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Unread 06-15-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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EugeneTheTJ's 2000 XJ Build Thread

Well, I finally found a suitable DD to give my TJ a break and allow me to use the TJ in the manner I built it for.

I present to you my new XJ.

2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport
4.0 auto 4wd
D30, C 8.25
No rust
Mopar Hitch
Stock minus some stereo equipment

When I got it:


How it sits now:


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Unread 06-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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One of the things I regretted about my TJ build was not having the sense to save copies of the dealer pics for reference of what I started with. I made sure to not make this mistake twice.













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For those who don't know, this is the vehicle that is being relieved of its DD duties:


Build thread link is in my sig. Eugene is about to get a whole lot of attention (lots of parts have been waiting patiently for me to find a DD)
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As this is a DD, I want to build the Jeep while keeping in mind that it will see a lot of miles on the road.

Current short-term plans are as follows (in no particular order):
  • 2-3 inch lift
  • 31x10.50 A/T tires
  • Steel bumpers front and rear
  • Rock sliders

Further down the road, I plan to make it into more of an expedition style build while still maintaining its drivability and gas mileage.
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At its new home. The Liberty is my wife's. (forgive the slight blurriness)


My other 2 Jeeps:
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I've "worked" on it a little so far. Actually, my wife and I have.

The rubber engine shield was falling down at a few points. It mounts with the same push pins as the TJ's inner fenders use (which are pieces of ****). Some of the pins were missing and some just tore through the rubber. I reattached the shield using a combo of the pins and zipties so it should be okay for now. Seeing as how my TJ doesn't even have one of these, I am going to go out on a limb and say the XJ doesn't really need it either. As such, I am probably going to just rip it out in the near future.

Meanwhile, there is somewhat of a smoke smell in the interior thanks to one of the PO's. My wife has been cleaning and shampooing the interior and much of the smell is gone. I am pretty sure the very faint smell that is left is coming from the headliner (which is falling a little in the front anyways) so I am going to have the headliner replaced this week.
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Meanwhile, there is somewhat of a smoke smell in the interior thanks to one of the PO's. My wife has been cleaning and shampooing the interior and much of the smell is gone. I am pretty sure the very faint smell that is left is coming from the headliner (which is falling a little in the front anyways) so I am going to have the headliner replaced this week.
The last two jeeps my buddy bought had smoker previous owners. He used a product called "Ozium". Can find it at any local parts store. If the shampooing doesn't do the trick this stuff is worth a shot. Smelled much better after he applied it.
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The last two jeeps my buddy bought had smoker previous owners. He used a product called "Ozium". Can find it at any local parts store. If the shampooing doesn't do the trick this stuff is worth a shot. Smelled much better after he applied it.
Thanks, I'll look into it if the smell is still lingering!
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I am having a lot of trouble trying to figure out these lift options. I am looking for 2 to 3 inches. Currently, I own RE coil spacers which would give me ~2 inches front (1.75 +.25 isolator) and I also own a set of RC 2.5" TJ front springs which I am guessing would give me 2.5 to 3 inches of lift.

Since I already own these, I am trying to find rear options that would be compatible and still ride good. My only issue is that leaf springs are completely new to me.

I know lift blocks are ****ty and can cause axle wrap. Also, from what I have read, AAL's produce a very rough ride.

What about just 2" lift shackles in the back? I know a lot of XJ BB kits come with them but is the ride going to be miserable if I don't also get a shackle relocation kit?

I wish OME still made their 2" full replacement springs so my decision would be easy. I just can't seem to find 2" full spring packs anywhere.

What about the Crown replacement packs on Quadratec's website?

Help me!
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You could go for the AALs and a shackle and get some really nice shocks to try and compensate the ride, but if it came down to it Id say just go for the RE 3.5 super ride. Throw some OME or Bilstein shocks on with it and call it good.

Glad to see you get into the XJ side of things man, its not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
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very nice looken xj....... looks good
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Thanks yall.

From what I am seeing I am thinking about going with some longer shackles + a shackle relocation kit (HD Offroad). Seems like it would give me lift, still ride smooth, and not cause premature leaf wear.

Further, since this is going towards the "Expedition" style build, I could easily replace a broken stock leaf spring anywhere in the country. Can't do that if I break the leaf packs on an aftermarket kit.
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New headliner is in. Very very nice. Definitely taking my Waggy to that shop for interior work when the time comes. ****ty tweeters one of the PO's added to the rear are also gone (my request).

Pics of the headliner:




oh yeah...
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welcome to the my other jeeps a jeep club...lol...sweet looking xj there...
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welcome to the my other jeeps a jeep club...lol...sweet looking xj there...
Haha thanks man!
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