• Garage Projects

    Saying goodbye to the Cookie Cutter TJ

    So the day has come where the Cookie Cutter TJ was sent down the road. I was at a bit of a crossroads where If I kept going down the road I was one, the TJ was going to get fairly built. This would have destroyed whatever value that it had as there isnโ€™t much of a market for โ€œBuiltโ€ 4x4s. Also, with another kid on the way, the thing was just too small for us to load up and…

  • Off Road Trips

    ORT – Jeep Jam 2015 at Flat Nasty Off Road 5-2-15

    The 10th annual SIJA Jeep Jam was held at Flat Nasty Off Road this year. We really couldnโ€™t have asked for better weather, and as always, it was an awesome day in the woods! This was the boyโ€™s first trip down to Flat Nasty and really his first experience with playing on the rocks. Thankfully, he seemed to enjoy it quite a bit! Since the whole family was going, I had set the Cookie Cutter TJ up so that it…

  • Garage Projects

    Cookie Cutter Flat Towing

    While the Cookie Cutter TJ is working out well for what it is, there are still some short comings with it. Mainly space. Trying to pack a wife and kid into it for a weekend trip is nearly a no-go at this point due to the amount of โ€˜stuffโ€™ that always seems to accompany them. Going by the numbers, the TJ weighs in right at 4,000 lbs, the Mercury is rated to tow 6,250 lbs in its current configuration. So…

  • Garage Projects

    De-Lifting the Cookie Cutter TJ

    When I purchased the Cookie Cutter TJ, it was sitting on about 6.5โ€ of lift (4.5โ€ Suspension and 2โ€ body) and huge (!) 33โ€ tires. Needless to say, it looked a tad goofy: It didnโ€™t take long for me to slap some 35โ€ tires on it to make it look less goofy, but it was still too tall: So after a bit of horse trading I wound up with a pile of springs to play with: And started swapping them…

  • Garage Projects

    Bringing the Cookie Cutter TJ home

    Iโ€™ve had a bit of a desire to own soft to Jeep at some point in my life even after taking one out west in 2010. But more specifically, I really like the old flat fenders, though I really donโ€™t fit well in one, and packing the wife and kid into one was a definite no go. The closest modern day equivalent to that is the SE TJ, which is a 2.5 4 banger, with zero options. A deal was…