I have had my jeep for about a year now. For the first 6 months it stayed "stock" as far as all oem parts go. Around that point I ended up changing the water pump, the power steering pump, iac valve, fluids, etc...
Now I can finally get to the fun stuff with all of the maintenance out of the way!
So, my room mate used to have an xj, which the previous owner gave him a set of F150 front springs for. He sold the xj and passed the coils down to me. I ordered a full set of IRO shocks, and fat bobs track bar brackets. Eventually I'll get longer control arms and adjustable track bars.
Anyways, here is the build!
This is the jeep the day I got it, for a little comparison
Took it to Chadwick the day after I got it for a little shakedown haha
A very few of you may recognize the jeep from when I ripped out the rotting rear carpet and replaced it with wood.
Painted the cladding, and grille with bed liner. Also plastidipped the wheels black
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Some stock "flex" in Chadwick on a separate trip
Rancho steering stabilizer, Fat Bobs track bar brackets, IRO shocks, F150 springs
Also got a set of D-Windows, tires to come soon
Working in the cold, but it wasn't too bad. You can see my D30 cover that I painted orange when I changed the diff fluid last time.
You can see that the F150 coil is actually shorter, but because of the spring rate it lifts the Jeep. The ride is actually better, I guess because of the valving of the shocks compared to my completely blown shocks. Go figure
Once the front was done. Took about an hour and a half. No spring compressors used
Rear junk. It was a little more difficult because the springs that used to be in front now are in back. They were longer and took a little bit more to get in even with the help of spring compressors.
And here she is finished, and still on stock wheels/tires!