Expedition Build: Yellow Jeep XJ
Expedition Build: Yellow Jeep XJ
This is my XJ Expedition Project.
That was my stock 2001 Jeep XJ...
When I got the jeep the previous owner had installed a 3inch Suspension lift with 2inch spacers on the front and 2 inch Lift Shackles on the rear, sitting on 31inch tires.
Everything else was stock, including the broken Sway Bar links.
It had a death wobble from hell, found that out the hard way on the highway coming home after buying it.
Once we hit 40 mph and a bump, it shock extremely violently until it came to a complete stop.
The experience was like an 8.7 on the Richter Scale, inside a giant paint shaker, while trying to steer.
Any of you that have experienced an actual legit full fledged Death Wobble in all it's glory know what I'm talking about.
And I still had a 2 hour drive home from the sellers house...
So it was at this point that I decided to strip it down and start from scratch in regards to the steering and suspension components.
3 Inch Rough Country Lift Kit Plus Coil Spacers and Leaf spring Shackles
We worked on it slowly, a little bit each day.
I don't have a shop, so we worked in my driveway, weather permitting.
We diagnosed many of the causes to the "Death Wobble" symptoms through trial and error.
One of the by-products of lifting a Jeep Cherokee 5 inch with no modifications or upgrades to the stock steering or suspension.
We would be removing the present lift in favor of a long arm lift kit.
I also started prepping for some of the exterior mods we would be putting on as well.
Front/Rear Bumper Removal
I started ordering parts, and one by one they began collecting on my front porch.
Once my porch was full, parts began collecting inside.
We were living in a Jeep Parts Shop, and kind of interesting.
Here is my part's list bellow
RC 4.5 inch Long Arm Lift Kit.
Lifted high flex coil springs
Long arm Crossmember
Adjustable upper control arms
Adjustable lower control arms
Transfer case skid plate
Sway-bar quick disconnects
Adjustable track bar
Stainless steel braided brake lines
Full Leaf Spring Packs
Performance 2.2 Series Shocks)
Rear Leaf Spring Shackles
Moog upper and lower ball joints.
Currie Currectlync Heavy Duty Tie Rod and Drag Link.
Steering Box Brace.
Upgraded Heavy Duty 2.2 Steering Stabilizer.
New Rotors, Calipers and pads in front.
Drums and shoes in rear
Champion Copper Plugs, and wires.
Oil change Mobile 1
Change transmission fluid
Coolant flush and fill
Slip Yolk Eliminator
Custom Tom Woods Rear Driveshaft
ARB HD Bull Bar with Warn 8000 Winch and 2 IPF Spot Lights..
JCR HD Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier
AJ's Super Rails Rock Slider
JCR Gas Tank Skid Plate
5 Cragar Soft 8 rims and 5 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac 33x12.5 inch tires
Gorilla Chrome Lug and Lock set
Bushwacker Flat Fender Flares
Custom exhaust from the headers back, Flowmaster Super 44 Muffler.
Lower Rear Quarter plated on both sides, underneath re-coated...
Fixed wiring on driver side door, passengers can now control power windows again.
Fixed Rear Wiper.
New Windshield Wipers
Phase 1: Completed
Everything installed and tested.
After a little tinkering it road great.
Great articulation, good clearance, and no vibration at all.
The only thing steering/Suspension related that is still OEM in the vehicle is the actual sway bar itself, everything else was removed and upgraded.
The roof sliders had a bend to it, so we flipped them in the meantime until we straighten them out.
They are actually supposed to come down just above the door to protect the sides.
We had help from a shop installing the Lift and some of the equipment because we simply ran out of time.
The weather was upon us and we were working out of my driveway. So we put the project on hold and finished it in the spring.
More to come...
Last edited by chris87xj; 09-10-2015 at 11:48 AM.