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Unread 03-26-2015, 09:22 AM   #1
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Back in an XJ: Project Leviathan

Traded my 2000 TJ with a cracked frame for another XJ. I missed the feel of driving an XJ and hated how unsure of itself the TJ felt on the road.

'00 XJ Sport. 8.5" Rusty's lift, shackle relocation brackets, IRO long arms, Bilstein 5100 shocks, JCR front bumper, 12k winch, bushwhacker flat flares, Logan's Metal Products read bumper, full disc brake conversion, one ton steering, 4.56 gears and an auto locker up front.

Plan on replacing the front bumper with one with more aggressive approach angles, lowering it down to either 5.5" or 6.5", tummy tucking it, and armoring the sides, quarters, etc.



Also, I missed you guys!

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'00 XJ 8.5" on 35s

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'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
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Unread 03-26-2015, 10:30 AM   #2
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Welcome back! Jeep looks good! Gonna be odd since its not smurf blue though
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Unread 03-26-2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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Welcome back! Jeep looks good! Gonna be odd since its not smurf blue though
Don't encourage me.
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'00 XJ 8.5" on 35s

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'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
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Unread 03-26-2015, 11:56 AM   #4
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Looks good! Yeah 8.5" is pretty tall. I'd go with 5.5". How many miles on it? Looks clean.
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Unread 03-26-2015, 12:01 PM   #5
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Don't encourage me.
Predator green maybe? Lol
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Unread 03-26-2015, 12:56 PM   #6
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Looks good! Yeah 8.5" is pretty tall. I'd go with 5.5". How many miles on it? Looks clean.
220k but you'd never tell. Interior is in good shape, everything works, engine and tranny are both golden and the rockers, doors and quarters are completely solid and rust free.
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'00 XJ 8.5" on 35s

Previous:
'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
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Unread 03-26-2015, 02:28 PM   #7
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That's a good looking XJ for sure.
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Unread 03-26-2015, 02:51 PM   #8
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I love white jeeps! Looks good. My 4.5" synergy/ OME lift will be for sale soon shortly if your interested!
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Unread 03-26-2015, 05:49 PM   #9
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Nice ride.
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Unread 03-26-2015, 09:09 PM   #10
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Welcome back!
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Unread 03-27-2015, 04:52 AM   #11
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Benefit too I now I work at a shop and also have double the budget.
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'00 XJ 8.5" on 35s

Previous:
'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
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Unread 03-27-2015, 07:58 AM   #12
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Welcome back man. Its a good looking Jeep! Glad to see your doing well also!
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Unread 03-27-2015, 09:42 AM   #13
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Trying to figure out what to do for sway bar links. Anyone still have a link the write up of the guy who custom made links? I don't understand why anyone would lift an XJ 8.5" and DD it without a swaybar. Junkyard has the bar for 20 bucks so I'll be picking that up tomorrow.

Also trying to figure out what I want to do armor wise.
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'00 XJ 8.5" on 35s

Previous:
'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
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Unread 03-27-2015, 09:46 AM   #14
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I don't understand why anyone would put 8.5" of lift on an XJ in general lol
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Unread 03-27-2015, 09:53 AM   #15
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I don't understand why anyone would put 8.5" of lift on an XJ in general lol
Fair enough, me either. I got a great deal on it though. My TJ was in bad shape and was never going to pass inspection by the end of April.

Just ordered an ultra gauge for the XJ as well.
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'00 XJ 8.5" on 35s

Previous:
'00 TJ 2" on 33" Grabbers
'00 XJ 6.5" on 35" KM2s
'96 ZJ 2" on 31" Baja Claws
'93 ZJ - Stock, Totaled
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