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Unread 01-02-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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My 98 XJ build.

Well, I thought I would chime in here and show my build from start to finish. I decided I wanted to go off-road and looked for a beater XJ, well I found an immaculate rust free 98 XJ with 115,000 miles for a price of $2500. I have been driving it now for three months without any major problems and it is so nice I have been on the fence on what to do. I want to do moderate off-road but still be able to drive on the street. Well I broke down last night and ordered all this from Jeep Outfitters and a few other places. Anyone see a problem with my purchases?

RE 4.5 Superflex w/ full springs with upgraded adjustable lower control arms, HD trackbar and mount.

OME Shocks

RE steering stabilizer

RE HackNTap with driveshaft

rear Powertrax no slip locker.

C4x4 tapered winch bumper
C4x4 Rear bumper
C4x4 3/16" rock rails

Smittybuilt XRC8 winch

Maxxis Bighorn's in 32 x 11.50 x 15 (going to try and run these on my factory ECCO rims) may need spacer?

Rusty's exhaust with flowmaster 40 series.

So I will start the tear down tonight, and everything should be shipping shortly. I will post pictures as they are taken

I fixed my leaky valve cover last night and was amazed at how clean the inside of the motor was, no buildup what so ever. I guess the only thing I fear now is broken bolts from the shocks or leafs, but my car is rust free so I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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Unread 01-02-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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i only have a 2wd 2 door but dang that sounds like it's going to turn out really nice..im lookin forward to pics for sure
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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:19 PM   #3
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Okay here are the pics I promised a long time ago. The lift is on except one shock that our brilliant friends at RE backordered along with my driveshaft for my sye. With the lift and new tires I currently sit 7.5" front and 8.5" rear higher. I also installed a Rusty's super 40 flowmaster kit that installed in about 5 minutes. The powertrax no slip is installed also in the rear. I am now looking at an Aussie for the front. None of the c4x4 bumpers, rock rails, cb or winch are yet installed. Give me a week or two. Oh and I did manage to break all 4 shock bolts, but using the air hammer and 1/4" x 20 x 1" bolts are what you need.

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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:22 PM   #4
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SO, did you wind up having to use spacers to keep the tires away from the rear leaves?

That is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:24 PM   #5
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No there is about 3/4"" clearance. I did purchase some 1 1/4" spacers to put me at the "optimal" 4.0 b.s.. I am going to flex it and see what happens and then put them only if needed.

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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:37 PM   #6
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wheres your other shock?
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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:45 PM   #7
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That thing is begging to be taken out on the trails.

Nice Job!
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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:48 PM   #8
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nice looking XJ ...where in chattanooga are you?....east ridge here
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Unread 01-28-2008, 05:17 PM   #9
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Ask Rubicon express where my 4th shock is, they backordered one shock and my SYE driveshaft. I would have rather they sent only the front or backs, but to leave one out is just stupid. They left out some hardware for the kit and the zerk fittings for the lower control arms. Also one of their 10.8 M10 x 3 1/2" bolts that is suppose to connect the upper arm to the axle broke at 50 ft pounds, had a big chunk of bad steel at the breaking point, must be using low cost china bolts. They said all the backordered parts will be here on Friday. Overall I was impressed with the build quality of the kit. The instructions suck, they need to put all the torque values so you don't have to have the factory manual. Also on the HD track bar it leaves out that you have to drill out the lower mount to 1/2" to accept the new bolt. It may be that they upgraded that bolt and haven't changed the instructions. Still I think a 5 year old could write better instructions, I guess that is why there are so many online write ups. I was looking at the Aussie site and under instructions they have a link to a Jeepforum
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Unread 01-28-2008, 06:07 PM   #10
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Anybody ever had trouble getting the sway bar lower bolts out of the front end.
I am about to install the RE quick disco's and the lower bolt seems to be pressed
in. I havent really tried anything but beating on them, I know they have to come out. Any help?
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Unread 01-28-2008, 06:10 PM   #11
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Anybody ever had trouble getting the sway bar lower bolts out of the front end.
I am about to install the RE quick disco's and the lower bolt seems to be pressed
in. I havent really tried anything but beating on them, I know they have to come out. Any help?
pb blaster? heat?
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Unread 01-28-2008, 06:29 PM   #12
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Heat them up, ALOT.... then start knocking at them with a heavier hammer. They were pressed in and star shaped also, so they're pretty hard to get out, but with some convincing you should be ok.

If you don't have a torch or anything stop at Home Depot/Loews and pick up one of the portable bunsen burner types for like 20 bucks, it'll do the trick.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 07:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for the rocklizards link, If RE wants to stay in the lead they need info like this.

First impressions of driving the XJ on the road.
At this height the SYE is an absolute must with some vibes, and my rear driveshaft now sounds horrible when I let off the gas. Like a teriible grating sound. I had a strange sound before the lift at low speeds and never could find it now I know what it was. As for the 32's and 3:55 gears all is well. The truck has a lot more power than I expected from some people's comments. It could still blow away my 02 4runner. I can believe that a regear over 32" would be warranted. I have not heard much out of the powertrax, but the driveshaft is so loud right now.
The Maxxis tires are great and are very quiet at 70 and balanced awesome. I think I am rubbing on the drivers side with the wheel turned right in reverse.
Ride is firm but not too bad, still short a shock so it might get firmer, but the springs are still breaking in also.
Rustys cat back system sounds awesome at idle and is not loud at all driving around.
If I can get it aligned I think I will be very happy with the on road manners, then I can try her off road.
I also looked for a used 32 11.50 spare, found a few all terrains $50 installed but no MT's, but for a spare it may work.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:13 PM   #15
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If you drill a little ways into the sway bar bolts, they will collapse and fall right out.
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