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paintball10148 11-12-2012 08:15 AM

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Hey guys I guess it's time I start my build thread and get some input on my build so far. I'm going to post what I've done and get everyone caught up to where the build is now. I've always been a zj guy but I bought my first xj last September and I can't go back to a grand now. Anyway, here are some specs on the xj.

1999 Cherokee sport
4.0
Aw4
Np242
Dana 30 and Dana 35

I picked her up with 159k on the clock and in need of some tires and a windshield for 2k.



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paintball10148 11-12-2012 08:19 AM

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On to the mods so far. After a few weeks of putting the flares back on every time I drove it i got fed up and pulled them off and stuck some 31s and black steelies under it.

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paintball10148 11-12-2012 08:44 AM

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The next few things I did spanned over several months as my budget was low. I put some hella 500s on the front and trimmed the fenders. Also I picked up a warrior products roof rack for a steal on Craigslist. And I had a cb radio and antenna from my old zj.



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Then I trimmed the fenders a bit. I don't have pictures of that but we all know what it looks like... Next to come I felt the jeep needed a different look so I did some spray on bed lining. On the quarters, fenders, and lower doors.



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Spokes 11-12-2012 08:51 AM

looks good, does it have a bb lift? or stock?

paintball10148 11-12-2012 09:00 AM

Thanks! it was stock at the time I did my fenders and bed liner.

paintball10148 11-12-2012 09:11 AM

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I decided a bumper was in order and owning a welder and plenty of tools I couldn't justify spending $500+ on a bumper I could build myself.
I modeled it after a few bumpers i liked and I think it came out pretty decent for my first bumper build.


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paintball10148 11-12-2012 09:31 AM

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I kept the jeep like this for a few months other than a couple small things like a new stereo and I took the factory luggage bars off the roof. I sold the warrior products rack and found a little rust on the roof so I sanded it down and bed lined the roof.



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I had some leftover bed liner so I did a little custom decal :)



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paintball10148 11-12-2012 09:58 AM

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One thing I learned is not to trust the color match paint from autozone....



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Not quite right but i can live with it til I have the time to reprint it.

paintball10148 11-12-2012 10:17 AM

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I traded wheels with my brother since he has wanted d-windows on his zj for a while and I needed a change.



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Not crazy about the chrome so I'm going to paint them. Haven't decided on gunmetal grey or black yet.

I found a basic 3" kit on Craigslist for $200 that is almost new and never been wheeled. Can't beat that! I love Craigslist. The kit came with spacers for the front, New shocks with boots, 1.5" add a leafs and 2" shackles with all the hardware. I'm not a fan of spacers but they will do for now.



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paintball10148 11-12-2012 10:21 AM

That's where I'm at now with the jeep. I have a death wobble to figure out :/ once the weather clears up ill get that figured out.

Jeepnbo 11-12-2012 11:09 AM

Looks good, keep up the good work :thumbsup:

paintball10148 11-12-2012 11:31 AM

Thanks! I ordered a steering stabilizer from rough country that should be here this week. My stock one is shot so hopefully that will cover up the death wobble for a bit til I can diagnose it.

JeepN4KC 11-12-2012 11:46 AM

Lookin good so far. Some of it looks familiar :)

I like that front bumper - now ya need a winch on it.

FWIW - I liked the look of the black steelies you gave to your brother.


Keep the updates coming as you have time and $ :thumbsup:

paintball10148 11-12-2012 12:00 PM

What a coincidence, I was just reading your "other build thread" haha thanks for the compliment!

I liked the d-windows but everyone gets them :/ when I get tired of these current wheels I may switch back.

A winch is on the list for sure. Right now I need to figure out why it handles like a boat... :(

paintball10148 11-13-2012 11:58 AM

I love working in the disposal business. People throw away the best stuff! Found a bunch of 2x4 .120 wall steel tubing while dumbing a can this morning. Rear bumper coming very soon :D


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