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.
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.
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.
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. plugs right into the bumper and uses two hitch pins from the back side.
I spent some time on it this Sumer and did the doorless mod. A bit of a PITA!! But the end result was worth it. I used 3/8 quick pins from tractor supply. And replaced those PITA TX bolts with some stainless steel hex heads. Relocated the speakers to these unused speaker grills on the bottom of the dash. And just unplug the door chime connector when I take them off.
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!
Got these seats from a '03 tiburon. So cummfy!! Had to make my own brackets. Some day I'd like to replace them with some nice after market ones.
Side note. Even the guys at the JY know the right vehicle to use as a yard truck.