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Unread 11-22-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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'00 Xj Sport Daily Driver Build Thread

My Jeep

2000 Jeep Cherokee 4x4
Inline 6 4.0
Dana 30 Front
Chrysler 8.25 Rear
NP231 Transfer Case
Bought in February of 2009 with 118,000 Miles

To start off... it's not getting crazy right off the bat. Working part time payin' for everything (including Jeep) and going to school full time With that said... I LOVE my Jeep. These are pics when I first got the Jeep. Within a month I was taking this thing off of the beaten path. I didn't even have the license plate yet... rocking the drive-out tag!

Doin a little hill climb


My Xj and my bud's 99WJ. Both bone stock. Well, I added an Australian license plate to the front. From my first car. Kinda a tradition thing.


Tearin' up the trail in 2WD. Kinda fun to slide around


Jeep playin in the mud. I also took of the chrome hubcaps. I don't even see the point...


One thing that got me about the Jeep is the color


Future Plans
-3"-4" lift with full leaf packs

-Jcr Stage 1 Front Bumper

-Rock Sliders

-Beefy Rear Bumper (Hitch? I need one...)

-31" BFG's A/T or M/T

-Yakima Roof Rack, putting my 4 lights on top

-Homemade Quick Disco's

-10" Sub in useless pocket in back (You know where)

-Many many more


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Unread 11-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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After some hard thinking and debating, My Jeep's name is Jewel

One of the first things I did was put a CB in - Go Cobra!


Got a magnetic antenna. This thing is crazy, hasn't fallen or moved since.


Put my dad's goodluck charm in the Jeep hanging from the mirror. Saint Michael - Patron Saint of military and police personnel. Also thought to protect travelers.
RIP Dad



Something I realized real fast... exhaust hangs too low...
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Unread 11-22-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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nice xj bud! I just put in the exact same cb in the same location! Im digging the vent shades as well...i have always liked them, but i have never seen one over the rear hatch like you have. Any info on those?
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Unread 11-22-2009, 09:20 PM   #4
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Being an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster in a Boy Scout Troop... I have been camping a ton. It's also a big reason why I chose Jeep. And an Xj. These pics are from a campout with my crew. Needless to say... we had some fun while there. It's not illegal wheeling, no worries.

The lake normally sits up this high... but... it wasn't at the time. Made for some soft soft mud



Driving white knuckle through the trees


Windows down through the mudhole...never again.


Had to get a poser pic at the campsite


Why I love my Xj - Cargo room


The road to camp. I love this picture
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Unread 11-22-2009, 09:27 PM   #5
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nice xj bud! I just put in the exact same cb in the same location! Im digging the vent shades as well...i have always liked them, but i have never seen one over the rear hatch like you have. Any info on those?
At first it looks like the CB location would be kinda awkward, but I like it. The shades are so handy. I can crack my windows during the rain if my windows are fogging up... and not get soaked Sadly though... I have no info on the shade on the rear. It was on the Jeep when I got it. I'll check to see if there is a small symbol or something to give a brand name. I'll get back to ya
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ya the cb location is nice. The only problem i have encountered is that the first time i mounted it got in the way of the glove box, so i had to move it a tad

oh and by the way Eagle Scout FTW
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Nice rig!

Looks like mine, a while back!

Get some husky liners, they're great for mud, and stuff you bring in with your feet.
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Unread 11-22-2009, 10:01 PM   #8
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I got 2 Yakima Roof Rack Bars from a fellow Scoutmaster for my favorite price FREE! And it's Yakima... so it's worth an arms and a leg.

Soon after the bars went up on the roof, I added a front bar from PVC Pipe. Painted it black, and got the bent pipe pieces to connect to the Yakima bars.

Once all the bars were in place I added 4 rectangular offroad lights. They're Sylvania and the kit is at Advanced Auto. Not the strongest lights, but hey... I got 4 of them. They light up the night!



I made this little air dam for it too. Pretty sweet set-up... but it didn't hold the paint, so I took it off. Looked cool at the time though. The reason I made the air dam because one from Yakima is $60... for sheet metal? I'll pass.


I've had the lights and the bars set-up for about 6 months now. No problems. The PVC Pipe hasn't sagged or bowed or anything, surprisingly. Had to replace the light's fuses once. Crossed the wires... A lot of times I think people gets lights just to make their rig look more official. But I've actually had to use these lights. I was surprised how many times my crew and I ended up out in the middle of nowhere wheelin' at night.
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ya the cb location is nice. The only problem i have encountered is that the first time i mounted it got in the way of the glove box, so i had to move it a tad

oh and by the way Eagle Scout FTW
Haha!! Same here! Mounted it in and everything. Went a couple days (thinking where's that iPod...) open the glovebox and boom. Lol. Just had to move the bracket.

And thanks on the Eagle Scout!
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Nice rig!

Looks like mine, a while back!

Get some husky liners, they're great for mud, and stuff you bring in with your feet.
I've checked out your Xj before, very nice ride!

And yea, my Jeep came with horrible clear floor mats. Horrible. Haha. They didn't last long. I've been meaning to get some good ones!
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I have that exact same hamburger cooker. Great thing to have for camping. Nice Jeep By the way.
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Unread 11-22-2009, 10:27 PM   #12
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Forgot to throw this picture in. Incredible. And fun!


And this! First flex attempt.


Since my crew and I got more and more into offroading... we kept getting more and more guys involved


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I have that exact same hamburger cooker. Great thing to have for camping. Nice Jeep By the way.
Oh I know! Something so simple, but it's a great cooking tool! I've cooked hotdogs, hamburgers, hash browns, sausage, etc.
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Tires!

Well thanks to a great friend... I got hammy down 31's! 31x10.50 BFG A/T's! Tread was pretty worn... but hey! The tires I currently had were more bald.
So I went from bald 225/75/15's to 31x10.50's! Lets just say... my Jeep was improved significantly! Looks, ground clearance, traction, etc. These are from the night they were put on.










It was such a great shoot! Tell me what you think

My crew and I did some extensive research about fitting 31's on a stock Xj before we did. A lot of people said I wouldn't even be able to go down the road without rubbing. Well guess what. I can. Haha. If I have 4 people in the Jeep and gear in the back, I rub a little in the rear. My leafs are worn (plus a busted shock right now). If I turn the wheel all the way, it rubs the control arms. So I don't turn the wheels as sharp. I took a Dremel tool to clear up the plastic molding in back that it was rubbing on. So good so far. I love my 31's I've been asked many times what lift I have That's a compliment
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My Xj doing it's thing. Trip in the Great Smokey Mountains.

Jeep Use #47 - Picnic Table


Pilot


Pilot & CoPilot


Jewel in the Mountains


All cleaned up




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