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Unread 02-24-2011, 04:19 AM   #1
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Everyday XJ Build

Hey Everyone,

I am currently in the market for another XJ after a short affair with a 1993 Toyota Pickup which recently ended because I lost the head gasket in it. Instead of fixing the truck I just decided to sell it and get something else. I sold my beloved '96 XJ about a year ago and ever since then I have missed my Jeep. Don't get me wrong I loved my Yota but there were a few things it was lacking that the Jeep had. The Yota was a 22RE 4 cylinder and there was a lot to be desired in the horsepower department unlike the 190hp Jeep that would smoke 33's. Being a regular cab the the truck had no room and I found myself missing the rear hatch area of my Jeep. So I have decided to buy another Jeep and I am going to do a build this time because I never got to do one with my last XJ. I haven't bought it yet but I am currently looking and will update regularly with what I find. This time around is going to be different than the last though. The previous XJ had 6 inches of lift and agressive 33's and I am not going that big this time.

Plans/Ideas:
1- 3 or 3.5 inch lift
2- 265/75/15's (P rated for a smoother ride)
3- decent exhaust
4- soundproofed interior (the Yota had a much less interior road noise)

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Unread 02-27-2011, 05:34 PM   #2
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So I have been on the lookout for another Jeep and I have not had much luck. I have 5000 to spend but I do not intend on spending that much because I want a cushion for any needed repairs it may need. The plan is to buy something in the 2000-3000 price range leaving me with an extra 2-3k for any repairs I may need to make and then upgrades. Hopefully what I buy won't need much and it will be on to lift and tires

Here is the old XJ


Like I said before I am going in a much different direction this time. I sold the last Jeep because of rising fuel costs and how bad it was on gas. Not to mention the fact that it was slowly falling apart. I am going to do a basic all terrain tire and probably a 3.5 inch lift. I am going for the more driveable Jeep this time instead of a trail rig. I would prefer a 97 or newer but if the right deal on a pre 97 comes along I will buy it. I have a fairly long commute and I loved the 3 inch lift I had in my 96 before I went to 6 and 33's because I kept ride quality and decent fuel mileage with 31's. I am going for a budget build and will try and be as cost effecient as possible. Now if I can find a decent deal on one... Fortunately I have my girlfriends car to tool around in for the meantime. I am going to be patient and buy the right one that fits my needs. Hopefully something comes up soon so I can start building!
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Unread 02-27-2011, 07:13 PM   #3
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i bought my 94 for 850 bucks have since done 97+ conversion front end 6.5in long arm and 33 bfg mud terrains along with entire braking system, sye, steering components and alot of the engine gaskets to dry up the engine bay some. and i am just touching the 3k mark. you should be able to stay in your price range with plenty left over for the route you are taking. good luck with your build!
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Unread 02-27-2011, 07:31 PM   #4
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Im at $18XX its an 84(gross right? 4cyl carbed) but it came with loc rite. $15 to rebuild it(pins and springs) and its amzing. Always wanted a jeep. So i.... "bought my wife a cherokee".... $700 for jeep that needed clutch, $200 for used rubicon express 4.5" i think, $100 for a buddy's week old teraflex's, $680 for 32" maxxis bighorn, $200 for hoses, steering box, and misc. Ive seen them cheap, granted im in AZ and dirt is all we have.
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Unread 02-28-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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So I found a couple of decent Jeeps to check out tomorrow.

Jeep One:
'98 XJ white with a 5 speed 150k
Looks real clean
$3200

Jeep Two:
'99 XJ green with an auto 150k
$3900

I have looked at both real quickly but have the day off tomorrow to check them over better. I am leaning more towards the white one because it looks cleaner and is more in my price range. The green one is nice too and I would prefer and automatic but I don't want to spend that much and I am not a fan of green. I am not really sure whether I will like either but I am going to bring them to the shop and put them on a lift. If one is nice I will probably bring it home and the building plans will set in motion
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Unread 03-01-2011, 08:44 AM   #6
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So I went and looked at those two Jeeps... They weren't bad but I don't think either of them was quite worth what was being asked. I did however find a super clean Jeep at a dealership which is really reasonably priced but more than I wanted to spend.

1999 XJ 4 door 5 speed red super clean 105k miles







They are asking $4995.00 I called and offered them $4500 out the door taxes, title doc fee all that stuff. I am waiting on a call back from the general manager. I didn't want to eat up all my funds, but in the same sense I don't want to buy junk either. I would rather get a nice vehicle with low miles and upgrade later when I have the money than put a bunch of money into something just okay and still have 4 or 5 grand invested. I booked it and what they are asking is exactly what it books for. That seems fair right?
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Unread 03-01-2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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Stealership says no go to my offer so the search continues...
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Unread 03-02-2011, 07:25 PM   #8
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Good news! I found a 2000 Cherokee with only 94k miles on it super clean runs and drives perfect! I drove an hour to check it out but I put a $100 deposit on it and will most likely pick it up tomorrow. I am glad I waited and didn't buy the red one above because it was a stick with no options. This one is a year newer with less miles and has all the options plus it is an automatic like I wanted. I am almost positive I will pick it up tomorrow but I wanted to wait because a new Uncle Henry's comes out tomorrow and I want to make sure nothing is in there for a better deal. I offered them $4500 out the door and they said they would take it so I won't have much money left over for mods but I will have a rock solid platform to build up...it will just take some time to build the funds back up. I am going to go for a clean daily driver look that is functional. Minimal lift, probably 265/75/15 AT's passenger rated to keep my ride, decent rims and an exhaust and thats about it. I will definitely do some small mods like fog lights and stuff too but I want to make sure I work out all the quirks first.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 07:28 PM   #9
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Sounds like you've done your research shopping around! Look forward to pics and your plans for her!
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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 03-03-2011, 03:22 AM   #10
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I am one of those people who is very particular about their stuff. I am very fussy when it comes to buying new things and I research meticulously before I purchase. I am patient and will not just buy anything, which has paid off with almost all the vehicles I've bought. I spent more than I wanted to because I had intended on having money left over for lift and tires, but that will just have to wait a bit.
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Unread 03-03-2011, 04:47 AM   #11
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I am one of those people who is very particular about their stuff. I am very fussy when it comes to buying new things and I research meticulously before I purchase. I am patient and will not just buy anything, which has paid off with almost all the vehicles I've bought. I spent more than I wanted to because I had intended on having money left over for lift and tires, but that will just have to wait a bit.
I'm the same way. I just picked up a 2000 Cherokee Sport a couple of week ago after relentlessly searching Craigslist and car lots for just the right one and in decent shape. Your patience will pay off.

You were smart to leave a deposit, around here a good deal on a Cherokee lasts maybe hours until it is sold. I hope you bring it home today and look forward to seeing some pics.
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Unread 03-03-2011, 05:09 AM   #12
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I'm the same way. I just picked up a 2000 Cherokee Sport a couple of week ago after relentlessly searching Craigslist and car lots for just the right one and in decent shape. Your patience will pay off.

You were smart to leave a deposit, around here a good deal on a Cherokee lasts maybe hours until it is sold. I hope you bring it home today and look forward to seeing some pics.
There are not a lot of people like us who are not impulsive buyers. Its good to hear I'm not the only one who is a "freak" as I've been told about my things. I'd love to see some pics of your Jeep any plans on building it up?
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Unread 03-03-2011, 05:22 AM   #13
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There are not a lot of people like us who are not impulsive buyers. Its good to hear I'm not the only one who is a "freak" as I've been told about my things. I'd love to see some pics of your Jeep any plans on building it up?

I picked my Cherokee up for $4000 a few weeks ago. Right now I'm just working out some of the bugs such as windows, speakers and a leaky radiator. Here's some pics of it in this thread.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...crowd-1170177/
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Unread 03-03-2011, 07:35 PM   #14
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So I picked up my Jeep tonight and I had to drive it about 60 miles home and I was so impressed with the comfortable ride and clean interior. It is like a Caddy compared to my '96 and I like the styling of the interior so much better. I did find a few quirks that I need to address.

1. blower motor resistor
2. minor exhaust rattle at idle
3. whistle in cabin maybe weatherstripping?

Pics coming probably tomorrow!
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Unread 03-04-2011, 04:59 PM   #15
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I brought the Jeep into work today and checked it all out on the lift. I greased and shook the front end down and it was tight as can be. It does need a few minor things but nothing serious.

Brake Rotors Are Nasty


Rear Shock Leaking


Front Pinion Seal Leak


Blower Motor Resistor...Not Sure Why It Wouldn't Work


Minor Rust Spot On Passenger Door


Paint Chipped On Flare


Overall the Jeep is in real good shape I am not too worried about the minor stuff. I want to get that rust fixed first off before that becomes more of an issue. I also need to reattach the passenger rear fender flare the bottom is a little floppy. I am going to fix the brakes and pinion seal once it warms up outside and the damn snow is gone. I am also going to drain and refill both front and rear differentials and changeover to synthetic fluid...the fluid in the front differential was naaaaasty. I had to add a little bit of fluid to the front and rear differentials but not an alarming amount. The shock isn't really a concern of mine because I intend on lifting it this summer and it will come with shocks. I did change the blower motor resistor out because I only had heat on 4 and it wasn't even the right speed but it works perfect now. Fluids under the hood were all good and my air filter was clean. I cleaned the throttle body plate while I was under there, but it wasn't too dirty. When I was looking it over I did find out that it has a front tow bar which is sweeeeet.

Things To Do Right Off:
-Oil Change
-Clean Interior Real Good
-Fix Door
-Fix Flare
-Remove Door Molding

In The Future:
-Front Brakes
-Clean and Adjust Rear Brakes
-Pinion Seal and Differential Fluid Change
-Rainguards
-Fog Lights
-Herculine Rockers and Bottom of Doors
-Lift and Tires
-Replace Front Axle Joints

As It Sits
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