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post #1 of 186 Old 06-04-2016, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Project Mercenary

This is roughly XJ #10 for me. Honestly, I've lost count at this point, but I think I finally found "the one". An early '99, 4.0, low mileage, rust free, and tan interior.

For this build I'll be treading the line of streetability and offroad capability... well trying to anyways. My goal is to create a rig that can perform offroad and also have the wherewithal to handle itself on the street driving to the trails. I don't want this thing to end up a strict trailer queen.

To give you an idea of the general direction this build may be heading, some of my inspirations and favorite XJs are JCR's Project Realhawk, the ORFab Ferrar Jeep, and USN_BlackWK's builds.

I'll kick it off with some of the earliest photos I could dig up. Hope you guys love the build as much as I do.

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post #2 of 186 Old 06-04-2016, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Here it's sitting on a D30/D35 - Rubicon Express 5.5" Long arm, Rubicon Express SYE, custom rear driveshaft, and some "33s" - don't remember exactly what tires these were, but they were much closer to 31s.





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Exact same setup except swapped out for some 33" MTRs. Couldn't stand the old tires. Also added some pre-97 front bumper end caps just to clean it up a little for now




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Set of Napier V2 Flares installed. Definitely a solid/strong flare for those looking for something at a decent price. This flare is also shorter in the back for a quarter fold bumper. No other companies that make a quarter fold flare that I am aware of.



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Cleaned up the engine. CPS was acting up so I replaced that (fun..), fresh plugs, wires, cap, and rotor.

Also received a set of 784 injectors as a gift and installed those. For anyone who hasn't done this easy mod I highly recommend it. It worked wonders for my Jeep. At that time I was on stock 3.55 gears and 33" MTRs. On the highway it wasn't fun maintaining speed and it was constantly shifting if I tried to use the cruise control. After the 784 install there was a very noticeable increase in throttle response and I was also able to maintain highway speeds much easier. No more constant shifting while using the cruise control. MPG increased as well.



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post #6 of 186 Old 06-04-2016, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up a clean 8.8 with limited slip and disk brakes for the rear



Cleaned up and painted the HPD30 and 8.8. Regeared to 4.56 (Yukon) and added some Solid diff covers. Very impressed with these things. Skipping on lunch this week to recoup some cost for all the Royal Purple it took to fill these up with the new diff covers

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Ditching the barely used 33's for a fresh set of 35" MTRs on some 15" Black Rock wheels.




Couple shots of the rear flares that I forgot to post before



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Jeep is on jack stands and boxes full of parts. Can't wait to get this thing back on wheels. Also ordered a Warn 8k winch. There was a great deal and also a $75 rebate at Quadratec so I couldn't pass it up

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Victory 4x4 bumper arrived and pick up a set of Trucklites which are now my favorite mod so far



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Some new winch toys from 12voltguy and Factor 55. I was very impressed with the switch. Wasn't expecting much at first, but this thing is quality. Highly recommend his stuff

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Axles in and trucklites on. Tough to get a good comparison shot of the headlights... plus it was like 2 AM in the photo and was too exhausted to work too hard for one





In this photo I actually added an Ironman4x4 tie rod, but couldn't find any photos of the swap. It is beefy though, night and day compared to stock. Got a good deal on it so it's just there for the mean time. Most likely will pass it on to a buddy of mine and upgrade to Currie. Also added a black grill. Looks good here, but I think I prefer the color


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Going to be doing the bumpers, sliders, and rack in black Monstaliner



Front bumper covered in Monstaliner. Decided to roll on rather than spray. Love the way it came out

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Mounted the bumper, added smoked corners, and mounted the winch, D-rings etc.




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post #14 of 186 Old 06-04-2016, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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JCR tail light armor and LED tail lights are next. Going to still use reverse lights so I ordered a couple of Tow Ready converter boxes and also the EP27 relay off Amazon so that I won't have the fast blinkers after the LED swap.

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Still need to wire in the LEDs, but quick test fit of the tail light armor.



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