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Unread 02-18-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Nmiller015 Build Thread

Figured I should probably start a build thread since my lift goes on next week, so here we go

First a little background info/pictures:

Bought the xj in April of 2010 with 155000 on the clock from a small town in New Hampshire, came across it by chance actually




After a couple months of dd-ing it, I upgraded the stereo, put in a jvc deck, pioneer speakers all around, a kicker sub and a infinity amp. The box turned out pretty crappy, I have to build another one. Also added a class 3 hitch to the back

Theres the helper, Cinnamon



I painted all the trim with krylon fusion flat black and gave it a wash. Also picked up a roof rack cross bar from a junk yard



One of my buddies got an xj for his first car too





He ended up rolling it a couple months after he bought it, not really sure what happened there, it was really slick out though





Had some really weird issues with the power windows for a while, finally found the culprit


Got into an accident with a town plow, the roads were really bad.



I bought all the parts I needed from rockauto, ended up getting a new header panel, a fender, and a couple of lights. I had a local body shop paint the parts and i installed them at home.



Random Pics

Huge Snowstorm



At our NH ski house




GOT MY LIFT AND TIRES IN!!!!

I ordered a 3" Rough Country Series II lift and 31" Mud terrains











I doused all of the bolts today with PB, i plan to start the lift next week

Thats all for now, but i plan on updating this regularly

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Unread 02-18-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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nice rig keep going
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Nice rig, love the color! That sucks about the plow. I almost hit one not too long ago. Came around a corner and the guy was plowing on the wrong side of the road.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Yeah, almost the exact thing happened, i came around a bend that is banked the wrong way, and the guy was riding the line in a ram 2500, and the road wasn't really plowed well... i didn't hit the actual plow though, i hit the side of his truck.

fixed it for about 400 , you wouldn't even know it happened, except for a small dent on the hood.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:43 PM   #5
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Sweet color. Looks like you got some goodies that are about to go on.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:51 PM   #6
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I have a question.

Are the rear leafs designated left and right? Because mine seem to be built differently, one uses clip type things to hold the pack together, where as the other one uses bolts.

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Unread 02-21-2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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Went up to the ski house in NH for the first half of vacation week, here a couple of cool shots of Mt. Washington, one from Attitash, and the other from Bretton Woods. Also a picture of the jeep on a snow bank









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great pictures, love the color, its the same as my 1996 xj. Is the forest green or moss green a rare color?
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Duuuude i love the sub/amp box! any info on it?
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Very nice jeep, looks like you have a great setup ahead.
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I also need a new header panel to be painted. How much did yours cost to be painted? I just want a rough estimate. Anyways great looking XJ I like the green
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Nice jeep dude. Cant wait to see what the lift looks like
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great pictures, love the color, its the same as my 1996 xj. Is the forest green or moss green a rare color?
I wouldn't say its that rare, im not sure though



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Duuuude i love the sub/amp box! any info on it?
I just bought all of the stuff from the local home depot, its made out of 1/2" particle board, and covered with some gray carpet. It looks okay, i need to re-do it, there are gaps in some areas and its not really held in the right way. The amp that I have in there, (Infinity Reference 5350a) is 17" x 9", and would be difficult to hide some where else in the xj. I can take other pics of it if you want me to, just let me know



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Very nice jeep, looks like you have a great setup ahead.
Thanks man



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I also need a new header panel to be painted. How much did yours cost to be painted? I just want a rough estimate. Anyways great looking XJ I like the green
It was $200 to paint both that and my left fender, so $100 maybe? I took the parts to about 5 different body shops before i found one that would do them for a decent price, most of them said they were too busy. The shop that painted them for me could probably be considered kinda shady, but whatever it looks fine. You might have to hunt around for a shop that will do it without charging you an arm and a leg.



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Nice jeep dude. Cant wait to see what the lift looks like
Thanks, haha me too, I can't wait
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I just bought all of the stuff from the local home depot, its made out of 1/2" particle board, and covered with some gray carpet. It looks okay, i need to re-do it, there are gaps in some areas and its not really held in the right way. The amp that I have in there, (Infinity Reference 5350a) is 17" x 9", and would be difficult to hide some where else in the xj. I can take other pics of it if you want me to, just let me know
Hells yea, some pics and dimensions, ive been looking for a new way to put my sub, and that style and design wud work good.....i think
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Unread 02-22-2011, 06:20 PM   #15
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yeah sure man, ill post some up tomorrow
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