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Unread 02-18-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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96 XJ Daily Driver build

First, a little background info.
We got this XJ with just under 100,000 miles on it in Feb of '09. Within the first couple of months, it went through a few radiators(under warrenty) and a transfercase(I think it was due to operator error, 4wd in rain, on my moms friends part).
Midas(I know, I know) charged around 1500 to fix it, but the person who broke it got it fixed.

Fast forward 50,000 miles and 2 years later, and a bunch of lacking maintenance. Here she is.
After one of the snow storms

And a recent one

Replaced the hatch struts, It wouldn't even go up at all before

I replaced the broken glass in the back too.

I changed the sludge with over 45k miles on it. Threw some new oil and seafoam in it, and changed it again 2 days later. It came out pretty dark.
Then about 5,000 later, another oil change.
Then I seafoamed it, almost a whole can right down the throttle body.
I replaced the air filter at the same time, I think it needed it.

Then, last weekend I replaced the spark plugs at 154k miles. I think they needed to be replaced too.
Old vs New


Thats where I am now. Lots more to come.

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Unread 02-18-2011, 01:24 PM   #2
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Keep up the maintenance!
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Unread 02-18-2011, 03:21 PM   #3
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While you're at it throw on some new plug wires, distributor cap and rotor. Only cost you a few bucks more and then you'll know exactly when it was done. Might want to freshen up the grounds under the hood as well.

I got my XJ from a buddy who was pretty lacking in maintenance as well so I feel your pain.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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While you're at it throw on some new plug wires, distributor cap and rotor. Only cost you a few bucks more and then you'll know exactly when it was done. Might want to freshen up the grounds under the hood as well.

I got my XJ from a buddy who was pretty lacking in maintenance as well so I feel your pain.
I have a new cap and rotor to go on. Im waiting to get new plug wires from the dealer(depending on cost).

It has carquest wires on it right now and they feel really flimsy. The boots are hard, and I ripped a boot in half trying to get it off, so there is a wire from my red XJ on there for now.

I should be able to get some more work done this weekend.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 03:48 PM   #5
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Did that seafoam do anything i know alot of guys that use it, but is it any different than just regular throttle body cleaner?
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #6
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Did that seafoam do anything i know alot of guys that use it, but is it any different than just regular throttle body cleaner?
Im not really sure.
I dont think it hurt it any, but I doubt the inside of the engine looks brand new either.
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Unread 02-20-2011, 10:45 PM   #7
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I went down to Maryland to pick up a set of axles today for my CJ.

I got about 16.5 MPG on the way down there, doing about 70-75 mph.

Doing 60mph on the way home I got 19.8 MPG with a Dana 30 and model 20 in the back.
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Unread 02-23-2011, 06:39 AM   #8
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So is the cj going to be the wheeler or the 2 door?
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Unread 02-23-2011, 03:29 PM   #9
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So is the cj going to be the wheeler or the 2 door?
Im not really sure at this point.
They are both gonna be both. I am building the CJ first though.


I have a 2" BB im waiting to put on, and some 31s. Hopefully I'll find some time this weekend.
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Unread 02-23-2011, 04:15 PM   #10
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Nice do you still head out to the pines often? I'm tryng to go to new spots this summer
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Unread 02-23-2011, 04:18 PM   #11
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Nice do you still head out to the pines often? I'm tryng to go to new spots this summer
I havent been out since I broke my XJ in october. The spartan locker up front locked up and my front diff is FUBAR.

I should have my CJ completely done by october, but I might have it together to wheel in the summer.
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Unread 02-23-2011, 04:26 PM   #12
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Ohh yeah I haven't been out since we all went out and you had your tj. It's been too long for me.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #13
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I got some updates
First is a 2" BB in the front and 2.5" AAL in the rear.
Compressing the springs

Putting the springs in

And I started on the rear.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 10:49 AM   #14
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AAL going in

Budget Center caps and new lugs from summit

New tires, mounted on my old(only a few months) Soft 8s.

All done

I still have to order shocks. The stock ones fit and work, but limit down travel and who knows how old they are.
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Unread 12-17-2011, 01:40 PM   #15
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Ok, a few more updates then I'll fast foreward to where I get it.
Took off the ghetto purple tint


Made a spare tire mount, using the stock location for a 31


I got flat flares too, but I cant find any pics of it on flat ground. But heres some wheeling.
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