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Unread 03-25-2014, 09:25 PM   #1
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I got a 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport last August. It has 187,xxx miles and major under body rust. It was $1200 bucks... It's my first car/jeep so lay off lol. I'm 17 and working a 8 bucks an hour job, I want to build this vanilla XJ into a badass Daily. I plan on doing a small lift, bigger tires, different rims, LED light bars/pods, new floorpans, rocker guards and maybe different bumpers. Basically this is a poor mans build, so to say. I work at a Gun Club as a Puller, I make 8 bucks an hours plus tips. I make about $200 dollars every two weeks without tips, and with tips another $50-$100 dollars. So let's say $250 every two weeks. I have access to MIG, TIG and Flux wire welders. Also End-Mills and Engine Lathes, thanks to my School. These are the things I've done so far with prices; $1200 Purchased Jeep XJ: Aug 2013 $3 Covered up rocker rust with Duct Tape lol: Aug 2013 $10 Applied underbody coating: Aug 2013 $25 Sanded and Painted stock rims black: Sept 2013 NOT COOL Put my foot through floor pan: Oct 2013 $5 Covered hole with sheet metal: Oct 2013 (I plan on replacing all the floorpans this summer) $50 P235/75R15 Goodyear Wrangler Radials 75% tread: Nov 2013 $90 Roof rack/basket: Feb 2014 $250 40 inch LED Bar: March 21st 2014 Total: $1633 ($433 In parts) I plan to do WEEKLY Updates! Any and all input will be greatly appreciated! -Tony

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Unread 03-26-2014, 10:10 AM   #2
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So, duct tape, rattle can wheels, and a 40" LED lightbar. Priorities... lmao.


Just busting your balls, sounds like a good start to me man. Dont be afraid to bust out the power tools/welder and get your hands dirty. Its pretty much mandatory when funds are limited. Great learning experience!
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Unread 03-26-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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NOT COOL Put my foot through floor pan: Oct 2013
Reminds me of the old days. I used to imagine I was flying as the floor flew underneath.

Good luck with the work!
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Unread 03-26-2014, 01:49 PM   #4
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I wanna see pics of the duct tape on the rockers.
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Unread 03-26-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Good start man! I'm 17 too with a low paying job and I completely understand where you are coming from

Looking forward to keeping up with this build.
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Unread 03-26-2014, 05:31 PM   #6
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Good start man! I'm 17 too with a low paying job and I completely understand where you are coming from

Looking forward to keeping up with this build.
ha me too! although im 16 but yep just grab a welder and some sheet metal floor pans are easy!! my 2 door had some really nasty floors but my on my "new project" they are pretty nice for ohio! Just wait till you get bit by the Jeep Bug! haha
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Unread 03-26-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
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I wanna see pics of the duct tape on the rockers.
If I can figure out how to post pics, I will lol
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Unread 03-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #8
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Unread 03-27-2014, 11:36 AM   #9
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Unread 03-28-2014, 01:38 AM   #10
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This is gonna be fun to watch. Don't forget to put some jb weld in there somewhere.

if you have access to the tools, build your own lift. A long arm radius y link is fairly simple to make and if you stick to 2 inch square quarter wall tube its half the cost of Dom. Get some Rubicon express coils there super cheap on amazon $150 for 2 , 8 ft of tube about $100, joints for the long arms go poly bushing style $20 a piece, some tube bungs $10 ea. Cheap hydro shocks $50 ea. And block the rear. Buckel up and hang on its gonna be a bumpy ride. Or you can buy a ruff country kit but were the fun in that.
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Unread 03-29-2014, 09:15 PM   #11
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This is gonna be fun to watch. Don't forget to put some jb weld in there somewhere. if you have access to the tools, build your own lift. A long arm radius y link is fairly simple to make and if you stick to 2 inch square quarter wall tube its half the cost of Dom. Get some Rubicon express coils there super cheap on amazon $150 for 2 , 8 ft of tube about $100, joints for the long arms go poly bushing style $20 a piece, some tube bungs $10 ea. Cheap hydro shocks $50 ea. And block the rear. Buckel up and hang on its gonna be a bumpy ride. Or you can buy a ruff country kit but were the fun in that.
I was looking at a Ruff Country lift cause I don't have the time or know how to build my own lift.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 09:38 PM   #12
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Weekly Update #1

-No major developments. Looking at Ruff Country 3" lift with Falken Rocky Mtn ATS 30" tires and Wheel spacers. Total of $850-900ish, I'll probably get the tires w/ Spacers then the lift.

-Tomorrow I'm starting the fab. On new rockers panels, and Rocker guards. Also wash the jeep, I tore down some gravel trails at my work.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 01:48 AM   #13
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if you have access to the tools, build your own lift. A long arm radius y link is fairly simple to make...
Ya, no. A radius arm set up is not "fairly simple." Can you make one easily, yes. But will it function properly, probably not. If you have no experience in making any kind of long arm lift or if you haven't even ran a long arm lift, then it's not simple to make a long arm lift. Best to leave that stuff to the companies who have built and perfected their LA lifts.


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Weekly Update #1

-No major developments. Looking at Ruff Country 3" lift with Falken Rocky Mtn ATS 30" tires and Wheel spacers. Total of $850-900ish, I'll probably get the tires w/ Spacers then the lift.

-Tomorrow I'm starting the fab. On new rockers panels, and Rocker guards. Also wash the jeep, I tore down some gravel trails at my work.
Why spacers? Don't need them to run 30's on stock wheels and not rub. And honestly a quality pair of wheel spacers cost the same as a set of steel wheels with backspacing for the stance you want. But the wheels will not wear down parts like spacers do. If you do decide to do spacers research about them first.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 06:10 PM   #14
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Why spacers? Don't need them to run 30's on stock wheels and not rub. And honestly a quality pair of wheel spacers cost the same as a set of steel wheels with backspacing for the stance you want. But the wheels will not wear down parts like spacers do. If you do decide to do spacers research about them first.
I was on the Cherokee Forum and they said to get spacers because they will rub... The stance with them would be cool but not 200 bucks cool lol
Thanks for letting me know
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Unread 03-31-2014, 06:14 PM   #15
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I was on the Cherokee Forum and they said to get spacers because they will rub... The stance with them would be cool but not 200 bucks cool lol
Thanks for letting me know
I had small 31's on stock wheels(15x7 with 5.25" backspacing) and they never rubbed when I had 3" of lift with the stock flares and bumper caps.
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