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Unread 02-03-2011, 08:45 AM   #1
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2000 Xj Build...slow and steady

So, I decided to make a build thread so I can remember all the stuff I did.
I bought my Xj 2 weeks after I got my license for a little over $3,000. I would have gotten a wrangler if they were not like double the price for the same stats, but I'm glad I didn't

2000 Jeep cherokee Sport, 4 Door, Inline 6 , AW4 auto, np231, d30/Chrysler 8.25...170,000 miles and have a check engine light on.
It had a 3" lift and some 31" general grabber AT2's
Here it is the day I bought it









I will actually start the build part of this thread after i get back...Stupid Midterms.

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Unread 02-03-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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The first thing I did was buy a JCR pre-runner Bumper. Painted it up and started the install, which took some bad turns, I broke a steering box bolt and have to take the box out to drill it out.
And the bumper when it came in


Then I took off the stock bumper, i really like the look with no bumper at all.

Took some time with the dumb steering box, but i did it.

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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:26 PM   #3
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Then I trimmed my front fenders, and installed some goofy looking flat flexible rubber flares, which i am debating taking off.
Took the flares off and got to it.





I really should have bought a new angle grinder before doing this, I used a dremel tools and a dozen little cut off wheels. Then I installed the pacer flexy flares, Its like my jeep had wings. I rounded off the edges to try and make it look better.

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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:34 PM   #4
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I then "flexed" on a 1 foot cement black and decided I needed to trim the rear fenders too.


Here is the rear which was rubbing even though the front still had a couple inches of clearence.

So i cut and folded the rear fenders
Before

With just the flare removed

After the cut and fold
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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:47 PM   #5
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The next thing i did was buy a welder, and do some practice.

After a while I felt I was good enough to build something so I made a rear bumper our of a 2x4 .25 wall piece of box tubing and an old hitch. Here is the outcome, I am going to add some more 2x4 tubing on the sides to fill in my rear quarter panel cut and fold that I did after I build the bumper.


These are the only pictures i have of the quarter panel cut and fold, but it went pretty easily.



Next I installed a CB radio that i got for Christmas
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Unread 02-03-2011, 12:56 PM   #6
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That brings us to a couple of weeks ago, when I added a 2in coil spacer, 2in shackle, some doetsch tech shocks, A rough country track bar and sway bar links, stainless steal brake lines, and a t-case drop.

The shocks are 12" travel for about 4.5" lift, i ordered based on lift hight, so I couldn't pick travel. Or else they would be 10" travel, I have 2.5" up travel and 9.5" down travel

The shackle angle is really bad, I don't know what i want to do about that.
Over this time period i have also added a IRO cat back exhaust with MagnaFlow cat, Solid diff cover, 2 lights on the bumper, and a Rola roof rack
This is how it sits today

And how my new 33" duratracs sit in the garage.
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Unread 02-10-2011, 01:31 PM   #7
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So today I mounted my 33's. I am very happy, not ever driving a stock jeep, I don't notice a big power loss. Hopefully I will be able to say the same about fuel economy. Here are some pictures, I mounted and balanced them myself which only took like 45 minutes.



My camera sucks, I didn't even notice my finger was in the way.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 08:38 PM   #8
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Dude you got a good lookin jeep
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Unread 03-29-2011, 08:42 PM   #9
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Nice lookin jeep man, keep practicing the welds and you'll be a pro in no time!
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Unread 03-29-2011, 09:19 PM   #10
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Nice build.. Bumper looks good, and as said above... continue practicing and you'll get even better.. you are already starting off better than me on the welding..
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Unread 03-30-2011, 04:46 AM   #11
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Thanks
I haven't welded much since I made the bumper. Theres just no where around me to get metal other than lowes which is like 3 times a normal price.

Recently I removed the Front flares which makes it look so much better. I also picked up a stock transfer case skid and an Aussie locker for the rear.

Oh, and I ordered a new radiator, water pump, and thermostat gasket to get rid of all my little leaks.

This Saturday I'm heading to the junk yard to hopefully find some spare shafts and a zj v8 tie rod.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 05:33 AM   #12
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Nice work for only being 17 bud I couldn't have done half this stuff at that age. I agreed on diching the flares I bet that cleans the look up considerably. Keep up the good work
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Unread 05-20-2011, 07:25 PM   #13
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OK, so 2 weeks ago I went to the junk yard and pulled some front d30 shafts with hubs. The hubs appear to be in ok shape, I really don't know how free they are suppose to spin. one is easier then the other. I have to go get some new u-joints for them, the old ones took some work to get off.

Last week I adjusted my track bar, bringing my axle near center. This in turn helped to align my steering a little better. I used to have limited turning to the right because the axle was so off center. Now I have my full turning radius back, and the steering wheel is sideways instead of upside down. So at least I can see my speedo now.

This week I installed my Aussie locker in the rear. It was pretty easy to install and only took about 2-3 hours with setup and clean up. I had only one problem, which was the spacers would not fit over the c-clips. This was a major problem because I didn't notice until everything was in and I looked down the pinion shaft slot and saw the spacers just hangin there. So I pulled the whole thing back out, man I hate c-clips, and test fit the clips into the spacers, which did not fit. This is when I figured out what was wrong. So I filed down the sides of the c-clips a little so they slid in and re-installed everything. Which was very easy and took like 30 minutes form that point to get everything in.
I know someone is going to ask, so heres a picture.

Looks good right...

And here is the jeep today, with the fenders removed. My camera is so bad that this is the best of all the blurry pics. It refused to take a descent pic at dusk, no matter what setting its on.
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Unread 05-21-2011, 09:50 AM   #14
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Today I re-fixed my air intake with all new stuff from spectre, which auto-zone carries. It came out good and now it wont rattle off like my old one did sometimes.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 06:57 PM   #15
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So I picked up a stock gas tank skid for cheap to get some peace of mind while be able to do other things that I deem more important. Which would be an SYE and some kind of steering upgrade. Either a zj V8 track bar or a JCR one-ton set up. Different ends of the spectrum but the money situation will change soon with summer and graduation. My Grandmother made a joke (I'm assuming) that she couldn't but me a car for graduation because I already had one. So maybe shes feeling good and will be able to re-gear my axles this summer with her contribution.


I figured the rocks would laugh and not bother...
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