Melanie and Tim’s TJ

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recent build.  Being busy is a good thing I suppose.  Here is one I put together a few months back.  It’s a 2001 TJ Sport 6cyl auto.  The Jeep came in rolling on 30″ BFG KOs and stock suspension.  Here’s what was added:  

Zone 3″ Suspension, Rubicon Express 3700 lower frt control arms, RE brake lines up front, AEV Lightning Rod disconnects, 33″ KM2s, 15×8 Cragar V5 wheels with matching spare, Smittybilt rear bumper and tire carrier, and Solid diff covers

The TJ spent the early part of it’s life in Chicago so the rust really slowed down the install.  The transmission skid had spun a nutsert that had to be drilled out.  A flanged nut was then welded in place for a better than factory attachment.  The lower control arm bolts had rusted and become one with the bushing sleeves of the lower arms.  Those arms were destroyed with the red wrench just to get it apart.  And, finally the track bar lower bolt had also rusted to the track bar bushing sleeve which required complete removal of the lower track bar mount.  Thankfully, Rubicon Express makes the RE9989 replacement bracket.  Since this had to be welded  on, it was moved 1/2″ closer to the driver side of the axle to compensate for the offset that the 3″ lift creates (stock track bar was reused). 

The build turned out nice and I’m sure will see more upgrades as they get

deeper in the woods.

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