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Unread 12-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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An XJ owner again, #6 build thread

UPDATED below.

So after another hiatus(an extremely short one) I found another XJ. The last one was a 2000 Limited one owner 180k mile find that I could not pass on.

I did several mods and fixed it up to our liking, but had a friend that made me an offer I could not refuse. We decided that we would let it go as well as her Mercedes and buy a Honda Pilot. Through a series of unfortunate events our son (16 years old) was backed into and did significant damage to his 2010 Jetta that we bought him. Scared that he would have another accident we bought him a 99 Honda Civic and my wife started driving the Jetta. Well after not having a SUV to haul the dogs around for a few months it was time again.

So the search quickly began then ended.

Check this little guy out. 1996 Cherokee Classic, one owner 138k miles with miles of service history, including a headgasket, rear main, water pump, timing set, radiator and all hoses less than 5k miles ago, all done at the dealership. He paid MORE for all of the work than I bought the Jeep for.

Here are a couple of quick pics.





Look at this:



Crazy to think they were $23k back in the day and I paid 90% less for it used.

Here are some more pics:









This has been installed since new:



Look at the rear carpet:



Plans are already in place for the mods.

2" Lift (spacer front and OME AAL rear) (done)

JK Unlimited shocks (black ones for a smoother ride) (done)
Rancho Steering Stabilizer (ordered)
30 x 9.50 x 15 Yokohama Geolander MT (done)
All sales 12" black antenna (done)
LED headlamp upgrade (on hold pending finds)
Husky Floor liners (using the OE mats from my 00 until I find a deal on these)
Exhaust of some sort, this one is leaking (bad cat, need to order then do custom exhaust and make use of this Jeep tip I have)
Intake system of some kind, looking for used
Have to replace the lower drivers door hinge (done)
Tint front windows 35% and rear window 20% (done)
Alignment (done)
Repair surface rust on rockers from poor factory undercoating and recoat (done, was a huge PITA)
Repair headliner
A whole lot of paint polishing and detail work

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Unread 12-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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Jealous!!!
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Unread 12-27-2012, 06:22 PM   #3
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Congrats, looks like an awesome platform.
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Unread 12-28-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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You paid 100% less for it? So...nothing?
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Unread 12-28-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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You paid 100% less for it? So...nothing?
That's kinda what I was thinking...
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Unread 12-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #6
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That's kinda what I was thinking...
Free is always good.
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Unread 12-28-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
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You paid 100% less for it? So...nothing?
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That's kinda what I was thinking...
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Free is always good.
No no, i phrased that wrong. I paid $2,300.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 11:41 AM   #8
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its like a time capsule. updated original
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Unread 12-30-2012, 07:00 PM   #9
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It's funny how some posters pay outrageous sums for XJ's.
This is more the reality. Mint. Tons of work done. 120-150k miles. $2300.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #10
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That 2000 was pretty and nice, I'll be watching to see if you can top it!
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Unread 12-31-2012, 12:58 PM   #11
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That 2000 was pretty and nice, I'll be watching to see if you can top it!
It was an extremely nice rig.

This one will look like the 91 I did for the most part.



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Unread 01-05-2013, 03:57 PM   #12
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Front spacers, rear add a leafs and the tires showed up.

New tires are pretty cool.



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Unread 01-05-2013, 05:08 PM   #13
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I really like that tread design, I wonder if the make some stickies like that!
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Unread 01-13-2013, 07:47 PM   #14
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I really like that tread design, I wonder if the make some stickies like that!
It is a killer design. I am digging them.

It is all done for the most part(are they ever done ):







I have to say might be my favorite build on an XJ. After putting some miles on it I am just so amazed at how it is almost like driving a new one. The motor is quiet, no lifter tick, no noises at all just like a sewing machine.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 06:16 PM   #15
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How are those Geolander MT’s doing in the snow? I'm back to a stock size and need to go back to a bigger size, They didn't plow all of the roads out here in the sticks!
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