now I know how fast I'm going). What needs to be done now is the transfer case drop down, a trailer hitch connection and Minor repairs to the rear spring pans. Maybe a few other odds and ends.
What awaits is the front and rear axles. I' still up in the air as to what I may or want to do but everyone I talked has been helpful as to what I should do and am taking their advice seriously. I hope that the pics get put up on here. the last pic was taken before the new wheels and tires went on.
Pics didn't upload. Will try later and see if I can figure it out.
BTW things to come are if my Girlfriend gets a TJ then the Buffalo will go 43.5 inches with 35's new rims and a whole slew of goodies but for now it will stay like it is or until I get my sliders from the kid who made both of my bumpers.


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Post  Ryan McKee on 5/25/2013, 9:59 pm

Try a photobucket account for photos.

Seems like you've done a great job so far! Might I suggest a tummy tuck or some upgraded under armor instead of new axles and a transfer case drop. By protecting the undercarriage you'll get a lot further down a trail than with the axle swap.

Just my $0.02

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Post  White Buffalo on 5/25/2013, 11:05 pm

Ryan M wrote:Try a photobucket account for photos.

Seems like you've done a great job so far! Might I suggest a tummy tuck or some upgraded under armor instead of new axles and a transfer case drop. By protecting the undercarriage you'll get a lot further down a trail than with the axle swap.

Just my $0.02

Thanks Ryan. I need the transfer case drop due to vibration from the drive shafts. I'm doing the under armor that Mark has and will install as soon as Mark can get to it as there are a few other jobs that need to be done.
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Post  White Buffalo on 5/27/2013, 11:02 pm


This is after the build.
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Post  White Buffalo on 5/27/2013, 11:07 pm


Figuring it all out
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Post  White Buffalo on 5/27/2013, 11:14 pm




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I didn't get pics of the rear end being done as my wonderful camera stopped working and we were both tired. My friend David was a big help to this build. IT was both of our first time doing a lift but lucky for me he is a mechanic and we got it done as best we could.
The last picture is of the Jeep on my front lawn and more has been done since then so more pics will be uploaded when I get new batteries for my camera.
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Post  White Buffalo on 5/27/2013, 11:36 pm

I'm waiting for the new soft top as the one I have has seen better days and should be on in a couple of days.
I managed to do some body work this day on the right fender. Looks better than it did before. Next will be the passenger side lower tub near the running boards which will be replaced with sliders that will be custom fabricated by a kid I bought the custom bumpers from. Got 2 of the 7 inch fender flares on the front now need to do the rear ones. The 32's look tiny now and the brain is turning as I see another lift peeking out of the smoke along with bigger tires and wheels and you all know the drill.
I'll post more pick when I'm done with the other upgrades, whenever I get around to them.
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Post  CrawlingForward on 5/28/2013, 11:46 am

What body work is needed? It it just grinding out surface rust, or are you having to replace whole sections.

I replaced that bottom edge on a truck once and it sucked. You having any easier of a time?

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Post  White Buffalo on 5/28/2013, 1:55 pm

CrawlingForward wrote:What body work is needed? It it just grinding out surface rust, or are you having to replace whole sections.

I replaced that bottom edge on a truck once and it sucked. You having any easier of a time?

Mostly grinding out some surface rust with the occasional fill in the hole. I did a little body work so it's easy for me but I do have one section on the tub that needs new sheet metal and that will be cut out and reformed. Can't help the rust/rot on a TJ since there was no thought about repairing it unless you separate the tub from the frame.
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Post  desertzj on 5/28/2013, 3:27 pm

lookin good man.
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Post  White Buffalo on 12/19/2013, 9:09 pm

The build continues.
After consulting with a friend of mine we are going to go hog wild on my TJ. Body work will be the last thing to be done. but in the mean time this is what will be done.
Rebuild my 327 engine and fuel inject it.
Get my hands on a 4L80 transmision from an older Chevy PU truck with 4 wheel drive and install my 231 xfer case on it.
Dual exhaust.
Lockers and re-gear front and rear axles. Super 35 in the back and high pinion 30 in the front with 456 gears with electric lockers.
re-lift it to 3 inches.
Put 33's on it.
New front seats.
Rear disc brake conversion on the D-35.
Then the body work.
If I'm lucky I may have it for the start of next season but that all depends on getting it all the parts together and installed in time.
The person who is helping me do all this has had many Jeeps and is willing to put the time into it with me. He likes what I'm thinking on doing and knows it will work as he did one with a 350 and the NP700R4 with the 231. He is excited about doing it with the 327 and the 4L80 with the 231.
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