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Unread 06-23-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Red XJ Classic Build Thread

Since I no longer have an XJ, I will live vicariously through work.

This is an 8 day buildup, I used 8 working days to go from a completely stock 96 classic to what you see here. It was 100% untouched with 132K on the odometer and some RV flat towing hookups on the front.

The best part was, its all our product. Everything was 100% Warrior Product, including suspension, so the wheels and tires were the only thing I had to source. Well, actually the tires were all. The wheels were sitting in the rafters under a few inches of dust.

Started with the pain in the *** part, fitting the tube doors. Also got the roof rack installed while it was short and unlifted. I totally forgot to take an all stock before photo too, woops.









Next it was time to lift it. This is a Warrior 3" lift kit, with an added spacer up front and a block in the rear, making a net of about 5" of lift total.







I thought the no lift rear shot was neat, haha



All done. It sits really level even though it doesn't look it here.





So now I need tires right? BFG stepped in with a set of their Baja T/A tires in 33x10.50x15. I wasn't able to source wheels quick enough, so out came the old *** Centerline Hellcats that have been in our rafters for a long time. These things looked ridiculous on our TJ, but I think they really work on the red XJ.



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Unread 06-23-2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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So now it is time to move onto finishing our rear bumper prototype.

This matches our front pretty well and is really stout for pulling from those D-Rings. I know how important that is! It is also notched to clear a factory style receiver hitch, which it hides pretty well as you will see in the final pictures.







So now as I am drawing into the last day I am really running down to the wire. Get the rock bar installed, the front bumper and rear bumper came back from powder coat last day!

We also had our plating guy prototype up some XJ Sideplate kits. These will be available as soon as the part #'s get put in the system, and are available powder coated black, or in flat steel.

Then I had to shine it up too. Here are some final pics with the bumpers, hitch, sidebars, sideplates, and lots of wax and tire shine.

Here are the final finished pictures. The two sides are different to display different product. It's like having two palette's to paint on!













This was all finished up on Thursday last week, and started Tuesday the week before. Friday was photoshoot time, so I spent the day in the studio.



Here are some un-prepped studio shots. Once I get the prepped versions back, you'll be amazed to see how sharp they look.





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Unread 06-23-2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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That is a sweet build! Thats great you used all Warrior Products and did it in 8 days!
Are tube doors for 97+ available yet?
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Unread 06-23-2008, 06:22 PM   #4
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not yet, i need a local to bring me a 97+ with no doors on it for about a week.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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want to get rid of those stock wheels?
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Unread 06-23-2008, 08:06 PM   #6
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They're actually listed in the for sale forum.

Would be expensive to ship though as they have tires on them and I am not gonna split em.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 08:45 PM   #7
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what exactly is going on with the rock rails? Is one just a tube step or what?
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Unread 06-23-2008, 08:55 PM   #8
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what exactly is going on with the rock rails? Is one just a tube step or what?
Driver side is a rock bar, which are made from 2 x 4 x .120W rectangle tube

The passenger is a nerf bar. 3" x .063W round tube
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oh. I see, so what are your plans with it now?
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oh. I see, so what are your plans with it now?
Its a shop truck. It will go to SEMA, maybe a couple other shows, and then probably get sold next year.
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I don't even own an XJ (I wish I did, I'd build the crap outta one), but I'm really diggin' that rear bumper. Nice work!
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That is awesome. Great work building her, the back bumper looks awesome!
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Unread 06-23-2008, 11:14 PM   #13
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Trim the front fender flush with the top of the bumper though for sure. It'll make it look a lot beter without that hanging down. Great job for 8 days.
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x2 on trimming the fenders. i really like those doors, a lot. and the rear bumper is awesome. good looking jeep.


and you know what? those rims actually look good on there.
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