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stevieboy 07-22-2009 01:12 PM

Update 8/1-Flares Black 99' Build-stevieboy
 
Hey guys, I already posted some pics of my XJ after the lift, but thought it might be helpful to start a build thread on it. Seeing what others are doing to there XJ's has been so helpful. Enough talk, here's the build so far:

Stock-paint restoration
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/DSC07201.jpg

4" lift (3" RC Series II/full springs, day later added 3/4" spacer/adj. shackles-thank you to Jason @RC) Used lots PB blaster, no broken bolts. Did a TC drop, no vibes...feeling lucky there.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/DSC07388.jpg

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/DSC07391.jpg

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...DSC07402-1.jpg

265/70R15 tires-MT Classic Locks 15x8
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0164.jpg


JKS Disco.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0116.jpg

They store nicely onto the factory skid plate.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/DSC07410.jpg


Detours Lite Bar
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/DSC07407.jpg


Switches(one for front bumper, one for roof rack lights-future)
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0151.jpg


Replaced rusted screws...trying to eliminate rust in general.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0155.jpg


Installed front bumper fogs(JK). I was inspired after seeing this done on pyrotyro's rig. I sourced these through Quadratec, they are a direct JK replacement. Drilling the 3 1/4" hole was the hardest part.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0124.jpg


Light switch for bumper fogs.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0172.jpg


Front Diff. Guard (4 X Doctor)
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0137.jpg


New Stereo install.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0118.jpg


Pacer Flexi-flares. Needed a little more coverage. They don't look bad, but I already ordered some Rusty's flares, looking to visually open -up the wheel well.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0115.jpg

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0143.jpg

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0141.jpg


Leather wrap steering wheel...feels great (WheelSkins). I also covered the shift handle in the same perforated leather. I will also do the transfer case and e-brake levers.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0145.jpg

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0148.jpg


Custom color center dash trim...helps break up all the grey.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l...X/_DSC0152.jpg

Future mods:
-New exhaust (help me pick one). I want to change out the header down pipe, and get rid of the restriction.
-Rear Disc. conversion (Teraflex)?
-Rock rails/sliders
-Throttle body/intake?
-Locking diffs...saw some ARB demos last night, real impressed.
-Surco roof rack
-More lights!!!
-Roof mounted spare.

Greenz 07-22-2009 01:32 PM

Sharp :2thumbsup:

ajxj9197 07-22-2009 01:40 PM

everything is done in good taste

brandontrek 07-22-2009 01:47 PM

please explain the paint restoration...BTW you did a GREAT job on your XJ...very nice additions

Khary23 07-22-2009 01:54 PM

Very nice:cheers2:

I wish my XJ was black

stevieboy 07-22-2009 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brandontrek (Post 7627777)
please explain the paint restoration.

This jeep probably had never been waxed, and a typical wash was a rinse off with the garden hose while dragging a rag across the surface...ouch! I started with a good wash, then clay bar treatment, amazing what that picks up off the "clean" paint. Next, P21S paint work cleanser, this was done to help remove small scratches. Followed by Poorboy's EX-P sealant. Finished off with a coat of good Carnuba wax, I used Poorboy's Natty World Blue. You won't believe the results:) A great site to check out is detailedimage.com. Good explanations and products. Hope this helps.

jeeposaurus 07-22-2009 02:34 PM

Absolutely outstanding XJ! Your restoration is going to be a great inspiration for mine! I like your quick disco connect to skid plate, I am defiantly going to have to copy that idea...also quite like the look of the flush mounted bumper lights. I have my driving lights mounted similar to yours (on the bar) but after seeing how clean your lines are it makes me what to tighten up my design even more!

bhicks 07-22-2009 02:59 PM

Did you pop the center dash piece off and paint it or did you actually buy a new center piece. If so, where did you get the new colored piece? I really like the look.

stevieboy 07-22-2009 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeeposaurus (Post 7628069)
Absolutely outstanding XJ! Your restoration is going to be a great inspiration for mine! I like your quick disco connect to skid plate, I am defiantly going to have to copy that idea...also quite like the look of the flush mounted bumper lights. I have my driving lights mounted similar to yours (on the bar) but after seeing how clean your lines are it makes me what to tighten up my design even more!

Thanks for the compliments. JKS sends the disconnect mount with their kit, so it is really easy to do if the factory skid is there. Like I said, I got inspiration from pyrotyro for the JK bumper fogs...love how it looks. By the way, they throw a very clean light, flat and wide, really nice.

stevieboy 07-22-2009 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bhicks (Post 7628239)
Did you pop the center dash piece off and paint it or did you actually buy a new center piece. If so, where did you get the new colored piece? I really like the look.

I popped it off. I had it out when I did the stereo. I used a Duracolor auto paint (Pepboys). It took a few tries to get the color right. What worked for me was a charcoal grey over bright silver. It really helps brighten up an otherwise drab interior.

Miami_XJ 07-22-2009 03:10 PM

Nice changes from "the standard"..very classy!

stevieboy 07-22-2009 03:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Miami_XJ (Post 7628317)
Nice changes from "the standard"..very classy!

Thanks :). I plan on wheeling it, but it is more of a DD, second vehicle for me.

stevieboy 07-22-2009 09:22 PM

JK bumper fog lights, I have been using them as daytime running lights.
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l..._DSC0129-1.jpg

ajxj9197 07-22-2009 09:25 PM

ever consider taking off the side trim? i think it would add to the clean look of the build

99Greenmachine 07-22-2009 09:26 PM

That is one of the cleanest looking XJs of all time... :drool:

I love those wheels man...makes me want a black XJ


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