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2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ Build For Make A Wish Foundation By ExtremeTerrain - Throttle Out

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2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ Build For Make A Wish Foundation By ExtremeTerrain - Throttle Out
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  • Ryan: On this episode of Throttle Out we're making a wish come true by doing a TJ build
  • for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a great kid named EJ.
  • So check out the build.
  • I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and in this very special episode of Throttle Out we're
  • going to be completely redoing the TJ behind me.
  • This jeep belongs to Earl Junior and EJ is the recipient of a wish through the Make-A-Wish
  • Foundation.
  • That wish was for us at Extreme Terrain to completely redo his jeep for him.
  • Now this is an older TJ.
  • This is an '02.
  • It needs some normal restoration stuff which, of course, we're going to be doing, but we're
  • also going to completely change up everything else about this jeep, as well.
  • Big lift, wheels, tires, lights, interior, exterior, everything you can imagine for a
  • very deserving kid.
  • Now with this being an older '02 that spent of its life up here in the rust belt, I'm
  • sure we're gonna have some rust to contend with.
  • This is probably gonna be one of the tougher builds that we've done but it could not be
  • for a more deserving kid.
  • So let's tear into this jeep and get started with the build.
  • As you can see, Tony's been hard at work getting this thing stripped down to only the bare
  • essentials to transport it over to the paint shop.
  • This is going to get all of the body work done, as well as the paint work, and while
  • it's away the interior is going to get its treatment, as well.
  • Once it comes back, we're going to start working on some of those bigger mods.
  • We just got the jeep back from our local shop, Malvern Collision.
  • They did an awesome job hitting the interior and the exterior of this jeep with a black
  • bedliner material, which is exactly what EJ wanted.
  • They also sprayed the sport cage with a gloss black because we're going to be doing some
  • gloss black accents on the exterior of this jeep.
  • The bumpers, the fenders, a few other things like the light brackets, that are really gonna
  • pop off of this matte with having a gloss finish on them.
  • We also got the interior back from the upholstery shop.
  • That, of course, is also black with some red accents, exactly what EJ was looking for.
  • Now let's get this thing up on the lift and we'll start stripping the old suspension out
  • of it.
  • We got the jeep up on the rack to start with some of the suspension upgrades, but before
  • we started tearing the old suspension out we found a couple of issues with the frame.
  • Tony started poking around and we found a lot of soft spots, not just one or two.
  • I think this is beyond repairable and we're going to have to swap the frame.
  • So not going to be great for our timeline, but it is going to be good for EJ.
  • He's going to be getting a jeep that is way more solid than what he dropped off.
  • As you can tell, Tony's been hard at work tearing the jeep apart, getting it ready for
  • that frame swap.
  • The frame is still on its way but in the meantime we've taken the opportunity to do some general
  • maintenance to the engine, as well as some cleaning up of some things.
  • We've got the tug completely undercoated.
  • As you can see, got some fresh paint on the transmission.
  • Also have a bunch of the other parts off the engine in order to replace a bunch of leaky
  • seals and just generally clean some things up.
  • Make sure that everything is nice and fresh for when we get it back to EJ.
  • So we've got the new frame back for EJ's jeep.
  • We actually sent a couple of our guys all the way out to Ohio to pick this up themselves
  • so we could get it back and start working on it, and this one is in so much better condition
  • than that old one.
  • This has no rust on it and it's going to ensure that EJ can roll down that road being safe
  • and also have a jeep that's going to last him a good long time.
  • As you can see, a couple of the brackets for the new lift kit have already been welded
  • onto this new frame and we're going to talk a little bit more about that lift in just
  • a second.
  • We also have the axles back from ReGear.
  • I want to give a big thank you to Linwood over at 4X4 Suspension & Gear.
  • He was able to give these axles a complete rebuild and stuff a set of 456 gears in them.
  • That's going to help with those big 35 inch tires.
  • That's gonna get them moving, helping to get them to stop is going to be the big brake
  • kit that we have from Black Magic Brake Pads.
  • Those are going to be two piston calibers and a larger rotor, as well, giving this a
  • lot more stopping force with those big, heavy 35s.
  • So now that we have a ton of new parts, it's time to start putting things together instead
  • of taking them apart and we have a lot of work to do.
  • I'm gonna help Tony get the motor and trans put in the new frame.
  • As you can see, Tony's been very busy.
  • He has the body mounted back onto the frame and the entire suspension and axles are underneath
  • this jeep.
  • This thing is a roller.
  • It is really, really coming along.
  • So as far as the suspension, we did something pretty special on this jeep for EJ.
  • We wanted to give him something that's gonna ride really, really comfortably but also work
  • really well off road for him when he does take this thing wheeling.
  • So this is the Terraflex low center of gravity long arm lift kit for the TJ.
  • This is a total of five inches of lift and this is the one that does come with the shocks.
  • So as with any long arm kit, this does have some different mounts for the control arms.
  • You actually get rid of the factory control arm mounts and the factory belly pan in order
  • to mount these long arms, and what that really does is flatten out those control arm angles
  • to make a little bit more of a comfortable ride.
  • Now if you are doing a lot of wheeling on the rocks, long arms you can get end up dragging
  • them over the rocks a lot more but EJ's gonna spend more time probably down in the Pine
  • Barrens in Jersey.
  • Not really doing a lot of that wheeling on the rocks, so this long arm system is gonna
  • work really well for him, again, on road and off road.
  • This does come with the 9550 shocks from Terraflex, which is a really nice choice for that on
  • road driving.
  • It's going to be nice and comfortable for him.
  • As you can see, the rear is actually a triangulated four link so it gets rid of the track bar.
  • So when he does any sort of articulating off road, that axle can move straight up and down
  • instead of moving in an arc like a five link system.
  • Again, it's just a really well built, really well designed system that I think EJ is really
  • going to like.
  • We had the axles completely refreshed.
  • These are 456 gears, which should work really well for the tire size that we have on this
  • jeep.
  • So with a lift kit like this where you're doing so much customization, there are a couple
  • of additional things you need to change, one of those being the exhaust.
  • So let me show you what we did up there.
  • This jeep from the factory comes with a total of three different cats.
  • There's a lot going on up here and this upper control arm does get in the way of that.
  • So what Tony was able to do was cut the factory system, install this piece here which provides
  • plenty of clearance for that upper control arm, even at full droop, and then all of that
  • leads back into this Flowmaster dBX muffler that dumps right after this skid plate.
  • So we could have gone with an over axle plate and done a factory style exit, but that's
  • a lot of additional piping that EJ can bang up on the trail.
  • But also you have to weave all of that pipe through all of the stuff that's happening
  • in the back of the jeep here.
  • This dump makes it a lot easier, a lot cleaner, gives EJ less to bang up on the trail, and
  • it also provides some additional volume, which is a nice addition, as well.
  • So I'm going to go ahead and get this muffler installed.
  • Now the muffler is in place we're pretty much done underneath the jeep here.
  • Everything's been cleaned up, refreshed.
  • We've run all new brake lines under this thing.
  • As you can see, we have a slip yoke eliminator and a new rear drive shaft in place for the
  • new lifted height.
  • Pretty much everything is buttoned up, so we're going to get this thing on the ground
  • and then start working on some of the armor up top.
  • So we just finished installing a lot of the armor on the side of EJ's jeep and what I
  • just finished up here are the Barricade rock sliders.
  • And this is really important when you are doing some off roading because it protects
  • this rocker area.
  • If you come down an obstacle, a stump, a rock, whatever it might be it can push the rocker
  • up into the door, causing a very expensive repair.
  • So this is gonna offer some really nice protection and the tubes on here also offer a little
  • bit of a step.
  • It's a little high up.
  • It's not gonna be the best step but it isn't going to decrease your ground clearance at
  • all, which is good for when you are going off roading.
  • So I think EJ's really going to like these.
  • On the rest of this side of the jeep, we went with Barricade tubular stuff, as well.
  • So we had the tubular fenders up front and in the rear.
  • So these are going to open up the wheel well a little bit, providing a little bit of additional
  • clearance.
  • Not a ton of additional up travel because jeep does a really good job with the factory
  • fenders, but it does open up from front to back and really gives the jeep a very aggressive
  • look.
  • One of the things that EJ really wanted was a little bit of poke.
  • He wanted the tires sticking out a little bit past the fender.
  • That's definitely what we gave him, especially up front here.
  • He's going to have that really wide bulldog stance that he's after.
  • So we're finishing up some of the armor on EJ's jeep.
  • Of course we installed front and rear bumper with the tire carrier out back, and for the
  • bumpers we went with Poison Spyder stuff.
  • They make really high quality stuff.
  • We were able to get it in bare steel to get it powder coated to match the rest of the
  • jeep, and he absolutely wanted a stinger and I don't think he's gonna be disappointed when
  • he sees this front bumper from Poison Spyder.
  • We topped the bumper off with a Rugged Ridge winch.
  • EJ does like to go and play in the sand down in the Pines.
  • Hopefully he'll do some other off roading.
  • If he does get himself stuck, he can get himself unstuck with that winch and we carried the
  • red theme a little bit further outside of the jeep with those red d-rings.
  • Now out back, also Poison Spyder rear bumper.
  • I really like the Poison Spyder stuff.
  • The carrier that's on this bumper is incredibly high quality.
  • It's not gonna rattle, it's not gonna move, make any noise, but most importantly, it has
  • a ton of adjustability so we can put that 35 inch tire back here without having any
  • space issues.
  • Obviously we still have some odds and ends to tie up on the tire carrier before that's
  • completely bolted up and then we're gonna move onto the lighting.
  • So we just finished up doing a ton of wiring on this jeep.
  • We added a lot of lighting and a lot of other accessories, all of which required a lot of
  • wiring done, but all of that is buttoned up now.
  • So as you can see on the front of the jeep, we have a 50 inch KC light bar.
  • Here, a smaller 20 inch on the hood.
  • That was definitely something EJ wanted, some KC lights, so we hooked him up with some LED
  • stuff that's gonna be really, really bright, work really well for him on the trail, but
  • of course these re not lights to be used on the road.
  • For that, we upgraded his headlights.
  • These are some Axial headlights.
  • They have built-in running lights, also turn signals built into them.
  • These are a really nice piece.
  • These are also going to be LED.
  • They're projector so, again, they're going to work really, really well and they're going
  • to be a massive upgrade over the factory sealed beam headlights that come in a TJ.
  • Those are notoriously poor.
  • Now because of the fenders we installed on this jeep, we also had to do something with
  • both the marker light and the turn signal.
  • So we went with some small 3/4 inch round LEDs up here.
  • We've got those wired in.
  • I think they look really clean.
  • It'll keep him legal and also keep him safe.
  • Underneath the jeep in the wheel wells and underneath the rocker panels we have some
  • rock lights under the jeep.
  • For that we went with the Oracle rock lights.
  • Those are going to be a Bluetooth setup.
  • They give you a ton of different options.
  • You can dim the lights, you can change the color, they can move to the music.
  • Obviously you can turn them on or off.
  • They're all switched Bluetooth.
  • Now those aren't the only Bluetooth switch lights we have on the jeep.
  • We actually set these auxiliary lights up with the new Raxiom Bluetooth switching system.
  • So this is the switch right here in my hand.
  • No wires, battery operated, magnetic.
  • You can stick this thing wherever you want.
  • This gives you a total of four switches, so we can turn on and off all of our stuff without
  • having to run an additional wire, which makes things really easy, and it also has a full
  • power control box mounted right by the battery here.
  • So if EJ ever does need to change a relay or a fuse, anything like that, it's gonna
  • be really easy to get to.
  • We also upgraded all the lights on the back of EJ's jeep.
  • The tail lights are also LED to match all of the other LED lights on the exterior of
  • this jeep.
  • On the inside of the spare tire there is the round Rugged Ridge third brake light, and
  • because we moved the license plate to the center of the spare tire, we have an off road
  • only plate light which also has a built in third brake light.
  • So when EJ hits the brakes, this thing is going to certainly light up on the back.
  • It's going to keep him nice and safe, but also make sure that nobody mistakes his jeep
  • for any other one on the road.
  • One of the things EJ requested for his build was a power soft top.
  • As with most TJ tops that are a little bit older, his soft top was showing a lot of age.
  • A couple of minor tears in it.
  • The windows were pretty well scratched up, so he definitely needed a replacement anyway,
  • and by going with this power top by MyTop it makes it a lot easier to put the top up
  • and down.
  • This thing has a ton of engineering that goes into it to make it so that you don't have
  • to remove the rear windows.
  • All you have to do is unlatch it at the top of the windshield, push a button, and it folds
  • back just like any more modern convertible vehicle does, making it a lot easier, again,
  • to put that top up and down.
  • So that's something that we were able to get installed for EJ and I think he's going to
  • be really excited to use this thing when he's driving his jeep on those nice days.
  • We did a good bit of refreshing and cleaning up of the interior, but we also did a lot
  • of modernizing at EJ's request.
  • One of the things that he wanted was a few more creature comforts, so we did add some
  • power windows and power locks to this jeep.
  • We tied the locks right into a remote start and an alarm system.
  • So this has a lot more creature comforts in it than the TJ did even when it rolled off
  • the assembly line.
  • Power locks and power windows weren't even an option, but they're installed in this jeep
  • now.
  • We also installed a new radio in this jeep.
  • So we swapped out the head unit, as well as all four speakers.
  • We added a sub and a sub box in the back and an amplifier.
  • So this thing is going to sound as good as it looks.
  • We also put a CB radio in the jeep, that way when EJ is cruising on the trails he can communicate
  • with all of his buddies.
  • So we just got finished tightening down a couple of the bolts on the seats here.
  • Obviously these seats have been completely refreshed, as well as the carpeting in this
  • jeep.
  • We went ahead and recovered EJ's factory TJ seats with a vinyl and red stitching.
  • It's gonna hold up really well for him and these also have brand new foam.
  • So this things are better than new.
  • We did front seats, rear seats, we even did the sun visors and the sound bar, so it gives
  • it a really cohesive look and really able to carry that black and red stitching from
  • the inside to the outside, which is something that EJ really wanted.
  • We are going to top off the carpeting with a set of Barricade floor mats, that way it
  • keeps everything looking good for a good, long time.
  • I do want to give a big thank you to Poison Spyder, Terraflex, and KC.
  • All of them donated parts to help make this build possible.
  • Now the last couple of steps here are taking this thing to get an alignment, give it a
  • little bit of an on road shakedown, and finally deliver it back to EJ.
  • So we just got the jeep back from the alignment shop.
  • I'm just going to take it on a quick shakedown run and see how everything feels before we
  • get it back to EJ.
  • Now one of the first things you notice about this jeep when you get in it is how comfortable
  • it is.
  • We were able to install these new seats in the jeep mostly to carry the black and red
  • theme from the inside to the outside, but these seats are very, very comfortable, as
  • well, having all new foam.
  • The next thing you notice when you fire it up and start driving it is how much of a powerful
  • feeling it has, even though it has big 35s on it.
  • Now usually when you go with the big 35 inch tire you can lose a lot of that pep, but by
  • putting gears in it we give it back a lot of that drivability.
  • And being that this is EJ's daily driver, that was something that was really important
  • for us to give back to him.
  • Well, that's gonna wrap it up for the shakedown run.
  • The jeep feels great so time to reveal this thing to EJ, see how he likes it.
  • So this is it.
  • It's finally time to give the jeep back to EJ.
  • We're here at Turn5, our parent company's block party.
  • Tons of people here having a great time.
  • I cannot wait to see EJ's reaction to his new jeep.
  • Steve: Thank you everybody for coming out today.
  • It's awesome to have so many people out and be a part of what's gonna happen here today
  • for Earl.
  • He wanted his wish to be for Turn5 to overhaul his jeep.
  • I couldn't be more proud of our team for the amount of time, energy, and effort they put
  • in, and I have no doubt that Earl is gonna be impressed.
  • And it couldn't go to a nicer, more deserving kid.
  • Ryan: So I was able to speak with EJ early in this process about really what he wanted
  • his jeep to look like.
  • With being an older jeep, it did need a ton of work, more than we even thought in the
  • beginning, but it was a very rewarding build.
  • It was a lot of fun.
  • Steve: You guys ready to pull the cover off?
  • Audience: Yes.
  • Steve: Are you ready?
  • EJ: More than ready.
  • Steve: Five, four, three, two, one, go.
  • Let's give him a round of applause.
  • What do you think/
  • EJ: It's everything I could have wanted.
  • Steve: Do you want to start it up EJ?
  • EJ: Yeah.
  • Steve: All right.
  • Go for it.
  • Ryan: Now that you see it in the flesh, what's your favorite part?
  • EJ: Probably the train horn and convertible top.
  • It's amazing.
  • It's everything I could have asked for.
  • Ryan: So that's gonna do it for this very special episode of Throttle Out.
  • We finally got to give the jeep back to EJ.
  • Man, I hope you enjoy it so much.
  • Thanks for letting us work on it.
  • Hey, guys, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel.
  • That way you can check out other great videos like this one and some of the best jeep content
  • out there.

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Today, Ryan shows off the transformation of EJ's TJ Wrangler. The team completes a full restoration on the Jeep - but they don't stop there. Countless offroad mods and one-off features are added to this TJ, making it a truly unique build! Check out the parts featured in this build here: https://terrain.jp/2JChWR7

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