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post #31 of 46 Old 11-06-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Great day today!! I responded to a Craig's list add for Jeep Fog lights. Ended up being a former "Mustang" parts customer and a current jeep forum member!!

I got a very nice set of TJ fog lights for my bumper project!

Thank you etterdog!


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post #32 of 46 Old 11-09-2013, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I picked up 3 pieces of 2" x 5" x 1/8 - 58.5" box tube steel, $86. I had wanted 3/16, but I could not pass this up. I will have to reinforce the clevis mounts, but that was already in the plan. They will be welded to the front and back of the bumper, drilled, tapped and bolted to part of the bumper/ frame mount.

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post #33 of 46 Old 11-10-2013, 05:04 PM
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Your very welcome and I'm glad I was able to help point you in the right direction for your steel.
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post #34 of 46 Old 04-30-2015, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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I did say slow build...
Actually, I've picked up the effort the last couple month's. My daily driver Mustang actually needs more work than the XJ.
I started my bumper build, I'll post a few pics later. I also did a 4" lift on it, swapped out the D30 front for a D30HP. While I had the front end apart, I replaced all of the steering linkage with a HD kit. I added extended sway bar links and new bushings. New shocks all around and an Iron Rock front track bar.
I still have to run a few brake lines, do some body work, replace rocker panels with tube steel and get tires.

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post #35 of 46 Old 05-25-2015, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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I finished the brakes. During the test drive I had major vibration above 30 mph. I installed the Iron Rock Off Road "Hack n Tap" SYE, end of vibration. My bumper is about 95% done. It is installed but I still need to add corner braces.

Explorer front drive shaft with Spicer u-joints. Very solid!
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post #36 of 46 Old 05-28-2015, 09:29 AM
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Surprised that it had such bad vibes at only 30mph but glad you sorted it out. Jeep is looking good.

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post #37 of 46 Old 05-29-2015, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank You! It's really becoming a fun project!

This week I pulled off the rear bumper & brackets. I had to cut here and there with a 3" cut off wheel, heat a bolt with the torch and weld a nut onto a very rust bolt but they eventually all came off "cleanly". I spent half a day removing rust from the rear cross member. A new project emerged, I need to make some fuel tank straps. I have a roll of stainless steel crate banding and a spool of stainless mig wire!

It will have to wait a bit as I getting a bunch of Ford parts together for a swap meet next week.

Till then, Cheers!

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post #38 of 46 Old 06-09-2015, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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I welded new studs on the OE fender flare brackets and reinstalled the OE fender flares. I also made "new" fuel tank straps, I had some very handy 1/8" x 1" steel braces from a old set of shelves and a piece of 3/8" rod. Next up is installation of the straps. I also found a OE front skid plate, it's been modified with a piece of angle iron at the rear to add extra support. It's installed, looks like it will add a nice degree of support!

I need to make a RH side rear frame rail nut strip to re-attach the exhaust. I also need a drivers side tail light. Then it should be ready for PA inspection.
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post #39 of 46 Old 11-12-2015, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Been a few month's so here is an update. It's been inspected and on the road for a couple months and a few thousand miles. It rides great! I did the garage floor alignment but it still needs some tweaking.
Rear bumper is on, still needs better support off the frame before I tow with it.
I had a nightmare called corroded light harness connectors. The back half now has a '87 wiring harness.
A buddy gave me some wheels and tires, after 10 miles or less I got pulled over. Those are sold and waiting to be picked up, slightly smaller tires will be ordered then.
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post #40 of 46 Old 11-13-2015, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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New tires ordered today! 265 75 16 Kumho AT51.

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post #41 of 46 Old 11-18-2015, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Tires Arrived!

265 75 16 Kumho Venture AT51 on 1998 Limited ZJ wheels.
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post #42 of 46 Old 11-18-2015, 05:57 PM
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Jeeps Looking Good! I hear ya on the slow Build! LOL! I thought i could build mine in a couple years, and that was like 4 years ago! Just have to keep chipping away at it! Look forward to your progress here!
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post #43 of 46 Old 11-18-2015, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Yeah it got shoved into daily driver duty so a couple projects got put on hold. I have a few maintenance items to do, replace a brake line, lube and oil change before winter.

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post #44 of 46 Old 11-19-2015, 10:14 AM
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I love those two doors! I have a 1995 two door I am building (painfully slowly as well). What lift did you go with? Any pros or cons so far?
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post #45 of 46 Old 11-19-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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4" Superlift front coils and 4" pro-comp rear leaves. The rear also has adjustable shackles. I used Zone Nitro 2.0 shocks, energy bushing kit, extended front sway bar links ( I forget the brand) and a pair of homemade lower front control arms. I got a Heavy Duty steering linkage kit for a ZJ from Crown, Drop Pitman arm and adjustable track bar from Iron Rock. I used the Iron Rock SYE Hack n Tap to cure drive line vibrations. The Pro-Comp Springs had a wedge in the spring pack, supposed to be good for 4" lift.

I am very happy with the lift parts, shocks.... the whole package. It rides pretty firm, but there is very little body roll. I currently have a V8 short block and heads riding along in the cargo to help break in the springs faster. I have about 2,500 miles on it.

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