I guess its my turn to start one of these so I can follow my build progress and to show you guys what my XJ has been through.
I got my 2000 XJ stock back in 2005. Perfect condition, lp dana 30, 29 spline 8.25, np242, no skids. It was beautiful, it was exactly what I had wanted for my first vehicle; my dream Jeep. All of the build has been on a highschooler's/college students budget. I get some help from my parents on some maintenance things but other than that it all been my coin. Started when I was 16 and Im 19 now and its nowhere near finished
The first time I hit the mud, got stuck but I rocked my way out of it:
From then on I was hooked. I next took the rear sway bar off as my first "mod" and got some BFG At's. I think they were 225x70r16's and went wheeling from there:
My parents have 18 acres in the woods back home in Md so we started on a trail and started getting stuck.
My buddy with a '99 4runner and some firestone mt's and I went out for some snow wheeling and ended up in a major "stuck". He tried to cross a snowy, wet stream and got hung up on a log:
I tried to get him unstuck only to slide myself in parallel with the stream and we were both screwed:
After about 6 hours we got out, and I realized I needed a lift and some bigger tires...
About a year and a half later after a lot of research on NAXJA, I chose the RE 4.5 superflex kit, 15x8 d windows and a used pair of 33x12.50 BFG Mt's from a buddy. My parents helped pay for some of the lift for Xmas and about 3 months later I had it lifted:
I didnt really pay attention to everything else I would need with a lift of that size, so I went without an sye or new driveshaft for a while until I could afford them. It had vibes like crazy and it was super squirrely on the road at that time. A family friend aligned it and got the kinks worked out and I went wheelin.
You can also see that I trimmed the front end caps for a little less "rubbage"
Thats where it was at around spring/summer 2006...
Thats where it ends for tonight. I will try to get the rest up tomorrow to catch up to where Im at currently with the Jeep. Enjoy
Forgot to mention, the first thing I ever bought for the Jeep was a new sound system. Alpine head unit and Alpine coaxial speakers all 4 corners. Then came the 2 Alpine 10" type e subs with a 400w Alpine amp. Sold the front speakers for Polk components:
And then sold the subs for a JLw8, bumps pretty good.
Got some bushwackers and sway bar drop brackets installed:
Got em brand new but never installed from a member here:
I had an aftermarket intake from a Honda Accord that I had cut and had sitting inside the stock airbox but I wanted to get the airbox out so I "fabbed" up some brackets for it.
Fast forward to recently, at the beginning of the summer we went to Rausch Creek for the first time. Not too many pictures of myself though. Went with a few guys (and gal) from the forums here, had a blast and didnt do any damage myself.
Oh yea, while I was at school I let a friend of mine drive the Jeep while I was with him (we drove about 200-300 yards max) and he decided to drift it into a curb and bent the "frame" a little but where the trackbar bracket bolts up. Bent up the bracket real bad too.
Notice the gap on the mounting surface:
Installed a new bracket but never fixed the frame, on the "to-do" list...
Towards the end of the summer I began noticing the tre dust boots on the JCR steering were getting worn out and torn up cause tie rod roll. The steering was sloppy and I was driving to the Outer Banks for vacation so I couldnt order some of the poly spacer and have them in time (have them now, just need to install them). So I was thinking about the plastic cutting boards my mom has and how rock crawlers sometimes use this as skid plates, why couldnt I just make my own spacers out of this? The plastic is solid enough to prevent tie rod roll but soft enough to "mush" or bend without breaking anything.
and about a week later the rubber boot was gone completely:
What does the future hold as of now?
4.56's and maybe some 35's (new BFG Km2's)
Detours slimline rear bumper with tire carrier
some sort of front bumper/winch bumper
fix everything in the front end
selectable lockers of kind and upgraded shafts
possibly swap in a better front axle
That will all come after I find a job down here at school. As the mods get finished I will continue to update this thread. Enjoy!