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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default The "Cheap" XJ 5.3L XJ build

I am not sure how much of a build thread this is going to be. It may end up more of a spot to just keep track of where I am at in this Jeep.

Lets start off by saying I sold my 95 YJ on fullwidth 60's and 39.5 Iroks, due to it never leaving the garage. I wanted to build something to use for the next couple years and then buy a JK. This Jeep will remain very road friendly, economical, and family friendly.

I bought the 1997 XJ Country with 198,000 miles at the end of Dec. 2012 for $1,000. The body is pretty rough and it has been in a slight rollover. It already had a brand new Rustys Offroad 3" lift installed. I should have taken some pics when I first picked it up but, I didn't. The motor is a reman and has 10,000 miles on it (with paperwork) which is the main reason I bought the Jeep.

The first thing I did was to remove the rear sway bar and start trimming the fenders for 31"-33 tires".

The next thing I did was buy some DIY bumpers from JCR Offroad. This was done to save cost but, it also meant I was going to be busting a** to get the Jeep ready for Snofari.

While building these I had to start searching for tires. I searched for a good two weeks or so. I found tires all over the place but most were sold by the time I called or were completely bald. I finally found some 33/12.5/15 MTR with decent tread on here for $200.

With the tires found it was time to look for wheels. Again I was looking for used to save money but stumbled across some Cragar Soft 8 on Summit Racings site. A set of four cost me $152.00 to my door.

Time to get them mounted:

Its starting to look like a Jeep

I finished up the bumpers and painted them up just in time for Snofari.

I had a blast at Snofari! I think this Jeep was even more fun than the old YJ

Running total so far:

JEEP: $1,000
WHEELS: $152.00
TIRES: $200
ROCK SLIDERS (Not pictured) $225

Grand Total So Far: $2,862

Future Plans
Lock front and rear axle
Adjustable Front Lower Control Arms
Stiffen Unibody
Stay under $4,000 budget and have a capable wheeler

Wheel the snot out of it.

I will keep this thread updated with a running cost and future mods
2012 JKU Rubicon
37's, 2.5 lift, 4.88 gears, ready to cruise the mall

Run of the mill YJ with Dana 60's and Irok's..SOLD
96 XJ on 38's...SOLD

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