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Unread 09-20-2010, 05:08 PM   #76
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update

I spent most of my weekend wheeling at Northwoods Overland in Rib Lake WI. I took the TJ up there as I got the new Currie steering done just in time to make the trip, otherwise I would have considered bringing the Cherokee. Judging from all the damage my TJ received, maybe I will take it easy on the XJ for a bit, just to keep it nice for the wife you know.



Today I spent time getting the sway bar disconnects hooked up. It didn't take me more than an hour. The sway bar was completely removed which made for an awkward setup trying to install the discos. I should have mounted it first. Anyways. I hate how dark my garage is. My next home will have a better setup. The thing gets so hot back there to with very little air flow.



I also put a good coat of primer on the rear bumper. It can't go on quite yet going to shoot it with some flat black then install. I have to figure out a way to get the class 3 hitch off of there. Everything is so rusted. Once I get it torn off I am going to do some rust repair and then install the bumper. I have new nut strips too.



One of these days I am going to take the Cherokee out to the farm and it out. I also have to do some work on the front fenders as well. Stay tuned.

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Unread 09-27-2010, 01:33 PM   #77
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Still no baby yet, but I have gotten plenty of work done in the mean time. After getting a good coat of primer on the bumper and 4 coats of flat black I was able to have someone stop by and help me install it.



Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture. It went on in about 10 minutes. I was very thankful for that since I had spent many hours trying to get that stupid trailer hitch off.



Which is for sale by the way too. Since the nutstrips were so rusted I ended up buying a sawzall and some 12 inch blades to get to the nuts on the underside of the hitch. I went through several blades but it finally dropped out. I do have reinforcement brackets for the bumper but am waiting to install those when I install my gas tank skid since I have all new nutstrips. Which by the way... Is at my friends house in Grand Rapids MI along with my sliders.





Can't wait to get my hands on them. Anyways, I didn't post to brag about new parts, because I'm sure no one cares about that. I just installed a new Transmission drop cross-member. I went with the Rusty's drop cross-member instead of washers or drop spacers because I wanted to keep the ground clearance where it was. I know I could have bought a SYE and used the spare rebuilt front DS I had lying around but it just didn't fit the budget this time.

After a few squirts of PB Blaster the bolts came off easy and the old unit was removed.



The Rusty's cross-member maintains the same clearance lines as the stock unit but takes one inch drop within the cross-member allowing for more appropriate drive line angles.

The one thing that confused me is that Rusty's sent me a new Transmission mount. I quickly realized that it was a modified mount that I needed to use for the drop X-member. I removed the old mount, which was still in decent condition and tossed it aside. You will need a 6 point 18mm socket to remove those bolts.



Once removed you are supposed to remove the exhaust hanger plate. I knocked mine off with a dead blow hammer.



Once all of that is removed you install the new transmission mount to the transmission and start reinstalling the new x-member using all of the hardware you removed. Nuts and bolts should be torqued to 30 ft pounds per FSM.

I took it for a spin around town and on the highway. Vibes are gone. No ground clearance sacrificed
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Unread 10-07-2010, 08:18 PM   #78
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T-Case swap

Instead of building out the NP242 with an H&T or TW SYE kit, I decided to do pull the old swicharoo on my two XJ's. The Dark Blue project will get the NP231 from my 99 Sport and vice versa.


Took me a total of 1.5 hours to pull this while working on my garage floor. I have some better wrenches now and I've figured out some of the tricks so I hope removing the 231 and putting this in will go much faster. I have already PB Blasted all the bolts on the cross member. It has also been off in the past year as well, same with the Trans mount.
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Unread 10-15-2010, 09:23 PM   #79
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NP231 Swap

I've been a little bit busy lately. My wife gave birth to our first child on 10/1/10. Little baby girl. My Jeep time has taken a serious back seat for all of the right reasons.



I still have had time to finish one project and start another. My wife really loves the NP242 transfer case for winter driving. So I gave it to her and took her NP231 to swap into my trail rig.



She had the baby so it has just been sitting on the floor for awhile now. Hopefully it will be installed soon. Otherwise I have everything I need.

The nice thing about the 2000 and 2001 XJ T-Cases is they have wiring jumpers unlike the XJ of previous years where it is all hard wired. To get the NP242 dash lights to work in the 99 I am going to have to hot wire it. Otherwise it works just fine.

There is a 2000 XJ with a 231 at the bone yard by here so I am going to go try to snag that jumper harness. That way I can use the other one to hot wire the 99 dash lights.



I just got the interior put back together a few minutes ago, with the new shifter plate and selector.

Otherwise it will be sitting until someone can help me lift and install that case.

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Unread 10-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #80
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Congrats on your daughter!!!
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Unread 10-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #81
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congrats on the baby dude.
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Unread 10-16-2010, 02:08 PM   #82
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I was able to get some time this morning while the baby was sleeping to install the 231 case. My wife came down to work the floor jack while I lined up the input shaft and studs. I got everything bolted back together.



Same situation as before. A few vibrations.

I used a few washers on the cross member but the studs aren't long enough. I have some longer studs but am nervous about trying to remove the studs from the uni-frame. Need to buy another drop cross member (I used it in mounting the 242 to the 99), or purchase a SYE for this XJ. We shall see...
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Unread 11-07-2010, 07:41 PM   #83
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Just got caught up on your build - nice job so far!

Congrats on the daughter. Mine just turned 3 and I'm completely wrapped around her finger. Funny how that happens.

How are you liking the Treadwrights? Were there any questions you had to answer or specs you provided to get the BFG casings?
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Unread 11-07-2010, 08:06 PM   #84
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I really like the Treadwright MTR's. When I called I just asked that they be matching casings and preferably 3 ply. I haven't wheeled with them or taken a long HWY trip yet so I haven't posted my official review. So far they are great.

I have been working on it little by little since getting the transfer cases swapped out. I have some Rock Sliders that I am painting right now as well as a gas tank skid that needs to be installed. Eventually I will add an engine and T-case skid.

My goal is to take it to the "Badlands" in Attica IN in December. I have also thrown around the idea of putting a lunchbox locker in the rear.

The TJ has sustained a lot of damage and is also getting a bunch of TLC.
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Unread 12-22-2010, 08:24 AM   #85
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Well, I have made some progress on the build, just haven't wheeled much. With the new baby and all I have been having a hard time scrapping together enough time to get some work done.



Took it out once to do some light forest wheeling and shoot off some rounds with friends. Disconnected and quickly learned that I need to either add bump-stops or loose some fender. Tore one flare off doing that.

Shot the rock sliders and gas tank skid with some bed liner and was able to get those bolted on over the course of a couple nights.




I like the sliders and they fit pretty well. I really want to add a rear locker on this thing. Although it performs pretty well as it is.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 11:13 AM   #86
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just went through your build thread xj looks nice. im looking to get rid of my yj in place of an xj for more room and power. i saw your son was born on 10/1/10 thats my birthday also! but im 25. Congrats man.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 11:47 AM   #87
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i saw your son was born on 10/1/10
Daughter, but they all look the same as newborns.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 12:55 PM   #88
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ha sorry you know i read it and as i typed son i said i think they had a girl but i decided not to scroll up and double check, guess i should have.
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Unread 01-15-2011, 10:23 PM   #89
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Nice build man. Congrats on the girl. It's cool that your wife is so enthusiastic about getting things done to the XJ!
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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 01-24-2011, 09:30 PM   #90
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Babies mean more Jeep gear =0) Jeep stroller, Jeep power wheels..
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