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Old 09-23-2011, 04:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TMR Customs "THE BLUEPRINT" TJ Build

We finished up "The Blueprint" TJ build earlier this season. We've had it out to a ton of events and wheeling trips and it works great so far. Everyone asks us for more info on the build specs and has wanted to see a build thread.

We'll start from the beginning and post up as many pics and as much tech info as possible.

The donor Jeep was a 2000 Jeep TJ Sahara that we've owned since new. The current state before the build was a 4.5"RE Superflex Kit with 35"s, stock D30 and D44.

Our goal for the build was to build a road worthy truck that could handle any trail we point it at. We wanted to keep the enclosed cab for heat & air as well as 4 seats to take friends out on the trail. Driving it down the highway at 70MPH was a definite requirement as we wanted to drive the Jeep to and from trails and events. We used aluminum everywhere we thought appropriate on the build to keep it as lightweight as possible.

Our planned specs at the start of the build:
HP Dana 60 Front
14 Bolt Rear
TMR Customs 3 Link Front with Aluminum Arms
TMR Customs 4 Link Rear with Aluminum Arms
104+ inch Wheelbase
ORI ST Struts
PSC Extreme Duty Hydro Assist Steering with all Aluminum Links
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Corbeau Suspension Seats
Genright Gas Tank
Atlas T-Case
Aluminum Front Fenders
TMR Customs Aluminum Rear Corner Guards
TMR Customs Rocker Guards
TMR Customs Front & Rear Bumpers
40" Tires & Aluminum Beadlocks
Warn Winch
On Board Air
On Board Welder


We'll post all the build thread pics and info in order. If you want to see completed pics check out our TMR Customs Facebook Page!

Let us know what you think of "The Blueprint" build, and if you have any questions/comments post up!


Here's some pics of the TJ before we started the build.









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Old 09-23-2011, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see some pics of the progress/transformation
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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seen it in person... this is one you'll want to subscribe too.

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looking fwd to seeing the build pics. saw the completed rig a couple weeks ago, was going to take it for a spin but mike took the keys out of it. :fawk:
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice guys, the finished Jeep is awsome, can't wait to see the build progess and see how it came together.

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Old 09-24-2011, 05:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I saw the jeep at burls creek looks great its good to see good canadian builds on here
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Subscribed! Looks like the setup I'd like for mine, will follow this one intently.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Definitely a sweet machine. Looks and works awesome! Almost kept up with me.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the good feedback so far...aside from that Curt's_97 clown!

Let's get this build thread under way!

Based on our planned wheelbase we knew the stock fuel tank was definitely not going to meet our needs. Since we didn't want to give up the rear seat/interior space a fuel cell wasn't going to cut it, so we started looking at tanks from GenRight. We decided to go with the Alien tank since it's the smallest tank they offer, and would allow us to push the 14 Bolt back as far as we wanted without worrying about tank interference.

The Alien Tank is made from 1/8" TIG Welded Aluminum, and includes a 3/16" Steel Skid Plate. 1" more clearance than the stock tank doesn't hurt, and the tank bolts right in place of the factory unit. The tank accepted the stock pump/sensor so the install was a breeze...didn't take more than an hour or two.

Here's some pics of the stock tank stripped out, as well as some photo's to compare the GenRight Alien Tank next to the stocker.










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Old 09-27-2011, 05:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Next up was our rear axle selection. We went with the 14 Bolt because they are dirt cheap, readily available and would be more than strong enough for our needs. It also gave us a good excuse to roll out a bunch of new 14 Bolt specific products.

We found one locally on Kijiji that was in good shape for a fair price. It came with 2 Gear Sets - 4.10's were in it, and a spare set of 4.56's. We didn't use either, as we went with Yukon 5.38's and a Yukon Grizzly Locker.

We were happy to have our forklift to unload the heavy pig after we picked it up. We instantly stripped the rear drums in favor of using our 14 Bolt Rear Disc Conversion Brackets. Going with the discs saved a bunch of weight and makes the axle easier to service than the old drums.






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I'll try and get MOAR pics up tomorrow!
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Should've kept the drums, those ribs make for excellent traction when your tire slips off the rock.
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Should've kept the drums, those ribs make for excellent traction when your tire slips off the rock.
X2 and who needs water on the tires with those puppies
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And you can hook up one e-brake handle for each side"s e-brake cable and have really cheap cutting brakes
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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With all these great drum brake ideas maybe we should be offering a drum brake conversion kit for all the dumbasses like us who have already converted to discs?

Since all the cool kids are doing it we wanted to add a light bar to our build. The goal was to build a bar that was easily adjustable, removable, low profile and a bit of bling.

We used 1-1/4" x .095"W Tubing, 6 of our own XM10 Rod Ends, Tube Adapters and Jam Nuts, and machined the adjustable links from 7075 Aluminum....all of which was way overkill but we're happy how it turned out.










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fawking awesome... keep it coming
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Lightbar is not my thing but its still nice work all the same. Keep posting I like this build.
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With all these great drum brake ideas maybe we should be offering a drum brake conversion kit for all the dumbasses like us who have already converted to discs?
Another advantage to all those ribs is they act like paddles for deep water crossings.

Seriously sweet build. I'm liking what I'm seeing, and I know how much that matters to you.
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How much for a light bar with no lights.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:54 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Lightbar is not my thing but its still nice work all the same. Keep posting I like this build.
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Another advantage to all those ribs is they act like paddles for deep water crossings.

Seriously sweet build. I'm liking what I'm seeing, and I know how much that matters to you.
Keep it up, you guys are writing all my marketing material for the new drum brake conversion kit!

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How much for a light bar with no lights.
We built this one as a custom "one off" with no intentions of selling them. If enough people like them we can look at adding it to our product line...most likely in "kit" form so you can finish it off to your liking.
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