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Unread 04-06-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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94 XJ Sport Build--High School Budget

Well im 16 years old in High School so i'm on a high school budget ---->Mcdonalds budget With that being said though, i've put over a grand in in parts in the last 6 months or so! I've done alot, and will be yet too it this summer. No lift and needs new tires, so until this summer when I have some money, here it is for now, all stock suspension and everything.


This is when I first bought it:

Deer on top:

Messing around in snow:




Last owner installed a side exit exhaust?

Stuck! I have really bad tires, their also highway tires:


Its currently a project in work, but it is also my daily driver right now. I can't wait till I get a lift and bigger tires on there at least, the rest will come after that. I really need to install a new suspension, so i'm trying to buy the lift for it so I can do that.

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Unread 04-06-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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Well these are the rusty rocker panels:

I started cutting them out. Started out with blades for cutting metal in a jigsaw, then got the dremel out. Neither of them are working too well. I might have to head to the store and get something better to cut them out. Any suggestions? I plan on welding 4x4 tube metal back up in there on both sides. Then some supports going from that going to the frame. This is going to be a timely project Slowly but surely and hopefully done right.

P.S. Do I have to cut off that flange going all the way across there where if you were to put it on a vehicle lift? In my automotive class at my high school, we had to put the arms for the lift underneath the frame because we couldn't put it on that seam by the notches?
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Unread 04-08-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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Put some fog lights on. They still have to be tightened down and aimed yet, as you can see the right one is hanging down a bit.
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Unread 04-08-2009, 08:15 PM   #4
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good looking xj i'm gonna have to replace my rockers soon also....
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Unread 04-08-2009, 08:16 PM   #5
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Keep plugging away - you have a good start, at least!
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Unread 06-03-2009, 08:53 PM   #6
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Cut the stock fender flares and removed bumper end caps! also installed fog lights a little while back and this cb radio!:


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Unread 06-05-2009, 01:47 PM   #7
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Looking good. I will be starting a HighSchool Budget XJ build soon as well
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Unread 06-06-2009, 09:18 AM   #8
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Thanks! I think its kind of interesting to see what us kids can put into our vehicles.
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Unread 06-09-2009, 03:15 PM   #9
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Wow that's some rust man, take a look under the carpet if you haven't already I am curious to see what you've got for the floorboards.

Anyways, looks like you're having fun, cool!
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Unread 06-09-2009, 04:29 PM   #10
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Unread 06-09-2009, 06:55 PM   #11
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Wow that's some rust man, take a look under the carpet if you haven't already I am curious to see what you've got for the floorboards.

Anyways, looks like you're having fun, cool!
I started a thread a few days ago about my floor pans.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/check-out-my-non-existent-floorpans-793804/
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Unread 06-10-2009, 06:41 AM   #12
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I trimmed the fenders up today. Do I have to cut up just like another inch yet? there was like a spot where there was a mount for something else that stopped right there, and thats where I cut up too. I would have to cut through a mount to trim it up like another inch. I think I should cut up a little bit more on the fenders. What do you think?

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Unread 06-10-2009, 06:44 AM   #13
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Here's what it looks like on the other side and farther away:

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Unread 06-11-2009, 06:44 AM   #14
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I trimmed the fenders up today. Do I have to cut up just like another inch yet? there was like a spot where there was a mount for something else that stopped right there, and thats where I cut up too. I would have to cut through a mount to trim it up like another inch. I think I should cut up a little bit more on the fenders. What do you think?

Most I've seen will trim up so that the fender is level with the bottom of the headlight assembly. I have yet to trim mine, so don't quote me.
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Unread 06-11-2009, 08:59 AM   #15
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Thats what I thought too. They must cut through the mount thing on the backside. Once you do yours i'm sure you'll see what i'm talking about. I don't think it should be too hard to get to with the angle grinder.
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