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Unread 11-17-2010, 08:58 PM   #16
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Looks great man... congrats on getting a 2 door

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Unread 11-17-2010, 09:35 PM   #17
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Had it inspected today, passed everything except for the brakes. It needed a new rotor on the drivers side. The guy at the shop even said everything was super clean!

One thing I have noticed though is a lot of build up inside the coolant reservoir/overflow tank, Im going to take a deeper look and if it needs it have the coolant system fully flushed.

I also ordered a matching set of Polk speakers for the rear speaker bar. My front speakers are a discontinued model from a few years ago so I was having a hard time finding a matching set for the rear but I then stumbled upon caraudioclassifieds.org and found a brand new pair recently listed. Got em for a good price and they should be here friday.
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Unread 11-18-2010, 11:39 PM   #18
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In one of the first pictures i saw your brothers LJ just sitting in the garage, so sad....So why selling the first xj, Just want to start something new? If you do this one anything like your other it will be a great one to watch..
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Unread 11-19-2010, 10:14 AM   #19
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In one of the first pictures i saw your brothers LJ just sitting in the garage, so sad....one to watch..
Very sad, I know...
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Unread 12-01-2010, 05:01 PM   #20
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Its been a while since I have made any updates but I have bought some stuff and done a little bit of work on the jeep recently.

I ended up buying those wheels and tires I had previously posted. They are 16" icons off a 4dr classic and they came with some almost bald 245/75/16 MTRs off a rubicon. I have them in my shed now as I debate what to do with them. It looks like the metric equivalent of a 33x10.5 only comes in a few options and all I have found seem to be load range e. Does anyone run tires of this load range on their dd? Im thinking this is a bit too stiff and will possibly sell the wheels. Id rather keep them and hopefully I will.

On another note I bought another set of speakers to match the front Polk components I am swapping in from my old xj. This series of speaker has been discontinued for a few years and I lucked out finding a brand new pair on caraudioclassifieds.org. Its a great forum for buying new/used car audio equipment and if anyone wants to check it out use this link:
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comps with tweeters and crossovers




new coaxials with crossovers


So far I have taken the door panels off, removed the inner plastic covering and cut out one speaker grill on the panels. Im using the install that I had done by the professionals at Tweeter as a guide and so far its going pretty well. I hate car wiring but I try to do it as cleanly as possible and to the best of my ability.

doors and door panels




I used a dremel with a cutoff wheel to cut out the grill then I cleaned it up with a small sanding barrel




this is how it will look when installed




Im also trying to figure out if I can find the pieces needed to flush mount the tweeters into the door panel. Tweeter used a small housing that sits on top of the door panel which holds the tweeter in. If I can find what I need I will mount the tweeter here,


if not, it will be mounted the same as Tweeter did it here,


I still need to strip the plastic off the passenger side door and cut out the grill on the drivers side. Driving around with no door panels is interesting, especially when I have people in my car who dont know how to get out haha . I think I will be ordering Second Skin Damplifier or Damplifier Pro for sound deadening, Damplifier Pro - Automotive Sound Deadener CLD Vibration damping mat - See what all the fuss is about.

I will likely run all new wires to the speakers and Im still debating what I want to do for an amp. Might end up being this one from Alpine for ease of install, Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack Upgrade your Alpine receiver to 45 watts RMS x 4 at Crutchfield.com.

Again, thanks for looking and any and all comments are welcome. Stay tuned
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Unread 01-12-2011, 10:53 PM   #21
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I have that alpine power pack, and i love it, my single most favorite sound system mod. I have a similar headunit to you, mine is that ida 300x or something like that. How exactly did you get a standard 3.5 mm jack to work with it?
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Unread 01-12-2011, 11:09 PM   #22
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2doorxj, this is what I use to plug the 3.5mm into, http://www.alpine-usa.com/product/view/kca-121b/. I then use a standard Monster 3.5mm>rca cable.

I have done some work on the jeep but I didnt have my camera around. Got the power cable, 6 channels worth of rca cables and the remote wires all run under the trim and carpet. Mounted my amp under the back seat and got my 12" sub and box all installed.

I still need to put in the 4ch amp, run all new speaker wire and mount the speakers. I havent gotten to them because I have recently injured my knee snowboarding, looking like a torn meniscus.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 07:13 PM   #23
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Alright guys, got some updates.

I tore my acl snowboarding about 5 weeks ago and since then I have been out of work and not able to do much. Had surgery last wednesday and have 4-6 months of recovery to go. That's the worst of the update so now that that is out of the way we'll get back to the jeep.

I got the green jeep sold for $3200, a little less than what I was looking for but now that Im not working I need the money for survival. And now that I have that money its burning a hole in my pocket, more on that later.

I recently installed a 2" bb on a neighbors tj who is now getting rid of his pristine eccos on 30x9.50 tires. He said I can have them in payment for the install. So I now have 5 more wheels and a decision on which wheels I want to go with. Eccos or Icons, whats your vote?

I got the rest of the stereo installed (4ch amp, components and tweeters installed up front and new coaxial speakers in the soundbar. I will try to get out to the garage to get some pictures tomorrow.

Now that I have the stereo done and the wheels I really want to get a small lift on the jeep until I can get to my planned 4.5-5.5" lift and 33s. I have been thinking about doing a 3" lift using shackle brackets and shackles for the rear and 3" coils and an adjustable trackbar. Then Id run either 245/75s or 31x10.5s.

Thats the dilemma Im having now. Being outta work, I know I should save the money to get through the next few months until I find a new job buuuut Id love to spend a little on the jeep to tide me over for a while (likely summer). Any thoughts or opinions?
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Unread 02-15-2011, 11:57 PM   #24
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Turn one of those sets into ravines and i'll gladly take em
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Unread 02-16-2011, 12:15 AM   #25
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Either Eccos or Icons are both great looking wheels. If it were me, I would go with the Icons. Nice looking 2dr btw.
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bummer you had to sell your other jeep, and for so cheap. i loved your green jeep
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Unread 02-16-2011, 12:36 AM   #27
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That yellow xj is awesome.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 09:02 AM   #28
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The eccos are more user friendly with tire sizes and load ranges but the icons are more unique and I personally like them better.

I wish I didnt have to get rid of the green one but it was to the point where I either needed to so a major axle swap and trailer it (dont have a truck or trailer) or do some major rebuilding to get it road worthy and reliable enough for everyday driving. If I can afford to do this one the way I want to it will be even nicer than the old one.

That yellow one is so clean and its go the stock look going on which I really like.

Right now the plan is to lift it around 5-5.5" and run 33x10.5s or the metric equivalent.
-either Clayton's 3 link or Poly Performance's 3 link, 4.5" springs with a spacer to level it
-depending on which 3 link I run I will run either a modified TnT belly skid or the JCR/DPG skid
-frame stiffeners, maybe front stiffeners too
-3.5" IRO leaves with a Clayton adjustable shackle and HDoffroad shackle boxes
-sliders of course, I like JCR's stage 3 but I dont about their quality control
-not sure what kind of trackbar, maybe Clayton or a custom one.

I have a hp30 and a xj44 in the garage, both will get 4.56s and probably an ARB in the rear. Maybe a truss on the front, we'll see what kind of money I have rolling in. Im going to have to find a job now that Im out of work for my knee.

I think I have decided to go with a silver/gunmetal color scheme. Wheels, bumpers, longarms, sliders, etc. will be gunmetal.

Once a company comes out with nice looking tube fenders Ill chop mine up and put on 35s buts that far off.
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Unread 02-16-2011, 09:24 AM   #29
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Keep the icons and go with Maxxis Bighorn tires. I believe you can get them in your desired sizes and you can get them from a dealer on ebay at a good price.

31"
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/4-NEW...Q5fAccessories

32"
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/4-NEW...Q5fAccessories

33"
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/4-NEW...Q5fAccessories
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Unread 02-16-2011, 09:27 AM   #30
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The size is easy to find the issue Im having is the load range. Id like to keep the ride as comfortable as possible but with a load range d or e tire it will be much stiffer.

Edit: Platinum, you're the man. Ill definitely check those out.
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