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Unread 03-25-2010, 01:24 PM   #1
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Project Grizzly Bomber

well i figured its time to start a build thread for the slow evolution of my farm beater....but first a little background my first XJ was a '99 with a 3" lift and some 30" Cooper ST's and that got me hooked on wheeling and jeeps, but I needed something better on gas because I have a 1000 mile trip to college that I do a few times a year so i bought a bone stock '96 XJ 5 speed in mint condition that I didnt want to beat up....so in walks the '91 Laredo for $300 to turn into the offroad/farm beater (build is being done by myself, GreenLanternXJ, KlarendonKid, and Hoohaa310)

here it is 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35


and there it sat mostly stock for a while, so I decided to wheel it over Christmas Break



as you can see Stock Height + Bald Tires = Stuck

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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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Unread 03-25-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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so last week spring break rolled around and we decided to get to work

Step 1: lines
-new brake lines (stopping is good)
-new transmission cooler line (old one leaked like mad)
Sorry no pics of that

Step 2: Exhaust
it came without a cat, muffler, or tailpipe (thanks to NY winters) so it roared like mad, so we picked up a $20 glass pack and some tailpipe







sorry no pics of the tailpipe
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)

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Unread 03-25-2010, 01:33 PM   #3
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next was to gut the interior

removed saggy headliner



then came the carpet







this is what we found...not as bad as i thought it would be



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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)

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Unread 03-25-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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when we got bored with the inside....we went to the outside, with help from the sawzall we cut and folded what was left of the rear fenders





the front trimming will be done in may when i'm home from college
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)

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Unread 03-25-2010, 01:43 PM   #5
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well thats about all i got done while i was home for the spring....in may this is to come:

-front fender trim
-budget boost (2" Spacers and 2.5" AAL from IRO)
-patch/herculine floor
-265/70/15 BFG Long Trails (cuz i have them laying around already)
-paint (olive drab w/ white stars on front doors and hood)
-rear hitch or bumper

here are some more random pics of the build so far









jumping the other project...1991 Briarwood
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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Unread 03-25-2010, 02:57 PM   #6
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Looks good! It would be nice to have a beater that I didn't have to worry about not breaking anything so I can still make it home.
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Check out my build thread

Survivalist Jeep #6

Rusty's 3in Full leaf pack, JKS quicker discos, rear sway bar gone, Carr light bar with 4 KC 6x9's, C4x4 Tow Hooks, Flowmaster Super 44 Off Road Muffler, 31x10.50 Goodyear Dura-Tracs

Looking for a set of pre-96 XJ front bumper endcaps
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Unread 03-25-2010, 04:08 PM   #7
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yea me and a few buddies started a jeep club kind of lol, there are 5 of us, me and my brother each paid $150 for the Grizz and 4 of us each chipped in $50 for the briarwood, they are pretty rough but we figured the best way to learn would be one something other than a DD.....we are just a bunch of kids with no money or experience and just a tool box and gravel driveway so we'll see how things turn out
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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Unread 03-25-2010, 06:13 PM   #8
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nice.this reminds me of me and my friends.... just kids living in rural manitoba (over 40mins away from any town thats over 1000 people), with tools, welders, and huge farm shops. right now we got a '90's ford 6banger pickup running, just need to pull it out of the pasture... and we are going to do a SOA on a '92 yj, put bigger tires, homebrew snorkle, make a stack for the exhaust (either that or make a y-pipe for two stacks), stick a 4.0L TB on the 4cylinder, and just drive the crap out of it. so far i'm the only one with their driver's licence! lol. we are also gonna swap a v8 into another friends v6 ford.

have fun, i know you will!
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Unread 03-25-2010, 06:45 PM   #9
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Nice pic of you hitting the pipe. LOL
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Unread 03-25-2010, 08:05 PM   #10
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looking through some pics and found one of my favorite budget mod...

redneck quick disco



the key is to drive the jeep for 17 years through NY winters on salt covered roads and let your sway bar links rust off
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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Unread 03-25-2010, 10:36 PM   #11
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looking through some pics and found one of my favorite budget mod...

redneck quick disco



the key is to drive the jeep for 17 years through NY winters on salt covered roads and let your sway bar links rust off
man, lately a couple of cars have been stopping by the place where i work that are from out east (southern ontario, newfoundland, michigan, ohio...), and theres always a TON of salt on their cars! i couldn't get over it. i guess with it being warmer out there, maybe the freezing, then thawing, then freezing again scews everything up, then they need to use lots of salt or something?

out here were its constantly below -15*C in winter our roads just get plowed, then they are good till next snowfall. hardly any salt. even in towns its sand that gets used. the story changes once you hit a big city.....
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Unread 03-26-2010, 11:56 AM   #12
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yea NY goes a little overboard on the salt.....it works good to keep the roads de-iced down to about 10*F, but after that it doesnt work so naturally the State just puts more and more on the roads lol.....i ended up going to the midwest for my DD cuz they dont rot as bad there
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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Unread 03-27-2010, 02:17 PM   #13
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ok guys i'm going to rock the 265/70/15 BFG Long Trail T/As on some '88 cherokee rims that i have for now....but by next fall i should have enough money for some replacements i was thinking 15x8 cragar d-windows and 31x10.5x15 Wrangler Authorities or Swamper TSL's...what do you guys think?

also i was thinking about throwing a lunchbox in the D35.....will it be strong enough to be locked on 31's? i dont plan to swap to a C8.25 cuz my max tire size on this rig is gonna be 31"
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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Unread 03-27-2010, 03:35 PM   #14
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how serious are you gonna keep this rig? if i were you i'd weld the d35. i'm thinking the d35 lunchoxed would be fine with the 31s. if your thinking about getting tires brand new, i'd go the treadwright route. even though they are supposingly illegal on the steering axle in manitoba, i'm still gonna get them.
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Unread 03-28-2010, 01:37 AM   #15
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yea booth i was actually leaning towards welding up the D35 lincoln lock style.....i'll have to look into the treadwrights.....this rig is 100% offroad so i dont need to worry about laws lol (because i'm only using it around our 300 acre farm.....no public trails or anything)
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'99 XJ Sport - The Green Lantern (sold) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 3" RC lift, 30's
'96 XJ Sport - The Red Zeppelin (DD) 4.0/AX-15/NP231/HP30/C8.25, 2" BB, IRO Front Hooks, Hella Black Magics
'91 XJ Laredo - The Grizzly Bomber (Trail Rig) 4.0/AW4/NP242/HP30/D35, 2"BB 31's
'91 XJ Briarwood - The Spruce Moose (Parting Out)
'79 J10 - Spartacus (Parting Out)
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