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Hot Rod Guy decides to Build the wifes Jeep

Hay Guys my name is Rodger Lee and I build pretty high end Hot rods for Ironworks Speed & Kustom for a living. My wife and I discussed getting a Jeep a few months ago to have different change of pace from hanging out at car shows. So I started doing the internet reasearch to try and figure out what parts are junk and what is not to be able to build a quality vehicle. Since my wife is going to drive it daily, it had to handle pretty well and ride as good as possible. Plus I wanted some tires that were not super loud, but still worked off road. Since I build some pretty nice cars and trucks for customers it has to have the look.

So I decided to go with the Currie Rock Jock 5.5" lift, For the money it has really solid parts and comes highly recommended. There were a few other kits I considered but they were all 500 to a 1000 bucks more with some features I'm not sure are toatlly needed. I wanted a lift kit that either came with high quality shocks or did not come with shocks so I could get some really nice shocks to help with road manners. The Currie Rock Jock lift does not allow you to adjust caster with the link totally installed on the Jeep, but once you have gone through the hassle of aligning and fine tuning the links length for alignment and driveshaft angles, it is done. But that was the only draw back I saw in the system. So after I decided which kit I wanted I put out some feeler to some buddies and got a good deal on the lift. I then decded that the compression adjustable Fox shocks were probably the way to go. I ordered them through a local retailer, and order my 37" BFG KM2's with 17 9.5" Xd series wheels. So here is where we are today.










After messing around with the caster and getting it set to 4.5 Degress it is less darty going down the road. I have the Compression adjusters set to 6. I might go softer on that setting but it drives and handles great. My Wife Loves it. I'm looking at doing some 5.38 gears and getting some rock slider, front and rear bumpers.

Since we are kind of known in our industry for Bending tubing and building some pretty slick chassis's we will have to whip up something to show what we can do. www.ironworksspeedandkustom.com

I was hoping this would not become as consuming as the Hot Rods I build on a daily basis, But now I'm just trying to keep myself from going over board.

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Very nice, I always like that color. It'll be fun to see the end result. With your ability and tools, you could also build a nice cage for that thing...

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Looks killer! Keep us posted on the sliders and bumpers. Need to see progress pictures as they develop.

Checked out the Ironworks website, some killer Hot Rods!!!!
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Thanks guys, My wife thinks it funny how she drove a bone stock honda for years to work and nobody ever said a word to her about her car. Then she gets a jeep and everyone wants to talk about it. Then her jeep gets lifted and everyone asks where it is the one day I get to drive it because I have to work on it....... Yeah thats it work on it.
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Quite a change from high end hot rods to something that is an underpowered brick.... I am sure you can take care of that though.

Its too cool that she is enjoying the new ride, and it looks great!

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I was hoping this would not become as consuming as the Hot Rods I build on a daily basis, But now I'm just trying to keep myself from going over board.
And good luck with that........

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WHAT?!....no flames, no trick paint job, no blower out the hood?!....I expected more from a Hot Rod fabricator

...Just messin with ya, looks SLICK man...good job so far!


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Thanks guys I have not done a whole lot yet. I'm hoping to get some bumpers and rock sliders going pretty soon so I can start on the light bars. Then it will be time to start the Saturday fab work on this thing.

Thanks again
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Welcome aboard... It looks like you're off to a good start!

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Nice. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Makes me wish I was better at making stuff. I can barely make jello let alone create a bumper.

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Thanks Guys, I have always told my customers if somebody mass produces what you want it will be cheaper then something completely from scratch. Sure we have the ability to design stuff in Solidworks, have parts press broke and we could then build our own bumpers, but there are some companies out there that make a some solid parts. I have been looking a 3 different companies for rock sliders and bumpers this week. Then it will be time to choose a Winch. I got 2 yellow top Optima batteries, the other day, I just need to decide whether to build a dual battery box of buy one. After we get done with all the publicity of truck project we just finished and get this race car done, I plan to put in a few days building a pretty nice roll cage and light bar for above the windshield.

Yeah I think this project is offically out of hand.....
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I get the feeling there may be a Hemi install in the future for your JK!!

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Yeah I think this project is officially out of hand.....

that happens fast... we can be your support group (<--read enabler)


Whatever you do... buy american! There are plenty of quality builders over here and we have to support our own.

As for the batteries check out Benchmark Design kick ass setup for dual optimas... one stop shop and very nice setup.

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Nice Jeep!

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Yeah I think this project is offically out of hand.....
Naw not yet. I thought mine was out of hand, but you can always see blownJK's ( https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3642 ) (which BTW is no longer blown) It always go there to prove to myself that my Jeep addiction is under control!
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As for the batteries check out Benchmark Design kick ass setup for dual optimas... one stop shop and very nice setup.
I see a Hemi in his future, so I would not do this. I can't imagine a Hot rod guy living with the 3.8 for long, and the Benchmark tray will not work with a Hemi. The stock tray is already too big for a Hemi.
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I see a Hemi in his future, so I would not do this. I can't imagine a Hot rod guy living with the 3.8 for long, and the Benchmark tray will not work with a Hemi. The stock tray is already too big for a Hemi.
I was noticing that the dual batteries might interfere with the install of the Hemi, Oh I guess that means I have been thinking about the HEMI.......

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Hanson Bumper install

Well We I picked up the uncoated rear bumper today from Hanson Offroad. They are right across town from me. I ordered all the parts uncoated so I could do some mods to the bumpers before I coated them a special color.

Pretty easy install.









Should get the rock sliders and front bumper and winch late next week.
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looking good. how bout some pics of some cars youve done

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Looks awesome, keep us posted on the build.

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