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I bought my 1987 Jeep Wrangler in 1989 with 40k miles on it, it now has over 186k miles on it.  I do most of the work my self, the only things I won't do is transmission work. This is what my life long project started out looking like.

Jeep on the Beach in NC      Off camber     Mud


I just completed a 4.0L head swap and added an Archer Brothers Racing header to it. I must say that the power increase is awsome and very noticeable. I used Tim Weaver's tech article to guide me. It is a very well written tech article for any one considering this swap. I had to modify the Power Steering pump bracket to clear the header and Tim's article refered to John's CJ-7 page on how to modify the PS pump bracket. I cut mine like his but instead of welding a bolt into the bracket, I ground as much off as I could and used a piece of exhaust tube, off of the old exhaust, and placed it over the header pipe but between the bolt head and header. This keeps it from chaffing through the header. Doug, down at Muffler Masters, hooked up the Header to the stock Cat and exhaust.

Modifications To Date:

Engine/Drive Train

1997- 4.2L, Refurbished long block;
1998-MPI injection, K&N air filter
2002- Air Raid Throttle body spacer

2002-Spring over Axle with MORE shock towers front and shock extenders rear
2004-Warn Bumper with Mile Marker 9000 Winch
1994 Tru Radius brush guard
2003-Recaro reclining seats; Herculined tub

2001-Chrysler TF 727 Transmission with a Hurst Quarter Stick shifter;
NP 231 Transfer case
2002-Currie Slip Yoke Eliminator
2004-Tera flex 4:1 gear reduction; 23 spline input; 71:1 crawl ratio

2001-2.5" Old Man Emu Springs;
2003-Spring Over Axle lift; Extended break lines;Extended bump stops
2002-Custom hood vents with Chrysler New Yorker Turbo vents; 2" body lift

1990Custom wood Center console
1993 JVC 6 Disc Changer

D30 Front with; 2002-Detroit EZ locker;
1996-D44 rear with a Lincoln Locker
2003-TSM rear Disc break conversion

1996-MORE U-Bolt skid plates; 2002-Pro Comp ES 3000 in rear 2003-Pro Comp MX-6 adjustable shocks up front
2003-Custom 2x2" Rocker Guards

1993-JVC Head unit with Pioneer plate speakers
2004-Cobra SWX-75 CB radio with Firestik antennae

2003-Custom Built Cardan Joint rear drive shaft
2005-4.0 Head with Archer Racing header

2002-35X12.50X15 Pro Comp Xterrain tires on stock Jeep rims, they are ballanced with Equal powder
2004-Custom Spare tire carrier mounted to a Lizzards bumper, with a Superwinch lockout hub

1993-Soft top, Bikini top
2000-Tonneau cover
2004-Tuffy Security Box in rear


The reason it is multi-colored is, it decided to roll down the street one day by itself. The emergency break popped and it rolled down the hill, taking out two mailboxes, and hitting a big tree. Click on the accident link to see the damage. It is now one color of red. Soon hope to get a Professional paint job with Boyd's red, from DuPont paint.

Future projects:

Front HP D-44 with new gears in the pumpkins, probably 4.56s; roll cage; Eaton E-Locker; Ford Taurus 3.8 Fan; E-350 Master Cylinder; High Output Alternator

I also own a 2000 Nissan Xterra.  I do wheel it and it does quite well. Check it out on the Schofield Pass button to the right. This was during July and September, 2004. I also wheeled it on Wager Gulch, in 2001, and Pagosa Springs two weeks after buying it in 2000.


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  Places Wheeled




Ouray/Telluride, Co 1998  

Lake City, Co

Divide, Co
2001, 2002


Colorado Springs

Idaho Springs, Co

Crested Butte, C0

Stuff I have broken

  4wd and Sport Utility magazine     Four wheeler magazine     Avenger 4wd     Colorado4x4.org    Pirate4x4.com

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