Justin's TJ

Tuff Jeeper

Active Member
Payson, UT
Owners Name & City- Justin, Payson

Make, Model & Year of Vehicle- 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport

Engine- 4.0
Transmission- NV3550
T-Case- Advance Adapters Atlas ll 4.3:1

Gear Ratio: 4.88
Rear: Ford Explorer 8.8 w/ ARB Air Locker

Front: XJ High Pinion Dana 30 w/ Detroit Locker and Iron Rock Offroad Almost Alloy Kit

Hybrid: 3" BDS Coils, Currie Antirocks Fore and Aft, Teraflex 9550 Shocks, Rokmen Control Arms. M.O.R.E. 1" Body Lift

Wheels and Tires-35x12.5R15 BFG KM2's on Pro Comp 1069 Wheels

Winch- Warn 9.5 CTI

Favorite Trails-Anything difficult enough I can get my adrenaline fix, but not destroy my junk in the process.

I bought it in Oct 2008. It was wrecked, but still had a clean title. Fixed it up, and daily drove it for years. It has gone through several iterations over the years, first on a 4" lift and 31's, then 4" lift and 33's, then 4" lift and 35's, then 4" lift, 1" body, and 35's, now 3" lift 1" body and 35's. Since getting married, progress on this has been slow, usually 1 major thing a year. 2 years ago was tires, last year was the HP30, and this year was Corbeau Baja RS seats. Intention is to get an aftermarket roll cage, Dana 44 front, rear corner armor, and a Campbell Ent Hood, and either lowering it further for LCG or going to a mid-arm type suspension like from Rokmen or Savvy.

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Tuff Jeeper

Active Member
Payson, UT
A few updates to this:

Since originally posting this I grenades my NP231 w/ Teralow 231HD. I was wheeling at Sand Hollow returning to the highway from Milt's Mile and must have over revved the planetary gears because it started making noises (more than it already did) and upon inspection the thrust washers were ruined. . Thanks to @N8RB8R who helped me in a big way by helping inspect it. At that time, I ordered a 4.3 Atlas, and now no longer have to worry about going too fast in 4L. Looking back, I think I would have preferred the 5.0:1 ratio instead of the 4.3:1 solely for the little bit bigger crawl ratio.


Last spring I purchased a Poison Spyder Trail Cage Kit and installed it before EJS. At the time, my expectation of weld quality was higher than my capability so I tacked the cage together and had a friend TIG weld it, and man did it turn out great. I then had Barber Welding powder coat the entire cage satin black. While we were adding the trail cage to the existing cage, we welded some trick tabs in the center section, and configured it so that I could mount my Yaesu FT-2980R there for easy access and ability to hear trail comms easily. This has worked out great with exception of having the mic cord swing around sometimes too much and being distracting. I have yet to come up with a long term solution.




I have been in discussions with @LJTim quite a bit lately regarding suspensions, who has been a great help. Up until a year or so ago, I was in the "short arms is better" camp because of concerns of clearance and break over angle etc. and figured that with only 3" suspension lift that it was good. I shared with Tim my beefs with my suspension and he pointed me towards doing a linked suspension. Since then I've spent time reading build threads, reading CRAWLpedia, playing with the triaged calculator and reading chassis design books to hopefully ensure that the build goes well.

For Christmas, my wife surprised me with Johnny Joints, and a bracket kit so I could start compiling parts. Plan is to have the new suspension built and installed with enough time to do a shakedown run before EJS. I've spent my time off this last week buying the bulk of the rest of the parts. I'll be using the Genright 4 link rear frame bracket kit for both front and rear suspensions. Using the rear on the front will require some massaging to get it to work, but like that I then have adjustability with the vertical separation at the frame.

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Rusty Girdle
Supporting Member
This is what I do about the swinging mic cord. It's been like this for over a million miles now.



Rusty Girdle
Supporting Member
Nice iteration. That may do just the trick. Is the magnet anything special?
No special magnet, but it was hard to find at the time. There are a billion phone mount magnets now that would do a better job for less money.

WizGear Universal Flat Stick On Dashboard Magnetic Car Mount Holder for Cell Phones and Mini Tablets with Fast Swift-Snap Technology - Extra Slim https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F7KNJDM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_I0mdEb71TKV1B

There is a also a mini bungee cord through the mic cord to keep it tight against the radio.