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Unread 03-27-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Zombie Prep XJ

Well I have been on here since the end of 2011 and have been cruising the threads for ideas and been building up my XJ. I have been able to fix all the problems the XJ has had on my own along with all the upgrades. The only thing I can’t do yet is weld. I have the plans to learn just not the time.
Here is the quick version to bring everyone up to the present.

I started with a 99 Classic with 227,xxx miles with 31x10.5x15 Goodyear Duratracs on it. I bought it from my wife’s grandparents on August 20, 2011





There was a small “lift” (2” blocks in the back and some spacer things in the front springs) on it when I bought it from them.





Christmas of 2011 I bought myself a 4.5” RC lift, and found that the leaf springs were completely flat. So I ordered full packs off of amazon and added the extra leaf that came in the lift kit.







Front of the lift completed.





Can’t find any pictures of when I completed the back the next day. So here are some from a month or so later after taking it out with some friends.





After that I pulled off some of the body moldings and fender flares. Removed the rear sway bar, bought some extended SS braided brake lines and installed them.





I then decided to try and replace the cracked exhaust manifold that I had seen when I was doing the lift.



Tried to replace it with and APN header but couldn’t get it to seat correctly without modifying the header more then I was comfortable.



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Unread 03-27-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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The APN manifold seemed really well built just couldn’t get it to install right. So I bought the one with expansion joints in it and installed it and had no problems. To make sure I don’t have another problem with the exhaust manifold I replaced the worn out motor mounts with some heavy duty mounts from Iron Man 4x4. Has a little more vibration then before but there is a noticeable amount of power gain.




I then installed a CB radio on the passenger side with the antenna ran to the rear passenger side tail light.








About the same time I added a LED Mag light to the driver’s side.



I then picked up some 33x12.5x15 BFG mud terrains and D-windows steel wheels from a guy on craigslist for $250. The guy had been using them for rock crawling so the tires were kind of torn up so I only used them for a couple of months since they wouldn’t hold more than about 15 psi. I picked up some new Goodyear Duratracs since I liked the way they handled on the road.








After the larger tires were added I realized that the steering was needing some upgrading as well. I installed a Rough country adjustable front track bar and replaced all the tie ends and ball joints. What a difference it made on to the Jeep.

I have wanted to do a sort of cold air intake and came across someone that installed the Spectre Performance and I liked the way it looked. So I bought it off of summit and installed in in about 45 minutes. I also bored out the throttle body the following weekend to around 60mm to give it a little easier breathing.





After the intake was completed nothing was done to the Jeep for about 6 months. When I went out to drive it one day it didn’t want to start and turned out to be a bad battery. So I started the battery/ Battery cable upgrade. Bought a Optima Yellow Top and made my own cables using 2 AWG marine wire from West Marine. They let me use their big crimper to make all my terminations, which I think turned out great and man does the Jeep like the new power.



Then I came across the thread about the Hanma LED light’s. I really like the way they looked and for the price I couldn’t turn away. I ended up buying 4 pods, 1x 21.5” double row bar and 1x 31.5” double row bar. Then came the figuring out where I was going to place them. I figured the best place to put the new lights was on a roof rack. So I bought a Curt rack off amazon along with the 21.5” extension and the roof rack gutter mounts and cross bars from prolineracks. I mocked everything up and saw that I was going to have to make some mounts for the 31.5” bar so that it would fit where I wanted it.




















I also changed out one of the O2 sensor’s the same day as the light bar install.



I then installed the shackle relocation kit I had sitting on my computer desk for the past month. I think that is all that I have done so far, away from fluids and such. Still have vents to put into the hood, and am still looking at re-gearing sometime in the next year. I will try to keep updating this as I do new things.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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Looks good man I like it... U got plans for winch bumper and sum bushwackers too?
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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Looks good man I like it... U got plans for winch bumper and sum bushwackers too?
Yeah, I have been looking at bumpers for about 6 months now and just haven't decided which one I am going to go with. I have been thinking about some Bushwacker knock offs because I just can't justify the price of the real ones.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:38 PM   #5
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I wanted a warn bumper but they are awful proud of em I wound up gettin a jcr DIY winch bumper with a hoop I think it was like 400 with shipping and all including steering box spacer and unibody reinforcement I have jus got it all welded up I'm gonna have it rhino lined. I love how it turned out tho it looks great
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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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can I see a pic of your rear shackle angle? I want to see how forward your shackle is. I have the Rc 4.5'' full pack lift, and its well...poor fitting.
front "x flex short arms" bind where they mount to the dif, tho it dosent hurt flex much, the hit.

and my shackles are all the way forward even with heavier floors and heavier rear recovery bumper. So If possible id like to see yours. Great looking jeep, love the roof lights.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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I have been looking at that one from JCR and one from Dirtbound Offroad. They are about the same price when you get everything added to them. I want to do the DIY but without being able to weld I may end up having to pay a little more and getting one that is complete.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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can I see a pic of your rear shackle angle? I want to see how forward your shackle is. I have the Rc 4.5'' full pack lift, and its well...poor fitting.
front "x flex short arms" bind where they mount to the dif, tho it dosent hurt flex much, the hit.

and my shackles are all the way forward even with heavier floors and heavier rear recovery bumper. So If possible id like to see yours. Great looking jeep, love the roof lights.
Here is a quick couple of shots. I ended up with just about 1" gain in the back after putting the kit in. I am now thinking that I may need to get the JKS ACOS for the front springs now to level it out.




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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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I have been looking at that one from JCR and one from Dirtbound Offroad. They are about the same price when you get everything added to them. I want to do the DIY but without being able to weld I may end up having to pay a little more and getting one that is complete.
I have the Dirtbound Offroad winch bumper and I love it. I would certainly recommend it
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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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I dig that light setup!
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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #11
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I dig that light setup!
Thanks. The wiring took me longer then I am proud of. But overall I think it turned out really well. I have re-adjusted the small lights on the side so they are staggered now so I get a little more lighted area.
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Unread 03-27-2013, 09:35 PM   #12
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Here is a quick couple of shots. I ended up with just about 1" gain in the back after putting the kit in. I am now thinking that I may need to get the JKS ACOS for the front springs now to level it out.
How much was the light bar?
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Unread 03-27-2013, 11:31 PM   #13
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thanks for the picture! somehow i didnt read right, and overlooked you having relocation boxes. I really hope Rc makes right by me and i can figure something out. I bet your jeep flexs in the rear and rides a ton better than mine does right now. I'll be watching this. Seeing these nice jeeps is making me start to hate mine , even after everything I've done >.< keep it up!
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Unread 03-28-2013, 12:14 AM   #14
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can I see a pic of your rear shackle angle? I want to see how forward your shackle is. I have the Rc 4.5'' full pack lift, and its well...poor fitting.
front "x flex short arms" bind where they mount to the dif, tho it dosent hurt flex much, the hit.

and my shackles are all the way forward even with heavier floors and heavier rear recovery bumper. So If possible id like to see yours. Great looking jeep, love the roof lights.
Did you get the right ones? Cause there are 2 different lengths of rear springs.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 05:08 AM   #15
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How much was the light bar?
The 31.5" bar was something like $130. It is the one with epistar LEDS. The 21.5" one has the cree LEDS and it was around $135. Still trying to figure out where to put the 21.5".
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