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Wade
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GREENSPORT'S JEEP
Year & Model  
2003 TJ Wrangler
Engine  
4.0L
Transmission  
NVG3550
Transfer Case  
NP231 - Teraflex Extreme Short SYE, Tera 2Low
Kit, Novak Shifter Cable, Tom Wood's DC
Driveshaft
Front Axle  
D30: Currie JJ UCA Bracket, BMB pads, rotors
& calipers, alloy shafts, Spartan locker
Rear Axle  
D44: none yet. Proposed: alloy shafts and ARB
locker
Gear Ratio  
4.56 (Yukon)
Suspension  
Metalcloak 3.5" springs, dub-adjust alum
UCA/LCAs, adjust track bars, ZJ steering, OME
shocks
Tires  
BFG All Terrain TA/KO @ 33x12.5R15
Wheels  
Mickey Thompson Classic Locks, 15x10 (looking for
Classic II @ 15x8)
Armor  
AtoZ Fab bumpers, rocker guards, ORFab tire
carrier
 
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Transmissions

JEEP HISTORY
My next door neighbor's Dad bought a used
CJ5 Renegade in 1976. (I think it was a
1971 model, so a Renegade II?) It was
white and the decals on the hood were
blue. It had a small lift, white D window
rims, tires that were not huge but really
wide, and a pair of Cherry Bombs, one on
each side. I was eleven and I in
love. I always wanted a Jeep, but
because this man only used his Renegade as
a fun vehicle (did not even own a top or
doors) I always thought you had to have
another vehicle BEFORE you bought a
jeep. Fast forward to 2004 and I am
shopping for something to replace my beat
1990 Volvo 740. I am walking a Honda
dealership's used lot looking at Civics
and Accords. And there is this
beautiful 2003 SE in Shale Green Metallic,
very nice "Ecco" model alloy
rims and chrome grille inserts. It looks
brand new save for a few stars in the
windshield (very upsettingly normal here
in Mississippi). It even still had the
terrible stock Goodyear Wrangler GSA
street tires. The ODO told me that it had
3,000 miles on it. The date code on the
door told me it was only four months
old. The sticker told me that this
Honda dealership did not know squat about
jeeps and wanted it off the lot fast. I
went home and researched my *** off all
night on the Internet. I bought it the
next day. I drove the hell out of that
thing on and off the pavement for a
decade, running that ODO up to 147,000
until it finally threw a rod through the
block, punching a fist-sized hole in the
driver side at cylinder #4. I could not
afford the dealer price for a replacement
2.4L and Jasper could not locate a block
with the TJ engine mount bracke bosses.
They had lots of the Neon blocks, but the
bosses were in the wrong place. So, not
only would this cost me plenty, it would
take up to three months just to get the
engine. This little SE was my DD. And
after all that I would have a reman engine
for all that money (over six grand!) and
it would still be a four cylinder. So
my wife and I decided to look for a
replacement for about the same price.Since
my baby still looked really good and,
despite my trail abuse, still drove very
well, I decided to look for a matching TJ
with the 4.0L and a D44. I could just swap
out all the good SE parts into the new
replacement. We found one about 5 hours
from us for a price we could afford. It
was beat and had mechanical
problems. We bought it home. I thought
I was going to die in a wreck on that long
drive. The thing was in terrible shape and
had 33" BFG KMs that were so bad that
it was like riding on a buckboard with
wooden wheels and steel outer rims. We
spent six months cannibalizing the SE into
the new-to-us Sport. We also spent a lot
of money and time on getting the Sport to
run well. After this six months and all my
*****ing about it my Mother-in-law decided
to buy me a new jeep for Christmas. So
now I have a 2013 JK Sport that is GREAT,
but I still have the Sport. The work I
have done to this green Sport (hence my
screen name - GreenSport) has been
ongoing. And the thing is kicking some
serious *** now! I still owed like
$3000 on the SE from an equity loan I took
out when the economy tanked and we BOTH
lost our jobs. I took out $7000 for house
payments as I saw that we were about to
start missing them. The payments on the
loan were a lot less than the mortgage.
This kept a roof over our head during the
19 months of unemployment we suffered
through. Eventually we got back on our
feet and I was paying down the loan
against the SE. When it died I had a bunch
set aside for an emergency. So we paid the
dead one off and bought the
replacement. The dead SE now lives in
Texas where she is getting a nice Chevy
350 small block V8. The Sport will be
re-geared to 4.56 this winter ('14-'15). I
am currently installing my 3.5"
Metalcloak lift with OME shocks and
aluminum double-adjustable arms, a Spartan
is about to go into the D30 front, as are
some alloy shafts and upgraded brakes rom
Black Magic Brakes, and when the re-gear
starts I will purchase an ARB and some
alloy shafts for the D44. This TJ now
sports the cowl, hood, fenders, grille and
tailgate from my much nicer SE. It also
has much of the dash and the seats and
carpets. It is a very nice TJ right
now and will be great when the re-gear is
completed. I am doing the re-gear on
my own with no experience. Laugh if you
will, but I will get it done well. I just
am worried about how long it will take me
to get it exactly right. I probably need
to just be honest and buy about a dozen of
the D30 crush sleeves up front... ;-)

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