De-Forester Tj

A 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport Utility 2D build by @the_pickler_tj

Bought this hunk a junk at 14. I'm 17 now and working at a pizza shop to build a jeep on a small budget. Junkyard parts are my friends and this is a home build in a 2 car garage by me, my dads here to supervise the havoc of the constant tear downs and rebuilds and teach me along the way. Ive learned a lot so far like how to weld, complete axle swaps in a days time, rebuild my transfer case, learn about gearing and joints and suspension and tires and etc

1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ Sport Utility 2D

Build Details


  • Stock 4.0 I6
  • Rusty's Off-Road 4.0L Heavy-Duty Rubber Motor Mounts
  • Extreme Metal Products oil pan skid plate


  • Stock


  • Magnaflow down pipe and catalytic converter
  • Totalflow Glasspack Mini Muffler


  • Stock 5spd manual
  • SYE NP231 Transfer case
  • Steinjager TJ Transfer Case cable shift linkage
  • Oliver's Driveline and Gear 17" rear CV driveshaft
  • Rear 8.8 axle out of Ford explorer with 4.10 ring and pinion with a lunchbox locker
  • Barnes 4WD Tj 8.8 axle swap bracket kit
  • Solid Diff cover
  • Front D30 with 4.10 ring and pinion


  • 8.8 disc brakes in rear out of a Ford explorer
  • Stock front brakes

wheels & tires

  • 17" AEV Pintler Beadlocks
  • 37"×12.50" Goodyear Wrangler MTR/S
  • Rough Country 1.5" wheel spacers


  • 3.25" Rough Country lift kit (just shocks and coils)
  • Rough Country Rear Shock Upper Bar Pin Eliminator Kit
  • Rough Country front adjustable track bar 0"-4"
  • JKS MFG rear panhard bar 0"-6"


  • GoodRun Wrangler Led Headlights
  • OffroadTown led pods on motobilt lower a-pillar brackets
  • PIAA fog lights mounted to the front sway bar bolts
  • TecNiq Inc LED Tail Light Kit - 4"


  • Rampage products soft top with tinted windows
  • Quadratec mirrors
  • Rugged ridge entry guards and door hinges
  • Sukemichi hood latches
  • AEV highline flares with a home-made highline fender from a stock Tj fender
  • Motobilt M1000 stubby front bumper
  • Rough Country 9500lb winch with winch cover
  • Poison Spyder fairlead mounts that's been trimmed to accomodate the narrowness of motobilts bumper
  • Rhino USA D Ring Shackle
  • Rugged Ridge D-ring isolators
  • Motobilt license plate relocation bracket
  • Motobilt cb antenna mount
  • Firestik cb stud mount
  • Firestik stainless cb antenna support spring
  • Firestik 4ft Black Firefly cb antenna
  • Explorer Pro Comp Black Bumper with D-Ring


  • Kenwood Excelon KFC-X463C 4" x 6" dash speakers in select increments dash pods
  • 5.25" Kicker speakers
  • Rockville SS8P 400w 8" subwoofer
  • Hooke Road cb dash mount
  • Uniden PRO505XL 40-Channel CB Radio.
  • 18' RG-58A/U Coaxial Cable With Pl-259 Connectors
  • EAG Hi-Lift jack mount for the roll bar
  • Hi-Lift jack see it
  • Hi-Lift Off Road Jack Handle Isolator
  • Hooke Road Steel front grab handles
  • King 4WD fully adjustable door limiting straps
  • Airain MFC fire extinguisher quick release roll bar mount
  • Sak-it bags for trash, tools, parts, etc


  • Ecotric Rear Trail Arm Skid Plate Center Frame Rust Repair
  • Steinjager GM 1 ton tj steering upgrade

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