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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:08 AM   #1
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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




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.

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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:14 AM   #2
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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





and a poser shot



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.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:17 AM   #3
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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.

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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:28 AM   #4
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i got bored at work yesterday so i did this!
self etching primer

dulpicolor spary paint

close up

clear coated with vents installed

back in the jeep!


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
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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:38 AM   #5
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Thats a great platform to start with. Very low miles, it's not even broken in yet.

good luck on the build.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 11:49 AM   #6
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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!
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Unread 12-04-2008, 12:02 PM   #7
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also painted my brackets for my headlights black, may paint the inside portion on the bexels black too, but i'm undecided.

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

spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers

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Unread 12-04-2008, 12:22 PM   #9
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looks good, always loved that color
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Unread 12-04-2008, 12:35 PM   #10
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i love how when i decide to do this UPS stops by with a package!

spidertrax 1.25" wheel spacers
Wheel spacers.. Are you going back to stock rims?
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Unread 12-04-2008, 01:12 PM   #11
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Wheel spacers.. 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?
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we try not to use them if possible. im still running mine. 20,000 miles and going strong.
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Unread 12-04-2008, 02:04 PM   #13
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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.
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ok spacers are installed!

before

after


before

after


poser



only problem i saw was this...


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.


dont worry i realized i forgot the jackstand and grabbed one! no flaming!
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Thats a bad *** XJ. I like the color
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