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straightsixjeep 09-16-2012 01:55 AM

98' XJ - Gettin her trail ready
 
Whats up JF, This is going to be a somewhat slow "build," however Im always working on her trying to get as much preventative maintenance done as I can. This is my second jeep, my first was a 87' YJ that I fixed up and sold for this 98' Cherokee Sport. Spent some time looking before I found this one. 4.0, ax15, np231, chrysler 8.25, 4dr, and Im the 2nd owner! Getting her reliable before I start adding trail goodies. Things Iv done since purchasing the XJ around a month ago.
-New Dist Cap
-New Dist Rotor
-New Spark Plugs (Champions)
-New Spark Plug Wires
-Flushed Radiator
-New Water Pump
-New t-stat w/ gasket
-New Intake/Exhaust Manifold Gasket
-New Throttle Body Gasket (Cut one out of a sheet of gasket material)
-New Air Filter (K/N drop in)
-New Oil Pressure Sending Unit
-New Coolant Temp Sensor
-Changed Oil and Filter (Rotella T 10w30, PureOne Purolator Filter)
-Changed Trans Fluid (Pennzoil Synchromesh)
-Changed t-case fluid (Dex 3)
-Changed Rear Diff Fluid (80-90 weight gear oil)
-Replaced Both U-joints on rear driveshaft
-Replaced Leafs with Crown Heavy Duty Leaf Springs W/ Poly Bushings.
-Rugged Ridge Leaf Shackles
-Fat Bobs Garage U-bolts
-Replaced Trans Mount
-Replaced Rear Shocks (Monroe Sensa Trac)
-Replaced Tires (Bridgestone AT Dueler Revo 2 tires, 235/75/15)
-Replaced OEM rims with 98' Limited Tear Drop Rims
-Wired in a new usb/cd/aux JVC radio
-Rugged Ridge floor mats
-And last but not least, my first mod. Aussie Locker for chrysler 8.25 29 Spline
When I first bought it - http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo032.jpg
Doing Work - http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo085.jpg
Aussie - http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...Photo063-1.jpg
XJ with friend XJ - http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo072.jpg
Current - http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo091.jpg
Mod #2 is in the mail, the d-ring bumper should be here in a few days. Thanks for reading all of this, once I get a paying job and wear these tires down a bit, Il be looking to get a lift and some 32s. Its a DD with the intention to occasionally wheel. We all know that its easy to go extreme with Jeeps. Stay Tuned :wave:

straightsixjeep 09-16-2012 04:19 PM

Removed the bumper end caps getting it one step closer to the new bumper. Just waiting for it to arrive.
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo094.jpg
Met up with a fellow Jeeper today, JF member 8pitcher. Sporting my XJ next to his JK.
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo095.jpg

Heliandrew 09-16-2012 05:11 PM

looking forward to seeing it finished

straightsixjeep 09-16-2012 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Heliandrew (Post 14175026)
looking forward to seeing it finished

Thank you for your comment. I am looking forward to seeing it finished as well. Im taking it slow and deciding upon the best route to take when it comes to any repairs or mods, to help save me time and money in the long run.

straightsixjeep 09-17-2012 09:22 PM

Stayed busy tinkering on the Cherokee today, the bumper should be here any day.
1-http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo102.jpg
2-http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo104.jpg
3-http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo103.jpg
Also trimmed the wheel well splash shields, now they are cut flush with the fender and wont stick out way below the new bumper.
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...n/Photo099.jpg
Lastly, just became a JF supporter so I can get a JF sticker :)
Thats all for today

8pitcher 09-19-2012 09:29 PM

lookin good man when the cj is done we gotta retake that pic.

8pitcher 09-20-2012 09:47 PM

Wanna give me that cb? Haha. Anything new happening?

straightsixjeep 09-21-2012 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by 8pitcher (Post 14196924)
Wanna give me that cb? Haha. Anything new happening?

Haha if I had another it would be yours, gonna have to hold onto this one since I already drilled holes in the center console for it :laugh: Its almost 3am and I just finished mounting up the new bumper. It came with frame support/braces for both sides and all new grade 8 hardware. I think it looks awesome. The paint on the d-rings stuck to the paper they were wrapped in so I plan on sanding them down and repainting them red. If only I had a sand blaster and a powdercoater. Either way, pics to come tomorrow (or technically later today)!

straightsixjeep 09-21-2012 07:35 PM

Got the bumper mounted up
- http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...ps71bc34a8.jpg
- http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...psf3495ae5.jpg

Relocated vac ball - http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2ac5b537.jpg

JeepN4KC 09-21-2012 07:47 PM

Nice, man! Just came accross the build. Keep up the work!

Tylerzap 09-21-2012 07:52 PM

Sick dude! Im glad I sent you some peer pressure on that Aussie haha

8pitcher 09-21-2012 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by straightsixjeep
Got the bumper mounted up
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Relocated vac ball -

Looks great. Man.

straightsixjeep 09-21-2012 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepN4KC (Post 14200802)
Nice, man! Just came accross the build. Keep up the work!

Thank you, I appreciate the compliment and the tip on the jeep dealer for parts. Hope to get some wheelin pics soon. So tempted to go to the KS Rocks course tomorrow.

straightsixjeep 09-21-2012 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Tylerzap (Post 14200830)
Sick dude! Im glad I sent you some peer pressure on that Aussie haha

Haha indeed Im loving the aussie, its sad to say the xj has never been offroad so I havnt been able to test it out. However it is breaking in nicely and getting pretty quiet.


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Originally Posted by 8pitcher (Post 14200839)
Looks great. Man.

Thanks Trent, its seems to fit pretty good!

8pitcher 09-21-2012 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by straightsixjeep

Haha indeed Im loving the aussie, its sad to say the xj has never been offroad so I havnt been able to test it out. However it is breaking in nicely and getting pretty quiet.

Thanks Trent, its seems to fit pretty good!

No problem man. You goin to ks rocks?


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