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    TJ/LJ bolt on build

    To start 2005 LJ. 4.0l Auto. 340,000kms.

    I wanted to build a Jeep with my son. It will mainly be a bolt on build up so we can use it as needed but also for fun.

    I needed a project to give him to spend his money on, other than drugs, booze, video games and the usual thing that thirteen year old boys think about the most. GIRLS.

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    awesome foundation to start with.... keep the pictures coming......
    a learning experience is one of those things that says, you know that thing you just did...don't do that again.

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    yup sweet, so what are your plans?
    WARNING! I am about to do something really fawking STUPID!!!!!!
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    What he said, plans? You will love the LJ and like the blue.
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    nice! keep us posted!
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    Awesome. Plan on doing same with my son when he's old enough... Mind you he already has his own plans for my Jeep at 8 years old lol

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    Well the plan was to build a modern CJ-8 scrambler for myself with an LS3, originally.

    Plans change all too often.

    Budget build (high budget I know but being a bolt on kid friendly anyone can do it build, cost is always more) is the way we are going.

    We bought the LJ for $ 3000.

    I was hoping to stay within 10K Total and have a good daily driver/weekend warrior.

    And that's the plan so far.

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    one tons ori's full hydro 42" pitbulls cages v8 and call it a day hahaha just kidding awesome that your doing this with your boy! keep it up
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    WOW! $3000 for a LJ is a steal!
    Wounds heal... Chicks dig scars...

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    TJ/LJ bolt on build

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Karma View Post
    WOW! $3000 for a LJ is a steal!
    You arn't kidding. Great find.

    Keep the pics comming, I loves me some LJ action.
    2010 JK Unlimited Sahara, rubi axles, 35" duratracs, OME lift: Written off, RIP.
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    Hey he said it not me.
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    TJ/LJ bolt on build

    Just a quick update. I broke my hand when a suspension bolt snapped in two. So I have had my son out for quite a bit of work on the Jeep.
    Progress has been slow.

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    Last edited by Swindy; 05-31-2016 at 09:12 AM. Reason: Pictures added.

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    First Weekend out was a long one and a good one

    We broke very little and finished the weekend running.Click image for larger version. 

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    Issues with jeep that we fixed first.

    The jeep sounded like a diesel when I bought it, we took out more oil then my oil 8.3L pan could catch on my slightly sloped driveway.
    I think the previous owner had changed the oil but forgot to drain the old stuff.
    -Full Synthetic oil with large oil filter

    Air filter was hard and crumbled in my sons hands when removed.
    -Air filter and cleaned right up to the throttle body. (handful of sand taken out)

    Sparkplugs were black and didn't clean up well.
    -Spark Plugs all new with a back up pair(checked gaps and they were awful from factory, adjusted as needed).

    Radiator was filled with water, white lumps, bad coolant and overheated within minutes of running.
    so we did a coolant flush 3 times with the thermostat out. that was a fun process and was interesting to see what came out.
    -Radiator flush, new coolant, new thermostat and gasket, radiator cap.

    Windshield wipers were split or broken.
    -New winter wipers

    4x4 would not shift at all.
    -Penetrant oil and grease to get working again.

    So basic maintenance tune up at first go over.

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    TJ/LJ bolt on build

    Quote Originally Posted by Swindy View Post
    So basic maintenance tune up at first go over.
    Sounds like it may be the first real maintenance that jeep has ever seen. Looks like a job well done so far.

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    Second set of issues

    Hood was damaged by my son backing it into the garage with the hood up when he hit the ceiling.
    -New hinges

    Suspension was worn badly, squeaked everywhere and needed replaced which was good as I wanted to put a small lift on it anyway.
    While disassembling front suspension we broke nearly ever bolt by hand no matter how much penetrant we used.
    This is when I snapped a 1/2" bolt and broke my hand on the frame/engine, slowing the process of this build.
    -2" Rubicon Express lift front installed by us rear shocks by mechanic. ( I could not get into the rear to get it done and passed this work off)
    -JKS Quicker sway bar disconnects for the front
    -Moog Sway bar bushing
    -Moog Rear stabilizer links with anti-squeak bushing.

    Driveline squeaked so I had mechanic look at them and he replaced them all.
    -Moog U-joints on Driveline

    Radiator hoses looked dry and rough
    -Ordered all new hoses and replaced as needed
    -Kept new for others that didn't need updating as back ups.

    Lug nuts were stripped badly.
    -All new lug nuts and a set of wheel locks

    Parking Brake didn't work
    -Parking brake rebuild kit
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    Bolt on goodies.

    Everything has been bought on sale. (trying to keep on budget)

    -Smittybilt Front and rear bumpers SRC
    -Smittybilt X20-12 Gen2 Winch 12000lbs Synthetic Line with winch plate
    -Mirrors and Relocate brackets
    -Procomp Rims and center caps
    -BF Goodrich Tires KM2's 32"x10.5"x15"


    Needed for trail
    -Best top emergency top
    -Back up Starter and Alternator
    -Fuses
    -Hoses
    -Snatch Block
    -Relays

    I think this covers up to this point. I will have more soon.
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    I agree, this is the worst vehicle I have ever put a wrench on.
    but it has been fun to drive it off road afterwards.
    Last edited by Swindy; 06-06-2016 at 01:14 PM.

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    Miscellaneous
    -Torx Screws
    -Window Vents
    -Grade 8 Hardware everywhere I could change it.
    -Antiseize
    -Locktight
    -Lube Everything
    -Door Straps
    -Matching Paint touch ups
    -Flat Black for Customs

    Coming Soon
    -Oil Spray
    -Body lift?

    We still have cash left over at this point and am looking for some options on the next addition.
    Budget with purchase was $10,000.00
    Costs up to now $ 8,183.76
    I have the feeling the jeep will pick the next few repairs/additions.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited by Swindy; 06-06-2016 at 01:26 PM.

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    A front ujoint might not be bad to have on hand as well as the socket to take off the unit bearing. I forget the size. If you have the socket you can at least pull the axel and make it out with rear wheel drive if you don't get ujoint.
    How is the jeep running with the tune up done now and the extra oil out of it?

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    Socket for the axle shaft is 36mm socket for the unit bearings is 12 point 13mm. Keep in mind on a TJ the stub shaft is required to keep the unit bearings in tact. You can pull the inner shaft if you brake the joint but you must keep that outter shaft in place and torqued properly (I want to say it's 100ft/lbs but double check) a CB is always a nice thing to have for trail rides. If you plan to do a body lift possibly look into a tummy tuck as well. With a 1" body lift a tummy tuck will usually net you 2+ inches of ground clearance with the bonus of aftermarket stronger skids. Also get a centering ball for the front drive shaft. With the way everything else has been on that jeep it wouldn't shock me to see that start to go and if it locks up it frequently splits the tcase. Add a unit bearing to your list of spares as well (never bad to have) possibly change fluid in the tcase, axles, and trans while you are at it... And with all that you should basically be out of money

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