Giving my build plan a little spring cleaning!

Jeeps are as unique as their owners, so it goes almost without saying that each enthusiast’s build is going to be a little different.

I spent some time this weekend adjusting my own build plan, which I’ve divided into stages, based on the costs involved and the length of time necessary to set aside the funds for those items. (What was a five-stage plan has been reduced to three.) Stage One of Smokey’s transformation is nearly complete, and is likely to wrap up by early 2017. And, since I’ve never really highlighted the full details of my plan on this site, here’s the basic outline from which I’m planning.

Please share your thoughts and recommendations. I enjoy seeing how others have approached their own Jeep builds!

Stage One:

  • High-output halogen replacement headlight bulbs
  • Evaporative canister skid
  • Floor liners
  • Fire extinguisher
  • CB radio & antenna
  • AEV ProCal
  • Quick-disconnecting front sway bar links
  • Breather hose extension kit (ended up DIY instead)
  • Rock sliders
  • Bartact seat covers
  • 33-inch tires
  • Aluminum wheels w/proper backspacing


Stage Two:

  • Front bumper, w/crash bar skid
  • Rear bumper
  • Tire carrier
  • Rock lights
  • LED headlights
  • AIRAID boxed CAI
  • Cat-back exhaust system (either Flowmaster American Thunder or Magnaflow Rockcrawler system)
  • Nemesis aluminum Titan tub armor
  • Electrical control/switch system (either Spod or Trail Rocker system)
  • Rigid Dually spots w/A-pillar mounts
  • Rigid SR-10 or E-10 light bar w/fairlead mount
  • Rigid E-4 rear-facing light bar on custom mount
  • 48-inch Hi-Lift jack on either Crawler Conceptz or custom mount
  • Two 2-gallon Rotopax containers on custom mount
  • Nemesis Notorious fenders F/R
  • Yukon 4.56 or 4.88 gears & lockers
  • Replacement differential covers (Teraflex or Poison Spyder)
  • Auxiliary transmission cooler


 Stage Three:

  • 2.5-inch coil lift
  • 35-inch tires
  • Axle truss & sleeve
  • Heat-reduction hood
  • Tom Woods drive shafts F/R
  • 9,500- to 10,000-pound winch w/synthetic line
  • AEV snorkel
  • Full-coverage aluminum skid-plate system
  • Bolt-in trail cage (either Poison Spyder or Rock Hard 4×4)
  • Hard top & full doors (winter & highway use)

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