My first vehicle when I turned 16 was a 1979 CJ7 that was given to me by my father. I parted ways with this Jeep when I moved to Kansas in 2002. After spending several years tuning and racing sports cars, I returned to my roots. In November 2002 I purchased a 2000 TJ Wrangler.
Here she is the day I brought her home:
2000 TJ Sport in Solar Yellow.
NV3550 5 speed, 4.0L inline 6, Dana 44 rear, Dana 30 front, 3.73 gears
Soft Top, full doors, CD, air, cruise, 30" tire package
The TJ is one of the most capable Jeeps to ever leave the factory but there is always room for improvement right?
The setup I am currently running consists of this:
-Old Man Emu Long Travel Nitrocharger shocks
-Old Man Emu SD40 steering stabilizer
-Rubicon Express 3.5" springs
-Rubicon Express 4" bump stops
-Rubicon Express extended rear swaybar links
-Rubicon Express rear trac bar bracket (CV style)
-JKS Adjustable rear trac bar
-JKS Adjustable front trac bar
-JKS 1.25" body lift
-JKS adjustable control arms (all 8)
-Currie Anti-Rock off road sway bar
-Currie 1" lift poly motor mounts
-Advanced Adapters HD 231 Short Shaft Kit
-High Angle Driveline rear CV Driveshaft
-D44 Rear w/4.88 gears/ Alloy USA shafts/PowerTrax No-Slip locker/PSC diff cover/U-bolt yoke
-D30 Front w/4.88 gears/Alloy USA shafts and tube seals/PowerTrax LockRite locker w/hardened cross shaft
-Toyo Open Country MT 35x13.50 R15 tires (5)
-Eagle Alloys 057 alum wheels 15x8 w/3.25" backspacing (5)
-Performance Friction brake pads
-Garvin Wilderness rear receiver bumper
-Custom rear tire carrier
-DPGOFFROAD front bumper w/winch mount
-Warn 9.5 Ti 9500lb winch
-Sun Performance mirror relocation brackets
-Skyjacker steering box skid
-Sniperfab front tube fenders with 3" flare CLICK FOR INSTALL PICS
-Sniperfab rear crusher corners with 3' flare
-Poison Spyder rocker knockers w/slider bar
-Poison Spyder trail cage with dash bar, rear spreader, and grab handles CLICK FOR INSTALL PICS
-Grote front LEDs
-ASL 4" flush mount LED tail lights
-55w Pilot reverse lights
-55w Pilot rock lights
-IPF 968 6" 100W lights
-Custom "high clearance" Magnaflow exhaust
-K&N air filter
-CSF all metal 3 row radiator
-PAIR8HD Manufacturing 1 3/8" DOM tie rod
-3/4 ton Dodge TREs
-Uniden CB w/ 4' Wilson Superflex
-Electrophotochromic rear view mirror w/ compass
-Optima Yellow Top
-Stinger digital voltmeter
-Alpine XM radio interface
-Full Alpine/Infinity audio CLICK FOR PICS
And other little stuff......
These pictures are all pretty current. I have pics from all the stages of my build-up. Email me if you would like to see them.
July 05 with cage installed:
October 05 Photoshoot with 4WD and SUV Magazine:
September 06 as a guest of Toyo at the 4WD show in Springfield, MO
April 07 in Disney, OK. Driving up Little Blue.
June 08 with Sniperfab fenders installed
After moving back to the U.P. of Michigan this summer, we decided to get another Jeep for the family. Here is our WJ.
2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Deep Behryl Green, 4.7 V8, 545RFE 5 speed auto, Quadra-Trac II (NP247), D30 front/D44a rear, 3.73s.
245/70 R16 Bridgestone Dueler AT Revos
Mopar factory hitch and wiring
Mopar factory front tow hooks
Tekonsha P3 electric brake controller
My Dad was so impressed with the TJ version of the Jeep that he went out and bought one for himself. After a few short months of break-in, the mods began.
2003 Sienna Pearl Sahara Edition, fully loaded, Dana 44 with Trac-Loc, 4 wheel disc, ect.
Dpgoffroad.com's OME Deluxe TJ kit. (OME suspension lift, JKS body lift, JKS motor mount lift, JKS quicker disconnects)
Advanced Adapters 231 short shaft kit
DPG Powerdrive CV Driveshaft
OME SD40 steering stabilizer
JKS adjustable front trac bar
Wierd Harold's 1.25" wheel spacers
33x12.50 Toyo Open Country MTs
Jeeperman Rock Skids
All flares painted satin black
Garvin Wilderness 44" front bumper
Garvin Wilderness rear swing away system with trail rack, high lift jack, axe and shovel, gas and water cans
Cobra 75 WXST with Firestick Firefly
Yaesu FT100D UHF/VHF mobile transceiver with Yaesu ATAS 100 active tuning antenna
The way it sits now: (minus the gas and water cans)
In the spring of 05 my father-in-law got bit by the Jeep bug. (It's like a virus that spreads throughout the family)
He found himself a nice low mileage 2002 Sport that had been imported from Canada eh.
Its Sienna Pearl with dual tops, 4.0L, NV3550 5 speed, 3.07 gears, D35/D30
DPG Offroad OME deluxe kit. (OME 2.5", JKS MML, JKS 1.25" BL)
Banks Ram Air intake
Banks cat-back exhaust
Poweraide TB spacer
Eagle 185 wheels (5)
BFG AT KO 31x10.50s (5)
Jeeperman front bumper
Garvin rear bumper
New Pictures coming soon.....
A big thanks goes out to Dirk at www.dpgoffroad.com for his support, help, and friendship.