Recently I decided to pick up a '99 XJ with a fresh 200,000mi on the clock as a second vehicle. My prior Jeep was a Wrangler (TJ) which I still miss to this day, however I needed a little bit more space. The only three requirements I had for an XJ were 5sp manual, 4.0L, and 4dr. Ideally I wanted to spend under $4000 but that could have been hard since manual transmission is hard to find. Luckily, I found an XJ which needed a bit of love for a steal of a price. Since people are making their own journal/build thread, I thought I would create my own.
First a picture when I bought it.
Since then the following things have been done. Below is a picture with the bilstein shocks installed. Sadly, it did not change the height of the rear end.
Fluid Change (Oil/Trans/T-Case/Diffs)
Bilstein 4600 shocks
Rear Main Seal & Oil Pan Gasket
Below is a list of repairs/to do list of thing which still need to be done. As I work on the XJ, I will be journaling all of this. Anything which is outside of my pay grade, I will gladly pay someone else to do.
- Spark Plugs
- Air filter
- Window Regulator
- Door Lock Actuator
- Driver-side Door Hinge Repair
- Valve Cover Gasket
- Steering Refresh (Tie-Rods/Draglink/Trackbar/Stabilizer)
- New Leaf Springs
- Front Brakes (Raybestos Pads/Rotors)
- New D30 Axle Shafts
Since this is my winter car, I am trying to figure out what I want to do. This will not be a huge build/crawler/mudthrowin' XJ. I do not/need a money pit. Below are some things I have thought of:
- 8.25 Rear Disc Brake Conversion from KJ w/Raybestos Pads/Rotors
- D30 / C8.25 3.55 Re-Gearing
- 2" Lift w/ Add A Leaf
- 16" Moab Rims or black steelies
- BFG AT 30s
- NP242 Swap
- Silverstar/Hella Headlights
Cheers to wrenching!