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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
JLydon18
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My XJ Project Build.

Back Story
I was given this XJ when I turned 16 and really only drove it around for a couple years. I am now 18 and I want to customize the hell out of it. I'm on a tight budget but I wanna make it look nice. I'll update this thread as quickly as possible. I hope everyone enjoys.

Specs/Tech Info
108k Miles.
Regular Oil Changes.
Recently Replaced VCG.
All mainly stock, going to be adding a lot so I figured why not make a thread?

The Beginning


First to come, 3" rough country lift and new rims ASAP. Looking for XJ Sport rims to replace my ugly *** country ones. I hate them with a passion.

I enjoy stickers.. lol






Will update soon! Might ask for some opinions soon!

Future Upgrades/Changes
-Remove Pinstripe
-Install Lift Kit
-New Rims
-Possible Duraliner/Rhinoliner Exterior/Interior
-Possible Rear Seat Removal
-Possible Trim Removal/Replacement
-Install Rocky Road Super Sliders

Completed Projects
-Installed AutoShade VentVisors http://www.jcwhitney.com/ventvisor-b...d=d1163y1996j1

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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:04 PM   #2
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Should I remove the luggage rack on top? I'm undecided..
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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Buy my stock rims!


Leave the rack. I would also recommend going with a Zone brand lift kit rather than RC. Better quality as a company under BDS suspension and I'm not a big RC fan even though their stuff is on my jeep.

Good project though! I'm 18 and was given my jeep too. Done a 4wd conversion and a bunch of other crap lol. Clean low mileage jeep, I'm subscribed!
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:12 PM   #4
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Buy my stock rims!


Leave the rack. I would also recommend going with a Zone brand lift kit rather than RC. Better quality as a company under BDS suspension and I'm not a big RC fan even though their stuff is on my jeep.

Good project though! I'm 18 and was given my jeep too. Done a 4wd conversion and a bunch of other crap lol. Clean low mileage jeep, I'm subscribed!
Glad to hear it! PM me about those rims? lol
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Unread 04-26-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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Just added some Autoshade Ventvisors..


Still trying to get my plans for a lift ironed out.. I have a lot of input and different ideas. Just found out I need to replace my Transmission Lines and my oil gauge in my dash stopped working. So I have to diagnose that problem as well.
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Unread 04-26-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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Goodluck. I was in a similar situation. ACtually I still kind of am. Im 21 and on a college budget. But leme know if you got any questions.

As you posted in your other thread, I would recommend skipping the 2" lift and go straight to 3" with full packs. Check out Zone. You'll need more things such as an alignment and other components but its worth it to do it right the first time
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Unread 04-26-2013, 11:37 AM   #7
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Goodluck. I was in a similar situation. ACtually I still kind of am. Im 21 and on a college budget. But leme know if you got any questions.

As you posted in your other thread, I would recommend skipping the 2" lift and go straight to 3" with full packs. Check out Zone. You'll need more things such as an alignment and other components but its worth it to do it right the first time
I'm kind of new to all of this.. what all would I need to install a 3" lift? Also, is this the kit you were referring to? http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=34&gr=-1
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Unread 04-26-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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I'm kind of new to all of this.. what all would I need to install a 3" lift? Also, is this the kit you were referring to? http://zoneoffroad.com/product?ki=34&gr=-1
Yep I just recommend full leaf packs and a new track bar. If you can swing it, get new lower control arms as well. Lift install is very straight forward.
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Unread 04-26-2013, 02:53 PM   #9
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Yeah Im going to have to agree with NJXJ91. Don't cheap out and get a budget boost, go for a straight kit with full packs. It might cost more but you'll be more pleased with it in the end. I went with RC when I got my lift. They aren't bad for a starter kit but expect to replace a lot of the components later on. I've heard good things about zone though have never personally experienced their products. All in all nice clean XJ, should turn out great!
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Unread 04-26-2013, 05:35 PM   #10
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Yeah Im going to have to agree with NJXJ91. Don't cheap out and get a budget boost, go for a straight kit with full packs. It might cost more but you'll be more pleased with it in the end. I went with RC when I got my lift. They aren't bad for a starter kit but expect to replace a lot of the components later on. I've heard good things about zone though have never personally experienced their products. All in all nice clean XJ, should turn out great!
Thanks for the input man. I'm gonna do my best to do right by her!
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Unread 04-26-2013, 07:48 PM   #11
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I know how it sucks every day when you don't mess around with your jeep but consider this. I am 19, I got my jeep stock as a graduation from high school I fixed all the regular bull**** and drove it for a while, got a lift kit, and some more stuff drove it a while and some more stuff and all I wish now is that I saved up my money the first time and went all out with the lift, tires, wheels, protection instead of piecing it all together when I got the money. just food for thought.
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Unread 04-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #12
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I know how it sucks every day when you don't mess around with your jeep but consider this. I am 19, I got my jeep stock as a graduation from high school I fixed all the regular bull**** and drove it for a while, got a lift kit, and some more stuff drove it a while and some more stuff and all I wish now is that I saved up my money the first time and went all out with the lift, tires, wheels, protection instead of piecing it all together when I got the money. just food for thought.
Nothing wrong with piecing it together as long as you think long term.

Ask yourself, Will I have this on my jeep in two years?
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Unread 04-26-2013, 09:44 PM   #13
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I know how it sucks every day when you don't mess around with your jeep but consider this. I am 19, I got my jeep stock as a graduation from high school I fixed all the regular bull**** and drove it for a while, got a lift kit, and some more stuff drove it a while and some more stuff and all I wish now is that I saved up my money the first time and went all out with the lift, tires, wheels, protection instead of piecing it all together when I got the money. just food for thought.
Thats the very reason why I over think almost everything that goes into my Jeep. Not only do I justify the look or usefulness of the part but how well it will go together with other parts I may buy down the road. Yeah it would have probably been cooler to buy it all at once but whats the fun in that?
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Unread 04-27-2013, 12:06 AM   #14
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I just ordered 4 black handles, going to be removing all of the chrome. Any cost effective black mirror suggestions?
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Unread 04-27-2013, 12:31 AM   #15
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I just ordered 4 black handles, going to be removing all of the chrome. Any cost effective black mirror suggestions?
Either hit up a junk yard or become friends with some rattle cans. Most older jeeps had black mirrors though.
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