2002 Jeep WJ

whitesnake

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Just a small story and then onto the specs lol. I saw this Jeep for sale and knew that I wanted it. Well that meant I had to sell the xj. So I listed it for sale, sold it then went and got this thing today! I can’t believe it all worked out like I was planning.

I loved my xj and it took me lots of places I didn’t think it could go, plus was my first Jeep. Few things I didn’t like about it was how rough and bare bones the interior was, how far away it was from being some sort of “streetable”, and lack of creature comforts. I never thought I would be worried about that with a toy since I just always sweat and deal with the heat in the summer. But when I took my 2 boys with me 2 summers ago they both looked like they were going to pass out lol. I wanted them to have fun and be comfortable. I know what your thinking, just don’t go in the summer right? Well I try to go wheeling whenever I can as as much as I can. Plus I hunt a lot so I don’t make to many fall trips. I want them to have a good time and want to keep going back, just my personal thought. Plus I wanted to be more comfortable my self is probably the main reason lol.

Jeep is a 2002 limited, I believe, with leather seats and a sunroof. Working AC and heat, radio, power windows, all that cool stuff. I’ve got some cosmetic things I’m going to do to it, I have a new heavy duty track bar and brackets that need to be installed that was included. I need to buy a winch for it as well. Probably build a little box of some sort to put in the back to hold tools and stuff. It is ready to go right now though. The previous owner just went on a trip to Clayton with it last weekend with his friends.

it has axles out of a Sahara JK
Dana 30-
5.13
Sleeved
Gusseted
RCVs
Spartan locker
Red neck ram hydro assist

Dana 44
5.13s
Welded
Iron rock truss

6” long arm lift
Sway bar disconnects
Hack n tap
37” Goodyear MTR kevlars


that’s about all I can think of at the moment

Short term plans I have for it include a few cosmetic things, probably throw some paint on a few things here and there, order a winch, change rear main seal.

Long term plans include making it streetable enough to go on long trips. Selectable locker for the rear, new tires, get suspension/ steering dialed in for better highway manners, stuff like that.

planning the maiden voyage sometime after the first of the year!
 

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whitesnake

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Washed up. Might even take it to get a detail job lol.
 

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whitesnake

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haven’t done any real work to the Jeep yet, mostly cosmetic stuff lol. Painted front bumper and sliders black. Found some color match Chrysler paint and tried matching the rear corner armor and rub rails closer to the body color than they were before. Also removed all previous owners stickers and started putting a few of my own. Been cleaning the hell out of the inside. Got a few leaking seals to replace and that’s about it. I like having all these little things to do and not a bunch of big projects lol
 

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whitesnake

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Finally got to take this thing out for the first time yesterday. Met a few people in gilmer for the day. It was wet, muddy, sloppy, and rained all morning. But we still had a good time, and nothing broke. Got a few issues to address before the next trip. It was very nice and comfy in the Jeep even though the weather was bad, power windows and a heater were awesome lol.
 

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whitesnake

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Not much has been happening with the Jeep lately. My kids sports are taking up a lot of time right now. I head coach a 6u baseball team and assistant coach a 10u soccer team.

but today I finally did a few “real” Jeep guy things. First I went to the car wash and got her all shined up and looking nice. Then after that headed to the grocery store for a few items. After that decided to call it a day and head home since I put so many miles on the ol girl this evening.

on a more serious note, I’m trying my hardest to make the we rock event at k2 in a few weeks. Not very likely, but there is a small chance I can maybe make it.
 

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whitesnake

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Finally got the AC working! So exciting!!!! Lol. Also I got my brake issues figured out so now I can stop, which is always good. And fixed the leak I had from the rear of the transmission. Going to order some balljoints tonight, then see what’s going on with a small leak from my steering box.

Also getting ready to order the 1 ton steering kit from cav-fab. Going to go with that one because I had there same kit on my XJ and was pleased with it. And becuase it works with a jk Dana 30 and a rubicon 44 so whenever I do that swap I can just swap the steering on over.

Trying right now to get everything finalized to go do some wheeling in a few weeks.
 

whitesnake

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Went on a ride last weekend with a few guys in gilmer. Made it about half a day before I broke. I believe the only thing that broke was inside of the front Spartan. I haven’t torn it down all the way yet but I pulled the cover when I got back on the trailer and it appears that the big pin that goes through the center of the locker broke. Everything else looked fine.
Other than that I had a good time, AC worked great the whole trip, Jeep went up everything I attempted. Until I broke obviously. Here’s a few pics and a video.
 

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