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post #1 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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My New XJ Project

Well, I started working on a new Cherokee about a week ago.

Heres the specs: 1990 Xj, 4.0, AW4, NP231. Its a base model 2 door.

Here it is with the tiny little 205s:





And here it is with the Camo Paint, TJ Flares, and 32" BFG. And lots of missing sheetmetal!


I currently have zero lift. In fact, with the way the stock springs are sagging I would say I have some negative lift.

I plan to add an old 3" lift for a temporary solution. Then comes the 6.5" lift, Ford 8.8, 4.88 gears and either 33" or 35" tires.


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"If you need it and you dont have it you sing a different tune"

1996 XJ 2-Door
4.0, AX-15, NP-231
RE custom 7" lift, 33" Interco Trxus MT's
ACOS, Ford 8.8, AA SYE, Tom Woods Shafts,
Rusty's skids, Rigid Hitch, Custom Bumper, Ramsey Winch
Mopar Performance sounds good with a Flowmaster 40!

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1990 XJ (SOLD)
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 03:55 PM
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Looks good

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 08:33 PM
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that looks good, anytime you want to work on my jeep go ahead, i'd even let you paint it camo

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post #4 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 08:39 PM
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two doors rule

did you do the paint job yourself? looks really good

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post #5 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 08:42 PM
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you said u had no lift at all with 32's, how did u manage to trim soo much in the back??? Also if u have a write up on the trimming or if u could send me one id appreciate it man. Mark
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 08:52 PM
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Yeah, I'd like to see any pics you have of the trimming in the back... I'm gonna be doin that soon...

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post #7 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 09:35 PM
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You can trim a bit more on the 2 door than the 4 doors. On the 4 doors, the rear wheel well is just too damn close to the back of the back doors.

Looks good. Makes me want a door door to play with as well.

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You can trim a bit more on the 2 door than the 4 doors. On the 4 doors, the rear wheel well is just too damn close to the back of the back doors.

Looks good. Makes me want a door door to play with as well.
That's what I figured, just gotta reweld the seams back together...

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post #9 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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The Paint job I did myself. It is three coats of Krylon camo paint. The one with the camo Jeep on the can. Was a total of about $60 bucks with materials. And about 1 day to paint and 3 to prep the body.



TJ Flares:
Actually, I did not trim past the pinch seam in the rear fender.

I used Jasons method from Jeepin.com

I just unbolted the rear flare, used a sawzall to cut little strips about 1.5 inches apart and then I hammered it back underneath the fender lip. Works perfect.

These pictures should explain it better. Although these are on a 4 door, not my Jeep. On a 2 door you end up with an even bigger wheel well.






Then I just marked and drilled the holes for the TJ Flares, popped off the inside panels and bolted the flares to the body with some stainless steel hardware.




Let me know if you have any other questions.

"Is your head up your *** for the warmth?"

"If you need it and you dont have it you sing a different tune"

1996 XJ 2-Door
4.0, AX-15, NP-231
RE custom 7" lift, 33" Interco Trxus MT's
ACOS, Ford 8.8, AA SYE, Tom Woods Shafts,
Rusty's skids, Rigid Hitch, Custom Bumper, Ramsey Winch
Mopar Performance sounds good with a Flowmaster 40!

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1990 XJ (SOLD)
4.0, Auto
Camo, TJ flares, 3.5" lift and 32" tires
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-13-2004, 10:23 PM
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I'm going to be posting a write up of how to trim 4 door rear fenders and make it look good. On one fender, I've got 11" of clearance with a 34" tire and 6.5" lift. That's pretty damn good if you ask anybody. Check it out in about 2 days when everything is done and all pretty on my jeep
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How can you end up with a bigger wheel well if you did the same thing as Jason? I'm not doubting you, but it doesn't make sense because you said you didn't go past the pinch seam
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How can you end up with a bigger wheel well if you did the same thing as Jason? I'm not doubting you, but it doesn't make sense because you said you didn't go past the pinch seam
I assume the 2 doors have a bigger wheel well. Also, you don't need 7.5" of lift for 34"s, just be a man about it. Cheap fit 36"s on 3" of lift :P

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I assume the 2 doors have a bigger wheel well. Also, you don't need 7.5" of lift for 34"s, just be a man about it. Cheap fit 36"s on 3" of lift :P
I have 7" of lift... and I am a man about it, a smart one. I don't need to waste money on tires that are too big that will shred up on a lift that is too small. I'd rather do the correct thing. And if 2 doors do have bigger wells, it wouldn't matter. He only trimmed up to the lip, which is the same size as the 4 door.
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Just for reference Cheap doesn't shread his tires on his lift, he just cut an insane amount. With the right trimming you could fit 37"s with as much lift as you've got and it'd be fine.

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post #15 of 18 Old 10-14-2004, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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On the two door you can cut the strips longer. It still holds the pinch seam together, but you can fold those longer strips backwards and it makes a bigger wheel well.

You cant do that on a four door because the rear door is in the way.

And if you do it carefully and do it the right way the folded peices will fill any gaps that occur. Its a little tricky but it worked for me.

You might want to run a line of caulk between the inner and outer fender on the inside. That would make it weather tight. Mine was close enough I didnt need that. I just por-15 the bare metal and then coated the underside of the wheel well with some undercoating. That should prevent anything leaking in through the cuts.

I might have been misunderstood when I said I didnt cut past the seam. Sorry for any confusion. What I meant is I didnt cut it completly off, so I didnt have to weld anything.

Brian

"Is your head up your *** for the warmth?"

"If you need it and you dont have it you sing a different tune"

1996 XJ 2-Door
4.0, AX-15, NP-231
RE custom 7" lift, 33" Interco Trxus MT's
ACOS, Ford 8.8, AA SYE, Tom Woods Shafts,
Rusty's skids, Rigid Hitch, Custom Bumper, Ramsey Winch
Mopar Performance sounds good with a Flowmaster 40!

'89 XJ Laredo "Project: Minnesota XJ" (RIP)

1990 XJ (SOLD)
4.0, Auto
Camo, TJ flares, 3.5" lift and 32" tires
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