Andrew – 1997 Wrangler SE

Blog 1I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler SE, my first Jeep! This Jeep came at the perfect time in my life. I love being able to create something I am proud of.

Building vehicles is a passion of mine. I have always wanted to be in the Jeep scene, but until Feb of this year, it just hadn’t been possible. Now, I have my Jeep, and I have my end goal for her!

Since purchase, I have upgraded the suspension in the front end to heavy duty parts. I have replaced most of the rear end suspension as well, but with close to OEM spec parts. I have removed the fender flares, keeping that beautiful TJ body line flush front to rear. I have removed (and in the process of selling) the doors! I have upgraded the lighting on the whole vehicle to LED (red cluster) (Circle LED tail lights) (color changing halo headlamps, LED). Removed all carpet interior.

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Upcoming projects, I will be installing a Kubota 4clydr Diesel engine, and adding a little bit of gearing to the axles to give a better ride on highways. Also will be going up to a 35″ tire (unknown brand at this time). Also rhino lining the whole body white (minus hood, I like my travel stickers).

This Jeep has become a huge source of happiness for me. I am able to create exactly what I am wanting/needing. That’s the beauty of Jeeps. You may create what you need for a camping rig, a crawler, or overlanding rig. My plan is just a backyard thrown together Jeep that makes me smile when I walk outside. Something that raises questions as to why something is the way it is. Something unique to me and what I need it to do. This is more than just another Jeep to me. This Jeep is my stress relief. It is something I can be buried in all weekend, escaping the regular work life while I work on the next project, or just take it for a road trip to discover somewhere I haven’t been. That’s the beauty of these things! Make em your own! Be proud!

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