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post #1 of 14 Old 05-17-2004, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Project jeep of the week

Had a local 16 year old kid get ahold of me a few weeks ago in a parking lot and told me he had a 99 XJ and wanted it to look like my XJ. He asked me a bunch of questions and decided he wanted the RE XD 5.5" kit, 35's, and some lights. So, last week, I went to work on his XJ. I put on the 5.5" kit (got 6.5" front and 7.5" rear), did some trimming to fit the 35" MT/R's, put in the RE hack and tap SYE and CV driveshaft, and some IPF 968 lights on the front bumper, and about 24 hours later...a beast was created. Here are the before and after shots:







The jeep rides great and has absolutely no vibes. The kid was very happy with the results.

I took a lot of pictures of the fender trimming, so I will be doing a tech article on it for those interested.


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post #2 of 14 Old 05-17-2004, 03:28 PM
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Looks sweet! Come do mine! haha wait I don't have that kind of money laying around.

Quick question, do you need upgraded axles for 35's?? Nice work!

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Thats awesome dude...

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that 16 year old must have been workin everyday of his life, i wish i had that kind of money lying around to put into my jeep! looks sweet.

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that 16 year old must have been workin everyday of his life.

Haha, yeah right. This guy's dad is the director of something at LeerJet and also is a test pilot.
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Quick question, do you need upgraded axles for 35's??

He had the HP D30 front and the 29 spline 8.25 in the rear, so he didn't need to upgrade, especially for all the speed bumps he would be flexing on at the mall. He told me he didn't really plan on going offroad, maybe the occasional mudhole, but that was it. Kind of a shame, but to each their own. But, in answer to the question, those axles are fine for moderate wheeling.
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-17-2004, 04:56 PM
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How much did he pay you to do all that? Looks good though, just wish he would throw me some cash.
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-17-2004, 05:01 PM
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Very nicely done!
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-17-2004, 05:11 PM
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Really Nice! I just bought a 93. I will post some pics in another thread. I like what you did to that one though. Please let us know how much if you can I would like to start saving! I don't run a leer jet business and I have my own children so my project jeep will be a few months not a week! Thanks again for sharing!
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-18-2004, 02:01 PM
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hey that's great...
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post #11 of 14 Old 05-18-2004, 02:05 PM
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Are those 10" rims? Man those tires look huge for some reason, when I saw your fender trimming write-up, I thought for sure those things were 37's... Guess the flareless look helps make the tires look bigger (vs the 35" MTR's sitting under my ginormous BW flares).

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Looks great... You should be getting to the point where you can almost install that lift in your sleep by now....

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You should be getting to the point where you can almost install that lift in your sleep by now....
Haha, if I was installing that kit in my sleep, I think that would definately classify as a nightmare.
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Are those 10" rims? Man those tires look huge for some reason, when I saw your fender trimming write-up, I thought for sure those things were 37's... Guess the flareless look helps make the tires look bigger (vs the 35" MTR's sitting under my ginormous BW flares).
Those are 8" rims. They are the same 15x8", 3.25" BS Eagle Alloys that I have, except with the fake beadlocks. That is the reason I got rid of my BushWackers and went flareless. The BW's dwarfed my tires and just never quite took a liking to how they looked.
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