1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport Build Sheet
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Why did you mess with your Jeep?
Read my comments in "How I Became a Jeeper" to get some history first. We modify our vehicles for a number of reasons. With Jeeps, the main premise is that we want to improve off-road performance. Under this guise, a whole industry has emerged to answer the call for parts not sold by the original manufacturer. The options run the full spectrum of things that are practical, technical, outrageous, extreme and ridiculous.
I did not buy my Jeep to build anything even approaching a monster truck. I wanted to have a "go anywhere" type of vehicle that would work in a wide variety of situations encountered and still be well behaved when driving to and from work. I wanted a package that enabled me to enjoy outdoor, off-road recreation while being prepared for the worst that could be encountered. So with this goal, there were things that needed to be done to prepare the vehicle and myself to answer these needs.
This activity started immediately when I got the Jeep. Some things were already part of what I normally carry in any vehicle and many more were things unique to the needs of off-road driving. The changes were done over the course of several months, spanning almost three years. I attempted to make these improvements as time and money allowed, proceeding in order of importance with some eye to interdependencies.
I was very careful to evaluate several options before buying products. Where possible, I looked at products installed on Jeeps that were used the way I use mine. I talked to the owners and got their opinion about the quality, performance and value of these products before deciding whether or not this product would suit my needs. And above all, I defined a plan before I started.
My plan for vehicle improvements included enhancements, additions and changes to address the following areas:
- Protection - Improvements to prevent vehicle damage
- Information - Reference material to assist with First Aid, Survival, and Vehicle Repair
- Navigation - Maps, Compass, GPS to aid in destination and position location
- Communication - A method to communicate with members of the group
- Extrication - Tools to enable vehicle recovery when needed
These areas are addressed in the following ways:
My first priority was to beef up the protection of the chassis and low-hanging items underneath. I did some research to find products that offered the best protection, the most straightforward installation, and the best functionality and reputation with people who use them. This led me to the skid plate, steering and rocker protection products that I installed. Later I installed a rear bumper to add protection, tow points, and a hitch.
Skid Plates & Armor
Engine Control Arm Gas Tank Steering Box Rocker Rear Bumper Front Bumper Lighting Guards Frame Tie-In
With family of four packed into the Jeep, there isn't much room left for anything else. In order to provide transport for the equipment and supplies, it would be necessary to add a storage system that would accommodate a variety of items. First there was the issue of where to put everything. This was solved by the addition of a rack. Next was the problem of all the loose items that needed to be stored on the rack. A variety of storage containers and mounting systems solved this problem. Then the spare tire was moved to allow access to the rear air chuck. Jerry Can and bike racks round out the selection.
Even though the factory tires are adequate for casual off-road use, it is a well known fact that they are barely so. And there are other elements of the vehicle package that contribute in different ways and at different times to collectively produce good adhesion to whatever surface you happen to be traveling. I wanted my Jeep to give me the best compromise between on- and off-road traction, safety and flexibility. This led to modifications to the suspension, springs, upgraded tires, and other accessories that helped me manage traction. Later I wore out the rear differential (and axle housing...) and installed Superior axles, 4.56 gears, and Detroit Lockers... So much for compromise! Tire pressure affects traction so tire pressure management has also been addressed with an on-board air compressor, tank, various fittings, and automatic deflation.
|Air||Tires||Repair||Temp Sensor||Sway bar Disconnects||Springs||Lockers, Axles & Gears||Dana 44 Axle, Disc Brakes||Shocks||Bar Pin Eliminators|
I have always carried a map case in my vehicle. Gradually my requirements for maps evolved to a need for more detail. With my involvement in off-road excursions, this led to topographic maps and compass. In addition, personal safety, survival and vehicle maintenance information takes on greater importance. I wanted to carry reference materials that covered these areas adequately so that I would be prepared with a source of information that would help me deal well with unexpected situations. The Lev-O-Gage gives me information about the vehicles attitude and helps get it level for reconnecting sway bars.
Maps and compasses are great tools for navigation. And generally they are adequate for most trips. Indeed, for many years I was able to do quite well just using maps. But once I started pushing deep into the woods, I realized that I needed to be a lot better equipped. And since I like to return to places that I found enjoyable, I wanted to have a precise way to record the route for future reference. Enter the GPS and related software.
It's easy to forget about being safe when we're having fun. We almost never think anything bad is going to happen. And most of the time we're right. But when something goes wrong, it pays to be prepared. I have injured myself far from home, had my vehicle break down or burn, and have several times found myself in a position of having to choose between staying in my car all night or trying to walk out. All of these experiences have convinced me to be as prepared as I can be for a wide variety of encounters where the personal safety of me or my family is put at risk. A good first aid kit, fire extinguisher and other items can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.
There are four levels of communication that I tried to address with the preparation of my Jeep:
- written (pen and paper, photos)
- phone (cell phone and D/C charger)
- radio (AM/FM for news, weather, entertainment)
- CB (for expedition and possible emergency communication)
- weather radio (for storm watches, tides, weather reports)
It is important when striking out into unknown territory to have the ability to communicate with your group and the outside world. It is important to be able to get broadcast information from regular and weather radio so that travel plans can take current conditions into account. And even basic written communication with pen and paper and a camera have great usefulness for note-taking and record-keeping.
Original Equipment Upgrades
Optima Red Top Mean Green Gear Reduction Starter Mean Green
200 Amp Alternator
Trailer Wiring Harness Dome Light Shut-off Gas Filler Door Head Unit Speakers Sub-Woofer Rubicon Flares Tuner Input Adapter XM Satellite Radio Lug Nuts Steering Box Axle Tube Seals
Top Hoist Softtop Disconnects Sailcloth Top Bestop Bikini Top Tie Down Loops Warrior Products
Hinge Pin Change
Headlight Trim Black Driving Light Covers KC
KC Daylighters Driving Lights Warning System
Miscellaneous Readiness Items
|Hood Bumpers||Accelerator Cable||Lev-O-Gage||tent|
|OBD II Code Reader||Shop Manual||Mirror Adapters||Remote Throttle||Number Plate Holder|
|Spare Tire Lug Nuts||Nylint Rock Crawler||Insect Repellers||Wisdom||West Virginia Tags & Inspection Sticker|
|Fire Extinguisher Holder||Winch Cover||Nostalgia||Powered by WILLYS|
It is a well known fact that if you take your Jeep off the road, you are going to get stuck (sooner or later). How well prepared you are will determine your success in these situations.
A pleasant outing can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are not equipped to get your 4000-pound vehicle back on the trail and moving under its own power. The most important piece of recovery gear is a trail buddy with a vehicle.
After that, there are a number of items that will make the difference between a prolonged ordeal, and a simple tug. While it is not recommended to travel into rough country alone, using this possibility as the measure of readiness goes a long way to assure that if a problem is encountered, you will be equipped to deal with it. Not everyone you travel with will be adequately prepared, and you may encounter others in trouble that need some help. Tow hooks, straps and a good jack are inexpensive and greatly enhance your trail readiness. And finally, if you find yourself responsible for groups, or start to tackle tougher terrain, there is no substitute for a winch.
So with this rationale, my Jeep was progressively embellished with those items needed to address areas of importance to me. I am not looking for an "extreme" experience with my Jeep, so the way it is outfitted differs greatly from those who do want to do things that push the envelope.
I am happy with the way my Jeep has turned out so far. By executing the plan I had for "building" it, I have achieved what I set out to accomplish - to build a Jeep that would provide me with capabilities and reserve for the kinds of situations I am likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis. Your results may vary, but the details of the individual components may be of interest.
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1999 WRANGLER SPORT Factory Build Sheet
Dual-Top Group Matching Hardtop and Soft Top
Grizzly Wheel and Tire Group
Tan - Hardtop
Seats Cloth High-Back Bucket
Convenience Group I
Tires Full-Size Spare
Seats Cloth High-Back Bucket
Air Bag On/Off Switch
Alternator - 117 Amp
Mopar Accessories Added
Updated Build Sheet received from Factory
ADHP Heavy Duty Electrical Group
AEM Dual Top Group w/Matching Colors
A19P 4.0L Engine(ERH)/5Sp Man Trans(DDQ)
BAUP Alternator - 117 Amp
K5K5 Seats - Cloth High-Back Bucket
CGWS Air Bags - Front, Next Generation*
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CLSP Sport Bar - Rear w/Padding
CUFP Console - Full Length Floor
DBBC Transmissions - All Manual
DHNS Command-Trac Part Time 4WD System
Axle - Rear, Dana M35/194MM
DSA Axle - Anti-Spin Differential
GBBS Windshield Glass - Tinted
GRVP Mirror - Left Manual
GXX Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
HAA Air Conditioning
JAYS Instrument Cluster w/Tach
JHAP Windshield Wipers - Var Intermittent
JJAS Lighter - Cigar
JJBS Horns - Electric, Dual Note
JJJS Power Outlet - Auxiliary 12V
JKAS Glove Box - Locking
LAPP Warning Lamp - Shift Indicator
|MBAS Bumper -
MB5S Bumper - Rear Black
MCHS Bumper Extensions
MFPS Headlamp Bezels - Chrome
Front Frame Overlay - Black
MWBS Sport Bar - Side w/Padding
NAEP Emissions - California
NF1P Fuel Tank - 19 Gallon w/Tethered Cap
PX8A Black Clear Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
SBAS Steering - Power Rack and Pinion
SDAS Suspension - Normal Duty
SUAP Steering Column - Tilt
TBBP Spare Tire - Full Size
TMW Tires - P215/75R15 OWL All Terrain
VJTP Dark Tan Soft Top
WJ5P Wheels - 15 x 7.0 Full-Face Steel
XCYS Upgraded OBD-II Connectors
XEES Skid Plate Shield - Fuel Tank
XJFS Fuel Filler Cap - Tethered
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