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jedired 03-20-2012 12:23 AM

jedired's '98 XJ Build
Back in March of 2007 I bought my first Jeep. It's a '98 XJ with 96k miles on the clock.

I'm having trouble finding pictures of the car when I first purchased it, but here are pictures from my first project...

Krylon Fusion of the Side Moldings:

Followed by a little flexing...

And then some sort of wiring short behind the dash that I can't remember now...

jedired 03-27-2012 12:07 AM

Took the Jeep down to Death Valley with some friends where they nicknamed it "The Animal".

jedired 03-27-2012 12:10 AM

If it's going to be called "The Animal", it's going to need a lift. Installed ~November 2010.

Rubicon Express 3.5" Super-Flex w/ Full Leaf Pack

jedired 03-27-2012 12:14 AM

After the lift there was quite a bit of vibration while driving, so we installed a SYE and new driveshaft. This fixed some of it, but there were still problems. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of that.

However, I do have some photos of the front fender trimming that followed.

jedired 03-27-2012 12:17 AM

And of course after the lift it needed some new shoes...

February 2011

jedired 03-27-2012 12:21 AM

February 2011 - Lake Pillsbury, CA - Camping Trip

jedired 03-27-2012 12:29 AM

Finally got around to starting the rear fender cut and fold. Passenger side done, driver's side still in progress.

March 2012

jedired 04-03-2012 11:52 AM

March 2012 - Lake Pillsbury Camping

The Jeep got stuck in a puddle, threw a CEL, ended up having to replace the TPS.

jedired 04-03-2012 11:54 AM

And then the worst April fools joke over...

Threw a rod. Oil pan is shredded and there's a hole punched in the engine block.

JColee 04-03-2012 12:02 PM

The ending to that story was quite sad. Haha, good luck on getting it running again! I've always liked the looks of XJs, good build so far.

dillonreid 04-03-2012 12:46 PM

This exactly the kind of thing I'm going to do with my 92 xj. Subscribed!

jedired 04-03-2012 04:23 PM

The story isn't over yet JColee... Coming this month:

- Used replacement motor installation by my trusted mechanic.
- New JCR front and rear bumper powder coating / installation.

Stay tuned. With a little luck she'll be back on the road soon.

jedired 05-04-2012 01:24 PM

Got the XJ back from my mechanic this week with a new radiator and a replacement used motor around 100k mi.

This morning, the JCR bumpers went off to the powder coater.

JColee 05-04-2012 02:19 PM

How much did the motor replacement cost? I always figured as soon as the one in my ZJ goes, i'll end up replacing it.

jedired 05-04-2012 02:22 PM

$2500 all in. Motor, radiator, some odd parts, and labor. I wasn't quite ready to make the jump to a stroker.

The time now is 11:14 PM.

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