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'04 Jeep WJ

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Turbo Tara & Jalopy Jake

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Jake and Tara Hurlin here, with our (sort of) shared 2004 Jeep WJ ... (Really the wife's ride, she picked it).

We can never have a daily driver that remains stock, all our cars tend to be multi-purpose, and with getting a Jeep it was obvious that we needed to build it into an expedition rig.

Most important thing was to have the V-8 as opposed to the V-6, but then the dark grey color won Tara over. It was completely stock when purchased and was surprisingly well cared for.

Current mods include:
Rough Country 4" short arm lift kit
Quick disconnect front sway bars
32" Duratrack tires
Superchips programmer
3" exhaust
Airrade intake tube
Bushwacker fender flares
50" LED light bar and luggage rack


In progress in the garage:
*Welding together front and rear offroad bumpers, front has a winch mount and will have a small push bar, and rear has tire carrier mount.
*Roof rack extension is on the way.


Gadgets gathered for weekend expeditions:
First aide kit
Tool kit
Emergency Kit
Kitchen kit
Machete, knife, pocket knife, axe
Offroad traction boards (4)
High lift jack


Further wants:
Screened in Awning w/ hammocks for camping.
Front and rear air lockers
Rear/backup lights
Air compressor
Tire deflators
Solar power generator
Rock sliders (there's a bit of rust starting on rocker panels anyway)
Upgrade to long arm kit.








 

Michael

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Jake and Tara Hurlin here, with our (sort of) shared 2004 Jeep WJ ... (Really the wife's ride, she picked it).

We can never have a daily driver that remains stock, all our cars tend to be multi-purpose, and with getting a Jeep it was obvious that we needed to build it into an expedition rig.

Most important thing was to have the V-8 as opposed to the V-6, but then the dark grey color won Tara over. It was completely stock when purchased and was surprisingly well cared for.

Current mods include:
Rough Country 4" short arm lift kit
Quick disconnect front sway bars
32" Duratrack tires
Superchips programmer
3" exhaust
Airrade intake tube
Bushwacker fender flares
50" LED light bar and luggage rack


In progress in the garage:
*Welding together front and rear offroad bumpers, front has a winch mount and will have a small push bar, and rear has tire carrier mount.
*Roof rack extension is on the way.


Gadgets gathered for weekend expeditions:
First aide kit
Tool kit
Emergency Kit
Kitchen kit
Machete, knife, pocket knife, axe
Offroad traction boards (4)
High lift jack


Further wants:
Screened in Awning w/ hammocks for camping.
Front and rear air lockers
Rear/backup lights
Air compressor
Tire deflators
Solar power generator
Rock sliders (there's a bit of rust starting on rocker panels anyway)
Upgrade to long arm kit.








That a great ride! What manufacturer did you go with for the light bar. I am thinking of upgrading the OB rig at some point. I like the round lights, but the incandescent is hard to justify these days with the LED options out there!

M
 

Turbo Tara & Jalopy Jake

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That a great ride! What manufacturer did you go with for the light bar. I am thinking of upgrading the OB rig at some point. I like the round lights, but the incandescent is hard to justify these days with the LED options out there!

M
It's a ProComp lightbar

I also love the look of the single circular flood lights, like the Hella lights... But I sacrificed looks for functionality. These suckers turn night time into day time!
 
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Overland-Indiana

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Nice rig, i have a WJ also. Nice to see them gaining popularity in the build category.
 

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I am in Indiana but i was in Traverse City last Thursday-Saturday. We drove all through T.C. and went up to Old Mission and up to Grand Traverse Lighthouse. It was a beautiful drive this time of the year! Then on the way back to Indiana we went through the Manistee National Forest and hit a few trails, that is where i took the picture above.
 

Turbo Tara & Jalopy Jake

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I am in Indiana but i was in Traverse City last Thursday-Saturday. We drove all through T.C. and went up to Old Mission and up to Grand Traverse Lighthouse. It was a beautiful drive this time of the year! Then on the way back to Indiana we went through the Manistee National Forest and hit a few trails, that is where i took the picture above.
Small world! Maybe it wasn't on the day that I thought it was. My days tend to run together. I think we DID see your Jeep parked in downtown Traverse City! I can't imagine anyone else having the same color jeep with the same wheels, rack and light setup around here.
 

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Haha Yes it is a small world! We had a nice time up there. You live up that way?
 

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Ah gotcha, any good trails up that way? We went through Manistee on the Western side and there were some good ones there.
 

Turbo Tara & Jalopy Jake

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did a little wheeling at the local offroad park Twisted trails... and also some work on the new front bumper... rear bumper soon with 5th tire and swing out...
 

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HangryMachinist

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How is the ride with your 4" kit from Rough Country? I'm looking at that or Iron Rock OffRoad for my JGC. Like the look of your Rig very Much.
 

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How is the ride with your 4" kit from Rough Country? I'm looking at that or Iron Rock OffRoad for my JGC. Like the look of your Rig very Much.
If it's anything like the Rough Country lift I ad the ride is horrible. IRO is right down the road from me. They're a good bunch of guys and love their WJs.
 

Turbo Tara & Jalopy Jake

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Our rough country kit isn't that bad... But my last rig was a 72 scout on leaf springs so coils rid nice. I'm happy with the RC kit.. Wish we would of gone long arm is my only complaint


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HangryMachinist

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SO my WJ's front drive shaft has a CV on it and everyone is saying that I will need to upgrade it so I don't have drive shaft shimmy. Did you guys do this drive shaft upgrade?
 

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In this moment your drive shaft work all extended and in not correct angle, especially out off t-case, it's possible in a future that it's broke rubber boot and go out grease and balls


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