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Unread 08-30-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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98 Sahara, fast build up .

had 2 XJs before and wanted to try a TJ this time. So after looking around for a while I found this guy: 1998 4.0 5 speed with a 160k miles and some sweet chrome bumpers and flares!



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Stock flex test... or rather what ever was on here from the PO



I was actually on vacation down in south Florida when I bought it, so when when the kids were napping I was striping stuff in the hotel garage.



Had this stuff sold before I got back to Orlando along with the 31s and wheels.
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Flares sold too.



Seals and bearings were bad in the D35 and ate up shafts. I didn't have time to build an axle yet and wanted to get rolling so I replaced with G2 shafts, new bearings, seals, drums, and shoes
Along with belt, rad flush, and actually added a battery tie down since there was none.

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Unread 08-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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Buddy happen to have some black sahara flares, so I threw those on for now.


Sold all this crap in my garage for more funds, along with all my spare XJ parts
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Stop by my local Jeep store just to part search and they had a brand new set of 5 KM2s on rock crawlers that someone bought and then took right off, so those had to come home with me. Scooped a Smitty stinger and added 10k X2O winch i saved from my XJ.
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DIY Disco

New Unit bearings and the G2 chromos I saved from my XJ.
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Yellow top installed , again saved from XJ.
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nice jeep, looks like you are off to a good start.

what are your long term plans for this thing?
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what are your long term plans for this thing?
It is a 2nd vehicle, but I like to drive it to work a few days a week since it's a far drive, so it need to stay pretty streetable. Maybe swap in a D44 rear if I ever find one under a million dollars, lol. That and some gears.



Just did a 1" BL and lost the 1" TC drop
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Installed a rear smitty bumper with tire carrier. It was nice to have some profit from my XJ along with all the parts I sold from XJ , spare parts and parts off this so I could just buy a bunch of stuff up front with out any out of pocket.
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Locked up the d30.
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had a warranty on ZJ tie rod and drag from the XJ, so got new steering for now, and swapped out the RC track bar/drop bracket from PO with a Rubicon Express bar.
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Got some smitty sliders at the 4WP Jeep show last weekend, this was right before I took off the TC drop.
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rear armor


Full stainless magnaflow header back

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winch and LEDs

also swapped in a Dana 44 rear with LSD.




Everything worked great, just need some more up travel . Put on 8 double adjustable Arms, but need new shocks.
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Love the TJ! Looks like a perfect mix of DD and being able do some serious trails when you want to. I wanted one but here in CO you can't touch a stock one with decent miles for under $8k.
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