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jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 08:28 AM

My '01 XJ...
Well its a crappy, rainy day outside and Im bored so I figured Id make a build thread for my XJ. My third Jeep and first XJ.

She started life with me (Jan. 08)as a little grocery getter. '01 XJ, D30/8.25 with just over 40,000 miles on the clock. The carfax on it said the POs were a coulple in theyre 50s. In the glovebox were EVERY service record. all done at the dealership I bought it from. I swear they took it in to get tire pressure checked :rolleyes:

First thing I did was ditch the cool guy mud flaps, change every fluid, and ditch the cassete player for a sony head unit and Infinity speakers. Not the greatest, but it works for me..

Obviously this little guy wasnt stayin like this long so couple of weeks later...

I ordered a AA SYE, tom woods shaft and RE 4.5SF and got to work.

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 08:34 AM

Here she is with the lift done...

And with the set of 33" TruXus and Crager soft 8s left over from my TJ I had in the garage waitin to go on...

Slight tire upgrade

Rubbed a little at the bottom front so did some minnor trimming and I was good to go... For the street.

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 08:48 AM

Rocked her like this for little while...

Trimmed up the front a little more, scored a free cargo rack, added a hitch, some tow hooks in front, undercoated the underneath with 3M rubberized coating, and added a 1" spacer up front to level her out a little. Its hard to tell in the pics, but she sat a good 2"s higher in the rear.

Was still havin rubbing issues off road and PA will get ya for goin flareless. I need to trim the fenders so...

Trimmed up and BWed! No more rubbing :thumbsup: Also got rid of the faded side molding.

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 09:00 AM

Testing out the new NON rubbing suspension...

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 09:05 AM

By fall, the TruXus' were wearin thin and winter was comin so...

Picked up some new KM2s in the 33x 12.5 flavor.

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 09:21 AM

added a new front dif cover...

And some RC rocker guards. My options were limited with the way the BWs lip under the rocker so I went with the RCs. they work for me. They just bolt to the "frame" so I welded them for a little extra support..

digitalcox 05-26-2009 10:23 AM

Sharp looking XJ, nice progression. Great to see it had a full service record on it.

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 10:24 AM

So at over 5"s of lift and short arms needless to say she rode a little rough so I decided to get some Rough Country control arm drops for the front..

They REALLY make the Jeep ride better. I fully intend on long armin it some day, but for now these will do. You cant beat the price!

Also istalled a fire extinguisher...

Latley ive added some Silverstar head lights, a Dynomax exhaust, and a K&N drop in to get her breathin a little better, and changed the spark plugs :thumbsup:

And that pretty much brings us up to date. My next mod will be to get my spare tire issue taken care of. I carry it on top sometimes, but it just sucks. So I ordered a tailbone tire carrier from Detours. It should be here in the next couple of weeks :cheers2:

Tuffjeeper 05-26-2009 10:50 AM

I shouldnt be looking at this... I am starting to want my XJ back!

Very clean and sharp looking!

jerryjeeper 05-26-2009 11:04 AM

Great looking XJ..and looks a lot like my 2000. The roof rack and rocker guards are the same although I added a second set of crossbars for the rack. Bushwackers and RE longarm lift. The Silver exterior adds a great contrast to the black accessories, keep up the cool mods.

jeepin ruby 05-26-2009 11:12 AM

^^looks good :thumbsup:

I also added the extension to the rack just dont have any pics of it.

1997_Sport 05-26-2009 11:18 AM

Damn ssick looking XJ, any plans for the future?

mg2000xj 05-26-2009 12:21 PM

We have very similar jeeps, I really like yours. You ever have problems rubbing on the front flares? I have to pull mine when I go wheeling or they will get pulled off when turning while flexed.

jeepin ruby 05-27-2009 08:33 AM

No I havent had any issues with rubbing with the flares.

And as for future mods... I got lots of plans, just gotta get lots of $$$$ :D

jeepin ruby 07-01-2009 06:46 PM

Finally got my tailbone yesterday!! Took almost 2 months to get, but the wait was worth it :thumbsup: Heres some install pics...

First ya got to take off your bumper. This was probably the hardest part lol! This bolt was a nightmere to get to, but a breaker bar and one click of the ratchet at a time I got her off. Took forever!

Then you bolt the cross members on. One goes on the inside one goes on the outside and sandwich your stock rear "cross member".

It replaces your stock nutserts in the unirail too and then they get bolted to the outside crossmember (sorry no pics)

Then you measure and cut your stock bumper skin to make way for the shackel mounts...

Then you drill the holes thru your bumper skin to bolt on the outer plates and sandwich the bumper skin, attach the swing and latch...

Slap on your tire mount and tire, move the license plate over and thats it!!...

Dosent block the rear view as much as I thought it would. Install couldnt be easier. I had a little extra work cause I had a hitch to deal with, but all and all it was pretty simple. Still gotta get some D-rings and move my plate light over, but you get the idea :2thumbsup:

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