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My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:29 pm

No time like the present, right? :tupton: I bought the Jeep back in 2006 after a Subaru totaled my Volkswagen. This is my 2nd XJ, but the first one I've ever modified, although most of the $ put into it has been maintenance. Ball joints, u-joints, t-case seals, tranny mount, motor mounts, radiator mounts, steering box ... even an engine rebuild at 135k. She's been a mean old broad, but as much as I've beat on her and cussed her, she always comes back for more. That's why I call her "The Girlfriend." :lol:


Sometime back in '06:
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Ain't she cute? :binky: 1996 2.5L, 5-speed, 85k miles, no rust.


One year later, April 2007:
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3.5" Rubicon Express lift (full leafs, extended LCAs), 31" TrXus MTs, Soft 8s. I ran this setup for a long time.

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May 2009 - cut and folded rear corners:
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That whole "no rust" thing wore off after a few Preston County winters, hence the cutting/folding. The look has since grown on me.


After that came a rear bumper:
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Kudos to Joe and Mykal for the install help. :obscene-drinkingcheers:


Then in March, 2010 this happened:
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My Rubicon Express coil broke in half. Awesome, right? They wouldn't back up their product so I told 'em to go :finger4: themselves in the :obscene-buttsway:, bought some Rough Country coils and a shackle kit, and switched to 33" mall-terrains (1,500+ miles a month was hell on the MTs).


April, 2010:
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With too-short lower control arms and no more $, the wheel wells needed opened up to accommodate the 33s.


TJ flares installed:
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Four rear TJ flares did the job. Write-up on that here.

Not much else to report build-wise. Ball joints, brakes, and a steering box ate up most of 2010. There have been odds-and-ends of stuff along the way: t-case drop, 4.0 throttle body, cluster swap from lights to gauges, front tow hooks etc. Then around the middle of October, 2010 this happened:

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After lots of parts ordering and waiting around, 4 rods, 4 pistons, new bearings, new rings and rolling around on the ground in 4° weather, she's purring right along. Thanks to Craig for the extra set of hands and to a certain machine shop for "loaning" us a torpedo heater in mid-December. :D

Near-future plans include a new floor, new headliner and long arms if I catch a break from Uncle Sam. Once these tires wear out I'm switching back to MTs, since my 1,500+ miles a month has been reduced to about 200+. :bigthumb: A front bumper to house my 10k winch that's been sitting in the closet will come at some point. 4.88 gears and a locker remain a pipe dream.
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:31 pm

MacGyver radiator mount fix ...

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Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:35 pm

CB install ...

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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by notajeep » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:04 pm

dat dere is a nice lukin Jeap.


seriously though, always liked the way your 2dr looked.

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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by Steveakus » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:09 pm

Saweet, I love the two door XJ's myself and yours is tough looking,,,,,,,,,,,

(looking being the key word, :lol:) Just Kiddin :bigthumb:
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:11 pm

Four0Sport wrote:dat dere is a nice lukin Jeap.

seriously though, always liked the way your 2dr looked.
Thanks, mang. She's pretty clean on the shiny side. Underneath she's a rusty old bucket of bolts. Kinda like lipstick on a pig. :D
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Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:17 pm

Steveakus wrote:Saweet, I love the two door XJ's myself and yours is tough looking,,,,,,,,,,,

(looking being the key word, :lol:) Just Kiddin :bigthumb:
She's Tuff Enuff. :finger5:

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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by Steveakus » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:19 pm

:lol:, NICE !!!

I know, I was just messin with my fellow PBR LOVER ,,,,,


Not that your my lover, just that we both love PBR, ah, nevermind, you know what I mean.... :lol:
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Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:24 pm

Steveakus wrote::lol:, NICE !!!

I know, I was just messin with my fellow PBR LOVER ,,,,,

Not that your my lover, just that we both love PBR, ah, nevermind, you know what I mean.... :lol:
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by Tin Badge » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:39 pm

Heck you could do like a whole page on nothing but the many times you have replaced the front end when you decided to mount the scope to the dash board and go deer hunting all those times. :vec:
If its not broken then lets take it apart and lose some of the pieces and then it will be.
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by TrueBlueXJ » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:48 am

Tin Badge wrote:Heck you could do like a whole page on nothing but the many times you have replaced the front end when you decided to mount the scope to the dash board and go deer hunting all those times. :vec:
Haha, true. I can change a header panel, grille and bumper in no time.

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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by Jeep Ride » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:52 am

Ole blood and guts tie rod lol
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by Rampage » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:46 pm

nice looking jeep. i actually saw you at the little sandy store at bruceton mills a couple weeks ago. i was driving a smith land surveying dodge durango.
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by TrueBlueXJ » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:10 pm

Rampage wrote:nice looking jeep. i actually saw you at the little sandy store at bruceton mills a couple weeks ago. i was driving a smith land surveying dodge durango.
Haha ... I live in Charleston, you live in Glenville, and you spot me in my hometown of Bruceton. :lol:
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Re: My 5 years too late XJ build thread

Post by TrueBlueXJ » Fri May 27, 2011 6:02 pm

Two weeks ago: replaced the clutch/flywheel/pilot/throwout at 150,000 miles and installed a new rear main seal while I was in there.

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This week: Replacing the fan clutch, water pump, radiator and belt. Clutch fan was making noise and I didn't get to it in time. Big ol' kaboom left me stranded. An electric fan upgrade would've been nice, but that takes some planning, and I just need this thing to run.

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