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Unread 05-31-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Another Daily Driver XJ Build ('98 Classic)

I'm not even sure where to start this thread... I purchased my parents old XJ (I say old... 280,000 miles!) on my last deployment because my WK keeps getting bigger. The XJ had a very hard life before my parents bought it last year. It was in multiple accidents and had been neglected. I've decided to restore it and build my idea of what the XJ should of become in its last years from the factory. So lets start with what was done before I even transferred the title.

Full OME Suspension (MD) and steering stabilizer
Full poly bushings (some still need installed)
5 Ravine 15x8 wheels
5 Wrangler GS-A 30" tires
Differential and Trans fluids
A new re-manufactured NP242
Lots of new body panels from the junkyard

When they picked it up:







The plan:

I've been spoiled driving my fully loaded WK Limited every day, so my goal is to make the Cherokee just as comfortable on road, while retaining its off road capability and increasing performance. So this build wont include any big lifts or armor... I've divided it up into 5 subcategories:

Exterior:
Body work and paint
5.9L hood vents
new factory fog lights
Truck Lite LED headlights
Hoodlift hood struts
New reproduction tail lights

Interior:
I'm undecided if I am going to stick with the stock Classic seats or upgrade to XJ limited or WJ limited seats. Other than that I just plan to refurbish all of the interior body panels (replace where necessary) to make it look new.
04 TJ steering wheel

Stereo:
I'm a sucker for factory radios and thus will stick with Chrysler parts
RB1 Navigation (I have a WJ PCM to make this work... more on this later)
Sirrius satellite radio (including all associated hardware)
New (used) Infinity amp (the original had been submerged at some point)
I still need to find some speakers... probably Infinity to stick with the theme

Suspension:
Addco sway bars front and rear
Finnish installing the poly bushings
Eventually I'd like to upgrade to the OME HD suspension for a little bit more stiffness

Performance:
K&N FIPK
The exhaust system will need to be replace soon (header back)
I'm also planning on building a stroker engine mated to a NSG370 (6spd)

How it sat before I started the tear down:









What remains of the gash that ran down the entire side... This will be fun to fix!



Parts have been arriving daily!



I'm ready to make a mess of the garage:



Just out of curiosity I put the new(er) amp in to see if that was the problem with the stereo not working... It fixed it!



Pulled the carpet... no rust in the usual spots!



But due to some faulty body work on both rear quarters (obviously had been in a rear impact sometime in its life) they are both rusting through at the bottoms:



Ready for a good pressure washing and then I can get started on the bodywork.



Last nights update (yeah, I realize that I didn't post it until today) was brought to you by Blue Moon



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Unread 05-31-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Looks good man. Those LED headlamps should work wonders.

Nice WK
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Unread 05-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Looks good! Jealous that it came stock with the infinity sound system.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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looking forward to this one. subbed
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Unread 05-31-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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Unread 05-31-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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Thanks!

Didnt get much completed today... Power-washed everything:



The Grand was jealous:



I was too impatient and had to try out one of the new headlights:



Oh how I HATE bodywork!





And look what arrived today! RB1/Nav disc/antenna/Sirrius antenna and box

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Unread 06-01-2012, 04:59 AM   #7
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Lookin' good. That WK looks awesome as well. Keep it up. Thank you for your service.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 01:18 AM   #8
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Thank you.

I plan on leaving the doors on for paint, thus I needed to get them aligned (or "gapped") correctly with weight on the doors. I felt it was best to do this before paint instead of after, so i could get them right before I start removing stuff from them. So I spent today working on it. Its a tedious process of trying different spacers on the door hinges and making small adjustments to move the doors in and out and up and down.

The upper spacer on the right front door was a little too thick causing the door to droop too much in the rear so I made one that was about half the thickness (I tried removing the spacer but it made the door too high):





The goal is an even gap all around. This requires not only manipulating the hinges, their spacers, and moving them every which way, but also making sure the door strikers are in the proper position.





The USPS man dropped of my adapter cable and I couldn't resist powering up the RB1:



Oh how sweet it is! I'm pretty excited about this mod and will have to elaborate more on how I'm going to get all of its features to work sometime soon (I still haven't figured them all out for myself quite yet)

Trying to fix the left inner fender so the fender will bolt up correclty.



mmmm, beer. This time its Alpine Amber Ale from the Ouray Brewery (and Ouray Brewing Company) in the famous Ouray Colorado!

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Unread 06-02-2012, 02:21 AM   #9
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Looks good. Subbed.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 04:54 AM   #10
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Its looking great.

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Unread 06-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #11
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lookin awesome man. Really liking the navi idea. Thanks for saving another one from the junk yard.
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Unread 06-06-2012, 05:49 PM   #12
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Unread 06-12-2012, 12:31 AM   #13
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Work has been pretty hectic since getting back so I haven't had time to do much on the XJ. I still haven't even washed the Colorado dirt off the WK after its trip to the mountains! I've been slowly working on getting the tweaked body back to straight. The unibody rails had previously been pulled out by a body shop, but I needed to fix the inner fender then align all of the panels. After all my pounding its close enough... The front end is a few millimeters toward the drivers side. I'll have to widen the mounting holes to get the gaps right, but I'm ok with that.

After pounding out the inner fender to get the "new" outer fender to fit properly:



I knew water was coming in at the rear quarters... Ya don't say!



Mostly I've just been unboxing things I've ordered for it. New panels:



Brand new factory fresh fog lamps:



These should make the doors feel like new:



I'm not a fan of the stock 2 spoke steering wheel. Its just ugly! So I'm going to attempt to get this one to work. As an added benefit, its got stereo controls on the back:



Finally have everything needed *I hope* to get the RB1 and factory Sirius sat radio to work:

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Unread 06-12-2012, 05:52 AM   #14
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If this goes the way of your WK it will be a very nice rig! I'll def stay tuned to this.
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Unread 06-12-2012, 06:13 AM   #15
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Another XJ saved, awesome work!!!!
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