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post #1 of 1 Old 06-30-2011, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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The Bone Yard Special

I am the new guy from Missouri...

I bought my XJ in the winter, just before our first REAL snow fell...

I got it for 4 reasons, it looked awesome, had 4x4, had solid axles all the way around and it sat me in a upright position, which was important since I have 3 flattened and slipped disc, one of which is rubbing on my L5 nerve root

My XJ is a 1996, blue(with a hint of purple) 4.0HO Sport, with d30/c8.25 and a 231 transfer case, automatic... power Nothing (all mechanical windows/locks), had 10 hole wheels and 235/75/15 when I got it...

A few days after I bought her

when I got it home I started making a list of things to fix...

this thing leaked oil, coolant, and power steering fluid...

the power steering was worst as it was getting on the header... got a hose for $3 at the junk yard, the hose was so bad that when you would turn the wheel to lock, it would shoot fluid clear across the engine bay!!!

then I decided to change the valve cover gasket, this helped and I found a few disconnected vacuum hoses... but it still leaked oil.... 2 gallons per month!!! at this point I never bothered to change the oil... just kept adding oil... lol

I made a trip to the junk yard, when I got there the snow was just starting to come down, by the time I left, a few hours later... there was close to 6 inches of snow on the ground, and I looked like a freaking snow man!

I was planning on getting some v8 Grand cherokee coils, some spacers and s10 springs... but I got REALLY lucky and just happened to find a Rough Country 3" lifted 97 cherokee... in the glove box I found a receipt book, turned out the Rough country kit was only a year and a half old

walked out with leaf springs, coil springs, axle shims and Rancho steering stabilizer for only $70

then I picked up a set of nearly new JK rubicon shocks for $30

got the lift on, then redrilled the track bar mount also welded the old hole shut, for added strength

also removed the rear sway bar

then did a drive way alignment

drove around on 235/75/16 tires for a month or 2

got tired of that... ended up purchasing a set of five 16x8 Soft 8s wrapped in worn out 285/75/16, with a A/T spare that was also worn out... they vibed pretty badly due to uneven sloped wear that 2 of them had (the other 2 were fine and had about 35% tread they are now used as spares)

they rubbed SO bad I could not turn the wheel at all, so I parked the Jeep and cut the front fenders that same day (the rears where not a problem as I was only driving it on the road at that time)

shortly after this I had to replace the heater core... it was leaking pretty good, damp passenger side floor boards are NOT FUN

then I did the oil pan gasket and the rear main seal... still had a small big leak but not as bad as before...

then I replaced the oil filter housing gaskets... finally NO OIL LEAKS

later I installed a Flowmaster 40, put it right behind the cat converter and just welded on a turn down and connected it to a hanger, nearly new, found at the junk yard for $9

soon after (ago a month or so ago) I wanted new tires... so I ordered a set of Treadwright Gaurd Dog 285/75/16 (they measured 33.25" x 11.25" on the wheel) they came on BFG All Terrain KO sidewalls... not bad for an entire set for only $530 to my door step!

I did not want to risk hurting these tires so it was tire to cut...

cutting the front bumper made me have to relocate the football

then I wanted sway bar disconnects so I made them using the following parts

the front swaybar link, the rear sway bar link

the rear sway bar link mount

a clevis pin (forget the size)

a cotter pin

some washers

some rubber pads

the front and rear links were cut and welded to the proper length

if I did it again I would have used a little thicker clevis pin

Built Not Bought... it means YOU have to turn your own wrenches.
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