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Vassago 12-04-2008 11:08 AM

build thread, a year later 01 XJ
 
ok so i've been wanting to do a build thread. i work slow and money id tight but i'm actually going to be doing more this year! so build thread time! should done this when i bought it.

ok so here's what i started with (yes i bought it lifted)
specs on how it came
2001 cherokee sport w/ upcountry package
front skid, tank skid, TC skid, front tow hooks, rear tow hooks, trans cooler, higher amp alternator
LP dana 30, dana 35 with trak-loc, NP242 TC
dark garnet red with tan interior

ok aftermarket
RE 4.5" superflex, with everything, extended brakelines, RE SYE, rusty's sliders, rock-it intake, 32 x 11.5" BFG a/t's crager d-windows 15x8 4"bs, and a full size spare. yakima racks.

the lift i assume was a few years old before i bought it. it has gen1 discos on it but everthing still has grease fittings? not sure

TO DO LIST:
33" KM2's check
trim fenders check
lighting
strorage space! (soon)
Treks y link and belly pan
axles dana 44's
ox lockers
rear discs
bumpers
frame stiffening
gadgets... of course
on board air
bike repair stand
sound

here's a pic or two
http://a604.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...feb88d8213.jpg

http://a137.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...b4eea46a48.jpg

not a bad place to start! i found it on jeep forum! some ricer owned it and his dad was driving it but didn't like how high it was. the kid detailed the hell out of it! he only owned it for a few months, the jeep is originally from colorado according to carfax. had about 58k when i bought it in august of 2007.

Vassago 12-04-2008 11:14 AM

so after i get it i take it to my local shop to have it thoroughyl checked out.
(i already had my jeep nut GF, and a buddy who's a mechanic look at it before i bought it) changed all the fluids greased everything, torqued everything, basically did a full tune up right off the bat.

then i went of vacation and flexed out a rock near lake george

http://a558.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...5a17c32535.jpg

http://a170.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...80db738181.jpg

and a poser shot

http://a437.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...c4aac14d74.jpg

as you can see from the pictures, i changed the roof rack to a thule rack and removed the factory bars. i work for a thule dealer so i get a good price and i liek their stuff. i think it looks a lot cleaner this way.

Vassago 12-04-2008 11:17 AM

didn't really wheel much much last winter, just used the jeep as my daily. was too involved with work and school and the girl. when this spring i changed just, lost the girl, and school is over for good. so i have tiem to have fun again

i added some hella 500's to the front bumper. took off my flares, and trimmed my endcaps on the front.

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...cc4319b621.jpg

Vassago 12-04-2008 11:28 AM

i got bored at work yesterday so i did this!
self etching primer
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...63ca1b1d9f.jpg
dulpicolor spary paint
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...e48ecc9213.jpg
close up
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...ec55a36f54.jpg
clear coated with vents installed
http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...e4e8a94656.jpg
back in the jeep!
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...c23dea6921.jpg

i think it came out pretty good, in a few days i'll buff it and wax it really to good til its as smooth as the outside

96cherokeeclass 12-04-2008 11:38 AM

Thats a great platform to start with. Very low miles, it's not even broken in yet.

good luck on the build.

Vassago 12-04-2008 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 96cherokeeclass (Post 6113971)
Thats a great platform to start with. Very low miles, it's not even broken in yet.

good luck on the build.

its got about 91k on it now!!! i used to drive A LOT!

lots more happening to the jeep with in the next week!

Vassago 12-04-2008 12:02 PM

also painted my brackets for my headlights black, may paint the inside portion on the bexels black too, but i'm undecided.

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...1f2c45ace7.jpg

Vassago 12-04-2008 12:09 PM

i love how when i decide to do this UPS stops by with a package!

spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...fe17b678e3.jpg

mg2000xj 12-04-2008 12:22 PM

looks good, always loved that color

98tjsahara 12-04-2008 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BMXxXJ (Post 6114174)
i love how when i decide to do this UPS stops by with a package!

spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers

Wheel spacers.. :confused: Are you going back to stock rims?

Vassago 12-04-2008 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 98tjsahara (Post 6114355)
Wheel spacers.. :confused: Are you going back to stock rims?

no, just going wider. couldnt find wheels with the backspacing i wanted. and i figure this way, i can always take them off and sell them if i dont like them.

these will give me 2.75" BS i wanted 3" but i'll settle for a smidge wider.

do you have something against spacers?

spyder6 12-04-2008 01:53 PM

we try not to use them if possible. im still running mine. 20,000 miles and going strong.

Vassago 12-04-2008 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spyder6 (Post 6114793)
we try not to use them if possible. im still running mine. 20,000 miles and going strong.

is there a reason why? i've used them in cars before without any problems?

i dont wheel that hard so i figured it wasn't an issue.

Vassago 12-04-2008 02:15 PM

ok spacers are installed!

before
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...b83aa075b5.jpg
after
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...f5a1b25b8d.jpg

before
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...d880ef6b5d.jpg
after
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...ba092d4418.jpg

poser
http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...218e1bab5a.jpg


only problem i saw was this...
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...66add837a9.jpg

that was at full click, i bent that lip out of the way, i plan on trimming with a week anyway, and i'm getting new tires installed on monday and while at the shop, i'll adjust the steering stops.

oh and i used my factory breaker bar as a holding bars to torque the spacers on.
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...4b6b54f5c3.jpg

dont worry i realized i forgot the jackstand and grabbed one! no flaming!

WranglerRush 12-04-2008 03:45 PM

Thats a bad *** XJ. I like the color


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