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I picked up an LJ a little while back and I thought a build thread was in order. Its time to convert this LJ from stock to ROCK! This year the LJ will make it out to some Discount Tire Sponsored events and it will hit the trails quite a bit so if you recognize it please stop me and say hi.

Without too much talk here's what we're starting with.

Fully Stock 2004 LJ 4.0 Auto (Isn't it cute?..... Not for long! :)

-Travis

 

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Can't wait to see how it turns out!

I wish I had room for a project build.
 

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How much did you get her for and mileage? Cant wait to see her after the plastic surgery .... :banana_hitit:
 

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Where are you located, and where are you running this, so we can stop by and say hello? :icon_confused:
 

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How much did you get her for and mileage? Cant wait to see her after the plastic surgery .... :banana_hitit:
I picked her up for about $14K. She's had under 40,000 miles. :)

Where are you located, and where are you running this, so we can stop by and say hello? :icon_confused:
I live in Phoenix but the LJ will make it to Easter Jeep Safari this spring and maybe Tierra Del Sol as well. Come out to Moab in the spring. Its a blast!

Should have got a Commander....being we are a Commander forum. But I forgive you :)
haha, I keep telling my wife that the Commander is looking pretty good for when we have kids and need the space. I've seen some really nice ones on this site and it would give me another excuse to "Make it safe." if you know what I mean. :woot:
 

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After browsing pages and pages of bumpers for the LJ I settled on a front and rear bumper from Hanson Off-road. I was looking for a mid length front bumper with a moderate sized stinger and winch mount. For the rear, I was looking for a rear bumper with an integrated hitch and heavy duty tire carrier. Hanson had exactly what I was looking for and.. its all made in the USA.

Installation: The directions were clear and all hardware was included. I installed these by myself but having an extra pair of hands would have made my job a little quicker. Some drilling was required for the rear tire carrier but for the weekend warrior installing these bumpers should be a breeze

Quality: Photos don't do these bumpers justice. These are some of the nicest bumpers I have seen. The quality of the welds, the fit and the finish are all top notch! These are made using 3/16 steel. They are powder coated with a semi gloss black and all mounting hardware is grade 8.

Some Notes for others considering these bumpers:
Front bumper: If you are temporarily mounting your stock Fog lights to the winch plate you will need to lengthen the fog light wiring. This wiring is not included.

Rear bumper: With the factory center brake light removed an aftermarket center rear brake light will need to be purchased and installed. I'll update this post when I have completed this step.

More information on Hanson Off-Road Products: http://www.hansonoffroad.com/index.php

On with the pics!
Front Before:


Front After:




Rear bumper before:


Rear Bumper After:

 

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Looking good. What's the next step? Lift and new shoes?
 

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Lift and new shoes will certainly be soon but I think the sliders, exhaust or intake will be next. I need to figure out what I am going to do for a 3rd rear brake light as well but that's a relatively little job.
 

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Looking good.
 

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I installed my rock sliders this past weekend. It took a little over an hour start to finish. The instructions were clear and all installation hardware was included. I really like how clean of a look these sliders have. One the Jeep is lifted it will be nice to have the step as well.



 

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Just thinking out loud here, but I would think Discount Tire would lead this build with wheels and tires. Maybe they're just saving it for the big reveal.
 

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Its looking nice. What are your plans for the lift? Long arm...short arm? How many inches?
 

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I think it is his personal build. At first, I was thinking tires and lift would come early. But I think this makes sense. Get the armor first so that you aren't tempted to take it to the trail with just lift and tires.

Looking good. I like how the sliders have a cut out to let the "UNLIMITED" show.
 

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Just thinking out loud here, but I would think Discount Tire would lead this build with wheels and tires. Maybe they're just saving it for the big reveal.
Wheels and tires will definitely be part of this build. I'll be running 35" tires on some 17" wheels. I hope to have them bolted up by the weekend. (fingers crossed)

Its looking nice. What are your plans for the lift? Long arm...short arm? How many inches?
I'm installing a 4" long arm, I started this weekend and I should be finishing it up today. (fingers crossed)

I think it is his personal build. At first, I was thinking tires and lift would come early. But I think this makes sense. Get the armor first so that you aren't tempted to take it to the trail with just lift and tires.

Looking good. I like how the sliders have a cut out to let the "UNLIMITED" show.
It is my personal vehicle but I will be taking it to a few Discount Tire sponsored Jeep events this year. If you see it, stop me and say hi!


I'm working on the suspension now. I snapped this quick pic of the rear last night before it got dark. Fingers crossed, I should be done installing the suspension tonight! I can't tell you how impressed I have been with the parts and customer service at Full Traction. Full Traction has really done there homework here and the quality of their parts is outstanding. I am no pro mechanic so I have sent my fair share of questions to the guys at Full Traction. They have been very, very helpful. More pics to come...

 

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From what I hear, Full Traction Suspension lifts are amazing.

Do you plan on installing a slip yoke eliminator kit in the transfer case or is it not needed with the LJ since it is longer then a TJ?
 

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From what I hear, Full Traction Suspension lifts are amazing.

Do you plan on installing a slip yoke eliminator kit in the transfer case or is it not needed with the LJ since it is longer then a TJ?
This is the first Full Traction lift I have installed but I don't think it will be the last. Their parts are very high quality, their customer service is excellent and all their parts are made in the USA. :)

I've got a small list of things still to do before the Jeep comes off the jack stands and the slip yoke is one of them. (Bleed brakes, install belly skid, Slip yoke and new rear drive shaft, and install a small support bracket for the rear Tri-link axle mount.)
 

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The lift is on! I finished it up late last night. It was too dark for photos so I'll snap a few today and post them up by tomorrow. Tomorrow the Jeep is scheduled for an alignment and the exhaust installation. Friday, if all goes as planned, the new shoes will be bolted up.

I've got some light on and off-road miles planned for the Jeep this weekend I can't wait to start breaking in the new suspension.
 
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