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Unread 07-19-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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my build thread

ok so im starting a build thread... i got my 1990 2 door 5 speed 4.0L Cherokee back in March to build up. i havent really started to do anything to build it up yet but im starting within the next week or so by upgrading my stock front axle to Alloy USA chromoly chafts. im planing on doing a 6" long arm kit for the lift and with that im going to run 35x12.5s. so im gonna show you what i have done with it so far, and when i do more i will post pics and info.
back in march i bought my baby for $500 with little to no rust and a leak in the rear main seal.

after about a week i sanded everything down and removed the crappy tints that the PO did, i rattle canned on some flat black. and threw a set of old tires and wheels on cause the ones that were on there were balding badly. (even though i liked the old wheels better)

now about 2 days ago i upgraded my alternator to a stronger one and installed my blue lights because im a volunteer fire fighter.


but thats on the less important side, i just think it looks cool.
i will have more pics and info next week and when ever i do more stuff to it. let me know what u think about it so far (even though nothing really happend to it yet). maybe some ideas on what i should do.

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My stock back tire isnt flat, its "aired down" for rock crawling. duh
its a jeep thing... ive alway understood
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Unread 07-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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Unread 07-19-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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Ever try to pull anybody over with those lights?
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Unread 07-19-2009, 10:12 PM   #4
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i did to my friend in a parkinglot the day i got them but it was a bad idea if a cop drove by i would loose my permit for them and possibly get arrested for impersonation.

EDIT: if u mean like on the way to a call 9/10 of the people pull over for me
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My stock back tire isnt flat, its "aired down" for rock crawling. duh
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Unread 07-21-2009, 03:11 PM   #5
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i decided that im going to get my trimming done early. i need new tires for the XJ and the YJ but the XJ more so. so im going to get a set of 30 or 31's and then when i get my lift i'll swap them to the YJ. my search isnt working correctly so does anyone know about how much im gonna need to trim. im thinking a little more then a lot?
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Unread 07-21-2009, 03:30 PM   #6
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I really like your blue light setup. I have been thinking about doing something similar with the leds in the grill but its pretty far down on my to do list.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 08:34 PM   #7
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I really like your blue light setup. I have been thinking about doing something similar with the leds in the grill but its pretty far down on my to do list.
those were actually pretty easy and cheap. there soundoff mini led3's, $45 a light. very easy to put in, dont need anything but the lights some wire and a switch. i'll post a short vid if u want.
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Unread 07-22-2009, 12:20 AM   #8
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Ever try to pull anybody over with those lights?
do that and you got yourself a felony, plus fire vehicles have yellow and red strobes which differentiate them from police vehicles that have the red white and blue
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Unread 07-22-2009, 12:37 AM   #9
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nice jeep haha i had some blue lights waaaaaay back in the day..broke them though playing bumpers with my friend..



jeeps lookin good can you get some mounting pics for the lights? i have some amber lights ive been wanting to put on my rig in that location but cant figure out a good solid mount.

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Unread 07-22-2009, 01:55 PM   #10
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ok ill go out and take some pics and write somthing up
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Unread 07-22-2009, 02:53 PM   #11
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ok so heres my little light write up that pic heave so be prepared.
ok i wish i could have taken a pic of the grill without the lights in, but there in there so well that they arnt coming out. but thats a good thing considering i didnt screw them in or anything. all i did was take a die grinder with a bur tip and cut out the little piece that went where the light is.


then when both the lights were in i ran the wires on the top part of the grill (very very much room up there)

then i ran the wire around the radiator and connected the gray wire to the frame for ground. then i ran the green and red wires up around the airbox.

then on the firewall there was a conveniently placed hole that i ran the wires through and into the cab.

and on the dash i had a switch that i was planning on using for lights (like piaa's or kc's) but instead i wired the grill lights up to it and took some power from the sig lighter. and the little button above the switch is so i can change the pattern that they flash, and all i had to wire that up to was ground so that was easy.

and all together the only wires that you can see is a very little amount behind the right side of the grill.

heres a vid of them running
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Unread 07-22-2009, 07:22 PM   #12
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thats cool!! haha yeah the lights i have have a built in ground so i need to mount them to something metal.
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Unread 07-22-2009, 08:29 PM   #13
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/write-up-cutting-folding-rear-fenders-632436/ Then trim the front to match. You don't have to fold the front over though, just cut off what you don't want.
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Unread 07-22-2009, 09:31 PM   #14
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=632436 Then trim the front to match. You don't have to fold the front over though, just cut off what you don't want.
hey thanks. i never thought about doing it that way i thought it was just a snip snip thing but that makes it like 10 times easier. i'll save the chopping for later though
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Unread 07-23-2009, 12:20 AM   #15
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Wow sweet red thing around the gauges!

Wait is your XJ RHD? I am confused as hell, the pictures say no, but the video says yes?
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