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 Post subject: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:47 am 
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Well this October I started moding my jeep. However the serious mods are just beginning. I'm starting this to track my progress, and to get your guys' opinions/help.
03 Light Khaki KJ
Current Mods
1.Surco roof rack with 4 kcs
2.Rock Lizard front bumper
3.Bedlined below the beltline
4.Upgraded head unit Polk audio speakers and JL sub
5.Cargo shelf with tie downs
6.OME Lift
7. Run Cool Hood Louvers
8.15x8 soft 8s wrapped in BFG AT/KO
9.Smittybilt XRC8 Comp
10.Mopar Skids/Skid Row Transfer Case Skid
11. Super Skink Sliders
Future Mods, In No Particular Order
1.Re-gearing to 4.10... or lower 8) & Lockers
2.Back up lights
3.RL Komodo Dragon
4.Custom fender flairs
5.JBA A-Arms
6.Odyssey Battery
7.Mean Green Alternator
8.Full Skid Row/Kilby Skids
9.KCs on Bumper
10.Custom Stubby Stinger on Bumper
11.Bucket Seats and Bench for Back
12.OBA
13.CB

ONE HEAVY SOB
I will continue to update and will eventually get some pictures added. What do you think? Obviously this will take time, no way all of this will happen in a couple months. Maybe by time the wheels fall off...

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:35 pm 
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what kinda lift you going for? sounds cool hopefully you post pics as you build it

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:24 pm 
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only REALLY need to re-gear if you get 265-75...but you can if you want, knowing your about the same age as i am, its not cheap to re-gear :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:19 pm 
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Yeah the re gear is going to cost a ton... :| however it may be needed. With everything on it now, the lift wheels and tires coming, and everything else planned my mileage will SUCK :dizzy: So really it should pay itself off after a couple months. Man gas prices suck

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:44 pm 
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Running the lift, 245/75/16, added weight of such items (and about to add more) i'm running right at 14 MPG and it just has started going up due to the warmer weather.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:23 pm 
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do the math, might take a while to make up that extra $1000 :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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hmmmm you may be right.... :ROTFL:

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:28 pm 
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You don't save that much in mileage by regearing... it would take a very long time to make that money back in fuel savings. :| Even at these prices.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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jramey wrote:
what kinda lift you going for? sounds cool hopefully you post pics as you build it


Front:OME927 Springs + OME NS131 Shock + JBA Spacer Plate + Teraflex Bumpstops + clevis lift
Rear:OME 948 Springs + OME N132L Shock + 2 extra iso's per side + Hockey Puck Bumpstops

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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Yesterday part 1 of 3 for the lift came in. Here's what was in the box!
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By null at 2011-03-25
While it doesn't look like much, it was all I could afford this month. Next month will be the springs. Then finally the shocks in may.
Now my only concern is that the box was somewhat squished when I got it... bits of sand were on the iso's... should I worry about this? Or just wipe them off and be happy?

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:33 pm 
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lol, make sure you dont drive in mud, it might ruin the isos :ROTFL:

they are fine :P

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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CoopaTroopa wrote:
Yeah the re gear is going to cost a ton... :| however it may be needed. With everything on it now, the lift wheels and tires coming, and everything else planned my mileage will SUCK :dizzy: So really it should pay itself off after a couple months. Man gas prices suck


Welcome to the Jeep world. Fun to drive lifted KJ's but you pay the price in MPGs.
$50 didn't fill my KJ up.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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yellocoyote wrote:
You don't save that much in mileage by regearing... it would take a very long time to make that money back in fuel savings. :| Even at these prices.


As much as I drive, I would get my moneys worth real quick.
Still debating on whether I should re-gear or not. GAH!!!! :dizzy: :juggle:

Coopa:
If you drive ALOT and I mean ALOT then you would get your moneys worth in no time.
Wouldn't do it just because.

BTW, can't wait to see your KJ when it's lifted! :JEEPIN:

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:07 pm 
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you go to lower gears for several reasons, getting better mileage is not one that I even thought of. I wanted more power, better drivability etc. More mileage is just an afterthought

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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Also.....
Just because they are "Listed" as such, your tires are not even 31" ..... If YOU go to 4:10's you're going to lose MPG's..... Well more than likely.....

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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tommudd wrote:
you go to lower gears for several reasons, getting better mileage is not one that I even thought of. I wanted more power, better drivability etc. More mileage is just an afterthought


Same reasons I WANT to regear Tom.

Listen to this man Coopa, he knows his stuff :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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If your KJ has the 3.73s, regearing will be a waste of money and time because you can only go .37 lower maximum. The KJ isn't like the solid axle Jeeps where you can go 4.56 or 4.88 and actually see significant improvement. Most people going from 3.73 to 4.11 in the KJ won't even know it happened. If you do, you must have a 6th sense.

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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If your KJ has the 3.73s, regearing will be a waste of money and time because you can only go .37 lower maximum. The KJ isn't like the solid axle Jeeps where you can go 4.56 or 4.88 and actually see significant improvement. Most people going from 3.73 to 4.11 in the KJ won't even know it happened. If you do, you must have a 6th sense.

I gained over 6 mpg's when I regeared to 4.10's and running 265/75's,trans shifted better,and overall performance was greatly improved.I recouped my investment in less then a year in gas savings alone.Regearing to 4.10's with 31" tires will not reduce mpg's either.

Oh and spend a few extra $$$ and you can go as low as 4.88's in a IFS KJ.


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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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So 4:10s are better suited than 3:73s for 30.5" tires... :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Cooper's Jeep Build
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So 4:10s are better suited than 3:73s for 30.5" tires... :?:

Yes when you also add in all the weight in your sig also.


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