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post #1 of 30 Old 05-15-2014, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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XJ-4, Or why did I buy another one?

So as my old build thread comes to an end this summer, I will be starting on a new to me 99 XJ. Its number 4 in the long line of XJs we have owned.

Only thing it is missing feature-wise is cruise control. Everything else, will be a real full blown upgrade.

Thinking this one will be 4" lifted, short arms (fine for my needs), riding on 30's for daily use and 31s for trail duty. Need tr transplant my JCR bumpers from the 96.

Slated to do frame stiffeners and box rockers... that should still pan out. Need to get it running first, just pulled the TB so I can replace the TPS with teh stripped screws. With my custom shop growing a bit, getting in the time to get this running is hard (especially with a 10 month old baby trying to eat the interior)

Pics up shortly, its been pouring out.

Just a few observations after buying:

Headliner is shot. Radio is stock Jeep. Was in a wreck, as the drivers fender sits 1/2" too far back, interferes with the front clip and hood.

Couldnt get it to drive. Went once around the block stalled out. Put it in reverse, stalls. Battery cables are corroded to hell and back. Battery is "Used Battery Brand" brand, I **** you not. Floor is solid. Ebrake just goes to the sky. Oil pressure jumps around a bit when cold, when it will idle.

Replaced the CPS, have a new TPS but need to work at removing the old one as the screws are beginning to strip.

Rear leafs are inverted.

It runs well, needs a cooling flush, a suspension, and rockers, and an efan. Floor is surprisingly solid. Ac even works! Roof and lots of paint look ugly, and the hatch lock mech is unlinked. Oh, and it runs great, but stalls when it goes into gear. I figure either a ground, a TPS, or the connection to the dist.

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post #2 of 30 Old 05-27-2014, 08:28 AM
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Looks good man! Can never have enough XJ's!

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post #3 of 30 Old 06-12-2014, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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I got to work on it! Damn torx bolts on the TPS were stripped.

http://instagram.com/p/o7xCZ9v5bJ/

And thats as far as I got. After Bantam, I'll have more time to maybe make it move under its own power again.

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post #4 of 30 Old 06-21-2014, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Small victories.
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post #5 of 30 Old 08-17-2014, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Progress! Kinda.

We got it running. So far, parts fixed / replaced:

CPS
TPS
Coil (it was cracked)
Cap/rotor
Sparkplug wires

So we got it started, but it dies a few times. Randomly. So we replaced the battery terminal connectors. Just the jostle of the jeep going in gear dropped the whole thing.

Also cleaned up the connector for the ring under the cap (what is that called?) and then it actually ran longer than warming up. We took it around the block, it stalled about 8 times. But it drove. We even got it up to 60, and found that the hood was not totally secured. Wow. That was crazy. http://instagram.com/p/rx8c1-P5eY/?modal=true

So it will need the hood fixed. Or replaced. Hinges are bent up too.

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post #6 of 30 Old 10-13-2014, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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We found a donor for doors and a hood, all fully rust free. better yet, it was free! as was a brand new radiator, e-fan, and a WJ infinity sound system. Not complaining there.

Just changed out the sender under the dist. Starts up great, idles smooth, until it gets to temp. then if you rev it, it starts to stumble. Noticed that the oil sensor needs changed, it fades down, gives a "check gauge" light, and pops up to 30-40 at idle and ~180 degrees.

Thoughts?

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post #7 of 30 Old 10-14-2014, 12:06 PM
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Also cleaned up the connector for the ring under the cap (what is that called?) and then it actually ran longer than warming up. We took it around the block, it stalled about 8 times. But it drove. We even got it up to 60, and found that the hood was not totally secured. Wow. That was crazy. http://instagram.com/p/rx8c1-P5eY/?modal=true

So it will need the hood fixed. Or replaced. Hinges are bent up too.
Wow! Did the windshield crack from the hood flying up and hitting it?
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post #8 of 30 Old 10-14-2014, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Nope, saved by the wiper studs. Folded it so it wont close now, and destroyed the hinges, but the windscreen is AOK.

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post #9 of 30 Old 12-27-2014, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Given that when the engine goes to temp, it stalls, we figured it would be a good idea to change out the temp sender. JUst did, starts easier now, idles very smooth... until it gets up to temp. But there is good news! It finally threw a code. P0141, and P0138. Both 02 sensor codes. Going to look over the harness if it is nice out tomorrow, and check the fuses again. And see if I can get an 02 sensor for a decent price.

Now if the 02 is replaced, and there is a crack in the exhaust, will that burn one out? I would weld it, but my welder, grinder, and all my air tools were recently stolen.

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post #10 of 30 Old 01-01-2015, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Grumble. New O2 upstream in, nothing. Still got to put in the rear. Finally chopped off the one remaining nut holding on the hitch. Got the new hood on too.
Compression test (engine warm, but not up to operating temp):
#1 is 103
#2 is 99
#3 is 97
#4 is 94
#5 is 94
#6 is 100


Guess I got to go out and check the codes again, and the wiring, and the bolts holding on the trans. Read that they can shift if loose and make the CPS lose signal.
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post #11 of 30 Old 01-01-2015, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this may be a breakthough. My scantool software is showing the TPS at idle is 20%, and WOT is 75%. Thats not right! back to the store with thee sensor!

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post #12 of 30 Old 01-02-2015, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Tossed in a new sensor (BWD... but at the time, all I could get, but has lifetime warranty, right) and while in thhere started inspecting the harness. Turns out my fuel rail ate through 3 wires in my harness. Now my oil pressure reads steady, and no sudden stalls. Even took it for a drive after it idled for about 20 min... Sits at 200F no problem, and shifts fine. Hell, the shifter gate plastic was stuck because I dont think it has ever moved past "D".

Got a bit to work on, and still need to get the new downstream on there, but it is running!
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post #13 of 30 Old 02-26-2015, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Out with the old, and in with the new. Box rockers, that is. Stiffens it up pretty well. It was nasty in there, and found a few holes in the floor. Been driving this saffy XJ for a few days, going to need to start swapping hardware over.

JCR Offroad is sending a set of rear quarter panel armor, should go nice with the bumpers
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post #14 of 30 Old 03-02-2015, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Last weekend I rebuilt the starter. No pics of that, but Amazon has the solenoids cheap, and it is an easy job. Messy, but easy. Starts much easier now. Funny how this thing with its well, well, worn suspension rides like a cloud.

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post #15 of 30 Old 03-02-2015, 01:50 PM
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IF ou put that new front bumper on there and you ditch the grey bumper corner plastic thinks let me know, I am in need of the front passenger one.

Same deal with the front passenger fend flare.

Your ride looks like mine save for the red hood.
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