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post #1 of 92 Old 06-09-2010, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Amber Fire XJ Rejuvenation Project

This is my long term project for my XJ that by no means will be done quickly (unfortunately )

Specs as they stand now:

Stone White Color
Black accents
3" Rusty's lift
31" General Grabber AT2's
5 Speed Tranny
4.0L
K&N Filter
Borla Exhaust
2 Hella 500 lamps
Brush Guard
Custom made Roof Rack by me
Cragar Soft 8's with 4" backspacing

The plan is to take my white '98 xj, and first paint it Amber Fire orange, a rare color only found on 01 xj's and some tj's. I have always liked this color and after examining my jeep and seeing very small rust specs forming all over the entire body i decided i should paint it before winter comes back around.

On top of this i obviously cannot just leave my 3" lift and 31" tires. I am planning on upgrading to a 4.5" lift with 32" tires.

So the plan for this project of mine is:

Paint XJ Amber Fire
Black accents on the wheel wells and trim
Matching amber fire differential covers
2" lift spacers up front
1.75" lift shackles in back
Lower control arm upgrade
SYE
32x11.5x15 tires (unsure on which ones yet...suggestions?)
Dynamat and Herculiner on floor of xj
Undercoating
New custom roof rack - Rola roof basket with 4 130W off road lights
Sandblast and re-paint front brush guard

Thats the plan, def paint will be first and foremost, and the others will come as i can afford them. i have never painted a vehicle before, but i have help from my grandfather who has painted many many cars and a few of my friends who took paint and body classes. suggestions, tips or tricks are definitely welcome! It will be a learning experience as well as a great project. i am looking forward to starting this as soon as i can afford it!

Here's my jeep as it stands...
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This is the color I am going for...
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Its perfection, if you ask me.
and yes, i too believe it will be perfection


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post #2 of 92 Old 06-09-2010, 10:32 PM
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not a fan of the color but it is yours. If you like it that is all that matters. It will look good when your finished.
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post #3 of 92 Old 06-09-2010, 10:37 PM
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I like the color, subscribed
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post #4 of 92 Old 03-25-2011, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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i believe this plan is going to come through in about a year when i graduate from wyotech. for now my jeep just needs to get me through 12 months, but as soon as i'm out and have a better job i will be taking this project on full-speed. and even upgrading to 33's
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post #5 of 92 Old 12-18-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well I have gotten started on this slow build of mine. Have 4 months left of school and hope to have it painted while im taking my refinishing classes. But here is a start of what I was able to do with some live hours in class this week. Took a dent out of my door and rocker that has been there since I purchased the jeep.
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post #6 of 92 Old 12-18-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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I have also taken the side-cladding off as well. I believe it gives the jeep a much cleaner look.
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post #7 of 92 Old 12-18-2011, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Was under the jeep putting new sway bar bushings on the front when my buddy found a crack in my factory exhaust manifold. I guess after 189,000 miles it just plain had enough! So I scored a smoking deal on a rugged ridge performance header for 170.00. Will be installing it over Christmas break when it is delivered. Also putting a magnaflow high flow cat in to compliment my Borla muffler behind it.
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post #8 of 92 Old 12-25-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Started working on the header install today. Here are some progress pictures. The last picture is of two of my favorite things :-D
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post #9 of 92 Old 02-13-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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well tomorrow the jeep goes under the knife for final body work and prep for paint. Amber Fire Pearlcoat has been ordered along with clearcoat. I will post pictures as i go but expect the final product by Feb 23.

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post #10 of 92 Old 02-13-2012, 08:08 PM
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lookin good, i like the colour

its a rusty one

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/90-yj-frame-swap-build-up-1434246/
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post #11 of 92 Old 02-13-2012, 08:38 PM
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i love the orange. everyone says its rare but there are several around my town? maybe they just all came here im still looking for a jeep :/
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post #12 of 92 Old 02-14-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Well I had a productive day on the XJ today, tear down is going well and should have some patch panels and body work finished up tomorrow. Only thing missing from working today was an ice cold beer....anyways here are some pics from the day.
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post #13 of 92 Old 02-14-2012, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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and also forgot to mention that door jams and pillars will be painted the same color. As well as door shells.

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post #14 of 92 Old 02-15-2012, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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some more progress today. All old paint scuffed and body work 75% complete. Passenger side rear window rust is fixed. Tomorrow is cutting out rust holes and making patch panels. Hopefully if all goes well masking for primer will happen as well.
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post #15 of 92 Old 02-15-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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also scored some spare parts today for free! 99 XJ grille and rear bumper. Good for spare parts just in case or the 97-01 front clip swap for my Comanche.
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