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Unread 06-24-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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My '98 XJ build is finally done!

Hey everyone. I'm a forum newbie, been lurking around for years but haven't really gotten involved in any discussions. I guess it's about time, eh? So I've been busy building a '98 XJ for the last couple months. It started as a clayton radius arm clone rear coil conversion but morphed into a custom fabbed 3 link along the way somehow...these things happen I guess. All the link ends and most of the brackets were sourced from Ballistic Fab. The links are 2"x2" .250 wall square tube. I wish I could show you guys right now but the rules say I gotta have 25 posts so I guess this thread will be revisited when that happens. Thanks for having a look at my announcement I guess and If you know of a way I can get pics to you guys let me know.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Just start having more responses works. How much lift and what tires are you running?
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Unread 06-24-2014, 11:23 PM   #3
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Sounds cool. Can't wait to see and hear more about it. What is the main purpose of your build?

PS. You should be able to link pictures from photobucket or any other host immediately and not have to wait for 25 posts. Even a picture from Facebook or another website should link immediately. Copy the URL, click the yellow square (with the mountains in the background) in the me message header and paste the URL into the text box. Should work even on your first post.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:07 PM   #4
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I use imgur to upload my pics and it works WAY easier IMO (gives you a copy and paste link to use on forms)

cant wait to see the pics
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Unread 06-26-2014, 09:45 PM   #5
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Hope this works

Hopefully these pics work

Right now it's sitting on 35" Micky Thompson Baja Claws. The purpose of this build was honestly just to see if we could pull it off homebrew style. It took about two months of nights and saturdays to get it all done. I build engines all day so personal projects take a back seat. Woild have been a lot nicer if a I'd had a tube notcher, drill press, and bandsaw but I made do with what I had. The paint is a PPG industrial coating. I figured if it was good enough for bridges and buildings it was good enough for me, lol.

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Unread 06-27-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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thems some shiney wheels lol looks good though! if those are 35s, what amount of lift is there now?
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Unread 06-27-2014, 04:30 PM   #7
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From what I've gathered about measuring for stock height, it's somewhere between 9-10". I'm not entirely positive because it wasn't stock height to begin with and the rear springs are actually 6" front lift springs for an xj. The coil buckets in the back are about 3" closer to the axle than the front though so it should add that much lift if not more for the heavier spring rate. The front has 8" springs with a 2" spacer. Wasn't going to use the spacer but it had almost a hot rod rake to it without them.
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Unread 06-28-2014, 01:16 PM   #8
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looks good... way too tall though, bring that thing down about 3 inches... it will looks saweet... love that back link set up though!
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Unread 06-30-2014, 07:25 PM   #9
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what are those front headlights??
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Unread 06-30-2014, 08:42 PM   #10
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They're LED Halo projector lights.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 10:29 PM   #11
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Well, took her out for a little light wheeling to test the waters this past weekend. Performed pretty much as expected. Plenty of flex, no bottoming out, tracks straight, no complaints so far. We'll do some more hardcore testing when we install the new winch.
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