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spookie the aardvark

Hi all,

Thought I might start boring you all to death with the plans for my Jeep😴 and it stops me hijacking TazManns WJ - Build thread 🤣😇

Mine is the 2002 4.7 H.O version and is stock at the moment. I took it to Slindon the other weekend, where to be fair, it surprised the hell out of me with how much it cold cope with. After looking at some of the other Jeeps, lots of envy 🤢, I thought it was time to lavish some time, new parts, and a lot of money on my poor Aardvark - yes that is what I decided to call it 🤣

some before pics:

 

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The only mod all ready done by me was to take out the old air filter up to the throttle body and fit an induction kit. This has made the Jeep run so much better than with the old stardard filter and makes gear changes much smoother as well and a little cheaper to run as well (not a lot🤑).

The only down side is I might have to cut some holes in the bonnet for louvers to let the air filters breath clean air 😋 but it will leave me with a nice space where the stock air filter used to sit to fill with something else - "ideas on a postcard to the above address" 🤣

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So what is the cunning plan ?????? 🤔 At the moment I have parts winging their way in from all over the world (I think FedEx is going to make a profit this year 🤣)

  1. a trail master 2" lift kit coming from Germany as it was over £100 cheaper (including shipping) than going through Jeepey.com
  2. a Curt class 3 rear tow hitch from RockAuto
  3. a Curt class 3 front tow hitch from RockAuto
  4. a RANCHO stearing damper from RockAuto
  5. a Curt Adjustable Channel Mount with 1" Ball Hole; 2" Shank; 6,000 lbs.; 6-3/4" Drop from RockAuto
  6. two Curt D-Ring Shackle Mount; 2 in. Shank from RockAuto - gives me one good recovery point front and back

I went with RockAuto for most bits as they were not that expensive and the shipping was very resonable - some places in the States wanted stupid money for shipping 🤢🤔 and according to the tracking most of the parts from RockAuto are already in England and should be delivered next week - watch this space 🤣😇

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I like the air intake i must admit. I never bothered to fit one to mine as I sort of always knew i'd be going down the Snorkel route. Can't say i have seen any improvement in MPG even though it sort of acts as ram air...... Then again if your worried about MPG then you wouldn't be running a 4.7 V8 LOL 

 

Rockauto are very quick at shipping I must admit. Even when they have to ship replacement items. 

 

Looking forward to seeing this thread develop 👍

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Those filters certainly look good Spooky. You could replace the airbox with an air compressor and diff breathers. I recommend extending your diff breathers as a cheap priority that can save a lot of money.

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11 hours ago, TazMann said:

I like the air intake i must admit. I never bothered to fit one to mine as I sort of always knew i'd be going down the Snorkel route. Can't say i have seen any improvement in MPG even though it sort of acts as ram air...... Then again if your worried about MPG then you wouldn't be running a 4.7 V8 LOL 

 

Rockauto are very quick at shipping I must admit. Even when they have to ship replacement items. 

 

Looking forward to seeing this thread develop 👍

Cheers TazMann ............. yes if you have a 4.7 then it does tend to be "smiles per gallon" 🤣🤣

First lot of bits arrived from RockAuto to day, including the rear hitch bar - MY GOD THAT IS HEAVY - delivery went to my dear sainted mum (oap) as I am back at work - dont think she laughed.

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11 hours ago, PDB said:

Those filters certainly look good Spooky. You could replace the airbox with an air compressor and diff breathers. I recommend extending your diff breathers as a cheap priority that can save a lot of money.

Cheers PDB, hadnt thought about the breather pipes so that might be another simple job that like you said will save knackered difs 👍👍 Looks like the airbox space could be up for grabs to the best idea 🤣🤣

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Had to stop in at mum's on my way home as the prezzies have started to arrive 😜😋 RockAuto did a fantastic job 👌👍 so far the rear hitch (bloody heavy🤩) the steering damper and the adjustable tow hitch have arrived 😍🤣

Just the front tow hitch, and two recovery hitches to come from RockAuto. The 2 inch lift kit still to arrive from Germany. The tow ball is on its way from "that auction site" and I also won a pair of brand new MOPAR roof bars - so something extra to go on ................................... about that fuel saving I DID have 🤔🤣🤔🤔🤣

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Spookie, You have started, but I am going to say it..... You wont ever "finish" modifying the Jeep. I have lost track how many times I have said to myself and MissusTaz Mann that's it I am done with the Jeep 🙄

 

Parts are looking good. Can't wait to see this build.

 

Dont forget the stock tyres will look very lost in the arches. But going to a 31 inch front 245x70x17 will cause a little rubbing on the front Bumper and very minor underflex on the rear. The front bumper may require a little trim. 

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10 hours ago, TazMann said:

Spookie, You have started, but I am going to say it..... You wont ever "finish" modifying the Jeep. I have lost track how many times I have said to myself and MissusTaz Mann that's it I am done with the Jeep 🙄

 

Parts are looking good. Can't wait to see this build.

 

Dont forget the stock tyres will look very lost in the arches. But going to a 31 inch front 245x70x17 will cause a little rubbing on the front Bumper and very minor underflex on the rear. The front bumper may require a little trim. 

🤣🤣 having followed your thread I now realise what a monster I have unleashed🤣🤣 but that is kinda the fun of it all. thanks I am really pleased with the parts and the quality - the rear tow hitch? HOW HEAVY? That has got to be so much better than anything you can get over here - GO POKE IT EU 🤪🤪😜

I think I am going to do all the bits I said and then look at the wheels and tyres a bit later - when my wallet reappears from deep in my back passage after this spending spree 😷🤑🤑😷

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOhh Happy Days 🥳🥳 more bits arrived today :

  • front tow hitch from RockAuto - BLOODY HEAVY part 2 🤯 just the recovery points to come now and they are heading this way.
  • threaded tow ball - from "that auction site"
  • MOPAR roof bars - from "that auction site"

Just waiting on the lift kit from Germany now. Hopefully, if the weather is good (it is a bank holiday weekend🤔), this weekend, bits can start to be bolted on. Best laid plans of mice and men - and all that 😂😂😂

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Frosty/Spookie

 

I fitted the Curt Hitch Towbar myself a few weeks ago. Its in my build thread as well. The Bar comes with everything needed including the spacers for the Tank Guard. I Managed it on my own, its just three bolts. 

 

I did put a jack under the yank guard just to be sure it didn't fall whilst supported on the few remaining bolts before installation. Very simple installation indeed 👍

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14 hours ago, frosty said:

hi Spookie, please let me know how you get on fitting the rear tow bar, i bought a wj yesterday, and fitting a tow bar will be one of my first jobs. 

Hi frosty, will try and take pics and post it on here - looking at the instuctions for the rear tow hitch it doesnt look too bad to do, as TazMann said and I got the idea from him 🤪 The instructions say about 38 minutes to fit it soooooooo watch this space over the weekend🤔🤯🤣🤣

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3 hours ago, TazMann said:

Frosty/Spookie

 

I fitted the Curt Hitch Towbar myself a few weeks ago. Its in my build thread as well. The Bar comes with everything needed including the spacers for the Tank Guard. I Managed it on my own, its just three bolts. 

 

I did put a jack under the yank guard just to be sure it didn't fall whilst supported on the few remaining bolts before installation. Very simple installation indeed 👍

Dont blame for sticking a jack under everything looked at the wait of the rear tow hitch and it is 42 pounds - not a light bit of kit 🤢 still there is going to be two of us doing it so thats 21 pounds each 🤣🤣

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Got home from work to find FedEx had been busy and another prezzie had arrived early 🥳🥳🥳 The two recovery hitches and shackles, complete beasties 🐉 13,000 Lb straight line pull on the hitch and 6.5 Tons working load on the shackles - now all I need is to find a house that needs pulling down 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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15 hours ago, frosty said:

hi Spookie, please let me know how you get on fitting the rear tow bar, i bought a wj yesterday, and fitting a tow bar will be one of my first jobs. 

Frosty what WJ did you get? Nice to see another in the club. pics, pics, pics?????????????????????????????👍👍👍👍

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17 hours ago, TazMann said:

Frosty/Spookie

 

I fitted the Curt Hitch Towbar myself a few weeks ago. Its in my build thread as well. The Bar comes with everything needed including the spacers for the Tank Guard. I Managed it on my own, its just three bolts. 

 

I did put a jack under the yank guard just to be sure it didn't fall whilst supported on the few remaining bolts before installation. Very simple installation indeed 👍

thanks Tazmann, i will look at buying one soon, but will not be back from Malaysia / China for another 2 months. 

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this is what i bought, it comes with the wheels and tires fitted as per the pictures, and also a set of the wheels in the picture, also a still in the box brand new iron rock 2" lift kit with bilstein shocks.

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