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Building the Ultimate TJ – Part 1


The Ultimate Jeep TJ buildup, how can that be? TJ’s are only a few years old and there can’t be much more than suspension and accessories that can be bolted on right? Think again. Kevin Hurt has set out to create a TJ that will rival any other ever built. Kevin started the dream by buying a black 2001 4.0 liter Jeep TJ Sport with an automatic transmission and a factory soft top. The new Jeep was delivered to Stage West Four Wheel Drive Center in Glenwood Springs, Co. with 66 miles on the odometer, in anticipation of having the absolute baddest, wickedest, meanest, rock-crawling 4-wheel drive on the planet. A tall order but Stage West was up to the challenge and wasted no time in tearing it apart to begin the buildup. Stage West Four Wheel Drive Center specializes in building everything from the mild trail Jeep to the extreme, one off, custom Jeep you will see here. How extreme is this buildup going to be? Almost every part of this brand new Jeep will be replaced or improved. Here’s a list of most of the buildup items:


  1. Grey Bestop Super top, Bestop Super seats
  2. Tuffy storage boxes
  3. Currie rear bumper
  4. Currie shorty front bumper
  5. Mile marker winch mount Warn XD9500i winch
  6. Custom stainless steel rocker guards
  7. Custom roll cage
  8. Currie stainless steel gas tank
  9. K&N fuel injection performance kit, Throttle body
  10. Hesco 4.7L, 265 horsepower motor
  11. Currie motor mounts
  12. Atlas 3.8:1 transfer case
  13. Tom woods polished stainless driveshafts
  14. Rubicon Express long arm suspension
  15. Currie high pinion 9″ rear diff, 4.86gears, Detroit locker, rear disc brakes w/drilled rotors
  16. Sunray front high pinion 9″ diff, w/ Dana 60 outers, 4.56 gears, Detroit locker
  17. Weld Aluminum wheels w/ Champion bead locks
  18. Flush rear taillights
  19. 37-inch Super Swamper SSR tires
  20. Deep transmission pan and shift kit
  21. Warn flares
  22. Rear sway bar
  23. JKS sway bar disconnects
  24. Currie tie rod and drag link
  25. Custom cat-back exhaust

Stay tuned for part one of the buildup, as Stage West Four Wheel Drive Center installs the once stock Jeep 4.0 liter motor when it returns from Hesco as a 4.7 liter 265 h.p. screamer!

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