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  • TJ's TJ Build

    So yes first off my name is actually TJ; so this couldn't have worked out any better :-)

    Purchased a 03 X with 129k on the clock.
    It was bone stock as far as I could tell, but basically rust free.
    Paid a little more for the condition which from what I understand is rare for the north east.
    Found out the vehicle had been in an unreported accident later on but thankfully its not a big deal.

    A little about my Jeep:
    X class
    4.0L Straight 6
    Dana 30 front Dana 35 rear on 3.73 gear ratio


    Background: Im a computer and electronics tech and have never done any automotive work ever before. I did some modifications electrically to my old car but that was about it. so well on with the show:
    Last edited by mamefreak; 08-26-2015, 07:36 PM.
    2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
    M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

    More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

    My Build Thread

  • #2
    purchased at the end of January '14
    I have no garage so winter work is slow

    Phase 1 - complete 2/19/14
    ✔️Buy the Jeep
    ✔️Front speakers - Pioneer - have since been replaced - see below
    ✔️Sound pod speakers - kicker CS
    ✔️Front speaker brackets
    ✔️Deck and deck support frame- Pioneer DEH-X6600BT
    ✔️Custom Rugged Ridge Fuel door
    ✔️Rampage dual tube front bumper
    ✔️Dome light / door alarm bypass switch
    ✔️Black headlight surrounds
    ✔️Rugged Ridge floor mats
    ✔️Replaced heat level control switch
    ✔️Dash tray
    ✔️5 lock lugs
    ✔️5 Rugged Ridge 15x8 black rims
    ✔️5 General Grabber AT2 30/9.5R15 with center caps
    ✔️Hard top - scored for $200 off CL
    ✔️Hard top quick remove bolts
    ✔️White LED dash light upgrade
    ✔️White HVAC LED light upgrade
    ✔️Roll bar grab handles
    ✔️Rear seat belt removal

    Phase 2
    ✔️4hole Bosch fuel injectors
    ✔️Clean fuel rail
    ✔️Blacked out front / side marker and rear lights
    ✔️LED tail lights
    ✔️Truck-lite headlights
    ✔️Black hood decal with star cutout
    ✔️6 Iridium spark plugs
    ✔️#2 trailing O2 sensor
    ✔️Throttle body extension
    ✔️50 inch CREE light bar
    ✔️Light bar frame
    ✔️Light bar switch
    ✔️Black logo replacements
    ✔️Black entry guards
    ✔️Black grille accents - coming off as soon as the aux cooler gets here
    ✔️Billet footman loop
    ✔️Aux horn switch
    ✔️Kicker front speakers
    ✔️new speaker mount brackets
    ✔️new hard top hinges
    ✔️Front diff fluid replacement + Lube locker gasket - mopar sae 80w90 - 5/21/14
    ✔️Front EBC stage 4 brakes and slotted rotors 5/25/14
    ✔️transfer case fluid change w/ mopar ATF +4. 5/29/14
    ✔️Skyjacker Steering stabilizer
    Rear Diff dana 35 fluid change and ARB diff cover
    2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
    M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

    More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

    My Build Thread

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    • #3
      This is going to be a sick thread!!!!
      Eric
      - 2008 OD Green JKU
      - 3.5" Rock Krawler X-Factor Mid-Arm Lift
      - Artech Front D-30 Truss System with Heavy Duty C-Gussets
      - 37" Nitto Trail Grappler Tires
      - 5.13 Nitro Gears
      - LoD Signature Series Shorty Bumper w/Stinger
      - LoD Gen 4 Signature Series Shorty Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier
      - LoD Low Angle Rock Sliders
      (And a few more miscellaneous things)

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      • #4
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        2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
        M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

        More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

        My Build Thread

        Comment


        • #5
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          black logo replacements
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          black entry guards
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          black lugs
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          black 99 Hard top for $200 on CL F*%# YEAH!!!!
          2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
          M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

          More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

          My Build Thread

          Comment


          • #6
            I can say two things with 100% confidence:

            1. This is going to be a SICK Thread.
            2. You are going to give our President and VP a run for their money in the "Super Extreme Anal Retentive" category!!!
            Eric
            - 2008 OD Green JKU
            - 3.5" Rock Krawler X-Factor Mid-Arm Lift
            - Artech Front D-30 Truss System with Heavy Duty C-Gussets
            - 37" Nitto Trail Grappler Tires
            - 5.13 Nitro Gears
            - LoD Signature Series Shorty Bumper w/Stinger
            - LoD Gen 4 Signature Series Shorty Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier
            - LoD Low Angle Rock Sliders
            (And a few more miscellaneous things)

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            • #7
              ok you will see its mostly cosmetic work first as it was cold when I bought the jeep.
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              We've got RIMS!!! 15x8.5
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              And now they are wrapped with some General Grabber AT/2 30x9.5! so amazing in the snow

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              Truklite LEDS So i can see where im going
              2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
              M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

              More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

              My Build Thread

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by EricMichael View Post
                I can say two things with 100% confidence:

                1. This is going to be a SICK Thread.
                2. You are going to give our President and VP a run for their money in the "Super Extreme Anal Retentive" category!!!
                HAHAHAH Would you beleive that its been less than 1 year since the first time I ever picked up a wrench to a vehicle :-) most of this stuff was done within the first 6 months after purchase
                Last edited by mamefreak; 12-23-2014, 07:05 PM.
                2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                My Build Thread

                Comment


                • #9
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                  Time to get rid of those ugly tail lights and go with some full smoked ones ( DOT Approved no less ) some nice LEDs by superbright LEDS
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                  oh the fronts have to be smoked too, cant have that ugly yellow color mussing up the look
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                  Who said too much light was a bad thing?? 300W Dual level LED bar with Rough Country mounts
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                  Much better!!!
                  Last edited by mamefreak; 12-23-2014, 07:03 PM. Reason: MOAR PICTURES!!!
                  2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                  M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                  More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                  My Build Thread

                  Comment


                  • #10
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                    old stabilizer was original and shit - time for a beefier one
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                    billet aluminium footman loop - looks cleaner, and i added a hood logo - you will see that later.
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                    What are those ?!?! YES $100 RUST FREE hard doors!!!
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                    GET OUT OF MY WAY - HELLA Dual tone horns
                    2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                    M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                    More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                    My Build Thread

                    Comment


                    • #11
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                      Yes i know the photo is upside down, but its Bosch 4 hole injectors in Cheetos Orange!!!
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                      all graphics replaced with black new ones
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                      hard top hinges were looking rough, time for some new ones
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                      Time to stop on a dime - EBC Green stuff with Black Slotted rotors
                      2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                      M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                      More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                      My Build Thread

                      Comment


                      • #12
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                        the black sludge in my rear diff. Lets stop for a moment and discuss fluids; because the previous owner never changed them..
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                        Gotta protect that diff, rear D35 ARB Armor and a lubelocker
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                        before and after for the steering stabilizer
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                        MBRP CATBACK EXHAUST - it rumbles so nice!!
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                        gauge cluster for the A pillar for my trans temp gauges
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                        time to rebuild that POS trackbar
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                        its finally warm, time to take the top off and ride topless for the first time !!!!
                        2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                        M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                        More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                        My Build Thread

                        Comment


                        • #13
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                          glow gauges !!
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                          Time for some armor !!! Goodbye dual tube crap; helllloooooo ARB!!!! - scored off CL for $400
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                          another shot of my blacked out tail boxes
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                          Someone isnt getting stuck! - WARN M8000 winch - my bumper was fabbed to hold this
                          Last edited by mamefreak; 12-23-2014, 07:51 PM.
                          2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                          M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                          More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                          My Build Thread

                          Comment


                          • #14
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                            decided to drop the pan on my transmission and upgrade it to the new Mopar version, new filter and clean the magnet lubelocker gasket
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                            decided to replace the valve cover seal and inspect things up top - Felpro gasket
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                            would'ja look at that, someone found an ARB rear bumper for half off !!
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                            decided to go with a cold air intake - AFE Brand. Flame away about that and my throttle body spacer lol
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                            power distribution rail for light, horn, winch etc..
                            2003 TJ X - Light Metallic Khaki and Black "Blackout Special" on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires
                            M101 CDN2 Trailer on 33x12.5 Wrangler MT/R Kevlar Tires

                            More mods than can fit in a signature ;-)

                            My Build Thread

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              my goodness you have been a busy beaver, TJ everything looks great... this is a great example of customization
                              1989 Jeep YJ
                              9 inch lift.. or more? Not sure anymore.
                              Handmade/Custom made everything
                              35" Mud claw tires. 15" rims. ALL THE SIDEWALL!

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