Ok, so I've been on here about a year. With all the mods lately, I think it's about time for a build thread. Keep in mind that I'm posting a build thread after the fact of doing most of the work. It'll take a while to post everything I've done till now. But I'll do my best to speed things along.
My XJ is a 92' sport 2dr factory 2wd Ax-15 and of corse a 4.0. Ive owned this same xj for almost 13 years. so my memory on all the mods may be just a little fuzzy. I don't have any pics of before due to losing them all in a house fire 4 years ago.
When I got it, she was bone stock and had just over 200k miles on the clock but ran great. The first thing was a RC 3.5" lift. Then finally swapped in 4wd diffs front and rear. And the T-case shift lever. Everything was very easy, direct unbolt and rebolt.
11-22-2012 05:58 PM
Then I threw on some 31" M/S. ran better then expected for still being 2wd. No T-case! Took a long time to come up with one.
Then I built a front push bar that bolted to the factory bumper. It wasn't bad looking but not what I really wanted. And the nice ones were way out of my price range!! So some time latter I built a new bumper that I love and am proud of. There are also two tow hooks welded on the inside of the bumper pointing down. They hang like a J. I'll try to get some pics of that this weekend. Jeeps at the shop right now. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...r/9e837c84.jpghttp://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...r/b269e7ab.jpg
11-22-2012 06:04 PM
I then got a factory roof rack because mine did not have one. Installed it and a bunch of lights on it and the front bumper. The front lights are baja fox that I put 100w bulbs in. I have two smaller ones on the rear cross bar that are still 35w's. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...r/7acd9ef9.jpg
When I built the bumper I knew I wanted to put in a tow bar and maybe a winch mounted to a cradle. So I welded in two 2" hitch inserts. Never got to the winch cradle. But here's the tow bar I built. http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...r/ef4a055e.jpg plugs right into the bumper and uses two hitch pins from the back side.
11-22-2012 06:21 PM
Finally got some nice wheels and tires. 33/12.50-15 AT's on 15/10 pacer D windows with I think 4.5" BS. Don't hold me to the BS though. Lol
Oh and at some point I replaced the black fading grill with a chrome one and a black housing. Which I repainted black. I like the contrast.
11-22-2012 06:25 PM
I dig that tow bar!
11-22-2012 08:15 PM
Thank you. It was actually quite easy to build. I can't even tell you how many times its saved me a tow bill over something as small as a bad water pump, fuel pump or dead battery. Very useful tool!!
Played with the high lift while changing brakes.
Last spring I replaced the shocks using rear F-150 shocks (they are about 4"'s longer). I got Monroe gasmatics from advance. Fronts were for a 95, rears were for a 98. I might have that backwards? Lol anyways the F-150 shocks were a pain. Had to remove the metal sleeve in the bushings (much easier said then done!!!) on both front and rear. Then press in my bar pins.(again, much easier said then done) In retrospect the cost saving wasn't worth the time it took, instead of just ordering longer direct fits! Next time I will just order some!