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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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2000 Rescue XJ Build Thread

All right sports fans. I picked up this XJ in May of last year and quickly got the bug to install a few "upgrades". The list of all the goodies to date are listed in my signature so I won't bore you with them here. The most recent addition was an RE 3.5" Super Ride Lift with full spring packs, along with some new shocks, a track bar, a TC drop, CV shaft, and some other goodies also listed in my sig.

So, here is what the Jeep looked like the first weekend after I bought her (and spent the day cleaning). She came with the rack and a brand new set of Firestone Destination AT's. It also came with REAR DISC BRAKES!

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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
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And so the build begins. Me and my team of crack mechanics (my sons Rich and Mitch) pulled the Jeep into the garage. We unboxed all the pieces and parts and layed them out. We took out the instructions and layed them on the floor and then commenced to perform a secret "please don't let anything break" dance around the instructions. It must have worked because we only broke one rear shock bolt during the entire install.

Here are a few pics:
front-end-lift.jpg   rear-end-lift.jpg   rear-end-lift-4.jpg  
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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:50 PM   #3
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The build went really well. So far there have been no vibes, no bumpsteer, no death wobbles, and the shop was able to get the alignment in spec. It took a total of about seven hours, three trips to Lowes, one trip to AutoZone, and sadly, at the end of the build a trip to the hospital for me. You see, I am on chemotherapy for colon cancer. Little did I know but I had developed a severe case of acute pancreatitis. Four hours after the build I wound up in a hospital bed where I remained for the next four days in agonizing pain...during which we had our first snow in five years! UGH! All that snow and I can't go play!


So, here are pics of both before and after, and a shot with the rescue lights on:
day-one.jpg   finished-install.jpg   lifted-lights-.jpg  

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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:51 PM   #4
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Wow. nice. Love the colour.


Damn, sorry to hear about the hospital visit A friend of mine had the same problem, only he ignored it, and past away 2 years ago.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:55 PM   #5
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Wow. nice. Love the colour.


Damn, sorry to hear about the hospital visit A friend of mine had the same problem, only he ignored it, and past away 2 years ago.
Thanks! Sorry to hear about your friend. They tell me I will recover, if the chemo doesn't kill me first.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:59 PM   #6
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Nice looking XJ man, very clean. Hope that your feeling better.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:11 PM   #7
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Jeep looks AWESOME, that is what I call 'an inspiration' project for others. Good luck on your recovery.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:16 PM   #8
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love that color.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
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Great looking Jeep!
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:50 PM   #10
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Looks good, and good luck on the recovery.
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Unread 01-29-2009, 06:25 PM   #11
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sweet ride, you should be proud!
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Unread 01-29-2009, 07:31 PM   #12
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very very very nice XJ ...keep up the good work and keep up with your health!
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Unread 01-29-2009, 07:36 PM   #13
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look good, 2 thumbsup
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Unread 01-29-2009, 07:40 PM   #14
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That is a very sweet looking XJ....You should be proud. Take care of her and she will take care of you for many many years! Just remember to take care of yourself and feel better too. =) Feel better soon! =)
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Unread 01-29-2009, 07:43 PM   #15
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Looks GREAT! I hope you recover quick, and get to enjoy the ride!
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