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Unread 01-27-2015, 09:33 AM   #1
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Forman, the XJ years

Just documenting the journey from stock craigslist XJ, to everything I could want it to be, on my broke college kid budget.

Background: picked this XJ off of craigslist. It was clean, inside and out, with a couple rust bubbles under the paint on the lower driver side door, and rocker. My goal with this project is to turn it into a clean DD, with some off-roading capabilities.

Sorry for crappy CL screenshots, dont have many pick of bone stock jeep.




Frame had recently been cleaned up, and coated. Seller had invoice from the shop.


Messin' around


What's been accomplished so far:
  • Rebuilt rear wiper motor, so it functions now.
  • replaced front speakers with walmart pioneers
  • mounted a Surco 60"x45" roof rack with homemade roofrack mounts
  • 2 6" 36W LED light bars, mounted to roof rack

Pics:
The lights are wired into a relay, and switched with a stock fog light switch


I've wired in a quick disconnect into the lights since this pic was taken


I'll post a couple more pics from the building of the mounts in a follow up post


Plans:
Suspension is completely shot soooooo....
  • RE 3.5" superflex (purchased)
  • Bilstein 5100s with DIY BPE's (purchased)
  • IRO double shear track bar (purchased)
  • IRO SYE (purchased)
  • General grabber 31x10.5 ATs (purchased)
  • Headliner replacement
  • nexus 7 radio replacement (to be purchased, writeup to come)
  • rock sliders (TBD)
  • Orfab front winch bumper (to be purchased)
  • hitch
  • Monstaliner everything below side trim black, and drip rails and up white.

If you don't like it I'll put



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Unread 01-27-2015, 09:34 AM   #2
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quick update:

Parts are trickling in!


So far:
  • Coils
  • Leafs
  • Bilstein 5100's
  • Sway bar QD's
  • 5 summit racing soft 8's (How original, working on a budget)
  • everything I need to do the nexus 7 radio except the 4 channel amp

Whats left:
  • IRO track bar
  • LCA's
  • U-bolts
  • SYE

Got the headliner up last wednesday


And fiberglassed a holder for the N7 on friday


Heres a couple of pics from the build process of the drip rail mounts



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Unread 01-27-2015, 09:34 AM   #3
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Unread 01-27-2015, 09:39 AM   #4
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Unread 01-28-2015, 01:49 AM   #5
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Nice, keep it going!
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Unread 02-04-2015, 01:55 PM   #6
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"He just loves updates"

So I went to the junk yard today for a drive shaft, and found this!


When I saw the bezel I looked at my friend, and said "Joe, we're gonna learn how to drop a transfer case today." After almost dropping the transmission and T-case on ourselves, the 242 came right out. Also pulled the shift gate. Still waiting on the UPS man for my now daily deliveries.

Also found factory gas, Tcase, and front skids, that i had a lot of trouble getting out, and ultimately abandoned. May go back for those, and grind the bolts out. Very interesting find, was on a 96 and seems kinda rare.
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Unread 02-06-2015, 12:15 AM   #7
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I can tell you from experience, it is tough to get skid plates out of a vehicle in the JY. You usually don't have the proper tools with you or the vehicle just isn't positioned right or stable enough.
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Unread 02-22-2015, 06:53 PM   #8
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Update!...

So first with the good:
  • Got the NP242 bolted in
  • Got the Nexus 7 tablet installed
  • Got the lift components installed
  • Got the SYE installed
Now on to the not as good:
  • I have no brakes
Friday night started out like this.

I would rather fight 100 jeep problems in my girlfriend's dad's shop than 1 problem out in the cold. 4000 feet of piping heat his shop floor, and it's my heaven.

Me, two friends, and my girlfriends father installed the lift yesterday, working from 10am to 130 am. Yes, nearly 15 and a half hours, but we did it. The jeep looks fantastic.

We hit plenty of things that slowed us down along the way but they're all pretty much the typical lift problems you'd expect. Stuck leaf bolts, Track bar mount bolts giving a good fight, using 3 jacks to get the leaves to line up. Even the SYE went in well enough. No broken bits, or taps. Then the problems set in....

Bolting the track bar up, I set the end on a small perch while I was getting out from under the car, when I bumped it with my hand. Down came the 20-30 lbs track bar on my head, leaving a good sized lump and gash. no concussion. after bolting up the track bar for the night I went to bed and my friends headed home.

This morning all I thought I had to do was bleed the brakes. Went to bleed the rear passenger, and SNAP! the bleed nipple came clean off. Okay, fine. I replaced both wheel cylinders, and went to go at it again. Drip drip drip drip. There was a leak from the brake proportioning valve block. My friend, when replacing the hard rear brake line cross threaded the fitting into the block and it was visibly at an odd angle. This week will involve a trip to the junkyard to find a new block and hopefully get it installed. Being a DD, I need it on the road stat.

Additionally, here is what the N7 looks like!


Not the cleanest job, and the paint is just a satin black, but it works and I love it. I'll be posing a PDF version of my writeup to the forum soon. It's not that involved and was actually a lot of fun!
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Unread 02-23-2015, 08:34 AM   #9
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cool XJ
great write up!
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