I bought my first XJ in Apirl, 2011. I sold my 1993 Ford Ranger (with 9" of lift and 35's) I have since done a few things to it, but I know exactly where I want it to be when I am done with it.
Stock specs when bought:
- 2000 Jeep XJ Sport
- D30/C8.25 (open/open)
- 187,000 KM's
- 235/75R15 Kelly Safari TSR's (80% Tread)
- Ipod Alpine Deck
- Sony Speakers all around
Day I brought it home
Gave it a nice wash & wax
With wheeling being my background from my previous truck, I didn't want to be out of the game too long, so decided if I wanted to wheel it in the stock form, I needed to atleast protect everything underneath. So I found a front skid plate, ordered a transfer case skid, gas tank skid, rock sliders, front bumper, and HD rear diff cover.
After putting all this extra weight on, it sagged quite a bit with the saggy old suspension. So as a temporary fix I scrounged up from 2" lift leafs packs and some coil spacers up front.
After wheeling it in this state for a while, I decided I wanted to bring it into the Canadian Shield where our group wheels alot, so with that trip coming up this coming weekend I have been busy scrounging up some lift components and slapping together a TEMPORARY lift setup.
I ordered 1" block for the rear, along with longer rear shocks, an extended brake line, and my buddy said he had 3" lift coils, which ended up actually being 4.5" coils.. so I installed them and it looks like this...
So I had some Belltech 6400 shackles laying around, so I modified them to fit 2.5" wide leafs and put them on to level it out.
Got my 33" spare mounted on a rim along with an alignment after the tie rod addition and did some test fitting.. (Shout out to XJ Jay @ River Park Automotive in Winnipeg)
It rubs the rear part of the stock front flare at 3/4 crank, and will rub during any sort of daily driving while turning, I'm sure. I need a bit more lift, cut out flatty flares, and the rest of the 33's now...Keep in mind my 4.5" coils are about 2 year used as well
Test fitted the 33" tire on the rear. Cut out flatties are going to work nicely along with less backpsacing on the new rims. Also, did a comparison with my 3" lift shocks compared to my freebie 5-6" lift shocks.
Went wheelin' yesterday in Polycor. Lots of snow, lots of technical rocks..lots of carnage for other rigs. My Jeep did great! Ended up not getting off the trail till about 10pm due to other rigs in bad stucks, carnage..etc..well into the darkness, so half our trip was in the dark.
We should be getting "another" foot or so of snow pretty soon. Lol
89 XJ w4.0 / I6 / 5 speed with a 3 RC lift. Abused by previous owner. 15 inch rims wrapped with 30X11.50 TSLs, KC daylighters and rusted out rockers. My first Jeep, bought it in Feb 2012.