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ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 07:33 PM

ibjeepin95's 99' XJ Build
Current pic: 10/5/14

Well folks, I said I was going back to an XJ so that's what I did. Just a recap on my previous Jeeps...

My first XJ the day I sold it. 95' Sport 5 speed...

My second.... 87' Waggy XJ w/ factory 44 and HP non disco 30. Wish I kept this one...

And of course, my TJ I just recently sold....

Well after my TJ, I started looking for my next XJ. I knew I wanted a 97'+, so that's what I went after. While searching craigslist, I came across a 99' with 130k miles. Girl that owned it said it needed a radiator. All it really needed was a cap. Talked her down to $1600 and brought it home. Had some awesome seat covers and looked and smelled like an ash tray inside...

ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 07:47 PM

My plans for this Jeep are similar to my TJ, just in XJ form. Keep it low, stable, and keep it streetable. 35's are the tire size and keep the D30 (for now) and swap my 8.8 in. Locked f/r. So with this in mine, I began to order parts.

3 inch springs and add a leaf ( just cause I had a decent set of springs)

My decent leaf pack for the aal

And not pictured is my Clayton track bar w/ Johnny Joint and bracket and some 15x8 steel wheels I got from RC scatch n' dent...

So a few weeks ago Josh and I got working on the lift...

stock and awesome saggy springs...

Everything needed for elevation including the new white RC shocks, cause you ain't wheeling in the south unless your on white shocks....

Josh approves...

Clayton bracket

Finished it up

ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 07:51 PM

Wheeled it open/open on 225's

Ice is fun...

Blurry, but you can see the snow...

ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 07:56 PM

Cut and folded the rear...

35 in der...

Pulled the rear carpet and pulled the midget spare out...

ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 08:04 PM

So I was dead set on MT/R's or KM2's but of course they are back ordered til' June. So I ordered tires I never thought I'd own... 35x12.50x15 Pro Comp M/T's from 4WD. Hey, they have a 3 ply sidewall and are fairly price. Either those or Baja Clawzzz.

Washed it the other day...

Today I cut and folded the rear quarters. I probably wouldn't have done it but the pass. side was crushed from an incident from the PO. Also cut the bumper at an angle...

ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 08:06 PM

If the tires get here this week I'll get them mounted and cut the front fenders.

NIN_XJ_A 02-08-2012 08:56 PM

are 35's really gonna fit??

ibjeepin95 02-08-2012 09:12 PM


Originally Posted by NIN_XJ_A (Post 13015951)
are 35's really gonna fit??

With a combination of a welder, sledge, longer shocks, and bumpstops.... yes.

ibjeepin95 02-09-2012 03:05 PM

No tires yet... :( Maybe tomorrow...

jeepnatv4life 02-10-2012 10:48 AM

nice cut!!

deathstar 02-10-2012 04:09 PM

Looking good so far. I would have never thought that I would like a cherokee but seeing all of yalls lined up made me think twice. Maybe I will add one to my Jeep collection in the future. After Im done with my YJ I am dead set on getting a Waggy. Good luck and I will be watching this thread.

Rangerman28 02-10-2012 04:25 PM

Sweet looking XJ! Can't wait to see the low COG with those 35s. I have the same colored jeep also.:cool:

ibjeepin95 02-11-2012 02:55 AM

Thanks guys! Rangerman, I saw yours and they are (were) almost identical. The tires came yesterday, I trimmed the front, got the tires mounted and balanced, and got them on. I'll get some pics up but it might not be til' Tuesday. I got a lot of work to do but I got the stance right so far!

deathstar 02-11-2012 05:03 AM

That's great man I need to buy bigger tires and different rims still. There's alot to get done before that happens for me though. Keep up the good work.

JJeeper09 02-11-2012 09:31 AM

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