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Unread 07-04-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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Mikes '96 XJ Build

Hey everyone im mike from New Mexico, New to the site, so all help is appreciated, So I just bought this 1996 XJ. It has a few issues nothing mechanical that I can tell. mostly cosmetic stuff.... There is a rust hole on the front passenger side floor pan, broken rear wiper, missing front wipers, spare tire and radio. AC runs cold and heater runs hot, there are a few dents. So good thing to this was the asking price was 2950, not bad for where I live considering the condition... So he gave me an option 2650 as is or 2850 and he will fix the rust problem, replace the wipers, spare tire, and he will give me the radio that was sitting in the back seat lol. I decided for 200 bucks I would let him do the work and save myself the headache.

So here's what's in future for this beast

I plan on a 3-4" suspension lift (maybe rough country if I can get it)

32" BFG mud-terrain, or the All terrain TKO( still deciding on what tires)

Safari rack mite build myself

off road lights

ohh and I will be getting fender flares, and possibly rock/branch guards for the lights.

I'm sure eventually when I want to put a winch on I will probably build custom bumpers. also possibly exterior spare tire rack to make more room on the inside.
I would really like the smittybuilt G.E.A.R seat covers to but there not made for Cherokees for some reason. I also will be installing a roll up awning that attaches to the safari rack. Im sure im missing something, but Ill figure it out soon.

Oh ya did I mention I plan on doing all the work myself, but I don't know hardly a thing about mechanics. Most ive ever done is oil changes, and replace an alternator on my 07 galant


I have two pics but im not allowed to post attachments ?

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Unread 07-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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Welcome to Jeepforum.
I've got a '96 XJ daily driver mildly built up but not too extreme, just about like your plans actually, and I love it.
yep JF forum members love pics to discuss, but there is a 25 tech post requirement before you can attach them, which helps a lot in keeping spam to a minimum.
You could open a free Photobucket account and upload them there then post the IMG links they provide, so they'll show up as pictures in your posts if you want.
Good luck with your build!
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Unread 07-05-2013, 11:48 PM   #3
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Welcome Mike. I'm Mike from New Mexico. I'm in Albuquerque. I'm new on here also. I got my silver 2001 XJ last month. What color is yours.?
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Unread 07-06-2013, 02:04 AM   #4
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Sweet another mike with an XJ from NM... Mine is black, I think it has bigger tires than would normally come stock...seems beefier, just got mine from the shop today they were takin care of a couple rust issues.

Ill figure out how photobucket works and link some pics...
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Unread 07-06-2013, 02:37 AM   #5
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I know there crappy cell pics but I cant find my camera but here they are













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Unread 07-06-2013, 02:44 AM   #6
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That looks like a damn good rig you got there sir! Welcome to the forum and have fun! Make sure to read up on some of the build threads on here, that way it will give you a starting point and what out comes YOU want. Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Unread 07-06-2013, 08:12 PM   #7
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Looks good Mike and yeah those tires look bigger than stock. Where is that at?
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Unread 07-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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looks good mike and yeah those tires look bigger than stock. Where is that at?
96'
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Unread 07-06-2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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No not what year. Wanted to know where he took the pics.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #10
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No not what year. Wanted to know where he took the pics.
I need to learn how to read... Or maybe not read the forum drunk..
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Unread 07-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #11
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I need to learn how to read... Or maybe not read the forum drunk..
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Unread 07-07-2013, 01:30 PM   #12
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I need to learn how to read... Or maybe not read the forum drunk..
cheers to readin the forum drunk or buzzed haha
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Unread 07-07-2013, 01:33 PM   #13
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Looks good Mike and yeah those tires look bigger than stock. Where is that at?
Hey mike, ya I think they are 30"tires, but idk really they are some off brand all-terrain but work really well so far.

These pics were takin out on the east mesa about 30-miles south of ALBQ.... Really not far just gotta take back roads to get out there. Where do you go wheelin at? Almost all the places I have been off roading are being slowly closed and fenced off. I think someone would be profitable to have an off road park here in NM
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Unread 07-07-2013, 05:46 PM   #14
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I have not got out much in a while. Hard to find people to go with when you work the weekends. The last place was out near the Rio Puerco. I have not even took the XJ out yet.
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Unread 07-07-2013, 06:01 PM   #15
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This is a great site for info about the Rio. (Not sure if I can post links) http://www.captainswoop.com/trails/a...rco/index.html

Yep looks like I can
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