Thanks, I'm glad you've enjoyed it. I know I could stand to take some more pics of stuff during installation but I usually can't force myself to slow down once I start something, especially if it's greasy/dirty work and I've got tools everywhere.
I still need to paint the new (plastic) header panel sometime this week. I'm curious to see how this factory-matched spray paint I ordered turns out. The headlight adjusting nuts had to be replaced too, because the old ones kept popping out once they got enough tension and the springs kept pulling the headlights to the ground. I had to cut up and wedge some vacuum tubing behind the bezels to keep them somewhat lined up just to make it home.
The rear Bushwackers should be here this week and the rear bumper w/carrier shouldn't be too far behind. Also, a few surprise upgrades I wasn't expecting to get for a while but I'm finally done with my job so my severance is coming through...stay tuned...
Really clean and no corners cut build. Impressive!
Jeep XJ. 3.5" Full spring pack Rusty's suspension. aFe cold air intake. 33x12.5x15" BFG TA KO's on Cragar Soft 8's. 60mm TB. JCR Offroad Stage 3 Front and Rear Bumpers. New 4.0L (victim of 0331 head). aFe cold air intake. Dynomax Catback.
BUILD THREAD: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/bmacs-2000-xj-build-1292498/
I haven't painted the header yet (still need to pick up some prep supplies) but the little paint pen I got for scratches and chips looks close enough to factory. The 12 oz can is way more than I'll need though the more coats I do the better it will turn out. I'll probably hold off until after next week's dusty 4-day trail run on the east side of the state.
Thanks for the link, my Dad is looking for some paint to match his Jetta. And yeah, this is a sick build for sure, can't wait to see it in person. Hoping to get to T Town early next month. Was going to try this month, but I have a 4 day camping trip to Lake Cowichan here on the island, then Vegas for VM World (geek fest).
Will look you up in early to mid September... you can show me some local n00b trails.
Sure thing, I'll try to line up some easy trails. If anything we need to get some food and beer in Ruston!
It appears I can't remove the header to paint it without removing the winch, so that might have to wait a while. I might repaint the bumper anyway as the cans of Rustoleum Hammered were spattering quite a bit and it came out pretty flat. In fact, I may just make a day of it and wait until the rear bumper + carrier gets here and do everything at once.
Nothing too crazy this week. Got the rear Bushwacker flares in but I need a new power drill before I can install them; for whatever reason my old Black & Decker one doesn't take a charge any more. I'm going to need a right-angle drill to tackle the long-arm skid install anyway, so I'll probably be picking a new one up at Sears soon. Also made my way out to Northridge 4x4 and picked up some 7/8" ARB shackles but I'll need to bore out the eyelets on the bumper as they are just a fraction too small for the pins.
So far they've been great. For the first couple of days they gave off a bit of a 'fast' vibration (though not jarring) but now they feel better than the stock ones did; smoother under load and at idle. I can't imagine how much better the rubber ones would be since the polys are already a great improvement.
Sadly I couldn't make the 4-day trip as my front end started making all sorts of noises. I'm guessing the stresses of the lift finally caught up to the u-joints and/or ball joints. Not that I was too worried about trail breakage, but I had to be home to sign for a bunch of packages at the end of the week anyway...a new LED TV (my first TV since I bought a 20" Sony back in 1998) and of course, Jeep parts. I was also a bit concerned about taking my dog as I don't know anyone I could trust him with for more than a day and bringing him along would have made him miserable with the heat. I guess I'll need to research some kennels for future multi-day trips, but they're awfully expensive it seems.
Anyway, 4.56's from 4x4groupbuy...also a new Dana 3.73+ carrier and 36-tooth speedo gear from ebay.
Finally got the rear flares on. Man they make 31's look tiny, ever more so from the front and back as the tires are tucked way inside the fender line. I also have 4" backspaced rims as opposed to 3.75" (which I'm convinced add more strain to the ball joints). I think 33x12.50's will look perfect in there...