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Jeeps Only! Launches Its First Project Jeep!

March 2001 - No doubt you're wondering why we're naming our first Jeep project "Raptor." During a weekend off-road event, my family and I met a guy named Scott and his daughter Reyanna who were in a stock Toyota 4Runner. Reyanna explained that their 4Runner's name was Tigger because when they went off road, it bounced. Our son Dominic said that our Jeep jumped when we took it offroad and, since he is a dinosaur addict, strongly suggested we name our Jeep "Raptor" since they also "jump."

So Project 1 starts out as a 1993 Sahara Edition Jeep Wrangler (YJ) with the 4.0 litre High Output, inline six, 5 speed AX-15, no A/C. It's bone stock with the slight exception of 31x10.50 BFG All Terrain tires on the stock 7.5 inch Jeep rims. No lift, no disconnects. Beginning mileage: 46,000 miles. The goal of the project is to build Raptor into a rock-ready machine that can still be driven to work during the week. We recognize that there will be compromises. There is a balance that must be struck between off road capability and on road driveability. We feel that since most off road enthusiasts don't have the luxury of owning an all-off road vehicle we should build a vehicle that reflects what many of you would likely build.

We're taking in it stages and will provide reports along the way. This is important so you can see how the vehicle performs after only 1 or 2 addition modifications each time. That's why we're only doing the front Revolver shackles for a while. We want to report whether there was a significant enough improvement in flexibility in our Jeep so you can consider saving a few bucks by initially just getting one pair. We hope you enjoy our how-to style notes.

I've been frustrated over the years as friends and associates have said things like "oh yeah, that's easy to install" when in actuality, whatever it was took many times longer than they predicted. Either friends and associates as way off or I'm not mechanically inclined. It's probably both. So I approach almost all of these installs as a newbie and then attempt to document it on that level. I'd rather provide more info than you need than less.

Did you see project Raptor at the annual Tierra del Sol Desert Safari near Salton Sea? We go to this event every year.

Updated September 23, 2005

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Project Jeep Bone Stock
Bone Stock - March 2001

Jeep Wrangler Buildup Example
A more recent picture - August 2005

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Item
Target/Actual Date
Price
Source
Report
         
K&N YJ FIPK Kit
2/22/03
$229 (est)
K&N
Here
Tomken CB Antenna Mounting Bracket
Installed 2/28/02
$19.95
Firestick II CB Antenna (see also the bracket report)
Installed 1/20/02
$21.95
Loves truck stop
Here
Sway Bar Quick Disconnects
Installed 2/23/02
$65 (pair)
4 Wheel Parts
Here
Hand Throttle - Custom
Installed 2/15/03
$15
Custom
Differential Guard - Dana 30 (Front Axle)
Installed 3/5/02
$55
Four X Doctor
Ford 8.8 Inch Axle - Rear (3.73, Disc brakes, limited slip)
Acquired 2/28/02
$500
Various
Tuffy Deluxe Stereo Security Console
Acquired 12/21/02
$90 ($234)
used - private seller
Soon
Cat-back Performance Exhaust
TBD
Est. $190
Pacesetter - Quadratec
Dual Battery Tray/Relay Cable Kit
TBD
$190
TBD
 
Overhead CB Rack
Installed 2/23/02
$125
Roll Bar Upgrade
Partially acquired 3/1/03
$90 so far
Tuffy Rear Locking Storage Box
TBD
$250
TBD
 
Revolver Shackles - Rear
Acquired 11/4/02
$80 pair ($185 pair)
TBD
 
Front Shackle and Bushing Replacement
TBD
TBD
TBD
 
Ox Cable-Activated Locking Differential - Front
TBD
TBD
TBD
 
Custom Accessories Fuse Box
Installed 5/02
$50
Various
GPS Mount System
Installed 5/02
$70
Various
Kill Switch - Fuel Pump Relay
Installed 10/20/02
$15
Various
Soon
JB Conversions NP231HD Heavy Duty Transfer Case
TBD
$925
Custom Rock Light Setup
Testing - install soon
$80
Various
Soon
M416 Offroad Trailer
Acquired 11/02 - ongoing
$1,000 (total)
Various
Rear bumper with tire carrier
Acquired 4/12/03
$200 (wow!)
Other
Soon
Tuffy Deluxe Stereo Center Console
Installed 3/03
$75 used ($220 new)
TBD
Soon
Custom pressurized misting system (on board mist)
TBD
Guessing $100 or less
TBD
 
JKS Telescoping Track Bar
Installed 1/11/03
$50 ($180)
used - private seller
Rubicon Express 4.5 inch Extreme Duty - spring under axle
Acquired 7/03
$200+
Various
Soon
Longer Stainless Steel Brake Lines    
TBD
 
Custom Tilting Roof Rack (custom design using electrical conduit?)    
TJ Style Sun Visor
Heat Dissipating Hood Louvers
TBD
$75
Various
 
Custom on board hot water shower system
TBD
Guessing $120
Various - custom
Onboard air (OBA) compressor/system (York 210)
Acquired 10/03
Guessing $500
Various
 
High Pinion Dana 30 Upgrades upgrades (truss, tie rod flip, etc.)
     

* If two prices are shown, the price in parenthesis is the estimated retail price while the price not in parenthesis is the price we paid. See report for more information.

Misc Repairs and upgrades

Item
Target/Actual Date
Price
Source
Report
         
New 15x8 Wheels - American Racing Spinaker (Spinnaker?) 598
Installed 12/02
$250 (used)
private party
Here
Windshield channel repair - threaded inserts
Installed 2/11/03
$20
Harbor Freight/Others
Here
Arizona Flag Jeep logo decal
Installed 3/03
$10
Sign Xpressions
Here
Louder Turn Signal Relay - 10 second install
Installed 12/02
$10
Checker Auto
Here
Lights-on buzzer
Installed 12/02
$5
Walmart (3M)
 
Ubolt style rear ujoint strap
Installed 7/02
$80
Here
Custom Softtop extension straps (it's old and it shrunk)
Installed 2/27/03
$14
Various
 
External RAM Mount for mobile video
Installed 2/28/03
$12
GPS City
Here
Auxilary lighting for rear passengers - neon
Installed 11.2002
$25
JC Whitney
 

Pie In The Sky

Item
Target/Actual Date
Price
Source
Report
Removable LCD screen with remote cameras
TBD
$250
Various
 
Pressurized Oil System & Bypass Oil System
TBD
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