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Unread 04-06-2014, 08:35 PM   #1
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97 Red XJ Build

Hey guys, I bought my first Jeep last week! I bought a 1997 red xj, 8.25 rear axle, dana 30 front, 231 TCase, AW4, 4.0, 180,000, no rust on floors or rockers. The Jeep needs some work, but I only paid $1500 for it. My plans for the future are a 4.5" lift, 31s or 32s, bumpers, sliders, skids, and maybe a rear locker.

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Unread 04-06-2014, 08:36 PM   #2
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Changed oil, trans fluid, transfer case fluid, throttle position sensor, and idle air controller, and painted the wheels black earlier this week!
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Unread 04-06-2014, 08:36 PM   #3
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The pictures:
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Unread 04-06-2014, 08:38 PM   #4
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Today I decided to fix the only rust on the jeep. It is the notorious roof rust by the windshield frame frame from the gutters holding water. I started by sanding the spots down. Then I cleaned them and sprayed with a rust primer. After letting that cure overnight, I sprayed on some regular primer. I sanded the regular primer down and applied the topcoat. I did my best to blend the paint. I the next week I am going to wet sand the paint lines and buff them. Hopefully that will help blend that paint better. I will post pictures of the finished product tomorrow!
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Unread 04-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #5
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Looks good!
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Unread 04-06-2014, 11:00 PM   #6
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Looks, nice. I've secretly always wanted one of these....
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:42 AM   #7
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I've done a lot since I have updated the thread. I waxed the jeep and got it tinted!
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:48 AM   #8
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I order my lift and tires too. 3.5in RE super ride, RE1600 track bar, Skyjacker 7000 series shocks, full leafs, pro comp steelies with 3.75in backspacing, and 31x10.50R15 General Grabber AT2s!
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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:51 AM   #9
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Just some of my stock wheeling pictures I though I would put up before the lift pictures. Stock XJs are very fun!
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:02 PM   #10
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Today was lift day and let me tell you, it was a long one. My brother and I were going to do it. We have a torch and welder so I didn't expect it to take too long. It seemed like every bolt fought us even with the torch. 2 shock tower bolts broke. Ended up knocking the broken part out and putting a nut and bolt through the hole. One of the worst ones was the driver side leaf spring front bracket. The weld nut inside the unibody snapped. I ended up having to cut a hole in my unibody to get a nut behind it. The lower control arms bolts were spinning in the metal sleeves/bushing. We had to melt the bushing with the torch to get the bolt out. Went with a tcase drop until i can get an SYE. Welded the nuts to the stud and just backed them out. All in all the lift took around 15 hours to do. It was a pain but well worth it! I love the way my XJ sits and rides. I took both the front and rear sway bars off. Even without the sway bars, the RE coils make it stable on the road, and it is flexy as could be! I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone. Very good quality.

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Hole in the unibody I cut
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:04 PM   #11
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Here are some post lift pictures!
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #12
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Found someone in my area selling a bumper and I ended up buying it. I paid $85 for it. I put a painted the bumper and had to bend one of the brackets back with the torch. I can't seem to sell what kind of bumper it is. Just a simple one with D ring and receiver mount. Here it is!
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Unread 05-13-2014, 05:05 PM   #13
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