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Second gen trooper front end retrofit. #899648 08/09/08 06:49 PM
Joined: Sep 2003
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
I noticed there haven't been very many postings over here anymore. I posted this over on the Planet, I tought I'd post it here as well.

I bought this 93 trooper about a year and a half ago, It had been in an accedent before I bought it. I didn't care too much for the early second gen trooper front ends so I started to gather parts to swap to a 98-up front end.

This is how I bought the trooper..

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The first thing I did was buy a 2002 trooper front bumper, "Bucket" had left over from his trooper after buying his ARB. At the same time I bought a used set of fender flares.

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Next I got rid of those stupid "moon pie" rims and painted the flares.
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Next I painted the door frames, just to make it look alittle more modern.

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A few weeks ago I finally got all of the parts needed to do the swap.


89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
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Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899649 08/09/08 07:00 PM
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
When the trooper was in the accident the previous owner hit a lifted truck with a big hitch sticking out of his reciever, It messed up the radiator support beyoned repair.

I hit the junk yards and picked up the parts needed for the repair.

98-up trooper hood and wiper cowl.
98-up trooper headlights
98-up trooper grille
98-up fenders and turn signals.
and a replacement radiator support for my bent up one, I got it from a 99.
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First I had to drill all of the spot welds on the radiator support in order to remove it.

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It came off pretty good. There are a lot of spot welds though <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />

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89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899650 08/09/08 07:08 PM
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
When I had the radiator support cut out of the junk yard trooper I had the guy cut it back a few inches to keep the rad support from getting mangaled. When I got it home I had to cut off the peices of inner fenders left on the support, More spot welds <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" />.

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Here itis ready to go..

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The right side inner fender was pushed down about a 1/2" in the accident. I was able to get it back up with a high lift. The new rad support fits like a glove..

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89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899651 08/09/08 07:13 PM
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
After I got the new radiator support on I could start to test fit things to make sure the algnment was right. I had to adjust a few things but it wasn't too bad.

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89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899652 08/09/08 07:26 PM
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
I got the repair/upgrade finished.
I paid $1,000 for the trooper. I then sold a sub and amp that came with it for $250 so I was $750 into the trooper before the repair/upgrade.

Trooper: $750.
hood/cowl $110.
fenders, headlights, grille, turn signals, radiator support, and a/c condenser-
-all for $180
front bumper $100.
fender flares $100.

Total: $1,240.

The trooper only has 70,000 origanal miles.

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here is a pre wreck pic..

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89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899653 08/09/08 07:28 PM
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4xToy Offline
Wheeler
Nice job Chris. Ever thought about going into the Wholesale business? dont know how much money you got wrapped up in this but you can make a buck at it.


-Chad

Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: 4xToy] #899654 08/09/08 07:37 PM
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
Hey thanks man, I thought about it alittle. I'm not sure if you seen the post up above, I'm $1,240 or so into it as of today <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />. Second gens ride like a caddy <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shiner.gif" alt="" />


89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899655 08/09/08 07:40 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 223
4xToy Offline
Wheeler
Yeah you posted that right as I was posting mine it looks like. Might want to resize a couple of those pics though <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/scared.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

I've been throwing around the idea of wholesaling for a while now. I seem to buy and sell quite a bit already and usually make a few dollars on them. Got a '87 K5 Blazer i'm working on now.

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-Chad

Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: 4xToy] #899656 08/09/08 07:50 PM
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onebadtrooper Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
Yeah thats what I thought, I always end up posting at the same times as other people <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
I resized the big pic. Its hard to tell how big the pics are going to be now, I just got a 22" moniter so its hard to judge.

I've been wanting to try wholesale for a while too. I think Fred still does it. He told me before that you can make a lot of money doing it. If you make a grand on each car and sell like 15 a year thats a pretty good deal. There seems to be a lot of good deals down here in the DFW area on craigslist.


89 trooper, tera low t-case gears,5.38's, 3" indy4xsus lift3"body lift,safari snorkle,warn winch,custom bull bar,custom rock sliders,warn hubs,35x13.50r15,custom rear bumper trooper pics
Re: Second gen trooper front end retrofit. [Re: onebadtrooper] #899657 08/09/08 11:46 PM
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matthew Offline
Body Damage is Cool
that's pretty cool............i had actiually considered that from my 93 RS.

if the right deal came along on a white front end <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


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