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Unread 03-20-2012, 01:23 AM   #1
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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...







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Unread 03-27-2012, 01:07 AM   #2
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Took the Jeep down to Death Valley with some friends where they nicknamed it "The Animal".



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Unread 03-27-2012, 01:10 AM   #3
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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







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Unread 03-27-2012, 01:14 AM   #4
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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.



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Unread 03-27-2012, 01:17 AM   #5
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And of course after the lift it needed some new shoes...

February 2011





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Unread 03-27-2012, 01:21 AM   #6
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February 2011 - Lake Pillsbury, CA - Camping Trip







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Unread 03-27-2012, 01:29 AM   #7
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Finally got around to starting the rear fender cut and fold. Passenger side done, driver's side still in progress.

March 2012



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Unread 04-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #8
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March 2012 - Lake Pillsbury Camping

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





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Unread 04-03-2012, 12:54 PM   #9
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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.

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Unread 04-03-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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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.
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Unread 04-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #11
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This exactly the kind of thing I'm going to do with my 92 xj. Subscribed!
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Unread 04-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #12
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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.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #13
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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.





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Unread 05-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #14
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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.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #15
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$2500 all in. Motor, radiator, some odd parts, and labor. I wasn't quite ready to make the jump to a stroker.
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