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Unread 02-01-2011, 04:47 PM   #1
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A (Broke) College Students XJ Build

Alright, so as the title states, I am in college, and I am poor. So this build will be fairly slow especially since I have no financial support from my parents and I am paying for the gas in the rig (oh, and i have a girlfriend )

So about the jeep: It is a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited that i bought for 2000 off a guy. It was valued at 3500 but since he was a family friend, he dropped it down. It was bone stock. I have paid for all parts you see on here and I will pay for the all parts to come. The only thing I did not do on my own was install the lift. I had no knowledge of cars then (I still dont have a lot) so instead of attempting and learning, i paid some guys to do it for me.

So far, I have had a 3" Budget Boost installed, 32" All Terrain crap tires put on, mounted four fog lights to the roof, cut my fenders off, and took my muffler off. I have some TJ fenders sitting in my jeep waiting to be put on and I will probably do that within a week or so.

My next projects on my jeep are grouped into stages:

STAGE 1:
  • Replace those ugly Honeycomb rims w some soft 8s
  • rhino line the interior
  • replace the AAL with an actual 3" leaf pack
  • replace the two tires low on tread with Goodyear Wranglers (or some other good tire)

STAGE 2:
  • replace the OEM shocks with better quality shocks made for a lifted jeep
  • CB radio and antenna
  • take the coil spacer out and replace it with a 3" lift coil
  • install extended bump stops

STAGE 3:
  • Winch Bumper
  • Winch
  • Regear the rear axle (2wd only)

That is what I am planning to do, if youd like to donate money to help me, PM me

Anyways, as I complete/start these projects I will update the thread and post pictures.

Below are pics of it stock as I bought it, after my lift and tires were put on, me stuck because my fenders werent trimmed and I did not know about disconnecting the sway bar, and finally as it is now with the lift, light, fenders trimmed.

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Unread 02-02-2011, 07:56 AM   #2
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In addition, I would like to get a Dixie Horn just like the General Lee and also redo my headliner.
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Unread 02-02-2011, 10:15 AM   #3
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Black on black sounds good to me!
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 02-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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heck yea man, today i also did a side project of mine. I put white LED strips above the area where you put your feet. looks pretty good. was wanting to get a black light strip, but i couldnt find any.
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Unread 02-02-2011, 04:24 PM   #6
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Here are the pics of the white LED lights
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Unread 02-05-2011, 07:31 PM   #7
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alright so today at like 6pm i decided to start working towards putting the TJ flares on. so i am here at 9:30 with one flare completely prepped and ready to mount tomorrow/maybe tonight after the fresh paint dries that i sprayed on my body. so now I am prepping my second flare. Tomorrow i will cut the remaining two flares (rear two) and prep them. Once I get done I will post pics. If anybody has any questions about the how to part etc. let me know and I'll be glad to answer them.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 08:57 PM   #8
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one day later and i have the fender flares done and mounted. pics in the morning
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Unread 02-07-2011, 11:17 AM   #9
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Here are the pics from the fenders. I spray painted them a semi-gloss black to match my jeep because they were a faded black/grey before. i attached them w 3m mounting tape and then i cement glued the edges. Turned out pretty nice and also is very durable
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Unread 02-07-2011, 11:19 AM   #10
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While i was killing time before work I decided to investigate why my driver side carpet was wet. I took out the drivers seat and pulled up the carpet.....here is what i found. apparently somebody else had the same problem but didnt do a good job at fixing at :/ now time to search JF for advice....
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Unread 02-07-2011, 01:35 PM   #11
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So after I get off I am going to just take out all my carpet and let it dry for some time. prolly then gonna sell it and then rhino line the inside
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Unread 02-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #12
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to fellow broke college student. Looks good man, love the limited.
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Unread 02-08-2011, 12:08 PM   #13
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thanks. going to college and trying to build a jeep how i want it sucks...not enough money and too many projects. thats why its called Just Empty Every Pocket i guess....it sure is addicting lol
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Unread 02-08-2011, 12:42 PM   #14
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I FOUND THE LEAK!!!! wow it took a while to do it but i finally found it. it was a seam in the firewall and when my tires kicked up water it hit that seam and went in my floor board. time to fix it
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Unread 02-08-2011, 09:28 PM   #15
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thanks. going to college and trying to build a jeep how i want it sucks...not enough money and too many projects. thats why its called Just Empty Every Pocket i guess....it sure is addicting lol
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