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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:13 AM   #1
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Little history behind the name, this is my fourth xj/mj.

My first was a 2001 i bought in 2006 when i was 17. Traded that off for a dodge ram in spring of 2010. It was bone stock, i put a 3" RC lift in it, then 4.5 rustys then made that 6.5".

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Then i wanted a truck so I traded the Xj for a 01 Dodge Ram.



I had the dodge for a short time and was buying a house, sold it to pay off some bills before the purchase.

So i picked this XJ up for $750, Had a tree fall on the roof, had a 4.5" Rusty's Lift. Bought it from the Original owner.



Put some some beadlocks, tires, and a snorkel on it.



Then I came across this MJ, and traded the XJ for it.



Going into this I knew I wouldn't have it for long. Had a baby in March and a small truck just doesnt fit the bill. But trading straight up for it was a good deal. It had ariound 8" lift, RK LA's, HP D30 front with 4:88 gears, lock right locker, Superior alloys shaft,Teraflex highsteer knuckle and homebrew DOM/heim steering. The rear was a disced 8.8 with 4:88's and a LSD.

I drove the mj for a while and ended up sticking a rod through the block late this summer. So i bought this XJ (fourth one)



After driving it for about a month while i was stripping the MJ, it went under the knife.

I Took the axles, LA kit and front coils (believe they are 7.5" RE's) from the MJ. Bought a XJ bastard pack of Bravada springs, and 2" shackles off here, and 1.5" UBE's from TNT Customs, and got to work.



And no the Hi Lift wasnt there to hold it up, These two doors just have a ton of flex to the unibody. The front end would drop a couple inches with the stands behind the crossmember.

I also readjusted some teeth while setting up the rear axle i stuck the DS in there to see what angles were like and dropped it right on my mouth!!



This was right after a test drive after pulling it out of the garage.



Comparison to a lower quality square light Jeep.



All I've done since the lift and axle swap from cut fender and cut and fold rear QP's.



Took it wheeling at R&V couple weekends ago.









Future plans are HD Offroad shackle relocation boxes and frame stiffeners.

I ordered 2x6 tube to replace the rockers yesterday (will tie into frame after stiffeners)

And a ways down the road, a hybrid cage similar to this one
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:48 AM   #2
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I have to say I like the white one...but you peaked with the MJ
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:50 AM   #3
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Thanks! The MJ was sweet!!! But it's still my DD and wasnt real keen on the boy being in the front seat.
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That's what the bed is for :) Bolt a little race seat in, strap him down, and give him a poncho.
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That's what the bed is for :) Bolt a little race seat in, strap him down, and give him a poncho.
The wife would've loved that!!!!!!!
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #6
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Nice rig! That was a lot of trading and work to start with an xj and end up with an xj
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:00 AM   #7
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Nice rig! That was a lot of trading and work to start with an xj and end up with an xj
HAHA i know, thanks, But really the white one is almost everything, I always wanted. DECENT axles, lockers And I only have about 3k into it
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Old December 14th, 2011, 11:21 AM   #8
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I almost bought that MJ.....glad you beat me to it, I didn't need it.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #9
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Nope, had some issues to. I went through 6 quarts of oil on the way home.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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i really like the white xj. id like to get a late model xj one of these days.
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Thanks, actually not late model, just late model header panel
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i like it man. you just updated the exterior with the newer parts?
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It's just the header panel. PO did it. Doesn't line up with the fenders perfect but you gotta look for it.
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I like the white too. Next time you come this way get ahold of me and stop by. I know your wheels are already turning on the hybrid cage - I'll help you get them into high gear
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I like the white too. Next time you come this way get ahold of me and stop by. I know your wheels are already turning on the hybrid cage - I'll help you get them into high gear
OK I will, Definitely seeing one in person would help alot!
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Pretty awesome seing two of my heeps up on here lol :P The MJ was a badass rig, but I am loving the 96 for being a DD/wheeler, it has treated me very well and can't wait to do some winter wheeling with it and back up north for the summer ;) We need to wheel together sometime!
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this things prety sweet, always wanted a 2 door xj. what motor and trans does it have?
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Love the 2 door Kman. How close are the lines on the front header panel swap. I like the looks of that.
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Pretty awesome seing two of my heeps up on here lol :P The MJ was a badass rig, but I am loving the 96 for being a DD/wheeler, it has treated me very well and can't wait to do some winter wheeling with it and back up north for the summer ;) We need to wheel together sometime!
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Love the 2 door Kman. How close are the lines on the front header panel swap. I like the looks of that.
Thanks, top of a 97+ fender is round 96- is angled. I'll take a pic tomorrow and put it up here for you.
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