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post #1 of 42 Old 07-19-2009, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Building my wifes jeep, she doesn't know

We were looking for a new vehicle for my wife and test drove the camaro, mustang and the new charger. Loved them all and she really liked the rumble but said she was suprised how quiet those vehicles were. Ended up not getting one because the rear seat is worthless in all 3 and we needed room for our 2 boys who are getting very tall. Picked up a 2008 Sahara unlimited with 2300 miles. Wife said "you're not going to let drive around on little tires are ya? (what a woman!) We had a 2 door 2008 rubicon but needed more room so it was almost an even trade.
Plan is to do a 5.7 hemi conversion, 2" lift, new rims and tires and the AEV heat reduction hood. I will be dropping it off right before we leave for the beach for a week. She will think it is to change the tires to a bigger size but has no clue about the Hemi conversion. We are going to use the AEV conversion kit. They said the 5.7 with flowmasters sounds REALLY SWEET. This is the before picture. The after picture will be posted near the end of August.

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post #2 of 42 Old 07-19-2009, 08:19 PM
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I like her already!

That is cool. I really enjoy letting my wife take the wheel while on the trail, getting her into wheeling makes life better for me.

That is going to be one badass rig!!!!

Tell them to get some photos of the work as it progresses, then share them later on.
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Post some pics when ya git er done

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Say HELLO to my little friend! Sounds awesome-lucky you to have a gal like that. And the missy!

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I do plan on talking to Appalacian Offroad and see if they will post the conversion. Would be good publicity for them and I could spread it to all the other forums.
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I do plan on talking to Appalacian Offroad and see if they will post the conversion. Would be good publicity for them and I could spread it to all the other forums.
One of those "other" forums will delete it if they are aware that you'll be posting it here.

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Awesome project. I wish I had the money to do it. I have a little one on the way so she gets all the money


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Awesome project. I wish I had the money to do it. I have a little one on the way so she gets all the money
Yeah won't post it there. still havent' decided which wheels but it will have 33" mud tires.
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I like her already!

That is cool. I really enjoy letting my wife take the wheel while on the trail, getting her into wheeling makes life better for me.

That is going to be one badass rig!!!!

Tell them to get some photos of the work as it progresses, then share them later on.
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first problem. plan was to do a 2" RE lift and use 33" tires and new wheels. The AEV kit comes with 2" spring spacers already to compensate for the weight of the motor. So now we have to figure out how to get the lift without having 2 of the same wheel spacers.
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Tires 275/70/18
1 Mickey Thompson Baja Radial MTZ
2. Goodyear Wrangler MTR/Kevlar

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285/70/17
1. BFG Mud Terrain KM2
2. Goodyear Wrangler MTR/Kevlar
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Have you looked at 35" Tires? My wife has the MT Baja MTZ (315x70xR17) on her 4dr. I think for the 4dr the 35's look perfect. Of course I am sure if I saw some 37's I would think those looked perfect. You would need a larger lift also. Just my few pennies rolling around.

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I like her already!

That is cool. I really enjoy letting my wife take the wheel while on the trail, getting her into wheeling makes life better for me.

That is going to be one badass rig!!!!

Tell them to get some photos of the work as it progresses, then share them later on.
I let my wife have some wheel time too. She did get under the jeep with me and help to install the lift kit!

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Have you looked at 35" Tires? My wife has the MT Baja MTZ (315x70xR17) on her 4dr. I think for the 4dr the 35's look perfect. Of course I am sure if I saw some 37's I would think those looked perfect. You would need a larger lift also. Just my few pennies rolling around.
Agreed 35's look big, 33's not so much. That is until you get around built jeeps. I'm running the same 35 MTZ's and I want 37's myself but I'm at the end of what my stock gears can handle. Gears and lockers are on next years agenda, so maybe by the time I'm ready for new rubber I'll be able to go bigger.

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ordered the 18" rims and MT baja tires today.
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ordered the 18" rims and MT baja tires today.
SWEET which ones did you end up picking? edit: wheels that is

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post #21 of 42 Old 07-25-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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AEV kit is in route, tires and wheels are in route, Hood is NOT in stock but hopefully they will have it soon. Lift is here, motor and tranny is at the shop, almost ready.
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Hold on a second, are you sure this isn't another one of those classic husband scams? Honey I got this set of tools for you for Mother's Day, type of scams. This Jeep is for you, isn't it. If it is don't admit anything

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post #23 of 42 Old 07-26-2009, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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It really is HER jeep, really it is. Gets me out of buying a really expensive camaro or challenger too.
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Always liked those DC1's, looks great!

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****ING SWEET!

how much the motor run you?

im looking to do a motor swap after i install my dana 60's

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