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Here are a few photos of the Jeep at different stages of modification. Please remember that this is not a HOW TO page, but only our build page.
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Day it arrived home from the dealer STOCK!
2.5" Rancho RockCrawler stage 4 kit with Rancho 9000 adjustable long travel shocks and lower control arms, also there are 1" spacers for the transfer case belly to keep the rear drive shaft from giving you vibes through the Jeep, front sway bar quick disconnects, rear sway bar extended links, longer brake lines, extended bump stops, (the 2.5" is more like a 3" lift). 15" rims with a 3.75" offset with 32" tyres. With the larger tyres the stock 3.07 ratios were no good. So it was time to regear to 4.11 and at the same time install ARB lockers and under bonnet compressor. 2.5" cat-back exhaust. 7" flares to cover the tyres.
Suspension: The shocks and control arms are same as the top, new 4" springs, JKS Quick disconnects, front upper adjustable arms, rear upper tri-link (no rear panhard), front JKS adjustable coil over spacers (for levelling out the front after all the heavy gear was installed on the front), heavy duty front tie-rod, adjustable front panhard with a drop bracket. JB Super Short HD slip yoke eliminator (SYE) with a custom built Tom Woods tail shaft, rear disc brake conversion kit.
External: Front and rear Rugged Ridge bars, rear Or-Fab tyre/fuel carrier (that can carry 2 jerry cans, high-lift and antenna mount), Poison Spyder sliders, winch plate with a Warn m8000 winch, IPF lights, quick disconnect mud flaps, snorkel, regeared to 4.56 and installed Rock Crusher diff covers, tyres (on road same rims as above with 33's ST and off road as pictured 35" Simex on Rock Crawler rims with Staun internal bead locks). Extended the diff, transfer case and gear box breathers all to the fire wall under the bonnet.
Internal: Lifted the front seats by 1" for better vision over the bonnet, internal winch control switches in a dash pod with rear and front lights switches, 2nd battery under the passenger seat, grab handles, seat covers.
Now there are a few other small mods and some electrical work that I won’t go into. With this set up I have wheeled hard for couple of years, had extensive holidays (10000km trip to Darwin via Gibb River Rd.) and towed an off road camper trailer. I did add some air bags to the rear suspension that I would inflate when towing the camper. At this stage the build stoped, there was no need for any other mods just maintenance and if it broke upgrade to better gear (axles, unis, shaft). I personally think the best mods were the rear tri-link, the tyre/fuel carrier and ratios.
Here are a few photos of the Jeep at different stages of the build and in a few different locations. Some locations were far from home on holidays. It just shows that if you build it up properly and maintain it, you can go for big holidays driving your Jeep safely and confidently.
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