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Old March 3rd, 2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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Here's my XJ project. I am going to be building this on a budget. This is going to be my back-up DD for awhile so it needs to have good street manners for now. I bought the truck awhile ago but have been waiting for funds and warmer weather to start on it.

Why I chose this vehicle; I chose an XJ for the same reason I built my first XJ, cheap, reliable, solid front axle, good aftermarket support and easy to find used parts for. I chose this XJ because it is a '95 4.0 H.O. 5spd and has manual windows and locks

I haven't done much to it yet, pretty much all I've done is fix the taillight (and then backed into a tree and broke it) and changed the wheels (today). I also had new front axle u-joints and brakes installed and had the t-case repaired. If I had done the work myself I could have saved money on labor but it was very cold when I got the truck in December and I didn't have a place to work on it indoors.



With factory wheels.







The wheels I mounted today. with 3/4" less backspacing the tires no longer rub on the LCA's.








I bought a little something something for it awhile back and will try to get a picture of it tomorrow and post it.


Thanks for looking at my build thread
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Old March 4th, 2010, 12:25 AM   #2
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Looks like a good start. Does it already have a little bit of a lift on it? Looks good
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Old March 4th, 2010, 12:55 AM   #3
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nice.

looking forward to more pics
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Old March 4th, 2010, 09:53 AM   #4
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Looks like a good start. Does it already have a little bit of a lift on it? Looks good
it has a cheapo 3" lift, just coil spacers in the front and aal's in the rear. it still has the factory length shocks i believe. i haven't made up my mind on what i'm going to do with the lift, i know i need to get some coils soon as the front sits lower than the rear and with added weight coming it will get worse. the problem is that i can't decide on what lift coil to go with.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #5
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nice start. i love seeing projects in the "unmolested" stage.. haha

i have a stock front bumper and bumper caps if your interested. i also have a set of rustys shocks for a 4" lift i believe there pretty clean almost new. i have some more stuff also pm me if interested..
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looks good man, I love cherokee's! Cheap to work on, and you can't kill them!! Good luck with it!
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Old March 4th, 2010, 06:16 PM   #7
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looks like it should be a fun build any pics of the somthing somthing thats going in sbc?
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thanks for the kind words guys. no sbc drew91xj, lol lets just say i wont be needing onewheelscotty's bumper but i may take you up on the shocks there onewheelscotty, i'll send you a pm.


i had a blast (that's for you curbdog) tinkering around with it today. i plated and insured it i also picked up a few used parts so i can get it 100% legal and road worthy with in the next few days. some things i did to it today; replaced the front drivers side turn and corner light sockets and lenses and trim, replaced the hatch struts and pass side taillight and washed the thing




some pics of it clean and with all the lights









ok i know none of that stuff is really build thread worthy but it's my thread so this next thing might not be build thread material either but might be handy info if someone has a problem with the license plate holes being fubared up in their fiberglass hatch like mine were/are...


messed up holes...




the previous owner had his plate held on with some drywall anchor thingys but i need to be able to remove my plate easily and quickly so i had to come up with another way of mounting the plate. here's the hardware i used (minus the two regular 1/4" nuts), it's all stainless 1/4".

(look at the custom paint on the hood )





first i removed the inside hatch panel and drilled two 1/2" ish holes...





then i slid a washer over the hole using a small opening that's near the latch.





i used the holes i drilled to push the bolt through with a socket. i used a little piece of electrical tape to keep the bolt in place as i jammed it in there (the holes i drilled weren't quite big enough and had to use force to get the socket through them).





then i slid the other washer on it and put the nylock nut on it, repeated on the other one, set the plate up there to adjust them and tightened them down.




then i used wing nuts to secure the plate so i can remove it easily and it's done! (plates on backwards so ya'lls can't stalk me






btw i am looking for two 31" pro-comp mud terrains with great tread, lol
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not a bad start. Looking forward to see more
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yeah too bad i don't have a pavementpounder sucks sticker for it
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The turd polishes up nice. At least you can drive yours. Mine still sits at my shop begging for attention.
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yeah too bad i don't have a pavementpounder sucks sticker for it
But you will once i get them and can send them out
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The turd polishes up nice. At least you can drive yours. Mine still sits at my shop begging for attention.
thanks, lol. i'm not sure what i am going to do about the body and paint yet.the dents and scrapes don't bother me but the fading clear coat does. i may have the whole thing sprayed satin black and leave the dents, might just have the hood and roof shot in satin or might have the hood and roof srayed gloss black or do all the body work and a full paint job. i plan on future trail damage though so doing the body work might not be a good idea.
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haha awesome! i will totally be rocking one on this XJ
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My hood is the same. Thinking of shooting it black but I think the faded falling apart look is in now.
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haha awesome! i will totally be rocking one on this XJ
yea i havent heard much about them but as soon as i do i could use your help deciding who gets them if you would
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My hood is the same. Thinking of shooting it black but I think the faded falling apart look is in now.
you know i think your right.

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Ask me, I'll tell ya I'm right.

Unless I'm wrong of course...........
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looks nice but i still dont see pics of the somthing somthing lol
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looks nice but i still dont see pics of the somthing somthing lol
here ya go.

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